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There’s no doubt that Madrid is the perfect city for couples. With beautiful architecture on every corner, the city is ideal for a hand-in-hand stroll. Thanks to great weather and sunshine year-round, you won’t be fussing with umbrellas or snow boats either. Make sure to check out a colourful sunset or one of Madrid’s idyllic parks such as the Parque de El Capricho, filled with flowers, ponds and even a labyrinth.
Madrid’s hotel scene is very up-and-coming, offering new exciting spots for freshly-married lovers. Couples will adore the trendy Only You Boutique Hotel, where rooms feature balconies overlooking the charming Chueca streets. Many hotels are even located in buildings that used to be old palaces, like the AC Santo Mauro with its stunning gardens and outdoor patio. Best of all – compared to Europe’s other capital cities like London or Paris – these hotels are relatively affordably-priced.
Only You Hotel, Calle del Barquillo, 21, 28004 Madrid +34 910 05 22 22
AC Santo Mauro, Calle de Zurbano, 36, 28010 Madrid +34 913 19 69 00
Wine and beer tastings, trendy food markets or simply great spots to enjoy a quaint dinner for two abound in Madrid. Whether you’re dipping fresh churros into a steaming hot mug of chocolate, assessing whether you prefer Rioja over its rival Ribera or sharing oysters at the San Miguel Market, the perfect mini-moon foodie experience is ready to be enjoyed in Madrid. Visit Restaurant Botín – the oldest restaurant in the world – for a unique and special experience you’ll cherish forever.
Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza de San Miguel s/n, Madrid, 28005, Spain +34 915 42 49 36
Botín, Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain +34 913 66 42 17
Arriving in Madrid from virtually any European city is fairly easily. Thanks to low-cost airlines, it’s economical too. You may be able to find a plane ticket from London, Milan or Paris for less than USD$60 roundtrip, especially in low season. Many airlines fly nonstop to Madrid’s Barajas Airport and you can even arrive nonstop from New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago and plenty of Latin American and Asian hubs too. Just six hours from New York, a mini-moon long weekend in Madrid is totally doable for east coasters.
With a glass of wine costing just a couple of dollars, a three-course meal for two under $50 and a beer for just $1, Madrid allows you to eat, drink and be merry without breaking your budget. After an expensive wedding, being able to splurge a bit without actually spending much is a true luxury. You can dine at cute restaurants, have that romantic glass of vino (or two) and stay at a chic hotel all on a budget.