10 Best Things to Do for a Couples Getaway Weekend in Barcelona

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Advisor - 10 Best Things to Do for a Couples Getaway Weekend in Barcelona
Curator’s statement

A weekend in Barcelona is always a fantastic idea. The city's rich history, vibrant culture, stunning architecture, world-class museums, incredible food and drink scene, beautiful urban beaches along with its cool and lively atmosphere, combine to create the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable couple's getaway weekend. From the must-see attractions to the local's hidden gems, these are my picks for Barcelona's best things to do with your partner.

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Things to do in Barcelona

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Unveiling Gaudi's Architectural Poetry

Discover the awe-inspiring world of Antoni Gaudi. Visit the unmissable masterpieces like the iconic Sagrada Familia which evolve every year; The Parc Güell and its whimsical landscapes and the Casa Vicens, a hidden gem adorned with Gaudi's distinctive touch.

Explore hidden gems in local neighborhoods

Let's go off the beaten path and explore the heart and soul of Barcelona's neighborhoods.
Stroll through Poblenou, the trendy industrial district where artistry and creativity thrive. Stop by its hip bars and cozy cafes, enjoy the colorful murals, street art and relax at one of Poblenou beaches, Bogatell (the closest to the Metro) or Nova Mar Bella for a tranquil escape.

Experience the bohemian charm of Gràcia, explore its design shops, art galleries and cobblestone streets, as you hop between its lively plazas. Have a café in Plaça de la Vila de Gracia is a meeting point where locals gather to socialize and enjoy outdoor life.

Don't miss the chance to uncover the secrets of the historical Gothic Quarter, and get lost in the labyrinthine streets. Each corner holds a hidden story. Discover charming boutiques, artisan workshops, and cozy cafes in unexpected corners. Take a chance to visit one of Gothic Quarter’s hidden gem, La Casa de l'Ardiaca, a charming Gothic palace from 12th century, you'll find yourself transported through time.

Delight in Market Adventures

Immerse yourselves in local culture with a visit to the fantastic Mercat de Santa Caterina, a vibrant hub of flavors and colors. For a dash of the unexpected, step into the cool and sophisticated Palo Alto Market, located within an artistic industrial enclave. Here, you'll find a fusion of street food, literature, fashion and crafts, all in an ambiance that fuels creativity.

Toast to Love with Award-Winning Cocktails

Like New York City or London, Barcelona is well-known for its cocktail bars. Elevate your evenings by sipping award-winning cocktails at Paradiso, a hidden haven of mixology mastery. The ambiance of Paradiso is a blend of sophistication and playfulness, with plush seating and ambient lighting that set the stage for an unforgettable evening.
Alternatively, unwind in the cozy Sips cocktail bar, where each sip tells you a story. Cocktails are just incredible, it’s like every cocktail is a crafted masterpiece. The bar's size creates intimacy, making it an ideal destination for couples seeking a romantic evening. The soft lighting, carefully chosen music and the friendly staff contribute to an experience that feels personalized and welcoming.

Dancing through the Night: Nightlife and Live Music

Barcelona's vibrant nightlife, ranging from live music to high-energy DJ sets, is legendary and worth embracing the night for. After a nice dinner, enjoy the nightlife. Go to Plaça Reial, one of the most iconic plazas in Barcelona. The vibrant and lively atmosphere is just amazing. You will find many live music venues such as Ocaña, bars or clubs where you can have a memorable night together. Alternatively, for a sophisticated nightlife experience including dining. Check The Cabaret Barcelona, micro-club featuring live music and top international DJ line-ups.

Brunching with a View

Have a brunch at one of the trendy hotel rooftops. Check out Terraza de Vivi at the stylish hotel, Kimpton Vividora where brunch includes bottomless mimosas, intimate and cosmopolitan vibe, accompanied by breathtaking views of the Gothic Quarter. Weekends are especially lively with live DJs. The venue also features a fantastic rooftop pool right next to the bar.

Chasing Sunsets from Turó de la Rovira

Hike to Turó de la Rovira, fondly known as "Bunkers del Carmel," this is an off-the-beaten-track spot to enjoy spectacular sunset. This viewpoint also gives you a stunning 360° panoramic view of Barcelona's splendor. A serene escape from the urban rhythm, where you can appreciate the city's essence. As you ascend to Turó de la Rovira, you'll find the remains of anti-aircraft bunkers, the bunkers themselves have been now transformed into an open-air museum.

Hand in Hand around Montjuïc

Closest to the centre is Montjuïc. Embark on a pleasant hike around Montjuïc Park, a sanctuary of lush gardens and historic wonders. Spend time exploring attractions like Montjuïc Castle, the Olympic Ring and the stunning viewpoints of the city, the surrounding mountains, the harbor and the sea. You might need around two to three hours. Also, explore the lush gardens of Montjuïc Park and perhaps have a picnic! Consider taking the cable car to descend.

Expect the unexpected at MOCO Museum Barcelona

Step into the world of modern and contemporary art at the Moco Museum Barcelona, the younger sister of the original Moco Museum in Amsterdam. One of the standout features of the Moco Museum is its focus on exhibiting the works of renowned contemporary artists and street art icons. Indeed, the museum offers a wide range of inspiring pieces of contemporary art, from paintings and sculptures to immersive experiences and interactive pieces.

Sunset Serenade: Catamaran Cruise with Live Music

When the sun begins to set, discover Barcelona from the Sea with a Sunset Catamaran Cruise. Sail along the coastline for one or two hours, with some live music while enjoying the beautiful sunset together. There are different cruises offering this service.

Places to eat & drink in Barcelona

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La Fonda, a well-known and historic establishment located in Barcelona. This restaurant specializes in traditional Catalan cuisine, offering a mix of local flavors and Mediterranean influences.

Vinitus, a delicious tapas restaurant with a vibrant and sleek atmosphere. From freshly grilled seafood to cured meats and delectable cheeses, each dish tells a story of Spanish gastronomy.

Can Fisher is a local favorite in Barcelona, serving as a culinary reference. It provides a unique and memorable seafood experience, along with an incredible variety of paellas. The restaurant's wine list is thoughtfully curated to complement its seafood-centric menu, all within an inviting ambiance.

COME Barcelona, a Michelin Star restaurant offering Mexican fine-dining in a warm and colourful atmosphere.

Terraza de Vivi at the trendy hotel, Kimpton Vividora is a great address for brunch with bottomless mimosas, accompanied by breathtaking views of the Gothic Quarter and live DJs on the weekend.

Paradiso is a hidden haven of mixology mastery. A cocktail bar offering award-winning cocktails. The ambiance of Paradiso is a blend of sophistication and playfulness.

Sips is cozy cocktail bar with exquisite cocktails where each sip tells you a story. Cocktails are just incredible, it’s like every cocktail is a crafted masterpiece.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Barcelona. For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Michelle Zelena's guide, Good-For-All Romantic Guide to Barcelona.