Barcelona is a romantic city! No wonder, with all the narrowed streets in the beautiful old town of El Gótico, the cities beach front, a delicious cuisine and so much more. It is a wonderful city for 1st dates, romantic weekend breaks and vacation time. It is even a great spot for proposals!
This is my huge list of romantic spots and romantic things to do in Barcelona as a couple. Make sure you also check out my articles on how to spend an awesome One Week In Barcelona.
On top of that, I created an itinerary and schedule for what I think is a perfect romantic day. Jump directly to the itinerary for the most perfect romantic day in Barcelona
This article will guide you to amorous experiences and dreamy locations.
In my 13 best coffee shops in Barcelona I also recommend a few cafés perfect for 1st dates.
Some of these coffee shops are really romantic spots. And if you 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!
In case this Spa is full, do not panic! We have a list of 12 best Spas in Barcelona.
2. Have dinner at Cucine Mandarosso
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:
Here is their contact details.
- Website is lecucinemandarosso.com
- Phone number: +34 932 69 07 80
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!
From the roof-top terrace you can also see Sagrada Familia. Another romantic spot!
4. Romantic Night on a boat
Sounds wonderful, right?
The guys from LifestyleBarcelona.com offer boat tours at night.
Sure, this tour is especially recommended when it is hot at night as well. Maybe a swim suit is too much to wear?
Up to you, but either way, it’s something special.
You can even go for romantic boat rides along the coast, not just in Barcelona.
Here are my 33 day trips from Barcelona, including boat tours.
5. Rent a boat (a private one!!)
Of course, you can also enjoy a boat tour during the day.
Magical either way.
Some boats are for rent if you bring a license. Others offer tours with lunch and refreshing drinks.
Our tip: Bring some snacks and drinks as well or get them with the tour. It is a great experience. Just imagine for 3 seconds: Sitting on the boat, having lunch, watching Barcelona in the background …
You can rent a boat in Barcelona with BCN.Travel.
6. Wander around el Gótico
Yes, I’ve to say it again, Barcelona is a romantic city.
Narrowed streets, tiny restaurants, cafés, bars, galleries, art, beach. It is easy to forget the time and just wander around. And this is what we recommend to do as well.
Leave your phones and watches at home, and wander around El Gótico, the downtown area. Maybe get an ice cream as well or a smoothie at the La Boqueria?
There are private walking tours you can book.
If you want to join more people, there is also many free walking tours. The guys from NEXT Barcelona Tours are pretty cool!
The tours are tip-based. You leave a tip at the end to the guide, most people give around 5 to 10€.
7. Join a (private) cooking class
“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.
We have several recommendations for cooking classes. If interested, just drop us a line, and we’ll send you over our tips for cooking classes.
Update: We now found the best cooking class in Barcelona. It is the BCN Kitchen in the very city center.
On Hostelgeeks you can find a discount code of 5% to the whole cooking class.
8. Sunset from Mirablau
Yes, somehow cliché, I know. Nevertheless, sunsets are romantic. And I know some romantic spots to watch the sunset in Barcelona. As the city has its beach eastwards, the sun goes down behind the mountains – in the west.
A great dreamy spot for the sunset is Mirablau, close to Tibidabo.
(Here is the address.)
While here, have a seat, and get some tapas. It’s delicious!
9. Sunset from Bunker del Carmel
A different kind of sunset-setting, as there is no bar or restaurant in Bunker del Carmel.
Therefore, pack some pica-pica snacks, some drinks, and even a blanket to make the experience cozier. From this point, you have a 360º panoramic view over Barcelona.
Arriving at Bunker del Carmel, also known as Turó de la Rovira, is not directly possible by public transport, but neither complicated. There are buses, and a metro stop nearby.
Check Google Maps for directions – that’s easier than explaining it here.
If you want to save time, we totally recommend renting a scooter. With a scooter, it takes you around 15 minutes to come here.
