With its sun-drenched climate and a culture that goes back thousands of years, no wonder Spain is one of the most visited countries in Europe. so if you are looking for a honeymoon destination where you can soak in the best of nature, culture, food and fun, Spain is where you should be heading.
Beaches of Ibiza
Start your Spanish honeymoon with a bang by living it up at one of Europe’s most happening party spots, Ibiza. Here a wide-ranging cosmopolitan crowd comes together with enthusiastic locals to provide patronage to some of the hottest music bands and DJs of Europe. Among the most popular of Ibiza’s nightclubs are Space, Pacha, Amnesia, DC10, Café del Mar and of course, Privilege which is reputed to be the largest nightclub on the planet with a capacity of 10,000 guests. Other than several internationally famous nightclubs, Ibiza is also home to the West End party scene of San Antoni which is a must-visit for the most ardent nightclub hoppers in Europe. Once you are done partying in Ibiza, you can look for a more quiet time with your brand new spouse in the island's remote, peaceful coves. Cala d'en Serra is one that gives you the best of both worlds – a tranquil, secluded bay with its very own sandy beach. Located In the far north-eastern corner of Ibiza, this cove is a perfect horseshoe of clear-blue water, backed by steep rocky cliffs that make it feel cut off from the rest of the world and perhaps why it is still one of the few lovely romantic nooks in this part of the coast.
Colors of Seville
Famous the sunny city of Andalusia in Spain, Seville must figure on any Spanish honeymoon itinerary, especially if you are arriving from cold northern climes. The best time to come here would be after the summer months when you can explore all its vibrant street life and opulent Moorish architecture without feeling drained by the sun and heat. Among the must-sees in Seville are beautiful Medieval palace of Alcazar, the Catedral de Sevilla, Giralda Tower, Museum of Fine Arts, the Maria Luisa Park and the Church of Iglesia Collegel del Salvador among others but by far the most striking creation is the Plaza de Espana. Designed by local architect Anibal Gonzalez for the great 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition, this is a feast of ornate colorful towers and colonnades decorated with tiles and motifs. At its centre there’s a huge fountain and canals on which you and your beloved can float along on hired pedalos and maybe even steal a kiss on the sparkling waters. Round off your Seville tour with a performance of the spectacular Flamenco dance or sample the exotic flavors of Andalusian cuisine.
Moorish splendor at Granada
For an even fuller experience of Moorish exotica, head for the Alhambra in Granada with your partner. The stunningly ornate Moorish palace is one of Spain’s most visited monuments and with good reason too. A sprawling complex of palaces surrounded by ornate gardens perched atop of a hill with the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains behind, it is the perfect location to romance your brand new spouse. The interior is equally striking with intricate Moorish-style decoration around peaceful courtyards contrasting with the powerfully simplistic lines of later vast Baroque additions.
While there is no dearth of historical structures and buildings in Spain, the country also boasts of designers who are pushing the boundaries of modern architecture. And one of the places where the latest innovations are to be found in is Valencia. Known as the City of Arts and Sciences, many buildings here bear the unmistakable imprint of the wonderfully exuberant Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. His amorphous buildings in stark white are a feast of odd angles and unusual shapes at any time of the day, but they look positively stunning when floodlit at night and make up the perfect backdrop to romance your beloved.
Again Barcelona, as the capital of the Catalunia region, has any number of attractions to draw honeymooners like you – great nightlife, shopping and beaches. But it’s the spectacular buildings created by legendary architect Gaudi that are by far the biggest stars of the show. The still unfinished La Sagrada Familia with its amorphous spindly towers and oddly shaped buttresses and roof is the most visited of his creations. Although his residential buildings like the Casa Mila are also wonderful as are his more playful statues and benches in the popular Park Guell.
Adventure Sports at Picos de Eruopa
Spain has always been blessed with the best of nature’s treasures, ranging from golden beaches to vast plains but the lofty peaks of the Picos de Europa mountain ranges are without doubt the most spectacular of her natural beauty. Craggy mountain peaks, verdant valleys and raging rivers combine to make this part of northern Spain the perfect honeymoon destination for couples interested in the rugged outdoors and adventure sports -e hiking, whitewater rafting and snowshoeing are particular favorite activities of couples and visitors in this part of Spain. And if you have ample time, you can be lucky to spot indigenous wildlife too including the endangered Cantabrian Brown Bear and wolves.
Moonscape of Tenerife
if you and your partner are interested in more adventures, head for the Canary Islands which despite being Spanish territory, are closer to the African shores. the most popular of these islands is Tenerife whose prime attraction is the mighty Mount Teide, a vast snow-capped volcano. this is a must-visit for hardcore hikers and adventure tourists and at this altitude the scenery is almost moon-like. in fact the rest of the landscape too is volcanic, with steep slopes and dark grey sands on the beaches. but even if you not fancy an arduous hike to the top on your romantic vacation, there’s a cable car to the summit and the views from up here out towards the other Canary Islands can provide the high point of your adventurous honeymoon.
When in Spain for your honeymoon, don’t miss the World Heritage Cities of Salamanca, Avila, and Segovia - a distinction conferred by a body within UNESCO dedicated to preserving the best of the world’s urban experiences. The Romans ruled Spain for over seven hundred years and there are reminders of their presence all over the country.
Perhaps the most remarkable of these is the wonderfully preserved aqueduct at Segovia in central Spain. It was used by the ancient Romans to bring water to the city and is till today considered as an incredible feat of engineering. Salamanca is a livelier place animated by those who so relish life that good talk, good food, and good times are inseparable. Here cars are barred from most of downtown and the Plaza Mayor is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all Spain’s squares. If on the other hand you would like to romance your beloved amidst the splendors of Medieval history, Avila should be your destination. Avila is of one of the world’s best preserved walled cities. Built in 1090, it has 88 towers and 9 entrances, making it is one of the finest examples of Europe’s medieval era. For a romantic walk with your beloved, take the esplanade that runs along one side of the looming wall along which you can enjoy leisurely strolls, taking in the ancient structure, the swallows sweeping overhead, and, in the other direction, a vista of the surrounding countryside.