Romantic things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona for couples

Barcelona is ever-romantic. From the cosy jazz bars to the thriving flamenco shows, there’s always plenty of things to do for couples in Barcelona. If you’re thinking of a break away with your loved one, Spain’s second city may just be for you. Take a look at our fantastic Barcelona Holidays to get you inspired!

  1. Make the most of the nightlife in Barcelona
  2. Enjoy a thriving music festival with your loved one
  3. Be inspired with your partner at a flamenco dancing show
  4. Enjoy the live music of Barcelona
  5. Shop ‘til you drop with your loved one

Move over Madrid, Barcelona may just be the most romantic city of all in Spain. From plenty of music festivals to fantastic shopping opportunities, Barcelona is a great hangout spot with your partner. What are you waiting for?

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1. Make the most of the nightlife in Barcelona

If you and your partner are party animals, then a night on the town is one of the best couply things to do in Barcelona. For seasoned juerguistas (ravers) the Barcelona nightlife is hard to beat. From sundown to sunrise, there’s a venue for every taste and the streets buzz as if it were midday. For early evening don’t miss atmospheric cocktail bars Boadas Cocktails, famed for its mojitos, and long-established Dry Martini, or a terrace bar in a square in the Gràcia neighbourhood, where a young, laid-back crowd gather. The scene really hots up after midnight, much of it centred on the Old Town, where a few remnants of the old Barri Xino mingle with hip new night spots and restaurants like Iposa that are open for drinks well past midnight.

Best for: Party travellers!

Don’t forget: Uptown, some of the original 1980s designer bars and clubs are still going strong, such as Otto Zutz.

2. Enjoy a thriving music festival with your loved one

There are numerous music festivals in Barcelona: the Festival de Guitarra de Barcelona in March, the Festival Internacional de Jazz in October and November, and the Grec Summer Festival of dance, music and theatre in July. Events are held all over the city, but the most impressive are at the Grec Theatre, an open air amphitheatre on Montjuïc. Enjoying a music festival is one of the most fun and romantic things to do in Barcelona.

Best for: Immersing yourself in the music of Barcelona

Don’t forget: In April it is the Feast of Sant Jordi (St George) where book and rose stalls are set up in La Rambla.

3. Be inspired with your partner at a flamenco dancing show

Flamenco is not a Catalan tradition, but some tablaos - live flamenco performances - are staged for tourists. Tablao Flamenco Cordobés is the most popular, while El Patio Andaluz also puts on sevillanas, traditional Andalusian music. There are also daily shows at El Tablao de Carmen in the Poble Espanyol on Montjuïc. One of the most authentic shows is at Los Tarantos in Plaça Reial.

Best for: Dancing with your partner

Don’t forget: If you like ballet, head to the Gran Teatre del Liceu which hosts a short ballet season.

4. Enjoy the live music of Barcelona

If you and your loved one want to find some cosy jazz bars to enjoy some live music and a cocktail or two, Barcelona is the place for you. Live jazz can be found most nights at Harlem Jazz Club in the Gothic Quarter, fused with world music and flamenco. Jamboree, in the Plaça Reial, is also good. Luz de Gas presents jazz, rock and soul, and becomes a dance venue after midnight.

Best for: Enjoying live music

Don’t forget: If you’re looking for more live tunes head to the CaixaForum, a cultural centre, which hosts musical performances.

5. Shop ‘til you drop with your loved one

Barcelona is firmly on the map of European shopping capitals. As a city of eminent style and taste, it is packed full of fashion boutiques from high-street brands to top designers, antique shops, state-of-the-art home interior stores and art galleries. Design is taken very seriously here. Catalonia still thrives on family-owned shops, and window shopping on the Rambla de Catalunya or Passeig de Gràcia is a delight. The best items include fashionable clothing, shoes and leather products, antiques, books, high-tech design, home furnishings, objets d’art and music. Go on - treat your loved one to something special from Spain!

Best for:Treating your loved one to a Spanish souvenir

Don’t forget: Note that Plaça de Catalunya is the jumping off point for some of the best shopping streets: Portal de l’Àngel, Pelai and Carrer Portaferrisa.

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