Unique romantic getaways

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A boat ride across the pond in El Retiro Park may sound great, but there are lots of more innovative things to do in Madrid. A different stay in the Spanish capital with your significant other.

Vintage getaway

If yours is a traditional kind of love, there are several things for you in Madrid. You could ride a scooter, take a look at century-old shops or have a drink or a meal in bars and restaurants with a long history. For a fresh look at the past, head for the new Café Comercial or take the cocido (chickpea stew) and siesta deal at Hotel Indigo, just off Gran Vía (available in February and March).

The dinner and movie plan is a classic. For a surprising twist, try the largest drive-in cinema in Europe. For old times’ sake, have a drink in one of the iconic bars of La Movida, such as Rock-Ola, Penta or La Vía Láctea. And to have something to remember your love by, get a tattoo at True Love Tatoo, a parlour run by El Bara, one of the most popular old-school tattoo artists in the city.

 

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Now, if you’re fans of very old things, there are three musts for you: the Teatro Real opera house, now celebrating its 200th anniversary; the National Archaeological Museum, which has been renovated recently; or the lesser-known yet equally amazing National Museum of Anthropology.

 

Getaway for geeks

If you’ve met via social media or thanks to the algorithm of an app, you could be interested in what Madrid has for techies.

Bus stops in the EMT network are equipped with NFC and QR technology, so you can use your smartphones to know when the next bus is coming. More modern ways of getting around include Segway Tours and the e-bike rental system, BiciMAD. For more exclusive transportation, check the Tesla rental apps available.

Tech lovers will find interesting tourist attractions in Madrid. Telefónica Foundation and Medialab Prado host multidisciplinary cultural activities dealing with technology and culture in the twenty-first century. Also, there’s an Apple Store in the beating heart of the city, Puerta del Sol. It’s one of the largest in Europe – a real temple for acolytes of this brand. La N@ve, in the popular district of Villaverde, is a fascinating innovation and entrepreneurship centre. If you like it, you can get official T-shirts with illustrations of the industrial building.

For tech hotels in Madrid, try the NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding. Although it’s best known for housing DiverXO, David Muñoz’s restaurant isn’t the only thing it has to offer. For instance, there’s a giant dome covered by a 300m2 LED screen. And there are also the Mood Rooms: smart rooms that change according to guests’ mood.

Finally, the best places in town for hyperconnected couples to have a drink are La Piscine – the first coffice in town, where you pay for your Internet connection and get free coffee rather than the other way around – and Pixel Bar, Madrid’s first barcraft or e-sports bar.

 

Getaway for freaks

If you’re into role playing, Z movies or non-mainstream manga, your trip to Madrid should include a visit to La Caja del Terror, a place where magic and drama join forces for a horrifying experience. The escape room and the escape cluedo are particularly spooky. Other attractions worth visiting are the Wax Museum and the Amusement Park, featuring a Walking Dead Experience.

Murders in Madrid is a private guided tour of places where the city’s most infamous crimes took place. For the charm of graveyards, go to La Almudena or San Isidro. The latter even offers guided tours.

 

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For a romantic gift, try El Jardín del Ángel, a flower shop housed in an ancient cemetery. And for a drink, there’s a bunch of peculiar bars: Coconut Bar, by Killer Barbie Silvia Superstar; Medias Puri, a storefront nightclub (the façade is a haberdasher’s); or La Gatoteca, a bar where you can get alcohol-free drinks while surrounded by purring cats – a Japanese concept brought to Madrid.

For a night out of the ordinary, stay at the Cat’s Hostel, where all kinds of paranormal activity takes place.

 

Getaway and fitness

So you’ve met at the spinning class and you prefer calorie-counting wristbands to jewellery? Madrid is the perfect city for you too.

You’ll find spas, wellness centres and gyms in many hotels in town, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. At the Hotel Paseo del Arte, however, they’re one step ahead: they have personal trainers for their guests and organise running tours of the city.

For a shopping spree, head for the six-storey store of El Corte Inglés specialising in sports gear in Puerta del Sol, or just find your favourite brand’s store in town: Nike, Adidas, Decathlon… you name it.

If you’re sports lovers, you may want to take a look at Madrid’s football temples: the Santiago Bernabeu and the Wanda Metropolitano stadiums. And for a romantic but healthy meal, try the growing number of green restaurants and grocery shops in town like Honest Greens, Rawcoco or Kiki Market.

 

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