How to see Barcelona in 48 hours

When I ventured to Barcelona, I only had two nights there. So, I ended up doing a whole lot in a short period of time (as you will see below). WEAR COMFY SHOES!!!

1. Stay In Gothic Quarter (the old town)

There are many options when it comes to staying in Barcelona. However, if you are on a time crunch like I was,  I recommend staying in the Gothic Quarter. It is centrally located and has easy access to transportation (metro, bus systems, taxi). There are also many hotel and Air Bnb options here.

Word of advice: Make sure your place includes A/C…or you will regret

2. Tour Sagrada Família


This is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by known architect Antoni Gaudí. After almost 130 YEARS the church still isn’t complete. This is a MUST SEE when you are in Barcelona. If you want to take a tour of the inside, I highly recommend bookings your tickets in advance online. This will save you a lot of time and money.

3. Visit Park Güell


Park Güell is where Gaudí turned his interests to landscape gardening. The park consists of various walkways supported by twisting rock pillars, accompanied by stunning mosaic tiling and mesmerizing buildings (including Gaudí’s house!). Once you reach the top of the park, you get an incredible view of Barcelona City!

****Wear some comfy shoes.

4. Ramble Las Ramblas


Undoubtedly one of the most famous street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas is a boulevard that stretches out for 1.2km. It’s interior is lined with restaurants and shops. This is a touristy place so you will be charged touristy prices, but it worth taking a stroll though. I had dinner in Las Ramblas one night and although the wait can be long for the restaurants, it is well worth it if you are going in the evening. You will be serenaded with beautiful street music and fine wine.

5. Enjoy Some Tapas

I say “Tapas” instead of “food” because this is literally the only thing you will eat while in Spain. Anything can be tapas – paella, croquettes, ham and cheese on toast, truly anything. As long as it is small and served with your drink. It is essentially a small dish of something edible. Be sure to check out Quimet & Quimet, Cerveseria Catalana, and Tapas 24.

6. Party All Night


If you’re looking to party extremely hard, Opium is the place to do it. It is located on a prime piece of real estate right in the Port Olimpic strip. The best part is, you can step right out the front door, walk 50 feet and be right on the beach. Since you will more than likely be partying until the break of dawn, it’s convenient (especially if you’re drunk) to have ease of access to a prime Barcelona beach sunrise.


Located right next to Opium is Shôko. This is basically the sister club of Opium. Super fun located right on the beach as well. One difference is that they are alot more relaxed with thier dress code. Basically, any club you go to in Barcelona will have you partying until you realize the sun is coming up!


7. People Watch At Barceloneta Beach 

It is in a great central location, next to metro stops and food joints. I must warn you it can get VERY crowded, so I recommend you walk further down the beach to find a spot with more space.

It is also common to see women/men go topless.. and at times bottomless at the beaches in the city, but full nudity is reserved for the two nudist beaches. There is no large separation between the nudist and traditional beaches. So, you can walk around the city beaches and see naked people in Barcelona walking and hanging out amongst fully clothed people.



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