14 Incredibly Romantic Things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe and for good reason and is a perfect place for couples to enjoy a romantic weekend away.  Newlyweds can also have a  fabulous honeymoon in Barcelona!  Here are my favourite ideas for the most romantic things to do in Barcelona for couples.

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Finding the Most Romantic Things to do in Barcelona for You

Of course, no two people and no two couples are the same, so what you or I see as romantic might not be the same.  The key thing with romance is to get to know your partner and find out what they like, what they love and what they would like to enjoy with you.

Active couples might prefer hiking in the foothills of Mount Tibidabo, going scuba diving or hiring bikes to explore, whereas others might just prefer to wander the beautiful streets of Barcelona and eat all the food they can find.  No matter what you choose to do, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderfully romantic trip to Barcelona.

Don’t forget to book a romantic hotel in Barcelona so you can enjoy some special time together in a luxurious hotel room, perhaps take a bath together or enjoy the view of Barcelona from your bedroom.

Know Before You Go to Barcelona

Before travelling to Barcelona, make sure you book accommodation and popular attractions ASAP as hotels and tickets can sell out.

⭐ TOP 3 BARCELONA ACTIVITIES TO BOOK IN ADVANCE:

1: Sagrada Familia Skip the Line Ticket - a must-see in Barcelona!

2: Park Guell Admission Ticket - colourful mosaic terraces and gorgeous views

3: Casa Batlló Entry with Self-Audioguide Tour - stunning Modernist Building & rooftop

🛌 MY FAVOURITE HOTELS IN BARCELONA:

$$: Sercotel Hotel Rosellon - Incredible view of the Sagrada Familia from some rooms and the terrace

$$: H10 Madison 4* Sup - top location with rooftop pool & view of the Gothic Cathedral

$: Chic & Basic Lemon Boutique Hotel - great value hotel near Plaça Catalunya

❗BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS❗

Although Barcelona is a safe city, pickpockets are a problem here, particularly in popular tourist areas and on the metro.  Use a theft-proof backpack and consider getting some hidden-pocket clothing to keep your belongings safe.

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Enjoy the View at The Bunkers at Carmel

A popular date spot for locals is the Turro de Rovira, more commonly known as the Bunkers at Carmel, which has incredible views of the city and the Mediterranean beyond.  Early risers can enjoy the sunrise from here, or sunset is another popular time to visit – especially for couples.

A Couple Admiring the View from the Bunkers at Carmel - Romantic Things to do in Barcelona
A Couple Admiring the View from the Bunkers at Carmel – Romantic Things to do in Barcelona

Take a Cooking Class or Food Tour

Food is the way to a person’s heart (that’s true in my case at least), and what could be more romantic than making a delicious meal together?  A cooking class is more fun that eating out at a restaurant, as you work together to rustle up delicious dishes to enjoy together.

If you prefer to just eat the food then a private food tour is an excellent way to sample the best food in Barcelona catered to your tastes, or joining a group tour can be a good way to meet other couples without having a guide as the third wheel!

Share Some Tapas

Sticking with a foodie theme, if cooking isn’t your thing then make sure you have at least one evening eating tapas in a romantic restaurant in Barcelona.  Tapas are designed to be shared so choose the dishes together and dig into your favourites along with a glass (or two) of Spanish wine or sparkling Catalan Cava.

Cava Tasting

Speaking of Cava, the Catalan equivalent of champagne is made in the Penedes region of Catalonia, a short train ride from Barcelona.  Many of the cava producers offer tours and tastings so you can sample the best Catalan wines together.

Visit a Rooftop Terrace

Barcelona has no shortage of rooftop terraces to enjoy, many of which are on top of hotels where you can go for a drink and take in the view.

Book a Photographer

You can’t visit Barcelona without seeing iconic sights such as La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, but how about booking a photographer to capture your romantic moments together?

This is a wonderful thing to do in Barcelona for couples wanting to have some professional style photos perhaps for an engagement photo shoot or wedding photos, or just to remember a special trip together.

GetYourGuide have several options for photographers to join you for a few hours in Barcelona, taking in the top attractions as you go.

