Discover Barcelona in Just a Weekend
Home to some of Europe’s best museums, culture, nightlife and restaurants, the Catalan city of Barcelona boasts favourable weather all year round and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and beaches. It’s no wonder it attracts millions of visitors every year and is one of the world’s best holiday destinations! Given the plethora of cheap, budget airlines servicing Barcelona’s El Prat Airport just 14km from the ‘centro’, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a short city break, and you’ll always find something new to discover in Barcelona, no matter how many times you return. But if you only have one weekend to explore, what shouldn’t you miss out on? This guide gives the you a rundown of things to see and do within 48 hours.
Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, Park Güell was built between 1900 and 1914 and is one of the city’s architectural gems. From the moment you step foot in the park you’ll be treated to a wealth of colourful and unusual architecture including a mosaic tiled dragon and a fairy tale-esque gingerbread style house. There are also some fantastic views of the park and the whole city from the colourful terrace at the top. The park is also home to Gaudí’s former house – La Torre Rosa – which has been converted into a museum housing some of the architect’s specially designed furniture.
La Sagrada Familia
Gaudí definitely didn’t lead a dull life, and another one of his famous works can be found at La Sagrada Familia. Work on this iconic Roman Catholic Church was started in 1882, and though the architect worked on the project for more than 40 years, it still isn’t completed! If everything goes to plan it will be finished in 2026 and feature 18 towers. Despite being incomplete, it’s one of the city’s most popular attractions and has drawn in more than three million visitors.
Art lovers won’t want to miss out on the Picasso Museum on a luxury weekend away to Barcelona, and you’ll find more than 3,700 works dedicated to the most famous Spanish artist of the 20th century. Opened in 1963, some of the museum’s highlights include two of his first major works – The First Communion (1896) and Science and Charity (1897).
Perfect for sports fans, Camp Nou is one of the city’s most popular attractions and is home to La Liga giants and European football champions, FC Barcelona. One of the largest sports stadiums in Europe, Camp Nou has a capacity of 99,000 and is a truly spectacular sight. even if you’re not lucky enough to catch a game, it’s well worth taking a tour of the grounds.
The city’s most famous street is a must on any trip to Barcelona, and you’ll find street performers, bars and restaurants here as well as the city’s famous Boquería Market. It’s a real hive of activity here, and it’s an attraction not to miss out on!
Spain isn’t short of beaches, and Barcelona boasts seven! In fact, it was recently voted to be the best beach city by National Geographic. The best is probably
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