Located in the heart of Catalonia, Barcelona is a dynamic city that attracts more and more travellers every year. There is nothing better to immerse yourself in the heart of the Mediterranean way of life than to visit one of the high places of culture and history in Europe for a weekend. Between museums of modern art, architecture, gastronomy, sun, music and beaches.... What to do and where to start?
With family or friends, it is impossible to be bored in this bustling metropolis of life where Gothic influence mixes with cosmopolitan trends.
Starting with Plaza Catalunya and its surroundings for your first half day. This emblematic square leads to the Eixample district. Go for a cultural excursion that will enchant art and architecture enthusiasts by going up the avenue Passeig de Gràcia which offers two major works by Antoni Gaudí: Casa Battló and Casa Milà. A little further on, do not miss the Basilica of the Sagrada Família, initiated in 1882, another unfinished masterpiece by Gaudí and the jewels of Catalan modernism. In the vicinity of the square, you will also find many shops and major brands to do some shopping.
Another possibility is to go down the other direction, always leaving Plaza Catalunya to get off the Ramblas. Indeed, Barcelona would not be Barcelona without its tourist centre of Las Ramblas. A 1.5km stretch of paved stones, dotted with press kiosks, shops and whose beauty is sublimated by the famous Boqueria market. Do not hesitate to stop in one of the restaurants of Plaza Real that line the Ramblas! They are all excellent and there will be something for all tastes between fish specialties, tapas and meat dishes.
Among the other places to visit, Parc Guëll is a must-see tourist attraction of the city where you will fine intertwined lush gardens and variegated mosaics. Ideal for your second half day, you can take the bus or the metro and get to the foot of this sublime park with a thousand colours. Above, you will find the famous "Bunker del Carmel", an exceptional place to enjoy a sunset at the end of the day.
For the less athletic, you can also stroll in the district of Born, calm and full of charm. Do not miss the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar. You will find many charming restaurants to enjoy your evening.
For lovers of more family visits, visit the Montjuïc district for your second day. Montjuïc is a hidden city performer and former theatre of the Olympic Games of 1992. It stands on top of this hill overlooking the metropolis. Besides the charming alleys, do not forget to stroll through the Poble Espanyol, a real reconstructed village in the heart of the city.
For your last half day you can relax and opt for an afternoon on the beaches of Barceloneta. Accessible with metro line 4, you can easily reach the beaches to relax for an afternoon after a weekend rich in walks and moments of discovery. If by day this place is full of fascinating corners, night in the Barceloneta district will seduce all lovers of Spanish gastronomy. Between tapas to share and paella by the water, all in a festive atmosphere, the district with the Mediterranean charm offers a unique culinary experience.
Near the port there is a superb rooftop, above the museum of the history of Catalonia, which offers, in summer, a view of the boats that are in the harbour. You can enjoy a refreshing drink or a great meal.
Of course, you can choose your course as you wish throughout your weekend, and mix the programmes according to your convenience, to take ownership of this journey and turn it into a unique moment that you will never forget.