The unpretentious, trendy and sophisticated sister of the Spain capital – Barcelona is a city like no other in the world. From its breath taking history and architecture to the modern buildings, cosmopolitan feel to the relaxed vibe setting, the never-ending gastronomical scene and its beautiful climate, it truly has a lot to offer.
But what if you only have a short time in the city? Don’t worry! To make sure you get the most out of your visit, we have created a travel guide with google maps and timings, to enjoy all of the highlights of Barcelona in just 48 hours!
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8:30am | Sagrada Familia
Starting the day with Sagrada Familia, the iconic church designed by the Catalan architect Anton Gaudí. While the architectural form and sculptures from the outside of the church are already amazing to view, we highly recommend you to go inside and don’t miss the opportunity of seeing the magnificent church. Book your tickets online before going.
How to go there: By metro, you can take Line 2 and Line 5 Sagrada Familia station. By bus, 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24
Timings: Open every day at 9 am. Check their official website for complete timings.
Admission: 29 euros (with top views). Book online before your visit.
Location: La Sagrada Familia Carrer Mallorca, 401. The main access is on C/Marina, in front of the Nativity facade.
10:30am | Casa Milà or Casa Batlló or Casa Amatller
With Gaudí fresh on your mind, make your way to Passeig de Gràcia to see another successful artwork of him – the Casa Milà/La Pedrera. Originally designed as a spiritual symbol, this amazing apartment building was completed in 1912. Or walk for another 5 minutes to visit Casa Batlló where the outside balconies are made to look like skulls and bones. Beside it is the Casa Amatller. Similarities with its interior mosaic features are clearly noticeable. So we’d suggest you to decide which one to go inside since it will consume at least 2 hours from your time.
Casa Milà/La Pedrera
How to go there: Bus: 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17. Metro: lines 3 and 5, estació Diagonal.
Timings: Everyday, from 9.00am
Admission: 22 euros if visiting by day, check their official site for other tickets
Location: Passeig de Gràcia, 92. 08008, Barcelona
Casa Batlló/ Casa Amatller
How to go there: Bus: H10, V15, 7, 22 and 24. Metro: Passeig de Gràcia: L2, L3 and L4.
Timings: Monday to Sunday, from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm/ Casa Amatller is from 10am-6pm daily
Admission: Tickets range from 23 to 36 euros, click here for their official site./17 euros for Casa Amatller
Location: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona
12:00nn | Plaça de Catalunya
Stroll around Plaça de Catalunya to see its impressive fountains and statues. Also check out the talented street artists here and prepare to be amaze with their creative skills. You can choose to have lunch here or if you’re not yet hungry, wait until reaching La Boqueria market in this guide 🙂
How to go there: Bus: 14, 24, 41, 42, 55, 58, 59, 67, 68, 91, H16 Metro: L1/L3-Catalunya
Location: Plaça de Catalunya, 08002, Barcelona
12:30pm | Mercado de La Boqueria
Once you’ve had your morning fill of Gaudí, head to the Mercado de La Boqueria for lunch. Here you’ll find a large indoor market hall with typical Spanish tapas and treats. From fruits and fresh juices, seafoods straight from the docks, nuts, dried fruits, chocolates, the market has it all.
How to go there: Bus: 14, 59, 91 Metro: L3-Liceu
Location: La Rambla, 91 – Plaça de la Boqueria
1:30pm | Las Ramblas
After lunch, take a stroll down to the famous Las Ramblas, a tree-lined pedestrian. This long stretch will instantly show you all paces of life found in Barcelona. You can find quirky bars and restaurants, street stands and numerous souvenirs here. Oh, and don’t forget to people watch! :p
How to go there: Metro Line 3, Catalunya, Liceu and Drassanes Station
Location: Pl. de Catalunya 17-S, 1, 08001 Barcelona
2:30pm | Gothic Quarter
Your trip wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t go to the Gothic Quarter. The area starts as soon as you left Las Ramblas and you will be transported back through time to an era decades ago. You can find winding streets, variety of shops and a lot of locals and tourists taking selfies, eating out or simply enjoying the sun. It’s certainly one of the most scenic parts of the city.
How to go there: Metro Liceu (Green Line, L3) and Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)
Location: Area between La Rambla and Via Laietana, and from the seafront
4:30pm | Ciutadella Park
Have a breath of fresh air and indulge in nature at Ciutadella park. We only recommend you to pass by here if you got plenty of time before sunset. During our visit, the sun sets by 8:00pm so we have a lot of free time.
How to go there: Bus Parc de la Ciutadella/ Princesa: 39, 51, H14, Metro Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4)
Timings: 10am – 10:30pm
Location: Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona
6:00pm | Park Güell
And to end the day, we strongly recommend you to visit Park Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is considered to be one of the best spots for enjoying the vibrant city from above. And yes, to watch the sunset.
How to go there: By metro, ride the L3 metro green line, Vallcarca or Lesseps stations. By bus, lines H6, 32, 24 and 92. Complete route here.
Timings: Open everyday from 8am. Closing hours depends on the season. You can check the complete timings here.
