Weekend in Barcelona
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Looking to come to Barcelona for a Weekend? Here's a possible route to help you make the most out of the city.
Friday evening: Magic Fountain & Tapas
When you get to the hotel, leave your bags, grab your camera and head to the Font Màgica (Magic Fountain). The show performs every half an hour from 19:00 to 21:00, if you come at Christmas time the light show is accompanied by carols. Once the show ends, we recomend to see one of the world-call musical performance in stunning architectural seeting like the Palau de la Música Catalana or the renowed Gran Teatre del Liceu. (You better book time ahead of your trip)
If you arrive to Barcelona early afternoon and you like museums, you have next to the fountain the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya known as MNAC (www.mnac.es) is inside the the National Palace of Montjuic. Palace built for the International Exhibition of 1929.
If you are not on a hurry to see a show, then I reccomend to have a dinner at Rosal 34, not far from there, has excellent cuisine, I like the Dice of cod with tomatoes, the brave potatoes in foam with "all i oil" cream and spicy oil and for desserts, the violet sherbet.
Saturday: Eixample and the Old city
Get up early and eat a strong breakfast because will be a long day.
This morning we will start with two modernist buildings, the first La Pedrera, if necessary, take the metro to be there before 10:00am, there are often queues especially if the visit is in August.
Then walk down the Passeig de Gràcia toward Casa Batlló, a true art work of Antoni Gaudí.
While you continue to walk down Passeig de Gracia note the lamppost and benches they are great examples of the modernism period, you will arrive to Plaça Catalunya where you can enjoy shopping in some of the most prestigious shops.
You've come to the mythical Plaça Catalunya, with its fountains and its typical pigeons fluttering around children. If you come at Christmas time, you can ice skate on the ice rink that has been installed for the first time this year, the initiative has been widely accepted by citizens, prices are between 6 and 8 euros.
On one side of the square you will see "El Corte Ingles" a shopping center where you will find everything.
Crossing the square to the south is where the Las Ramblas starts, a walk there is a must do to get an idea of the diversity of nationalities that visit Barcelona each year. On the Ramblas you can see flowers and newspapers stalls, human figures, painters and shops that years ago had animals and birds, which were removed recently.
Down the Ramblas, the first stop is the Mercat de la Boqueria, a delight for the senses, there are fruits from around the world, meat, fish, candy,fresh squeezed juices to carry and a possible stop for lunch, since within the market there are a number of excellent tapas bars. El Quim de la Boqueria is one of the most popular, try the succulent squid and the roasted peppers.
A little further down and to the right you will see the Gran Teatre del Liceu, you can visit through 13:00pm.
A few meters turn left and cross the Plaça Reial to visit the Gothic Quarter.If you are tired you can take a coffee in one of its terraces. Good place to take a break and enjoy the cosmopolite atmosphere.
Off the square to the left, walk no more than five minutes to reach the Plaça Sant Jaume, on the right you will see the city council and on the left the Generalitat de Catalunya the regional government office, here is where the Festes de la Mercé (city festival) starts every year.
Turning left on the Bisbe street and you will get to the Catedral de Barcelona (Barcelona Cathedral) with it's magnificent cloister, a few steps below and crossing Via Laitana street you will find the Mercat de Santa Caterina, which highlights its unique rooftop.
Next stop is at Museu Picasso (Picasso Museum), located on the Moncada street, occupies three old mansions. After the visit head to the Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar (Santa Maria del Mar Church), sit there and lose yourself in history.
Dinner at one of the many tapas bars at Born and if you still have some batteries and you like Futbol, head to Camp Nou for a match of FC Barcelona and enjoy !
Sunday: Gaudi Masterpieces and a short Barceloneta rest
For today route, buy a metro ticket and get your walking shoes, because we will go from one end of the city to the other.
We start our trip at La Sagrada Familia, an expiatory temple consecrated as Basilica in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. There are often queues to get to the temple, get there a bit early.
Take the metro to the Park Güell, you will enjoy great views to the city and discover a beautiful park created by Antoni Gaudi, I like very much the two Hansel & Gretel houses at the entrance of the park, dont miss to take your photo with the most famous salamander of Gaudi.
Now rest in the Barceloneta, here you have multiple options from a walk to swim at the beach.
Finally one of the most anticipated moments of the day, after feeding the soul, we will feed the stomach. At the barceloneta I like El Suquet de l'Almirall restaurant, its signature dish the "arroz caldos".
Once recovered forces we will walk to Port Vell a delightful promenade with the statue of Columbus in the background.
If traveling with kids, half way to Colon you will find the Maremagnum mall, there you have a the Aquarium or watch a 3D movie.
By now your weekend in Barcelona is about to end, your flight is about to leave, and hopefully you have enjoyed a great weekend in Barcelona. Until next time !
Do some plan ahead
Do some planning before you head to Barcelona, we specially recommend to set one or two activities for Friday or Saturday night what you will need to book time in advance. We recommend the following two if available:
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