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In love with Madrid? Well, you'll be even more so after seeing this guide. In ForMadridLovers we have created a list of romantic and original plans to do with your partner in Madrid. Choose one and surprise your partner with a great plan that he or she will never forget. You'll be amazed!


Things to do with your partner in Madrid

Madrid is an affordable, lively and unpretentious city with many attractions for lovers.


Start your exploration on foot and head to Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, two major gathering places filled with shops, restaurants, and more. Continue exploring the narrow streets surrounding them, where you'll find markets, tapas bars, green spaces and other delights.

Rent a boat in the Retiro Park

Spanning nearly 350 acres, Retiro Park is among the largest green spaces in the city. Originally designed as a retreat for royalty, it was opened to the public in the late 19th century.

Stroll through its gardens or rent a rowboat for a romantic sail on the Retiro Pond, an artificial lake near the park's northern entrance.

You'll also want to see the park's Victorian-style Crystal Palace. Built in 1887 to serve as a greenhouse, it's a magnificent glass and cast-iron structure now used to house temporary art exhibits.


Enjoy an affordable luxury hotel

Adding to sophisticated travelers' enthusiasm for Madrid, two of the most iconic hotel brands , the Four Seasons at Puerta del Sol and the Mandarin Oriental in the former Ritz Hotel, will open in late 2019. The latter will deploy 100 million euros. restoration that restores a glass ceiling in the center of the property and adds a spa and pool in the basement, as well as a royal suite overlooking the Prado .



These high-end hotels offer restaurants with impressive wine lists, rooftop bars, tapas galore and romantic spots for cocktails and champagne.


Other affordable hotel brands worth considering include Iberostar, Hyatt, NH Collection, Autograph, Marriott, Barcelo, Gran Melia and W hotels, several of which have multiple locations within the city.



Observe the Vermouth Hour


Plan to rearrange your dining schedule when visiting Madrid. Typically, Madrileños don't eat lunch until 2 pm and dinner starts around 9 pm, leaving time for a midday siesta.


Fortunately, you won't run out of sustenance. Madrid marks "vermouth time" at 1 pm At Casa Alberto, founded in 1827, the vermouth is on tap and comes from the zinc-covered bar on the rocks with a twist of lemon and a garnish of ripe olives dipped in a smoky dressing. Don't leave before visiting the back room, decorated with historic bullfighting artifacts.

Admire the art of Madrid

Whatever style of art you fancy, there's a place to see it in Madrid. The best known museum is the enormous Prado. Celebrating its 200th anniversary, it contains centuries of fine art from all over the world.

Since it could take a lifetime to absorb the Prado's riches, focus on its greatest hits on your visit: among them are Hieronymus Bosch's ecstatic Garden of Earthly Delights and Pieter Bruegel the Elder's gruesome The Triumph of Death . See also works by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, Titian and many more.


Visit the Royal PalaceThe

official residence of the Spanish monarchy, this iteration of the royal palace opened in 1755 and contains 3,418 rooms. Treasures on display include paintings by Velázquez and Goya, collections of everything from furniture to clocks, and the priceless instruments of the world's only Stradivarius string quartet.
Cooks may enjoy viewing the Royal Palace's vast and well-preserved kitchen. If that whets your appetite, treat yourself to a meal at the romantic Café de Oriente; its terrace overlooks the Palace.

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romantic respite from the busy streets, Madrid's rooftop bars are an ideal way to unwind from day to night. One of the most popular vantage points is the Círculo de Bellas Artes, which offers a 360-degree view of the city. The NH Collection Madrid Gran Vía hotel also has a nest, and if you can tear yourself away from the views, the wi-fi is free.

Attend a Flamenco PerformanceExperience

the thrill of witnessing the traditional Spanish dance, Flamenco, live. Madrid is home to several venues where you can see a show. The performances feature singers, musicians and dancers.
The Teatro Flamenco , which bills itself as "the world's first flamenco theatre", has cabaret-style tables and chairs with a view of the stage a few steps up. Bar service is available before the curtains open.
Villa Rosa's more rustic Villa Rosa positions its setting at eye level. Before entering, notice the exquisite tiles lining the exterior; they depict different Spanish locations. Other painted tiles serve as a backdrop to the action. In addition to enjoying the dancing, which features a variety of popular performers, drinks and snacks are available.
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