Europe is an ancient tapestry full of romantic destinations and picturesque towns that serve as the perfect setting for an intimate stroll hand in hand with your loved one. Spain, of course, has plenty of these magical locations. All over the country, you’ll find smaller communities perfect for romantic getaways. From the shores of the Bay of Biscay down to the southern interior, these are some of the best places to visit in Spain if you’re looking for the ideal date!
Located in the Castilla y León region, Segovia promises romantic views with its very appearance thanks to its historical landmarks and magnificent structures. Among them, nothing beats its massive Aqueduct — an amazingly preserved relic of the city’s Roman past — or its Gothic Cathedral. Love birds, however, will be immediately drawn to Segovia’s fairytale Alcázar. Rebuilt after a fire in 1862, the palace takes on a classic castle look, turrets and all. It is also where Isabel was crowned queen of Castilla in the 15th century. Aside from Segovia’s important landmarks, the town oozes romance with its narrow, maze-like streets. You’ll also want to split a plate of cochinillo, a roasted sucking pig considered a true delicacy in Segovia.
Under an hour south of the border with France in the northeast region of Catalonia, Besalú seeps in medieval history. If you want to step back in time with your loved one, Besalú is hard to beat as it’s considered one of the best preserved towns in the area. The historic village lends a taste of what medieval Catalonia looked like, as it acted as an important political and economic player in its heyday. You can feel like a time traveler down the town’s cobbled streets lined with stone buildings and Romanesque churches. Besalú boasts a number of treasures like its 12th century Pont Fortificat spanning the Riu Fluviá, San Pere church and the Jewlish quarter, complete with a 13th century mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath thought to be one of the last surviving in the country.
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Lording over Spain’s Andalucía region in the south of the country, Ronda’s dramatic location alone is sure to tug at your heart strings on a romantic getaway. It scatters across two hills with two sections divided by El Tajo de Ronda, a 400 foot deep ravine carved out by the Guadalevín river. Ronda is also one of the oldest towns in all of Spain. Formerly a hideout for bandits, it draws much of its attention for its location at the top of a steep canyon. Comprised of the two settlements, an old Moorish town and a 15th-century “new” town, Ronda’s two identities are linked by three bridges. The most famous in town is the Puente Nuevo (“New Bridge”), a 300 foot high structure from the 18th century. Once you’ve strolled across it (and tried not to look down too much) you can get lost in Ronda’s romantic, narrow Moorish streets. In addition to picture-perfect scenes, Ronda also boasts ancient Arab baths, several museums in former palaces like the Palacio de Mondragón, and the Plaza de Toros (that is, its bullring) from 1785.
When booking airline tickets to Spain, don’t dismiss the chance of finding the best romantic spot in the most unexpected of places…like Cudillero, an unassuming little town filled with tons of maritime charm. This small fishing post along the Bay of Biscay laps up the waters of the Atlantic from its narrow inlet in the northern region of Asturias. Gazing up, you’ll see Cudillero’s treasure trove of cliff-clinging, candy-colored houses and buildings. Not only does this tiny town ooze romance, but the surrounding area lends itself to a prime romantic getaway, with many beaches and sheer cliffs all around. Sticking in town, Cudillero offers a laid-back vibe where you’ll want to feast on plenty of seafood dinners. Love birds should also make the trek up to Mirador de La Garita-Atalaya. The lookout point gazes down on the rooftops of Cudillero and the harbor, making it an ideal spot for a sunset smooch.
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