Things to do in Barcelona in a Weekend

Things to do in Barcelona in a weekend: this is the star question that hundreds of visitors ask themselves when preparing a quick trip to the Catalan capital. Is it your case? Okay, do not worry! We will tell you what you can not miss and which are the best routes for making the most of the city. Are you ready?

Day 1

Start your day early and go straight to the Diagonal Avenue; thence go to Paseo de Gracia heading to Plaça Catalunya. This walk, which was the junction between Barcelona and Gracia, a neighborhood before disconnected from the city, was part of the urban renewal of the late nineteenth and the great twentieth century architectural gems were projected.Yes, you’re right! This is where you can enjoy the genius of Gaudi in the fascinating Casa Batlló and Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera.

La Casa Amatller y la Casa Batlló son dos edificios singulares del Paseo de Gràcia

La Casa Amatller and la Casa Batlló

But there is more, much more, as you head down, you’ll pass through some of the most prestigious stores worldwide. International firms have chosen Paseo de Gracia to locate their stores, and shopping is a very interesting thing to do in Barcelona if you find yourself at this point. Don’t you think?

Once in Plaza Catalunya, go to the Portal del Angel, another important shopping center, and start walking to the Cathedral. You will be moving into the heart of the Gothic Quarter, where other wonders like the Plaza Real or the Boqueria market are waiting for you. You’ll also find Barcino, the Roman city: the necropolis, remains of the Temple of Augustus and the ancient walls.

Catedral de Barcelona (Autor: )

Barcelona’s Cathedral (Autor: cgespino / photo on flickr)

Losing yourself in the streets of this neighborhood is the best thing to do in Barcelona, while enjoying plenty of stores hidden in the streets of medieval origin. Continue to the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar and notice how the atmosphere changes: you are steps away from the busy Born neighborhood, an undiscovered gem for many tourists.

El Born es uno de los barrios más atractivos y desconocidos de Barcelona (Autor: rosapolis / photo on flickr)

Born neighborhood (Autor: rosapolis / photo on flickr)

Here you will find alternative shops, tapas bars and music. By nightfall the Born transforms and becomes one of the most bohemian city spaces. The bars and clubs are located in old palaces and Gothic buildings to give an even more special evening atmosphere.

Day 2

Cover all Barcelona in 48 hours is impossible, so let’s try to make the most of this second day, okay? Let’s start down to the sea: the Olympic Port surprises you with its modern structures and strolling along the promenade and the Barceloneta neighborhood will take you to the old pier, where you will find Maremagnum. It is the perfect place to find a corner with charm and delicacy to enjoy a good time.

Paseo marítimo de la Barceloneta

Paseo marítimo de la Barceloneta

Then go to the iconic statue of Columbus and then to the Plaza España through Parallel Avenue. Here you can visit the Olympic city or the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. You can also take the funicular to Montjuic. From sea to sky, say the Catalans!

Vista del MNAC en Montjuic

Vista del MNAC en Montjuic desde la Avenida Maria Cristina

Once you’ve gone down, it is time to return to the Paral·lel Avenue and live the night of this particular neighborhood. You will find many places to have dinner and say goodbye to the city. We hope you enjoyed! And if you have left things to do in Barcelona… remember, you already have an excuse to go back!

Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn / Foter / CC BY-ND

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