For engaged couples, there is a whole lot of time, energy, and money that is poured into wedding plans. Weddings tend to take months, a year, or even more to plan, depending on how elaborate you want to go. With all that stress on your plate, it can be hard to think about what happens after the wedding, but in fact, your honeymoon deserves attention as well.
A honeymoon gives that newly married couple a chance to get away, just the two of you, celebrate your union, and truly relax after all the work that went into the wedding. While there are no rules on what destination you pick for a honeymoon, it’s quite normal to look for something that seems romantic and/or exotic. This is exactly why the destination of Madrid, Spain is such a fabulous option.
If you’ve had your eyes on Madrid and want to ensure your honeymoon is unforgettable and romantic, then these planning tips will help you out.
Get Things Off to the Perfect Start with Romantic Accommodations
Your accommodations are something that can literally take a trip from average to absolutely spectacular. This is exactly why you want to put the extra time in research various hotels and find one that checks off all the boxes. You’ll find everything from modern hotels with luxury amenities to unique boutique hotels and older, more authentic properties that are nothing short of stunning.
Some of the amenities you may want to look for include room service, a cocktail lounge or bar, a pool, concierge service, a romantic restaurant on-site, and rooms with fabulous views of the city.
Plan a Private City Tour
One cannot visit the city of Madrid without touring around and visiting all the incredible sights and attractions. Since this is your honeymoon, a private city tour could be the perfect way to go. There are a number of tour operators in the city that offers pre-set tours or allow you to customise your own private tour.
Stroll Through El Retiro
There’s nothing that screams romance like taking a leisurely stroll through stunning grounds. That is exactly what you’ll be able to do at El Retiro, which is a 300-acre park in the centre of the city. The park actually belonged to the Spanish monarchy all the way up until the late 19th century. It was at this time that it was opened up to the public. Explore monuments, sculptures, a lake for boating, free concerts during the summer, and various other events.
Visit a Traditional Flamenco Show
Whether you have heard of Flamenco dancing before or not, this is a traditional Spanish dance that simply must be experienced first-hand while in Madrid. Not only is it exciting to watch, but it’s an incredibly romantic dance that is perfect for a honeymooning couple. Flamenco is actually made up of three elements, which is something many tourists aren’t aware of. There is the dance portion, but there is also the song accompanied by a guitar in order to create the full experience.
So, where can you take in a fabulous Flamenco show in Madrid? Cardamomo is an excellent option, as this dinner show will transport you to a whole other world. Each and every day, 10 artists perform, which means you get a different show each day. In total there are four shows a day, making it very easy to fit into your travel itinerary. The fact that you can pair the Flamenco live performance with an authentic and tasty menu served with wine will make the experience all the better.
Enjoy Authentic Spanish Cuisine
Another essential in planning that perfect honeymoon is to make sure you set aside time to dine in at least a few authentic Spanish restaurants. You can do a little online research before leaving, or you can ask at your hotel’s front desk for restaurant recommendations. Keep in mind it may be necessary to make reservations to ensure that you get in.
Embark On a Museum Tour
Finally, you’ll want to be sure you take in at least some of Madrid’s world-famous art collections. You can visit the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which houses Europe’s largest private art collection; the Museo del Prado, which is the country’s national art museum; or the Museo Reina Sofia with more than 20,000 pieces from such famous artists as Picasso and Miró. And let’s not forget that the museums themselves are artwork.
Plenty to Do and See on Your Honeymoon
Madrid is truly an ideal destination for honeymooners as it is packed with romantic sights, attractions, and experiences, and it allows you to stay as busy or relaxed as you like. There’s a good chance that when you do return home, you’ll want to start planning your next trip to Madrid right away.