Looking for a well deserved getaway with your loved one? Forget Paris and Rome, why not impress your partner by whisking them away for a romantic break to beautiful Barcelona? A city full of spectacular landscapes, passionate Spaniards and intimate eateries, it’s the perfect setting if you’re in the mood for love. After all, there’s a reason why it’s one of Europe’s top honeymoon destinations.
We’ve selected the Catalan capital’s top romantic hotspots where you and your sweetheart can bask in romance and enjoy some much needed quality time with one another. Who said romance was dead?
Brunch & Cake, in other words the brunch of gods. This place is possibly Barcelona’s most charismatic spot to enjoy a tasty brunch with your partner, especially if you opt to sit outside on its picturesque terrace. Its impressive menu offers everything from eggs Benedict to ingenious combinations of classically loved sweet and savoury brunch items. Even the pickiest of eaters will find something here that’ll leave their taste buds tingling.
Priding itself on delicious, homemade food, it is also renowned for its spectacular presentation. Its food can only be described as an edible masterpiece, sending all you instagrammers out there into a frenzy with the endless photo opportunities.
What’s more, portions tend to be of a generous size, sufficiently setting you up for the day ahead of you. Being in love can be exhausting work!
Carrer Enric Granados, 19
It’s no secret that wine is a catalyst and enabler of romance. Fortunately, Barcelona is blessed with the perfect conditions for wine-making, meaning all you wine lovers certainly won’t go thirsty during your stay.
Enjoy a spectacular couple’s day out at one of the region’s top wineries in the stunning Barcelona wine country and surrounding areas. With breathtaking scenery and glorious weather, what better way to spend your day than by taking a tour of the boutique wineries and art nouveau cellars where you can sample a selection of delicious wines. If you’re looking to make your wine experience that extra bit special (why not, eh?), several excursions also offer rustic lunches, tapas tasting and many other additional perks. Check out the best Barcelona wine tours here.
You will be hard-pressed to find a place in Barcelona that oozes more romance than the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella. Its charming gardens, tropical canopies and serene setting make it the ideal spot for a stroll along its sandy tracks followed by a picnic by the lake. Pop to the Mercat de la Boqueria beforehand, where you can purchase all the essentials to picnic in true Mediterranean style: manchego cheese, jamón ibérico, a crusty baguette, olives and most importantly, a bottle of their finest vino. Plus, you’ll find several secluded areas to share a few smooches!
After, why not put your partnering skills to the test by renting rowing boats at an affordable 6€, but then again, you can’t put a price on love! Bask in the rays of sunshine as you enjoy a romantic moment in front of the ornate, La Cascada – it doesn’t get much better than this.
Tip: Whilst you’re in the area, take a leisurely walk down Carrer dels Petons (in other words, the street of kisses) and enjoy a Hollywood style smooch!
Passeig de Picasso, 21
Set the mood for the rest of the evening with a visit to the Erotic Museum. Featuring exhibits on erotica from ancient times to today, including Kama Sutra, erotic art and sexual records, you can witness the manifestation of eroticism over time.
Amongst many historical artefacts, a mini cinema showing vintage pornographic videos and plenty of interactive exhibits, there is also a newly opened garden where you can enjoy a well deserved glass of champagne. So if you’re looking for a giggle and an education on eroticism, this is a great activity for you and your partner to enjoy together.
Las Ramblas, 96
After fighting your way through the crowds at La Boqueria, why not pop into Escribà, just next door. Located in a stunning modernista building, its extraordinary selection of decadent looking cakes and pastries are hard to say no to, especially their signature red lips. Resembling that of the ‘Mae West Lips Sofa’ by Salvador Dalí, their delicious red lips truffles or vanilla mousse cake are the perfect treat for your loved one. After all, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach and a big kiss never hurt anyone.
Carrer de les Floristes de la Rambla, 83
The idyllic setting for all things romance related with its exquisite selection of seafood restaurants spilling out onto the quay and its phenomenal views of the sparkling Mediterranean.
