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Love At the End of Spain – The Padlock Tradition Continues

Love at the end of Spain

Months ago, I wrote about the golden padlocks locked to the Isabel II Bridge in Seville. Then I spotted the same tradition in Paris, on the Pont des Arts, surely one of the most romantic examples of civil engineering that anyone could find. Somewhere between finding love in Paris and stumbling across the handcuffs on the Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge in Cologne (try saying that out loud), I realised just how far the padlock tradition had spread.

Across the world’s cities…or so I thought.

Then I travelled to the least-visited part of Andalucia, the Cabo de Gata in Almeria. Guess what I found?

Lone padlock in the cabo de gata, almeria, andalucia spain

That’s right, a lone padlock. Well, alright, three. It’s not quite as romantic as one, but if you ever visit this deserted and windswept corner of Spain, you’ll realise that this kind of love requires true commitment…and a coat. Brr!

Three Padlocks - Love Tradition in Spain, Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Andalucia


8 Responses to Love At the End of Spain – The Padlock Tradition Continues

  1. La Tortuga Viajera December 17, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    I had no idea about this tradition, and I’ve indeed been to both Sevilla and Cabo de Gata. Fascinating!

  2. Andrea December 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    Oh wow – was just reading your earlier post about this! How romantic (and a great idea)…maybe my husband and I will do this somewhere…we’ll be sure to stay away from the bridges though.

  3. ayngelina December 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Such a romantic tradition, I’m going to start looking for these.

  4. Abi December 21, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    Look out! Once you spot one, it seems you find them everywhere :)

  5. Sarah Wu December 23, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    A lot of those lock in Florence and Roma too.

  6. Hillary Whitfield December 25, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    A lot of those lock in Florence and Roma too.

  7. Alisha @ India Travel Packages December 27, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Wow, What a beautiful place.

  8. Abi January 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Yet another reason why I should visit Florence…;)