Romantic Things to do in Barcelona

54 Romantic Things To Do in Barcelona 2021 – for Couples and 1st Dates (and even proposals)

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 many romantic things to do more.

It is a wonderful city for 1st dates, romantic weekend breaks and vacation time. It is even a great spot for proposals!

54 Romantic Things To Do in Barcelona 2017 - for Couples and 1st DatesThis 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.

Please also read my guide on 21 romantic ideas for couples. I also included a unique way to propose.

Jump directly to the itinerary for the most perfect romantic day in Barcelona

This article will guide you to amorous experiences and dreamy locations.

If you are also looking for the best places to eat and have a good coffee in Barcelona check out:

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!

In case this Spa is full, do not panic! We have a list of 12 best Spas in Barcelona.

Aire de 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.

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! Find a big list of romantic hotels in Barcelona here.

Check rates for Hotel 1898 here

Best Luxury Hotel in Barcelona: Hotel 1898

4. Rent a private boat with a Captain

Oh let us make your trip even more special! You can rent a private sailing boat with a captain. offer this for tourists and visitors.

Enjoy an amazing private boat trip with your partner, family, or friends.

Appreciate the full skyline of Barcelona from the sea, jump in the water and enjoy snacks, your own music and drinks.

Here’s a video.

How to book?

Contact to prices and available dates.

Book your Sailing Boat here

Boat Rental in Barcelona

5. 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€.

Narrow street Gothic Quarter

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.

Here is a handpicked recommendation. We enjoyed BCN Kitchen. Their courses are fun and well-made. It’s really worth it the money. You visit a local market and learn to cook Paella like a boss!

Whatever course you chose, I would recommend one with a local market tour and cooking!

Here’s what you’ll learn to cook:

  • Gazpacho
  • Spanish tortilla
  • Seafood Paella, the authentic taste of Spain (vegetarian options available!)
  • Crema Catalana (delicious desert)
  • Pá amb tomáquet (simple but delicious Catalan way of eating bread)

Prices start from 68€. We got a lovely 5% discount here as well!

5% discount for BCN Kitchen (only for our readers)

The coupon code is


How to apply?

  1. Visit
  2. choose your date and class
  3. apply the discount

That’s it!

Bon profit and bon appetit!=)

Prefer eating out, no cooking? Find here the best 9 paella restaurants in Barcelona.

Check all Cooking Classes in Barcelona here

BCN Kitchen

Cooking Class Barcelona

7. 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. While here, have a seat, and get some tapas. It’s delicious!

(Here is the address.)

Sunset colours at Mirablau

8. 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.

Read: how to rent a scooter in Barcelona

9. 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.

A must at that time: Get a scooter to come up here.

It is the easiest way, seriously. Plus you can drive to some of my favorite best coffee shops in Barcelona for breakfast.

Bunker del Carmel sunrise Barcelona

10. Have a romantic Picnic organized

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).

Picnic in Barcelona - a Romantic Things to do in Barcelona

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.

Brunch at Can Dende

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.

Walk in!

There it’s more local, and you find way better prices and curious things.

And finally, get a smoothie here. They are yummyyyyy!

Boqueria Market in Barcelona

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.

red Vespa along the coast

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.

Join a game of beach volleyball with the locals and tourists at Somorrostro Beach

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.

Of course, this one is in our list of my best coffee shops in Barcelona.

Espai Joliu Barcelona

16. 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!

17. 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.

Get your ticket to Sant Pau here

A tip for increasing the wow-effect.

Go there during sunset, the lights change and it is even more beautiful.

18. Try out an escape room

More interactive, more fun, more intellectual even?

Here is a forum entry about best escape rooms in Barcelona.

Also, these escape-room nerds created a