When it comes to booking a romantic holiday, many people opt to travel to cities such as Paris or Venice, but while it’s often overlooked by the travelling elite, Barcelona is also a prime destination for couples.
Often cited as being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, affordable Barcelona breaks are available all year round for people that wish to travel to mark a special occasion, go on honeymoon or simply get away from it all.
Where to Stay
The type of hotel you stay in will be up to you, but if you really want to impress, then look for hotels in the El Raval district of the city. It’s known for being the most fashionable area, and many beautiful boutique hotels and apartments can be found there. While the price varies according to the time of the year you travel, you are sure to find something charming in this district. Look at booking a room at Casa Camper and Barcelo Raval for a contemporary and stylish stay in the city.
What To Do
A hive of artistic activity, history, arts and culture, there’s hardly a limit to what you can see and do in Barcelona. Simply wandering the cobbled back streets can be entertainment enough; happening upon accomplished buskers around La Rambla, and fragrant food markets like La Boqueria.
Some visitors like to book a private boat trip just before sunset across the Mediterranean sea, which offers visitors a meal, drinks and the chance to watch the dun go down in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. It can even be a great place to propose – if you were planning to! Or for something more unusual, organise a private tango lesson and brush up on your seduction technique through the medium of dance.
While you’re here, take the time to visit Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, a cathedral that was started in 1882, and is still being built today. In fact, many believe it won’t be finished for another 30-80 years! Head there for an afternoon of exploration and wonder at Gaudi’s beautiful, if unfinished, designs.
Where To Eat
While Barcelona is well-known for its plethora of world class restaurants, it’s also a great place to grab a quick bite to eat in one of the city’s many cafes. The coffee in Barcelona is particularly good, and there is an entire culture centred around this delightful drink. For example, in the mornings, you can order café con leche, a rich aromatic coffee at breakfast, while the drink of choice after dinner you indulge in café solo, an espresso, for a sure-fire caffeine hit.
Head to one of the beautiful gilded coffee houses dotted around the city, such as Cafe de la Opera on La Rambla, and admire the stunning architecture while having your favourite coffee and a churro or two.
Though it’s always a good idea to plan some activities in advance, remember to keep things spontaneous and fun for a real romantic break. As there is always something to do in this wondrous city, you won’t run out of ideas.
Jackie Hallapene is a freelance journalist who specialises in travel writing and is currently making her way through the cities of Northern Europe.
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