Fairy-tale Barcelona is a romantic gem. Wandering along the old walls of old town Barcelona, eat your way through the nostalgia of world class restaurants There are plenty of activities in Barcelona for Couples
There are so many romantic things to do in Barcelona for couples, that many couples come all the way just to spend a romantic weekend-getaway.
Therefore, we compiled a list for you on 21 things to do in Barcelona – for couples!
Ideas to surprise your partner during your holidays in Barcelona, and also great ideas for first dates.
This article is a summary of our extended 54 romantic things to do in Barcelona.
Have a look on our full guide to One Week In Barcelona.
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Update: I wrote an extended article on romantic beach hotels in Barcelona for couples
We are a creative couple that lived in Barcelona during many years and love to explore the city, the surroundings and collect the best plans.
You will also find information around Europe, as we love to travel.
So, let’s start the couple activities with something very special…a cooking class!
1. Cooking Class (Paella, Tapas, or even Vietnamese food!)
Love goes through the stomach, they say.
There is so much truth in that. We were curious as well and visited BCN Kitchen. There is a ton of cool paella cooking classes with Airbnb Experience.
You will learn on how to cook a world class Paella, prepare a Sangria as well as Tapas. We have to say, it was fabulous!
The experience of cooking all the Spanish menu ourselves is good, but eating the food afterwards is even more rewarding. By the way, it is one of the best paellas we have eaten in Town. And now they do offer also Vietnamese cooking classes. These are quite trendy now between the locals. We have to try it, I do love Vietnamese food.
Visiting a Spa in Barcelona is a great way to spend the time. Especially on a rainy day! If you need more ideas for a rainy day, just head to our article about things to do in Barcelona when it rains.
Barcelona is full of spas, each one with its own characteristics.
Some are more focused on massages, some others have different swimming pools.
We collected 13 spas around the city.
3. Marriage Proposal on a Private Sailing Boat
Looking for a creative way to propose to your girlfriend/ boyfriend?
Okay, take it to a new level and read this part – thank me later!
Book a romantic private boat tour with Barcelonasailboats.com. The owner Joan can help you to plan your proposal. Just send him an email and let him know your plans. He will be your marriage-proposal wing-man!
You can also come with a whole group as an “excuse” for your girlfriend, and then still plan your surprise. Have a look at this video. This could be your proposal; just make sure she/he does not fall in the water.
Obviously…I recommend warmer months for this activity!
4. Picnic at Bunker del Carmel
Panoramic views of Barcelona combined with sunset, how does it sound? Add some local wine and cheese…
Right, your partner will fall in love again with you in that moment.
Buy some picnic stuff at the grocery store, or some quality wine in one of the Wine shops around Barcelona. Pick some cheese, chips, bread, olives (pica pica stuff)… and get to Bunker del Carmel.
Once on the top of the bunker, simply enjoy the views of the city.
Best Tip: Go during the week if you can, on the weekend there are more people. It is really not a hidden gem anymore…
5. Vespa Tour (like in the movies)
Barcelona is quite easy to visit with public transport and walking. But with a Vespa it is much fun (and convenient). You will be able to explore the city with a different perspective, and go to more places than if you use public transport.
Furthermore, Barcelona is full of fee parking spots for your motorbike. And a red vespa around Barcelona… is just a dream came true.
Get your Vespa and explore the city like only a few tourists do.
Read our full guide on scooter rental in Barcelona.
6. Montjuic’s Castle
Nice panorama from Barcelona on your feet as well as history around you, that is montjuics castle. Bring some snacks and enjoy the view of the city.
You can go up with a cable car, bus, walking (we would not recommend walking from Plaza Espanya because it can get very hot).
In summer season, they do have an open air cinema.
It is normally in the evening so the best plan is to bring a blanket, some food and drinks, and go early to enjoy the pre-concert and rent nice hammocks. If you forget anything, they do sell drinks and snacks.
Note: They do offer free floor mats, the Spanish word for them is „esterillas“. Go and pick them up at the back of the yard.
7. Champagne Sunset Boat
A boat, the Mediterranean sea and some champagne…A great way to end your busy day getting a bit away from the city.
With the Stoke travel Champagne sunset tour you will be able to discover a different panorama
Enjoy some breeze on your face with the combination of a champagne glass on your hand.
8. Tapas Tour
Many people come to Barcelona thinking about tapas, right? Even though Tapas were not born in Barcelona, the city is full of places where you can get tapas. From cheap tapas, to up-scaled new fusion tastes. The offer is quite wide.
Did you know the international cook Ferran Adria has a specialized tapas restaurants in the city?
It is called “Tickets“.
If you want to eat there, you have to book in advance.
9. Day Trip to Montserrat
Montserrat is a picked mountain near Barcelona. It is famous around Barcelonins (people from Barcelona), as well as for many pilgrims around the world.
Also, it is a perfect day trip to get out the busy city.
The mountain itself is very impressive, and it is very easy to get there.
And if you need more ideas for getting out of the city, check out our epic 33 day trips from Barcelona here.
10. Ferrari Ride
We talked about spas, but imagine combining it with a Ferrari ride.
Fancy, right? Possible too!
Drive Me Barcelona offers Ferrari rental from just 99€, so you can drive the red Ferrari around the city. An amazing experience not only for Ferrari lover! You can find these experiences with Airbnb.com.
11. Flamenco Dance
Flamenco is a passionate dance, which has been declared Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.
It is a Spanish Art form made up of guitar playing, song, and dance.
Barcelona´s Flamenco scene is booming, with many performances in bars, tablaos, restaurants, dance schools and even events.