Begin the most spectacular evening either at Cal Pinxo or La Gavina, beneath Palau de Mar’s characteristic arches, where you can experience the best of fine dining in Barcelona. Boasting a delicious and extensive menu of Mediterranean cuisine and the best fresh seafood that the city has to offer, you can expect to enjoy an unforgettable evening here.
Make your way over to 1881 Per Sagardi, a hidden gem perched atop the Museum of History of Catalonia- a must for a romantic city break in Barcelona. This Bacardi-sponsored cocktail bar on the terrace is a great spot for some post-meal relaxation with your partner. A seat on the terrace rewards you with a unique and privileged view of the Barcelona skyline and the beautifully illuminated Port Vell with its glistening waters.
The Passeig de Colom around Port Vell makes for a gorgeous late night walk along the seafront. There’s nothing quite like a magical beach stroll, hand in hand, passing some of the city’s most beautiful architecture as you make your way along the beautiful palm-lined pathway. With the soothing sounds of the sparkling turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, love will never have felt so good.
Want to treat the love of your life to a special meal? With so many fabulous places to eat in Barcelona it can be hard to distinguish the good from the bad. Marmalade and Gourmet Tapas by Sensi are both excellent choices if you’re looking for delicious food and somewhere that’ll help to ramp up the romance.
Marmalade: The trendy and stylish, restaurant-come-cocktail-bar, Marmalade exudes romance with its elegant/vintage décor and mood lighting. Styling itself on the idea of ‘1950s Havana meets New York’, its laid back and sophisticated bohemian vibe is what makes this place such a hit. With its high ceilings, copper clad antique walls, glamorous kitsch furniture and dark red interior, it’s the perfect place for you and your partner to cosy up over dinner and drinks.
Serving everything from burgers, salads, fajitas, noodles and favourites from the grill, you simply cannot go wrong here with its assorted menu. Not to mention, its significant cocktail list with so many tempting concoctions, all made behind its four metre tall chrome Art Deco bar. Its Gin Fizz and Nicky Lauda Saua are particular winners and always go down a treat!
Carrer de la Riera Alta, 4-6
Gourmet Tapas by Sensi: The location of this restaurant, in the quaint yet quirky Gothic Quarter, is mirrored in the intimate setting of this restaurant. This place can only be described as the crème de la crème of gastronomic tapas with its impeccably presented food, all made with ingredients of the highest quality, great selection of wines and flawless service. Their wild sea bass fillet with white butter sauce and broccoli foam is simply to die for, as is their duck breast served with mango chutney and potato emulsion. Its outstanding food accompanied by the restaurants soothing atmosphere will undoubtedly put you lovebirds in the mood for sweet romance.
Carrer de Milans, 4
Hiring a tandem is ideal if you’re looking for some couple fun and once again will test those skills of teamwork. Biking around the city is a fantastic way to put a spin on sightseeing and see all the beautiful sights that Barcelona has to offer, especially as traipsing around the city on foot can be extremely exhausting. Also, with the expanding number of fully integrated cycle lanes and plenty of open spaces and parks in the city, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying a day of biking fun.
There are several bike rental companies located throughout the city, however BHDB offers 2 hours of twosome tandem fun at an affordable 13€. You can check out their website here: www.barcelonaholidaybici.com
Tucked away in the secluded district of Carmel, lies one of Barcelona’s most spectacular hidden gems, the Turó de la Rovira. Standing at 262 metres above sea level, this spot undoubtedly provides the most incredible panoramic views of the city.
To make the most of your experience, arrive in time for sunset so you witness the beauty of the city illuminated and the Sagrada Familia positively glowing in the distance. Crack open a bottle of cava with your loved one, and take your time to enjoy the city in all its glory. Moments like this don’t come around often. Tip: Bring a jumper, it can get very chilly up there – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc truly is one of Barcelona’s greatest spectacles. For a wonderful and magical experience that’ll sweep you and your lover off your feet, head to Plaça Espanya for a sensational display of water acrobatics, music, lights and colour. It makes a stunning backdrop for a couples photo, so why not have a smooch in front of the fountain for a picture perfect moment. With sprinkling water in all directions, there is the possibility of getting wet, so watch out!
Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1