The best way to survive these last winter days? A weekend trip, of course.
Departure on Friday evening and return on Sunday evening without using annual vacation days.
The goal must be Barcelona – the perfect place to spend 48 hours with sun, sea, sangria, delicious food, breathtaking architecture and museums of all sizes.
Barcelona is a beautiful, vibrant, beautiful city that drives the soul. Here’s how to get the most out of it in just one weekend.
Friday, 7:35 p.m .: Departure from London Heathrow with British Airways.
Friday, 10:40 p.m .: Land at Barcelona airport.
Friday 11 p.m .: Arrival at the W Hotel in Barcelona.
The W Hotel is located on the edge of the water, far away from the hustle and bustle, but is still close enough to reach everything. It is also easy to get to and from the airport.
Being by the sea is a really peaceful haven from all the busy sights that are done during the day.
The W hotel rooms are cleverly designed to enjoy the epic sky and ocean views. Be sure to request a room with a sea view – you will feel like you are floating on cloud nine.
Friday, 11.15 p.m .: Late night tapas and vino in the Barra de Carles Abellan.
Since this restaurant is located in the hotel, it is easy to reach – essential after a day of work and flight.
The restaurant is super modern and has an open kitchen, so you can watch the chefs prepare delicious tapas with seafood over the grill.
It creates a great atmosphere and a relaxing evening with a glass of wine from the extensive wine selection.
The must on the menu is definitely the stuffed squid.
Saturday 8 a.m .: Get up bright and early for breakfast.
My favorite part of a vacation is the breakfast buffet!
Breakfast is served in the Wave restaurant and there was everything your heart could desire, including my favorite: waffles with fresh strawberries.
Saturday 9 a.m .: Stroll down the promenade.
Start the day on the right sunny side of the street with a walk along the promenade.
Enjoy the atmosphere and the tranquility of the picturesque sea view.
Saturday 11 a.m .: See the paintings in the Picasso Museum
The Picasso Museum The hotel is located on Carrer Montcada (15-23) in the Gothic Quarter, just a 20-minute walk from the beach.
This cultural hotspot houses the most extensive collections of works of art by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso from the 20th century.
The cost of entry to the museum is € 12 and € 5 for the audio. Since there are over 4,000 pieces by Pablo, it is definitely worth paying extra for the audio guide, as it guides you through its working genres and some important paintings in detail.
The museum takes you on his journey of art, from his first major works to his death.
My favorite Picasso painting era is definitely his late wife Jacqueline. Pablo Picasso met Jacqueline in 1953 when she was 26 years old and he was 72 years old (not surprisingly, the audio guide omits details on the age difference). They married in 1961 and their marriage lasted 11 years until his death. During this time, Picasso created over 400 portraits of her – more than any of his other lovers.
Saturday 1 p.m .: Lunch in the Gothic Quarter
Get lost in the beautiful labyrinthine streets of the Gothic Quarter and enjoy the beautiful architecture and style.
After a walk, head towards the Basilica of Santa Maria Del Mar, where you’ll find a large piazza full of tapas restaurants with outdoor seating on your way, from which you can enjoy the magnificent view of one of Barcelona’s famous Gothic churches.
The church was built in the 14th century, lasted 55 years and is a rare example of pure Catalan Gothic
Saturday 2 p.m .: Time for retail therapy
After lunch, head towards the main cathedral of Barcelona. As soon as you have passed the piazza towards Passeig De Gracia, you will reach the shopping area.
Here you will find another labyrinth of beautiful little streets full of shops.
The Passeig de Gracia houses some of the most famous architectural pieces such as Anthony Gaudi Casa Batlló. Tickets to this house cost 25 euros – it’s definitely worth a look, but since we’re limited in time, keep driving up Passeig De Gracia to find another spectacular Gaudi house. Casa Milà – La Pedrera.
Saturday 5 p.m .: Go to the Casa Milà – La Pedrera
The Casa Milà – La Pedrera is located in the heart of Barcelona at Passeig de Gracia 92 and was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It is considered one of his masterpieces.
The cost of entry to this house is € 25 with an audio guide. You can walk around freely and see how people lived back then.
Casa Milà – La Pedrera is also connected to the Massimo Dutti store. Go to the second floor of the store for another look at Gaudi’s work.
Saturday 7 p.m .: Relax in the hotel’s spa.
After a very productive day as a tourist and a stroll through the beautiful streets of Barcelona, take a taxi back to the hotel and head straight to the spa for a well-deserved RnR.
The W Barcelona Spa has seven treatment rooms with services such as deep tissue massages, sports massages, Swedish massages and facials.
The spa is equipped with a pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room.
Saturday, 8.30 p.m .: Feast in the Cañete bar
Bar Cañete, the restaurant featured in every guide – Even the taxi driver who picked us up from the airport recommended this place as a must.
