22 Most Romantic Things to do in Madrid [New Guide]

Spain’s capital city, Madrid, is the third largest city in Europe.

The modern transport system makes it relatively easy to travel around the city.

If you’re looking for glamorous ideas for activities in Madrid, sightseeing, history, wine tasting and delicious Spanish cuisine are some of the delights you can experience in this city. 

Planning a date with your partner can be tricky though, so we’ve compiled a list of 22 most romantic things to do in Madrid to guarantee a lovely day out.

1. Madrid Segway Sightseeing

Departure – Central Madrid

Duration – 1 to 2.5 hours

Hop on a Segway for a fun filled sightseeing tour.

Chase your partner past Madrid’s famous attractions including  Royal Palace, the Almudena cathedral, Templo de Debod and the Mayor and de Espana Plaza’s.

The small group and novel way of sightseeing is a brilliant introduction to this historic city. 

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2. Madrid Sightseeing by Bike

Departure – Calle de Felipe IV, 10

Duration – 3 hours

Your expert local guide will lead the way through Madrid’s streets on a relaxing sightseeing tour.

Absorb the local atmosphere with your loved one along with Madrid’s top attractions.

Sites include Parque Del Retiro, Fuente de Cibeles, Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace and Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena.

All that cycling will make you hungry, so you will be ready to try local tapas at Mercado la Cebada. 

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3. Hiking Madrid Hidden Mountains

Departure – Cercedilla Train Station

Duration – 2 to 3 hours

Escape the city and explore like a local.

You and your partner will enjoy a peaceful romantic hike in the mountains of Madrid’s National Park.

Your route will pass through an ancient oak tree forest, and stunning views from the top.

Your knowledgeable guide will regale you with local tales and history, or simply a friendly chat to make your hike even more enjoyable. 

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4. Madrid Royal Palace Guided Tour

Departure – Central Madrid

Duration – 3.5 hours

There are plenty of photo opportunities for you and your partner on this Madrid tour.

Your guide will be happy to assist with photos as you pass Madrid’s sights.

You will also enjoy a guided tour of the Royal palace, one of the most impressive palaces in Europe.

It was built in the 18th century and still hosts royal ceremonies today.

The Royal palace is also famous for it’s beautiful gardens, and provide a romantic setting for your sightseeing. 

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5. Prado Museum

Departure – Central Madrid

Duration – 90 to 240 minutes

The Prado Museum is a stunning building itself, with tall windows and beautiful columns.

It is a fantastic building to house famous pieces such as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch and The Annunciation by El Greco.

Your early morning tour means you can discover the exhibits before the crowds arrive.

The small 8 person max group size is the perfect intimate setting to start a romantic day in Madrid. 

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6. Reina Sofia Museum

Departure – Calle de Santa Isabel, 52

Duration – 75 minutes

The Reina Sofia is Spain’s national Museum, and is the place to see modernism, abstractionism and cubism.

The artwork is predominantly Spanish in origin, so you will gain an insight into Spanish culture.

Over 21,000 pieces from Spain’s finest artists and sculptors are on show here.

The most famous attractions are ‘El Guernica’ by Picasso.

Works by Salvador Dali,  Juan Gris and Joan Miró are also on display.

Walk the vaulted hallways hand in hand as you marvel at these masterpieces. 

Tours are available in both English and Spanish. 

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7. Warner Bros Park

Departure – Atocha Railway Station

Duration – Whole day

Head to the Warner Bros Studios in Madrid and bring out the child inside.

Enjoy the theme park rides, including Gotham City, with the best special effects show in Madrid.

Get a thrill on the Tom and Jerry Roller coaster tower, which reaches 12,oooft!

See life size characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

You will feel like a loved up teenager again discovering plenty of fun and thrills at Warner Bros Studios. 

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8. Toledo Tour

Departure – Central Madrid

Duration – Whole day

Medieval Architecture lining cobblestone streets enclosed within fortified city walls await you at Toledo.

The historic town is perfect for couples who love to experience the romance of history.

Toledo is influence by Gothic, Arabic and Renaissance culture.

It is a truly unique day out.

Highlights include the fairy tale like medieval castle and Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, the oldest in Europe.

The Cathedral of Toledo dates from the 13th century, and is UNESCO World heritage listed.