Admission: 7 euros for the Monumental Zone where you can find the best view. There’s a free access area which is open to all visitors at no charge.
Location: Gaudi Park Güell, Carrer d’Olot 08024 Barcelona
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8:00am | Port Vell
On your second day, start as early as you can and visit Port Vell. It is formerly an obsolete harbor, now a modern yacht-basin and entertainment center. It’s a very touristy area, with the Barcelona aquarium and the Catalonia history museum as some of its main attractions. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it here since I got sick and lost a day in Barcelona 🙁 Definitely, going back!
How to go there: Go to La Rambla all the way down towards the Columbus monument. Directly behind it the promenade takes you into Port Vell.
10:30am | Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi
Next, visit Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi which is another significant gothic church of the city. Its structure is supported by sturdy walls which give it its distinctive horizontal shape.
How to get there: Metro L3-Liceu, Bus 14, 59, 91
Location: Plaza del Pi, 7, 08002 Barcelona (Catalonia)
11:00am | Placa Sant Jaume
Only a few minutes walk, you can reach Placa Sant Jaume. This square is the site of the most important buildings in the lives of Barcelona and Catalonia: the City Hall and the Palau de la Generalitat which are located here across from one another.
How to get there: Metro 3-Liceu, L4-Jaume I, Bus 14, 45, 59, 91, 120, V15, V17
Location: Plaça Sant Jaume, 08002, Barcelona
12:30pm | Placa Reial
Next, head to Placa Reial for lunch situated beside La Rambla. This square in the Gothic Quarter is so beautiful, it’s called “royal” (reial Catalan) for a reason. Its elegant ambiance is highlighted by the middle fountain, streetlamps designed by Gaudi and palm trees. Surrounded by a plethora of eateries and bars, the Royal Placa can invite any passers-by to sit a while and enjoy a tapa or two.
How to go there: Metro L3-Liceu, Bus 14, 59, 91
Location: Placa Reial, 08002, Barcelona
1:30pm | Barcelona Cathedral
After lunch, visit Barcelona Cathedral, another stunning example of Catalan Gothic architecture. In front of the church is a small square where you will find street performers, cafes and interesting shops. The area around the church has a charm and beauty that makes this location a must visit when you come to Barcelona.
How to go there: Metro Jaume I L4, L3, L1, Liceu Bus 45, V15, V17
Admission: Free, except Monday to Friday, 10:30-12:30 and 17:15 – 18:00
Location: Placa de la Seu
3:00pm | Palau Reial Major
Transport yourself to medieval time and visit Palau Reial Major. The royal palace, the official royal residence, and its surrounding buildings, enfold a pleasant and peaceful square which is instilled with the city’s splendor during the Middle Ages.
How to get there: Metro L4-Jaume I, Bus 45, 120, V15, V17
Location: Plaça del Rei, s/n, 08002
4:00pm | Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
If you aren’t tired of Gothic architecture, make sure to pass by another beautiful church, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Built during the 14th century, it is once occupied by a Roman Amphitheatre. The church took 55 years to build and is a rare example of pure Catalan Gothic architecture since most churches are already a combination of styles.
How to get there: Metro L4-Jaume I/Barceloneta, Bus 45, 51, 120, H14, V15, V17
Location: Plaça Santa Maria, 1, 08003
4:30pm | Bunkers del Carmel
Our favorite time is always the beginning or end of the day, sunrises and sunsets. So we picked the best spot to watch the sunset – the Bunkers del Carmel located in a hill called “Turó de la Rovira”. But it was a little cloudy during our visit, hence the “missing sun” photo below. It is perhaps the most beautiful panoramic view we’ve seen in Barcelona.
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How to get there: Bus 24, 92, 114, 119 and V17. Walk for like 5 minutes, then 10 minutes hike up to the top. Metro, you should stop at Alfonso X (line 4) then walk for about 15 minutes.
Location: Bunkers del Carmel, Carrer del Turó de la Rovira, Barcelona
Got More Days in Barcelona?
If you have more time to spend in Barcelona, visit Tibidabo Amusement Park, Montjuïc Castle, Torre Agbar or take a day trip to Montserrat and get stunned with the landscape view.
Tips and Reminders
- Weather is around 10-15 degrees during 1st week of May
- We came from Madrid and took the train station from Madrid Atocha Railway Station to Barcelona Sants which is about 3 hours journey
- The metro is your friend, purchase the 10-trip pass which is about 10 euros and you’re good to go
- It isn’t normal here to leave a 10-20% tip, as the tip and tax have already been included in the bill
- Always book your tickets online and ahead of time like in Sagrada Familia and Casa’s
- Stay in the center of the town like where we stayed (a cheap yet chic hostel!)
- Be mindful of your belongings and exercise caution especially around Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter
- Make sure to taste tapas and sangria!
This 2-day itinerary is a suggested guide only based on our experience. We’ve created it before the trip but when we were in the city, most spots are missed due to my one day sickness (blame it to the cold hike to the Bunkers Del Carmel during our first day!). So make sure to pack the right clothes, take Vitamin C and enjoy the days in the vibrant city of Barcelona 🙂