When thinking about a romantic break, the brain often reverts to the usual suspects – Paris, Venice, etc – but making a move away from the most stereotypical options can have a number of benefits. After all, your trip will be much more personal to you if you stop yourself from falling into the well trodden clichés.
With this in mind, it is worth considering a holiday in Malaga with your loved one. There are plenty of beautiful places and fun activities to do for two in this corner of southern Spain. All you need to do is book your travel and just add you.
Plaza de la Merced
Most visits to Malaga involve some time spent in this iconic square, as it is the beating heart of the city. It is great for couples as there are plenty of quaint bars and cafes where you can sit outside and enjoy the pleasant climate all year round.
The Picasso Birthplace Museum backs onto Plaza de la Merced and it was within the square that the great artist spotted a pair of lovers feeding the pigeons. Recreate the scene and then pop into the cultural institution to appreciate the works of Malaga’s most famous son.
Monte de Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba Citadel
Any romantic getaway should involve a stroll to a secluded place with great views, and climbing up to Monte de Gibralfaro is the best way to achieve this in Malaga. Here you will find both a castle and citadel, adding to the beauty of the place.
Wander through the fortifications holding hands or splash out on a stay at the parador, which has been created out of the remaining buildings. These unique hotels are often located within historic settings and are a wonderful way to add an extra special element to couples holidays in Spain.
Admiring the view from the top of the hill, you will be able to see much of the city stretching out towards to the sea. Look out for the bull ring where young matadors can be seen training, as well as the formal gardens and ornate Town Hall nearby.
Having admired these sights from above, why not take a trip to visit them close up? The Town Hall and the Puerta Oscura and Pedro Luis Alonso gardens are all found within Malaga Park, which is accessed by a beautiful avenue surrounded by well thought out planting.
All holidays in Malaga are likely to involve the beach and your romantic retreat should be no different. There are several to choose from near Malaga, but La Malagueta is the most popular and easy to reach.
Get up early and watch the sun rise as you paddle in the surf, or get a cocktail from one of the bars lining the promenade and enjoy watching the shining orb sink below the horizon. Either way, expect to get the romance flowing.
Horse and carriage ride
If after all of that you are not feeling loved up enough, take a horse and carriage ride around the city. This is a lovely leisurely way to travel, allowing you to enjoy each other’s company while finding more hidden gems dotted around Malaga.
Choose between touring the areas around the cathedral, Plaza de la Aduana or Plaza de la Marina. Each has different secrets to divulge. A ride such as this is like the Spanish equivalent of taking a gondola, but you can guarantee it won’t harm the wallet anywhere near as much.