The 5 Best Dating Sites in Spain (Your Ultimate Guide)

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Spanish Model – Mariana Fernandes de Cordoba (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Here is my quick list of the top five dating sites in Spain. I’ll go into more detail in my reviews later in this article.

  1. Meetic
  2. EDarling
  3. Parship
  4. Badoo
  5. Tinder

If you’re looking for love in Spain, you are in luck because there are several dating sites and apps that are quite active and will give you the best chance to succeed in this country. For the best results, try to stay close to a city with a lot of single people, like Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, or Valencia.

In contrast to Portugal’s online dating scene, Spain has a wide variety of dating sites and apps from which to choose. This is a double-edged sword however because the increased choice can make it difficult to determine which one you should sign up for. There are a lot of sites and apps out there that promise the world but don’t deliver. My job in this post is to explain which dating sites and apps you need to focus on.

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A Couple in Barcelona, Spain

Without further ado, here are my detailed reviews of the top five dating sites in Spain.

1. Meetic

Founded in 2001 and based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, Meetic.es is the best dating site in Spain.

Meetic.es is the Spanish version of Meetic.com. The site resembles DatingDirect and Match, so if you have used those sites in the past, you will be familiar with the format. You will need a premium membership in order to get the most out of this site. So, if you are in Spain and willing to pay, then this is the site for you.

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Meetic Spain

Sign up Process

The sign-up process is similar to other dating sites. You will need to provide your name, email address, and your birthday. From there, simply fill out what your perfect match would be and a little bit about yourself so that others can find you.

It is important to upload a good image of yourself. Studies have shown that profiles with images receive more attention than those without an image.

Don’t forget to add a tagline to make yourself stand out in the sea of people. What you say can be anything from a joke to catch someone’s attention, to a catch phrase.

All in all the process for signing up only took me about 10 minutes. If you want to generate a quiz for people to take, you can on this site. Quizzes are a fun way to get people interested in your profile and break the ice for communicating with other members.

How to Locate Potential Matches

There are two ways that you can browse different profiles. You can opt for a basic search where you can narrow down the profiles to a specific category like when their birthday is, reverse matches, or mutual matches. The mutual or reverse match feature are simple ways for the system to sort through the different profiles to find who you are most likely compatible with.

The advanced search narrows the possibilities down even further by allowing you to search for someone specific. If you go for tall women, you can search for that trait. Or if you like you’re her to be a non-smoker, you can find that too. The searches are basic, but help in the hunt for that someone who will best complement you.

There is also a unique feature that lets you flaunt your imperfections. The #LoveYourImperfections tag lets you find someone who is flawed, maybe a huge Star Wars fan or a comic book fiend.

These little imperfections are what someone may find charming and cute, so don’t underestimate this option during your sign-up process. No matter how you search for someone, you can save the results and sort through them at a different time.

If sorting through all the different profiles becomes too much, there is always the Shuffle option that randomly picks out profiles for you based on your criteria. From there, you can either “like” or “dislike” a profile and move through the list.

You will be sent a message when there is a possible match when you “like” a profile, which speeds up the process a little.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Once you found someone that tickles your fancy, you can send a flirt/wink, which on this site is known as a “Flash.” However, if you have not upgraded your account to premium, there isn’t much you can do but “Flash” someone.

If you have paid for a membership, you can communicate by text or instant message (IM) and see where the conversation leads.

Unique Site Features

While the site is pretty basic, the #LoveYourImperfections is a pretty nifty way to meet someone new. Who knows, what you find imperfect, may, in fact, be the quality trait another person is looking for. There are a lot of people on the site, so take your time and get to know someone through IM before meeting up.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Free – Create a profile, upload a photo, search/browse/watch profiles, receive messages, send messages to Connect members, use Shuffle limited
  • Premium – Unrestricted use of Shuffle, see who has visited or favorited you, start live chats and message with anyone, customer support
  • Extras:
    • Incognito Mode – Invisible browsing
    • Boost – Boost your profile, advanced placement in search results, extended communication options

2. EDarling

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EDarling Spain

EDarling.es is perfect for people between the ages of 30 and 40. The average member of EDarling.es is in their late 30s.

eDarling site has a professional look and a clean design. While you can do a few things for free, you’ll get the most out of the eDarling site if you sign up for a premium membership. 

Sign Up Process
Signing up for the site is as easy as can be. Once you choose your gender and the gender you’re looking for, you can create a password and sign up with your email address. All eDarling users must take the personality test, but you can complete the test in around 40 minutes or less.

The 200 questions cover topics like what you want in a mate, what you value most out of life, and the things you love the most. You can then create your profile, add a picture of yourself, and start searching for a partner. 

