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Help with beautiful spots for making a proposal (of marriage!)

2020 Camino Guides

robertgreen

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese - Costal Way
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
A total of eight in the past 6 years!
How wonderful Robert! This will be a very, very special Camino for you both!

I will give you several suggestions to look at. The Mirador de Tio Rincho on the way to Viladesuso, is a wonderful look-out over the sea. My entire day nineteen on my CP, is full of look-outs over the sea. If you click on the link you will see the photo of this overlook and perhaps some other sea views, after just leaving La Guarda might also be nice. If you like old monasteries by the sea, scroll down the page - there is is the monastery in Oia, by the sea that is a lovely place as well.

I loved the view over the point at Cape Silleiro on our day twenty, another possibility. That day, in Baiona also has lovely long beaches, and a castle. The link will take you to photos.

While I did not go there, as the sanctuary was under construction scaffolding, many pilgrims rave about the views at the Santuário de Santa Luzia, at the top of the hill above Viana do Castelo. There is a brand-new albergue there now, and you could stay there, maybe and propose at sunset??

Good luck and Buen Camino!!
 

Pelegrin

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
-Top of Monte Santa Tecla (A Guarda),
spectacular views.
- Parador (castle) of Baiona.
-Islas Cíes (boat from Vigo).
 

amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
Go on, give yourself a treat in the Parador hotel in Baiona, a stunning castle by the sea and a great location for love too! Stunning sunsets.

Mosterio de Oia at sunset would be somewhere too.

 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
I'm with @SYates in thinking to do it at the end.
But proposing in front of the Cathedral right when you first arrive might not be the best time. It takes away from what is already an emotionally loaded moment, and something that deserves to be savored on it's own. But why not afterwards, once you're basking in the glow of having finished the camino journey - and looking ahead at the journey of life.
You could go back to to the Plaza do Obradoiro and pop the question there some time later.

And...not to over-think it. A proposal is a very private moment and not theatre. So why not play it by ear? There may be a natural moment that arises which would be far more perfect than something planned ahead.
A beautiful sunset, or even the opposite end of the spectrum - like when things are so awful that it's funny and you loose it in giggles about being wet and muddy and plugging up some horrible hill. In spite of the physical misery, these can actually be very happy times and times when heart bonds are fired in the kiln of struggle together.
 
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C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
These all sound like great places, and I especially liked @VNwalking's suggestion of letting the moment present itself. Just one caution: Don't be carrying a diamond ring on the Camino, unless you can afford to lose it! Take a fake one, or a photo of it sitting safely at home, or something else to show you have planned the proposal. I'm sorry to rain on the romance! 🤪 ☹ (Feel free to ignore my advice, but you have been warned.)
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I was also thinking that Santiago might be a good place to propose, after you have completed the Camino (or, if you are going on to Finisterre, there at sunset by the lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic).

I can certainly see C clearly's point. If you are going to propose in Santiago, one possibility to avoid carrying the ring with you on the Camino (and potentially losing it) might be to have it waiting for you in Santiago, perhaps with some nice fresh non-Camino clothes for the two of you that you can change into when the walking is done. I've heard that there are places in Santiago that you can ship things and have them waiting for you. Ivar may know more about that, though.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
Just one caution: Don't be carrying a diamond ring on the Camino, unless you can afford to lose it!
Excellent advice. You wouldn't be wearing the ring making it very likely it would get lost (as my brother's best man I had the wedding ring jump out of my pocket twice on his wedding day and, when he proposed, the engagement ring got lost in a box of chocolates before his betrothed even got to see it).

However, I remember seeing some movie where the engagement took place with a band-aid wrapped around the lady's finger instead of a ring. How's that for romance?
 

Tim Floyd

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017
TDMB 2016
Cotswold Way 2018
I can think of dozens of places on the Camino where I just found the location stunning and beautiful. I will also say that, at the time, I was probably pretty dirty and did not smell too great, so I am not sure that my own appearance would have contributed positively to the overall experience.

Here is what I would tell you. The Camino is an amazing thing to experience with your partner. We are married 39 years, and the Camino is one of the best things we ever did together. We talk about it all the time. It is a cherished memory.

What I would do is wait for that moment when everything is just perfect - you will know the moment when you are in it. The Camino provides. In that moment, ask her "Could it ever be better than this?". If she says "No", THAT is your moment.

