If you’re stuck for inspiration on where to travel next, then Barcelona is definitely a place you should consider. Regardless of whether or not you’ve been before, it is one of those places that reveal new sights, quirky shops, tasty cafes and luxurious hotels every time you go.
Home to one of the world’s best football teams, Barcelona is also one of the world’s best culture hubs. It’s overflowing full of creative people and offers amazing food and architectural masterpieces that you don’t often come across in other areas of Europe.
Whether it’s a last-minute trip or you’re looking for ideas on where to visit, we’ve got you covered. Here is a weekend break itinerary featuring places to eat out and to visit during your stay. Thank us later!
Breakfast at Toto
Based wholly around organic products, this restaurant should definitely be on your to-do list for places to eat around Barcelona. From 11.30am to 3.30pm, they’ve got a menú of combination plates, small dishes, cheeses and charcuterie made with local products and a touch of imagination.
Lunch at Teresa Carles
Situated in the neighbourhood of El Raval in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, this vegetarian restaurant is hugely popular with the locals due to its amazing tasting food. For €13 you get to choose from a starter of soup or salad, mains (divided into cereals, rice, vegetable or pasta) and a fruit salad to finish. Drinks, bread and fancier desserts are extra.
Dinner at ABaC
Considered one of Barcelona’s finest, this is definitely a dress-to-impress type of eatery. The two-star Michelin restaurant holds just 58 guests, but the intimate atmosphere ensures that your experience in gastronomic excellence is a relaxing one.
Breakfast at Federal Cafè
Funky vibes and delicious grub, this café wouldn’t look out of place in the trendiest, most cosmopolitan of cities. A perfect ‘grab and go’ atmosphere, this is a hot spot for sightseers wanting to crack on with their exploring whilst still getting the Spanish feel to their breakfast. Expect juices and shakes, eggs and sausage, fruit and sandwiches.
Lunch at La Polpa
The classier end of town can be found if you wander up Passeig de Gràcia. If you fancy a champagne lifestyle on a tourists budget, this is the place for you. It’s got linen napkins, smartly dressed staff and a patina of posh, but the menu is still only €10.30. Nice!
Dinner at Sauc
Renowned for its good quality, fast service food, Sauc is guaranteed to leave you with a full stomach and a satisfying experience. Highlights include traditional Catalan ‘morcilla’; a black pudding style dish famous in Barcelona, which comes highly recommended on the menu.
Things to do during the day
Explore Gaudí and modernisme
Barcelona is renowned for its amazing architecture. Wherever you walk, you are bound to come across various examples of Gaudí’s work throughout the city, be they civil or religious buildings. The most famous are the Sagrada Família, impressive both outside and in; Park Güell, a space that’s out of a fairy tale and emulates an English garden city; and La Pedrera.
Picture the city of Picasso’s youth
For the artsy tourists, seeing where Picasso spent his early years is a must. Walk down C/Reina Cristina and then cross over to number 3 on C/Mercè to see where his family lived, though the building was later destroyed. If you need to make a stop along the way, head to Els 4 Gats, where artists, including Picasso and Salvador Dali, gathered at the time to chat, eat dinner and have meetings about art. Finally, visit the Museu Picasso itself, a gallery that houses works from Picasso’s formative years.
Discover your sweet tooth
Barcelona is definitely the place to go for desserts and sweet treats. You’ll be spoilt for choice with its selection of confectionery shops. For posh chocolates in fancy packaging, head to Escriba; for cooked candy visit Papabubble, where you can see the sweets being rolled in front of your eyes; and Bubois where every bonbon is a work of art.
Adventure up the Montjuïc
Be warned, this hike isn’t the most popular with tourists because it does take some legwork. But don’t let that put you off – the view at the top is sensational. you’ll find buildings from the 1992 Olympic Games, including the Palau Sant Jordi and the telecommunications tower designed by Santiago Calatrava. If you’re feeling full of beans and you get to the top of the hill, you can check out the Olympic stadium and the Jardi Botànic.
Take a trip to Camp Nou
Celebrate the Club’s history in the FC Barcelona Museum: players, matches, trophies and memorabilia that have enthused millions of fans from around the world. Explore all the different parts of the Camp Nou as you take a tour of one of the most emblematic stadiums in the world.