It’s located at Carrer de la Unió 17, but be careful not to pay attention, as you can easily walk past.
The Bar Cañete consists of two areas: the bar side and the restaurant side. Both have an equally lively atmosphere, but choose depending on the mood.
Tap on the tapas, the food should be shared. They may be small dishes, but they are full of taste.
Prices can be quite expensive, but you can tell it’s because of the quality of the products. Make sure to book in advance – especially for a Saturday evening.
Saturday 11 p.m .: Las Ramblas
After dinner, continue through the pulsating heart of Barcelona. Las Ramblas, on a side street of Bar Cañete.
Las Ramblas is the busiest street in Barcelona since all tourists flock to this street. Some consider it a hideous tourist trap, but one that everyone should experience.
The Ramblas extend for 1.2 km and stretch from east to west. Here you will find numerous cafes, restaurants, street performances and tourist memorabilia. You will also find tickets for all sights.
Walk down the street and enjoy the mood and atmosphere.
Watch out for pickpockets walking around the busy street, with a penchant for distracted tourists.
Sunday 8 a.m .: Breakfast of the champions
The W Hotel has two locations where you can enjoy the breakfast buffet, go to the Salt Restaurant and enjoy the outdoor seating and ocean views.
Or if you want to visit a cava bar, go to La Xampanyeria, which is in a hidden street. 7 Carrer de la Reina Cristina in Barcelonatta (15 minutes’ walk from the W Hotel). It was founded in 1969 and serves tapas, delicious sausages and epic sandwiches, all of which are washed off with cava.
Sunday 9 a.m .: Cycle through the city
Start your day with the sculpture The Head of Barcelona, designed by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
With less than 12 hours in the beautiful city, renting a bike is the best way to get as much soil in as little time as possible and very inexpensively.
You will find down on the beach in Barcelona Yes rent bikes and scooters on Carrer Del Judici. The cost of renting a bike for 12 hours is 12 euros.
Barcelona is a city for cyclists. There are lanes specially designed for cyclists that make it super safe and easy if you have no idea where you are going.
Sunday 10 a.m .: Stop at the Arc de Triomf
Turn on Google Maps and head to one of the city’s landmarks, the Arc de Triomf.
It was built in 1888 as the gateway to the fair in Barcelona in the Parc de la Ciutadella. Today it is full of tourists and street performers.
Sunday 11 a.m .: Lunch in front of the Sagrada Familia basilica
The next stop is the pride and joy of Barcelona and the most famous landmark church. the small basilica Sagrada Familia.
Sagrada Familia is located at Carrer de Mallorca 401 and tickets can be bought online in advance – do this to avoid long lines!
The construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882 under the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, but was taken over by Antoni Gaudí in 1883. Gaudí worked on the Sagrada Familia until his death in 1926, and the Sagrada Fimilia is still unfinished to this day.
There are many small cafes that surround the streets of the Sagrada Familia. I would recommend eating a cerveza and a baguette if you admire the beautiful landmark.
Sunday 1 p.m .: Enjoy the view from Park Güell
Park Güell on Carmel Hill offers an epic view of the Barcelona skyline.
Park Güell was built in 1900 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.
Park Güell is located on Carmel Hill in La Salut, a district in the Gracia district. Cycling to Park Güell is a challenge due to the steep hills, so I would recommend parking it and then walking the rest. Tickets cost 10 euros.
The park has over 10 different areas to explore; From the monumental lizard staircase to the natural square, surrounded by a corrugated mosaic wall, beautiful tiles, the large ancient Greek columns and the Austrian gardens.
Sunday 3.30 p.m .: Grab the best churros in Barcelona
After a day of cycling, a well-deserved Spanish dessert is fine. Head towards Le Gothic to the city’s most famous churros store.
Xurreria Dels Banys is the famous family-owned churros shop in Barcelona. It’s in 8 Carrer dels Banys Nous – it’s hidden, so it can be quite difficult to find, but it’s worth it. The churros are freshly prepared on site. Order a hot cone full of churros with hot chocolate dip sauce.
Sunday 4 p.m .: Early dinner down by the harbor
Return your bikes and head to Barcelonetta Harbor on Passeig de Joan De Borbo. This street is home to a range of casual restaurants and bars, from tapas to fresh seafood.
Enjoy your last moments in the city with a glass of sangria.
Sunday, 6.30 p.m .: Go back to the hotel
At the W Hotel you can use the wellness facilities to take a shower and refresh yourself before setting off on your flight.
Sunday 8.30 p.m .: Departure from Barcelona
Sunday, 9.45 p.m .: Arrive at London Heathrow
Back to life. Back to reality. But at least you had a great weekend.
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