Though eDarling will search for potential matches based off your answers to the personality test, you can also create a detailed profile that shows other members more about you. Use each of those 12 sections to give others everything they need to know about you. The site gives you some potential responses for many of these sections.

How to Locate Potential Matches

Unlike other similar sites that require you to search for people, eDarling does all the hard work for you. The site uses its own algorithms to determine how you compare to others registered on the site.

As a free member, you’ll have the chance to see who matches with you, but the site will prevent you from seeing their photographs. As a paid member, you can view complete profiles, and eDarling will provide you with the profiles of up to seven people who match you every single day.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Paid members have the option of connecting with others via text messages, but free members have fewer options. As a free user, you can only give others a small smile or send them a simple question. The responses that you get back help you determine which users you’d like to know more about.

Unique Site Features

The most unique aspect of eDarling is its professional personality test. This simple test looks at nearly 30 different features of you and then compares your results with other members to find the best matches.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Free – Take personality test, create a profile, upload photos
  • Premium – See all photos, unlimited communication, view profile visitors, use the mobile app
  • Premium PLUS – Receive 20 extra profile matches in the What If feature, verify your identity, see detailed personality profiles, read message notifications

3. Parship

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Parship Spain

Parship.es has been around for several years now. This site first launched in 2001 and went international in 2002. Parship is available not only in Spain, but also in Italy, Sweden, England, France, Holland and even Mexico.

The dating system requires a personality test. The test is well thought out and asks a lot of questions for you to answer to match you with the best possible members.

Parship is for those who are serious about finding someone, so if you live in Spain, sign up for this site. Although it will take a lot of time to get through the signup process and testing, it is worth it.

Sign up Process

The startup process is basic. Simply fill out your name, gender, email address, and then create a password.

The next part is the test. This will take you 20-60 minutes to complete. Be honest with your answer and take your time. Most of the questions are multiple choice. However, there are a few questions that ask about your personal taste between two images. The test is lengthy to weed out those who are not interested in a serious relationship and give up mid-way through the test.

Once you are finished with the test, you will notice your profile is only 35% complete. Don’t get discouraged, this dating site is set up to help you find the best possible match and will be well worth the effort to complete your entire profile.

How to Locate Potential Matches

While most dating sites have a very basic browsing feature, Parship system isn’t as straightforward when it comes to browsing for potential matches. The test you completed is now being compared to other likeminded individuals and shows how well the two of you would get along. This is based on the score you will see next to their profile.

While you are browsing through the different profiles, you may notice that some of the images are blurry and hard to see. The blurry images are because members must grant you access to their profile, or you need to sign-up for a premium membership to see profiles that have been made public.

Unlike other sites that display the member’s name, with Parship, you will see the person’s occupation instead. While this can get confusing, it is best to give each profile a nickname to remember who is who.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Parship is unique when it comes to communicating with members. While you do have the option of sending a match a text message, with Parship there are other ways to communicate, but you must have at least 50% of your profile filled out to do so.

You can release your pictures to potential matches, send them a smile, or send them a quiz for them to answer. However, your profile will tell your potential match more than you think because of how detailed your profile is.

Unique Site Features

Premium members can see their completed test which is a 40-page psychological evaluation. The test results explain the type of person you are down to how well you communicate, to how well you participate in a relationship, which is well worth the read.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Standard – Create profile, view summary of personality report, reply to messages from premium members, see profiles
  • Premium Lite – View released photos, unlimited communication
  • Premium Classic – Also includes the Contact Guarantee
  • Premium Comfort – Same as Classic except a longer, cheaper subscription

4. Badoo

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Badoo

Badoo says it has more than 250 million users in 190 countries. You can meet folks on the app through “Encounters” or “People Nearby.”

In the Encounters portion, you are paired with men or women who Badoo believes may grab your attention.

You select an X or heart to make a decision about your possible pairing.
Although you can spot just a single meeting in an instant, how many pairings you can enjoy each day is unlimited.

In the People Nearby portion, you see folks in your region who like things you do.

Sign up Process

You can get on board through Facebook or with an email address. Facebook is the recommended course, as Badoo will then populate sections from your Facebook account with your occupation, pictures, area, and how old you are. At that point, you can put in information about yourself. There is also an “interests” portion that shows thousands of possible pastimes that you can select.

Uploading a main image enables connection with other users. (It plays a huge role in your profile, so it must be good.) Additionally, you will be asked to validate your profile. You just photograph yourself duplicating the motion found in the cue. The image you send is only for verification purposes.

How to Locate Potential Matches

The app will indicate patrons geographically close to you with compatible passions. You can select profile photos and begin talking or expressing admiration for their user description.

