Barcelona is a beautiful but huge city and you simply won’t be able to see everything in two days. Two days can only be a teaser of what this amazing city has to offer, but if you only have two days to spare in Barcelona, here are some of the highlights of the city, which will make you fall in love with it. This is the same exact itinerary we followed, so I hope it helps.
This was our last stop of our 3 Week Trip to Europe, before heading back to PARIS and head back home.
One way you can cover a lot of ground is to go on a city bus tour. During our visit we decide to toughen up and walk it out, because we wanted to get to know the whole city, but I would highly recommend taking a tour if you are short in time and are not looking to walk over 7 miles a day. The city tour bus has three routes (Red, Blue and Green), which have tons of stops all around the city. You can hop on and off anytime during the day.
We actually arrived to Barcelona by train from Nice, France at night. So because of the short amount of time we had when we arrived, I didn’t add this day into the itinerary. But we did go out to enjoy a nice dinner by La Sagrada Familia. We had some delicious Tapas and Paella, both definitely recommended for during your visit. On our way back to the hotel, we stoped by a local market to purchase some snacks and things to cook.
We were staying at an Airbnb, so on our first day we prepared a nice breakfast with the food we had purchased the night before. We didn’t take much time and started our tour.
Our first stop was La Sagrada Familia. Wow! What a beautiful place. This is one of Barcelona’s classic sights, probably the most famous landmark in all of Catalonia. We didn’t go inside because the lines were super long, but you can simply enjoy the uniqueness and detail from the outside. It is still unfinished and it is said to be done around 2026. But despite it being unfinished, it is one of the most impressive and awe inspiring buildings you’ll ever see.
A few blocks from there, we passed by Casa Mila, known as La Pedrera. This is a super unique, artistic and heritage building. It is known for the fact that it looks like waves from the ocean.
Not far from there, at Paseo de Gracia we saw Casa Battlo, which has a eye catching vibrant design with colorful mosaic made from brown ceramic tiles. It also has bon-like adornments surrounding the windows. It was just breathtaking.
We continued our walk and passed by Plaza Catalunya. We then reached La Rambla, the long stretch of walkway through the heart of Barcelona, where you can go shopping, enjoy a meal, drink a glass of sangria, and watch the street performers.
We walked some more until reaching Port Vell, where you can also find Maremagnum, a shopping and dining complex that comes alive at night with bars and clubs. It sits out into the water at the end of a wavy wooden pier. We came here and enjoyed some delicious cappuccino and donuts.
It was starting to get dark, so we started heading towards Plaza Espana and Monjuic. Where we were able to enjoy the amazing Magic Fountain of Montjuic show that sits right across from the Museum. You have to definitely visit here. Possibly one of my favorite things to do here. The fountain show is at 7:30pm. You can then go up a bit more and enjoy some amazing views. After that, we headed back to our hotel and prepared a cooked dinner since we were extremely tired from our walk. This was the longest we had walked during our whole 3 Week trip.
However, if you opted for transportation from place to place, like we should have, then you can go out to dinner and maybe even go out on the town. Barcelona’s night life is one of its charms.
After such a long day the previous day, we decided to sleep in a little on our second day and also had a cooked breakfast in our hotel. If you didn’t get to do everything from Day 1, you can add some to this day and start earlier.
After breakfast, we decided to take the local bus to Park Guell. It is a little far, but it is definitely worth the effort to get there. They actually have two areas, one that requires you to purchase a ticket (Monumental zone) and one that is a Free Access area. We decided to only stroll this second option, which was beautiful. Park Guell is full of stunning gardens and amazing architecture also by Gaudi. Once you get there, wonder through the gardens and take your time looking at all the sculptures and mosaic throughout the park.
We spent quite some time here. This place was actually one of the highlights of our trip. So take some time and make the effort to get up there. You won’t regret it. You can enjoy the free views of the gardens, or pay to get in and look at the cool works inside.
From there, we took a taxi to our next stop, which was the Parque Del Laberinto de Horta. The entrance was free, however make sure you do some research before heading there. I believe it depends on the season. Unfortunately, during the time we visited this location, the labyrinth was closed, but we were able to enjoy it from the top. Again, make sure to do some research. The had it closed specifically for the weekend that we were visiting. The are has some amazing views for great pictures.
After here, we took a train back to the closest stop near our hotel, which was La Sagrada Familia, and decide to enjoy a nice dinner around the area.
We had an early train the next day to Paris, where we were taking our flight back home, so we decided to call it a night and prepare.
Watch this video so that you can see more on our trip to Barcelona.
Things to know about your visit to Barcelona:
Tip # 1: Visit during slow season. We were able to enjoy a lot because we didn’t have to wait in long lines to go into these places. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late September/October, or late March/April are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather. Also, keep in mind that things may cost you more when you go during summer time.
Tip # 2: Do not squeeze too many things in. If you have the time or want to be an over achiever like us, great. Do it! But if you are going during peak season, or won’t be purchasing any tours, then try to schedule your time for transportation. Also, leave some space for spontaneous things.
Tip # 3: Prepare some snacks and water for when you are out. Try to purchase them at markets near your hotel. This will save you tons because it will help you avoid buying something to eat in every corner. Do enjoy the local food, of course. We tried to always get a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. We were able to save money and time this way. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.
Tip # 4: Look for a place to stay that is close to the train station (if you are going from city to city), or local metro for easier transportation and less walking. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting. Get familiar with the metro routes.
Tip # 5: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.
Tip # 6: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets (trains from city to city, not the local trains) we purchased months in advanced. Same with the place you’ll be staying and any tours that you will be doing. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT. We all know that the prices go up as you get closer to the time of the trip. There are also tickets in each place that allow you to skip the lines at most of the museums.
Tip # 7: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.
Tip # 8: Lastly, be aware of pickpockets, or people asking you to sign anything, to look at something. Keep your bags tight while walking or taking the train or escalators.
We were definitely over achievers. lol! We packed a lot into our 2 days in Barcelona because we wanted to get to see as much as possible. But do prepare to walk a lot.
Some other places we didn’t get to visit, which we will on our next trip, were the Cathedral de Barcelona, Barrio Gotic, Barcelona’s Nou Camp, Tibidado, plus other museums and the beach. If you’d like to see some of those instead, then you can swap some of the things I included.
In conclusion, I wasn’t expecting to love Barcelona as much as I did. Barcelona is a special place in its own right. From its winding back streets, delicious food, and gorgeous architecture, there is very little not to love.
Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for Barcelona help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.
So, get ready for lots of walking, amazing architecture, beautiful views and lots of food! Enjoy!
Here are the recommended Itineraries for my trip: