Culture vultures. Relaxation aficionados. Cuisine fiends. Welcome to Barcelona, your weekend get-away paradise! Filled with endless activities to fulfill your holiday aspirations, Barcelona is the ideal long-weekend. To get the best out of your 36 hours in Barcelona, follow our plan guaranteed to satisfy your culture needs, food cravings and send you home more relaxed than ever.
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The following takes place between Friday at 5PM and Sunday at 2PM. Events occur in real time:
- 5PM: Spend Friday afternoon strolling the busy, beautiful streets of Barcelona’s city center. A tourist hub, La Rambla is always full of life and energy, with street performers and little souvenir shops along the way. Start at Plaça de Catalunya and walk down la Rambla till you hit la Boqueria. Take a quick stroll inside for some tasty fresh fruits, sweets and incredible croquets and empanadillas.
- 7PM: Calling all shopaholics. Barcelona is one of the world’s fashion capitals; so don’t hesitate to indulge yourself in a little shopping around the city. Walk up Passieg de Gracia for the big brand names like Michael Kors and Bvlgari and Carrer de Pelai for your regular brands like Zara, Mango and Bershka. To take a quick shopping break, head to Corte Ingles in Plaça de Catalunya for a cup of tea or a quick bite at the restaurant at the top!
- 9:30PM: For a true Spanish tapas experience, dine at Ciudad Condal at Rambla de Catalunya. Ciudad Condal is a lively restaurant with the most amazing tapas. They are always busy and unfortunately don’t take reservations, but definitely worth the wait. Make sure to go over to the outside seating area and tell the waiter to put you on the list! While you wait, you can take a walk around the area or go for a drink nearby.
- 10AM: Get an early start on Saturday to make the most of the city. Barcelona is a cultural bliss with its gorgeous Gaudi buildings and endless museums. My top 5 suggestions are:
1) La Sagrada Familia: Gaudi’s unfished masterpiece
2) Camp Nou: Home to football giant, FC Barcelona
3) Telèferic de Montjuïc: Take a Cable car up to Montjuïc Castle for stunning views
4) Park Güell: An architectural garden located on the hill of Carmel
5) Barri Gòthic: Center of Barcelona’s old city
- 9PM: Every 30 minutes between 9pm-11pm, witness the Magic Fountain located in Plaza Espanya. This spectacular water display accompanied by music is an unmissable attraction in Barcelona. Should you choose to visit, Plaza Espanya is also home to the bullring reformed into shopping center Las Arenas. With plenty of rooftop excellent restaurants to choose from, your dining experience will be accompanied by an incredible view.
- 11PM: To end your evening in style, head to Grand Hotel Central and have a cocktail or two at their Skybar and enjoy the city by night. With the stunning views, swinging music and tasty cocktails, its bound to be a night to remember.
- 10AM: What better way to start your day than with Churros!? This warm, fried, sweet, bready Spanish treat is a must-have on your weekend trip! I would recommend Comaxurros for some traditional churros with a modern feel. The churrería has earned its stellar reputation over the last few months for their modern take on the snack, so head over to pamper your taste buds with deliciousness. Check our Top 5 Churrerias in Barcelona!
- 12PM: After all, you are here to relax so go spend some time working on that tan at the beach! However beautiful, Barceloneta is full of people all day and gets very busy on the weekends. If you are up for it, take the train from Sants Renfe Station over to Platja de Castedefells – which is around 20 minutes away from the city center- for a quiet and peaceful afternoon. After spending a couple hours in this paradise, alas it is time to head back. After such a beautiful weekend it is only natural you wouldn’t want to leave, so we hope to see you again in Barcelona soon!