There is no debating the fact that Barcelona has all the assets to make it one of the most romantic cities in the world. The combination of inspiring architecture, breathtaking views, diverse nature, incredible gastronomy, and a lively historical center, together form the perfect place for romance. This is all starting to sound quite dreamy if you ask me, but there is a flip side. Along with being one of Europe’s most Romantic cities, it’s also highly touristic. What this means is that thousands of other couples swarm the city on their holiday in hopes of living out their fairytale romance by visiting the most romantic spots in Barcelona just like you.
Continue reading to find out the top 15 most romantic things to do in Barcelona that are a bit off the beaten path. I’ll cover my favorite romantic activities, gastronomy by night, where to enjoy some evening romance and a few of the best rooftop terraces.
I believe that romance isn’t something that should be elaborate. Let’s be honest, hot air balloon rides, private yachts and personal chefs cooking for us at our villas may sound magical but, none of that is needed if you’re in the company of the one you love. With that said, here are my favorite unique romantic activities in Barcelona.
Sunny days are plentiful in Barcelona, which means that when deciding where to dine with your love, a picnic in the park offers the perfect romantic alternative to a busy restaurant. Picnic Picnic is a company in Barcelona offering complete picnic services. Choose your basket and a menu from any one of their nine available options. All you have to do is head to your favorite park, and your picnic is on its way! If you want some recommendations on the best parks to enjoy a picnic in, take a look and the next two romantic spots in Barcelona.
There are countless places in Barcelona to find romantic solitude, and El Labyrinth d’Horta is one of my favorites. Very few tourists know such tranquility exists close to the center. Whether you want to take a stroll with your partner through the labyrinth or spend the afternoon sitting on a park bench gazing into each other's eyes, I assure you, El Labyrinth d’Horta will not disappoint.
The Rosalada de Cervantes is another one of my top selections for Barcelona romantic spots. Located in Les Corts, you can get there by walking roughly 30 min north of the central train station, Sants Estacion. Even on a ‘busy day’ you’d be lucky to see only a handful of people. Romance is in the air at the Garden of Roses.
If after visiting the Rosalada de Cervantes you are still up for some adventure, walk in the direction of Sarria, a neighborhood with a small village feel. By this time you may be feeling a bit parched, and if that’s the case, stop by the locals favorite. Bar Tomas serves up some of the best homemade patatas bravas around.
Not hungry yet?
Maybe you’re heading back into the city and could use a caffeine boost. Well, if that’s the case, you won’t want to miss the Hidden Cafe. Their coffee is outstanding, the staff is incredibly welcoming, and their menu is varied. Split a slice of the carrot cake if you’ve got a sweet tooth, it’s the best carrot cake in Barcelona by a landslide!
When it comes to food, what better way to dive into a culture than learning how to make their traditional dishes. I love cooking with my partner, especially learning new recipes together. There’s nothing more romantic than replicating the meals you have made in your cooking class, once back in the comfort of your home. My advice, if you want to take a cooking class in Barcelona, check out all the unique offerings on Airbnb while contributing to the conscious travel movement.
In a traditional cooking class learn how to make some of the best Spanish recipes, including:
Not feeling like a cooking class?
Take a tapas tour with your love instead. The selection of Spanish tapas is sure to excite your palate.
Surprise your partner with a day trip to the Capital of Cava, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, in the wine region of Penedés. There’s nothing more romantic than admiring the famous vineyards with a glass of bubbly in one hand and your partner’s hand in the other.
One of my favorite places to enjoy the city view is from Park Guell. An even better option is to head up to the Bunkers de Carmel, although, in recent years, the ‘hidden lookout’ is far from hidden anymore. The view over Barcelona from the Bunkers is stunning, but I’d recommend a more magical spot if you’re looking to infuse the panoramic view with some romance. The Observatori Fabra is on Mount Tibidabo, accessible with Ferrocarrils, in under 20 minutes from Plaza de Cataluña.
Secret Tip - For an unforgettable night, book a Sopar amb les Estrellas (dinner with the stars) at Observatori Fabra, it’s one of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona.
