There is something about Barcelona – romantic things to do everywhere. That’s why the Catalan capital is known to be a terrific destinations for couples. Don’t let me get started with its narrow streets of Barrio Gótico, Gràcia and the beach of Barceloneta…
You can trust me: When I visited Barcelona for the first time in 2015, I fell in love (not only with the city). I packed my bags and moved here just a few months later.
Who knows me and Eduardo as a couple knows that we are actually not the super romantic type of couple – even though we live in the middle of the extremely romantic Barcelona. Our last Valentines Day we spent on the couch with pizza from the oven and watched Robocop. (This movie will definitely not become my favorite or anything near, but thanks goodness, this is not a blog for movie critics 😉 )
In order for you to spend a way more romantic time in Barcelona than we usually do, I collected for you a list of things to do for the Ultimate Barcelona romantic vibe. Whether it is for your honeymoon, Valentine’s Day, a simple Date-night, your anniversary or just for a romantic getaway for two.
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Most Romantic Things to do in Barcelona for couples
The Magic Fountains
Opening Times: Depending on the season. Check here for current Opening Hours.
Entrance Fee: free
How to get there: Metro Pl. Espanya (L1)
As one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, the Magic Fountains mesmerize every week more than hundred visitors.
This show is special as it combines the performance of water and light. This magical light show takes place near the Plaça Espanya, which is also an amazing place to visit in Barcelona. You will find this square near Montjuïc, what already brings us to our next point…
A visit to Montjuïc
Opening Times: 01.11. – 31.03.: 10.00 am – 06.00 pm & 01.04. – 31.10.: 10.00 am – 08.00 pm
Entrance Fee: 3€ (for people under 30 years) and 5€ (Adults from 30 years)
Free Entrance: First Sunday of the months & Sundays after 03.00 pm
How to get there: Bus 150 to Castell or by cable car from the harbor
Tickets: Find your tickets for the cable car ride here.
The Montjuïc is one of 3 mountains in Barcelona. On the mountaintop, you can find an old castle that you can visit.
The entrance fee is worth it, as you have an amazing view from there over the city and the harbor of Barcelona.
The castle of Montjuïc was used to protect the harbor and is owned by the Catalan Government just since 2007.
For going up to the top of the hill, you can either walk, take the bus or this gondola from the harbor.
Sunset from the Bunkers del Carmel
Opening Times: Public place, can be visited anytime
Entrance Fee: free
How to get there: Bus 119 to Marià Lavèrnia OR take a walk from Sant Pau
There is one spot in Barcelona where I take all of my visitors, whether it is couchsufers, friends or family: Los Bunkers del Carmel. One of my absolute favorite spots in Barcelona. The Bunkers are located way over the roofs of Barcelona and therefore you have a perfect 360-degree Panorama view of Barcelona from up there. But just have a look yourself in my video…
During the Spanish Civil War, an air-raid shelter has been built here in 1937. It was the perfect place, as from here you could see the attacker coming from every direction since you have a good view over the whole city.
Still today, you can have a look at this air-raid shelter free of charge.
Even though the Bunkers of Carmel are not that unknown anymore as they have been some years back, they are still not as crowded as other tourist attractions and viewpoints in Barcelona and therefore still kind of an insider-tip.
For extra romantic: Bring a bottle of delicious Spanish red wine.
A Day at Tibidabo
Opening Times: Find the Opening Times for every day here.
Price: 28,50 € (Just Panorama Area 12,70€)
Tickets: Check for tickets online here.
How to get there: Bus T2A and T2B or Bus 196 and afterwards Cable Car (4,10€ per Person)
Tibidabo is not only a romantic option to see the city from above but also helps you to awake your inner child together. Even perfect for couples traveling with children.
You can either visit the famous church Sagrat Cor, which looks like a fairytale castle from the foot of the mountain or spend the day in the Tibidabo Amusement Park.
There, you can find anything a child could ask for. A Ferris Wheel, a White-Water Ride, a hall of mirrors and many more attractions for old and young.
Enjoy the view on Barceloneta Beach from the W-Hotel
Opening Times: 09.00 am – 02.00 am
Entrance Fee: free, but you have to purchase something from the Menu
How to get there: Bus V15 to Pl. Rosa dels Vents
The W Hotel belongs to the Barceloneta Beach the same way that the famous Sagrada família belongs downtown. Even if you are not staying in the W-Hotel, you can get up to the Bar to have a drink.
Even though the prices are a little bit higher than on the ground level bars, you get the perfect views of the beach area of Barceloneta. Especially at night, the lights of the beach form a super romantic picture which you can enjoy while having a cocktail.
Note: In order to be allowed to enter the W-Hotel, you have to be dressed properly, i.e. no beach clothes or flip-flops.
