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How to Spend 2 Days in Barcelona

How to Spend 2 Days in Barcelona

Many travelers whizz through Barcelona in a day as part of a grand tour of Spain or Europe. But, those who spend an extra day in the Catalan capital are rewarded with diverse experiences. From Gaudí’s masterpieces to historic neighborhoods, here’s our suggested itinerary for two days in Barcelona.

 

Day 1: Barcelona Highlights

**Morning:**Kick off your time in Barcelona with an overview of the city. Jump onto a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour to see what attractions you might want to visit later, or join a private half-day tour with a local for tips on which sights match your interests.

 

**Afternoon:**Dedicate an afternoon to Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí’s works. After lunch, head straight to the Sagrada Familia, one of Barcelona’s most recognizable landmarks, for a tour. Book skip-the-line tickets in advance or opt for a Gaudí-themed guided tour that also includes a stop at Park Güell.

 

**Night:**After working your appetite with all that sightseeing, treat yourself to two delicious Spanish traditions: tapas and wine. Typical food walking tours of the old city take travelers to several of Barcelona’s best tapas and wine bars, allowing you to sample a wide range of local favorites.

 

Day 2: Cuisine and Culture

**Morning:**This is a great time to explore some of Barcelona’s numerous world-class museums. Take a guided tour of the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter, ride the cable car to the top of Montjuic Hill (Parc de Montjuic) to visit the military fortress, or make your way to Plaza España for the National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya).

 

**Afternoon:**Dive deeper into the local food culture with a cooking class. Visit La Boqueria market to pick out ingredients before heading to a kitchen to learn some skills from a professional chef. Depending on the class, you might prepare paella, garlic prawns, Catalan octopus, or Spanish omelet.

 

**Night:**Don’t leave Spain without seeing a traditional flamenco show—several venues throughout Barcelona offer dinner and flamenco shows perfect for a romantic evening. Alternately, use your final night to get out on the water and see the city from another angle during a sunset sailing trip along the Barcelona coast.

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Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia

Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia

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Delve into the architectural beauty and rich history of Barcelona on a comprehensive full- or half-day tour of the Catalonian capital. With an expert guide, visit some of the city’s most iconic sights and enjoy skip-the-line access to Gaudi’s modernist masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Ascend to Montjuïc Hill to enjoy sweeping vistas of Barcelona’s metropolitan sprawl and stroll the streets of the Gothic Quarter on a guided tour. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 6 hours
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Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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Discover the spectacular sights and cultural delights of Barcelona on a 1- or 2-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. From the open-top deck of a distinctive double-decker bus, see the impressive monuments of the Catalonian capital and disembark whenever an attraction captures your attention. Explore both the East and West route to admire the medieval charm of Las Ramblas and see the sandy stretch of Port Olimpic. Marvel at the architectural magnificence of Gaudi buildings and feel awe-inspired by the famous F.C. Barcelona football stadium.
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  • 2 hours
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Gaudi's Park Guell Guided Tour with Skip the Line Ticket

Gaudi's Park Guell Guided Tour with Skip the Line Ticket

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Take a guided tour of Parc Güell, designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí and arguably Barcelona's most beautiful public space. Follow your guide on an in-depth exploration of this magnificent site, checking out some of its most picturesque sights and learning fascinating facts about its eccentric designer, Gaudí. Along the way you're sure to enjoy the park's intricate tile work, colorful architecture, and stunning city views afforded by its hilltop location. Your Parc Güell tour also includes entrance fees at the site.
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Combo Tour: Fast Track Sagrada Familia & Park Güell with the Best of Gaudí

Combo Tour: Fast Track Sagrada Familia & Park Güell with the Best of Gaudí

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Delve into the eccentric imagination of Antoni Gaudí on a combo tour that combines two of Barcelona’s most interesting experiences. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, sail past the long lines at the entrance of La Sagrada Familia with a priority access pass and marvel at the inspiring interior of the famously unfinished church. Afterward, explore the sculpted splendor of Park Güell and stroll down Passeig de Gràcia to see La Pedrera (Casa Mila) and Casa Batlló, two of the architect’s most distinctive and dynamic designs.
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Flamenco Experience at Tablao de Carmen with Dinner or Drink

Flamenco Experience at Tablao de Carmen with Dinner or Drink

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Be swept up in the passion of Andalucian flamenco at Barcelona’s Tablao de Carmen, one of the city’s best-known ‘tablaos’ or flamenco bars. Make your own way to the tablao in the Spanish Village and enjoy an electrifying flamenco show of flamboyant dancing, singing, hand clapping and rousing guitar music. Choose from two show times and opt to enjoy a drink, tapas or 3-course dinner before the performance. Your experience includes admission to the Spanish Village, a recreation of a traditional Spanish town filled with craft shops, cafés and museums.
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Catamaran Party Tour For Young People

Catamaran Party Tour For Young People

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Explore Barcelona’s spectacular coastline and admire the seaside splendor of the city on a 3-hour catamaran cruise. Sail the iridescent waters of the Mediterranean Sea aboard a stylish sailboat; sip complimentary cocktails and refreshing drinks as you feel the soothing Spanish sun on your skin. Stop to plunge into the inviting waters below and play with the floating mat.
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360º Barcelona eBike with Montjuic Cable Car ticket & Sailing trip

360º Barcelona eBike with Montjuic Cable Car ticket & Sailing trip

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See all of Barcelona’s legendary landmarks on a half-day electric bike tour of the city. Explore the captivating Catalonian capital at a leisurely pace on your state-of-the-art electric bicycle. Cycle around the iconic Olympic Stadium, gaze at panoramic vistas of the city from a cable car, and then sail the sea in an eco-friendly catamaran on a short cruise. Immerse yourself in the modern magnificence of Gaudi sites like Parc Guell and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 12.
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  • 4 hours
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Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting

Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting

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Experience the culture and cuisine of Barcelona on this electric bike, tapas, and wine tour. Follow your knowledgeable guide through the atmospheric streets of the Catalonia's capital in search of landmarks such as the El Born Cultural Centre and Frank Gehry’s Golden Fish sculpture. Absorb the botanical beauty of Parc de la Ciutadella, and admire the picturesque charm of La Barceloneta port. Appease an appetite for authenticity by visiting a local bar to feast on up to four tapas dishes and three drinks in a convivial atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Montjuic Mountain Tour with Visit to Olympic Park and Plaza España

Private Montjuic Mountain Tour with Visit to Olympic Park and Plaza España

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Ride the funicular railway up Montjuïc for spectacular views over Barcelona during this 3-hour private tour. Translated as the ‘Mountain of the Jews’ due to its Jewish cemetery, the hill was home to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. Visit the Olympic facilities and Montjuïc Castle, then finish with a walking tour at Plaza España, where your personal guide shares the highlights of one of Barcelona’s most impressive squares.
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  • 3 hours
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Small-Group or Private Barcelona Tapas Tour with a Local

Small-Group or Private Barcelona Tapas Tour with a Local

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Indulge in the fine art of eating tapas—Spanish-style small dishes—and experience Barcelona like a local. An in-the-know guide takes you to vibrant tapas bars and bodegas in neighborhoods like El Raval and Poble Sec. Four glasses of wine or aperitif are included with your tapas. By the end of the tour, you will distinguish your 'banderillas' from your 'pintxo,' even if you can't pronounce them! Numbers are limited to 12 people for a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes