is built for budding romances. From the warmth of its sunshine to the heat of its people, the city pulses with unmatched sensuality, passion, and love. Hence, the Catalan capital is often regarded as one of the most romantic cities in the world. It's right up there with the likes of Paris, Rome, and more. So doesn't it make sense that you ought to spend Valentine's Day in Barcelona too? Here, you and your special someone can go on all sorts of romantic adventures. Ride a hot air balloon, watch a Flamenco show, get lost in the Gothic Quarter, and more!
Barcelona doesn't get enough credit for its fashion sense. Sure, it may not be on the same level as Paris
, but it's a fashionable city nonetheless. And it'll be utterly romantic when you and your partner go shopping in Barcelona! Check out La Roca Village, for example, which is an entire village dedicated to shopping for designer labels. You'll find many of the big brands here like Prada, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Burberry, and more. Santa Eulalia is a more local boutique that also carries prestigious labels. It has a tinge of the old-school retail experience that's pretty novel.
Explore The Gothic Quarter
Out of all the neighborhoods in Barcelona
, the Gothic Quarter is arguably the most romantic. Its well-preserved Medival aesthetic recalls times of frivolous dalliances and passionate affairs, many of which might have even happened on this very site. These kinds of old-world districts are always rife with romantic undertones, thanks in large part to the novels and fairy tales that continue to captivate readers to this day. In places like Pont Del Bisbe and Plaça Reial, you can't help but imagine what sort of love stories might have happened there.
Have Fun at Parc de la Ciutadella
On Passeig de Picasso in the El Born District, Parc de la Ciutadella has long drawn countless locals and tourists alike to have some fun. It's sort of like the city's main public park, almost akin to the likes of Central Park in New York
or Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. Incidentally, it's also one of the best places to spend Valentine's Day in Barcelona. Why? Because there's so much a couple can do here! You can set up a picnic, go on a stroll, or even enjoy a boat ride on the park's famous lake.
Ride a Hot Air Balloon
You didn't expect this, did you? Barcelona is a beautiful city that's worth enjoying from all sides, including up above. And what better way to do just that than via a hot air balloon? A common balloon service starts around 6:00 am in Plaça Catalunya. As you ascend, you'll get to see the Catalan capital in all its Mediterranean glory! The balloon will then take you to the nearby Montseny mountain range, where you'll see more of Catalonia's natural beauty. It's a sight you and your partner won't want to miss and won't ever forget!
Spend The Day at The Beach
It's easy to think that if you ever move to Barcelona
, you'll get so much sun, you'll practically be sick of it. Is this true? Perhaps to many locals, it is. But on special days, say, Valentine's Day, for example, you'll wish for as much sun as possible. Why? Because this will make your beach day even brighter and better! Escape to the more remote beaches near the city and enjoy the Mediterranean magic of it all. That'll be a well-spend Valentine's Day in Barcelona!
Enroll in a Spanish Cooking Class
There's a popular saying that goes, “The way to a man's heart is through his stomach!” Whether you believe it or not, it won't hurt to try, especially when you're in Barcelona. It's not necessarily clear whether Barcelona is a foodie capital or not. What many can't deny, however, is that Spanish food is utterly delicious. You can melt your partner's heart and stomach by enrolling in a cooking class together. Not only will you end up with a great meal, but it makes for quality bonding time too!
Can't cook to save your life? Don't worry! As already mentioned, Barcelona might not be that popular of a foodie destination, but its culinary scene is still pretty stellar. There are Michelin-starred restaurants
, chic bistros, cool diners, awesome gastro-pubs, and amazing street food. If a dinner date is enough for both of you to have a memorable Valentine's Day in Barcelona, then you won't need to exert that much effort at all. There are plenty of great hotspots where you can enjoy delicious food and each other's company.
Join on a Wine Tour
There are two things you can do to spend Valentine's Day in Barcelona drenched and drowning in wine. The first is to go on a wine tour of the city. You and your significant other can simply go wine bar-hopping or join an actual wine tour for a more structured activity. The second is you can create your own cava
(Spanish sparkling wine) in the vineyards near Barcelona. Again, you can either drive to these places yourself or join an official tour instead.
Watch a Flamenco Show
No trip to Barcelona is complete without watching a Flamenco show or two. The dance is a huge part of Catalan and Spanish culture, one that practically everybody in the country is proud of. Fortunately, it's also a romantic and sensual dance that's perfect for Valentine's Day. At the famous Tablao Cordobes on La Rambla, you can enjoy a flamenco show—arguably the best in the entire city—whilst dining on tapas and sipping sangria. If that's not the perfect Valentine's Day date, then what is?
Visit Casa Batllo at Night
Casa Batllo is one of Antoni Gaudí's most famous buildings in Barcelona. Resplendent in the legendary architect's iconic Art Noveau style, it's such a sight to behold! So much so that it has since become one of the best Instagrammable spots in Barcelona
. You and your Valentine can spend the day exploring the man-made marvel, taking selfies and snapshots left and right. Then at night, CasaBatllo's brightens up for a cocktail party to end the holiday right. What's not to love?
One of the best decisions you'll ever make with your relationship is to spend Valentine's Day in Barcelona. Escape to the exotic and erotic Catalan Capital with your special someone and get lost in all the heat, passion, and romance!