The best Valentine’s Day in Portugal and Green Spain

Start the most romantic week of the year and, in 2018, also the most carnivalesque. From Five Sensations, we propose different plans that you can make as a couple to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Portugal and northern Spain. There is a plan for you, either you are adventurous or you opt for more relaxing options.


Lisbon is, next to Paris, Rome or Venice, one of the most romantic cities in the world. Its gardens, its impressive viewpoints and its fado houses are some of the characteristics that best justify this distinction.

From the Mirador das Portas do Sol you can see the Alfama district, the inspiration of many of the most famous fados and the location of the museum dedicated to Portuguese popular song. A few meters away is the Mirador de Santa Luzia, from which you can see the Tagus and the port of Lisbon. In its surroundings there are attractive gardens such as the Eduardo VII Park or the Botanical Garden of Ajuda, the first of its kind in the capital of Portugal.
The musical note of the city is the Mouraria’s neighborhood, the cradle of fado. Some of its streets constitute a “walk of fame” of the most renowned exponents of this genre. The walls of the Rua do Capelão are decorated with portraits of great Portuguese songs such as Argentina Santos, Fernando Maurício or Amália Rodrigues.


One of Galicia’s most precious natural assets is its mineral-medicinal waters. Specifically, there are two points of reference in terms of hydrotherapy: Mondariz and Ourense. The Gran Hotel Balneario de Mondariz, in the province of Pontevedra, was one of the nerve centers of the Belle Époque. During the 20s of the last century, numerous international personalities gathered at their facilities to test their hydrotherapy techniques. The Ourense town of Outariz is famous for its outdoor hot springs, as well as Prexigueiro, which has a natural environment of great scenic value.


One of the most impressive corners of Euskadi is the Salto del Nervión. It is the highest waterfall of the entire Iberian Peninsula, with its 222 meters. The best way to enjoy the immensity of this natural treasure as a couple is through a hot air balloon excursion. In this way, it is possible to see bird’s-eye view of both the Nervión Falls and the Txarlazo monument, or the Pico del Fraile. This area is located on Monte Santiago, a space located on the border between Burgos and Álava and which has been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA). In addition to this, its great ecological value led it to be included also in the list of enclaves protected by the Natura 2000 Network.

Those wishing to combine nature and gastronomy can choose to visit the Rioja Alavesa. In addition to immersing yourself in its vineyards and in the artisanal production of its wines through family cellars, it is possible to discover places such as the old town of Elciego, declared a national artistic heritage, or the Gothic monastery of Santa María de los Reyes, in Laguardia.

Santo del Nervión, de Mimadeo


An unmissable activity in a trip to Asturias is the tasting of two of its star products: cider and cheese. If, in addition, you have the opportunity to learn about the process of handcrafting, the natural environment that surrounds it, and even participate in it, the experience is unique.

Of the 26 cheeses with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) that are currently in Spain, four come from Asturias: Afuega’l Pitu, Casín, Gamonéu, and Cabrales. In this last denomination the Cueva Exposición Queso Cabrales is located, located in the village of Arenas de Cabrales and dependent on the Cabrales Foundation, classified as of General Interest.
As far as cider is concerned, Asturias houses 80% of the production produced in Spain. The varieties of this product come from more than 500 types of apple, distributed in its eighty wine presses. One of the most famous is the Castañón, which took its first steps in the town of Villaviciosa in 1938.


Animal lovers will have their perfect plan in the wild visit to the Cabárceno Nature Park, very close to Santander. In this mode of travel, the visitor is accompanied at all times by veterinarians or caregivers, responsible for describing everything that happens behind the scenes. In the wild visit for its 750 hectares, it is possible, among other things, to go into a jeep in the enclosure of brown bears, to feed the giraffes or to hold an imperial eagle on the arm.
The Cantabrian nature also hides important testimonies from Prehistory. This is the case of the Cave of Altamira, known as the “Sistine Chapel of Rock Art” and whose replica is open to visits in the town of Santillana del Mar, although it is now also possible to visit the original one.