3 Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day in Spain
Spending Valentine’s Day in Spain is a sure way of taking your travels to that next romantic level with your special someone. After all, Spain’s architecture is the stuff of dreams, whether historic or new, and its Latin culture exudes love – love of each other, love of food, love of life! And who knows what the special day can hold. We became engaged in Spain and got married here. So for spending Valentine’s Day in Spain, here are three non-typical romantic destinations for nurturing your shared love.
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Oviedo for Valentine’s Day in Spain
Above Image – The courtyard at the beautiful Hotel de la Reconquista.
Oviedo is the capital of Asturias, one of Spain’s green, northern regions. It’s already a lesser-known destination for the average Spain visitor, but will feel even more local and be more your own in the middle of February. There’s nothing like its cold, winter temperatures to draw you and your beloved closer together.
We recommend staying in the heart of the city, particularly at the historic Hotel de la Reconquista for romantic accommodations in an old world setting. Aside from spending time in your luxurious room, you can enjoy drinks in the elegant inner courtyard salon or the cozy cocktail bar. Along with the hotel’s restaurant, you’ll have plenty of local dining options throughout the town where you can enjoy the local dishes in enchanting surroundings.
Stroll the tree-filled Park San Francisco, particularly romantic at night, and go shopping in the impressive stores on Calle Uria and its adjoining pedestrian areas. Make sure to wander the historic center (casco histórico). The narrow, cobblestone streets winding around Oviedo’s Cathedral of San Salvador, the central market, and the old University of Oviedo, will have you arm in arm as you take in all the amazing history.
For some great day excursions, rent a car to explore the gorgeous countryside and quaint villages, which I’m quite biased about because it’s where Eric proposed to me. If you’d like to enjoy a train ride, travel on the local tram from Oviedo to Gijon and get to see the gorgeous coastline.
Salamanca for Valentine’s Day in Spain
Above Image – The cloister view from our room in the Hospes Palacio de San Esteban.
While Salamanca is known for its historic university, it is also so much more. The old world buildings, from churches to palaces, provide a picturesque backdrop in the daytime and at night. There is plenty to see together, especially for history lovers.
Our favorite place to stay in Salamanca, which just oozes romantic old world style, is the 5-star hotel Hospes Palacio de San Esteban. Its main building is from the 16th century and surrounds you with all the beauty of former times but with that added bonus of upscale amenities. From certain rooms, you have views of the cloister of the attached church and monastery of San Esteban. The restaurant El Monges is ideal for a romantic dinner of the area’s delicious food.
Along with visiting the impressive Cathedral of Salamanca, make sure to also tour the Museo Casa Lis for its inspiring art nouveau and art deco collections. Allow plenty of time to snuggle up in the adjoined Cafe Casa Lis for a warm drink together as you admire the river view through colorful stained glass windows. And don’t forget to browse the fanciful trinkets and vintage jewelry in the museum gift store on your way out. Eric got me beautiful stained glass earrings and a perfume bottle from there.
Ávila for Valentine’s Day in Spain
Above Image – The charming lobby of the Palacio de Monjaraz.
Fuel your romance with the intimate spaces at the Palacio de Monjaraz. This 16th century palace has been tastefully renovated into the boutique hotel that it is today. You’ll truly feel like you’re traveling back in time surrounded by the stone walls and hanging tapestries, complete with a suit of armor standing at the entrance to welcome you in. Each room is unique, many of them with four-poster beds and antique furnishings. It’s conveniently located only steps away from the various historic sites and the hotel itself is a local history museum featuring information on historical figures from the area.
Make sure to tour the iconic sites, such as the Ávila Cathedral and the Medieval wall. Then relax at one of the many local restaurants for a delicious meal. Ávila cuisine is the epitome of comfort food, featuring game meats, stews, and fresh local vegetables like green beans and chickpeas.
Your Valentine’s Day in Spain
Above Image – Eric and me on the Medieval wall in Ávila.
There are so many great ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Spain. It really is about being with the one you love and focusing on each other. These three destinations provide great environments to foster time together in historic settings.
Would you like more ideas for romantic getaways in Spain? Or maybe you have some suggestions of your own for where to spend Valentine’s Day in Spain. Let us know in the comments below, and enjoy an inspiring Valentine’s Day!
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Written by Amalia Maloney Del Riego
Fora Travel Advisor & Content Creator
I love living in Denia, Spain and traveling worldwide. My idea of a great time is ‘eating and drinking’ my way around a new place and meeting the people. As a Fora Travel Advisor, I specialize in custom travel planning for trips throughout Europe, as well as scouting trips for moving to Spain. Here on MoveToTraveling.com you can enjoy our Europe travel resources to experience Europe and live in Spain.