For the longest time, Barcelona’s image has been tied to stag and hen parties. But little by little, the Spanish city is shedding off this infamous image to show the rest of the world that it also has a sophisticated and smart side that has been in existence way before tourists crowded the area.
If you are planning your weekend in Barcelona, here are some of the destinations worth your time exploring.
Spend a Fun Time at Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo is one of the famous structures designed by architect Gaudi. This special building is located at the Passeig de Gracia and was constructed in 1877. Just make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time if you plan to visit this fancy building and explore its interior. Since this is one of Barcelona’s popular tourist attractions, it gets quite busy, particularly during peak season.
Explore the Wonders of Las Ramblas
Travelers often have a love and hate relationship with Las Ramblas, but this is another place you need to check out during your weekend in Barcelona for many good reasons. Stretching for more than 1,200 meters, Las Ramblas is a busy shopping district and boulevard that will lead you directly to the beach.
Many street artists flock to Las Ramblas during the summer months. It runs from Placa de Catalunya to Port Vell, the oldest portion of the harbor of Barcelona where you can find the monument of Columbus.
Relax and Chill at Park Guell
Park Guell is the city park that you can find right outside the city center but is very much accessible via public transport. Another Gaudi creation, most areas of the park are quite accessible for free, while minimal entrance fees are required in the parts where you can admire the best structures of Gaudi. Nature Square is one of Barcelona’s most cherished gems where you can bask in panoramic views over the city.
Of course, no weekend in Barcelona will be complete if you don’t see with your own two eyes its world-renowned structure, none other than the Sagrada Familia. Architect Gaudi also designed the basilica, and the structure has been continuously built from 1882 to this very day. To capture its majestic beauty without the cranes, you can simply go to the back part of the basilica and capture amazing photos from the small pond there.
Cap Off Your Weekend at Plaza Real
What better way to end your weekend in Barcelona than having some delicious food and fine wine at Plaza Real? Located at the end of Las Ramblas, this small square just off the city’s main tourist attraction is similar to a large courtyard dotted with bars and restaurants.
The outside terraces will lure you to sit and relax after your exploration. The restaurants offer a selection of delish foods. Pair traditional Spanish fare with a bottle of wine and have the best dining experience of your life.
Make your weekend in Barcelona short but sweet by checking out these sites and attractions!
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