Don’t have the time to book a week or two away but desperately needing a holiday? Take a short trip to the Spanish coast and immerse yourself in some of the sights Barcelona has to offer. From culinary delights to breath taking architecture, pack your weekend with the Catalonian essentials.
Barcelona boasts some of the most beautiful buildings and parks Spain has to offer and is home to Antoni Gaudí’s modernist works. Take a walk along one of the paths at Parc Güell, which offers gorgeous views of the entire city. Located in the neighbourhood of La Salut, the UNESCO World Heritage Site can be accessed both at the bottom of the Carmel Hill or through the Monumental Zone entrance which contains the park’s iconic mosaic benches and terrace. Entrance fees for the Monumental Zone start at 7,00€, but the park’s walking paths are free to the public.
South of Parc Güell and accessible via Barcelona’s underground railway and bus services, the gigantic Sagrada Familia will leave you in awe. The basilica began construction in the late 19th century and is expected to be completed by 2026, but visitors are still welcome to tour the cathedral’s interior. Walking along the perimeter of the Sagrada Familia is highly recommended, as the exterior is intricately detailed with images depicting the story of Jesus Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Access inside the basilica begins at 15,00€ and it is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance as the historic site often sells out.
Complete the Gaudí architecture tour at the Casa Batlló in the heart of Barcelona. The wavy façade of this building is imaginatively elaborate with a multi-coloured roof resembling fish scales and psychedelic stain glass windows.
End your Friday or Saturday night at the Font Màgica de Montjuic. This ‘magic fountain’ throws a jaw-dropping water aerobics show every Thursday through Sunday between 9 and 10.30 PM. With lights that are able to illuminate 50 shades and hues, and a magnificent backdrop of the Palau Nacional, this is a great way to cap your sightseeing. The steps to the balcony of the Palau Nacional are prime seats for a great view, so be sure get there early !
Grab a Bite
After your architecture tour, feast on some classic Spanish eats. A short walk from the Sagrada Familia, Inter Tapa is a great spot to enjoy the food-sharing staples and a refreshing glass of sangria.
If you’re thinking of enjoying the fresh seafood the Spanish coast has to offer, head over to 7 Portes near the Platja de la Barceloneta. Their paella Parellada includes monkfish, lobster, pork, squid, sausage, and rabbit. Although a bit on the pricier side of Catalonian cuisine, their daily paellas and fresh seafood mixes are not to be missed if you’re near the beach!
Thinking of steering away from the stereotypical Spanish feasts? Head to TACOS TACOS for cheap tacos with some Spanish flare. Right off of Barcelona’s bustling Avinguda del Paral·lel, TACOS TACOS’ menu goes beyond the basic options and offers authentic choices like chicken with mole (pronounced: moleay) sauce, pork with green sauce, and beef tongue for the brave culinary risk takers. The Spanish franchise sells their tacos for 1,90€/ea. and offers ‘taco packs’ for 5, 10, and 20 tacos with drinks.
All these sites and more are easily accessible through Barcelona’s Metro and bus services. Save money by getting either the city’s Barcelona card or the Tourist Travel pass. Both offer free Metro and bus transport, along with the RENFE train from the Barcelona Airport. Only the Barcelona card, however, includes discounts to restaurants, souvenir shops, and tourist sites like the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell.