How To Spend Valentine's Day in One of Spain's Many Romantic Destinations
Spain has endless options for a great Valentine’s Day destination, whether in the heart of a city or a coastal town, there are many unique locations to spend this special day with a loved one.
Segovia, Castile and León
For a fairy-tale Valentine’s Day in Segovia, first go to see the perfectly preserved first century AD Roman aqueduct, a truly impressive structure. Stop for a romantic lunch in the city centre, which has a charming Plaza Mayor, making sure to try Segovia’s delicacy: cochinillo or suckling pig, along with a glass of Ribero del Duero wine grown nearby. Sat atop a hill overlooking the city, Alcázar Segovia is said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castle. Finishing the day watching the sunset and with spectacular views over the city - it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Wake up early and get a glimpse of what life was like in the twelfth century at the beautiful Alhambra Palace and gardens. A blend of Moorish and Christian architecture, the magnificent grandeur makes for a magical romantic morning wandering palaces and their gardens. Grab a traditional Andalucían breakfast tostada con tomate – delicious garlic and tomato on toast with a drizzle of olive oil – beforehand, and afterwards head into the city centre still renowned for its culture of a free portion of tapas with a drink in most places. Spend the afternoon strolling through the winding, cobbled streets of Albayzín, finishing up at the Mirador de San Nicolas for a romantic sunset with a breathtaking view of the city. Granada is a special city to spend with a loved one.
With thirty-two white sand beaches and a backdrop of luscious green mountains, Llanes is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day. Wander to Gulpiyuri, a stunning inland beach, before enjoying a lunch accompanied by the region’s famous cider in the traditional fishing port town. Wander through the town to admire the beautiful Casas de Indianos – huge luxury villas built by those who made their fortune in The Indies in the 19th century – before finishing the romantic day on one of the many beaches. San Antolín and the Borizu peninsular offer unforgettable views of the Cantabrian Sea.
La Palma, Canary Islands
Start the day whale-watching in the north-west side of the island, where it’s possible to spot turtles and other marine life as well, before swimming in natural seawater pools. For the perfect end to the day, La Palma is renowned for stargazing thanks to the island’s high altitude, proximity to the equator, dark skies and restricted flight paths. Visit the El Roque de Los Muchachos observatory, home to the largest optical telescope in the world, or make a picnic and set up on the beach for the evening for a memorable Valentine’s Day.