A dating guide to dating in Barcelona, Spain.


A dating guide to dating in Barcelona, Spain.


Dating is difficult enough at the best of times, but add the complexity of being in a foreign place where the natives speak a different language (or two) and things get even more difficult. Fortunately, Barcelona is a city where people enjoy socializing, going out, and generally having a good time, so if you approach it correctly, you'll be on your way to love in no time.

Make time for the things you enjoy (but really do them)

It's pointless to try to meet someone in a nightclub if you don't like loud music. If you're not a big exerciser, don't put your expectations in the gym. Going out and becoming involved in the activities that genuinely make you tick is the best way to meet like-minded people. Fortunately, in a place like Barcelona, you can do everything from wind surfing to comic swapping to permaculture to skating. Concentrate on the things that bring you joy and put yourself out there.

Don't utilise the Facebook page 'Barcelona Expats' as a dating site.

The 'Barcelona Expats' Facebook community, which has nearly 19,000 members, is the go-to spot for everything from where to locate an English-speaking dentist to what to do if you lose your NIE. A dating website is not something it should ever be used for. Why? For one thing, it appears desperate. Two, if you randomly start hitting on someone who wants to know where to go for their empadronamiento, you're likely to come across as a creep. You're better than that, number three.

If you're a fan of apps, use them to your advantage.

Thousands of people are looking for love in Barcelona at any given time, and many of them are using apps like Tinder to meet others. But be cautious: if the individual who pops up on your screen claims to be from Manchester, they're unlikely to be seeking a serious, long-term relationship in Barcelona (though anything may happen). However, if dating apps and websites aren't your thing, avoid them. There are many events and activities in Barcelona to meet people without having to use the internet.

Don't spend all of your time in bars and nightclubs.

It's simple to accomplish, but going on a large pub crawl across Barcelona every weekend isn't going to boost your love life. For one thing, many individuals would prefer to be able to go out and have a wonderful time without having to worry about being hit on the whole time. More importantly, if you continuously have a Tequila shot in your mouth, you're unlikely to project the greatest version of yourself. Go out, have fun, and then return home. If you run into someone you like while out, obtain their phone number and invite them out for coffee, a show, or a beach volleyball game.

Consider someone you'd like to meet... and in which language 

Barcelona is a city of many worlds, many of which do not always mingle. If you want to meet Catalan-speaking, flag-waving, scooter-driving residents, remain north of Diagonal or at the very least outside of the city centre. Places like the Born, El Raval, and Poble Sec are once again on the map if you're trying to meet other English-speaking expats. There are a few unusual and magnificent areas where the two cultures collide (for better or worse), such as on a Friday night on the Carrer Joaquin Costa.

Don't be so narrow-minded.

The diversity of people who call Barcelona home is one of the things that makes it so special. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet new people and have new experiences. Experiment with meeting people you might not have met otherwise - the fact that Barcelona is such a tiny city also makes it much easier to grasp the many groups that travel around here.

Continue to meet new individuals.

Because there are so many foreigners and newcomers trying to create relationships in Barcelona, websites like MeetUp do very well. Always remember that these aren't dating groups (unless they specifically state that they are), so don't assume that everyone is up for a talk. Meeting new people and participating in a variety of activities, on the other hand, is one of the most effective strategies to boost your chances of meeting someone you like. When you do, invite them out of the group to meet up with you and see where things go from there.

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