From exotic beaches, insane party scenes, and fiestas, here are 7 reasons why Spain is the ultimate honeymoon destination

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Ohio State University carried out a study into marital strife over 20 years revealed 22 percent of couples who argue on their honeymoon will do the same throughout their married life. To ensure you aren’t included in the 22 percent, make sure you start by choosing the right destination, which is one of the most prominent reasons that lead to a fight. If the way to man’s heart is through the stomach, the way to guarantee a happy honeymoon is through- Spain! Discovering a land that offers it all from balmy days at pristine beaches, mountains, and landscapes that ignite a love for nature and adrenaline rush at Barcelona’s Camp Nou is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to spectacular Spain. While one naturally presumes the destination to extend helluva cultural magnificence, delightful festivals, and oodles of fun, we have categorically divided the bounties of Spain for the party-goer, nature-lover, architecture enthusiast, and more. To ensure a smooth experience make sure you have all the essential security clearances in place in addition to your visa, like the ETIAS visa waiver. There’s no stopping you lovebirds now from having the time of your loves in a magical land that is Spain:

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Vibrant nightlife for the party animals
You can’t spend your honeymoon only nestled in a bed when there is so much to do other than stare into each other’s eyes (save that for wine and dine days). Spain offers the wildest party scene in all of Europe. It won’t be easy to choose between Madrid’s sassy, never-ending nights to Ibiza’s clubbing scene. People rely on Marbella to experience the refined lounges and glamorous clubs in Puerto Banus and the Golden Mile for a more upscale variety of letting loose. Del Diego is considered by many to be the best cocktail bar in Madrid, a stone’s throw away from the Gran Vía and Chueca and all their nightclubs. Couples can also join Pubcrawl Tours to visit almost every fantastic club in nearly every Spanish city. We suggest heading to Opium Madrid for the most exclusive club experience and Plaza Real in Barcelona for famous clubs like Jamboree, Sidecar, and Tarantos.

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Hikes and adventures for the adrenaline junkies
For many, a honeymoon is all beds and roses, but not for the adventure seekers who would come back disappointed if all the action is limited to their rooms. Thankfully, Spain saves them the disappointment owing to diverse panoramas, hardy mountain ranges, coastal routes, well-marked trails, and great weather. Peñalara near Madrid (an hour’s drive away) is an excellent choice for those who don’t want to stress their limbs out. The easy hike takes around 3.5 hours for a round-trip, through the Parque Natural de Peñalara where one can spot a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Believers of ‘no pain, no gain’ can opt for the more thrilling Caminito del Rey trail dotted with dangling footbridges, wooden walkways fastened against steep rock faces, and a glass balcony that explicates exactly where you don’t want to land. To dedicate an entire day to a fun activity, the Pico Sobarcal is a superb choice as it will fill your day with awe-inspiring views of the Pyrenees that extends vistas up to France. Unless you are an advanced hiker, reaching the peak’s zenith might be too much of a task for you and your spouse. To make unforgettable memories on your honeymoon, an offbeat location Las Cañadas del Teide National Park is another great hiking destination through volcanic landscapes.

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El Bulli restaurant

Food haven for the insatiable gastronomes
While there are plenty of paellas, gazpacho, and empanadas to savor, Spanish delights go beyond the globally known and relished dishes. Make your honeymoon truly special by taking your spouse on a dinner date at El Bulli, the Michelin 3 star restaurant on the northeast tip of Spain. It is regarded as one of the very best restaurants globally known for hot and cold trout roe tempura and tapioca of Iberian ham. To savor a special Mediterranean fare, visit the incredible Basque restaurant Arzak in San Sebastian. They highly recommend trying the lavish 16-course taster menu. Couples staying in the capital must make a trip to Jockey, known for its unbeatable combination of traditional cuisine with French tendencies.

Along with Michelin-starred food and being spoilt for choice over 700 varieties of wine and spirits, you may also spot a celebrity or two at this hotspot. Martin Berasategui in Barcelona may seem pricey for $350 per person. Still, it’s one of the unique places in Spain known for caramelized millefeuilles of smoked eel, crunchy hazelnut toffee, frozen wasabi, and “pacari” chocolate frost.

