7 romantic things to do in Barcelona
When it comes to romantic breaks, the likes of Paris, Rome and Venice spring to mind. However, the Spanish city of Barcelona shouldn't be overlooked.
Home to some of the most wonderful and distinctive architecture in Europe, as well as bustling markets, beautiful hotels, and excellent food, it's a natural city break destination for two. Here's our pick of romantic things to do in the Catalan capital.
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1. Have your head in the clouds
Gaudi's stunning Basilica of Sagrada Familia is, for many, the most iconic image of Barcelona. Gaudi's famous church remains unfinished after nearly a century and a half of construction and is unlike any other building you're likely to see.
The bell tower offers the most breathtaking views of the city and is the perfect place for a proposal, as long as both of you have a head for heights!
2. Try the tempting tapas
Sharing a meal can be very romantic, and in Barcelona, you're never far from tapas. Choosing a selection of mouth-watering plates for you and your loved one to sample and sharing a bottle of velvety Spanish red can make for the perfect romantic evening.
Visit the popular Boqueria Market to sample a variety seafood, meats, cheese and veggies, not to mention crisp cava.
3. Take a romantic stroll
There's no shortage of places to walk in Barcelona, however promenading along Port Vell at sunset will certainly flex those romantic muscles.
This palm-lined, seafront walk takes in some of the city's most cherished architecture and passes sculptures, museums, and monuments.
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4. Say 'Ole' as you trip the light fantastic
Barcelona is famous for its flamenco and salsa dancing. While it's not everyone's idea of a great time, these dances are undeniably passionate and the perfect way to get up close and personal with your beau.
Classes and dance nights can be easily found and can offer great entertainment for those not wishing to hit the floor themselves.
5. Enjoy a picnic
There's something very romantic about a picnic, and in Barcelona, you'll find some great places to park your blanket and relax. Entrance to Barcelona's most loved park is free and offers a variety of places to sit.
Parc de la Ciutadella offers some sanctuary from the sunshine as well as luscious green grass and even some musicians at the weekend.
6. See a film in a castle
Relive those first date moments on a grand scale with the open-air cinema at Montjuic. During the summer, the moat at Montjuic Castle becomes awash with couples and families taking in an outdoor movie screening.
7. Visit a traditional bathouse
Set in the historic underground wells of the El Born region, you'll find the Aire de Barcelona.
This traditional bathhouse is the ultimate in romantic pampering: they pride themselves on supplying peace and relaxation, with extra spa treatments if you wish to indulge further.
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