by Lara Scott
If you’re planning a honeymoon, or even just an intimate getaway away with your other half, you’ll probably already know that there are plenty of romantic destinations in Spain. The real task at hand, though, is narrowing the list of potential locations down to just one.
Here’s three of the most alluring holiday spots around the country, all known for their viewpoints, culinary delights and beaches.
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The town of Nerja is on the east of the Costa del Sol and is renowned for its endearing beaches, many of which are ideal for water sports. Flanked by a dramatic mountain range and bordered by a rugged coastline of coves, caves and sandy beaches, the town is the perfect destination for adventurous couples partial to stunning scenery.
Highlights here include the Balcon de Europa, a raised pedestrian promenade looking out over the Mediterranean, and the 17th century Church of El Salvador. For many visitors, though, the Caves of Nerja are the real draw here. These ancient towering caverns contain prehistoric paintings and even play host to a music and dance festival in the summertime.
For a real romantic day out, spend a day hiking up to the top of El Ciel and lose yourself to the panoramic vistas, then return to Nerja for a candlelit dinner, served up from the patio of your fanciful holiday accommodation, and made up of fried fish and spicy prawns.
You’ll find the gorgeous coastal town of Moraira towards the northern tip of Costa Blanca. Easily accessed from both Alicante and Valencia, it’s famous for its tranquil atmosphere, unspoilt scenery and Blue Flag beaches.
Spend some time here and make the most of historic sites such as Moraira Castle. Otherwise, enjoy a romantic horse ride at sundown or simply unwind on the sand. The cuisine here is well suited for evenings of amour, too. Paella in Moraira is exquisite, but other local delicacies include fideua (noodles and seafood) and gazpacho (a cold soup containing raw blended vegetables).
As for the beverages? Moraira is part of a region famed for its Moscatel grapes and white wine. Order a bottle or two and watch the sun set with your beloved.
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Marbella is made for couples who are looking to rest and relax in style. Situated on the Costa del Sol and around a 40-minute drive from Malaga Airport, people visit this coastal gem for its glitz and glamour. The cobbled streets and pretty squares make for a truly picturesque backdrop, but don’t be fooled – Marbella isn’t as sleepy as it looks! Spend a romantic break here touring designer shops, sampling Andalusian cuisine, taking wine-tasting tours, and, come nightfall, sipping cocktails under the moonlight.
Alternatively, pick up locally-sourced procured meat, a loaf of bread and whip up a packed lunch from your self-catered accommodation. Head out on a walk along Bounty Beach and enjoy it while letting the lapsing waves tickle your feet.
Staying in a holiday rental provides all the right ingredients for a memorable trip with your partner. Set the ball rolling for your next romantic adventure and take a look at Villa Plus offerings in Spain.
A former executive at a major hotel chain, Lara Scott is a freelance travel writer and journalist. She says her previous career gives her extra insight into both sides of the tourism industry.
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