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Romance in Barcelona

Sunrise and Sunset Views
Romance in Barcelona
Stunning architecture, beautiful city parks and nearby nature reserves, cozy cafés, and charming restaurants make Barcelona a dream destination for couples.
By AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
Photo by Rey Madolora
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    Sunrise and Sunset Views
    Sunrise and Sunset Views
    Sunrise and sunset transform the Catalan capital into a magical place, especially from certain vantage points. The palm trees and deep blue waters extending into the horizon from local beaches are beautiful, and the sweeping views of the skyline make it well worth the hike to Montjuïc Castle or a visit to Park Güell. Bars and hotels with rooftop terraces offer views of the city, not to mention expertly mixed drinks. From the rooftop terrace of Las Arenas, a former bullfighting ring transformed into a shopping mall, lovebirds can ooh and aah at the Montjuïc Magic Fountain show.
    Photo by Rey Madolora
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    Intimate Alternatives to Tourist Hot Spots
    Intimate Alternatives to Tourist Hot Spots
    There are many sights in Barcelona that inspire romance, but tourist crowds can dampen an otherwise wonderful visit. Instead of taking the massive group tour of Palau de la Música Catalana, go see a concert and hold hands between applause in the opulent hall. All of Gaudí’s creations are a sight to behold, but the rooftop of Casa Milà, on Passeig de Gràcia, by night is about as stunning as it gets. The idiosyncrasies of the building, also known as La Pedrera, shine through on the atmospheric Secret Pedrera tour. And when it comes to Park Güell, save your trip for a weekday morning—the park is likely to be quieter.
    Photo by Shan Shan
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    Seductive Secrets in the City
    Seductive Secrets in the City
    Monasteries, modernista buildings, lush green spaces, and historic cemeteries are tucked away in hidden corners around Barcelona. In the city proper, visitors can spend an afternoon snapping shots of gorgeous funerary art at the Montjuïc or Poblenou cemeteries. Quiet museums can make you feel like the city is yours alone. Try wandering the little-trafficked galleries of the Frederic Marès Museum, where you can view the sculptor's work as well as his extensive, quirky collection of walking sticks, gloves, erotic matchbook covers, cameras, and more.
    Photo by Chris Ciolli
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    Get Cozy over a Few Drinks
    Get Cozy over a Few Drinks
    The Catalan capital has plenty of places to cozy up with your loved one and enjoy your drink of choice, be it a meaty Tarragona red or a café carajillo—the Spanish spin on Irish coffee. Enjoy a drink with views of the city and the sea at Eclipse Barcelona, on the 26th floor of the W Barcelona hotel. Lean your elbows on the marble bar of Bardot Barcelona, a trendy bistro on Carrer d’Enric Granados. Alternatively, share a bottle of cava at El Bosc de les Fades, a fairy-tale-forest-themed café inside Barcelona’s Wax Museum off La Rambla. With its soft lighting and bohemian ambience, L'Ascensor is the perfect place to share cava and light tapas in a homey and intimate setting.
    Photo by Juergen Richter/age fotostock
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    Dine by Candlelight
    Dine by Candlelight
    A relaxing meal is a fitting end to a long day exploring the city. But Michelin-starred and luxury hotel restaurants are not the only options for romantic dining in Barcelona. The side streets are well populated with charming bistros perfect for a romantic evening out. For an intoxicating blend of historic surroundings and superb cuisine, reserve a table at Casa Calvet (49 Carrer de Casp), an art nouveau restaurant housed in a building designed by Gaudí. Dive together into the creative world of molecular gastronomy by securing a spot at the tiny Bodega 1900, where Albert Adrià (one of the masterminds behind the legendary El Bulli) spins culinary magic from traditional Spanish foods. Or head to charming El Raval, where Suculent provides an intimate setting for a menu that focuses on tapas and Spanish stews.
    Photo courtesy of Bodega 1900
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    Romantic Walks
    Romantic Walks
    The city streets are only a starting point when it comes to exploring the Catalan capital on foot. Travelers can follow winding garden pathways through lush greenery in the mid-morning sun at the Botanical Garden of Barcelona, or walk the cloisters and gardens of the Monastery of Pedralbes. At the end of the day, take a sunset walk on Barcelona’s boardwalk. Browse antique shops and stop occasionally to watch street performers as you stroll the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and El Born. Amble hand in hand from one tiny plaza to another in bohemian Gràcia.
    Photo by Juan Carlos Zamarreño/age fotostock