Love At the End of Spain – The Padlock Tradition Continues

By Abi King | Show Me

Dec 17

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


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Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

La Tortuga Viajera December 17, 2010

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

Andrea December 17, 2010

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.

ayngelina December 19, 2010

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

Abi King December 21, 2010

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

Sarah Wu December 23, 2010

A lot of those lock in Florence and Roma too.

Hillary Whitfield December 25, 2010

A lot of those lock in Florence and Roma too.

Alisha @ India Travel Packages December 27, 2010

Wow, What a beautiful place.

Abi King January 3, 2011

Yet another reason why I should visit Florence…;)

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