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Date: 4 February 2020

13 things to do on a romantic weekend in Barcelona

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Planning a romantic weekend in Barcelona? The Catalan capital is packed with things to do on a love-fuelled mini-break.

From strolling hand-in-hand along Barceloneta Beach to cosying up in the corner of an intimate tapas bar, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the city as a couple.

Here we give you the most romantic things to do on a short trip to Barcelona.

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1. Enjoy a picnic in Montjuïc Park

Tree-lined walkway with benches in Barcelona's Jardins del Teatre Grec
Stroll through the gardens of Montjuïc and then enjoy a nice picnic in the Jardins del Teatre Grec

Any romantic weekend in Barcelona should definitely include a picnic. So, pack a basket full of cured meats and bread, and head to Montjuïc, the huge hill which overlooks Barcelona harbour.

At the top, there’s a series of beautiful gardens – the most romantic being the Jardins del Teatre Grec. The pagoda is the ideal spot to tuck into your Catalan feast, before taking a stroll around the other gardens and soaking in the spectacular views over the city.

Once you’ve had lunch, check out the other attractions on the hill; Montjuïc Castle, the Joan Miró Foundation (a museum full of fabulous paintings and sculptures by the renowned Catalan artist), and the cable car are all good options.

If you’re heading to Barcelona in summer, don’t miss the open-air cinema at Sala Montjuïc where you can catch a movie under the stars.

2. Steal a peck on the Street of Kisses

Street sign reading Carrer dels Petons
The Street of Kisses actually has a dark history. Photo: Carquinyol – Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

The ‘Street of Kisses’ can be found in the Old Town, in El Born neighbourhood. There are a few different stories about how this narrow, dead-end alley got its name, one being that the lack of light made it the perfect spot for young lovers to get to know each other better.

The other is a little more dramatic: Legend has it that the street wasn’t always blocked at one end, and used to lead to the central square where the city’s public executions would take place. This street would be where the families of those condemned would bid them their last farewells and give their last kisses.

Not so romantic, but definitely worth a look if you want to impress your other half with a bit of history on your stay in Barcelona.

3. Sail into the sunset

Couple hugging and looking into the distance from a boat at sunset
Grab your partner and enjoy a sailing trip along the Mediterranean

Fancy cruising into the sunset with your beloved? Book this fabulous 90-minute sunset boat trip.

Sip a glass of Cava and snuggle up as the skipper points out the sights along the Barcelona coast. If you get hot and bothered, take a dip in the Med as the sun sets against the beautiful Catalan skyline. Romantic activities in Barcelona don’t get better than this!

4. Eat churros on the sweetest street in town

Hand dipping churro into a Styrofoam cup of hot chocolate
Dip a churro in your thick melted chocolate as you explore the streets of Barcelona

You can’t visit Barcelona without trying churros con chocolate, a thick hot chocolate with long, sugary doughnuts on the side. Perfect for sharing with someone special, the best place to try the killer combo is Granja La Pallaresa, on Carrer Petritxol (known affectionately as the street of chocolate). You’ll be back for more!

5. Enjoy cocktails with a view at Terrat

View of Terrat rooftop restaurant in Barcelona from above with the city behind
Terrat is the ideal place to take your special someone for an exquisite cocktail or dinner. Photo © Mandarin Oriental

As far as romantic places in Barcelona go, Terrat is up there with the best. A gorgeous rooftop terrace at five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel, this gem opens to the public at 6pm from April to November.

The sweeping 360º views of the city and the surrounding mountain range make it the ideal spot to sip on a cocktail and whisper sweet nothings as the sun goes down.

Tip: If you’re heading to Gaudí’s city in summer, there are plenty of cool rooftop terraces in Barcelona where you can spend a gorgeous evening under the stars.

6. Share some top tapas

Tables on a terrace by a pool at night
Treat yourselves to some delicious tapas with an amazing view of Barcelona at the Winter Garden. Photo © El Palace

Looking for a tapas restaurant in Barcelona where you can do some serious wooing? If it’s an anniversary dinner, the Winter Garden at El Palace hotel will blow your partner’s socks off. An idyllic space away from the noise of the city streets, it has one of the best panoramic views in town.

The tapas here are awesome. The Iberian ham with coca bread and tomato is guaranteed to make your taste buds smile.

If it’s a less formal occasion, La Fianna in El Born will do nicely. Plush red couches, excellent tapas and moody lighting make it one of the most romantic (and reasonably priced) bars in Barcelona. 

For more restaurant recommendations, have a look at our tips on top tapas bars in Barcelona.

