Are you planning a trip to Barcelona or have you added it to the itinerary but are limited on time? Well, fear not as we’ve put together this article on how-to spend 48-hours in Barcelona. If you’re limited on time, make a plan and decide on what you want to see the most. You should also *check Holiday Gems who specialise in short-haul travel. Here is how we spent our 48-hours in Barcelona.
How-to Spend 48-hours in Barcelona
This is probably news to nobody but Barcelona is the capital of Spain and the largest Catalonia city. Almost everyone who wants to visit mainland Europe has Barcelona on their list of places to explore. Living in the UK I am only a stone throw away from this incredible Spanish city. Many Britons fly to Spain year round for it’s incredible beaches but I am a city lover.
Regular readers will remember I went to Barcelona last year November after I found an incredible deal. As a deal hunter I knew I had to return to this city one day not realising just how soon. This time I did not go alone, I took my parents with me so they too could experience it. The itinerary was very relaxed as I was traveling with ageing parents abroad. Speaking of itineraries, here is how we used up our 48-hours in the Spanish city of Barcelona.
48-hours in Barcelona: Itinerary
Our flight was from London Stansted to Barcelona Girona Airport, over 100km from Barcelona. Luckily for us there is a nice bus service from Girona Airport to Barcelona main station. We arrived in Barcelona early evening and decided to spend the rest of the evening resting.
I had booked us a lovely apartment in the heart of Barcelona in the Sagrada Familia area. Our itinerary had 4 items on it as we intended to take the city in slowly. But as we were limited on time I made sure we also caught the city tour bus to explore more areas. The following places are the ones we managed to explore on our recent trip to Barcelona.
BARCELONETA BEACH| MAY 2018 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Today was such a fun filled day with my parents. I made a secret promise to them in my heart that 2018 i would take them on my trips across #europe and I am glad to slowly be fulfilling that. January 2018: Toulouse, France February 2018: Tuscany, Italy April/May 2018: Barcelona, Spain Whilst I haven’t booked our next adventure together I am excited for it already. As i have grown older I have started to love spending more time with my parents. ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ #europeandestinations #barcelona #familyholiday #uktravelblogger #spain #take12trips
Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, the minor Basilica is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It is also an unfinished catholic church and one of the most visited places in Barcelona. When I first went, I was in awe of the place, the inside was like nothing I had seen before. I knew my parents would love to see such a building hence why I booked an apartment close by.
Another incredible pieces of work that was undertaken by Gaudi, the park was declared a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It is a public park composed of gardens and architectonic parts but has a limitation who visitors. Only so many can visit the park at one time and is often sold out especially in warmer months. We managed to explore part of the park which is free and open to the public before heading back.
The house is locally known as Casa dels ossos or House of bones is a Gaudi Masterpiece. It is located in the center of Barcelona and not to far from Plaça Catalunya. Everything about this house is fascinating, the buildings next to this house look rather ordinary. We had such an incredible time exploring near the house and taking the time to stare at it every so often.
The first time I visited the Gothic Cathedral, I just sat at the benches facing it and just stared at the building. There is so much detail that intrigued me so much, I ended up visiting it every morning and evening. It was when there were less tourists and also quite in the city of Barcelona.
The cathedral is the current seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, it was constructed between 13th to 15th century. It is one of the must visit places in Barcelona, though I am yet to go inside, I am told it is incredible.
Barcelona is one of those cities that you have to visit many times to cover it all or maybe a long holiday. I know I will be visiting it again soon and maybe this time I will take the OH.
Have you ever been to Barcelona? What is your must see place?
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