Buenos Aires Valentine Day Options to Indulge your Senses

Valentine’s Day is coming up this Tuesday and Buenos Aires is the perfect city for romance! Below, our suggestions for you to splurge, delight in and explore with your lover, or to spark up a conversation with someone new.

Sight

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PH: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina

For an alternative Valentine’s date, take a Foto Ruta Photography Tour and discover the city together while capturing snapshots on the way!

If you’re into art, or even if you’re not, stop by the MNBA (National Fine Arts Museum) in the French Style Recoleta neighborhood and find as many love stories as you can in the artworks. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta

Sound

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PH: Kevin Dooley

For those that don’t feel like slow dancing but feel like dancing anyway, don’t miss the La Grande orchestra that kicks off its 2017  repertoire this Tuesday alongside Villa Diamante at 8pm. Santos 4040, Villa Crespo 

Those who want to jazz up the evening can stop by Bebop Club in San Telmo which will be hosting a Woody Allen jazz night from 9pm onwards. Moreno 364, San Telmo. 

Smell

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PH: Philip Edmondson

To indulge in the sense of smell, stop by Fueguia, a unique perfume lab where you can sample unique scents and maybe pick out a perfume for your beloved. Av. Alvear 1680, Recoleta. 

Wine is both an indulgence for the nose and for the palate, plus it’s a great for a date. Stop by the Gran Bar Danzón wine bar, or head to Bar du Marché‘s new venue in Nicaragua 6002 in Palermo which will open on Monday the 13th. Otherwise, ask one of the UCO som’s to guide you through the restaurant’s great wine list!

Taste

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At UCO you can also pamper your significant other with a special Valentine’s Tasting Menu which is bound to be better than love itself. Book in advance! Soler 5862, Palermo

You can also kill two birds with one stone at Florería Atlántico which is both a flower shop and a great dining spot! Arroyo 972, Retiro

Touch

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If you want to get away for the day, head to the Delta Eco Spa in Tigre where you can explore a unique location plus get a massage. Río Carapachay 605, Tigre

Buenos Aires Love Stories

(Photo by Raverken)

One of the city’s most famous love stories (which may or may not be true) tells of a rivalry born out of an unapproved romance.  Back in the 1930’s one of the Kavanagh girls fell in love with an aristocratic young man of the powerful Anchorena family. Since the Kavanagh were rich but not aristocrats, the Anchorena family rejected the girl.

In revenge, Corina Kavanagh, who is rumored to have been the girl’s mother, commissioned the famous art deco building in the Retiro neighborhood. The skyscraper was strategically built to block the view of the stunning Santisimo Sacramento church which had been built by the very ctaholic Anchorena family. Since then, the only way to get a look at it is from the private road on the side of the Kavanagh building.

Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear is an important political figure in Argentine history. Born into a powerful aristocratic family he later became president of Argentina in 1922. One of the things he is remembered for is his love story with Regina Pacini, a talented Portuguese opera singer.

The story says he fell in love with her the first time he saw her sing in 1889, so he sent her red and white roses and a gold and diamond bracelet. Apparently used to male flattery, Regina returned the bracelet and left for Europe. The young Alvear, however, was not to be so easily dissuaded. He took off for Europe as well, where he followed her everywhere she sang and filled her dressing rooms with red and white roses. In 1903, after years of running after her, he finally proposed and she accepted on the condition that he would allow her to sing for four more years before settling down.  Finally, on the 29th of April of 1907, they got married in secret at 7am in Portugal. The crowd, which was expecting them at 9, was surprised to find a Police man and maid getting wed instead! Their marriage lasted until Alvear died in 1942. Despite being rudely shunned by the Argentine aristocracy, Elisa remained loyal to her beloved husband throughout their lives.  She visited him regularly when he was imprisoned in Isla Martin Garcia, defying the weather to bring him clothes and food, and visited his tomb with a bouquet of red and white roses on the 23rd of every month until her dying day in 1965.

The Recoleta Cemetery is full of love stories, tragedies and romantic legends. Amongst them is the story of Liliana Crociati who died on her honeymoon in Innsbruck. On the same day, Sabu, her dog,  also died.  Her vault, decorated with photographs and other belongings, is guarded by a sculpture of her in her wedding dress and her dog close by. The groom was never located, but it is rumored that a mysterious man comes around her grave ocasionally to leave her flowers.

Also buried in the cemetery is Elisa Brown. The young woman awaited the return of her fiancée Frances Drummond who fought against Brazil under the command of Admiral Brown (Elisa’s father) but he never made it home. On his death bed, the young commander handed a watch for the admiral to give to Elisa. The young woman, devastated by the tragic news, is said to have drowned herself in the Rio de la Plata in her wedding dress to be reunited with the soul of her lover.