Barcelona for couples: the most romantic things to do

Fall in love with each other all over again with these 12 romantic things for couples to do in Barcelona, from sunset cruises to sipping cava.

Planning a trip to Barcelona with your partner? The city is packed with romantic spots perfect for a special anniversary or a loved-up date night. This round up of 12 things to do in for couples will ensure that love is in the air from the minute you arrive in the Catalan capital.

From cuddling up with perfect sunset views to tasting tours around the city, there are delicious date nights to be had whenever you visit. But romance doesn’t only come alive in the evenings in Barcelona. By day, you can see the city’s landmarks from above on an exciting helicopter or hot air balloon ride, cruise along the coast, or head to the vineyards to taste the local fizz — you’ll never be stuck for fun things to do together in Barcelona. Here are 12 of the best romantic experiences.

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1. See the sunset on a cruise with live jazz

Imagine a perfect evening with your partner, gazing out over the Barcelona skyline as the sunset turns the sky golden. Add a live jazz band and a couple of glasses of cava and what you have is this sunset catamaran cruise. It doesn't get much more romantic than this.

Best time to go:

From spring to fall, this tour is going to be a winner. It can get cold on the water after sundown if it isn’t high summer, so bring a sweater or blanket.

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2. Head north for a romantic day trip to the coast

As Spain’s second-largest city, it’s easy to forget you’re by the beach as you explore Barcelona’s bustling streets and iconic neighborhoods. But venture north on a day-trip to Girona and the Costa Brava and there’s no mistaking it, with charming seaside villages that will take your breath away. There are cute cafes, gorgeous view, and plenty to see as you stroll hand-in-hand through the medieval streets.

Best time to go:

Girona's old town is beautiful any time of year, but it’s better to take the trip between late May and early October when the crystal-clear water on the Costa Brava is warmer and pleasant to swim in.

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3. Row in harmony in a two-person kayak

It has (probably) been said that couples who work out together stay together, so how about working up a sweat as you hike and kayak along the coast? This day trip from Barcelona involves snorkeling, exploring sea caves, and taking in the unbelievable views before plunging into stunning lagoons. Talk about a loved-up adventure.

Best time to go:

The beaches are at their busiest in July and August. If you want a less-crowded and more intimate experience, go in June or September — the water is still good then.

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4. Learn how cava is made

Cava, the Catalan version of champagne, is everywhere in Barcelona, and you’ll feel the romance bubbling up on a trip to the Penedès’ vineyards. Book a wine, cava, and tapas experience to sample different varieties of cava and take a tour of two stunning estates. Not a quiet romantic strolls through idyllic vineyards kind of couple? Good. This fun tour is in the back of a vintage Land Rover.

Best time to go:

Summer can be extremely hot in this inland zone, so choose spring (April to June) or fall (September to November) for the perfect weather. The grape harvest in September is a particularly popular but very special time of year to visit.

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5. Fall in love at the Kissing Wall

Get up close to the “The World Begins With Every Kiss” mural, in an alleyway opposite Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter, and you'll see that it's actually a mosaic made up of 4,000 tiny photographs. Concepted by artist Joan Fontcuberta in 2014, the 26-foot high wall mural form the image of a couple kissing and has become the city’s most romantic hidden gem.

Best time to go:

In summer, you may have to wait in line for your turn to take a photo at the wall. Come in the quieter seasons or early in the morning and you might have it to yourselves — kiss for as long as you like.

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6. Say it with flowers on St Jordi's Day

St Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia, and his signature flower is a red rose. On April 23, the streets are lined with booths where you can buy your love a rose and a book, the other traditional gift. The romance is palpable as you stroll around town and enjoy the live music and celebrations.

Best time to go:

St Jordi’s Day is April 23, with celebrations held on this day every year.

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7. Have a dinner date while watching flamenco

Snuggle up in a cozy booth for two at a live flamenco show in one of Barcelona’s most historic and romantic venues. Choose the dinner or tapas option to enjoy a delicious menu and a bubbles as the guitarists strum and the dancers strut and twirl.

