Barcelona in 2 days
A weekend in one of the most famous cities in the world
The wide array of cultural and leisure activities make Barcelona one of the most visited cities in the world. In fact, as a cosmopolitan destination, you can find almost any type of plan in Barcelona. If you are visiting for the first time, perhaps you want to make the most of the weekend, enjoy the main attractions and soak up the atmosphere of the city to return again in the future. The truth is that two days is not much time to explore the city, but at least you can try.
Modernism, and in particular the works of Antoni Gaudí, is the main feature of our second day in Barcelona.
- 1 Plaça de Catalunya
- 2 Casa Batlló
- 3 Casa Milà
- 4 Basilica of La Sagrada Familia
- 5 The Gràcia neighbourhood
- 6 Park Güell
- 7 The Eixample district
Morning at the Casa Batlló and La Pedrera
We start today's journey in Plaça de Catalunya with some pa amb tomàquet (bread with tomato) for breakfast, and walk 10 minutes to Casa Batlló, halfway up Passeig de Gràcia. Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is a bit further on, on Carrer de Provença. These two Art Nouveau buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of works by Gaudí, with stunning exteriors. If you have more time, we recommend going inside to learn even more about the imagination and impossible shapes of Gaudí. You can also take a tour with Barcelona Walking Tours Modernisme through the Quadrat d’Or area to learn more about Catalan Art Nouveau. And as you are already on Passeig de Gràcia and surrounded by some of the most exclusive brands in the city, why not spend some time shopping!
Sagrada Familia: the undisputed icon of Barcelona
The Blue Route on the Barcelona Tourist Bus stops opposite the basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and we recommend buying your ticket for the monument in advance. This is a special moment of the trip as we are about to discover an international symbol of architecture as well as Gaudí’s most famous work. Although construction has been ongoing since it was started in 1882 (it is forecast to be completed in 2026), it is worth climbing to the top of the original towers to check out the magnificent view of Barcelona. And here's an interesting fact: did you know that Gaudí’s body was buried here after he was hit by a tram?
Lunch in Gràcia and Park Güell
The same Blue Route on the Tourist Bus drops us off in Park Güell. But first, we need to stop in the Gràcia neighbourhood for lunch. This is one of the most charming areas of Barcelona. People tend to say this neighbourhood has a community feel because the neighbours all get along and, alongside the traditional bars and restaurants, you will find shops opened by new designers and multicultural restaurants. After lunch, you could stroll around Park Güell, also by Gaudí and one of the best spots to enjoy an afternoon. You will definitely want to take photos on the Dragon Stairway and in the Hypostyle with the panorama of the city in the background. There are 50-minute guided tours of the park in several languages if you want to discover its secrets.
To finish your trip in the best possible way, if you like fine dining, indulge yourself at one of the most famous restaurants in the city. There are several in the Eixample area: Lasarte, Moments, Caelis, Hofmann, Disfrutar, Cinc Sentits, Tickets, Via Veneto… There are plenty to choose from. If not, you can enjoy the Mediterranean breezes at Port Vell or spend some quality time in a bar in the Maremàgnum.
It is difficult to see everything Barcelona has to offer in just two days. So if you can give yourself more time (for example, arriving on Friday evening if you are coming for a whole weekend), we can recommend two spots a bit further from the centre that are also very interesting. Our first suggestion is to take the funicular to the top of Mount Tibidabo and the Barcelona amusement park. This is perfect if you are travelling with children. The second idea is less well-known but more original, especially for children - a visit to the Carmel Bunkers, which many say is the best viewpoint of Barcelona, despite being a bit further away. The bus services V17, 24, 92, 114 and 119 will leave you close by, but you still have to walk for 10 minutes. It is unmissable if you want to see how the city is lit up at sunset! Of course, we cannot forget the football fans. If the FCB stadium is calling you more than culture, the Camp Nou Experience includes a visit to the museum, the trophy room, the tunnel to the pitch, the press room, and much more.
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