In some ways it's very hard to spend just 48 hours in Barcelona because there is just so much to do, see and eat but in a way it's one of those places that you wouldn't mind revisiting over and over again. It's a super popular tourist destination and you can see why when you get there.
We started our time on a Sandeman's walking tour. Starting at 10am was great way to get an overview of the city's culture and history. On the tour you cover mainly the gothic quarter and I won't give away too much of you will see, but you end up at the port area at the bottom of Las Ramblas. By the time we were finished we were starving! Down by the port there are many seafood restaurants to choose from. Our guide recommended a restaurant 'Segons Mercat'. We had a great seafood Paella.
Following lunch we needed to walk off all that seafood so we headed along the coast and up the hill to Castell de Montjuïc. There are a couple of ways to get there. The first part involves a funicular up then you can either take a cable car to the top or walk the rest of the way. We chose the latter option as it was a great day out so why not? At the top there are beautiful views of Barcelona city and its port.
For dinner we went to La Pepita. We can't recommend this enough! We couldn't make a booking so we made sure we got there early and would advise the same if you want to get a seat.
Then we were off to Camp Nou to watch Barca FC vs Real Betis! What an experience. If you're able to get to a game whilst you are there we would also highly recommend it. We both aren't massive football fanatics however the atmosphere was amazing.
The following morning we had booked tickets to see Gaudi's Sagrada Familia (try to book yours ahead of time too to save time not waiting in a queue). You might be thinking just another church.. but this is different. I'm not an architect so can't really explain the technical qualities that it displayed but it was simply beautiful. The amount of natural light that enters brings life to the building. I'll stop trying to explain, you'll just have to see to appreciate.
We took a stroll down Las Ramblas which is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona. Not only is it filled with people but various shops selling trinkets, pet stores (with all kinds of animals) and other various touristy orientated souvenirs. If you're feeling peckish we probably would advise you not to eat at any of the restaurants situated along the strip but wait till you get to La Boqueria. It's filled with all types of food from fresh produce, butchers and fishmongers. Grab some freshly squeezed fruit juice and tapas when you're there!
For the remainder of the afternoon was spent exploring Park Guell. Located north of the city it was only a short metro ride away. The park is one of the major works of Gaudi so a definite must see whilst in Barca. Unfortunately it is now ticketed for 7 EURs per entry.
- Spain is one of the cheapest places to shop at Zara so if you're planning a spot of shopping you may want to do this Monday - Saturday as most places are closed on Sundays.
- Not meaning to be a buzz kill, however just be cautious of the pick pocketing and bag snatching that sometimes occurs. Just be wary of your belongings and don't leave your phones on the table whilst eating or bags on the back of your chairs etc. We're sure if you're sensible and cautious you guys will be fine and have a great time!