Best time to go:

This flamenco show is an indoor event, so there's no need to worry about the weather. You can enjoy it at any time of year.

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8. Go on a private tasting tour for the best local flavors

Variety is the spice of life, so introduce that concept into a Barcelona dinner date with a private food and drink tour. Your local guide will lead you both to the best bars in the city and excite your taste buds with fine Iberian ham, local favorites, and sweet treats as you explore cool bars and vibrant markets.

Best time to go:

This is another romantic activity that works at any time of year. Go midweek, if you can, for quieter bars.

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9. Snuggle up and watch the sunset over the city

The Bunkers del Carmel were once a Civil War-era military installation. Today, they're one of the most romantic and picturesque spots in the city, with incredible views across Barcelona. Bring a blanket and bottle of cava around and wait for sunset — it’s spectacular to see the city lights flicker on as day turns to night.

Best time to go:

The Bunkers can be very busy in the summer, so you'll need to get there early to secure a spot. Visiting in winter? The views don’t change, so dress for the weather and head up at any time of year.

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10. See the city by air, land, and sea

For a special anniversary surprise, why not go all out with a helicopter, walking, and sailing tour? You’ll see Barcelona from all angles as you and your partner take to the skies, sail along the coastline, and walk through the charming streets of the Gothic Quarter. It's the date of a lifetime.

Best time to go:

Barcelona generally has good weather most of the year, but the summer means guaranteed clear skies for your helicopter ride.

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11. Plan a bucket list experience with a hot air balloon ride

There are few things that scream romance as much as a hot air balloon ride. On this incredible experience that includes a balloon ride over the iconic peaks of Montserrat and a tour of its monastery, you’ll have views as far as the Pyrenees. With a champagne toast and a photo story to remember your trip for years to come, it’s the perfect way to celebrate an anniversary.

Best time to go:

Summer has the clearest skies and it won’t get too cold up in the air. The guided tour of the Montserrat monastery is only available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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12. Get the perfect couple snapshots with your own photoshoot

You'll feel like a pair of celebrities with your own personal photographer in tow on a photoshoot tour of the Old Town. Find the most romantic places and hidden gems in Barcelona for romantic shots that will give you the perfect souvenir of your special occasion — no selfie stick or asking another couple required.

Best time to go:

Springtime is the best time for photos in locations like Ciutadella Park, the blossoms and blooms making the most spectacular backdrops.

FAQs

What are the most romantic activities to do in Barcelona?

There are loads of great date ideas in Barcelona. Go for a low-key walk along the beach, or push the boat out with a dramatic helicopter flight. No matter what your budget or tastes, you'll always find fun activities for couples.

What are some offbeat romantic things to do in Barcelona?

For an unusual date, try getting lost together in the hedge maze at Horta. There are also some fun places to go, like the Paradox Museum, where you'll have a wacky date you'll never forget.

What are the most romantic spots to watch the sunset in Barcelona?

The Bunkers del Carmel are the undisputed local hotspot for a sunset, and they often fill up with couples enjoying a special moment together. If you want more of a trek first, go to Tibidabo and enjoy dazzling views across the city. For a date you'll never forget, consider taking a sunset boat cruise, so you can watch the twilight from the water.

What are some romantic day trips from Barcelona?

You'll find plenty of great destinations for day trips around Catalonia. Try the beautiful coves of the Costa Brava or the historic city of Girona. There are also a number of great medieval villages high in the mountains, like the gorgeous historic town of Besalú. Don't forget Montserrat, which is ideal for a romantic hike.

What are the best places to take romantic photos in Barcelona?

Couples love to take photos in front of the Sagrada Familia. Other great spots include in front of the fountains in Ciutadella Park, the Bunkers del Carmel, or the Kissing Wall in the Gothic Quarter. For an unusual photo, try taking one during the cable car ride up to Montjüic.