Although it is not top of the list when it comes to honeymoon destinations, you will find a wide range of romantic things to do in Barcelona. From the cobbled winding streets of its Barri Gotic to the medieval courtyards, from elegant hotels and restaurants to its romantic beaches, Barcelona is certainly a great destination for a couple getaway.
This recreation of a typical Spanish city built for World Expo 1929 has caused some mixed feelings: while the Puritans consider it kitschy, there are also those delighted by its wide spaces and Disneyland atmosphere.
But if you want spend a romantic afternoon admiring over 100 styles of Spanish architecture, gathered together in one very pleasant location, Poble Espanyol is the right place for it.
Here you can sample architectural styles coming from various Spanish regions, from the Levante up to Galicia, from the Castilian hills’ Gothic to the simple whitewashed houses of the South and the colorful Basque residences.
After a long sightseeing day, let your steps lead you towards the Magic Fountain. A popular romantic thing to do in Barcelona, the colorful light, sound and water show taking place in Plaça de Espanya will make you feel like a kid again. In winter, you can enjoy the 4000 lights between Friday and Saturday, while during the summer you are invited to attend Barcelona’s Magic Fountain show from Thursday to Sunday.
At the entrance you will be welcomed by a facsimile of the grand fortress gate Avila. The alley takes you to the city center through an outdoor cafe, where you can sit, have some rest and enjoy a drink. Poble Espanyol is home to many restaurants, including a tavern where you can enjoy some excellent flamenco music – Tablao de Carmen, to various shops selling traditional items and souvenirs as well as to the monastery of Sant Miquel, which is one of the most popular marriage ceremony locations in town.
Several years ago, Fundació Fran Daur made its appearance in Poble Espanyol. This art gallery is open daily from 10 to 19, and displays contemporary Catalan art collections. Admiring works by Dalí, Picasso, Tàpies and Barceló after a pleasant walk through Poble Espanyol is one of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona.
Balloon ride over Catalunya
If you want to indulge yourself and to experience romantic Barcelona at its best, a hot air balloon ride over Catalonia, the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea is the thing to do.
Nothing compares with floating at a height of over 900 meters and admiring the world from above for half an hour.
If you are in love with panoramic views, you should know that the top of La Sagrada Familia‘s bell tower is one of the best belvedere spots in town. You can take an elevator up to the top of the Sagrada’s spires and enjoy the view over the Barcelona’s skyline and the Catalonia’ green hills hand in hand.
Stroll along Port Vell
A walk along Barcelona’s seafront in Port Vell is a great romantic experience as well as an interesting way of sampling some of Barcelona’s most beautiful architectural landmarks.
For a scenic view over the city’s skyline, stop at Mirador de Colon (the famous monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus). This walk’s potential for romance will boost exponentially if you choose to do it at sunset hours.
Enjoy a tapas dinner
Food is at the heart of Spanish culture and traditions and tapas represent the most renowned dishes of the country’s cuisine.
A tapas dinner is one of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona and the city has no shortage of good tapas restaurants.
Don’t forget to add some Spanish wine of a Sangria to the menu!
If you want to do something romantic, but also to take something home with you from your Barcelona vacation, book a cooking class for two!
You will learn the secrets of the best Spanish dishes, and you will tour some of Barcelona’s best restaurants. In case you did not plan your romantic dinner yet, this is the opportunity to find out which would be the best venue for it.
A walk in Parc del Castell de l’Oreneta
This park inaugurated in 1978 on the whereabouts of the two old factories is a delightful and peaceful oasis, which extends up into the woods. Get lost on its alleys and enjoy this opportunity to retire for a while from the city’s hustle and bustle.
A sunset bike tour of the city
Watching the sunset hand in hand from one of the city’s numerous panoramic spots is high on the list of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona, especially if the two lovebirds are also fans of the landscapes and outdoor scenery. A great venue for a bike tour of Barcelona is Collserola Natural Park.
A cruise in the sunset hours
Conveniently located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is the right destination to try your hands at sailing. If you are not that adventurous, you can resume to sipping champagne and what the sun setting on board of a yacht.