Enjoy a traditional Spanish lunch on your visit, and wash it down with a glass of tasty Spanish wine. 

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9. Pedraza and Segovia Day trip

Departure – Central Madrid

Duration – Whole day

Pedraza and Segovia are historic towns full of Spanish character.

Strolling the cobblestone streets gives you fantastic photo opportunities at almost every turn.

Soak up Spain’s architectural history together.

Step back in time in Pedraza’s maze of narrow streets.

Enjoy traditional tapas and wine in this walled town.

Your guide will explain Segovia’s important royal heritage as one of the medieval kingdoms on the Iberian Peninsular.

You will see the well preserved Roman Aqueduct which is 10 miles (16 km) long.

Other highlights of Segovia includes the Cathedral, which was the last Gothic Cathedral built in Spain. 

Alcázar of Segovia, the castle, is an iconic Spanish castle.

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10. Avila and Salamanca Day Trip

Departure – Central Madrid

Duration – Whole day

The two medieval cities of Avila and Salamanca are amazing places to explore.

In Salamanca marvel at the impressive medieval and baroque architecture with your partner.

The sandstone Plaza Mayor and partly restored arched Roman bridge are stunning.

Likewise so is the 12th century University which is one of the highlights of Salamanca.

Avila is also known as the city of stones and saints.

Highlights include the fortress like cathedral and the crenelated towers and gates interspersing the city walls.

Enjoy an optional mouth watering lunch of delicious Spanish food.

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11. El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen

Departure – Central Madrid

Duration – 5 hours

El Escorial Complex was considered the 8th wonder of the world, and is bound to impress your partner.

The world heritage listed complex is a historical royal residence and monastery.

Your tour includes the basilica, grand palace and mausoleum of the kings.

Your guide will explain the history of the palace and the royals who once lived there.

At the valley of the fallen gaze upon the magnificent basilica, built into the mountain.

A 150m tall granite cross towers above in memory of all those who died during the Spanish Civil War.

Snuggle up to your loved one and pay silent tribute to all those brave unfortunate souls.

There is an optional upgrade available to tour Madrid’s iconic sights. 

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12. Aranjuez Royal Palace

Departure – Central Madrid

Duration – 4 hours

Since the 1800s Spanish Royalty have used the Aranjuez Palacio Real as their summer residence.

The regal grandeur is a setting to inspire romance, as you absorb the luxuriant atmosphere.

Highlights include the throne room of Elizabeth II, elegant Prince’s gardens,  Parterre and the Island.

The Royal Palace is a World heritage cultural landscape.

Your local friendly local guide will tell you all about the architecture, history, scandals and loves of Spanish Royalty. 

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13. Wine Tasting in La Mancha

Departure – Central Madrid

Duration – 11 hours

There is nothing more simple and romantic than gazing into your partners eyes over a glass of delicious Spanish wine.

La Mancha is one of the best wine regions in Spain.

Enjoy tastings at MontReaga Winery.

La Mancha’s other highlights include the castle of Belmonte, where you will discover what life as a medieval knight was like.

Mota del Cuervo is home to several beautiful windmills where you can see the traditional way flour was ground from wheat.

La Mancha is also Don Quixote homeland, and there is plenty of history surrounding him to discover during your relaxing tour. 

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14. Wine Tasting in Vinos de Madrid

Departure – Central Madrid location, near Atocha metro station

Duration – 6 hours

Escape the bustle of Madrid on a small group (8 people max.) intimate wine tour.

The beautiful countryside, vineyards, and Spanish sunshine will relax you and your love as you enjoy a romantic trip.

Madrid’s wine producing region must adhere to strict rules to obtain  Denominación de origen (DO) status.

This is proof of their high quality wines.

You and your partner will taste over 10 of these fine wines from 3 vineyards .

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15. Tapas and Wine Tasting

Departure – Central Madrid, near Santa Ana Square

Duration – 3 hours

Tapas is supposed to be eaten on the go.

Locals will pop in and out of different bars, or stay at one and order dishes throughout the night.

This Tapas and wine tour is an authentic way to eat traditional Spanish food.

Your guide will take to you to 4 of Madrid’s most popular tapas bars, where you will enjoy up to 10 different dishes.

Wash them down with delicious Spanish Wine.

The small group size (12 people max) means your wine and dining experience will be more intimate.

