12 Feb 6 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Madrid This Year
Valentine’s day is coming up, and if you want to impress your date, you can’t miss the places we are going to recommend. Obviously, no matter where you take your “significant other”, you are going to spend a great day/evening, but it never hurt to have some tricks up your sleeve, did it?
There are several types of people in Valentine’s day. Those that enjoy the plans during the day, those that prefer afternoon plans, and those that strive for the romantic dinner. No matter which type of person you are, we have the perfect plan for you!
Let’s start with some morning plans and go on through the rest of the day. Madrid has as much to offer during the day as it does during the night, so it’s up to you how to plan the date.
1. Spend the morning in the Retiro
The Retiro is the biggest park in the center of Madrid, located next to the “Puerta de Alcalá”. It offers the perfect setting for a romantic stroll. You can access from different locations, and I suggest you start by visiting the Crystal Palace (or Glass Palace) and taking a long walk along it’s different parts. If you want to go further with romanticism, hire a boat and take a ride in the Retiro Park Lake close to sunset. If you still want to make it even more romantic, grab a bottle of wine and a couple of snacks and have a little picnic on the grass. Wine and nature are always a good combination.
The entry to the Park and to the Crystal Palace is free, however, you do have to pay for the boat ride. It’s 6€ on weekdays and 8€ on weekends. Lucky for you, February 14th is a Wednesday this year, so don’t let the opportunity slip through your fingers!
2. See Madrid from above
Do you like heights? Well, we have a couple of ideas that might interest you. What a better way to spend Valentine’s day that from above? You can start by the “Faro de Moncloa”, which offers you an amazing view from 92 meters up. It opens everyday except from Mondays and shows an incredible view of Madrid from the Moncloa neighborhood.
Another idea, which makes for the perfect romantic plan is to grab the so called Teleférico (a cable car) and ride it all the way to Casa de Campo. This way, you get to see all of Madrid while snuggled up next to your loved one. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, this year the Teleférico will be closed, but don’t forget to check next year because it really is the idyllic Valentine’s day plan.
3. Walk along the barrio Salamanca
Maybe you are the type of person that does not like to overdo it. In that case, this plan might be perfect for you. The barrio Salamanca, as we described in a previous post, is one of the wealthier neighborhoods in Madrid, and also a very beautiful place to take a stroll. Walk along the streets of Velazquez, Lagasca, Serrano, etc, all the way until you reach the Retiro. There are beautiful streets with amazing buildings, perfect for an evening walk. If you get tired, you can choose amongst many of the Cafés or Restaurants around this area.
4. A nice wine in a terrace
In my opinion, the sunset is the key. There is nothing like having a glass of wine in your hand and seeing the sunset from above. Like the plan? In that case, I have a couple of suggestions for you.
The Dear Hotel, located in Gran Vía, right off Plaza de España, offers amazing views of Madrid in a terrace that is perfect to have either a glass of wine, a Gin & Tonic or a cup of coffee. In the 14th floor there is a Lounge called “Nice to Meet You”. Go all the way up, lay down in one of the sofas and watch the sun go down behind beautiful Madrid next to your loved one.
Another ideal place to go is the “Círculo de Bellas Artes”. It’s also located in Gran Vía, but further down, almost reaching Cibeles. Here you have to pay to go up, but you don’t have the “implied obligation” to have anything to drink, as the place is used only as an observatory as well. However, there are long sofas laying around, ambiance music and a beautiful view. It’s up to you to decide which place you like better.
As a final recommendation, you can also access the Cibeles Palace. The view is also breathtaking, and allows you to see some of the most famous spots in Madrid. There are two levels to which you can access. The sixth floor offers a terrace with tables and the opportunity to grab something to eat. The entry is free, however, it’s not really high up, so the view is not that impressive (although it’s still beautiful). You can also choose to go the observation area, for which you have to pay 2€, but the view is outstanding. Go near sunset time and enjoy one of the amazing views that Madrid has to offer.
5. Watch a Flamenco Show
Going away from the sight seeing, there are many activities that are perfect for a romantic evening out. Flamenco Shows are very “typical spanish”, and there is a couple of places in Madrid that offer incredible spectacles. Although many restaurants in old Madrid offer this type of entertainment, my personal recommendation is the restaurant Cardamomo, in the Street Echegaray, 15. Make a reservation to see the show, and then stay for a glass of wine or cocktail. It’s definitely an original and very romantic way to spend Valentine’s day.
6. Dinner for two
For those that prefer the romantic dinner, we also have some suggestions. Madrid is filled with incredible restaurants, so here are a couple that you might be interested in:
- Cebo: Luxurious restaurant, very romantic for Valentine’s day. It’s a very well rated restaurant, however, the price is a bit high. If you want to go all out and have no fixed budget, make your reservation!
Location: Carrera de San Jeronimo, 34, 28014 Madrid, España
Phone: +34 917 87 77 80
- Morao: There are two settings for this restaurant. One is near the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and the other one is in Velazquez (Barrio Salamanca). It’s a tapas restaurant, with delicious food and an amazing setting for an affordable price.
Location: Calle Velazquez, 40, 28001, Madrid
Phone: + 34 91 431 34 31
Location: Paseo Castellana 95 Bajos, 28046 Madrid, España
Phone: +34 917 70 78 99
- Ultramarinos Quintin: This picturesque restaurant is located in the Barrio Salamanca. With a dim light and views to a beautiful street, you can enjoy a very romantic dinner. The price is not too elevated, and the quality of the food is sublime.
Location: Calle Jorge Juan, 17, 28001 Madrid
Phone: +34 917 86 46 24
Now you have some tips on how to impress your partner this upcoming February 14th. You can either select one or plan a whole day of activities. No matter what you choose, I hope you spend a fantastic day. Happy Valentine’s day!