Walk Along the Beach

For me, nothing beats gazing out to sea with your loved one and whatever the weather might be then heading to the beach is a great idea!  If it’s hot you can rub suncream on each other and take a dip in the water, or if it’s cool then bring a blanket and snuggle up together listening to the sound of the waves.

There are some wonderful beaches in Barcelona to enjoy, or head further out of the city to find a quieter spot away from the crowds.  The Costa Brava north of the city has more sandy beaches and secluded coves perfect for a romantic date.

Couple taking a walk on the beach in Barcelona - One of the Most Romantic Things to do in Barcelona
Couple taking a walk on the beach in Barcelona – One of the Most Romantic Things to do in Barcelona

Hire Bikes

I you’re an active couple then hiring bikes is a wonderfully romantic way to explore the city – there are tandem bikes if you feel brave enough to share, or have one each.  Take things slow and use your pedal power to cruise around the city, along the beach front and take in the sights together.

Picnic in the Park or on the Beach

Buy some local food at La Boqueria Market or one of the many local markets in Barcelona that you can enjoy on the beach as a picnic, or find a spot in La Ciutadella Park to take a rest under a shady tree.  In Ciutadella Park you can also hire a rowing boat to take out on the lake – just take care not to fall in!

Stroll Around the Gothic Quarter

For me, the Gothic Quarter is easily the most romantic neighbourhood in Barcelona, with narrow streets, little squares and stunning architecture.  There are some fabulous cozy bars and restaurants tucked away in the Gothic Quarter too, so it’s a great spot for an evening wander.

My favourite bar for a hot date is Rubí, which is small and intimate with a fabulous selection of cocktails including homemade gins and a strawberry mojito.

Bar Hop in Gracia

For a romantic evening in Barcelona with a cool twist, head to Gracia to check out the bars and local restaurants.  There are several excellent cocktail places, perfect for a cool date where you can while away the hours talking and kissing in dark corners!

Shop Till You Drop

If you want to buy something special for your loved one, Barcelona is a fabulous city for shopping.  From designer names on Passeig de Gracia to independent boutiques in Gracia and the Gothic Quarter, you are sure to find the perfect gift.

Watch the Magic Fountain Show

The Magic Fountain is one of the most popular things to do in Barcelona at night, and the fountain close to the National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC) on Montjuic puts on a light show and ‘dances’ in tune to the music.

It’s free to attend although it can get crowded, so be aware you won’t be alone!  Come here before sunset to take in the views from Montjuic before night falls and the city lights up below you.

Visit Barcelona during Sant Jordi

Catalonia has the same patron saint as the UK, and Saint George’s Day (April 23rd) is a big deal in Barcelona so coming to Barcelona in April is always beautiful and romantic.  Streets fill up with stalls selling roses and books as everyone gifts a rose or a book to their partners, friends and family.

Traditionally, men would give women a rose, and women would give men a book although there are no fixed rules about that – so hedge your bets and buy both if you’re not sure which to get!

Many of the buildings and landmarks in Barcelona are also decorated with roses for the occasion, Casa Batlló in particular always looks spectacular for Sant Jordi.

Sant Jordi - Rose and Book with the Catalan Flag for a Romantic Trip to Barcelona
Sant Jordi – Rose and Book with the Catalan Flag for a Romantic Trip to Barcelona

Romantic Hotels in Barcelona

If you’re looking for romantic places to stay in Barcelona as a couple, these are some of my favourite romantic hotels in Barcelona:

Hotel Neri: For a romantic place to stay in Barcelona, Hotel Neri is a Relais & Chateau 5* chic, exclusive hotel hidden away in a quiet square in the Gothic Quarter, close to the cathedral.  It has gorgeous décor with a blend of period charm and sophisticated design, including a lovely rooftop garden. >>>CHECK PRICES & AVAILABILITY

H10 Madison: For a mid-range stay, H10 Madison hotel has unbeatable views of the Gothic Cathedral from the roof terrace and gets rave reviews for the friendly staff and excellent location. >>>CHECK PRICES & AVAILABILITY

Sensation Sagrada Familia: If you prefer an apartment, check out Sensation Sagrada Familia for bright and modern apartments with a shared sun terrace, a small outdoor swimming pool and views of the famous Sagrada Familia. >>>CHECK PRICES & AVAILABILITY

You can also get more ideas for romantic hotels in Barcelona here.