Whereas some might consider it sleazy, others think it’s a practical, no-pressure way to find someone with similar interests without the usual formalities of a date.

Finding an intercambio partner is simple; respond to an ad or post your own ad with a very brief self-description and a request for the language for which you’re looking to improve, in exchange for helping them learn your native tongue *ahem* and there is always a chance you might teach each other a bit more than just a new language.

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Romantic getaways are cheaper as a duo, apartments are practically impossible to rent alone in the major cities and the playas (beaches) are always more enjoyable when you’re with a boyfriend, girlfriend or summer fling.

Despite the many parejas, Spain runs rampant with hopeful “singles” looking for love.

Another viable option in Spain and somewhat more credible than classified dating ads, are dating agencies.

Perhaps outdated, agencies still work wonders - through an agency the client gets to see a video or photo of his or her prospective partner (thus eliminating the anticipation of should I run for the door and pretend I didn’t see them).

Most speed dating events allow people to meet up to 15 singles in one evening, giving them between 5-7 minutes to chat.

Several speed dating companies have recently been established including: Some people genuinely want to learn a new language and others genuinely want to find their other half.

For whatever reason, a great way to meet singles in Spain is the ever-so-popular ´intercambio´ - or language exchange method.

Whatever the reason, ´under the guise of an ´intercambio´, many parejas in Spain have found each other.

It is a little over the top with the ‘angel in his life’ comment, which some people might find either a bit cheesy or aggressive.

The more direct, honest and sincere the ad, the better chances one has of hooking their bait.

Classified ads are an easy, low budget way to get the word out that you are available and looking for love.