Love is in the air, in that inevitable 14th February kind of a way, or if you’re here in Spain then it’s San Valentin who’s spreading the warm fuzzy red hearts around the town. To celebrate the big Feb 14, we are going to share 14 date ideas for all of the romantics out there (especially handy for anyone who complete forgot cupid was coming to town!). We’ll start with the classics:
First up is the classic spa option, spending a day of relaxation together. Here on the Costa del Sol we’re lucky enough to have many beautiful spas dotted along the coast, from Reserva del Higueron in Benalmadena to those at our beautiful Wedding venues of La Cala Resort, Estrella del Mar, Los Monteros and many more.
The second classic option – a dinner date. The Costa del Sol is home to many stunning restaurants to suit anything from a casual afternoon tapas date, to a Michelin star fine dining experience. The most luxurious dining venues can be found in Malaga capital or in the resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus. There are some hidden gems scattered in the surrounding areas of Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas though too. Many hotels also do special gala dinners for San Valentin.
Keeping food in mind, as let’s be honest, who doesn’t love food – Brunch! If you’re celebrating Valentine’s at home and have kids going off to nursery or school, then what a great opportunity to have a bit of time together as a couple in the mid morning. Whether you’re heading out, or enjoying in the comfort of your own home or hotel room. Brunch is my personal favourite excuse for chocolate and sugary treats before lunch.
4. Walking or Hiking
So bear with me on this one, it may sound a little boring, so boring in fact I nearly removed from the list, but, I must say I get a lot of my best “me” time on my daily dog walk. Stepping this up a notch going on a hike is a great opportunity to chat and learn plenty of weird and wonderful facts about each other. Taking it up a further notch, here in Marbella many people take it upon themselves to do a sponsored hike up the mountain of La Concha. If you’re feeling super active, then this is the option for you!
Maybe this should be higher up in my list with the “classics” a movie date is a goodie, but an oldie. The cinemas here in touristic areas all show films in English, you just need to look out for the VOS next to the title which means “Version Original Subtitulada”. Miramar in Fuengirola, or Plaza Mayor in Malaga are two locations that tend to offer multiple films in English.
Relive your teenage years and head to the bowling alley! There’s one in both Marbella’s La Cañada Shopping centre or in Malaga Centre. A fun activity to spend an hour or two together.
7. Boat trip
Well we are right on the coast, so why not make the most of being by the seaside and take a boat ride. There is a regular boat “ferry” that goes from Benalmadena marina to Fuengirola port multiple times per day and takes around half an hour. It’s a great way to enjoy the views and do something a little unique. There are also multiple boat rental agencies in the area that can help you out with private rentals for anything from 1-8 hours, with or without a captain!
So this cropped up in last week’s post as something fun to do here on the Costa del Sol in lower season, and well I’ve had to repeat it as it’s something my partner, daughter and I all really enjoy doing on weekend. There are many bicycle rental shops in Malaga, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella, where you can rental normal or electrical bikes on an hourly or daily basis. It’s a really fun way to spend your time, and even catch a cheeky tan.
Mini golf, a retro date idea. Low cost, lots of fun and readily available. You might need to put some pre-match rules in place though to avoid fights over who’s winning.
Easy option, can be done morning, noon or night – Picnic. Whether you take it to a park, the botanical gardens or even the beach, is there even anything more romantic?
Here in Southern Spain we’re very much spoilt, we have such a wide choice of places within very easy driving distance. You can take your pick on this one, but some of our recommendations would be: Gibraltar, Ronda, Ojen, Granada, Mijas and Malaga. If you’re feeling a bit more adverturous there’s also fantastic high speed train connections from Malaga Maria Zambrana station to Madrid, Cordoba and Seville.
Is there any explanation needed? Whether you go for organised wine tasting, or arrange your own wine tasting. It’s guaranteed to be a great after/evening!
At Mijas’ Mayan Monkey, there’s a make your own chocolate experience. It’s something unique and a great way to spend time together doing something you wouldn’t do at home.
For those who have read the other options and can’t think of anything worse than chit chatting over a moonlit picnic, make your way down to Elviria, Marbella. There you will find Adventura Amazonia. The tree climbing and ziplining centre isn’t for the faint hearted. It’s also right behind the town centre of Elviria, so after an active hour or two you can refuel with drinks or food at the nearby bars and restaurants.
However you decide to spend your Valentine’s together, we hope you have a fantastic one. To those who are coming to Spain in the coming months, why not save this post for ideas to do together. For those getting engaged, the biggest CONGRATS, we invite you to start your Wedding Planning Journey over on our parent site: www.bespokeweddingsspain.com