Barcelona is a city that we love a lot and a city that we have visited many times. Today, I want to tell you what you can do in a weekend and how you can organize it in an efficient manner in order to ensure the best time possible.
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Barcelona is a huge cosmopolitan city with many things to see and visit.
If you have a weekend off and you do not know Barcelona, what are you waiting for?
What to see in a weekend in Barcelona
If you are visiting only for one weekend and it’s your first time visiting the county city, these are the 10 essential places that you must visit.
Without a doubt, it is indispensable that you visit Sagrada Familia. It is an icon of the city and a representative place. There is a big chance that you have already seen the towers in many pictures designed by Antoni Gaudí.
This temple started construction at the end of the XIX century and has not been completed yet. Who knows if we are ever going to be able to see it finished The work and progress keeps moving forward, but it will still need a lot of time.
To visit, I recommend that you buy the ticket previously. They tend to sell out pretty fast and you will lose your chance to see it.
Due to its size, it takes time to tour around so plan ahead in order to have more time to see as much as possible. I recommend to go up the towers if possible.
Recommendation: Free walking tour in Barcelona
Parc Güell is another masterpiece from the genius Antoni Gaudí. There are two main parts that are included in this visit, one without charge and other one with a ticket. The gardens, for example, do not require you to wait in line or to pay a ticket.
It’s beautiful to stroll around the gardens, however, if you want to visit the famous statues, stairs and views from the Barcelona skyline, you will have to pay.
Barcelona city sights
Barcelona has many beautiful city sights that allow you to enjoy the city’s spectacular views. But keep in mind that some of them are free and others are not.
The ones that are free are located between the Cataluña national museum of art (Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña), Mirador del Alcalde (at Montjüic mountain), the Tibidabo, Catalunya Museum of History and Las Arenas mall. There, you can appreciate the famous venetian towers. Of course there is so much more to visit and depending on your preferences you might want to visit the following:
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If you want to pay in order to enjoy the views, these are the sights: Port Cablesight (Teleférico del puerto), Sagrada Familia Tower, Pedrera and Casa Batlló, Colom city sight, Parc Güell and Montjüic Castle.
Montjüic mountain is an amazing place that highlights the views of Barcelona. Other places that you should also visit include the magic fountain of Montjüic, the castle, Spanish town, the Olympic rings, Cataluña Museum of National Art, Joan Miró foundation and the botanic garden.
If you only have a couple of days to visit Barcelona, you can spend one day here without having to worry about visiting other places.
Santa María del Mar
Another popular spot that you should stop by is the basilica of Santa María del Mar. Also, if you can, I would recommend that you read the book about the Mar Cathedral by Ildefonso Falcones (or you can just watch the tv series).
The basilica is located at the heart of Barcelona Ribera. It has a goth style and it was built by its citizens who contributed with their hard work and money since 1329 until 1383, when it was finished.
Gothic Neighborhood and the Cathedral
You will also want to spend at least one day or morning at the Goth neighborhood. On this link there is a post with a walking route to go through this hood at the center of Barcelona.
The Barcelona Cathedral of goth style was built on the foundations of another cathedral. Construction started on the 1st of May of 1298 and finished at the end of the XV century. The work of the facade and the two towers started at the end of the XIX century and they were finished in 1913. Nonetheless, it is an indispensable visit when touring Barcelona.
Casa Batlló is a vital experience when visiting Barcelona. It’s one of the highlighted works of Antoni Gaudí, and has been recognized as a Human Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2005. In today’s post, we will tell you about our visit, the most featured works and some recommendations so that you can fully enjoy the visit of casa Batlló.
Manzana de la discordia de Barcelona
The Manzana de la discordia (Block of discord) is the name of the stretch from Paseo de Gracia (Walk of Grace) that is located between Aragón street and Consejo de Ciento.
It consists of five buildings: Casa Lleó Morera by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Casa Mulleras by Enric Sagnier, Casa Bonet by Marceliano Coquillat, Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí.
Even though these buildings were made by well-known architects of Catalan modernism, the name of the stretch Manzana de la discordia originates from the rivalry between professionals (Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and Antoni Gaudí).
When Gaudí got in charge of Casa Batlló, he already knew about what the other two professionals had done. In fact, his presence as the most surprising architect of them all was the key element that triggered the name of the street.
Barceloneta is one of the most popular neighborhoods of Barcelona. It is located between Port Vell and it has been renewed in many occasions.
At Barceloneta you can enjoy the beaches of the city. You can also journey through the alleys and discover antique buildings and churches. Visit the Cataluña Museum of History and watch the Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower).
If you feel like shopping, you should go to Maremagnum Mall.
You can also ride the cable sight from the beach of Barceloneta, which will take you to the Miramar city sight where you can enjoy the views of the port.
Guided Tour bus of Barcelona
The touristic Bus of Barcelona is a comfortable way of getting to know the city and its most important places. I personally took the bus the last time I visited Barcelona. Coming up, I will tell you the advantages that it has and how it works in order to efficiently move around Barcelona.
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