If you ever find yourself in Catalonia, Spain and wanted to check out Barcelona, you will quickly learn that you don't have to visit Madrid to truly experience Spain. Famed for its nightlife and vibrant day scene on the Las Rambles in the center of town, Barcelona offers travelers, whether newbies or seasoned, a huge array of things to do. There is just so much to take in that you can't possibly absorb the essence of the city unless you stay at least a week. With that said, if you are going to be taking a short swing through town, here are the things you can do on a two-day stay in Barcelona.
If you only have two days to enjoy Barcelona and you want to truly get to the core of the city's distinct cultural and historical essence, you need to spend a day tour that begins with a visit to the central cultural landmark of the city-the Sagrada Familia Cathedral.
The Sagrada Familia is the one landmark that truly epitomizes Barcelona's identity. The Parisians have the Eiffel Tower, Londoners have the London Bridge and the Parliament building, the people of Barcelona have Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Defying all categorization and classification, this building's style and immense presence demands, and gets, attention. No What to see in Barcelona in two days itinerary would be complete without stopping by this landmark.
Walking from there, you can take in the amazing trip through history provided courtesy of a walk through the Gothic Quarter. If you wanted to see High Medieval and Medieval Europe, this is the place to do it.
Next, enjoy the winding streets of the Quarter and get a feel for how Barcelona was originally laid out and how it developed through hundreds of years.
From here, you can check out some of Antoni Gaudi's other architectural masterpieces, like Guell Park, Casa Mila, and Casa Batllo.
Within a short distance from here, you should spend a lot of time, even a half a day or a whole day-at the Picasso Museum. Barcelona's Picasso Museum is world-renowned because it houses thousands of Picasso's works. In fact, it possesses the biggest collection of this modern art giant's collection in the world.
Regardless of whether you are big fan of Picasso or Cubism in particular, you'll love the Picasso museum because of the breadth of its collection and how Picasso's evolving styles influenced and were influenced by what was happening in Europe during the 1900s as well as the evolution of the art scene both in Europe and the United States.
In addition to La Sagrada Familia, something would just be fundamentally missing form your Barcelona trip, even if it is a two-day stopover, if you don't spend some time on Las Ramblas. This tree-lined street captures the essence of Barcelona's style, love of life, and people. It is like the spine of the city, and you just absorb so much of the city's vitality by strolling it and seeing street performers and nearby historic buildings.