Madrid for Two

Madrid invites lovers to embrace the sensual delights so their hearts beat faster as they are enchanted by this romantic city. Start out from the coziest hotel Madrid offers and spend a day touring the tastes, smells, sights, touches, and sounds guaranteed to arouse latent urges and fuel fiery passions.


Begin a day of decadence by veering off the beaten path to Chocolat, a humble yet brilliant chocolatier located on Calle de Santa María in the Letras neighborhood. Though small, this family-run café oozes charm and its friendly staff will warm your cockles by greeting you with delightful samples of their cookie, cake, and candy creations. Send your taste buds into spasms of delight and trigger your pleasure endorphins with the best “hot chocolate con churros” in Madrid, served fresh with all the trimmings. They also offer a light breakfast with rich coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice to power you up for more of Milan’s romantic indulgences.

Madrid Travel – Churros Con Choco in San Ginésby by anna_t, on Flickr

The next stop is Le Secret du Marais at 75 Hortaleza Street in the Chueca neighborhood where your olfactory senses will have a field day. Head to the fragrance counters where exquisite perfumes and colognes are arranged on glass shelves categorized by their foundation scent (amber, citrus, cinnamon, etc.). Have your love decide which base aroma best enhances your natural muskiness and then do the same for them. Then set about testing the lighter scents till you discover that alchemical scent that triggers your desires. For a pretty price, you can create your own custom blend or purchase a pre-formulated designer scent. Even if you just play with the samples, you’ll leave the shop enveloped in a perfumed cloud.


Also in the Chueca neighborhood is a feast for the eyes at the National Museum of Romanticism housed in an 18th-century mansion at 13 Calle de San Mateo. Stroll arm in arm through elegant rooms decorated from floor to ceiling with impressive artifacts from the late 19th century when the Spanish Romantic Movement made heroes of the common man instead of the aristocracy. Your eyes will be intrigued by the mystical ambiance of the portraits, porcelain figurines, gilded mirrors, and fine furnishing that tempt to you look beyond the surface to find the hidden message left by these passionate patriots.


Now indulge your whole body in the luxurious Arabic-style pleasure house, Hammam Ayala, at 126 Calle Ayala in the Salamanca neighborhood. Prepare to shed the last vestiges of tension and fatigue as you are both relaxed and revived simultaneously! The first stop is the tea house on the first floor where you sip on fresh herbal infusions that begin detoxifying your body and nibble selections from their artisan bakery that fortify your immune system. Once pleasantly hydrated and dosed with natural relaxants, ascend to the second floor where the real magic happens. The first step is a pore-opening sauna followed by a rub down by an esthetician using Dead Sea salt mitts to exfoliate your skin. On the next level, you experience a relaxing bath in water infused with spices and oils to nourish your skin and leave it glowing and healthy. The finale is an aromatic heat treatment that rids your body of any lingering toxins, stimulates blood circulation, and revives tired muscles.


As evening falls, take your relaxed, perfumed bodies to the Corral de la Moreria at 17 Calle Moreria (28005 Madrid) in the Morería neighborhood, the ‘cathedral of flamenco.’ Considered one of the world's most erotic dance and music spectacles, just watching these flamenco artists arouses deep emotions and unleashes passions. Highly recommended by the Michelin Guide, you and your beloved can top off your day with a full authentic Spanish dinner while the floorboards shake from the power of the lusty performances.

Madrid Travel – Corral de la Morería by PromoMadrid, on Flickr