Where to Propose in Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, and the second largest city in Spain, with an enviable location right on the Mediterranean Sea. When you combine the energy and vibrancy of the city with the depth of its history and culture, you have the perfect location for a romantic proposal vacation. You could choose to propose from a vantage point with a view over Barcelona, at one of the architectural gems around the city, or simply whilst strolling through one of Barcelona’s many beautiful squares.

Proposing with a View of Barcelona

For one of the best views of Barcelona, Montjuic, a hill to the southwest of the city, is hard to beat. The eastern side of the hill overlooks the city harbor and the flat top is home to the impressive Castell de Montjuïc. During summer evenings the grounds of the castle become an open air cinema with original films broadcast on large screens while visitors picnic or perhaps propose beneath.

Another romantic spot on Montjuic would be the magic fountains near the Plaça d'Espanya which are set to music and lights each evening in the summer. You can reach the top of Montjuic by cable car which is a romantic ride itself.

The other option for a fabulous view of Barcelona is Tibidabo, the highest mountain in the Serra de Collserola, which provides an amazing view of Barcelona and the surrounding coast. You can take a funicular train to the top where you’ll find an old fashioned amusement park with many rides dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. There is also an old Gothic church with a beautiful terrace which would be an ideal proposal location.

Proposing at a Gaudi Icon

One of the most striking features of Barcelona is its famous Gaudi architecture, a very distinctive style that the city is immensely proud of. Proposing at an iconic Gaudi location would be very fitting in this city and there are a couple of possibilities. The Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s most famous work and the unfinished cathedral has become the symbol of Barcelona. You can ascend the famous towers by lift, which might be a possible proposal location, but do be aware that these towers can get quite busy.

Another wonderful choice for a Gaudi themed proposal is Park Guell, a park at the top of the city designed for Barcelona aristocracy. It is home to some fabulous buildings and structures, and the colorful mosaic terrace at the top offers a lovely view over the city and the ideal place to pop the question.

Proposing in Barcelona City

Barcelona is a city with plenty of character, and you can often find a wonderful spot to propose when you are simply wandering about its streets and squares. One of the better known squares in Barcelona is Placa de Catedral, home to La Seu Cathedral, which is located in the center of the Gothic quarter. It is beautifully lit at night and there are plenty of restaurants in the area as well as street entertainment to add to the atmosphere.

Another lovely square in the Gothic quarter is the Placa Sant Felip Neri, which is peaceful as well as beautiful and romantic with its tiny chapel, fountain, and trees. The sad history of the square, which saw its fair share of grief during the civil war, only adds to the poignancy of the area.

Other areas of Barcelona are worth exploring and may provide the perfect location for you to get down on one knee. In the fashionable El Born district, with its boutiques, cafes, and medieval streets, you’ll find the Placa Sata Maria del Mar, home to the intriguing church of the same name. Over in the Poblemou district, the Placa Prim is almost rustic in its appearance, with little white houses and orange trees, as well as some of the best sea food in town.

Where to Stay in Barcelona

Barcelona has an eclectic mix of hotels, from ultra modern five star hotels to atmospheric boutique hotels in medieval buildings. Where you stay depends very much where you plan to propose and what you want to do during your stay. Most people choose a hotel in downtown Barcelona, while some prefer to stay in the historic Gothic Quarter. You could also stay a little out of town if you’d like to get away from the crowds.

Where to Stay in Downtown Barcelona

If you’d like modern luxury in the center of the city, the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I is a fabulous choice. It is located on the Avinguda Diagonal, one of the main avenues in Barcelona that crosses the city diagonally from west to east. The hotel benefits from views over the city and every modern luxury, as well as tranquil Mediterranean gardens and outdoor pools.

Just off the Avinguda Diagonal, the Hotel Omm, located on the Paseo de Gracia, is a very modern and stylish choice, with light and airy bedrooms providing direct access to the rooftop terrace with pool and bar. Another hotel with a rooftop pool in the same area is the Hotel Casa Fuster, an incredible restored modernist building with a fantastic reputation for service, luxury, and romance.

