This blog post was originally posted on November 4, 2014, but was updated on February 6, 2017.
Romantic Barcelona…from the mysterious Gothic Quarter to the countless beautiful views, Barcelona is easy to fall in love with and in! Read our suggestions for a romantic experience of Barcelona.
Ride an Aerial Cable Car
As the website so dreamily puts it, “get carried away by Barcelona” on the teleferic, an aerial cable car that gets some of the best views around as it whisks you away from the port and up to Miramar on the hill of Montjuic. Tickets go for 11 euros one-way and 16.50 roundtrip. Check their website for varying seasonal schedules.
Take a Stroll in the Park
For a pristine and centrally located park, the go-to would be Parc de la Ciutadela, bordering the trendy Born neighborhood and just north of Barceloneta. However, if you have the time and are looking for something a bit more romantic, head to the Parc del Labirint d’Horta, a beautiful labyrinth park complete with rose gardens, canals and 18th century homes. Just a quick jaunt on the metro (line 3-green) to Mundet, this place is unforgettable. Check out our full list of parks and gardens worth visiting in Barcelona.
Wine and Dine
There are obviously countless places to enjoy a romantic breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, but here are just a few spots that you can go ahead and etch in on your calendar:
- Pla: tucked away on a narrow street of the Gothic, head here for creative Catalan cuisine, fantastic service and an unbeatable ambiance in their split-level dining room (Carrer Bellafila, 5)
- Casa Calvet: a very famous Barcelona restaurant, and for obvious reasons: the building was designed by Antonio Gaudi; formal setting with modernist touches, perfect for any special occasion (Carrer Casp, 48)
- Cafe Emma: you’ll feel like you’re in Paris at this adorable cafe that also does a mean weekend brunch (Carrer de Pau Claris, 142)
- Les Gens que J’Aime: opened in the 60s and arguably one of the sexiest spots in Barcelona, don’t miss out on this emblematic Barcelona cocktail bar in the Eixample district (Carrer de Valencia, 286)
See a Movie under the Stars
…And next to a castle. If you are visiting Barcelona during July or August, don’t miss out on Montjuic’s cine a la fresca, possibly one of the most impressive outdoor movie theaters around. Every year at the foot of the immense Montjuic Castle, find a huge screen and dozens of people splayed out on the grass, either on their own blankets or on the very comfortable lounge chairs available for rent. All movies are in original version, and there is usually an intimate live concert to kick off the delectable summer evening spent under the stars.
Relax in an Ancient Bathhouse
Roaming around the Born neighborhood, you might never expect to find a spa built into ancient bathhouse ruins. But that’s exactly what Aire de Barcelona (Passeig de Picasso, 22) is: restored bathhouses and one of the city’s most unique spas in all of Barcelona. Kick back in their many varying temperature pools, and indulge in a relaxing massage while you’re at it.
What are some other ideas for romantic activities in Barcelona?
Traveling as a couple and looking to do something different? Try a food tour, a fun, delicious and interesting way to immerse yourselves into Barcelona culture!