Remember, we recommend the guys from Via Vespa.
10. Sunrise from Bunker del Carmel
You might have figured…the sunrise is beautiful as well AND it is less packed. You can watch the sunrise even from the beach. However, Bunker del Carmel is our secret tip!
Why? At that time, there is nobody up here. Check out the times for the sunrise in Barcelona.
11. Picnic in Parc Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella is the tiny answer to the central park in New York City. It is located right next to El Born neighborhood and at the end of Arc de Triomf.
In summer, families love to come here and people hang out on the grass, doing Yoga, dance, tryslack-line etc.
Fun Fact: The park’s fence is actually the very first work of Antoni Gaudi, the famous Catalan architect. Everybody admires his work at Park Güell and Sagrada Familia. Here you can have a look for free.
12. 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.
13. 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!
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. Order a coffee at Espai Joliu
It looks even better in real-life.
It is a beautiful coffee shop near the beach. It is recommended to come here for lunch and to have a coffee.
Of course, this one is in our list of my best coffee shops in Barcelona.
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17. Get a delicious (vegetarian) menu at Arco Iris
It’s delicious, and it is incredibly cheap! Arco Iris offers a simple cuisine, they go back to basics. You will feel like your grandmother is cooking for you and you will surprised how tasty the vegetarian options can be.
Don’t forget to book or go early to Arco Iris.
As they offer daily menu, lots of people in the offices around go there to have dinner. Because grandma’s food is always a good choice!
18. Hospital San Pau
Another great thing to do in Barcelona is visiting Hospital San Pau. This modernist piece has been reconstructed and it is open now to the public. The best part? It is not as crowded as Sagrada Familia or Casa Batlló. And it is still amazing how they kept this modernist hospital.
A tip for increasing the wow-effect.
Go there during sunset, the lights change and it is even more beautiful.
19. Try out an escape room
More interactive, more fun, more intellectual even?
20. A night at the W Hotel
A night at one of the most iconic hotel in the city?
Obviously, we are talking about the W Hotel, directly at Barceloneta beach, and with impressive views from all the rooms. They are also well-known for their bar and hip events. A smart idea to dance out, and spend a night. What do you think?
Find the best deal for Barcelona W Hotel.
21. Ballooning over Barcelona
Wanna ride above Barcelona landscape on a Hot air balloon?
Experience a ride above a UNESCO Biosphere Reserva and it is only 30 min away from Barcelona.
You can find prices and more info here.
22. Bring her/him to the moon (La Luna)
How many times did you promise the moon to your partner?
Bring your partner to La luna Restaurant, a small cozy restaurant in the El Born Quarter, one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Barcelona. They do offer tasty food and cocktails at very reasonable prices.
Good Tip: book in advance, as it can be packed.
23. Cocktail Course
What’s better than sipping your favorite cocktail? Learning how to do it! Or even a more romantic gesture, learning how to do your favorite’s partner cocktail.
Barcelona adventure offers a 2 hours course to discover how to do your favorite cocktail.
24. A Concert at Palau de la Musica Catalana
A concert is a precious life experience. And it is even better if you can attend a concert in a modernist building.
Check Palau de la Musica Catalana schedules and concerts, your partner will not forget this gesture. The acoustic of the Music Palace is almost as amazing as the building itself.
A possible plus: if the concert is during the sunset, the sun will reflect through the colorful glasses. It’s beautiful!
25. Get tipsy at a wine tasting
Catalonia is a wine-country (and a Cava country, sure!). There are many professional sommeliers around and wine tastings to join.
Wine Tours Barcelona offer different options, from a group wine tasting to a private wine tasting (perfect for the ones looking for a more intimacy environment).
26. Get lost in a MAZE: Parque del Laberinto de Horta
Laberint d’Horta is a beautiful park with a maze, where the film The Perfume was filmed. The story of the movie is quite dramatic. The main character murders women to make perfume out of them.
