03 Mar Barcelona in a weekend 👒
Are you ready to discover the best sights in this great cosmopolitan city?
Barcelona in a weekend: it’s one of the biggest cities in Europe, receiving millions of tourists each year, as well as playing host to hundreds of exhibitions and events. Given its size, there is little doubt that Barcelona is a city full of variety. From its world renowned architecture, to its miles of beaches and its chic bars and restaurants. So sling your camera over your shoulder and discover one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe.
However, before we begin, a quick and important caveat: it’s definitely not possible to see everything Barcelona has to offer in just two days! So with this in mind, we’ve chosen an itinerary which tries to pack in all the essential sights. But once you’ve had a taste of Barcelona, you’ll be sure to want to come back soon, always with a Travel Insurance.
Barcelona in a weekend: DAY 1 | Coverontrip Travel Insurance
The fisherman’s quarter (Barceloneta) is an excellent starting point. The quaint narrow lanes and bustling street life is the perfect way to get acquainted with Barcelona. From here you can also take a short walk to the beach to get some sea views and take in the scale of the city stacked high across the coastline.
Continue by heading in land until you reach the El Raval district, which was part of the historic development of Barcelona. The word Raval comes from the Arabic “rabat”, which means “outside the city walls”. It was once open fields just outside the city walls, until it was enclosed itself within a second set of walls. The area was very densely populated until the demolition of the walls in the latter part of the 19th Century. Although the walls are now long gone, the old Roman roads of Las Ramblas, Sant Pere, Sant Antoni and Parallel still are there.
Barcelona in a weekend… 🎷 are you ready travellers?
Take a walk around the district and get to know the Plaza de los Ángeles, which houses the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. Speaking of all things culture, if you’re hungry by this point, which you most probably will be; Café Mama mixes traditional dishes with exhibitions inside an old art gallery. How good does that sound?
The next stop on the tour is the Gothic Quarter, which is just a hop across to the other side of Las Ramblas. This area is famed for its many legends, which is why we would recommend you take a night tour through here if you have the time, such as the one organised by architour.
However, as this is a whistle-stop tour, you can still enjoy all the essential sights during the daytime, such as the Plaza Real, the Plaza de Sant Felip Neri, the church of Santa María del Pino, and the Cathedral of Barcelona. And any visit here would not be complete without a visit to the Palau de la Musica Catalana, one of the great examples of the Catalan Modernism style of the early 20th Century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Barcelona in a weekend: DAY 2 | Coverontrip Travel Insurance
If the Palau de la Musica Catalana whet your appetite for the majesty of Catalan Modernism and you’re now hungering for more, then fear not, as we still have a full day of exploring!
Today begins with the Gràcia district. Enjoy the 15 plazas that are dotted throughout the area and which are a perfect blend of modernity and tradition. While you’re here take the opportunity to sample some good patatas bravas tapas accompanied by a glass of vermouth. Don’t worry; you’ll quickly work off the calories with the rest of tour!
The next stop is the Sagrada Familia, one of the icons of Barcelona and Gaudi’s masterpiece.
We recommend buying tickets in advance
from here, to save time
The tour continues through the district of Eixample, which is like an open-air museum of Catalan Modernism, owing to the amount of notable architecture here. In the central area you will find many architectural gems designed by Gaudi; the man who influenced the city of Barcelona more than anyone else. Some of the buildings to look out for here include La Pedrera and La Casa Batlló.
Our tour then ends on Las Ramblas, one of the most famous city boulevards in Europe, if not the world. Take a stroll along its length and make sure you don’t miss the Gran Teattre del Liceu, which is the opera house of Barcelona. By the time you’ve arrived here, standing in the heart of this great city, you will know much more about this city than you did a day ago. All that remains now is to soak up the atmosphere in the famous Boquería market …
By now you may well have fallen in love with the modernism and atmosphere of this great Spanish city!
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