A City Break In Barcelona

Barcelona in Spain is an amazing European city that is certainly worth visiting when the lockdown is over. Known for its Gaudi architecture, tapas, Gothic Quarter and much more you really need to spend a few days soaking up the atmosphere of this Spanish City to find out what it can offer a tourist.

A long weekend in Barcelona is a decent amount of time to explore and find out what this city can offer on your first visit. If you do love this city of course you can come back again and again and although most people speak English I recommend you learn Spanish Barcelona to get the most out of subsequent trips.

It can be tricky to work out how long to stay in Barcelona. Much of it depends on what kind of trip you want while you explore Barcelona; if you’re happy with a jam-packed itinerary of the best sights in Barcelona, or if you prefer to just chill on the beaches and maybe a day trip to another part of Catalonia.

The fundamental thing in these cases is to organise and design a good itinerary so that your time in Barcelona will be utilised to the maximum. Also, think about booking a tour in Barcelona to make the most of your time. Here is a simple four-day plan in Barcelona to make your visit to the capital as interesting and as exciting as possible.

Day 1

Start your first day by visiting La Rambla on a tour of the historic centre of Barcelona. A walk along this popular road is a must to discover much of the identity of the city. The 1,200 meters of street, is full of surprises and don't forget to make a stop at the Boquería Market for some shopping. Just watch your purse as this area is known for pickpockets.

The best thing after this tour is to enter the Gothic Quarter. The Cathedral of Barcelona, ​​Calle del Bisbe and Plaza de San Felipe Neri are some of the places that show the essence of an unforgettable walk that is more like a trip back in time.

The Gothic Quarter goes a long way and the best thing is to get lost in its streets to discover its charms. After that, a good idea is to return to La Rambla and walk to the Mirador de Colóm or the Columbus Monument. Inside a lift takes you to a viewing platform 60 meters high and from which you can get some of the most beautiful views of Barcelona. To conclude the day, the ideal thing is to relax in the Old Port of the city, which today has become a modern leisure space where you can visit the interesting Maremagnum shopping.

Day 2

The immeasurable legacy of Antonio Gaudí in Barcelona is well worth dedicating a day to. Start the day early by visiting the Sagrada Familia to avoid the constant queues. This cathedral is truly astounding, and the architecture is absolutely breathtaking. 

Next visit Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló, two examples of Catalan modernism that the Reus-born architect represented like no one else.

You could take the Metro or the bus to return north in search of Park Güell, another of Barcelona's icons that seems to transport the traveller to a fairytale setting.

If you still have time, you could continue discovering the north of the city, finishing the day at the Tibidabo mountain with its Amusement Park, Collserola Tower or the  Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart.

Day 3

After spending two days in Barcelona, visiting the most iconic places, you probably have fallen madly in love with this city. However, the following tour will amaze you even more. The magic mountain of Montjuic cannot be missed on a Barcelona itinerary. For impressive views of the entire capital go to the Plaza de España, the place from which the buses that go up to Montjuic depart then take a bus.

The Olympic Stadium, the Spanish Village, the Montjuic Castle or the Palau Sant Jordi are some of the places that it is possible to visit on Montjuic that had a special role during the most important event that Barcelona has experienced, the 1992 Olympic Games.

On the way back, make a stop at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia and at the Magic Fountain, which offers a light, sound and water show every day.

Day 4

You may be tired on your last day but there is still lots to see in Barcelona. An interesting route for today is to discover the vibrant neighbourhoods of Born and La Ribera, with their small shops, curious cafes, independent restaurants and historic markets. Don't forget the Cathedral of Santa María del Mar, a Gothic masterpiece that leaves everyone who admires it open-mouthed.

What better way to finish off your stay in Barcelona than with a walk along the Barceloneta beach. No matter which time of the year you find yourself travelling in, any time of the year is the best time to visit Barcelona beaches. You can relax with the sea breeze, the sand and the great view of the Mediterranean. An idyllic picture that can put the perfect climax to a trip that will become unforgettable and that will surely leave you wanting more and more time in Barcelona Spain.

If you are looking for more ideas of what to do in Barcelona check out this post on top places to visit in Barcelona

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