Can you conquer Barcelona in just 48 short hours? Yes, of course you can!
Whether it’s on the idyllic Iberian Coast trip or spending an amazing weekend in Barcelona after your Tapas Trail from London, nothing screams ‘adventure’ like a whirlwind 48 hours in the Spanish capital.
Visca Barça, baby!
First stop: the Sagrada Família. Skip the lengthy queues and purchase tickets online to see this iconic landmark. This awe-inspiring building is still a few years from being complete (despite construction starting in 1882!) but it’s still incredible in all its unfinished glory.
Strut your way along the oh-so-beautiful Passeig de Gràcia, aka the stunning avenue known as the hub of shopping and eye-popping architecture. Here, you can find two of Gaudi’s most important pieces of work: La Pedrera (or Casa Milà) and Casa Batlló. La Pedrera is the last civil work by Gaudi and exists as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Casa Battló exists as a modernist museum – both a must-see.
As you explore the surrounds of the Passeig de Gràcia, wander down the avenue and swing by the high-end shops and cafés before reaching Plaça de Catalunya, where you can shop ‘til you drop in the more budget friendly high-street stores.
Ahh, the famous La Rambla. Here, you’ll find a bustling tree-lined pedestrian mall filled with stalls, museums and side streets, which can have you wandering for days.
Keep your eyes peeled for the mysterious Gothic Quarter, the enchanting and characteristic side of Barcelona that combines the old and new parts of the city. On the other side of La Rambla, you’ll find El Raval, where the local shops and bars come alive at night.
If you are a foodie, then you must head to La Boqueria, the iconic market that Barcelona is famous for. Top tip: The further down the market you walk, the less busy it becomes, allowing for that perfect Insta-worthy pic.
After all the walking, sightseeing and shopping, no doubt you’ll be close to semi-exhausted. Take this time to stroll back to your accommodation, have a siesta (you deserve it!) and freshen up for dinner.
In other words…let’s eat! When you think of Spain, your mind goes to tapas, of course, however each restaurant will offer more than just these Spanish snacks.
Find your Spanish feast near Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça d’Espanya. Think: too-hot-to-handle grilled meat, tapas and traditional fare. Great food and brilliant prices – what’s not to love?
Technically, the party in Spain doesn’t start until at least 10pm, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a beverage beforehand. For those who want to experience Spanish nightlife, the Gothic Quarter is the place to go.
New day, new adventure! After a day of urban exploring, it’s time to soak up the sun by the ocean. Today, it’s all about re-charging your batteries and enjoying your time in this heart-stealing city.
Kick off your day by heading to the Christopher Columbus Monument at the end of La Rambla. Just a short walk from here, you’ll find Barcelona’s most prominent stretch of beach. Slap on some sunscreen and get excited for a dip – just make sure you keep a close eye on your belongings (pick pockets can be common in this area).
Once you’ve hit your quota of Vitamin D, it’s time to refuel. Take five at The Centre Comercial Maremagnum (perfect for a quick drink and a small bite to eat) or find a multitude of restaurants dotted along the shoreline of the beach. Note: DO NOT leave Spain until you have sampled the incredible dish, paella and completed your Spanish food bucket list.
After a morning of exploring, it’s time to kick up your feet for a well-deserved rest. Regardless of the season, Barcelona is stunning 24/7. Enjoy the view, chill out and feast your eyes on this impressive beach-y paradise.
Once the sun goes down and you’re left feeling sufficiently sun-soaked, swing past the Maka Maka Burger Bar (only if you’re needing a break from endless tapas and paella!). Amp up your burger game and add a glass (or jug?) of sangria to wash it all down – you won’t regret it. Seriously.
The nightlife in Barcelona is some of the best in the world, and tonight is your chance to experience it for yourself. With some of the world’s best clubs and chilled out venues (from super club Pacha to the cosy bars in Plaça Reial), there will be something to please everyone.
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