Have an absolutely outstanding Camino together.
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Hi, @robertgreen,
I hope you don’t mind that I used my moderator powers to edit the title of your thread. I had ignored it for a few days because I was thinking it was perhaps about a business proposal, a proposal for an albergue, etc etc. THIS is much more interesting!

Congrats, and I think all of these ideas are great. I especially like @Tim Floyd’s idea. But I also think your selection depends on whether you want it to be more public or more private. I think the Plaza do Obradoiro, as SY suggests, is a fabulous place. But it is very public, and emotions will already be running high, so it just depends on how much emotional craziness you want to create. If you want private, some of the other locations are more in keeping with that idea.

But one potential downside — my son proposed to his wife in his favorite spot in Madrid (it was her first visit), and now they are always saving up their hard earned cash to take a return visit. Proposing closer to home would have been much cheaper for them.

Buen camino, Laurie
 

OnHellas

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
I too think that you will know the right place when you get there.
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Hopefully your beloved isn’t lurking on the forum and reading this.

If there is any doubt that her answer will be anything but an enthusiastic yes, don’t ask publicly.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF April/May 2019
I think it would be awesome if you propose somewhere near the beginning of your Camino - that way your Camino will be filled with so much joy and happiness and be one of celebration and thanksgiving. Your arrival at Santiago de Compostela will be the perfect ending to your celebrations.
Buen Camino.
 

Hurry Krishna

Indian on the Way
Camino(s) past & future
2009 (from Sarria), 2014 from St Jean Pied de Port, 2016 from Porto, 2018 from Le Puy to Santiago.
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
If you are doing the Coastal route then may be on the ferry across to A Guarda in Galicia?
 

NualaOC

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few and hopefully lots more. See signature.
-Islas Cíes (boat from Vigo).
Hi @robertgreen, what a lovely thread you've created here!

I imagine that you'll know when it's the right place and moment, but I LOVE @Pelegrin 's suggestion of the Islas Cíes. A sunset proposal there would be incredibly romantic, uncrowded and memorable. It would take a little bit of organisation, but it's definitely worth considering.

You can do it as a day trip, but an overnight stay would be really special (the campsite has pre-erected tents).

This website might be helpful. Good luck with whatever you decide.
 

tomnorth

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015)
I'm with @SYates in thinking to do it at the end.
But proposing in front of the Cathedral right when you first arrive might not be the best time. It takes away from what is already an emotionally loaded moment, and something that deserves to be savored on it's own. But why not afterwards, once you're basking in the glow of having finished the camino journey - and looking ahead at the journey of life.
You could go back to to the Plaza do Obradoiro and pop the question there some time later.

And...not to over-think it. A proposal is a very private moment and not theatre. So why not play it by ear? There may be a natural moment that arises which would be far more perfect than something planned ahead.
A beautiful sunset, or even the opposite end of the spectrum - like when things are so awful that it's funny and you loose it in giggles about being wet and muddy and plugging up some horrible hill. In spite of the physical misery, these can actually be very happy times and times when heart bonds are fired in the kiln of struggle together.
Amen to this! The moment is way more important than the location. A seemingly prosaic setting might present that absolute perfect moment.
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012)
CP(2015)
St Olavs Norway(2016)
88T Japan(2017)
PWC/VF(2019)
KK Japan(2021?)
VdlP/Moz(2022?)
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
Lots of great suggestions so I'll add another to the mix;
On the historic bridge at Ponte de Lima.
There's a Caminho sculpture/carving & piped classical music to accompany you. If you time it at sunset or early morning in the mist...well, what girl could resist?! 🤗 💍
Best wishes.
👣 🌏
 
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Pelegrin

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
Hi @robertgreen, what a lovely thread you've created here!

I imagine that you'll know when it's the right place and moment, but I LOVE @Pelegrin 's suggestion of the Islas Cíes. A sunset proposal there would be incredibly romantic, uncrowded and memorable. It would take a little bit of organisation, but it's definitely worth considering.

You can do it as a day trip, but an overnight stay would be really special (the campsite has pre-erected tents).

This website might be helpful. Good luck with whatever you decide.
There is a limit for number of visitors in a day and an authorization is required especially in summer months.
I think that in May there won't be problem on labour days, but just in case you can get the permission on internet searching with "permiso Islas Cies".
 