A Day Trip to Sitges
How to get there: R2S St. Vincec de Calders (From Barcelona Sants Station)
Duration: 34 Minutes
Sitges is a small dreamy town on the coast around half an hour train ride away from Barcelona.
It is a popular destination for tourists, locals, and expats coming from the Catalonian capital.
Sitges is perfect for a relaxed romantic walk through the narrow streets of this little town. Afterwards, you can have a refreshing swim in the Mediterranian Sea.
A visit to Sant Pau
Opening Times: 09.30 am – 06.30 pm (November – March: 09.30 am – 04.30 pm) & Sundays: 09.00 am – 02.00 pm
Entrance Fee: ca. 14€
Free Entrance: 12.02., 23.04., 24.09. & first Sunday of the month
Tickets: You can find tickets and tours here.
How to get there: Metro Sant Pau I Dos de Maig (L5)
One always hopes not having to visit a hospital while on vacation. Sant Pau is the big exception here. People are standing in line to enter this hospital. Because St. Pau nowadays is used as a museum.
The architecture of this building is stunning and even though the entrance fee is a little bit pricey, it’s surely worth a visit.
Parque del Laberinto de Horta
Opening Times: 10.00 am – 07.00 pm
Entrance Fee: 2,17€
How to get there: Metro Mundet (L3)
Who never secretly wanted to be in a Labyrinth and check whether you’d find the way out? That’s possible in the Parque de la Horta (Catalan name: Parc del Laberint d’Horta) in Barcelona.
You and your partner can try together to find the way out and have a romantic break when reaching the middle of the maze while deciding which way to take from there.
By the way, a scene for Perfume: The story of a murderer was filmed in this park.
Sit at the fountain of Plaça Reial
Opening Time: Public Place
Entrance Fee: free
How to get there: Liceu (L3) or Catalunya (L3) – La Rambla Exit
The Plaza Real (Catalan: Plaça Reial) is located directly next to Las Ramblas. When having a walk through the busy streets of Barcelona, this is the perfect place to relax a little. Moreover, Plaça Reial is one of the most beautiful squares in Barcelona.
Around this square, you can find different kinds of cafés, bars, and restaurants and especially on warm nights, you will often find live music.
Take a boat in Ciutadella Park
Opening Times: 10.00 am – Sunset
Entrance Fee: Park: Free of charge; Renting a boat: 6€ for 30min. for 2 people
How to get there: Metro Ciutadella I Vila Olímpica (L4)
Besides other unforgettable romantic things to do in Barcelona, this is probably the most romantic of all. Sitting together in a small boat in a beautiful park, rowing between swans and parakeets.
Doing so, you can enjoy the silence and relax together and almost forget that you are actually within a huge city. The Parc de la Ciutadella is located halfway between the Arc de Triomf and the beach of Barceloneta. Therefore, you can combine your visit with a big nice romantic walk.
Romantic Walks in Barcelona
A romantic walk through El Gòtic (Barrio Gótico)
How to get there: Metro Liceu (L3) or Bus V15 to Via Laietana – Correus
The Barrio Gótico (in Catalan also called Barri Gòtic or El Gòtic) is the oldest neighborhood in Barcelona.
With its narrow streets built in the gothic style, this area of Barcelona offers a perfect opportunity for a romantic walk. There is much to explore and even locals find new things here all the time.
The probably most popular part of the Barrio Gótico is the cathedral (La Catedral). Often, you can find Opera Singers here showing their talent. And due to the echo of the stone walls, it gets even more powerful.
My personal highlight in El Gòtic is the Plaza de San Felipe Neri (Catalan: Plaça de Sant Felip Neri). Besides its dark history, this square is super quiet and peaceful and you can spend some romantic moments here together.
By the way, in this square, they filmed many scenes of the video clip of My Immortal by Evanescence.
A romantic walk through Gràcia
How to get there: Metro Lesseps (L3) or Fontana (L3)
Gràcia is the trendy neighborhoods of Barcelona and is known to be one of the quietest and most modern neighborhoods in the city. Many artists and authors are living here trying to get inspired by Gràcia’s creative atmosphere.
Here are many peaceful cafés and restaurants, in which you can relax and have a coffee, beer or wine.
Gràcia seems to be a little different from the other neighborhoods of Barcelona, which can be caused by the fact that actually, Gràcia used to be another city. Until it became a part of Barcelona in the 19th Century.
A visit to Gràcia is especially worth it around August when the neighborhood festival of Gràcia takes place. Every part of this area builds their own decoration for a given topic. Afterwards, the visitors can vote for their favorite.
A romantic walk at the beach of Barceloneta
Entrance Fee: free
How to get there: Metro Barceloneta (L4)
Before the Olympic Games in 1992, this part of Barcelona was mainly avoided by tourists due to their high crime rate. Today, this seems almost impossible.
