Guide, Madrid, Spain

Romantic things to do in Madrid

In the spirit of upcoming Valentines day (even though I’m the most un-romantic person ever) let’s get all lovey-dovey and look at some of the romantic things you can do as a couple in Madrid. Because I appreciate that you guys might want to feel the love in the air and treat your partner to a nice romantic date.

If you are looking for something a little special to do in Madrid as a couple, away from the crowds where you can enjoy some time alone, look no further. I will share my tips on the most romantic places to go and things to do in Madrid. They are all sure to impress your other half and score you score points in the romance department.

All of these activities are available year round. So, they would also be perfect to celebrate a romantic birthday, anniversary or other special occasion in Madrid.

Romantic things to do in Madrid

The most perfect romantic activities in Madrid

Boating on Retiro park lake

What’s more romantic then wobbling about in a small boat with a high possibility that you might fall in any minute!

Only joking, hiring a boat on the lake in Retiro Park is one of the most iconic things to do in Madrid. Take a walk through the botanic gardens and find the paths that lead to the lake. Hop in a boat and enjoy the beautiful views.

Row away from any other boats, wrap up warm and have a little alone time to gaze into each other’s eyes.

Romantic Madrid - Retiro boating lake

Rooftop cocktails at sunset

Nothing says “I love you” like a good dose of alcohol!

But seriously, some of the finer establishments in Madrid, the ones with the killer views and knock-out cocktails are a little on the pricey side.

This is the perfect excuse to both sit back, order whatever you fancy off the menu and not feel guilty about the price. My favourite swanky rooftop bars to enjoy the sunset from are The Roof at ME Hotel on Plaza Santa Ana and Circulo de Bella Artes.

Find a quiet and romantic corner to sip on cocktails and watch the colours of the sky change as the sunset’s over Madrid.

Romantic Madrid - Sunset cocktails

Picnic with a view of the royal palace

The love of your life won’t think you’re a cheapskate taking them on a picnic, honest!

The Royal Palace is the most memorable building in Madrid. Little do most people know, is that if you walk down to the wonderful Campo del Moro you can enjoy a fab view up to the Palace from the manicured public gardens. Or wander down the Madrid Rio to find a nice spot by the Manzares river.

Pack a bag of Spanish snacks and supplies to surprise your valentine. Lay out a blanket, cuddle up and enjoy a nice bottle of cava or rioja with a romantic view.

Romantic Madrid - Picnic with a view

Date at the movies

The old “date night” fail-safe that no one can resist!

Ok yes, it’s a bit cheesy and you might feel like a couple of teenagers but what a fun way to do something together, be romantic and get a little bit nostalgic. Madrid has lots of cool cinemas that show the movie in Version Original or VO (so that it isn’t dubbed in Spanish). My favourite is Yelmo Cines Ideal at Plaza de Jacinto Benavente.

Grab a bucket of popcorn to share, find two seats at the back and hold hands the whole way through the film.

Romantic Madrid - movie date

Passionate flamenco show

You’re sure up for a fiery and passionate night!

Spanish flamenco is a mysterious and seductive art form that is mesmerizing to watch. It originates in Andalucía but there are many professional shows around Madrid. Choose from a dark and seedy authentic style bar or a full-on dinner and dance stage performance. Either one will provide a romantic setting and be a great night out.

Get sept away in the frenzy of guitar playing, dancing and clapping and sneak a cheeky kiss or two in the dark.

Romantic Madrid - Flamenco

I hope some of these ideas have given you inspiration for planning your next romantic activity in Madrid.

Have you spent a Valentines Day in Madrid? Or had a lovely romantic getaway in Madrid? where did you go? Tell us all about in the comments box below ↓↓

Other guides to Madrid by Seeking the Spanish Sun you may enjoy reading…

Madrid’s most lively barrios and where to have a great night out

What to drink in Madrid and how to order like a local

What to eat in Madrid


18 thoughts on “Romantic things to do in Madrid”

  1. What a nice list of romantic things to do in Madrid! The boats on the lake in Retiro Park look really romantic and fun. Good to know there are some botanic gardens around. Seeing the Spanish flamenco also sounds like a great thing to do!


  2. Love all of these ideas. I’ve always wanted to see a flamenco show in Spain or Argentina. I saw one in London but I just don’t think that’s the same 🙂 the picnic looks amazing too, especially with all that delicious Spanish food!


  3. I went to Madrid last summer and just stayed there for some hours. Would love to go back and take my time enjoying the city and definitely enjoy drinks on a rooftop and check out a flamenco show. Thanks for the tips 😀


  4. Madrid sounds wonderful and super romantic! I would love to have a picnic with my husband with the gorgeous view of the Palace. And I’d love to take in the passionate Flamenco dance! That’s something that feels extra specific to Spain.


  5. I’ve been wanting to watch a flamenco show, but missed my chance when we visited Barcelona last year. I will need to keep in mind the next time I’m in Spain. Rooftop cocktail would be amazing too!


  6. Boating on Retiro Park Lake sounds pretty romantic for me! I’d love to see the view from the lake. Minus the falling into the water.. hahah.. Is it available at night?


    1. It is very romantic and the views are gorgeous. Haha you definitely don’t want the date ruined by falling in. The boats are only available for hire during the day. They take them off the water just before sunset, which is about 5pm in winter and 8pm in summer.


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