Some of these coffee shops are really romantic spots. And if you just need some relax time, check out the 12 best spas in Barcelona.
Barcelona is my birth place and I know the city inside out. I started this article initially with the idea to pull together 17 romantic things to do.
However, once Matthias and I sat down and started brainstorming, this list kept growing and growing.
Altogether I am sharing with you 54 romantic things to do in Barcelona.
My 54 romantic things to do in Barcelona
So, let’s get a bit romantic and start with one of my absolute highlights:
1. Aire Barcelona SPA (by night)
How about visiting a SPA at night?
And not just any. Aire Barcelona is an Arabic spa and it is pure luxury. I cannot state this enough. Besides the spa experience, you can book extra massages. There is a sauna, a salty pool, a hot tub, a cold one, free hot tea, and well, everything!
The first time we booked Aire Barcelona Spa back in 2014 and we come back whenever we can.
My recommendation for a romantic date: Go here at midnight! A Spa session lasts 1.5h and is limited to 20 people. This makes it super cozy, intimate, and, well, romantic!
Food, another way to get romantic, right? Italians know a thing or two here.
Cucine Mandarosso is my favorite Italian restaurant in Barcelona. It is sooooo delicious! It is usually busy. So, if you can, call them up first and make a reservation. They speak English, don’t worry:
About the interior: The place is quite small and antique.
It is packed with noodles (as decor) and more curious, patina-style Italian decor. Fun to look around.
Also, the dimmed light helps the cozy setting.
3. Have a drink at a roof top terrace
Hotel 1898 is located in a restored 19th-century building next to famous Las Ramblas, in the city center. Not only that the building is a historical heritage in the city, but it has also refurbished the interior.
It offers a spa service, restaurant and a swimming pool on the roof-top terrace.
Some would say: They offer a full romance package!
If you want to join more people, there are also many free walking tours. These tours are tip-based. You leave a tip at the end to the guide, most people give around 5 to 10€.
6. Cooking class for homemade Paella
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf
It is true! Barcelona is also a foodie paradise. Therefore, a cooking class is a good idea to join.
How about food?
Barcelona is a serious foodie-paradise, perfect for some cooking classes. No wonder we recommend joining an awesome cooking class! The best way to do it is joining a combo of visiting a market and cooking class. It is the best way to impress your friends at home with a delicious Paella or Tapas. There is a ton of cool paella cooking classes with Airbnb Experience.
The guys from Stoke Travel offer a paella cooking class and market visit right in the heart of the city.
Prices start from 55€. Bon profit and bon appetit!=)
Now we mentioned a few romantic spots. Here comes the perfect add-on: A romantic picnic!
We found an awesome website that offered the service of ordering delicious picnic baskets and bring them wherever you want in the city.
PERFECT for a romantic surprise for your partner!
UPDATE: This company is no longer working, but you get the idea, right?
Just get some picnic food and head to a romantic place (e.g. Bunker del Carmel).
11. Having Brunch at Can Dende
We LOVE brunch, and our favorite place is Can Dende. It is usually really busy, but you cannot make any reservations.
Just come here, and hope for the best. It is totally worth it even if you have to wait.
12. Get lost in La Boqueria
La Boqueria has become a really hot spot and we can see why. Foodies, curious future-foodies and tourist mix there and try to catch up for the best food experience.
My best advise, go early or it will be packed.
So be sure you are on time and join one of the best culinary experiences in a Market.
Whenever you come here, make sure you walk inside. Do not stay outside and buy something from the first shops. NO.
There it’s more local, and you find way better prices and curious things.
And finally, get a smoothie here. They are yummyyyyy!
13. Rent a Red Vespa – like in the movies
A red Vespa, you know, like in the movies. A scooter is the best way to get around the city. And a red Vespa is the best way to get around in style.
Surprise your partner by a romantic scooter trip around the city.
14. Have a rest at the cleanest beach
Needing some time to recover from the tourist crowds?
Then head to Bogatell beach, where locals and expats hang around. It might have people, but not as many as Barceloneta, and the romantic ambiance won’t be broken each 2 seconds with “Mojito, cola, agua” vendors.
FYI: Please do not leave your belongings unattended, especially at the beach. There are many thieves looking for opportunities.
If you both want to go to the water, you can ask politely your neighbor to keep an eye on the things. You can return the favor to them the same way.
15. Order a coffee at Espai Joliu
Espai Joliu is a plant concept store and the most beautiful coffee shop in Barcelona. Here, we love to stop by every time. Check out their photos on Instagram.
It looks even better in real-life.
This is a beautiful coffee shop near the beach. It is recommended to come here for lunch and to have a coffee.
Kick off your experience with a glass of cava in a bar located in the bustling city centre, then learn the tricks of the trade from a professional mixologist who will show you the secrets behind four classic cocktails.
Did you know that sushi is known as an aphrodisiac food? Go to Aladinia and check their courses.
28. Rent a limousine
Make your partner feel like a star with a limousine ride! It is not only a different activity but also an unique way to see the city. Checking the rates is very easy, simply introduce the pickup details here.
Gracia is the most hipster and local neighborhood in Barcelona to hang out. With plenty of bars and restaurants to go on a date, it is even better when you casually find a street performance as street music.
The Catalan company has breakfast deliveries and you can include a note.
38. Cava Tasting in Sant Sadurni
Sant Sadurni is the place to be to try so-called “Cava”. Sant Sadurni is the Cava-capital in Spain.
Cava is the Catalan answer to french champagne.
You can decide to go on a day trip or even better if you sleep around in the area and just wander around the wineries. It smells so different than in the city, also food tastes differently because many Catalan old farm restaurants use wine wood to cook.
Be aware: some shows are only in Catalan language, so pay attention when booking.
40. Dinner under the stars
A dinner under the stars can be difficult in a city, but in Barcelona, it is possible thanks to the Fabra observatory! This observatory, the oldest in Barcelona, offers dinners in an open space area in one of the main Barcelona viewpoints.
They do combine the stars observation with a delightful dinner. This is only possible during summer season.
A gastronomic game full of different perceptions. Ready to play?
51. Tango Dance course
Tango is known as one of the sexiest dances in the world. It is usually performed by a man and a woman expressing romance in synchronized movements.
Totally worth it to learn it!
Have a look a Barna Tango to check their courses and learn how to express your feelings with dancing.
52. Head over to the beach
Of course, sometimes the answer is that simple.
Pack a big towel, sun cream and a few cold drinks.
The more calm beaches are up north, like Bogatell Beach and Marbella Beach.
53. Take it slow!
Last but not least, here is a simple rule:
Barcelona is not made for rushing through the city. It is a lifestyle!
Take it easy, move around in a relaxed way. Even when you are on vacation, don’t rush it and let the city show you its beauty in a slow way. You can combine the romance in the trip with walking through the city, find a tiny café or restaurant, and relax.
Update: Over the time we experienced some more activities you should know about. So here it goes
EXTRA: 54. Flamenco Show
Flamenco is getting better and better. By now, I would also recommend it for couples.
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