Madrid might be known as a party town, but it’s also one of Spain’s most romantic cities. Its lush parks and botanical gardens make for romantic bike rides and scenic strolls, while world-class art and priceless artifacts decorate the halls of Madrid’s top museums.
Whether you fancy a romantic dinner in a classy restaurant, or an evening out tasting tapas as you move from bar to bar, there’s nothing quite like Madrid’s lively atmosphere. The Spanish capital offers some of the most delicious dishes in the world. Depending on your tastes, you can sample a wide range of restaurants, cafes, bistros, and bars in each of the city’s quarters. Read on for our guide to Madrid’s most romantic places.
La Almudena Cathedral
See sculptures of the 12 apostles surrounding the cathedral dome
La Almudena Cathedral is a 19th-century church built in the Neoclassical and Gothic Revival styles. It’s located along Calle de Bailén, about 700 metres south of The Royal Palace of Madrid. Its Neo-Romanesque crypt features a painting of the Virgen de la Almudena, which dates back to the 16th century.
There’s also a museum detailing the church’s history. You can enter the cathedral and crypt for free, but there’s a fee to access the museum.
El Retiro Park
Retiro Park is the most popular park in Madrid, with a huge pond, the Crystal Palace, and plenty of natural views, making it a perfect spot for a romantic afternoon.
Take advantage of its beautiful scenery and tranquility and opt for a picnic with wine and tasty local food. You can also enjoy a mouthwatering dessert in a rented boat, or feed the ducks and fish some bread as you row along.
This is a remarkable experience that should be shared with your loved one. Even though the park is pretty huge and famous, it also has some hidden romantic spots. The entrance to the park is free and renting a boat is just a few euros (prices on weekends are slightly higher) for a whole hour.
Catedral Primada, Toledo
The centerpiece of the city and one of only three High Gothic cathedrals in the country, Catedral Primada was constructed using white limestone brought here from numerous quarries in the surrounding area. For many visitors, the highlight is the sacristy, with its impressive gallery packed with paintings by El Greco, Caravaggio, Titian, Rafael, Zurbarán, and Velázquez. Begun in 1226 on the site of an ancient mosque, the imposing building was modeled after the Bourges Cathedral in France. Its monumental interior features heavy columns dividing the space into five naves, with several side chapels containing exquisite gold reliefs, huge oil paintings, and portraits of cardinals going back at least 500 years.
A night out on the town
A large number of bars and pubs can be found in the central neighborhoods of Madrid with nightlife hotspots including the popular gay district of Chueca, trendsetting Malasaña, and much more. Cocktails, tapas, pop music, rooftop terraces overlooking the city – you can find a lot of great places in Madrid to have fun as a couple. Expect at some point in your evening to encounter a local band or flamenco singers in the lively Lavapiés neighborhood where you can simply stop and get lost in the music and the moment.
CYCLE THROUGH CASA DE CAMPO PARK
If you enjoy a more active lifestyle hire two bicycles and take a ride through the wonderful parkland in Casa de Campo. Cycle through the trees and enjoy the peace and quiet in the natural surroundings.
Stop for a bite to eat or ice cream at the Lago, where you’ll find a selection of restaurants and a wonderful lake view.