It’s not difficult to see why Madrid is one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Full of stunning architecture, art, culture, incredible restaurants and numerous rooftop terraces to experience breathtaking sunsets, it’s ideal for a couple’s escape.
So here are some of our top recommendations for things you can experience together.
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EL RETIRO PARK
One of the must-see attractions in Madrid is the stunning El Retiro Park. With monuments, fountains, lakes, exhibitions and gardens to explore, it makes a perfect day out. Take a picnic and make your way to the bandstand near Retiro Pond on a Sunday to relax with some free music or hire a rowing boat, a romantic way to take in the sights around the water.
CÍRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES
Círculo de Bellas Artes is a 19th-century cultural complex hosting events related to art, music, film, and literature. The building has 4 galleries exhibiting about 1,200 works of art by up-and-coming artists from across Europe and a theatre showcasing independent films. The best part of the Círculo de Bellas Artes is its trendy and very popular rooftop with stunning views of the city centre, where you can have a drink while enjoying the beautiful views.
CATCH A SHOW AT TEATRO REAL
Plan a romantic evening at one of Madrid’s oldest opera houses, Teatro Real. Founded in 1818, it showcases world-class performances throughout the year. During the day, guided tours are also available every 30 minutes from 10.30 am to 1 pm where you can explore Teatro Real’s stage area, workshops, dressing rooms, and rehearsal space.
VIEW THE SIGHTS FROM MADRID’S CABLEWAY
Take the eleven minute ride over Casa de Campo Park on Madrid’s cableway. Enjoy the view of the Royal Palace, Temple of Debod, Madrid’s River, and the Rosaleda de Madrid (the Rose garden). Plan this ride close to sunset for a truly unforgettable experience.
DINNER IN CASA BOTIN
Casa Botín, founded in 1725, is the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. It has hosted numerous literary personalities over the years including Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene, who have used the restaurant as a backdrop for their novels. As well as its two speciality dishes , the delicious suckling pig and lamb roasted in the Castilian style, you can also enjoy an array of dishes including a beautifully cooked line-caught hake and Castilian soup accompanied by the best wines.