Five Places to Propose in Madrid

Travel Tips — By Sarah E. Rogers on October 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

You know that she is the one for you! Now there’s no better time to propose than on your upcoming trip to Madrid, Spain. Think of a truly palatial square, a garden of roses, a stunningly beautiful restaurant, a romantic park or an impressive historic square. These are just a few of the locations in the Spanish capital that would make a great place to pop “the” question:

West Square (called Plaza de Oriente) is a splendid square in a privileged position. It sits in the shadow of the Royal Palace and next to Spain’s opera house. An equestrian statue of King Felipe IV graces the middle of the square and is surrounded by a pleasant stretch of manicured paths and gardens and two rows of statues depicting Spain’s past kings and queens. Perhaps you’ll ask her to be your queen.

La Rosaleda in Retiro Park is a formal, circle-shaped rose garden. While it is certainly most lovely in summer when the roses are in bloom, it is still an intimate garden the other three seasons of the year. And its circle shape is just as symbolic as the ring you likely have for her hand!

While well-known for the menu created by famed Spanish chef Ferran Adria, La Terraza del Casino is a quite elegant restaurant in an historic downtown building featuring a panoramic view of the city. Ask your sweetheart to put on one of her best dresses, take her arm and show her the setting for a meal to remember!

Though beautiful and idyllic, the Campo del Moro Gardens are a bit hidden for being the Royal Palace’s main gardens. They actually sit behind and below the palace with public access on Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto. There you will see peacocks, pheasants, manicured gardens and views of Spain’s white stone Royal Palace. It is certainly a delicate and romantic setting in which to declare your love and commitment.

Madrid’s Main Square (Plaza Mayor) is one of those places that makes you feel small in an important way – and it is an awestruck sensation best experienced together with your sweetheart. The Plaza Mayor feels beautiful and imposing when you stand on the cobblestones in the middle of the square and intimate and intriguing under the arches. Maybe you’ll tell her how you both will stand the test of time too.

In the comments section I’d love to hear how and where you proposed to your sweetheart in Madrid…

[Photo: Tela Chhe]