Barcelona in 48 hours

I was lucky enough to visit Barcelona on my European tour. I remember watching Cheetah Girls 2 on Disney Channel in 2007, and I saw the girls run around Barcelona. It immediately piqued my interest in this city but I did not explore the option of visiting Barcelona then because of money.

Fast forward to the present. I was able to afford my first trip to Europe and of course, I had to include Barcelona on the list of places to visit.

It’s quite easy to navigate the city of Barcelona. Taxis are relatively cheaper in Barcelona compared to Paris for example. I took a taxi from Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris to my Airbnb and it cost about 100 euros. The cost of the ride discouraged me from taking taxis for the remainder of my trip to Europe. By the time I got to Barcelona, I was already tired of taking public transport so I opted for a taxi. The taxi from the airport to the Airbnb was surprisingly cheap. Of course the distance was shorter from the airport in Barcelona to the Airbnb compared to Paris.

The city of Barcelona has a vintage feel to it with beautiful, old architecture. The locals are nice and even though it is a Spanish speaking country, some people speak English. Unlike Colombia where locals speak Spanish predominantly. Read about my experience.

Barcelona is a city that can be visited in a few days. Here is a list of things that can be done during a short visit to Barcelona:

Sagrada Familia

Bascilica i Temple Espiatori Sagrada Familia (Bascilia and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is a Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona. The construction of the Church commenced in 1886, and it is still under construction till date. It is anticipated that the construction will be complete in 2026. The architectural style is Gothic and this reflects throughout the building.

The basic ticket to Sagrada Familia cost 15 euros, and the price can go as high as 29 euros. The ticket that cost 29 euros includes views of Barcelona from the towers in Sagrada Famila.

The building is magnificent

Details infront of the Church

 Barcelona’s Port Cable Car

This cable car is a must for every tourist. It cuts across the city’s skyline to Montjuic. Montjuic is Barcelona’s most historic mountain. Montjuic Castle sits as the summit of the mountain. The cable car goes up Monjuic Hill and stops close to Montjuic castle. The cable car also offers paranormal views of the beautiful city of Barcelona and should not be missed by tourists.

Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta beach is a beautiful beach with several restaurants and clubs in the neighborhood. The beach is close to Montjuic and it is a must see by tourists. Beautiful sand sculptures are also visible on the beach. I was awed by the work of art displayed, and surprised at the detail. The sculptors made a dragon and it was complete with scales and fire.

Barceloneta Beach

Dragon sculpture made of sand

Another detailed sand sculpture

Gothic Quarter

Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter was built in the late 19th and early 20th century. It stretches all the way to La Rambla which is a popular street in Barcelona. In my opinion, if you have limited time in Barcelona, it is best to experience the Gothic quarter on a rickshaw or bicycle. A bicycle can be rented at Barceloneta beach or you can take a rickshaw tour like I did. It was comfortable, fun and cheap. I hailed the rickshaw driver down at Barceloneta beach and he took me on a tour through Gothic Quarter. He was very versed in history and the tour took me from Barceloneta beach, through Barcelona Cathedral, and stopped at La Rambla.

Rickshaw Tour

La Rambla

La Rambla is a very popular street in central Barcelona. It is popular among locals and tourists so the tree lined street is always busy. The street is a pedestrian marketplace and you can see merchants lined on each side of the road. I enjoyed delicious seafood at one of the restaurants on La Rambla street and also saw a display of street performers. If you visit Barcelona, La Rambla is a must.

Street performers on La Rambla street

FC Barcelona

When in Barcelona, do not miss a Barcelona FC game. They are one of the best soccer teams in the world and their team has a huge and strong following worldwide. I was able to purchase a ticket to watch a game on a Sunday night but I read the dates wrong and thought it was Saturday night. Since I was leaving on Sunday morning, I immediately listed my ticket on sale on viagogo and the ticket sold before the end of the day. Wow!. This is to show how hot the team is in Europe. It would have been an experience to brag about the the game.

Are you planning  trip to Barcelona or have you been to Barcelona? Share your experience below.