7. Relax at AIRE Ancient Baths

Man relaxes in an pool surrounded by brick walls and a brick roof as a women enters the water
Connect and relax with a couple of hours at this underground spa. Photo © AIRE Ancient Baths

AIRE Ancient Baths is the perfect place for a spot of R&R. Set in a calming, underground location, this stunning subterranean spa is one of a kind.

It has a range of different hot and cold baths, including a salt bath, where you can float hand-in-hand with your partner as you listen to the relaxing music. What’s more, time slots are booked in advance, so it’s never overcrowded or noisy.

If you’re looking to really spoil your other half, why not book a couple’s massage or a red wine bath?

8. Taste some Cava at Monvínic

Waiter pouring a glass of Cava, one glass is already full
Sip a cool glass of Cava at one of the best wine-tasting bars in town, Monvínic

Cava is a delicious sparkling wine and as the majority of it is produced in Catalonia, it’d be rude not to sample some whilst in the capital!

For the really good stuff, head to Monvínic. One of the most famous wine bars in Europe, the team of sommeliers here know what they’re talking about. You can order off the menu or join one of the many wine-tasting events.

The moody lighting, relaxed ambiance and fabulous wine is guaranteed to get you in the mood for love.

Tip: Got a taste for Cava? If you have more time in Barcelona, book a wine, Cava and tapas vineyard tour, where you can enjoy a romantic day at a winery in the Penedès region and taste four excellent Cavas paired with some delicious tapas.

9. Ride the Ferris Wheel at Tibidabo

Ferris wheel at Tibidabo overlooking Barcelona at sunset
Hop on one of the rides at Tibidabo Amusement Park and see the city in a whole new light

Tibidabo, the tallest mountain in the Collserola mountain range, is visible from pretty much anywhere in the city. It’s recognisable not just for its height, but for the multi-coloured Ferris wheel at Tibidabo Amusement Park, which sits on top of it.

Grab your partner by the hand, take the wheel and see the sights of Barcelona from above.

Fun fact: If the park looks familiar, it may be because it featured in the 2008 Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

10. Try some Vermouth at Mirablau

Tables and chairs in a bar with wide windows overlooking the city of Barcelona
Try a Barcelona favourite, vermut, at this popular bar overlooking the city. Photo © Mirablau

Once you’re done on the rides, stop by Mirablau for a Vermouth on the rocks. A fortified wine flavoured with herbs and spices, it’s a favourite tipple of Barcelonians.

As well as the tasty vermut, this restaurant is known for its fantastic views. One of the most romantic settings in Barcelona, it sits right on Tibidabo and has a gorgeous outdoor terrace, offering amazing views over Barcelona. There’s nowhere better to kick off a special evening for two.

11. Have dinner with the stars at Fabra Observatory

The Fabra Observatory building of Barcelona light up blue at night with the city lights in the background
A romantic trip to Barcelona during summer should include Dinner with the Stars. Photo © Sternalia

During the summer months, you and your partner can dine under the stars at the beautiful Fabra Observatory, with the Dinner with the Stars menu. From its prime position on the Collserola mountain range, the views of the city and sky are unbeatable.

After dinner, you’ll get a guided visit to the building and a night observation with a giant telescope from 1904.

Dinner with the Stars is the perfect way to spend an evening with your beloved in the Catalan capital. It’s quite literally out of this world!

12. Buy a rose or book on Sant Jordi’s Day

3 pink-orange roses lying inside an open book
The Sant Jordi celebrations take over Barcelona on 23 April each year

La Diada de Sant Jordi, (Saint George’s Day) is a big deal in Barcelona. It’s the Catalan equivalent to Valentine’s Day and love is most certainly in the air!

If you’re in the city on 23 April, join in the celebrations. It’s traditional for the guy to give a rose to his other half, and the girl to give him a book in return. And getting your hands on either couldn’t be easier as the streets are packed with popup flower and book stalls.

13. Spend the night at the W Hotel

Room terrace with white sofas and table overlooking Barcelona city and the beach
Charming, special and a little bit fancy: A night at the W Hotel in Barcelona won’t disappoint the other half. Photo © W Hotel

For a real romantic treat in Barcelona, book a room at the incredible, five-star W Hotel.

A huge sail-like structure on the Barceloneta beachfront, it has a ton of romantic features, such as a glorious rooftop bar, spa, infinity pool and a laid-back California-style beach bar, complete with luxurious cabanas.

And for an extra special night, book a table at the recently-opened restaurant FIRE, which boasts flame-grilled food combined with artful mixology.

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Felices vacaciones

Couple walking hand-in-hand along the shore of a beach in Barcelona against a pink sky
Forget Paris and Rome – head to Barcelona for your next loved-up getaway

Barcelona is brimming with romance. Whether it’s your first holiday as a couple, or a special anniversary trip, these activities are guaranteed to add some magic to your weekend.

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