It’s very easy to fall in love with Barcelona. From climbing up the Sagrada Familia to see the whole city spread out beneath you, to watching the sunset in a Xamaneria with a glass of cold, crisp cava – this sultry city woos you relentlessly from dawn til dusk. While the city is relatively small, it is jam packed with things to do – lying on a beach, climbing hills and soaking up the wonderfully absurd Gaudi architecture which runs through the city. Surrender yourself to this riotous Catalonian city.
Catch a bus to Carmel Hill and climb up to the entrance of this park that is like no other. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, it was loosely based on the Garden of Eden, and metamorphoses nature with design until it’s hard to guess where one ends and the other begins. Like a tiny surreal mosaic village, Parc Guell is the perfect romantic walk for the early evening.
If intimacy and romance is what you’re after, the red velvet plushness of La Fianna will fit the bill. This is a cocktail bar that serves you while you recline on a bed, and the staff will make sure you are well looked after. In an atmosphere that can only be described as sexy, there is no finer choice than to spend a Valentine’s evening than here.
One of the most celebrated food markets in Europe, La Boqueria is the real Barcelona – rowdy, bright and unforgettable. Explore the stalls of exquisite cheeses, freshly laid eggs, and vividly coloured fruit and vegetables. Pull up two high stools at Bar Pinotxo and tuck in to what can only be described as the best tapas in Barcelona. As you get lost in the flavours and conversation, you are doing what generations of Barcelonés have been enjoying since the 13th century.