When it comes to the most romantic places for a perfect kiss, El Callejon del Beso is one place on Earth, lovebirds have on their wishlist.
Tucked away behind the Plaza de Los Angeles, the small gap between buildings is popular by the name of the Alley of the Kiss. The Alley appears like numerous other tight alleyways throughout the packed city. The passage is a sloppy one and only two people can stand shoulder to shoulder between the towering orange buildings on either side. Overhead, ledges and decorative plant boxes, make the entire passage beautiful.
According to local folklore, in one of the buildings lived a wealthy family. The family helped in creating the alley. The daughter in the family whose bedroom window looked out onto the alley, fell in love with a young man, from the other side of the wall. The young man rented out the room opposite the woman’s room.
The two started meeting secretly and they would kiss across the tiny alley. Later, when the girl’s father discovered her affair, in a fit of rage, he stabbed his daughter to death. It is also believed that the young man then threw himself to his death in the alley below. This way the tragic love story changed the identity of the place forever.
The girl’s room has been converted to a gift shop. People can come and hang love locks from the balcony bars. Many of them merely stroll through the narrow alley, while others stop for a kiss.