Fiestas and festivals for the livewires
If you plan your honeymoon between January and October, there will be plenty of chances to attend a culture-laden fiesta. Luckily for you, colorful Spain has countless festivals and events throughout the year in the country. The April Fair of Seville is one of our favorites as it takes you back in time. Dress up like locals, attend the lighting of the entrance to the fairgrounds at midnight, frequent the week-long fair with loads of entertainment, colors, and best of Andalusian art like flamenco. If the Tomatina festival is passe, maybe the Haro Wine Festival in Northern Spain will entice you. Who would want to miss exciting beer fights instead of squishy tomatoes? Benicassim Festival will tap the interest of music lovers. The four-day event brings together popular bands and artists on stage. If you plan a honeymoon in July, take a few days out to visit Benicassim and experience freedom in music.

Beaches for the laidback lovers
After an adrenaline-packed experience, honeymooners must explore the most stunning aspect of Spain- its beaches. Tenerife in the Canary Islands is one of the perfect honeymoon destinations owing to its rocky terrains & scenic backdrop. Ideal for holding hands and taking long walks along secluded, pine-fringed, white-sand beaches. The Costa Galicia is known for bonfires along the pristine beach, thermal bath, and mouth-watering food joints. One would expect to hit the Island of Ibiza mainly for its boisterous dance club scene, but the white sand beaches are stunning like no other. Of course, you may miss some calm moments as the party never stops here, much like the waves, but honeymoons should never be dull. Lovers who want to spend a few moments in paradise should visit Aiguablava. An unspoiled paradise for snorkeling, diving, and getting cozy in the boat. This quaint spot is one of the most popular in Catalonia for all the right reasons. Last but not least is the majestic Praia das Catedrais, the beach of the Cathedrals, in Ribadeo, Lugo. a Natural Monument, the arches of rock between the cliffs makes for a great location to spend your day with your most favorite person.

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The Transcantabrico Gran Lujo for the travelers
For couples who want to see the world, albeit, through the road less traveled, Spain offers one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world. Hop on to the Transcantabrico Gran Lujo to discover the best of Spain’s Atlantic coast over seven days. The luxury route runs from San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela and back, and the Classic way takes you from León to Santiago de Compostela through Bilbao and back. The journey is packed with sightseeing adventures and luxurious amenities in equal measure. No less than a five-star hotel on wheels, the lounges and suites of the Transcantabrico flaunt an early 20th century’s charm with modern comforts such as WiFi and flatscreen TV. The crew ensures you are well taken care of by providing the finest selection of wines, haute cuisine, and excursion meals in top-notch restaurants. Newlyweds will make great memories onboard the Transcantabrico and also revel in sights like the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, the prehistoric cave of Altamira, the Picos de Europa National Park, and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It is an unconventional honeymoon idea for the couple that esteems experiences and wants to rejoice in each other’s companionship against a stunning Spanish backdrop.

Luxury resorts for the oh-so-in-love couple
If your agenda on your honeymoon is not stepping out and enjoying a relaxing vacation with your loved one, then Spain has someof the best luxury resorts and hotels. Grand, elegant, and exciting, these opulent resorts will make you want to stay forever. Let us begin with the newest addition to the capital, the Bless Madrid hotel. It is a splendid luxury hotel offering everything from luxe suites designed by Lázaro Rosa-Violán fitted with bespoke ‘blessed beds. Guests can spend their days relaxing in the sprawling Magness Soulful Spa or sweating it out at the Fitnic Power Gym. The highlight is the Fetén Clandestine Bar, located in the basement, complete with a bowling alley and the Picos Pardos Sky Lounge. It is ideally located in Salamanca, the location that’s inundated with designer retailers and chic independent boutiques. If you don’t want to go for a very urban setting, then the Finca Cortesin Hotel captures the essence of Southern Spain and is so romantic. Space, isolation, and luxury are served here wholeheartedly, evident in the generously proportioned guest rooms and suites that come with plunge pools and terraces. There are some spectacular private villas available in addition to world-class golf facilities. What newlyweds don’t enjoy a minor sport in the outdoors that are flanked by mountain views. Rest and rejuvenation can be found at the spa and Kabuki Raw, the hotel’s Michelin-star restaurant. Another fantastic option for luxury lovers is the Puente Romano Beach Resort on Marbella’s Golden Mile. Guests will be charmed by the five-star Puente Romano that brings Andalucian allure to your stay. With the addition of the uber-fashionable, adults-only Nobu Marbella hotel, now part of the same complex, this place is ideal for honeymooners to divide their valuable time.

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