What started out as an actual disaster with, Angelo leaving his passport at home and us missing our flight, ended up as an incredible getaway. Originally the trip was meant to be 3 days, but it turned out to be only 2 due to our lack of organization. Nevertheless, Spain was a treat, and Barcelona is one city that has so much to offer we had to narrow our range down. As always we traveled on a tight budget, so walking was our most used mode of transportation, and our first day we ended up walking well over 20 kilometres!
Let me give you the rundown of what to do and see when you’re planning your trip, of course I would suggest going for longer than 2 days, but if that’s all you have, then that’s all you need to see these Instagram worthy spots and experience a bit of the local flavor. (We even had a little bit of time on our last day to sit at Sagrada Familia and people watch.)
I’ve made a list and done some research for you to get the most out of your 48 hours in Barcelona. How to maximize your time, money, and also get those ‘gram shots!
Unlike the original plan we were meant to leave the next day at 12am, but of course, our plane was delayed by 2 hours. Meaning that we now only had the afternoon to spend exploring, and then the next two days, so it wasn’t all that bad. So I guess technically we had probably about 60 hours in Barcelona, but my title still stands.
Our first stops, where the ones closest to our Air Bnb, so obviously according to where you are staying it could range. Apart from that, we tried to spend as much time in a certain area to get the maximum viewing, and minimum amount of walking. Here’s what we did:
Bare in mind that we had about 48 hours in total, so we didn’t pay to do anything extra, apart from going inside the Sagrada Familia.
First stops, where both on the same street, so you can knock those out early and quickly.
- Casa Batlo and Casa Mila. (Unfortunately for us Casa Balto was under construction so we didn’t get to see it, and we didn’t pay to go inside either, like I said… budget.)
Day 1, our first real full day in Barcelona, so we started off running. Put our comfortable shoes on, packed water and set out for the day.
- Park Guell, arrive early, because there are loads of people and you want to get the good lighting. Unfortunately we didn’t get tickets to see the entire place, but it’s worth it. So book in advance, and online.
After that you can take the metro to your next stop, seeing as it will save you time and energy.
- Labarint d’ Horta Park, totally worth the visit and something so unique and different. It’s not very well known, and there are basically no tourists.
The we headed for somewhere to eat, because by now we where dying of hunger.
- Mercado de la Boqueria, absolute chaos, but so much fun and such an incredible experience! It’s filled with tourists, but the food is great, slightly expensive, but worth it for just one meal.
After slightly recharging and taking a bit of a break, we headed to one of the most picturesque places of them all, the Gothic Quarter. This is where you see the majority of the small side streets, and little antique shops.
What is there to see you might ask… well A LOT!
- The Plant wall, very difficult to find, but if you ask a local they will know where it is, it’s in the El Born centre, and it is literally the front door to someone’s house in a small city square. It is in a place called La Rambla.
- Cathedral of Barcelona you won’t, miss it.
- Ciutadella Park, children are running around, people are tanning and it’s an incredible place just to sit and relax.
- Arc de Triumf, if you can take a minute to watch all the street performers. There are so many of them!
- Kiss of Freedom, make sure you wait in line, or just take the leap. People are fairly understanding and everyone patiently waits to get their picture taken in front of the wall.
- Then our last stop for the day, and because we had tickets to go inside was the Sagrada Familia. Totally worth the ticket, this place is absolutely breathtaking especially from inside. The crowds outside usually disappear at around 8pm, so if you want a people free shot, wait until then.
Day 2, started out with sore feet and a much more relaxed outlook on what to do for the day, because we had covered most of our plans already.
- Turo de la Rovira, or Bunkers del carmel. GO EARLY! We went up there first thing in the morning, it’s a bit of a hike, but there will be no one around. so you get to do whatever you want, and have the view all to yourself. I wouldn’t suggest going at night, as it’s a popular place for people to go and watch the sunset. Worth it if you don’t mind the company, but not if you want it all to yourself.
- Montjuic, a little while away from the city centre, so take a metro. We took a bus and a metro, and again, get there as early as you can. However there are many hotels around the area, so it’s bound to always be busy.
As mentioned, our second day was much more relaxed, so we headed back to El Born Centre for something to eat. It was only on our second and last day that we discovered possibly the best coffee that we had had in our short time in Barcelona, at a tiny cafe called Coffee Casa, actual coffee heaven.
- Coffee Casa, is in the centre of Barcelona and isn’t much to look at. You also can’t sit at a table and drink your coffee, it’s strictly to go. The baristas are so friendly and they know good coffee. We even got a choice of bean… so yes, go.
I can’t wait to go back to Barcelona, it’s a city of such diverse places and so much to see it’s impossible to get it all done in just two days. I would suggest at least a week!
If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, or have any questions about going, send me a message and I would love to help you, or tell me… what was your favourite attraction?
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