The beach of Barceloneta is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. Barceloneta simply offers the perfect place for a romantic walk for two. Especially in winter, when there are fewer tourists, this can be a really nice romantic activity in Barcelona.
Even though obviously, there is no sunset over the sea, it still can be super romantic to watch the sunset from here.
A romantic walk / Picnic in the Parc de la Cuitadella
Opening Times: 10.00 am – Sunset
Entrance Fee: Park: Free of charge
How to get there: Metro Ciutadella I Vila Olímpica (L4)
Whether you rent a boat, do a picnic or just walk around: The Ciutadella Park is definitely worth a visit. Especially in summer, this is a great place to spend the hot days.
Just bring a blanket and get comfortable together.
A romantic walk in the Park Güell
Opening Times: 08.30 am – 06.30 pm & April – August: 08.00 am – 08.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 7.50 € Online & 8.50 € on-site; rest of the park: free of charge
Barcelona Top Tip: You should definitely buy your ticket online in advance to skip the lines and be sure to get a ticket before they are sold out. You can find tickets online e.g. here.
How to get there: Metro Lesseps (L3) or Bus 24 (Direction El Carmel) to Trav de Dalt
Besides the famous Sagrada Família, Park Güell (pronounced: Park Guh-ey) is probably the main attraction of Barcelona. Both of these sights have the same architect: Antoni Gaudí. He created Park Güell (Spanish: Parque Güell) between 1900 and 1914 after he got inspired by English Gardens.
And he did it with success. Besides the magnificent constructions that you can find in the park, the location is just chosen amazingly. From here, you have another great view of Barcelona.
A romantic walk at Port Vell, the harbor of Barcelona
How to get there: Bus V17
Even Port Vell, Barcelona’s Harbor, offers another romantic walk opportunity.
To be exact, the harbor of Barcelona is divided into two parts. One of each side of the beach. One is Port Vell and the other one is called Port Olímpic.
Port Vell doesn’t only offer the Maremagnum Mall, but also different restaurants, the aquarium and as mentioned above the possibility to have a nice walk. And if you are lucky, you can see the bridge opening for boats to enter the harbor.
Romantic Accommodation in Barcelona
Here, you can find an overview of the most popular accommodations in Barcelona, which are recommended for couples.
They are separated by estimated price so that there is something for every budget.
For the latest prices, deals, and availabilities, just click on the name of the accommodation.
Please note that the prices can differ from their estimated budget due to seasonal differences etc.
$ Romantic Budget Accommodation in Barcelona
Hola Hostal Eixample (Bed in Dorm, Budget)
Hostel One Paralelo (Private room)
$ Romantic Middle-Price Accommodation in Barcelona
Casa Gràcia (Private room with shared terrace)
Rodamón Barcelona Hostel (Private room, [for Budget travelers also dorm beds available])
$ Romantic Accommodations in Barcelona
The Hotel 592 (Private room, Private Bathroom, No Children allowed)
Hostal Aslyp 114 (Private room with private bathroom)
$ Romantic Luxury Accommodation in Barcelona
Sixtytwo Hotel (Private room)
H10 Casa Mimosa 4* Sup (Private room, Pool, Terrace with view of Casa Milà)
Apartments Sixtyfour (Whole Apartment, 80m², in city center, two bedrooms)
Sensation Sagrada Familia (Whole Apartment, Terrace with view of Sagrada Familia)
Most Romantic Restaurants in Barcelona
Here, you can find the most romantic restaurants we have been to in Barcelona so far with different kinds of food. Obviously, there are even more great options throughout the city and if you are looking for something extremely fancy, you can even find Michelin restaurants such as the Tickets Barcelona. But for us, the following are the places to go for a romantic date for two.
El Felino – Italian Restaurant
The pizza here is just amazing!
Address: Carrer de la Marina, 269, 08025 Barcelona
Metro Station: Sagrada Familia (L2)
La Barca del Salamanca
Perfect if you are into fish or seafood. By the way, here you can find the best Paella in town!
Address: Moll de Gregal, 17, 08005 Barcelona
Metro Station: Ciutadella I Vila Olìmpica (L4)
Bar Celta Pulperia – Tapas
If you are looking for traditional Spanish tapas this is the right address.
Address: Carrer de Simó Oller, 3, 08002 Barcelona
Bus Station: Via Laietana – Correus (V15)
Check out my Ultimate Barcelona Itinerary here with useful tips from a local, maps, prices and Opening hours.
Also make sure to know this 19 Things you should absolutely avoid in Barcelona before you go.
Check out Rupit, Spain as a day trip from Barcelona for a great trip with a medieval Catalonia vibe.
More tapas? Check out this post about the Top 5 Budget Tapas in Barcelona from 197 Travel Stamps.
More Itineraries? Check out this 3-days itinerary on Adventures with NieNie.
Which romantic activities in Barcelona are you considering the best? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!