If the other user and you both “like” one another’s user descriptions, your connection can possibly transform in just minutes from messaging each other to meeting up. Further, the app will indicate to you additional patrons you’ve come across and show the area and hour you came across them.

There’s also a portion like Tinder where you can swipe left or right through given user descriptions of patrons in your geographic region.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Besides Encounters, Badoo has a chat section.

Unique Site Features

“Spotlight” time makes sure your user description and picture appear first for 100 users.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

You can get an account at no cost, but paying the subscription charge will free up Badoo’s bonus features, described as “Super Powers.” How much you pay determines how long your subscription will be.

5. Tinder

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Tinder

Tinder is a straightforward, user-friendly app for both casual and serious dating. Dating apps are only useful to their customers if they have a wide base of users (more swipes, higher odds of matching, better chance of going out with someone).

Sign up Process

Signing up for the app has two routes: it can either import your personal info (name, photos, etc.) from Facebook, or take the long route and enter the information manually (once they verify your phone number).

Given the negative press Facebook’s gotten with data privacy, it’s a bit more comforting to just run through the process manually. Either way, signing up and creating a profile is pretty straightforward and painless. Compared to other dating apps that ask a series of more invasive questions, Tinder just asks you to throw a few photos up for the world to see, and write a short bio about yourself.

How to Locate Potential Matches

When creating your profile, Tinder asks for basic information like the gender you identify with and your sexual orientation. From there, you just need to set the distance you’re willing to travel.

For more dense cities like NYC, you shouldn’t need a wider radius than a few miles and you’re bound to find a ton of matches. For more rural/sprawling areas, you might want to think 20-30+ miles. The algorithm that gauges attractiveness has been pretty on point, and you won’t be disappointed with the quality of profiles you’re swiping on.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Once you match with other members, the floor is open for conversation. You’ll be matched into a private conversation where people feel each other out, and decide whether or not to go out. For psychological safety, Tinder makes it easy to unmatch or report disrespectful matches. Tap the red flag in the top-right corner to do either.

Unique App Features

Tinder makes it really easy to find common ground with someone despite not having the long-form questionnaire about yourself that other apps use. You can link your Instagram and Spotify accounts to your profile for potential matches to browse through. There are some really useful features like Rewind, Top Picks, and See Who Likes You that are available with a Premium subscription.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

There are three levels of Tinder membership: Basic, Plus, and Gold. Upgrading to Plus unlocks features like Unlimited Likes, Rewind (the undo feature), more Super Likes per day, and one Boost per month. Upgrading to Gold opens the Likes You feature (see everyone who likes you and decide whether or not to like them back), Top Picks (curated high-quality profiles to swipe on) and all of the Plus features.

Getting Started 

To get started, sign up for one of the dating sites/apps above and then start sending out messages to people who spark your interest.

If you need help about what to write and how to set up a profile, check out my e-book, Online Dating Success: How to Find Love Anywhere in the World. In the book I go into detail about how to set up a profile, what I recommend writing for your initial and follow up messages, when to ask the woman/man you’re interested in to go offline for a date, and more.

Good luck!

Useful Phrases in Spanish: 

  • Hola, ¿Cómo estás? – Hi, how are you?
  • Me llamo… – My name is…
  • ¿Cuál es su nombre? – What is your name?
  • ¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?
  • Yo soy de los Estados Unidos. – I am from the United States.
  • ¿Hablas Inglés? – Do you speak English?
  • ¿Qué te gusta hacer para divertirte? – What do you like to do for fun?
  • ¿De verdad? – Oh really!?
  • ¿Tienes hermanos o hermanas? – Do you have any brothers or sisters?
  • Tu eres bonita. – You are really stunning.
  • Me gustas mucho. – I like you a lot.
  • Vamos a salir este fin de semana. – Let’s go out this weekend.
  • ¿Estás libre a las 7 de la tarde? – Are you free at 7 o’clock?
  • Qué bueno!! Gracias. – Cool! Thank you.
  • ¡Qué genial! Hasta Luego. – Great! See you later.
  • Adiós – Bye.

Further Reading

  • Worldwide Online Dating Site Reviews: Be sure to check out my country-by-country reviews of the best online dating sites in the world.

  • Worldwide Moving Guide: Everything you need to know in order to plan your move to 65+ countries around the world.

  • Worldwide Jobs Guide: If you are interested in working in this country, be sure to check out my posts on how to find jobs in this country and other countries around the world.

  • Worldwide Apartments Guide: If you are interested in renting an apartment in another country, take a look at my articles on how to find an apartment in various countries around the world.

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