You have met a special someone and you need some inspiration for a perfect day or evening together. Let’s dive in and take a tour through some of the most romantic places and things to do in Barcelona.
Boating in Parc de la Ciutadella
In the heart of Barcelona’s most iconic park there is a pond with paddle boats. Rowing around face to face in your private vessel guarantees a few laughs and an intimate memory. Boats can be rented for a half hour at a time.
When thinking of Barcelona venues with a ‘wow’ factor, El Nacional comes quickly to mind. The building was once a 19th century textile factory but has been transformed by designer Lázaro Rosa Violán into a glamorous hall featuring multiple restaurants.
Calle Enrique Granados
I posted a question on Reddit asking for the best ideas for a first date in Barcelona. Someone said ‘anywhere on Calle Enrique Granados’. I thought to myself, yes, I could not have put it better. This street is so beautiful you can’t lose, especially in warmer weather when the terraces are all open and there is magic the air.
Bunkers del Carmel
It used to be a secret. Not anymore, but you can’t beat the views over the city. Bunkers del Carmel is where anti-aircraft batteries were placed during the Spanish Civil War and the level surfaces and gun turrets remain. Bring a blanket and a picnic and watch twilight fall over Barcelona.
Parc del Laberint d’Horta
The Parc del Laberint d’Horta is the oldest park in Barcelona. It dates back to 1791 when marquis Joan Antoni Desvalls i d’Ardena collabated with Italian architect Domenico Bagutti to create the neoclassical garden.
Go for Brunch
No, it’s not Spanish or Catalan, but brunch is definitely ‘a thing’ in Barcelona. Enjoy an early cocktail or cava with your partner, paired with an over the top breakfast like the passion fruit pancakes at Cremat 11. Our best brunch in Barcelona article has something for every taste – from açai bowls to shakshuka.
Torre de Collserola
Despite its imposing stature, Torre de Collserola is one of the least known attractions of Barcelona. It was designed by the British architect Sir Norman Foster and by the Spanish civil engineers Julio Martínez Calzón and Manuel Julià Vilardell. The tower was built in 1991 for the 1992 Summer Olympics and is situated near Tibidabo. Take the glass elevator up to the highest viewpoint in Barcelona and enjoy the 360 degree views.
Woody Allen could not resist the vintage amusment park of Tibidabo to include in his 2008 movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Take a ride together in the brightly coloured big wheel called Giradabo.
El Bosc de Les Fades
With its kitsch charm, El Bosc de Les Fades has become a Barcelona institution. Situated in a small alley off Las Ramblas, you can share a drink or something to eat in a world of forest and fairies.
💕See also: 101 Things to Do in Barcelona