Even in a large and busy modern metropolis like Barcelona, it can be easy to walk thanks to an efficient transportation network of metro and bus. However, to organize a personalized tour that includes the key places to see, it is necessary to have a map; seeing everything the city has to offer requires careful planning so that you’ll get to see them all. Given the growing success of low-cost airlines and the excellent public transport network (with its 9 subway lines), Barcelona has in recent years become a popular destination to visit even for a short period. Besides, who would say no to spending a weekend there?
Plaça de Sant Jaume
If you only have two / three days to explore the city, it is advisable to start the tour from the center, looking, if possible, to include the old town in your walk too, decentralizing more and more towards the outer areas. A real must in Barcelona is first and foremost the Picasso Museum: a true temple of avant-garde painting and for art lovers. Walking along Carrer de Montcada, turn at Calle de la Princesa and you’ll find yourself in the narrow streets of the old town, passing through the Plaça St Jaume and Plaça Reial.
From there you can go on to the world-famous Las Ramblas and head, in the direction of the Columbus statue, towards the harbor area known as Barceloneta. From Barceloneta, where you will visit the Port Vell, you can take the funicular to the Parque de Montjuïc and go to the Museum of the History of Catalonia.
Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia
The second day, take a walk in the alleys of the old town to discover the true soul of Barcelona street musicians and antique cafés that create the magic that makes this city unique. Worth visiting is the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia, which is located in the Gothic Quarter. Leaving the Barri Gotic, you can go to the Palau de la Música Catalana, a splendid example of architecture of the early twentieth century.
Not far you can reach Plaça de Catalunya, one of the most central locations in the city. Regardless of how hard your weekend may seem, Barcelona would not be Barcelona without Antoni Gaudi so a destination not to be missed is the Casa Mila (also called La Pedrera), the magnificent park / museum Güell and, last but not least, the Sagrada Familia, one of the the most famous basilicas in the world.
Barcelona sights photos by: Serge Melki, Robert Pool, J-Fish, Natxus, alicia rivas
For more on Barcelona check: What to see in Barcelona, Spain, Spending 4 days in Barcelona | Spain
By +Nikos Kontorigas