The art-filled museums, Renaissance cathedrals, lush rolling hills and pristine beaches, prove that Spain is much more than running with the bulls and tomato fights. Meals are big here and a time to socialize, drink and dance. They usually start after 9 p.m. and carry on well into the night filled with countless plates of tapas, steaming pans of paella and pitchers of sangria. But don’t worry, the siestas ensure you get your rest.
From private country estates to palaces, fortresses, gardens and chapels, Spain is not lacking on romantic places to wed. During the ceremony, exchange a pouch holding 13 coins — a traditional Spanish symbol for sharing. As for the celebration afterwards, receptions here are much like the meals, filled with multiple courses that last well into the night.
Ibiza Known as the party mecca of the world, Ibiza guarantees whatever nightlife you’re in the mood for, with everything from club and house music to underground trance and live jazz. For an added perk, keep your eyes peeled; this is a playground for the rich, famous, and royal.
Madrid The capital of Spain is a must for the couple that has a love for fine art. For a glimpse of works by famous artists like El Greco, Velazquez and Goya. Stop by a pastry shop for the palmera de chocolate (a heart-shaped flat pastry covered in chocolate). Or, pick a spot at the Plaza de Oriente where you can sit and enjoy the views of the Royal Palace and the Alumdena Cathedral. Save some energy for dancing when the sun goes down: Madrid’s music includes everything, from garage rock to classic flamenco.
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