It is NOT a horror movie, but a fantasy/ drama. I included here the trailer so you can have a look. The movie was filmed partially in Barcelona and in Laberinto de Horta.
Lots of married couples go there for photo shooting, so you can imagine it is beautiful. You can come here easily by taking the metro L3 to Mundet and discover the magic labyrinth.
It is not allowed to eat in the park, but there is a picnic area just outside.
There is a small, symbolic entrance fee of 2-3€.
27. Sleeping under the stars in Montserrat
Montserrat, the multi-peaked rocky mountain nearby Barcelona, is a stunning place itself. But it becomes even more impressive at night. Fewer people, nature sounds, and a sky full of stars.
You can enjoy a night sky observation organized by sternalia. with dinner included.
Here you can find my detailed description of Montserrat Monastery.
I recommend taking a private tour to Montserrat with BCN.Travel.
28. Learn how to prepare sushi
Did you know that sushi is known as an aphrodisiac food?
Go to Aladinia and check their courses.
29. 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.
In Barcelona, they also offer hammer limousine.
30. Listen to street music in Gracia
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.
My favorite romantic place: Plaça del Diamant!
31. Listen to street music behind the Cathedral
What could be better than walking around with your couple holding hands and hear lovely street music?
Just walk behind the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia in the Gothic quarter, downtown. You can find some performances in the evening.
32. Bring her/him to Mayan Luxury Spa
Fewer clothes, some water to relax the muscles…
Spa’s are always a good idea to relax and spend some time with your partner.
Mayan Luxury spa is not only a spa, but they combine Maya sounds and rituals in their treatments.
33. Get out of the city: Costa Brava’s hiking trails
Costa Brava is known for its beauty. Many writers and musicians got inspired by Costa Brava surroundings.
The meaning of its name is “Wild coast”.
There are many hiking trails all along the coast, known as Camino de Ronda. If you do it out of summer season, some of this places could be absolutely empty. And for the brave ones, jump in the water!
34. Get a room with a private swimming pool
So you are in Barcelona, an amazing city, with nice weather, lots of sightseeing places… What could make your stay even more perfect for a romantic escape?
A room with a private swimming pool on your private terrace!
Catalonia Square is a hotel located in the very heart of Barcelona (right at Plaça Catalunya). It offers a private swimming pool and private terrace, plus a gym, WiFi and a gourmet restaurant. A serious romantic package!
Needing some extra adrenaline around the sea? Then parasailing it is!
In parasailing Barcelona they do offer tandem parasailing, so you can share it with your partner.
You will sail above the sky through the Mediterranean coast, enjoying the views of the Skyline.
36. Rent a Catamaran
Sea breeze on your face, sunbathing in the Mediterranean, with a Barcelona skyline view! That is a romantic plan, don’t you think?
Surprise your partner with a catamaran sailing day trip and enjoy the sea while relaxing and sunbathing.
37. Magic Fountain at Placa Espanya
The sun goes down, and the colors and lights of the city change.
The Magic fountain is a colorful show with light, water and music.
All you need to do is go to Plaza España, take a seat, and enjoy the show.
38. Order a delivered breakfast
Preparing a breakfast for your partner rocks, but you have to wake up earlier, maybe you will make some noise… and the surprise will be ruined.
Much better (and easier) is to order a breakfast at Matias Buenos días.
The Catalan company has breakfast deliveries and you can include a note.
39. 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.
You will love it!
Here you can find more details on Cava Tours.
40. Visit the Theater
Barcelona is a city with plenty of theaters offering a great variety of shows. From well-known musicals to amateur performances, the only challenge will be deciding where to go.
The website teatrobarcelona.com collects all the theater listing.
Be aware: some shows are only in Catalan language, so pay attention when booking.
41. 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.
If interested, it is mandatory to book in advance.
42. Join beautiful romantic events
There are always events taking place and we could write a book about those.
