A Romantic Valentine’s Day in Barcelona
All the best tips to make the most of this love-filled day.
This article is to help you to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day in Barcelona. We have to recognise that Barcelona isn’t the first place that comes to people’s mind when they think of a romantic place. For sure it’s not Paris where you could propose to your loved one under the Eiffel Tower, nor is it Venice where you could go on a romantic gondola ride lulled by the chants of the gondolier. Here in Barcelona, there is no such cliché but Valentine's day is a great excuse for a city break anyway! So if you have no plans for February 14th, go book your plane tickets and follow our advice for a romantic Valentine’s Day in Barcelona.
The Love Nest
Now your trip is booked, you need to find the right accommodation. Fortunately for you, at ChicRoom Barcelona we have selected a sample of our finest luxury apartments, every one of them with a special character.
Royal Dream, as its name suggests, will make you feel like a monarch thanks to its gorgeous decorations and interior design.
Of equal refinement yet different in style, Modernista Paseo de Gracia echoes the beauty of the emblematic street where it located.
Last but not least, and probably the most stunning apartments, Barcelona Skyline Penthouse 3 offers some of the most incredible views of Barcelona and enjoys a premium location on the seaside.
Romantic tip: Wake up earlier than your beloved one and prepare a copious breakfast for a long day of exploration.
Talking About Views…
Barcelona is already a very impressive city at the ground level. So imagine how it could be from a higher view point. One way to find out is to check out the Bunkers del Carmel. Built during the Spanish Civil War as an anti-air strike shelter for civilians of the area, this spot is now popular with lovers and friends thanks to the stunning 360º panoramic view where Barcelona lays at your feet. Trust us, you and your partner will be stunned by the sight. It can be reached by bus or metro, but be prepared for a short uphill hike to reach the top. We promise it will be worth it!
Romantic tip: pack a picnic lunch with local fresh products from the market (we’ll come to that later on).
More views! We think there's nothing more romantic than a sharing a special moment with a loved one and a nice view. To complete the experience, it's a great idea to enjoy dinner or drinks with views in some places that aren’t for the faint-hearted, such as at Torre d'Alta Mar, pictured below. Barcelona is not a city lacking in romantic restaurants with views so luckily for you, we’ve prepared a list of great restaurants with even better views right here. Buen provecho!
Romantic tip: Order one of the finest Cava o Penedes bottle and book in advance to ensure a table by the window to make the most of the view.
Dinner in Tête-à-Tête
If you don’t feel like sharing space with strangers, why don’t you spend the night in your ChicRoom Barcelona apartment and take command of the kitchen? Barcelona has at least 39 markets where you'll find dozens of stands each providing exquisite local products, from vegetables and fruits to meat, fish, sea food and cold meats.
The most famous one of them is the Boqueria Market located in Las Ramblas. It may be very crowded and touristy but you can’t deny that its architecture makes it one of the most iconic sites in Barcelona. Luckily, markets are sprinkled all over the city and our holiday apartments are situated nearby (see map at the bottom of the page).
Romantic tip: What else can we add? Isn’t a home-made meal lovingly prepared already romantic? We will leave you in charge for this one (be careful with the candles or else you won’t see your deposit back ;) ). Oh! And don’t forget some music. But don’t worry, we’ve also thought about it. Press the play button of the list below:
The Kiss of Freedom
On your tour of Barcelona, there’s one hidden spot you shouldn’t miss. It’s the mosaic wall 'Kiss of Freedom'. It does sound like a reference to the quest of independence (chill out, people! No politics here) but not quite.
Photo by Pierre Deteuf
The Local newspaper “El Periodico” invited people to send pictures of themselves in the company of their beloved while enjoying a “moment of freedom”. The mosaic mural was then created and set up in 2014, which coincided with Barcelona’s Tricentenary celebrations commemorating the fall of Barcelona during The War of The Spanish Succession.
Romantic tip: Lend your camera to someone around. Grab your partner by the hand and head towards the mural. Both of you kiss tenderly and click! It’s in the box.
Love in the Park and Gardens
It’s would be too difficult to list every single park and garden of Barcelona as you can imagine. To be honest, nobody in the office has been to all of them. However, here are some of the most tranquil and idyllic green spaces we’ve selected for you.
One of them is the Parc del Laberint d'Horta, one of the oldest gardens in Barcelona. Designed in neo-classic and romantic styles, the gardens are surrounded by trees, plants and flowers and are ornamented with statues, buildings and ponds copying the Ancient Greek style. There is even a beautifully maintained maze to lose yourselves in!
Located in the vicinity of the Labyrinth, we also recommend the Jardins del Palau de les Heures. Although not as well known as the former, it easily mathches its beauty thanks to its French and Italian Renaissance style. On top of a terrace hidden among palm trees, there is a palace that is reminiscent of a French château with a modernist twist.
There are many more green spaces to discover, some of which are pinned on the map at the bottom of the page.
Romantic tip: Stroll around, hand in hand, along the verdurous aisles and paths. Sit in a quiet place and observe the magnificence of nature. Take the time to do nothing. Little things are sometimes worth the most.
Rowing Boat Tour
Let’s remain in the topic of the green areas and more specifically, the Parc de la Ciutadella. Although it is one of the most visited parks in Barcelona, there’s one characteristic that makes it stand out from the others- its small lake with a rowing boat service. Hire a boat for 30 minutes and embark on a love-filled cruise with your partner in crime.
Romantic tip: Enjoy your time on the water, away from the world, sit opposite eachother in your boat and pass the time getting lost in eachother's eyes.
Concert at Palau de la Musica Catalana
When you think of love, you almost automatically associate it with music. Any romantic film wouldn’t be the same without the soundtrack. Some artists would never be where they are today without expressing how broken their heart is or how crazy they feel about the one they love. This is the reason why we had to include a music event.
Palau de la Musica Catalana is the ideal music venue for that. This splendid art nouveau building located in El Born district is an architectural gem. Listed as a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, it’s a must-see during a visit to Barcelona.
Luckily this year on Valentine’s Day, there’s the possibility to attend a flamenco show- what could be more Spanish! The concert is a tribute to one of the masters of Spanish guitar, Paco de Lucia and will be performed by renowned artists. Click here for more information about this unmissable event.
The Last Romantic Tip
What else could be missing to this list? Flowers, of course! Love is definitely expressed with flowers. We could recommend you to head towards Las Ramblas but we know better places for that. The neighbourhood of Eixample, near Paseo de Gracia, is home of of the Mercat de la Concepció (see map below). It’s definitely less crowded and you will find a huge selection of plants and flowers.
In case you’ve been unable to get a free moment during the day, we have a precious tip for you. Floristería Navarro (see map) is a florist open 24-hours!!! Ta-daaa! Now you have no excuse not to get a bunch and leave it on the living room table or spread the petals all over the bedroom (by the way, that’s our romantic tip).
We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that you’ve found it useful. We wish you the most romantic Valentine’s Day in Barcelona and that you’ll keep the burning flame of passion alive. Happy Valentine’s Day!