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Romantic Guide to Barcelona

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Charming Barcelona has everything you could want to share with your loved one - magic parks, stunning beaches, and dinner tables with great views. For the most romantic adventures in town, follow this guide.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter

9 Places

5 City Tips

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9 Places

Day 1

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

El Born

Neighbourhoods

Hotel Miramar Barcelona

Hotels

AIRE Ancient Baths Barcelona

Spas

Parc Guell

Parks

Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Playa de La Barceloneta

Beaches

Parque del Laberint d'Horta

Parks

Barri de Gracia

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

Matilldars's City Tips

  • Renting a bike is always a good option. There are plenty of rental options available.
  • The quickest and most convenient way to get around Barcelona is by public transport. A 10-travel pass will allow you to use the metro, train and tram.
  • Although Barcelona is a safe city, keep your belongings secure and in sight at all times.
  • Avoid restaurants with English menus displayed at the front door. Walk away from the tourist trail and you'll find better quality food on offer.
  • Barcelona is one of the most touristic places in the world, so be prepared to share many of the major sights with other non-locals.
    Day 1
  • Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Matilldars Says:

    This is my favorite spot in town - a Gothic church built centuries ago by neighborhood locals. Also known as La Catedral del Pueblo, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar is well worth a visit, whatever your religious beliefs. Its interior hides an intimate atmosphere where you and your loved one can take a quiet walk through history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Saturday is the favorite day for locals to get married. If you're lucky, you may see the bride.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,295 things to do in Barcelona
    • Just Sit and Look Up! 15/09/2022
    • Wedding inside 13/09/2022
    • Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
    Address:
    Placa Santa Maria 1
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 931 98 40 67
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:30
    Other:
  • El Born
    Neighbourhoods
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    Matilldars Says:

    El Born is not only the trendiest neighborhood in town, but also one of Barcelona's most romantic areas. A walk through the fascinating atmosphere of its narrow streets and stunning buildings will transport you back to medieval times. The neighborhood is also a good place to go shopping for handicrafts and pick up truly unique mementos of your romantic break.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Good gastronomy is another merit of this neighborhood. One of the best eating options is El Mercat de la Reina.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 1,295 things to do in Barcelona
    • Beautiful old area 11/09/2022
    • Off The Beaten Path 29/08/2022
    • El Born
    Address:
    La Ribera, Ciutat Vella
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 56 68 51
    Other:
  • Hotel Miramar Barcelona
    Hotels
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    Matilldars Says:

    Hotel Miramar Barcelona's location is superb, and its bar and/or restaurant are well worth visiting for their impressive gin collection, amazing food and impressive views of Barcelona. It may be located a little away from the city center, but once you arrive you’re sure to fall in love with this romantic venue.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Gin and Tonic is compulsory here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #255 of 548 Hotels in Barcelona
    • Excellent overall experience but some TLC required 18/09/2022
    • Lovely property, lovely setting 05/09/2022
    • Hotel Miramar Barcelona
    Address:
    Plaza Carlos Ibanez 3
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
  • AIRE Ancient Baths Barcelona
    Spas
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    Matilldars Says:

    After a long day strolling around the city sights, you may well be in need of some relaxation. Located in El Born quarter, this intimate spa is a true hidden gem, with a romantic candle-lit atmosphere. Offering several different spa treatments (some of which even include a glass of champagne!). Aire de Barcelona is the perfect activity for couples in search of a serene experience.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The Andalusian Ritual is one of the best treatments you can enjoy here. I can’t recommend it enough!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 614 Spas & Wellness in Barcelona
    • So Relaxed 11/07/2022
    • Ancient baths and spa. 31/05/2022
    • AIRE Ancient Baths Barcelona
    Address:
    Paseo Picasso No. 22
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 95 57 43
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 - 21:30
    Fri - Mon
    09:00 - 21:30
    Other:
  • Parc Guell
    Parks
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    Matilldars Says:

    This Gaudi-designed masterpiece is the most popular park in Barcelona. The dream-like world of Gaudi's imagination - where buildings, trees and columns create a truly unique atmosphere - is sure to make you feel all fluttery.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is split into two areas. The smaller area charges an entrance fee, while the larger is free.
    • Guell Park is usually packed during the weekends. Try to avoid peak hours so you can enjoy a more peaceful, intimate stroll.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 1,295 things to do in Barcelona
    • Disappointed 23/09/2022
    • Beautiful and masterful park! 23/09/2022
    • Parc Guell
    Address:
    Carrer d'Olot, 5
    08024 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 09 18 31
    Price range:
    US$5,000 - US$5,000
    Other:
  • Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
    Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    Matilldars Says:

    It's just about mandatory to visit the Sagrada Familia while in Barcelona. Designed by Gaudi, the building is still under construction, which is somehow part of the magic. It will be packed with tourists, but its incredible beauty should help you block out the crowds and see only each other (and this beloved architectural masterpiece).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets in advance to avoid the queues.
    • I recommend including a quick visit to the towers in your tour - the views are incredible.
    • If you can, take a tour of the church, or at least read up on the history - it's a sort of love story in itself!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,295 things to do in Barcelona
    • Amazing to see how its changed and English tour 25/09/2022
    • MAGNIFICENT 24/09/2022
    • Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
    Address:
    Carrer de Mallorca, 401
    08013 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    (+34) 932 080 414
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Playa de La Barceloneta
    Beaches
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    Matilldars Says:

    Surrounded by modern hotels and restaurants, this urban beach is one of the most beautiful places in the city to soak up the sun. Although it’s normally packed, there is a lovely area close to Hotel W where you’ll always find enough space to lie down and relax.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The W Hotel has a glamorous cocktail bar where you can enjoy the sunset. The Eclipse cocktail is my favorite!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #91 of 1,295 things to do in Barcelona
    • Nice Beach 18/09/2022
    • Beautiful beach but stony in water 16/09/2022
    • Playa de La Barceloneta
    Address:
    Paseo Maritimo Barceloneta, 14
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 21:00
  • Parque del Laberint d'Horta
    Parks
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    Matilldars Says:

    No spot is more romantic in Barcelona than this stunning garden - the place locals often go to have their wedding pictures taken. Located a little outside the city center, Parc del Laberint d'Horta is the perfect place to get away from the tourist crowds and lose yourselves for a while.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The impressive Olympic velodrome is located close to this park.
    • If you arrive by metro, exit via the escalators, as this is closer to the park entrance.
    • The garden is free to enter on Wednesdays and Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 1,295 things to do in Barcelona
    • For kuds and nature lovers 06/04/2022
    • Nothing special and the maze is pretty bad. 13/11/2021
    • Parque del Laberint d'Horta
    Address:
    Passeig dels Castanyers 1
    08035 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 85 30 34
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Barri de Gracia
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    Matilldars Says:

    Not long ago, Gracia was one of the most traditional Barcelona neighborhoods, and now it's the coolest area in the city! A walk through this area will reveal not only plenty of romantic spots to pause in, but a large variety of tiny shops, pop-up boutiques, patisseries and lovely restaurants to explore.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Swing dancers swing their stuff at Plaza de la Virreina every Sunday. Grab an ice cream from the lovely gelateria in the same plaza and enjoy the free show (or join in!).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 1,295 things to do in Barcelona
    • Nice Spanish neighborhood 14/05/2022
    • Less crowded neighbour but still pretty 15/03/2022
    • Barri de Gracia
    Address:
    Barri de Gracia
    Gracia
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Other:
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