2 DAYS IN BARCELONA!
Hola, cómo estás? Uno Cerveza por favor! I was so excited to speak some Spanish as soon as I arrived for my 2 days in Barcelona! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this place, boasting a reputation as one of the most attractive cities in Europe.
I spent 2 days in Barcelona and have put together the perfect Barcelona itinerary for anyone planning a short trip to this magnificent city in Spain.
Boredom is almost unheard of in Barcelona as there are many activities and attractions to enjoy! 2 days in Barcelona is just the right amount of time to experience everything from shopping, dining, architecture, beaches and much more!
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2 DAYS IN BARCELONA OVERVIEW
Here’s a quick overview of an ideal 2 Days in Barcelona with my recommendations of places to visit:
- Las Ramblas Walking Street
- Mercat Market
- La Barceloneta Beach
- Park Guell
- Sagrada Familia
- Casa Battlo
- Plaza de Catalunya
WHERE IS BARCELONA & HOW TO GET THERE
Barcelona is located on the north-east coast of Spain on the Meditteranean Sea. The population of Barcelona is 1.6 million.
The two most common ways of reaching Barcelona is by plane or train.
Barcelona International Airport is very well connected with daily flights available from anywhere in Europe and also international arrivals from the UAE and South America. I always use SkyScanner to search and book all of my flights as they generally have the cheapest rates.
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Arriving in Barcelona by train is the next best option of reaching this seaside city in Spain. Daily trains operate in and out of Barcelona Train Station, connecting Barcelona from other major countries in Europe such as Portugal, France, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom to name a few.
Traveling around Europe by train is one of the best ways to get around at an affordable cost. I highly recommend purchasing a Eurail Pass to make the most out of your Europe trip. There are many different passes available which give you access to the majority of trains, buses and boats within 31 countries in Europe!
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2 DAYS IN BARCELONA – DAY 1:
LAS RAMBLAS WALKING STREET
Las Ramblas is a MUST on everyone’s Barcelona itinerary 2 days! The world-famous La Rambla walking street stretches for 1.5km from Plaza de Catalunya all the way down to the Colombus Statue on the waterfront.
Along this pedestrian boulevard, you can find market stalls, restaurants, cafes, bars, street performers and more! A weekend in Barcelona would not be complete without a stroll down Las Ramblas!
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Las Ramblas – 2 Days In Barcelona
La Rambla – Barcelona In Two Days
MERCAT MARKET (LA BOQUERIA)
While you are strolling down Las Ramblas during your 2 days in Barcelona, don’t forget to stop into the Mercat Market, also known as La Boqueria. Once a local fruit and veg market, La Boqueria has recently become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona!
Inside the Mercat Market, you can find countless food stalls, tapas bars, fruit and veg shops, local meat butchers, sweet shops and many other vendors selling their products inside this labyrinth!
La Boqueria is the perfect addition to your 2 days Barcelona itinerary when you are out and about exploring this part of the city.
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Mercat Market – 2 days in Barcelona
Tapas bar at La Boqueria – Barcelona in two days
LA BARCELONETA BEACH
After experiencing Las Ramblas walking street and the Mercat Market, La Barceloneta Beach is next on this Barcelona itinerary 2 days!
La Barceloneta is the most popular beach in Barcelona and for a good reason… Glistening white sand and turquoise waters await! Beachgoers flock here in the hundreds, especially on a hot summer day when the sun is shining and the ocean temperatures are just right.
There are several beach bars and restaurants along the promenade which is one of the best places in Barcelona to have a seafood lunch, complemented with a cold glass of Cerveza or sangria at a reasonable price.
If you don’t fancy sitting down at a beachside restaurant, I recommend purchasing some snacks and drinks from a convenience store on your way down to Barceloneta Beach and then find a place on the sand to perch up for the afternoon.
Surfboards and stand-up paddleboards can also be rented along the beachfront if you wish to have some fun in the water!
