8 places to see in Barcelona in a weekend
It is not easy to write about one of the most visited destinations in the world. But I will try to tell you what to see in Barcelona with a different touch .
Visiting Barcelona on a weekend is possible if you know what you want to see. The hard part is what you leave out and what you see.
My idea is that what you choose to see in Barcelona is a combination of known places and others not so much. That is to say you visit very famous sites and that you should not miss .
Visit Casa Batlló
It is not possible to talk about Barcelona without mentioning Antoni Gaudí.
And if we talk about Gaudí how not to talk about Casa Batlló , a work of art so important that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site .
If I put this architectural, artistic and cultural emblem of the world, it is because it should be one of the first sites you visit.
Stained glass windows of the house Ballo
The house bears that name because Josep Batlló asked Gaudí for some works in the place. The idea was that it only demolished some walls, but the creativity of the architect (and the freedom given by Batlló) collapsed the entire house and reformed it into a world icon that you can visit today.
Located at number 43 of Paseo de Gracia, it receives many travelers every day, so I recommend you make your reservation online. There are several types of tickets and remember that if you go with children under 7 years they enter for free.
Visit the Sagrada Familia
I’m sure you saw it appear on all postcards, in the most classic images of Barcelona and you know it, at least from a distance. The beauty and importance of the Sagrada Familia is another place to see in Barcelona on a weekend .
The part of the Sagrada Familia that was built by Gaudí was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.
The cathedral of the Sagrada Familia is seen in the distance behind some trees on a sunny day.
It is a work with such complexity that it is still being built today and is expected to be completed in 2026.
The beginning of the construction of this work was in 1882 thanks to the contributions received by the Spiritual Association of Devotees of San José.
Gaudí dedicated 43 years of his life to this masterpiece and he did it knowing that because of the complex and ambitious project he would not see it finished.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site (yes, Barcelona is very culturally rich) Park Güell is another place you have to see in Barcelona on a weekend.
Located at a great height and with its almost 17 hectares of extension this is another of the sites that I recommend.
My advice is that if you travel in good weather, take the opportunity to take a walk there. You can also go visit it to enjoy the views of the city.
Aerial view of Guell Park where Gaudi’s works are seen
Keep in mind that the entrance to the park is completely free. If what you want is to enter the Gaudí House Museum you will have to pay an entrance fee of 8 euros per adult and just over 5 for children between 7 and 12 years old.
Beyond its great extension, without doubt the great attraction of the park is in its architectural works. Among them the bank of more than 100 meters long .
This is one of my favorite places because it is beautiful wherever you look. It is a snake-shaped work covered by small ceramics that give all its color.
It’s weird but not many travel guides recommend what is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful green lungs in the city.
I recommend you take a walk there. When you plan what to see in Barcelona do not leave it aside.
Green and calm lake in the park
I think among the best things you can do is walk and eat there. An impromptu picnic.
This park, inspired by the Luxembourg garden of Paris, was opened in 1881 and to this day is one of the most loved by the inhabitants of the city .
National Art’s Museum
In addition to the museum itself, perhaps one of the reasons why visiting the National Art Museum of Catalonia is where it is located.
The museum is the National Palace of Montjüic. Its immense irresistible dome in sight . Its size is impressive and you could look at it for hours.
Front of the national museum with a fountain
I advise you to enter (the price of admission is 10 euros) and take a few minutes to appreciate the Throne Room .
It is said that his collection of Romantic art is the most complete in the world. But you can also see works from the Gothic period or get lost in the Renaissance or Baroque collections.
With its more than 300 stalls and its 2500 square meters the Boqueria Market is one of the places you have to see in Barcelona.
Over the years it has become a must see. And it is not for less because their stalls offer endless options whether you want to cook or if you want to eat there.
Poster of 2×2 euros next to fruits and vegetables in the market
You will find stores selling olives, fish, butchers, legumes and many other things.
Also, and very important if you go hungry, you will find bars where you can drink something and eat some amazing tapas .
Enjoy your veggies restaurants
If you are like me and you prefer vegetarian or vegan food Barcelona is your place.
The city became a more veggie site over the years. This is due to a wider kitchen look and a growing demand.
Today you can make a vegetarian trip with complete peace of mind. The options are many. Many.
As there are so many possibilities I will focus on recommending only two:
Biocenter It is not one of the cheapest places but they do not go out of your mind. The site is beautiful and the quality of the dishes makes it one of the most recommended for eating in Barcelona .
Peach Vegan Burger. A vegan hamburger. Yes ladies and gentlemen. They have a very varied menu and they all do it with some vegan cheeses that everyone talks about.
One of the best things is that in addition to vegan dishes there are gluten-free options .
Santa Maria del Mar Terrace
Surely when visiting Barcelona you will find the Basilica Santa María del Mar. It is an architectural jewel of the Baroque in which you must enter and spend as much time as possible.
Spend a lot of time appreciating its innumerable details.
But take the opportunity to climb your terrace.
Yes. To its terraces.
This is something that few recommend because not everyone knows it, but the gothic area of the city can be seen from above.
You will have unforgettable views that will leave you wanting to always return to see Barcelona with other eyes .