The Spanish affectionately refer to their better halves as their media naranja (half orange).
What I can’t actually explain is why.
A cool thing to do though, to get the most juice out of your holiday, is honour your temporary home by turning to your lover upon touchdown at Barcelona’s airport and uttering the words everyone yearns to hear:
“I love you, my half orange”.
And with that, I present you my list of things for couples to do in Barcelona.
12 Romantic Things to Do in Barcelona
First of all let’s be honest.
There’s nothing romantic about getting lost in a city and screaming at each other because you just paid €9.00 for an orange juice because the WiFi doesn’t work and Google Maps is stuck loading on a blank page.
Make sure you know the city inside out by consulting my all-encompassing Barcelona guide first.
1 – Take the Pedrera Night Tour
Up until a couple of years ago night access to this architectural gem was restricted to VIPs.
Today there’s no better way to experience La Pedrera than under the cover of darkness: get a guided tour of the building with unique stairwell projections, special lighting, and a sublime soundtrack.
Cap it all off with a glass of cava and a video mapping show lighting up the chimneys on the roof terrace and you’ve got one of Barcelona’s most unforgettable experiences.
2 – Snuggle Up at a Rooftop Bar
In spring and summer the true Barcelona for couples involves roof terraces.
Share a jug of sangria with ridiculous views and leave the city chaos to the peasants below! There are few more romantic than La Isabela at the Hotel 1898 – it’s right in the heart of La Rambla and the 360º view and super loungey seating provides the ultimate relaxation.
For a cheaper option with just as good a view head to the Sky Bar at Hotel Central from 8 pm.
You’ll also find great views at Hotel Pulizter right near Plaça de Catalunya.
Rooftop bars are seasonal and usually operate from March to October.
3 – Stay in a Fairytale Neighbourhood
There’s no bigger romance killer than booking a hostel or hotel facing into a street of sirens and screams.
You’ll be able to pick the perfect spot by reading my in depth guide on the best area to stay in Barcelona. Do it right because there are no second chances.
4 – Discover Park Guell
No romantic weekend in Barcelona would be complete without a visit to Park Guell.
Originally built as a Utopian community by wealthy industrialist Eusebi Guell and master architect Antoni Gaudi, today it’s most famous for its undulating mosaic benches and superb city views.
Whether you’re visiting the paid Monumental Zone or having a picnic in the Free Zone there are few better places for couples in Barcelona than this dream in the city’s hills.
5 – Share a Paella
You’re already sharing everything else! Might as well add in some rice 😉
Spain’s most popular dish is built for sharing and there’s hardly anything more romantic than serving each other from one of those emblematic pans. This rice dish simmered down in a tasty broth is best piled high with shellfish and made casero style (homemade).
Careful! There’s a lot of bad paella circulating so check my list of the best paella in Barcelona.
6 – Watch the Sunset from the Bunkers (Turo de la Rovira)
It’s at the top (literally) of all romantic places in Barcelona: the view here is so good that it was chosen for seven anti-aircraft guns to protect the city from Civil War bombing raids.
The guns are gone, but you just might need them again to keep your half orange off you at sunset!
For more information check out our article Barcelona’s Scenic Anti-Aircraft Battery Picnic.
7 – Get a Couples Massage at Aire Barcelona
It’s never a bad thing to go for a massage package at Aire Barcelona. Here you’ll work out the kinks and have the chance to explore the six pools at one of the most beautiful spas in Europe.
Limited guests means you’re ensured complete privacy. Everything from the tea to the massages are top notch and it’s without a doubt one of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona if you’re looking to spoil yourself.
For more information check out their official site here.
8 – Have Tapas in a Charming Gracia Square
A stone’s throw from the chaos of the city centre is the village of Gracia.
Here wanderable pedestrian-only streets give way to picturesque squares straight out of the movies. Best of all is the area’s independent spirit – no chain restaurants or tourist stag-dos!
You could head to peaceful Plaça Rius i Taulet for drinks or tapas under a graceful 17th century clock tower, but my favourite is the enormous Plaça del Sol and its fine tapas establishment Sol Soler.
Get off the metro at Fontana (green line L3) and you can’t miss it.
9 – Cook Together From One of the Markets
Restaurants are fine but if you’re like me the way to your heart is through a real kitchen.
If you’ve booked a holiday flat or even don’t mind going for it in the kitchen at one of Barcelona’s best hostels then it’d be a shame not to cook with all the incredible ingredients right on your doorstep.
Head over to the stalls of the Boqueria Market and load up: if you know your way around a kitchen you’ll eat like royalty for a quarter of the restaurant price.
10 – Spend a Night in Cadaques
One of the most romantic things to do in Barcelona, that’s not actually in Barcelona.
Let this picturesque seafront village of 3000 seduce you. The on-and-off home of Salvador Dali for three decades is actually so beautiful that a Chinese company is building an exact replica of the town in Xiamen Bay.
11 – Go for a Tragic Ice Cream
You won’t find a square like this so central in any major European city.
My advice is to grab some gelato at Gelaaati di Marco and walk over to Plaça Sant Felip Neri. This eerily quiet square is a great place to hear the echoes of footsteps and maybe even a melancholy Spanish guitar piece.
The square’s tragic past involves a Spanish Civil War bombing that took the lives of 42, mostly schoolchildren. To this day you can still see shrapnel embedded in the walls. It’s a great reminder of how lucky you are to be alive. In love. In Barcelona.
12 – Rent a Rowboat in Ciutadella Park
Romantic things to do in Barcelona are plenty but how many are nautical? Let’s have a row that’ll actually do your relationship good!
Head for the lake in Barcelona’s famous Ciutadella Park and take one of the rowboats out for a spin. At six euros for half an hour it won’t break the bank and you’ll be able to splash each other silly like any self-respecting romantic comedy couple.
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That’s 12 romantic things to do in Barcelona but why should we stop there?
If you’re in the mood for something much more specific then don’t hesitate to write me for custom advice in the comments below.
And as always: any question you have about your Barcelona holiday will be answered! Just try me 😉