Just to give you some options:
One of the most authentic table in town. Los Juanele seems an Andalusian fair. It is also a nice place to delight some tapas and rebujito (a tasty Spanish drink made with wine).
A venue in a “Spanish Village”, Poble Espanyol.
El table de Carmen offers performances with great dancers.
Rumor says the new „Joaquin Cortes“ is dancing in this place right now…
Officially a bar with Andalusian tavern flair. They do offer rumba and flamenco concerts on Thursday nights. A Raval classic which embrace also some neighbors.
12. Slow down with a coffee
Love for your partner, love for Coffee… A coffee place is great not only for a walking break, but also for their products.
We collected a list of our 13 favorite coffee shops around the city.
In these places, you will find good coffee, tasty food, and great ambiance.
It is one of my favorite hidden gems in Barcelona.
13. Eat and Repeat
The food scene in Barcelona is quite wide, so we are sure you will find many restaurants. So many, that it can be difficult to choose.
Check our favorite 13 restaurants in Barcelona and places to eat like a king. In the list we have food courts, paella restaurants, Italian cuisine…
14. Kick-Back at the Beach
It is said, Barcelona has it all. Even beach! And what is better that stroll around the beach with your partner?
You can sit on a chiringuito and have a drink, or just sit on the sand with some drinks from the supermarket.
Please remember Barcelona does not allow to drink alcohol on the streets (even though everybody does it)
One of the best spots to see the sun going down, is between La Barceloneta and Bogatell.
Just a quick reminder: do not leave your good unattended, the beach is a hot spot for pickpockets.
Check all our safety tips in our guide to the perfect Barcelona itinerary.
15. Park Güell (wait, there is more to it than you think!)
Park Güell is a modernist gem in the city and also a very romantic place. You can notice how much love Gaudi had for the architecture. The park has also great views over the city.
We met many couples who proposed in Park Güell.
With the excuse of a photo shooting around the park, the proposed to their actually wife.
The moment could have not been better, and now the have nice photos to remember it.
Important: If you want to enter the main area, you need to pre-book your tickets online! Entrances are limited and you cannot just show up!
16. Hop on the coolest Bike Tour
Barcelona is a bike-friendly City.
With many bike lanes around the city and the possibility to bring the bike on the train once you are tired, it is a great activity to do with your partner.
If you want to ride along the city and get all the interesting facts and explanations, then join a bike tour like this bike tour from Steal Donkey.
Here you can find all bike tours in Barcelona.
17. Wine Tasting
Catalunya, the region around Barcelona, is one of the most important wine producers in Spain.
So if you are a wine lover, you are in the right city. Go to a wine bar and delight one of the region wines.
Even better: Do a wine tasting course and learn about the qualities and flavors of different winds.
We are sure you will find all the tricks to be able to decide the best wine for your dinners.
18. Keep balance: Paddle Surf
Have you ever tried paddle surf?
It is all about balance, like a relationship.
Paddle surf is a great water activity, and it is quite easy.
In the Barceloneta area (that’s a district), you will find many paddle surf rentals. You can rent your Paddle Surf here.
The best part? The surroundings!
Be aware of the sun and wear sun-cream, even on a cloudy day. After paddling, reward yourself in The Surf House.
This hipster restaurant has great food and smoothies. Perfect to recover and relax after some exercise.
19. Cruise around Segway-style
Barcelona with 2 wheels, and we are not talking about a bicycle. If you never tried Segway, it is a great moment.
Barcelona is quite flat and easy to ride, and there are plenty of companies offering you to rent a Segway.
We do recommend a Segway tour, as you will be explained facts from the city as well as discover nice hidden spots.
20. Laundry may not be romantic, but …
Unless it turns out to be a nice restaurant.
Go to Tintoreria Dontell with the excuse to pick your laundry and surprise your partner going through a washing machine door to one of the most exquisite restaurants on the city.
You need to book in advance, and an excuse to pick up your laundry, of course.
21. Tapas hoping in Carrer Blai
Tapas is one of the reasons many travelers come back to Barcelona… They are great, you can try many different tapas, and in Carrer Blai they are also very cheap!
Located near parallel metro station, in Carrer Blai you will find many tapas bar with wide offer.
Hop on the bars, tasting the different tapas. Each one has a different selection and their special tapa.
A traditional movie night with your beloved on your side is also possible in Barcelona.
There are many cinemas offering movies in English (with Spanish subtitles).
We collect here a list so you can have a look at the movie listings and go directly to the cinema you decide:
23. Drink on a Roof Top Terrace
A sunset with a cocktail on your hand…could you ask for anything else?
Of course, add some nice views, and great ambience.
Then it is a perfect moment.
We can suggest you different rooftop terraces around Barcelona. ON our favs:
Go to a hidden bar in Placa Reial and surprise your partner. On the left corner of Placa Reial, you will find Pipa Club.
Ring on the bell, walk up the stairs, and enjoy their mixology recipes.
Summary: 21 Romantic Things to do in Barcelona for couples
Uuuuupps… I added more ideas than only 21.
There are plenty of romances which started in Barcelona, and there is no doubt why. Even thought Barcelona is not known as a romantic city, the possibilities for spending a nice day with your couple are endless.
Restaurants, cafes, architecture, culture,…even plenty of activities for couples! For recently couples or long relationships, this city can offer you a perfect day.
If you need more ideas to surprise your partner, I also wrote 54 romantic things to do in Barcelona.
Also, I have plenty of information about Barcelona, find my full guide to One Week In Barcelona here.