72 Hours in Barcelona
You have decided that Barcelona is the destination for you, a city of culture, history, beautiful sights and wonderful people. Your plane tickets are booked and you have your sights on a hotel so you are now itching to get going on your exciting mini-break, but how is the best way to go about it so that you make the most of your time? If it’s a city that you have never visited before, it can be difficult to know quite where to start, but do not worry, we have got you covered in our 72 hours in Barcelona guide.
Once you have arranged your accommodation, take the time to plan an itinerary to ensure that you will cover all of the sights that you are hoping to see. When you are touring Barcelona it can be really handy to rent a car to get around both the city and the region. You’ll be amazed by how much more ground you can cover enabling you to tick off those must-dos on your itinerary.
The must-see sights
It is worth considering where you want to go and what you want to see whilst you are in Barcelona. This should form part of your itinerary and will be completely tailored to your interests. You might have young children and want to share with them fun at Barcelona zoo. You might be a football fan and wish to take a trip to Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona and the venue where Lionel Messi weaves his magic. You could head to the Gothic Quarter for history, architecture and a dose of spirituality. And you simply cannot visit Barcelona and not make your way to the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece and possibly Barcelona’s most famous attraction. At nightime, along with enjoying the city’s nightlife, do try to take a trip to the Magic Fountain to see its light and water show.
Probably the most famous street in barcelona for shopping is La Rambla, which hosts the biggest market in Catalonia, the Mercat de la Boqueria. It will be bursting with beautiful sights, colourful fruits, aromatic spices and breads and bakes guaranteed to tempt you. If you are looking for designer and high-end shopping, then play a visit to luxurious Passeig de Gracia where you will find names such as Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Armani and many more.
When you are in a new city, it can be difficult to know where is best to eat. You might want to take in local delicacies, find hidden treasures, or simply refuel so that you can carry on with your sightseeing. Whatever your preference and motivation, check out good restaurant guides before travelling so that you don’t waste precious time trying to decide where to eat. This should also ensure that you are really only tasting the very best that the city has to offer you, further enriching your trip.
Have you ever visited barcelona? What are you must-dos and where do you love to eat?