It is not easy to write about one of the most visited destinations in the world. But I’ll try to tell you what to see in Barcelona with a different touch.
Visiting Barcelona in 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 and not so known places. That means that you visit very famous places and that you shouldn’t miss.
Visit Casa Batllo
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 is because it should be one of the first places you visit.
The house is named after Josep Batlló who asked Gaudí to do some work on the site. The idea was that it would only knock down a few walls, but the creativity of the architect (and the freedom given by Batllo) knocked down the whole house and reformed it into a world icon that you can visit today.
Located at number 43 of Paseo de Gracia receives many travelers every day so I recommend you to make your reservation online. There are several types of tickets and remember that if you go with children under 7 years enter free.
Visit the Sagrada Familia
I’m sure you’ve seen her appear in all the postcards, in the most classic images of Barcelona and you know her, at least from afar. The beauty and importance of the Sagrada Familia is another of the places 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.
It is a work of 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 St. Joseph.
Gaudí dedicated 43 years of his life to this masterpiece and did so knowing that because of the complexity and ambition of the project he would not see it finished.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site (yes, Barcelona is very rich culturally) Park Güell is another of the places you must 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 I recommend.
My advice is that if you travel in good weather, take a walk there. You can also visit it to enjoy the views of the city.
Please note that entrance to the park is completely free. If you want to enter the Gaudí House Museum you will have to pay an entrance fee of 8 euros per adult and a little more than 5 for children between 7 and 12 years old.
Beyond its great extension, without a doubt the great attraction of the park is in its architectural works. Among them is the 100-metre-long bench.
This is one of my favorite places because it’s beautiful everywhere you look. It is a work in the shape of a snake covered by small ceramics that give it all its colourfulness.
Parc de la Ciutadella
It is rare but not many travel guides recommend what is perhaps one of the city’s most beautiful green lungs.
I recommend you take a walk over there. When planning what to see in Barcelona, don’t leave it out.
I think one of the best things you can do is walk around and eat there. An impromptu picnic.
This park, inspired by the Luxembourg garden in Paris, was opened in 1881 and is still one of the most loved by the city’s inhabitants.
National Museum of Art
Besides the museum itself, perhaps one of the reasons to visit the National Museum of Art of Catalonia is because of where it is located.
The museum is located in the National Palace of Montjüic. Its immense dome is irresistible to the eye. Its size is imposing and you could stare at it for hours.
I advise you to go in (the entrance fee is 10 euros) and spend a few minutes appreciating 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’s become a must-see. And it’s no wonder because their stalls offer endless options whether you want to cook or eat there.
You will find shops selling olives, fish, meat, vegetables and many other things.
Also, and very important if you go hungry, you will find bars where you can drink something and eat some incredible tapas.
Enjoy their veggie restaurants
If you are like me and you are inclined to vegetarian or vegan food, Barcelona is your place.
the city became more veggie over the years. This is due to a wider kitchen look and a growing demand.
Today you can take a vegetarian trip with complete peace of mind. The options are many. Lots of them.
Since there are so many possibilities, I’m going to focus on recommending just two:
Biocenter. It’s not one of the cheapest places, but they don’t go out of their minds either. The place is beautiful and the quality of the dishes make it one of the most recommended places to eat in Barcelona.
Vegan Burger Peach. A vegan burger joint. Yes, ladies and gentlemen. They have a very varied menu and they make everything 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.
Terrace of Santa Maria del Mar
When you visit Barcelona you will surely come across the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar. It is an architectural jewel of the baroque in which you must enter and spend as much time as possible.
He spends a lot of time appreciating its countless details.
But he takes the opportunity to go up to his terrace.
Yes. To your terraces.
This is something that few recommend because not everyone knows it, but the gothic area of the city can be seen from the heights.
You will have unforgettable views that will leave you wanting to always see Barcelona with different eyes.