Visiting Barcelona for a weekend and clueless on how to make the most of your time? This Mediterranean city has so much to offer that it becomes impossible to see it all in just two days, but, in this post, we provide you with a short guide to take as much advantage as possible of the weekend. Wanna tag along?
How to Spend a Day in Barcelona
With so many landmarks and museums worth visiting in the Catalan capital, our suggestion is that, if you are only there for a couple of days, you walk around the city: enjoy its streets and the beauty of its buildings, go to the beach or take the opportunity to visit Montjuic. You won’t regret it!
If you want to make the most of your time, we recommend buying a Bus Tour ticket: it works for 24 hours and offers more than 30 stops at the major sites of Barcelona. The best part? You can hoop on and off as many times as you want, visiting the key points of your choice, and, while you are on the bus, you will enjoy the multilingual audio commentary.
Visit Barcelona´s Major Landmarks in Little Time
Although it is a fairly large city, it is possible to see its most important landmarks in a couple of days, especially if you plan your agenda. Read on to learn how to make the most of your time in Barcelona.
On the first day, visit the Gothic Quarter: walking around its streets, you will discover the Saint Eulalia Cathedral, Sant Jaume square, Royal Square, King´s Square, Portal de L’Angel Street, Nova Square and the Jewish quarter.
The second day you should visit Las Ramblas, one must-see place in Barcelona: the first stop is the Catalonia Square, from where you can visit La Pedrera. On your walk, you can get to know the Boqueria Market, the Liceu and the Güell Palace, ending your walk at the Columbus Statue that leads to the port.
Visit the Must-See Streets of the City
Like any other major European city, Barcelona has a lot to offer the tourists: shopping and tourist streets that are an attraction in themselves. Some have already been mentioned in this article:
- To talk about Barcelona is to talk about Las Ramblas: its boulevard, its flower and bird stalls, the quiet walk to the sea… In short, one of the streets with the most special atmosphere, not only in Spain, but throughout Europe.
- If you want to go shopping, Portal de L’Angel Street will definitely be your favorite place: you will find the flagship stores of almost all brands, from some of the best known inexpensive ones to the exclusive brands.
- Obispo Street: in the heart of the Gothic Quarter you will find one of the most Instagrammable streets in the city. Don’t forget to look for the skull pierced by a dagger!
- Milans Street: without leaving the Gothic Quarter, you can check out this street, known for having a layout that widen creating a circle, before returning to its original width.
- Pasaje Sert: in the heart of Ciutat Vella and a stone’s throw from the Palau de la Música, you will find one of the most beautiful and less traveled passages of the city.
- If you are passionate about Gaudí, you will not miss the Portal Miralles, located on Paseo de Manuel Girona.
Best Streets to Enjoy Some Tapas
Do you need to take a break on the road to recharge your batteries? In Barcelona you will find excellent tapas bars and restaurants of all kinds. Bellow you will find the best places to go for tapas, the typical Spanish snack, in Barcelona:
- In the neighborhood of Poble-Sec, you will find the street with more bars and restaurants in Barcelona, Blai Street: a pedestrian street, perfect for trying out different places.
- Between the Raval and the Paral-lel neighborhoods, you will find Parlament Street. Don’t miss out on the Calders terrace, where they serve a delicious homemade vermouth and Crum’s potatoes.
- A classic: on the Catalonia Rambla you will find all kinds of restaurants, from well-known franchises to traditional places, such as La Bodegueta or Ciudad Condal.
- If you love a good weekend brunch, you must visit Passeig de Sant Joan, which in 2021 was awarded the distinction of the second most beautiful street in the world.
Book Your Ticket to a Cultural Show
What better way to end a great day of sightseeing in Barcelona than by attending a cultural show? The Catalan capital offers every day many excellent shows for all tastes. If you want to attend touching show that surprises you, book tickets for one of the Gran Gala Flamenco daily shows at the Poliorama Theater and the Liceu, where in addition to enjoying the best flamenco show in Barcelona, you will also visit two emblematic buildings of the city.