On the other side of the Avinguda Diagonal, in the Eixample close to Las Ramblas, the Praktik Rambla is a stylish boutique hotel that features modern design concepts and a relaxing terrace, at a more affordable price than many hotels in the area.

Where to Stay in the Gothic Quarter

There are plenty of fantastic boutique hotels to choose from in the Gothic Quarter, and one of the most atmospheric is the Hotel Neri, a former medieval palace on the Placa Sant Felip Neri. As well as warm colors and natural materials, music plays a large part in the ambiance of the Hotel Neri.

Another great choice in the Gothic Quarter is the H10 Montcada, built in the neoclassical style that is typical of the Via Laietana Avenue. The modern interior makes it a comfortable place to stay and the rooftop terrace with jacuzzi and fabulous views is a great place to unwind.

Only a few minutes walk from the Gothic Quarter, the Duquesa de Cardona hotel is located in front of the Port Moll de la Fusta. The sixteenth century building has been carefully restored to provide modern comfort without losing the original feel of this truly romantic location. The terrace provides one of the best views of the harbor in Barcelona.

Where to Stay on the Outskirts of Barcelona

If you’re planning to propose on Mount Tibidabo, one of the best places to stay would be the Gran Hotel La Florida, a luxury hotel built in the 1920s which houses a fantastic collection of art alongside a superb spa and restaurants. The hotel is located on Tibidabo itself and all the rooms have fantastic views over Barcelona or the Pyrenees and you can book a suite with a private terrace.

If you’d like to stay right on the waterfront in Barcelona, the Arts Hotel, a Ritz Carlton hotel located right on the Marina, is a fabulous choice. As well as an open air pool and jacuzzi, a luxurious spa, and a selection of boutiques and restaurants, the Arts Hotel has a fabulous view of the Port Olimpic and the Mediterranean Ocean.

Where to Eat in Barcelona

Catalan cuisine is often quite distinct from Mediterranean cuisine in general, and there is an emphasis on pork based dishes with sauces or stews and local vegetables such as eggplant, artichoke, and tomato. Because Barcelona is located on the coast, you will also find fabulous seafood, often cooked with rice to form delicious risottos. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants in Barcelona whether you’re looking for Michelin starred gastronomy or a cozy romantic hideaway that is popular with the locals.

Cinc Sentits is a well known Michelin starred restaurant in the Eixample area serving contemporary Catalan cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients. There is no a la carte menu, but a selection of modern tasting menus, and advance reservations are advised.

Gaig is another fantastic option in the Eixample area with a Michelin star, and is well known for combining traditional cuisine with innovative methods. The cosy red interior is very romantic, which complements the excellent menu.

Els Pescadors is one of the best seafood restaurants in Barcelona, and would be idea for those considering a proposal around Poblenou and Placa Prim. You can choose to eat in the old tavern, the modern dining room, or outside on the terrace.

Can Majo is another excellent family run seafood restaurant on the sea front in the Barceloneta area of Barcelona, often known as the Sailor’s district. The Carnorali Risotto with truffles and lobster is certainly worth a try.

Pla is a cosy romantic choice in the Gothic Quarter, located on Bellafila Street, and is perfect for those looking for candle lit intimacy. It serves mainly Mediterranean cuisine, but incorporates influences from other cultures.

Gardunya is the best known restaurant in Barcelona’s covered market, La Boqueria. While it may not be luxurious, the food is absolutely fantastic and it’s a real taste of Barcelona as all the ingredients come straight from the market each day. An ideal spot for lunch.

Restaurant Abac, part of the hotel of the same name, is located in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi area of Barcelona, and would be a great choice for dinner following a Park Guell proposal. Holder of two Michelin stars, this restaurant is a gastronomic experience not to be missed.

Torre d’Alta Mar is located 75 meters above the sea in an iconic watch tower, which has been converted into an avante-garde restaurant offering superb views and traditional Mediterranean cuisine. This is a fantastic place for a romantic evening overlooking the lights of Barcelona.

Romantic Activities in Barcelona

Once your Barcelona proposal has had the desired result and your girlfriend has become your fiancée, you’ll want to continue the romantic theme of your vacation. Here are a few romantic activities you could include in your trip.