Barcelona is a great place for a long weekend. There’s so much to see and do. I recently returned from a few days away with friends and here’s what I think would make a perfect itinerary for your Barcelona city break.
Top of your list should many of the Gaudi buildings. Casa Batllo is one of the more impressive structures. The façade of the building can only be described as beautiful and you can also take an interactive tour inside.
If you are a football fan, a stop off at Camp Nou is probably a good idea. We didn’t visit ourselves as only one in our group is a fan, but we did go past the stadium on the open top tour bus.
The Magic Fountain
The Magic Fountain is particularly special and worth a visit during the day and at night. We went on a Sunday where the fountain plaza became the finish line for a 10km race, so it was very busy, but the atmosphere was electric. We came back later on in the evening to see the show.
Mount Tibidabo is another must see. You can walk up the hill to the funicular station and then hop on from there. The views are impressive from the top of the mountain, plus also there’s a small amusement park and a beautiful building called the Temple of Tibidabo.
The Sagrada Familia is the famous cathedral built by Gaudi. It’s not only impressive on the outside it’s also magnificent on the inside. Antonio Gaudi is actually laid to rest in the crypt of the church.
The Waterfront is a great place to take a break from the city. You can walk along the promenade, taking in the views of the sea. There’s a few place stop for lunch, do a spot of shopping or just head down on the beach for some time out. One thing I would like to do next time is a tour by Segway. We saw groups of people rolling down the waterfront, exploring the sights. That looked a lot of fun.
Las Ramblas is the heart and soul of the city of Barcelona. It’s a traditional tree-lined street full of outdoor eateries, street artists, human statues and stalls, selling a variety of wares. It has a great atmosphere as it is such a buzzing area. We visited during the day, but there are numerous reports of some areas of the street being a bit seedier in the evening.
Park Güell is an estate that was built by Gaudi for Eusebi Güell for well off families and contains some impressive structures. It’s incredibly good value for money and well worth a visit.
If you are visiting Barcelona, there are a number of ways to get around. We used a combination of buses, metro and our good old feet. Be prepared, even using public transport, we still covered over 30 miles on foot, over three days so comfortable shoes are a necessity. I’ll be going into more details on my favourite attractions over the coming weeks, so please stop back and see some of the photos I took on my trip.
Here’s a video I put together of our favourite bits. Enjoy!
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