BY Gianna Stanley
With the warm weather and long hours of daylight approaching, summer is the perfect season for going on dates. Whether you want to cuddle up for a cosy night in, or spend the day on a romantic walk, I’ve got the perfect solution! I’ve included girls/boys night out ideas too, because seeing your friends is just as important.
BEST SPOTS AND IDEAS FOR AN OUTDOOR DATE
If you want to experience the summer buzz and feel the warm rays of sun linger on your skin, these outdoor dates are for you.
1 Go for a relaxing walk up the rock together, forget technology and be one with nature. With unique views such as being able to see both Africa and Spain at the same time, the Upper Rock is a great place to bond. Take your time and get to know each other a little better with some questions, but remember to stop for those historical sites too. And don’t forget to take plenty of sun cream! You could even walk through the captivating Alameda Gardens and support the Alameda Wildlife Park with a visit – walking up close with lemurs is a definite way to impress a date.
2 Make your way out of a murder mystery at Rock Escape rooms. Rock Escape currently offer four different rooms, each with a different level of difficulty. You could brave ‘The Box’, enter ‘The Experiment’, take part in a ‘Casino Heist’, or solve a murder mystery in ‘Room 83’. Escape rooms are the best for big friend groups who want to try something different. You can also learn more about each other’s characters through what role you each play.
3 Why not go old-fashioned and have a picnic? Take some towels to Commonwealth Park, one of the beaches, Europa Point, or anywhere with a great view… although I recommend not having your picnic anywhere near the apes! You could make some sandwiches, or pick up some food on your way. Make your picnic even more special by creating a playlist with your date and your favourite songs. If you pack a blanket, you could also stay after dark for some stargazing.
4 One of my favourite things to do during summer is to have a barbecue, or stay late at the beach with a pizza. There is nothing better than a barbecue at ‘El Quarri’ with all your friends, blasting the summer tunes, and going for a midnight swim. If you choose this option, make it more fun by preparing some games, I’ve gathered some of my favourites in number 5!
5 Some of the options above could be made so much better if you brought along some games. For larger groups, you can all download the app ‘Heads Up’ and have a good laugh watching your friends try and act out a scene from ‘Titanic’. Other apps include ‘Evil Apples’ or ‘Psych’. You can also take it old school and play with a deck of cards, the classic truth or dare, or get to know each other with 20 questions!
IDEAS FOR STAYING INDOORS
Rather avoid the heat? These ideas will make you glad you’re indoors!
1 Perhaps one of the easiest, and cosiest, ideas is a movie night. Grab the popcorn and the chocolates. If you’re anything like me, picking a movie seems almost impossible, so I’m going to give you some options to make it easier for you. If you’re up for a scare, try Guillermo Del Torro’s new horror Antlers – guaranteed to make you want to watch again. Support Oscar-winning female director Kathryn Bigelow by watching the action-packed Zero Dark Thirty and learn about the history behind Bin Laden’s capture. For a more chilled comedy, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the one for you – I can assure you you will be laughing well after the ending.
2 Why not cook to impress? Stay in and improve your culinary skills by cooking for your date, or friends. One of the easiest dishes that will impress your date is a seafood paella. Follow the recipe by ‘Spanish Sabores’ online and transport everyone a free trip to Madrid. For a delicious vegetarian option, why not try lasagna by replacing the meat with carrots, peppers, zucchini, and spinach. These meals are so quick and easy, even Ramsey would be impressed.
3 If you don’t fancy cooking for yourself, why not order in? You will be supporting local businesses after a hard year, after all. Grab a scrumptious snack from ‘Binky’s Kitchen’ or a box of cupcakes from ‘Piece of Cake’. For a taste of the ocean, literally, try ‘The Ocean’ – one of the most popular restaurants in Gibraltar. For an Italian getaway, order from ‘4 Stagioni’ for some of the freshest pasta! Or, forget calories and order a classic kebab from ‘Al Madina’. Just because it’s summer does not mean you can’t enjoy food – after all, every body is a bikini body.