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Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
Good for you a wonderful idea you have all my support and wish you well. You can hear a but coming can't you.
I have walked the camino three times now and I have talked to people halfway through the walk, and asked, "where's Sue or where'sEmma?" Only to get the reply "I don't blo,,,,,,, know, and I don't care. So my advice is if you want this girl then propose at the start if you want to make sure propose at the end. 😍😍😍.
I am sure you will be OK I met two people that were walking the camino for their honeymoon don't quite know how that works. Another option 😂.
I have said in the past to walk the camino all you deed is commitment maybe marriage and the camino have something in common.
Good luck and God bless.
 

Simon B

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles and Camino Frances. VDLP Spring 2019
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
Sounds lovely - hope she does not read this forum!!!
 

Glenshiro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - León, Camino Frances (2012 - 2019)
You're assuming you'll still be talking to each other by the time you reach Santiago! If you are, she's definitely the one for you. Good luck.
 

Mike Blackard

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF -Sept.-Oct 2018 , CF Aug- Oct 2019
(CF or VdlP summer/fall 2020)
Robert, I agree with the Kiwi Couple - Do it at the beginning. In fact, do it at the first "camino" sign post / arrow, on bended knee. Now you will both have unexplained smiles on your faces for the whole camino, come rain, mud, too hot, too cold, albergue complete, etc. For you two, it will truly be a "BUEN CAMINO"
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
And if the Plaza de Obradeiro is too busy, what about Santa Susana Church up in Alameda? I do have the keys ;-)
BC SY
 

Mick McQueen

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Camino(s) past & future
I am escorting the Roll of Honour (Afghanistan) on Camino France on 20 May from SJPDP
The Roll of Honour details the 41 young Australians who died on Active Service in Afghanistan. In the centenary of the ANZAC’s, the Roll of Honour will be escorted to 41 prominent places and events around the World, laying 41 Poppies at each location.
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
Any where in Galicia the red wine is 45% she will say yes but might not remember it it in the morning
 

KariC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminho portugûes (2016)
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
Camino de agua y piedras, along the variante espiritual!
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
El Camino de agua y piedras, along the variante espiritual!
 

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The most beautiful spot is in your heart, when it tells you 'this is the place'.
Go with the Camino, it will let you know the right place and time.
Good luck. Be patient. Trust your instinct.
LLN Keith
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2016), Norte (2017), Portuges (2018), Mozarabe (2019), Primitivo (2019), Via de La Plata (2
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
In Caldas de Reis you will encounter the lovely O Muiño restaurant. The food will make a pleasant scene-setter then go out onto the river walkway where the question can be popped in an unforgettable place. Good luck.
 

Jacobus

Pilgrim since 2008
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2008 09 14
Del Norte 2011. Portuguese 2015, 2017Ingles 2015 Fisterre 2015.
Hello good people. I plan to go Camino Portugues - Coastal Way in May 2020 with my girlfriend. I plan to propose her during the way or maybe at the end. Could you please share some beautiful romantic spots for this occasion? :)
If bas been mentioned you want a place that you will want to return to I would suggest one of the restaurants along the Douro River in Porto. Lots of hotels, pensions and albergue type places to stay and of course Port wine and chocolate might seal the deal!
Best of luck and bom caminho.
Jim
 

John H.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF - 2017
CP Central - 2017
CP Coastal - 2018
CF - [hopefully again someday]
Robert: Santiago De Compostela in front of the Cathedral (Plaza do Obradoiro) after you arrive and have taken a few minutes to celebrate your arrival and take in the accomplishment of the moment together. If I was as creative as you and could turn the clock back 26 years, that's what I might do.

Hiking this path together, helping each other along the way, putting up with each other along the way, sharing in each others challenges, pains and celebrating your victories together - sounds like a good metaphor for the journey of marriage.

Whatever you do, please report back to "the group" with a photo. Best wishes!
 
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koilife

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF w/ son #1 (2013); Logrono-Leon/Salvador/Primitivo w/ son #2 (2016); Portugues w/ son #3 (2020)
I know this was posted as a lighthearted jest.

Unfortunately, the level of violence against women in my society, especially violence by men as a response to rejection, prevents me from receiving it in the lighthearted manner it was intended. I worry that humour like this, although it may very well be harmless among people like us, when seen (or heard) by the types of people that commit these crimes sends the wrong message: that these crimes is understood, or not serious, or heaven forfend, okay. The worry may be needless, but I worry nevertheless.

I apologize because I know this kind of response is uncomfortable and awkward for everyone. But my conscience made me do it
It was meant in jest. My apologies if I offended. I have deleted it.
 

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