Barcelona, a city that pleases the senses from it’s famous markets to its petite patisseries. Here is what to see, do and where to eat, discover our Barcelona Two Day City Guide Read more city guides!
Barcelona is the capital of the community of Catalonia, it’s renowned for its gothic quarter it’s architecture and mouth-tempting tapas. Barcelona began from a complex history that was relentlessly formed through countless battles over some 2,000 years. The quest for independence and maintaining cultural identity shapes the history of Barcelona and it’s heritage.
Barcelona Two Day City Guide: From the Airport to Barcelona Centre
It’s really easy to travel from the airport to the city. Follow signs for the Metro and purchase a ticket from the booth (English options available), purchase a one-way ticket into the city. Get off at Barcelona Sants. From here you can purchase a T10 ticket (approx. 10€) which allows you ten journeys. Go on the underground metro to continue your journey, the metro is really easy to navigate and consists of 8 lines.
Barcelona Two Day City Guide: Where to stay
Passeig de Gràcia, 116Bis, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
There’s a whole host of boutique hotels and hostels all over Barcelona. For this trip, I stayed in Casa Gracia, a chic hostel that is located just a two-minute walk from Diagonal Metro Station and a few metro stops to the city centre. The hostel has a mix of female-only, mixed gender and private rooms.
There’s also a lovely restaurant, great breakfast and a basement bar, not forgetting a whole host of activities including free yoga, tapas tour and a free walking tour.
Begin your day with a free walking tour, you can normally register at your hostel, my particular hostel took it’s guests on the Sandemans walking tour. It’s a great idea to do a walking tour at the start of your trip to get a feel for the city. The contents of the tour and how in-depth the talk is depends on your tour guide, but as the walking tour is based on a tip basis, you can pay as you feel at the end. The tour begins in the gothic quarter and lasts roughly two hours with a break halfway through. If you love history and want to uncover more of Barcelona’s past than a walking tour is a great way to commence your trip.
The tour usually finishes at 1 pm, head to one of the many tapas bars and restaurants in the area. I would recommend Santa Maria del Mar, a delicious Spanish restaurant. The tapas is delicious, but be warned that the drinks are a little pricey, marvel at the Church whilst washing the salty tapas down with a fruity sangria.
La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Visit the La Sagrada Familia, however, be advised it can be quite busy during this time. But with an action-packed two days, the ques might be necessary. The Basílica de la Sagrada Família, also known as the Sagrada Família, is a large unfinished Roman Catholic minor basilica. It was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), his work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit Barcelona Zoo or wander around the Parc de la Ciutadella.
Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Zoo is a zoo in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The zoo used to be internationally known as the home of Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla, who died in 2003. The zoo is a little pricey, so if you decide not to go, the park is beautiful and is a great place to sit and rest your feet.
Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Visit the Casa Batlló and listen to the audio tour. The building was designed by Antoni Gaudi and is considered to be his masterpiece. Tickets are roughly €25.00, which includes the audio tour. This unusually shaped house is an interesting stop on the whistle-stop tour of Barcelona.
Enjoy an evening eating tapas and drinking more sangria. If you are staying at the recommended hostel some suggested restaurants include;
Bar Mut £££
Carrer de Pau Claris, 192, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
The menu in Bar Mut changes regularly, there is a blackboard with specials on, but the waiter recommends what to eat depending on what you like.
Entrepanes Díaz: ££
Carrer de Pau Claris, 189, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
The food is delicious and I would recommend the white chocolate brownie. However, there are limited vegetarian options.
La Pepita: ££
Carrer de Còrsega, 343, 08037 Barcelona, Spain
This was one of the best restaurants that I have eaten in Barcelona. The ambience of the restaurant is great and the Traditional pudding is incredible. The interior is quirky with writings all over the walls, lights and pictures.
08024 Barcelona, Spain
Head to Park Güell, it’s important to get there early as tickets sell out quick. I would recommend purchasing a ticket beforehand, but if you head to the ticket office you can choose general admission or a tour.
The Park Güell is the most impressive public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements that was designed by famous architect Antonio Gaudi.
Grab lunch in Mercado de La Boqueria
La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Explore the isles of this famous market and enjoy the assortments of stalls including meat counters, fresh fruit, eateries and delicatessens.
Wonder down La Rambla, a street in central Barcelona. Have a look at the market stalls down this tree-lined pedestrian street. This large boulevard runs through the heart of the city centre it’s filled with the buzz of Barcelona.
Drink a cappuccino and people watch at the Plaça Reial, a square in the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona. It is close to La Rambla,
Discover the gothic quarter
Hit the shops and discover more of the history of Barcelona around the Gothic Quater. Get lost between the narrow medieval streets, uncover the bars, clubs and local artisans shops. After a few hours of shopping head back to the hostel and enjoy dinner and cocktails in the downstairs bar.
There are a whole host of other things to do whilst in Barcelona, below are some recommendations that have also been suggested as well as a quick guide on our Barcelona Two Day City Guide