A Romantic weekend in Barcelona
Beautiful Barcelona is an ideal destination for a romantic weekend getaway, and with plenty of free activities and inexpensive places to eat and drink, it’s easy to fall in love with this city. Here are our top ten tips of how to have a romantic weekend in Barcelona on a budget.
The Sagrada Familia
Explore Gaudi’s modernist city and enjoy the romance of this modern yet medieval city positioned between the mountains and Mediterranean.
1. Have an evening stroll around the Old Town
The Gothic and Born quarters in the medieval Old Town can be crowded during the daytime, but in the evening it’s a great place to wander around and soak up the atmosphere. The winding streets are great to get lost in, and the famous heritage buildings are lit up at night. It’s enchanting to wander through the medieval streets at any time of year. The cathedral, cloisters and Santa Maria del Mar are also free to enter after 5pm and less crowded.
2. Take a boat trip on the sea
Barcelona waterfront is a great place to wander down and enjoy looking at the yachts, but you can also take a boat out yourself at a reasonable price. There are plenty of sailboats offering private trips out to sea but they can be pricey unless you’re in a group. If you’re travelling on a budget, you can take a trip on the historic ‘Golondrines‘, public boats that take groups around the harbour for 30 minutes or an hour at a reasonable price. They’ve been doing the harbour run since 1888. If you go in the evening you can see the sunset over the mountains from the water, very romantic!
View of Barcelona beach fron
3. A romantic walk on the beach
Barceloneta beach can often be crowded, but walk further along the waterfront and there are lots of beaches with less crowds and great places to have a paella or grab a cocktail. You can also hire bikes and cycle all along the bike paths to the edge of town where the beaches are quieter. Or, simply take it easy, get an ice cream and sit on the beach watching the waves and enjoying the sunshine.
4. Have a roof top drink
Barcelona has lots of rooftop restaurants and bars – some are attached to more expensive hotels but some are affordable and a great place to grab a cocktail at sunset. Try Barcelo 360
rooftop in Raval for a 360 degree view of the city at sunset. There are also good roof drinks at the Museum of Catalan Art
) and the Catalan Naval History Museum. There’s also a good view from the W Hotel
but less of a budget option.
5. Share Tapas
Barcelona is full of great value restaurants, with lots of international cuisines available. For traditional tapas sharing dishes, such as seafood and of course Iberic ham, try one of the tapas places in the Old Town. There are also plenty of Galician restaurants in town if you’re into octopus, or you can go for For pinchos, smaller tapas snacks on bread, head to one of the city’s Basque restaurants in Gothic or Born, or head to Poble Sec’s Carrer Blai and make like a local.
6. Catch a Concert
The exquisite Palau de la Musica Catalana
– the Music Palace – has an impressive concert schedule prices from 10 euros, or there are Spanish guitar and classical concerts held in Santa Maria del Pi
and the Church of Santa Ana
most nights. There are also a variety of free concerts and fiestas throughout the year, from free music in the parks to staged performances in each neighbourhood. Check what’s going on before you visit and you’re guaranteed to find some great live music in the evenings. For something different head to Harlem Jazz Club
for a typical ‘jazz’ experience and some great tunes.
7. Picnic in the Park
The city’s main park, Ciutadella
, is a buzzing green space full of music, dancing, drums, acrobatics, ping pong and some peaceful petanque. Home to the parliament building, zoo and numerous botanical buildings, the park also has a boating pond where you can row your loved one around for only 6 euros. Beside the tranquil pond with the geese and ornate and glorious fountain, it’s also a great place to have a picnic. Pick up some Catalan delicacies at the nearby Santa Caterina Market
or one of the shops in neighbouring Born and eat your heart out!
Placa Reial in the Gothic Old Town
8. The Gardens in Montjuic
The hill of Montjuic, accessible by cable car for the more adventurous, is a great place to explore on a romantic getaway. With an historical castle on the top with breathtaking views, there are sculpted parks and gardens all the way down to the Museum of Catalan Art.
Check out the Botanical Gardens, Foundation Miro
if you’re into art, or simply stroll through the beautiful shaded gardens. In summer you can catch open air cinema, live performances at the open air Greek Theatre and regular music festivals.
9. The Magic Fountain
From Placa Espana you can see the view of the Museum of Catalan Art
and the large fountain in between. This, is the ‘Font Magica
’, or Magic Fountain, which performs a light and music show all summer long. With timed gushes along with a soundtrack, the fountain shows of it’s changing colours and throws shapes for a 30 minute show. During winter the shows are only at the weekend and in summer they draw a big crowd, but if you’re passing by, why not grab a seat and enjoy the magic?!
Equity Point Centric Hostel
10. Stay at Equity Point Hostels
With a choice of locations and private rooms, Equity Point Gothic, Centric and Sea gives you the perfect budget place to stay in the city. Chose between the upmarket shopping district, medieval old town or right on the beach front. All hostels have great facilities and are sure to give you a great option for budget accommodation. Book your bed here