Guide to dating in Spain 🍹

Dating in the digital age can be a headache, and it gets even more complicated for expats when language barriers can get in the way – not to mention the variation from country to country regarding ways to meet people and dating etiquette.

No matter where in the world you are, everyone seems to unanimously agree that dating isn’t easy – and dating in Spain is no exception. Being a foreigner can make the dating process even more difficult than it is for the folks we’ve left behind at home. However, the good news is that many people do successfully find love in Spain – provided they know the dos, don’ts, ups and downs of dating in Spain.

Dating lingo in Spain To brush up on your dating game in Spain, get to know the Spanish dating vocab. For example, if you want to say that you’re dating someone, you’d say estamos saliendo. If you’re just having fun, you may use the phrase amigos con derecho a roce, meaning “friends with benefits.”

If you had a successful night out – meaning that you met someone – you can use the word liarse. It’s somewhat the equivalent of saying, “We hooked up,” and depending on the context, the extent of your meeting is open to interpretation. Ligarse is also used for a similar meaning. The word most commonly used for a one-night stand is enrollarse.

Where to find a date in Spain Like many other countries, there are tons of ways to find someone with whom you connect, both out in the real world and online.

Dating apps in Spain Dating apps are very popular in Spain. Of course, a large number of people are looking for that in Spain as well, but quite a lot of people are using it for friendship, which can be confusing, although they’ll usually make their intentions pretty clear once you start chatting. There is also a percentage looking for a genuine relationship. There is a more even spread of people looking for fun or relationships.

Slow dating The old-fashioned way – the nightlife scene or through friends and colleagues – is arguably one of the best ways to meet someone in Spain, as explained by these lucky-in-love expats.

If you’re not much of a clubgoer, don’t worry: singles aren’t limited to meeting in nightclubs or bars. Expats can meet plenty of people through English centres, casual language exchanges and expat groups and clubs in Spain.

Some have even met through more traditional online dating services for expats.

The dating game in Spain The next step after meeting someone is typically chatting via text message, WhatsApp or other messaging service, according to an expat panel.

Advice for dating in Spain Obviously, no two relationships are ever the same. However, the panel offered some final words of advice for any expats thinking about starting to date in Spain.

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