A weekend in Barcelona will guarantee anyone to have a great time. Barcelona has something for pretty much everyone, from incredible architecture; golden beaches; tasty tapas; world-famous night life; historic cobbled streets; top museums; and Spain’s most successful football club – it really is a MUST-SEE place for everyone to visit.
Wrap all of this up in some warm Mediterranean rays and a good-time atmosphere and you start to get a picture of what Barcelona is all about.
Also the many low cost flights and cheap Barcelona hotels have really brought down the costs for a weekend in Barcelona, away in the Catalan capital, allowing more and more travellers to enjoy Spain’s most exciting port city.
Here are a few highlights for a wonderful weekend in Barcelona
Explore the Old City
Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (“old city” in Catalan) incorporates all of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, including the labyrinth of streets that make up beautiful Barri Gòtic, the Gothic Quarter.
This atmospheric neighbourhood boasts some of the most impressive Gothic architecture in Europe, with narrow lanes leading to fountains, pavement cafés and quaint squares.
Stroll down Las Ramblas
Barcelona’s most famous thoroughfare is, of course, Las Ramblas. It’s the place most tourists gravitate towards first, and return to throughout their stay to get their bearings.
With the buzzing El Raval’s nightclubs and cabarets on one side, and historic Barri Gòtic on the other, Las Ramblas is lined with tourist-oriented restaurants and offers a great, if expensive, spot for people-watching.
Laze on the beach
At the end of Las Ramblas, the Barceloneta (‘Little Barcelona’) neighbourhood has been transformed over the past decade from its poor fisherman’s roots into a huge entertainment area and yachting harbour.
It’s home to Europe’s second biggest aquarium; Olympic Port’s famous nightclubs; and Parc de la Ciutadella, a city park with its own zoo and museums.
Nearby, you can catch some rays on the 1100-metre-long stretch of beach, or stroll along the boardwalk to find seafood restaurants and cool cafés.
A perfect place to spend a few hours on your weekend in Barcelona.
Admire Gaudi’s striking architecture
Barcelona is famous for its impressive architecture old and new, but particularly for its collection of buildings by Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), one of Spain’s most famous architects.
The famously incomplete Sagrada Família is one of them: a huge Roman Catholic church which most people either love or loathe, but either way it leaves an impression.
The building’s immense spires provide the city’s most iconic landmark, and are best seen illuminated at night.
Another stop on the Gaudí trail is Palau Güell, a palace full of interesting architectural features right up to its impressive roof terrace topped with strange chimneys.
On Passieg De Gracia you can spot two Gaudí buildings: Casa Milà, with its bold, wavy façade; and Casa Batlló, with its distinctive skull-like balconies.
At Park Güell in Gràcia, the tell-tale bright sculptures, architectural features and colourful mosaics dotted about the park quickly give away the fact that it was designed by Gaudi; meander along the paths uphill and you’ll also be rewarded with a panoramic view of the city.
Visit the city’s famous stadiums
Barcelona is a sporty city, having hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics and some of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, but it’s best known for its football team: FC Barcelona.
Fans can’t miss a visit to the club’s home, Camp Nou, which is the largest stadium in Europe – remember often games are later in the evening so you can enjoy dinner beforehand!
And if you’re more interested in seeing where the Olympics took place, head to the city’s other big stadium: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, perched on a hill overlooking Barcelona’s harbour.
Hope you have an amazing weekend in Barcelona!