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Things to Do in Barcelona for Valentine's Day

Things to Do in Barcelona for Valentine's Day

Barcelona, the New City of Love ❤

Barcelona has always been regarded as the city par excellence for parties and fun, but few know that the Catalan capital can be surprisingly romantic ❤. Among the older and the modern neighborhoods, among the alleys and parks of the city... You can find romantic places to spend unforgettable days filled with cuddles.

If you are planning to spend the Valentines Day with your other half in Barcelona, you've already made a great choice! Barcelona has nothing to envy on the romance and elegance of Paris. Here you can spend a few romantic days in an eccentric and colorful city. I would say the first thing to do is rent an apartment that will offer all the privacy and comfort you need.

I invite you to take a look at this listing, where you will find the ideal flats for two people. But if you want to surprise your partner, we have prepared a special selection of apartments for Valentine, each with its own particular style ... Take a look at article below and choose the one you like.

A romantic day in Barcelona

Where to spend the most romantic day of the year? Barcelona more charm than you could possibly handle and in the city where there are many so places to spend pleasant moments with your partner. It is a city that never ceases to amaze ... For this I have prepared a short list of 6 Steps to follow in the city; the places and activities that are the most sweet and exciting. Simply some tips for those who want to enjoy quality time with your better half.

1. Take a walk

Street in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
Street in the Gothic Quarter

Let's start the day with high spirits! Barcelona is made for walking, ripe for discovering. There are many places where you can enjoy a nice walk and I personally would advise you to go to the Gothic Quarter and Born neighbourhoods. Avoid the crowded streets of tourists and discover the back alleys of the oldest and most hidden parts of the city to enjoy the gothic atmosphere, with mystery that only Barcelona can offer. Walk the narrow streets around the cathedral or the streets Born taking you down to the harbor and the beach... You will love it! Also I suggest, if you have time, do it during the sunset, it is even more romantic!

Do not forget the beaches of Barcelona. You already know that the beach is one of the most romantic places you can possible visit! A stroll with the beautiful morning light is one that you and your partner deserve. You can choose between Barceloneta beach, the nearby Olympic Village, or the tranquil beach of the Nova Mar Bella - located in Sant Martí - a beach a little further from the center of Barcelona, but more intimate.

Whichever beach you choose, if you arrive in time for the sunset, the romantic atmosphere is guaranteed! ;)

Sunset from Barceloneta
Sunset from Barceloneta

2. The Parks

Park Laberint d'Horta
Park Laberint d'Horta

The parks are also a good alternative for couples who want to spend some time together in peace: you can walk through the lush foliage, trails and ponds , share a kiss on a bench hidden from prying eyes, or picnic resting upon the grass.

There are three beautiful parks in Barcelona where you can take your guy or gal:

  • Park Laberynth d'Horta.
  • Park Güell.
  • Ciutadella park.

Park Güell and Ciutadella are often quite crowded, but I can assure you it's easy to find places perfect for couples to enjoy and relax in each other's embrace, especially in Park Laberint d'Horta, which has super hidden gardens with waterfalls, small paths, and benches throughout that you must explore. I'll say no more... The rest you'll have to find yourself ;)

In Park Güell, I suggest to go beyond the main entrance and the famous terrace of Gaudí ... Immerse yourselves in the park and lose yourselves by walking the more unknown paths. The most special part of the park - in addition to its fabulous architecture - is music. It's not hard to encounter someone playing guitar, violin or saxophone. It will enchant you.

3. Tibidabo

Tibidabo Barcelona

Tibidabo is a park... A very special park. Do you know it? It is in fact an amusement park built at the turn of the 1900s atop the mountain and you can reach the base of it via the Tramvia Blau (blue tram) before hopping on the Funicular. You and your partner can spend a hollywood romantic moment on the ferris wheel, share candyfloss, or simply sit at the viewpoints and admire the beautiful landscapes of Barcelona and its surroundings.

The Tibidabo is a bit far from the center but is a great alternative to the aforementioned parks, and you can spend a beautiful evening here.There are even bars and cafes to eat something or grab a coffee!

4. A Flight in a Hot Air Balloon

Hot air Balloon
Hot air Balloon

Well, this is another viable alternative and certainly very original ;). If you want to treat your partner to something very special and impressive, a balloon ride is sure to be an unforgettable experience. You can fly over Barcelona and its surroundings through an all-inclusive package: transportation to the event and a picnic in the air. For more information, visit the official Ballooning Barcelona Website.

5. Wellbeing and relaxation

Baños árabes Aire Barcelona
Aire - Arabian Baths

If you and your partner like to get pampered a la hot tubs and whirlpools, then the Aire Arabian Baths are the ideal place. It is located in the Born neighbourhood and is a very famous old Arabian bath where massages and aromatherapy are given. Another known resort is situated in Eixample and is called "Rituels d’Orient": with an oriental ambiance, soft lighting throughout, and intense moments assured... ;)

You can also discover the 7 most sensual spas in Barcelona here.

6. The spectacle of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, Barcelona
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Unfortunately, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc doesn't technically make the list because it will be inactive for valentines day, but if you ever find yourself in the city after February 26 2015 when it comes back, then it's a guaranteed romantic moment. It is an extraordinary show of light and music which lasts about half an hour. In the autumn / winter it is carried out only on Fridays and Saturdays, during the spring / summer it also happens on Thursdays and Sundays.

Where to Eat

In fact, there are plenty of restaurants offering a cozy and romantic environment, but I would recommend the following in particular:

  • Senyor Parellada: In the Born neighbourhood you can enjoy typical Catalan dishes. This particular establishment is found on Carrer Argenteria, 37 and from outside looks like a luxurious and romantic restaurant, and the quality of service most definitely is too... (Psst... the prices don't match ;)).
  • Els Quatre Gats: Once frequented by Picasso and Gaudí, it is one of the most famous and oldest restaurants in Barcelona. Ask for a table outside in the terrace, because this balcony makes for a perfect romantic dinner; with good food and win. Best reserve in advance though!
  • Oucomballa: Very cosy and intimate, this small restaurant is hidden away in a corner of the Born neighbourhood. It serves typical Catalan dishes but with a modern touch. There's a huge selection of wines.

Extra Tip!

The Olympic Ring, Barcelona
The Olympic Ring

I conclude this article with a last tip for something to do after dinner. If you are up to it and want to walk a little more, go to the Olympic Ring on Montjuïc. Why would you want to go to a place built for sports? Well, at night the lights switch on and the ambiance becomes simply magic. You can see the warm glow of the city. Unlike on Tibadabo, it's simple to get back to your accommodation straight after. Don't tell me that's not romantic.

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Guest Writer

Martina Vitali Martina Vitali Website
Born in Ravenna, Italy; but an avid and frequent traveller since childhood. With a super curious mind and a suitcase always ready to go. She now lives in Barcelona, where she writes and photographs the city she loves.

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