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La Barceloneta Beach – 2 Days In Barcelona
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2 DAYS IN BARCELONA – DAY 2:
On Day 2 of this Barcelona Itinerary, I highly recommend visiting Park Guell for sunrise or as early on in the day as you can to beat the crowds.
The garden terrace at Park Guell offers one of the best viewpoints to watch the sunrise over the city with panoramic views stretching as far as the eye can see.
Park Güell comprises of wonderful gardens and architectonic elements that distinguish the city’s most beautiful public park. Park Guell is also popular for its serpentine benches and buildings which are covered in mosaic tiles.
It is free to roam around the grounds Park Guell, however, if you wish to head inside to visit the park’s museum you’ll have to purchase a ticket at the entrance or alternatively, you can get your Park Guell ticket online in advance.
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Park Guell – Barcelona Itinerary 2 Days
Sunrise near Park Guell – Barcelona Weekend
La Sagrada Familia is one of Antonio Gaudi’s most famous works that is not to be missed on your 2 days in Barcelona!
Gaudi, a well-known Spanish architect, began constructing La Sagrada Familia back in 1882 and almost 150 years later, even after his death, the construction of this giant Basilica is still ongoing and when finished it will be the tallest church building in the world.
The Basilica of La Sagrada Familia dominates Barcelona’s skyline and it can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.
Simply marvel at the incredible architecture of Sagrada Familia from the outside or purchase a ticket to explore inside the monolithic walls of this magnificent building.
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Sagrada Familia – Barcelona Itinerary 2 Days
La Sagrada Familia – 2 Days In Barcelona
Inside La Sagrada Familia – Barcelona Itinerary 2 Days
Not too far from Sagrada Familia is the twisting building of Casa Battlo, another one of Gaudi’s unique creations!
From the outside, it looks like the balconies have been made out of skulls and bones and stained glass windows give Casa Battlo a vibrant touch.
They say Gaudi used colors and shapes in his creations which were inspired by those found in marine life such as corals.
During your 2 days in Barcelona, visiting the amazing architectural works of Antonio Gaudi is a must!
Again, if you wish to take a look inside Casa Battlo you’ll have to purchase a ticket at the entrance. Alternatively, you can book tickets online in advance.
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Casa Battlo – Barcelona In 2 Days
PLAZA DE CATALUNYA
Last but not least on this Barcelona itinerary 2 days is Plaza de Catalunya. It is considered to be the center of Barcelona city and in turn, is one of the largest squares in Barcelona.
Plaza de Catalunya boasts a large water fountain as the centerpiece of the square which is surrounded by retail stores, restaurants, bars, metro stations and more.
It is the perfect meeting point to begin your adventures in Barcelona and a great spot to enjoy a meal during breakfast, lunch or dinner!
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Plaza de Catalunya – Two Days In Barcelona
Plaza de Catalunya – Barcelona in two days
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN BARCELONA
Barcelona has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay during your 2 days in Barcelona to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Grand Hotel Central
Mid Range: The Level at Melia Barcelona Sky
Budget: Gracia City Hostel
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GETTING AROUND BARCELONA
The best way to get around during your 2 days in Barcelona is by using the underground Metro. You can grab a 10 trip pass which costs €10 or a single ride ticket costs €2.20. Metro tickets can be purchased from any Metro station in Barcelona.
Alternatively, you can buy an All-In-One Barcelona Travel Card which gives access to every tram, bus, metro! Choose from either a 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, 4 day or 5 day travel card.
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Barcelona city is also reasonably walkable if your legs aren’t painted on and if you have the time. I always recommend walking where possible as it’s a great way to see other cool and random places along the way.
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2 DAYS IN BARCELONA – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The best time to visit Barcelona is from April to June and September to November when temperatures are moderate and there are fewer tourists.
Peak season in Barcelona is typically between June and September which is smack bang in the middle of summer, so expect large crowds and many tourists during these months.
The currency in Barcelona is Euros and the exchange rate is approximately 1 Euro = $1.10 USD
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WHAT TO PACK FOR 2 DAYS IN BARCELONA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF 2 DAYS IN BARCELONA
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