It’s perfect for starting a romantic evening together, and an introduction to tapas. 

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16. Spanish Cooking Class

Departure – Central Madrid, near Santa Ana Square

Duration – 3 hours

Learn how to make Paella, possibly Spain’s most famous meal, or some tasty Tapas on this Spanish cooking course.

A local chef will teach you the techniques required.

You will cook in teams of 2, making it a brilliant evening for couples.

Work together to make a delicious dinner for you both to eat.

The romance will continue when you go home, as each time you cook the meal again will remind you of your fantastic trip to Madrid. 

No cooking experience is required, and a vegetarian option is available too. 

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17. Horse riding and Tapas Lunch

Departure – Cercedilla Train Station

Duration – 2 to 3 hours

Head to the wild on horseback to explore Madrid’s forests.

You will visit a horse ranch where you can meet the pets and your mount before saddling up.

Enjoy an hour riding through beautiful Spanish countryside where you will see forests, mountains, and hopefully local wildlife.

Afterwards enjoy a tapas lunch with locals, and listen to their stories about the areas history and local culture.

Its a fun way to relax away from the city with your loved one. 

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18. Hot Air Balloon Flight

Departure – Segovia, Toledo or your centrally located Madrid hotel (if option selected)

Duration – 4 hours

What could be more romantic than going up, up, and away with your loved one?

Why not surprise your partner with this special tour, especially if it’s your anniversary, or perhaps an aerial proposal appeals?

The sunrise tour gives you the option of cruising above Toledo old town or the Segovia Aqueduct.

You should have fantastic panoramic views, a magical experience for you both.

After your flight share a delicious Spanish brunch and enjoy a glass of Cava, to make the whole experience extra special. 

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19. Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant

Location – La Castafiore, Madrid

Duration – 3 hours

Spend a sophisticated evening at restaurant La Castafiore.

This small restaurant has gained a cult following of locals and visitors alike, thanks to it’s uniqueness.

Your waiting staff for the evening are all Opera singing, and the whole evening is opera themed.

The Spaniard’s opera style of the restaurant is called zarzuela.

You will enjoy plenty of songs and dialouge recognizable from famous operas such as La Boheme and La Traviata.

All of this entertainment occurs while you enjoy a traditional 4 course meal with your love. 

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20. Flamenco Show

Location – Corral de la Moreria venue in Madrid

Duration – 3 hours

Flamenco is Spain’s iconic dance, and watching the chemistry between the Flamenco dancers is sure to ignite the chemistry between you and your partner. 

Corral de la Morería is one of the most prestigious tablaos (flamenco venue) in Madrid.

You can choose to include a drink, or dinner with your show, to make a full evening of cultural Spanish entertainment. 

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21. Arabian Baths and Massage

Location – Hamman Al Ándalus

Duration – 90 minutes

Romance and relaxation go hand in hand at the stunning Hamman Al Ándalus, Madrid’s Arabian baths.

Escape the bustle and soak up the serene atmosphere with your loved one.

There is plenty to relax your soul with candle lit walkways, multiple thermal pools and aromatic steam rooms.

There are various options for treatments available, but you can’t go wrong with an aromatherapy massage. 

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22. Madrid National Park

Location – Madird National Park

Duration – 3 to 5 hours

Outdoors enthusiasts will love exploring Madrid National Park.

You will have plenty of options to explore the stunning scenery.

Hiking, kayaking, Mountain Biking, scrambling, caving and rock climbing are several choices available to you.

It doesn’t matter if you are experienced or a first timer, there is something to suit you and your partner.

Work together to explore and enjoy Madrids impressive mountains and ancient forests. 

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Madrid might not be the first city you think of when it comes to romance, with the likes of Paris ever taking center stage.

However there are plenty of amazing tours which are perfect for couples.

The historic atmosphere and friendly Spanish culture are bound to inspire romance on your trip here.

It is likely to be a lovely trip with expectations of fun and enjoyment of discovering Madrid’s beauty, rather than the onus being solely on romance.

Besides, what could be better to do with your love than wander, hand in hand, along ancient cobblestone streets surrounded by Gothic architecture.

A sunrise hot air balloon ride, wine tasting, or evening watching flamenco dancing is a great way to spend intimate time together.

You are bound to leave Madrid with many fond memories and a spark in your eye. 

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