A Romantic Getaway
- A Breakfast Stroll.
Start your day with a walk through Mercat de Sant Josep La Boqueria, a lively public market in the Old City where you’ll find colorful displays of fruits and vegetables as well as a central fish market. Described as a “paradise for the senses” and located in front of a gate of the Old City wall, its origins as an open-air market go back to the 13th century.
- Promenade Pleasures.
Walk to the nearby tree-lined La Rambla, a wide boulevard that leads through the Old City of Barcelona to the waterfront. It’s ideal for a stroll together, along a pedestrian-friendly promenade, to take in the sights and sounds of the flower stalls, street theater, artists and sidewalk cafés.
- See Picasso Anew.
Viewing beautiful art can be a deeply passionate experience, and the Museu Picasso in the Ciutat Vella will not disappoint. Devoted to the formative years of Pablo Picasso, the permanent collection consists of 4,251 works, housed in five large town houses that date from the 13th to the 15th centuries.
- Lunch with the Master.
Dine at one of Picasso’s favorite hangouts in his younger years, Restaurante 4 Gats, a café-restaurant in the Casa Marti, a medieval-style building. A favorite gathering place for Barcelona’s modernism intellectuals at the end of the 19th century, the location hosted Picasso’s first exhibition.
- Garden of Delights.
Parc de La Ciutadella contains more than 100 species of plants and an abundance of century-old trees. With many fine sculptures, it’s considered an outdoor museum — look for Joan Roig i Solé’s La Dama del Paraigua (The Lady with the Umbrella), a longtime symbol of Barcelona.
- Relax Together.
Retreat to the serene, relaxing 43 The Spa at Hotel Arts Barcelona. The spa offers body and facial treatments by Natura Bissé, including two signature rejuvenation and wellness treatments exclusive to 43 The Spa.
- Dinner for Two.
Head to Hotel Arts Barcelona and dine at Enoteca, a two-Michelin star restaurant. Chef Paco Perez’s contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is complemented by an extensive wine list, with more than 700 wines from local and international winemakers.
- Art and Theater.
Cap your evening with opera at Gran Teatre del Liceu or a concert performance at Palau de la Música Catalana. Constructed between 1905 and 1908 and designed as a huge glass box distinguished by a large central skylight, the Palau de la Música Catalana has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1997.
- A Leisurely Start.
Begin with breakfast at the hotel’s Café Veranda, which serves a buffet of fresh fruits, pastries, crepes, local specialties and hot dishes. In warm weather, you can opt to dine outside on the sunny garden terraces.
- Neighborhood Beauty.
Go for a walk in the Quadrat d’Or, the central area of Eixample. You’ll see countless examples of Barcelona’s modernisme style from the late 19th and early 20th centuries — buildings featuring floral decorations, neo-Gothic details and stained glass.
- Style and Sustenance.
Take a break from exploring the neighborhood with lunch along Rambla de Catalunya at one of the plentiful restaurants, many with terraces. The middle of the street has a pedestrian walkway shaded by trees.
- Explore Chic Boutiques.
Walk to Plaça de Catalunya to learn why Barcelona is one of Europe’s leading cities for fashion. With shops selling high-end brands of clothing and accessories, it’s the perfect place to treat each other to a favorite accoutrement.
- Seaside Bliss.
Barcelona is forever linked to the lore of the Mediterranean Sea that laps against its shores, with a seafaring history dating back thousands of years. Experience the romance of that maritime connection with a private sailing excursion, sipping wine as you gaze at each other and the city across the sea.
- Dinner and a Show.
Feel the sea breeze and hear the soothing sound of waves at Xiringuito Escriba in Barceloneta. Try the delicious paella and sangria, and watch the chefs create in an open kitchen.
- Rhythm in the Night.
Finish the night with a walk on the boardwalk or dance the night away in one of Barcelona’s many nightclubs featuring everything from jazz to disco to Latin. Barcelona is known as a city that doesn’t sleep, and nightclubs are full until early morning hours.
- A Culinary Adventure.
For lovers and lovers of food, the Barcelona Walking Tours Gourmet is a delicious guided tour of cuisine in Ciutat Vella — from dairy products to cured meats to dried fruits and nuts — with a stop at stalls and shops in Santa Caterina Market.
- Forest Hideaway.
Escape to the tranquility of Parc del Laberint in the Horta-Guinardó District. The park, designed in 1792 in a woodland setting, is Barcelona’s oldest garden. With its flower beds, small squares, tall trees and even a waterfall, it’s perfect for exploring as you discover its secret corners and hidden treasures.
- Art Affair.
In the Sants-Montjuïc District, visit Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in the Palau National, an intriguing neo-Baroque palace. The museum houses a collection ranging from Romanesque to modern art, with works by Picasso, Goya and Rubens.
- Table Traditions.
Grab an informal lunch at one of the iconic bodegas in the hipster and artistic Poble-sec neighborhood. Quimet & Quimet, a famous restaurant that has been run by four generations of the Quimet family, delivers an authentic tapas experience.
- Barcelona’s Scenic Beauty.
Enjoy brilliant views of the Mediterranean and the port of Barcelona at the Montjuïc lighthouse, perched nobly atop the south side of Montjuïc Hill. Built in 1906, its design and isolated location evoke the sense of a simpler time.
- Sound and Light.
Catch the lovely water, music and light show at Font Màgica, Barcelona’s largest ornamental fountain, built for the International Exposition in 1929. The dancing waters come to life in rich, translucent colors — azure and violet and emerald — accompanied by a mesmerizing soundtrack.
- Dine with a View.
Stay for dinner in Montjuïc, where many restaurants offer dramatic views of the city below. With El Xalet’s crystal walls and rotating dining area, you’ll see a 360-degree panorama while dining on enticing Mediterranean cuisine. On balmy nights, the outside terrace is a magical place for a rendezvous.
- Evening Pleasures.
Back at the hotel, savor a nightcap at Frank’s in an atmosphere of low lighting and romantic music. Choose from a selection of champagnes or sparkling wines, or let one of Frank’s talented bartenders surprise you with their own creation.