Barcelona in 2 days
Barcelona counts with innumerable hotspots all around the city, making it difficult to visit it all in a single visit. If you are staying for a whole week it is possible to enjoy several interesting corners, but if you only have a couple of days available, your schedule will only include the most emblematic spots every tourist must visit.
The cultural and leisure offer in Barcelona is incredible large: gastronomy, beaches, shopping, museums, plazas, expos, tours… You can choose between hundreds of activities to milk a weekend to the fullest possible extent. What’s more, the excellent public transport system and tourist cards make it possible to enjoy all these activities without wasting time or money.
The first day starts with the international symbol of the city: the Sagrada Familia Church. After enjoying a guided tour lasting around two hours, it is best to then go to La Pedrera, along the Paseo de Gracia. During this walk you can admire the modernist architecture found in other buildings, such as Casa de Les Punxes, Casa Àsia or the Palau Robert. After stopping at La Pedrera, the route continues along the Paseo de Gracia to reach another famous building designed by Gaudí, Casa Batlló. After enjoying the architecture and displays found in these fine buildings, you are advised to walk towards Plaza Cataluña or the Rambla Cataluña street. There, you will find a wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops to stop and have something to eat and drink before continuing.
Once you have rested, it is best to take the subway heading to the enormous Plaza España. There, you will be able to stroll along María Cristina Avenue, admiring the Torres Venecianas (“Venetian Towers”) and Fira Barcelona, and finally reach the magnificent Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain. You will also be able to catch, in the background, the majestic building hosting the National Art Museum of Cataluña, which has amazing displays all year long. Close by, you can also find the Miró Foundation, hosting one the biggest collections by the famous Catalonian painter. Those who prefer to enjoy the good weather will be able to visit the Montjuïc Mountain and admire such hotspots as Calatrava Tower, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Estadio Olímpico (“Olympic Stadium”) and the famous Pueblo Español (“Spanish Town”).
As it grows dark, from atop the mountain you will be able to get a magnificent view of the city, only to later descend towards the Magic Fountain and enjoy a wonderful show of water, light and sound that occurs every night. To finish up the first day it is best to have dinner in one of the numerous restaurants located around Plaza España and in the Arenas Commercial Center.
The route on the second day starts at Las Ramblas, there you can visit the La Boquería Marketplace and the Liceu Theater as you enjoy the lively and bustling atmosphere found in the avenue. Then, your route goes through Plaza Real and Plaza del Pi where you will find several Roman remains and the Barcelona Cathedral. To continue your sightseeing around the Gothic neighborhood, it is best to walk on through Plaza Sant Jaume until you reach Santa María del Mar, one of the city’s most famous cathedrals. Around this cathedral you will also find a rich gastronomic offer in the bars and restaurants of the Born area, where you will be able to make a stop and recharge batteries for later activities.
Once you are ready to continue, you can finish off Barcelona in several ways. Some of the most appealing options include visiting the Picasso Museum, stroll by the maritime promenade or Ciutadella Park, visit Gaudi’s famous Güell Park, enjoy the afternoon in the Tibidabo Theme Park, or even attend a football soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium.