Barcelona is one of the most beautiful European countries in the world. It has everything you are looking for in a destination- beautiful landscapes, rich culture, a thousand-year-old history and much more. Barcelona is more suitable for a couple who search for a romantic getaway or the ones looking out for a honeymoon destination. Here is a list of top 5 romantic places to visit in Barcelona when you are there. Also, make sure to check out the amazing flight deals at Cathay Pacific when booking tickets.
La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia, which translates to the Basilica of the Holy Family is one of the must-visit places for couples in Barcelona. It is a partially constructed basilica, but you are wrong if you have assumed that the constructions are recent. La Sagrada Familia began its constructions in 1882 under the supervision of the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar but after his resignation, Spanish/Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi took over the responsibility of expanding the constructions to a giant cathedral. Today, you can see many architectural styles like Spanish Gothic and Art Nouveau in the La Sagrada Familia. Now if you are wondering how the construction process halted, it was because Gaudi died in 1926 and at the time only 20 percent of the cathedral was complete. La Sagrada Familia is expected to be completed by 2026, the year marking a century to Gaudi’s death. Gaudi planned to have eighteen spires to represent the Twelve Apostles, the Virgin Mary, the four Evangelists and the tallest spire out of all will be representing Jesus Christ. The interiors of the basilica are extraordinary just like the exteriors and experts say that there will be no other basilica like this in the world when it is completed.
The Parc Guell, which is another work of Antoni Gaudi is the perfect place to head for an evening stroll with your loved one. It is located on Carmel Hill and therefore, you can get panoramic views of the city when you finally reach the top. This park has a long history as it was constructed in 1914. The first structure you will come across is the decorated salamander at the entrance. It is quite impressive as the decorations are done with colourful ceramic pieces. Parc Guell is also where Gaudi blended his engineering skills with nature; this is largely evident when you look at the beautifully landscaped park areas, walking paths, water fountains and bridges. There is a massive hall as well with more than 80 Romanian looking columns support the hall. The bench you see here is one of the key attractions as it is winding like a snake and is full of colour. So, even if you feel like not paying for the visit, the free areas of Parc Guell are worth your time. You can also visit the Gaudi Museum located in his former residence, this will take 5 minutes from the entrance of Parc Guell.
The Magic Fountain
The Magic Fountain is a giant fountain located in the Montjuïc neighbourhood of Barcelona and as the name suggests the light show of the fountain is truly a magical experience. Therefore, this is one of the most romantic places in Barcelona- perfect for confessing love or to purpose to your girlfriend, especially at night. The Magic Fountain dates far back to 1922 and it was designed by the famous architect Carles Buigas. The fountain sprays 2600 litres of water every second through 3620 water jets and in turn, the water falls back into the 3.1 million litre pool. The light show is done at night using 4760 lights and the water spouts to a height of 52 meters at maximum. You can see eight colours if you closely observe the fountain. This light show is combined with classical music, 1980s music, cartoon music or contemporary music. So, if you want to enjoy the light show with music of your liking you can check the choreography schedules available on the official website. The light shows run for 20 minutes and are free of charge. The area can be a little crowded so visit the Magic Fountains as early as possible, at least 30 minutes before a light show to find a good viewing point.
Parc de la Ciutadella
The Parc de la Ciutadella, which translates into the “Citadel Park” is one of the oldest and the most beautiful parks in Barcelona. This place makes a perfect day out for couples who are looking to spend the day outdoors while exploring some other attractions in the city. You can arrange for a picnic, have a boat ride in its lake or simply stroll along the beautifully landscaped paths. The Parc de la Ciutadella was established as a park in the 19th century and it spans over an area of 70-acres making it the largest green space in Barcelona. The design was done under the supervision of Joseph Fontsère and Gaudi too, helped him in the constructions, particularly for the design of the Cascada Waterfall in the park. The other attractions you can visit when you are here are the Barcelona Zoo, Catalan Parliament and Museu d’Art Modern.
Bunkers of Carmel
The Bunkers of Carmel is another must-visit place for couples who are in Barcelona, just alone for the views it offers of the city. It is located at a height of 262 meters in the Carmel neighbourhood. You can see a 360-degree view from the Bunkers of Carmel along with Barcelona’s landmarks like La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. It too has a long history that goes far as 1936 to the time of the Spanish Civil War. This place was used as an anti aircraft warfare facility after the war everything was removed and the bunkers were neglected. But the views it offers caught the eyes of people from all around the world, and since then it has been a great spot to watch the sunset in Barcelona.