City Breaks

Published on February 17, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero


Enjoy Barcelona in 48 hours

Is it possible to visit Barcelona in 48 hours?  Well, yes it is: it’s all about having comfortable shoes on your feet. Barcelona is not very wide and its historical centre is developed mostly along the Barrio Gotico, but many of the landmarks are scattered all around in the districts.


For example, in the district of Eixample there are many of the major works of Gaudi, a famous architect who left his indelible mark on the city: the Park Güell, a park that is an artwork, full of pottery, mosaics representing animals and fantastic situations, the Casa Calvet, Casa Milà, the complex La Manzana de la Discordia. In Eixample there is also the Sagrada Familia, a very special structure with four towers that seem sand drippings of children’s plays on the beach.

In the area of El Born you will find the Museum of Picasso. In the district of Montjuic -elegant residential area – there is a large park with a castle, beautiful gardens and the Magic Fountain, which dates back to 1929 and which offers a unique show of water plays. In the area there is also the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, known as MNAC, which hosts more than 250 000 works and the largest collection of Romanesque art in the world. In the Gothic Quarter you will enjoy the Cathedral of Barcelona with 13 geese in a pond guarding the city’s patron saint, St. Eulalia, a 13 years old martyr who died after thirteen tortures inflicted by the Romans.


In Barcelona there are plenty of markets, both outdoors and indoors. The most popular are those of antiques: along Passeig de Gracia – in the Eixample area, in Carrer dels Tallers – close to the Ramblas, in Carrer de la Palla – near the Cathedral. The flea markets are on Saturday morning in Port Vell, close to the Cathedral on Thursday morning, almost every day in the Plaça de les Glories Catalanes while on Thursday, the Mercat Gotic is set up in the Plaça del Pi. Among the covered markets, worth a mention the Boqueria on the Rambla, where food is an exhibition of art, the Santa Caterina market and that of Sant Antoni in Eixample.


And then of course the movida, from late afternoon to evening. Places for the happy hour are: the trendy Café Zurich, in Plaza Catalunya, the Ice Barcelona, in Ramòn Trias Fargas, Cokteleria Boadas in the calle Tallero, Bar Marsella in Carrer de Sant Pau (where you can try absinthe), and then the So Da, in Carrer de Avinyó, the Pilè 43 in Carrer de N’Aglà, Dot in Nou de Sant Francesc, the Oh’La’La in Avinguda Diagonal. After dinner you have a wide choice of entertainment options. At 27, Carrer del Tigre there is one of the oldest clubs in the city, the Paloma, which offers different types of music throughout the week. The Razzmatazz is in Carrer dels Almogàvers, with five dance floors and offering music from rock to techno-house, from electro-rock to techno pop. The Moog, a techno-house club, is in Arc del teatre. El Tablao de Carmen, historical place in the area of the Montjuic hill, you will enjoy shows of the most important styles of flamenco.

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Hi, I'm Andrea, a travel blogger, web programmer, seo apprentice and amateur photographer based in Milan. I love reading, I love music. I love to travel but only if I leave on a mission! I've been traveling through most of Europe and I love writing about it. I love photography, especially as a way to document experiences, places, events. My Nikon D300 camera is always with me, and it helps me in sharing my life with the rest of the world. Getting in touch with new people, different life styles and foreign traditions, and write about it, is all I can ask for.

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