Barcelona has some unique and impressive buildings, the atmosphere that characterizes the city, the various attractions in it – many of them include a real romantic dimension that explains why Barcelona can and should be an ideal destination for couples, including honeymoon vacations. Here is all you need to know about the romantic aspects of the city.
Sights in the City
Fortunately, in Barcelona many sites are defined as romantic, including those that belong to the list of the city’s mandatory sites. All those who feel that their love story is like a fairy tail can visit a park that meets this definition as well – this is, of course, Park Güell. The park, with its picturesque buildings, sculptures, terraces and a long impressive bench, is magical for everyone, including couples. Do not give up the climb to the hill with the cross, which has an impressive view of the entire city.
In Barcelona you can find several other parks that are considered ideal for couples: Think about walking together, hand in hand, when the only sound you hear is the splashing of water. Even in busy Barcelona you can find a site like this – Parc del Laberint d’Horta (Labyrinth Park of Horta), a quiet park which is recommended to visit for several hours. Another park, more popular among tourists, is the Parc de la Ciutadella (Citadel Park). The park is considered to be the center of the city, due to its famous sculpture – do not give up a photo with this impressive statue, with its many fountains behind you, this is one of the popular photography destinations for local couples on their wedding day. The park offers several other attractions, including a lake where you can rent a rowboat.
|Parc de la Ciutadella (Citadel Park)
Area Plaça d’Espanya and Montjuïc is an area full of statues, fountains, monuments and coffee shops. Its main attraction is the Fuente mágica (Magic Fountains), which can offer the perfect setting (and very colorful) for a romantic evening in the city: sitting near the fountain, listening to music and watching colorful shapes. Due to the fact that what is ancient and impressive is also romantic, it is recommended to consider a few hours walk in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), where you may also meet couples photographed on their wedding day.
It is not possible to talk about romance in Barcelona without mentioning the famous Eixample district, which is known for its combination of modernist, shopping and restaurants and is considered one of the most romantic areas of Barcelona at sunset. It is recommended to leave Passeig de Gràcia and go through the interior streets.
Sights Outside the City
Within a short drive from Barcelona there are other sites suitable for a couple trip. Monastery of Montserrat is a monastery that offers a variety of hiking trails in different levels of difficulty and impressive views. It is recommended that you visit the monastery for at least half a day, while the arrival to the site is very easy (and cheap) by combining a metro, a train ride and a cable car ride up to the mountain. If you wish to arrive here with a rented car – it is recommended to combine it with other sites outside the city (for additional information – Car Rental in Barcelona and Car Rental in Spain).
Another romantic destination outside Barcelona is Girona, an ancient city with narrow alleys and ancient buildings, which contribute greatly to the couple’s experience and allow you to travel back in time. It is recommended to visit Figueres, known for its Teatro Museo Dalí (Dalí Theatre and Museum) within it. The museum includes a host of creative exhibits, many of which deal with sexual desire and sex, with the presence of Dali’s wife, Gala, in almost every corner.
When you arrive in spring and summer and even in the first part of autumn – Costa Brava is open for you for a day (or two days) trip. For example, famous destinations such as Tossa de Mar and Tamariu will give you a fantastic romantic vacation. For these destinations it is recommended to travel with a private or a rented car – or a guided tour operated by one of the companies departing from Barcelona.
|Tossa de Mar
In the same context, it is worth mentioning the Pyrenees. For those who wish to stay close to Barcelona it is preferable to stay in the eastern part of the Pyrenees of Catalonia, which includes several romantic destinations like Val de Nuria (Valley of Nuria). It is best recommended to join a guided tour, but for those who insiste to travel independently – you can certainly travel back and forth to Barcelona with public transportation. Another option is to combine your trip with other towns like Ripoll or Alp – which are also known as winter destinations for skiing and other extreme sports (for additional information – Winter Vacation in Barcelona). Those who want to go further inward can reach the western parts like the national reserve Aigüestortes, one of the most beautiful Nature reserve in Spain.
The adventurous and adrenaline addicts couples among you, will be able to combine the PortAventura amusement park with their tour plan. In this park you can scream together and hold hands in the frightening rides, and there are quite a few of them. Port Aventura is also offering relaxing rides, including some water slides.
Football and Concerts
FC Barcelona is one of the favorite teams in the world, therefore, if the Camp Nou football stadium hosts a home game of the team, you may well want to take part in the experience. And no, this is not really an experience that speaks exclusively to men. Visit the page calendar of events to find out if there is a game during your stay in Barcelona.
Although flamenco shows are more associated with Andalusia and less with Catalonia, and although the city has quite a few ‘tourist trap’ amateur shows, the city can also find a number of truly recommended shows. Club Flamenco Tablao Cordobes is considered one of the oldest and prestigious in the city. Couples interested in an enjoyable evening can choose the couple package, which includes a show and an Andalusian-style Spanish meal along side with a range of reasonably priced alcoholic drinks.
Beyond the tourist sites in central Barcelona, we can certainly think of a number of special attractions With a romantic atmosphere. Air balloon flight in the skies of Barcelona will allow you to be exposed to the views of the city from another perspective, higher and no less impressive. Another option, in the same category, is a helicopter ride over the city skyline, usually shorter and lasts about ten minutes.
Although Barcelona is considered a tourist attraction rather than a vacation destination, there are definitely beautiful beaches worth visiting and a very lively harbor. From here, you can certainly think of a romantic double cruise, preferably at the sunset. Some of the suppliers who offer cruises on the beaches of Barcelona can also add a small dinner, wine, champagne and a variety of treats. If this is your idea of a couple outing, be sure to book in advance. In the same context it is advisable to mention the famous Barcelona cable car passing over the city port.
Another interesting option is horseback riding, which takes place in a large green park near the city. You can find packages that allow riding an hour and a half, lunch or even horse therapy.
And, of course, how can it be without a traditional flamenco show? In Barcelona there are quite a number of Flamenco clubs (such as the Trentos Club) that offer shows for tourists, including a traditional dinner or free drink. Highly recommended for those who want to touch local culture closely.