If you’re visiting Barcelona for more than a couple of days, I highly suggest planning a romantic weekend outside of the city. Girona is the most popular destination and an obvious must-see, but there’s still more to explore in the surrounding area. Catalonia boasts some of Spain’s best natural and historical beauty. Rent a car and head out for the weekend to see for yourself. Explore some of the best sites like the Tavertet Canyon, Medieval Rupit, and Roman Bridge of Besalu.
The most romantic spots in Barcelona, tend to involve gastronomy. Romantic restaurants, candlelit wine bars, and speakeasy coctelerías are plentiful here. Two of the best spots for the most romantic Barcelona night are also a few of the more unusual. Take a look to see what they are.
When you arrive at El Paradiso, you enter through what appears to be a Pastrami shop. If you fancy an incredible pastrami sandwich, you can buy one here, although this isn’t the main attraction. The entrance to the speakeasy bar is through the facade of a refrigerator. Be careful not to break the bank when you are there; the cocktails are to die for! Come to El Paradiso early if you want a cozy and romantic table; this hidden bar in El Born fills up fast.
Romance is all about engaging the senses. There’s no better way to completely immerse yourself in the tastes and aromas of the cuisine your eating, other than dining in the dark. Barcelona romantic spots like Dans Le Noir, offer a remarkable sensory experience.
Some couples may enjoy closing their night off by watching the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, and although this is something you should check out, I wouldn’t characterize it as one of the most romantic spots in Barcelona.
I suggest closing the evening with the following romantic things to do in Barcelona.
I know what you may be thinking. Why would I recommend a stroll along one of the busiest streets in Barcelona? Yes, during the day, the main pedestrian walkways along Passeig de Gracia are jam-packed with tourists, although, at night, the zone surprisingly clears quite a bit. During the evening, Passeig de Gracia is beautifully lit up, providing the ideal backdrop to take a stroll with your partner. Gaudi's famous architectural works as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló are, in my opinion, best viewed during the evening. If you're looking for some more suggestions for romantic activities near Passeig de Gracia, take a look below.
Check out the map at the end for the exact location!
Home to some of Barcelona’s most stylish boutiques, exquisite restaurants, and unique bars; the neighborhood of El Born is worth a wander at night. The winding and narrowed streets provide the perfect amount of mystery and romance for a late night stroll.
The beauty of the Palau De La Musica is indescribable. There’s no other building of its kind quite like it in Barcelona. Situated between the gothic quarter and El Born is a Modernist work of art. Put on your most beautiful dress or tuxedo and reserve two tickets for a night out at the Palau De La Musica, one of the most romantic spots in Barcelona.
Flamenco is a typical dance from Andalusia, yet most visitors to Barcelona are still keen on seeing it. Like the Palau De La Musica, a late night flamenco show makes for a perfect date night. You can buy a ticket online to see one of the larger shows in the city, but I have a better suggestion. Head into the culturally diverse neighborhood of Raval and over to Robadors 23. Don’t let the run-down area make you shy away, the show inside is spectacular and worth watching. At only 4 euros, enjoy what is, in my opinion, the best intimate flamenco show in the city. If you want to snag a seat, arrive early; spaces are limited. Also, check ahead of time to confirm there is a show, they usually take place every Tuesday around 10 pm.
Tourist Tip - It’s best not to dress up for this show. Walking through Raval at night in heels and an elegant dress is sure to draw attention, and not for the reasons you’d expect. The street where the bar is has enough women in heels greeting passerby; need I say more.
Once you’ve left the bar, you can find some peace and quiet at the top of our next two romantic Barcelona lookouts.
Are you ready to start winding down for the night and cuddle up to your sweetheart? Nothing spells romance like a late night beverage on a rooftop terrace, Barcelona is full of incredible rooftop views. Let me share with you two of the best rooftop terraces in Barcelona where you can close off the night.
When you walk through the doors of Hotel 1898, you step back in time. You’ll feel as if you and your partner are being whisked away into an old Hollywood movie. The classic lounge furniture inside the main foyer is enough to make you want to grab a drink and stay, however, head up to the terrace for the highlight. Stunning views, comfy corners, and a romantic atmosphere await.
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Awesome article...well written Tanya!!!!!