However, the guys from forfree.barcelona are smarter here and collect romantic, fun, and cool events around the city and area on their website.
They also have a newsletter we think is super useful. Subscribe, you’ll like it!
43. Order a chef
What about a personalized menu at your place? You can order a chef and he/she will come to your place.
The team of Delicious Barcelona makes it very easy.
They can even have recommendations for venues in case you you prefer a different romantic place.
44. Vintage shopping
You can find plenty of vintage, cool, hidden shops around town.
And most of them are in the El Born and Gothic Neighborhood, both very romantic neighborhoods. Do you dream about walking around on the narrowed streets? Head to Born and Gothic quarter and be amazed at the Barcelona young creativity.
Tip: Some shops are quite small and can be absolute gems. Pay attention when walking around.
Okay, okay…to be fair: That’s just a classic!
There are many cinemas in Barcelona where you can enjoy a VSO Film. You can check out
Check the billboard online and enjoy it.
You can also book your seats in advance. Some cinemas also have special cinema-days, meaning you pay less when going to the movies a specific day.
46. Dinner in the dark
Before I said food is a romantic thing to do, but in the dark? Well, yeah, it is!
The Dinner in the dark is a place mostly visited by curious travelers, locals and couples.
It may not be the best idea for the 1st date, BUT, actually, why not?
47. Tintoreria Dontell (Restaurant behind a fake dry cleaning service)
Tintoreria Dontell restaurant looks like a dry cleaning service is one of the best places to surprise someone. The food is good, but the best about it is that you experience of “sneaking” into a secret restaurant.
Read the comments about Tintoreria Dontell on Tripadvisor.
48. Border a plane
A trip is always a reason to cheer up. But it comes more exciting when you do not know the destiny, don’t you think?
The young team of Waynabox offers cheap trips. You book a trip without knowing the final destination.
You can discard some destinations in case you already visited them.
49. 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.
50. Comedy improvisation
A good laugh can help to break the ice.
The Comedy Improvisation is a good idea then to check out.
51. Maximize your senses (while dinner)
We also thought about the nerdy ones including a neuroscience dinner here!
The Medicine Real Academy in Barcelona offers dinners where you will have to use the 5 senses.
A gastronomic game full of different perceptions. Ready to play?
52. Gin tonic Tasting
Wine tasting is not your thing? Here’s the alternative:
Gin Tonic is a trendy drink nowadays in Barcelona. Aladinia offers a gin tonic tasting.
53. 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.
54. 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 December, 2017
Over the time we experienced some more activities you should know about. So here it goes
EXTRA: 55. Flamenco Show
Flamenco is getting better and better. By now, I would also recommend it for couples.
There is the Tapas&Flamenco Experience I recently enjoyed. You can find more information on prices and schedules here.
Itinerary for the Most Romantic Day in Barcelona
If you are on a romantic city break in Barcelona, I created an itinerary for you.
This is the way I would spend the most romantic day in Barcelona.
- Rent a Red Vespa in the old town
- Breakfast and coffee at Espai Joliu
- Hang out at the nearby beach, called Bogatell
- Lunch at Restaurant Cucine Mandarosso
- Afterwards: Drive up to Tibidabos Mirablau for a tea and panoramic view
- We park our Vespa in the old town and wander around
- We get some snacks in the tapas bar La Luna
- Midnight: we visit Aire Barcelona Spa
- Wake Up at W Hotel with a sea view
Wrapping it up
I am actually not sure if Barcelona is well known as a romantic city. But there are so may possibilities to enjoy Barcelona in a very romantic way. From food to games, from day trips to courses. Now it is your turn to decide where and when and surprise your partner.
Looking for more info on Barcelona? This article is part of our big guide to spend an awesome One Week In Barcelona.
We also introduce you to the locations on where to stay in Barcelona. It includes a detailed description of areas and handpicked hotels.
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