Valentine’s Day – a time for love, romance and that uncomfortable feeling of wondering what to buy the loved one in your life.
While many people will stick with tried and trusted favourites like flowers or chocolate, others will try to think a little more creatively.
With this year’s Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday, it opens up the possibility of enjoying a fun-packed evening or even a weekend away.
With that in mind, it may be well worth considering a visit to some fantastic events taking place across Spain as a way of celebrating the day. Here are three of our favourites.
The Las Palmas Carnival
The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival is a three-week extravaganza of parties, music, comedy, food, parades and much more.
Book a long weekend starting on Valentine’s Day for a fun-filled experience that will provide you with a lifetime of memories.
On Valentine’s Day itself the Adult Troupe Contest takes centre stage in the Parque Santa Catalina, showcasing the true meaning of carnival with a mix of stunning costumes, music and dance.
The following day is headlined by the Vegueta Carnival – a daytime event starting at noon that will see the city centre filled with party-goers who come out to drink, dance and have a good time.
In the evening the End of Murgas Contest is one of the most exciting events of the entire carnival, with hundreds of people gathering to cheer on their favourite groups.
Partying in Las Palmas may be a bit too energetic for your tastes, but the city of Madrid has an event that could be right up your street on Valentine’s Day.
If you used Betway’s Date Night Decider for inspiration and it suggested a romantic meal for two in Spain’s capital, you could take things up a notch by checking out Gastrofestival Madrid.
More than 500 venues work together on this event to provide visitors with a gastronomical feast of culinary delights.
Restaurants across the city come up with one-off special menus, while cinemas and museums host food-themed sessions that are sure to get your taste buds flowing.
The programme features numerous themed categories including Gastronomic Madrid, Gastroculture, Sensory Experiences, Gastrofashion, Gastrohealth and Charitable Gastrofestival.
The municipal markets are also worth a visit, offering visitors food samplings, workshops, talks and more from across the gastronomy spectrum.
Film Symphony Orchestra – Torrevieja Auditorium
Alicante will come alive with some of cinema’s biggest hits on Valentine’s Day as Madrid’s Film Symphony Orchestra play at the stunning Torrevieja Auditorium.
More than 70 world class musicians will treat film fans to classic pieces from famous films like Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Back to the Future.
Constantino Martinez-Orts, the FSO’s conductor, has built a 130-minute show that will leave you spellbound from start to finish.
First launched back in 2011, the project is the only private symphony orchestra in Spain that plays music solely from the movies.
The concert is something completely unique and is undoubtedly one of the most innovative ideas you could come up with for Valentine’s Day.