Two days in Barcelona
You can pack a lot into two days in Barcelona, and take away wonderful memories of what it offers its visitors. Here's an itinerary full of unmissable things to do and places to see. Are you ready to discover them?
On the first day, becoming an expert in Catalonia's home-grown art nouveau, modernisme, sounds like a good plan. And Barcelona knows a lot about modernista architecture. Take the Barcelona Bus Turístic or buy the public transport pass Hola Barcelona and head for the Sagrada Família, where you'll discover the rich symbolic meaning of Gaudí's masterpiece. Just in front, on the avenue that bears his name, you will find the Modernist complex of Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, a place to discover the work of Modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Muntaner. Further up, at the Park Güell, you'll find the key to the Gaudiesque interplay between nature and architecture. If you want to see Gaudí's first modernista building in Barcelona, visit the Casa Vicens, the masterpiece that was the starting point of his career. At lunchtime, the neighbourhood of Gràcia is a wonderful option: you'll be surprised by its traditional neighbourhood feel, its wide variety of restaurants serving world cuisine, and combination of craft and design shops.
In the early afternoon, the Barcelona Walking Tours Modernisme give you an excellent opportunity to continue exploring the city's modernista legacy an enjoy a guided tour of the Passeig de Gràcia and the heritage district, the Quadrat d'Or. You'll see buildings such as Gaudí's Casa Milà- La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Domènech i Montaner's Casa Lleó Morera and Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller. If you want to see the city from the heights, in the city centre you'll find the Unlimited Barcelona viewing point on the 20th floor of the Torre Urquinaona. In the late afternoon, you can head to the Born and visit the Museu Moco, the Museu Picasso, or see the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. At night, in the Eixample dstrict you will find a wide variety and restaurants and terrasses.
The next day, you can wander through the Gothic Quarter and let yourself be captivated by some of the medieval-style architectural gems, such as the Cathedral in the Plaça Nova, the monumental ensemble and the Museu d'Historia de Barcelona in the Plaça del Rei, the civic and government buildings in the Plaça Sant Jaume, and the medieval charm of the streets around the Plaça del Pi. From here, you're just a stone's throw away from the shopping streets, the Portal de l'Àngel and La Rambla, which are the perfect places to Find your memento of Barcelona and recharge your batteries in one of the many restaurants in the area. If you're an art enthusiast, very near the city centre, in the district of El Raval, you'll find the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). In the afternoon, we invite you to continue visiting the north of the city with your Hola Barcelona pass or on the Barcelona Bus Turístic. You'll be able to admire landmark buildings, including Pedralbes Monastery and the Spotify Camp Nou Stadium. To round off your stay, what about dinner in the old harbour, or Port Vell, as you enjoy the Mediterranean sea breezes? You can end the night here, at the leisure and entertainment complex, the Maremàgnum. You might feel tired by the end, but it'll have been well worth the effort.
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