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A weekend in Barcelona

Its Modernism, historic districts, nature, boat rides and delicious cuisine offer plenty of reasons to choose Barcelona as a weekend destination. In two and a half days, you can visit the most renowned architectural landmarks, such as the Sagrada Familia and modernist palaces, and stroll through the historic district’s curved streets.

This cosmopolitan city that faces the Mediterranean is proud of its history and has made the most of its heritage. In addition to its countless museums and rich cultural life, Catalonia’s capital also has large exhibitions throughout the year. Relax by walking along Barceloneta Beach or climbing Montjuïc Mountain, which offers breathtaking views and interesting museums, including the Joan Miró Foundation. Stroll through Las Ramblas, visit alternative shops and enjoy this active city, day and night.

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Itinerary day 1

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Gothic Quarter

A stroll through the city’s oldest neighbourhood will reveal a lovely maze of narrow streets and some of locals’ favourite spots. Take your time to savour the cathedral along with the squares Plaça del Rei, Plaça de Sant Jaume and Plaça de Sant Felipe Neri.

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Gran Teatre del Liceu

This historical theatre has served as the stage for the best Spanish and foreign artists. It has a select theatre and opera programme, in addition to other performances. Everyone deserves the luxury of seeing a show here.

10:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Enoteca restaurant

As one of the city’s Michelin-starred establishments, it guarantees a memorable meal. Chef Paco Pérez amazes diners with his creative, avant-garde cuisine. Be sure to make a reservation because this restaurant is very popular.

Itinerary day 2

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sagrada Familia

Barcelona’s emblem is its most popular monument. Visit this unfinished cathedral for a chance to step into Gaudí’s world. Take note of the façades inspired by nature and be sure to stop by the museum in the lower ground floor.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site and Hospital Santa Creu

Be sure to visit this modernist site that served as a public hospital for a century and was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Hospital Santa Creu was moved to this location in the late nineteenth century.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Park Güell

This project, one of Antoni Gaudí’s most important works, was named after the developer behind the initiative, Eusebi Güell, although it was never finished. The most photogenic spots are the dragon staircase and the Hall of 100 Columns.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Lasarte restaurant

This restaurant combines the expertise of Chef Martín Berasategui and the skills of Paolo Casagrande, the head chef. It is one of the best alternatives where you can be amazed by its creative and innovative cuisine.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Passeig de Gràcia

The majestic Passeig de Gràcia is like an open-air museum lined with the city’s best modernist buildings. At the very least, be sure to visit La Pedrera, Gaudí’s last project, and Casa Batlló, which has an incredible interior that imitates the sea.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Shopping at Portal de l’Ángel

The top shopping district begins at Plaça de Catalunya and ends at the cathedral. For special purchases, make your way to la Milla de Oro (between Plaça de Catalunya and Avinguda Diagonal), and for alternative shopping, explore the Gràcia and El Born districts.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Las Ramblas

Bask in the atmosphere and history emanating from this avenue that stretches from Plaça de Catalunya to Port Vell. The street performers, caricature artists, flower stands and historical shops are must-see stops along the way.

9:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Dinner at Els 4 Gats

This historical restaurant was popular with artists searching for inspiration. Regulars included Hemingway, Picasso and Dalí. In addition to the special halo from the past it has kept intact, there is also an interesting menu. You will need to reserve in advance.

Itinerary day 3

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

La Boquería Market

Dating back to 1840, this is the oldest market in Barcelona. It houses more than 300 stands that sell fruits, vegetables, meats and fish, in addition to areas where you can find good tapas. Be sure to grab a bite at La Tasca de Juanito.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

El Born district

Spend Sunday morning exploring this medieval neighbourhood that is home to not only the famous Basilica of Santa María—the inspiration behind La catedral del mar by Falcones—but also quite a few palaces and the Picasso Museum.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ciutadella Park

Take a break at this historic spot—Barcelona’s first public park—to see its vegetation, flowers and hundred-year-old trees. There is also a waterfall, lake and several monumental buildings.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

El Chigre 1769

Chef Fran Heras serves an interesting combination of Asturian and Catalan cuisine at this establishment facing the Basilica of Santa María del Mar. This warm and casual space was created by the interior decorator Eva Arbonés. Slow food at affordable prices.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Boat ride in Las Golondrinas

The best way to see the city’s coastline is to take a ride on its most traditional boat, known as Las Golondrinas, which travels to and from Port Vell and Port Fòrum. There is live music between April and September.

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Montjuïc Mountain

Take the cable car to the top of Montjuïc Mountain, where you can bask in the gardens, parks and even a castle. Be sure to visit the Joan Miró Foundation, the Archaeology Museum, and the National Museum of Catalan Art.

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Hydrogen Restaurant

Come discover Chef Ramón Ribas’ succulent dishes and his play on shapes and textures. The restaurant also serves brain food, intended to boost and sharpen your brain.

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