A couple holding hands at sunset walking along Barcelona beach

Five Romantic Activities for Valentine’s Day in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city full of culture, stunning architecture and beautiful beaches, and in our opinion one of the most romantic cities to visit in Spain.

If you’re thinking of spending Valentine’s Day in Barcelona, here are five ideas of romantic activities you can add to your itinerary!

1. Wander the streets of the Gothic Quarter

A couple walking through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

Spend Valentine’s Day in Barcelona wandering through the narrow and winding streets of the Gothic Quarter (which I personally think is the most romantic area in Barcelona). You can spend a few hours having a stroll and find beautiful alleyways and hidden squares whilst admiring the intricate Gothic and medieval architecture.

When you’re done exploring, or want to take a break, I recommend visiting bar Carlos & Matilda (their cava cocktail is delicious), and if you want a cool art gallery to drop into then check out Base Elements.

If getting lost isn’t your thing, and you want a more guided experience, then book yourself onto a walk tour instead. I highly recommend the Sandemans tip-based Walking Tour of the Gothic Quarter – if you are lucky enough to have tour guide Andy – you will have a whale of a time!

2. Take a romantic stroll along the beach

A couple holding hands at sunset walking along Barcelona beach

Barcelona has several beautiful beaches, so one not take a leisurely stroll along the sand with your partner. To make it even special, head to the Boqueria Market and pack a picnic with some local Spanish stables like rioja wine, jamon and olices.

To have more of a relaxed experience, then avoid Barcelona’s busier beaches near La Rambla such as Barceloneta beach, and instead head to Nova Mar Bella. If you want to branch further afield then catch the Renfe train to nearby seaside towns of Castelldefels, Garraf or Sitges (25 to 45 minutes train ride away)

Want to know more about must-visit beaches near Barcelona?

Click here to read Afar magazine’s 8 Beautiful Must-Visit Beaches Near Barcelona.

3. Visit a museum

If you’re a couple that appreciates art and culture then visiting one of Barcelona’s museums could be a cute activity.

Barcelona has lots of different museums to choose from – my personal favourite is the Museu de l’Art Prohibit – which showcases forbidden art which has been censored or removed from exhibition.

Other great museums to visit include the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) which showcases Catalan art, or the Picasso Museum.

4. Enjoy the views at a rooftop bar

View over the rooftops of Barcelona at sunset

If you need a break after all your exploring, then why not visit one of Barcelona’s many rooftop bars?

Dotted throughout the city there are lots of bars offering panoramic views over the city, and are the perfect setting for an intimate, romantic end to your Valentine’s Day in Barcelona.

A few of my favourites include:

5. Take a sunset boat cruise

View from a sailing boat of the sunset over Barcelona's port

What is more romantic than watching the sunset over Barcelona whilst you sip a glass of wine or cava?

There are lots of options to choose from, here are a few options for you to consider:

  • Sunset Jazz Cruise on Viator – this cruise features live jazz music from local musicians which departs from the docs at the end of the Rambla.
  • Sunset Cruise with Sea Barcelona on a luxury charter yacht with an open bar (cava, wine, beer and soft drinks) and light snacks (olives, jámon, cheese and crisps).
  • Sunset Boat tour with Sea Bookings which departs from Passeig Marítim del Port Olímpic.

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