Can only escape to Barcelona for a weekend? Don't worry, because at the Barcelona Pere Tarrés hostel, the best hostel in the city, we’re here to make your job easier by recommending the best activities so you can enjoy the city across two intense and very productive days.
Your ideal weekend in Barcelona should start, without a doubt, on Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most important avenue in the city. This street stands out for its modernist architecture and for its large number of shops. You can combine a morning of shopping with the entrance to two of the most significant modernist buildings in the Catalan capital: La Pedrera and the emblematic Casa Batlló.
After touring the entire Passeig de Gràcia, you will arrive at Plaça Catalunya, the nerve centre of Barcelona. From there, you will continue to Las Ramblas, one of the best-known tourist locations in the city and the gateway to the labyrinthine streets of the Gothic Quarter. Let yourself be carried away by the magic of those narrow alleys, where you will be constantly amazed by church squares, palaces and institutional buildings. Among the great attractions of this area are undoubtedly the Gothic Basilica of Santa María del Mar and the Cathedral of Barcelona.
After a whole morning discovering new places, you’ll surely have worked up an appetite, and we have just the solution. You can take a lunch break at the Boqueria Market, where a universe of colours and flavours awaits you and where you will find all kinds of products, from fish to fruits, as well as typical specialties such as Catalan sausages.
Finally, the afternoon can be spent visiting some of the many museums in Barcelona. In this area, the MACBA stands out, in the heart of the reformed Raval neighbourhood, and the CCCB.
Modernism and Beach Sunday
And on Sunday, you will enjoy some more weekend activities in Barcelona, since you will discover the great classics of modernism by Antoni Gaudí. You’ll start early in the morning visiting the Parc Güell, a great example of the influence that the natural elements had on his work. You will continue this modernist route to possibly the Gaudí’s crown jewel, the Sagrada Familia. Although still a work in progress, it will leave you breathless. Apart from enjoying its façade, you will also have the option of visiting the interior.
Finally, you can finish this modernist route by visiting the largest modernist enclosure in Europe, the Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau in the Guinardó neighbourhood.
To end your Sunday in style, we recommend you enjoy a good meal in front of the sea, at Barceloneta Beach. During the trip to the beach you will pass through two of the most historic places in Barcelona, the Parc de la Ciutadella and the Arc de Triomf.
Finally, put the finishing touch to your visit with the Magic Fountain show in Montjuïc, a huge fountain with the Palau Nacional façade in the background, an unmissable spectacle of music, water and colours.