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Megan Campbellreply
March 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm

Love the photos from your trip! Great article on your trip to Spain!

March 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm

I bookmarked your post! I’ll heading to Barcelona in September! SO EXCITED. Cannot wait to see La Sagrada first hand!

March 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm

Looks like you’ve covered a lot in the time you were there! Lovely photos, I can’t wait to visit Barcelona! Thanks for sharing 🙂

March 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

What a fun teip. Its definitely on my bucket list to go!

Jasmine Hewittreply
March 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm

love your pictures! you look like you had so much fun!

March 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

We always have a wonderful time when we go to Barcelona. We loved every minute of it and the last time we went there we got to eat even more great food.

March 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

I love it, this makes me want to go back so badly! Also, how cool is that dragon sand sculpture? Great captures 🙂

March 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm

This takes me right back to my trip! Love how you take fun, silly pictures! Captures your personality! Great post.

March 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm
– In reply to: Lindsay

haha thank you!!

March 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

This is on our travel list. Thank you! I love seeing places from a real traveler that enjoys the minute details like the street performers. Did you eat there? That would be another great article, that I would enjoy as well. ?

March 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm
– In reply to: Kash+Mike

yesss I ate at la rambla!! they had alot of seafood and steak options and I had a plate of chopped octopus and steak!!!! my first time eating octopus and it was so spicy and yummy!!!!

Oyinkan Ogunleyereply
March 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm

OMGGG girl I love Barcelona from Cheetah Girls too!!!!! Yessssssssss!

March 7, 2017 at 8:11 pm

This is such a beautiful place. Wow I love it. I hope to visit there one day.

Tatum Skipperreply
March 7, 2017 at 11:06 pm

My friend was just there this summer and it looks so amazing. The architecture is unbelievable! I experienced kind of the same thing in Rio when I saw someone making awesome sand sculptures! Need to go here soon!

March 8, 2017 at 1:24 am

Spain has been on my list like forever, hopefully will get to visit soon enough! Love the architecture and pics you have captured.

xx, Kusum |

March 8, 2017 at 2:21 am

Barcelona is #1 on my bucket list travel. Looks like such a beautiful place I can’t wait. Those sand castles looks like a lot of work but really interesting. FC Barcelona is my favourite football club and it would be a dream for me to attend one of their games. I also want to visit the nou camp. Beautiful pics! Thanks for yet another inspiration and reason to get this trip ticked off my list. 😀

March 8, 2017 at 3:19 am

Ahhh Barcelona. A great city. I didn’t get to take the cable car though when I was there. Glad you finally got to live out your Cheetah Girl days in Barcelona. I loved that movie too haha

Joy Generosoreply
March 8, 2017 at 6:18 am

There’s no doubt Barcelona is a beautiful city to visit. Would definitely love to explore the city, enjoy the sights and taste the food. Just waiting for the right time to finally ticked it off from the list. Wonderful photos! 😀

Joy |

Jeff & Crystal Bryantreply
March 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Oh my, what a fun experience you had. The details of the church are unbelievable. We can’t imagine how many years it would take to add them all. Thanks for sharing.

Corsica Nambiarreply
March 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm

You did so much! I can’t imagine having this much energy!! This is really awesome!

March 8, 2017 at 4:53 pm

this looks like such a fun city! It has always been near the top of my travel bucket list.

March 8, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Love this quick roundup of Barcelona. It’s on my list of places to visit. My first stop would be the church. I love seeing the European architecture of the churches.

Sandra cresporeply
March 8, 2017 at 10:13 pm

Wow I love the pictures! I cannot wait to go visit Barcelona !! This is on my must-see international travels

March 9, 2017 at 1:09 am

Oh my gosh so much YES about this!!! I’m living through you right now!!! ALSO, I too watched Cheetah Girls 2 back in the day and I was obsessed with that movie! Its my favorite one of the trilogy (lol) and they made me want to go to Barcelona as well! So glad you got to experience it!!

xo, jess

March 9, 2017 at 2:33 am

Barcelona looks perfect.It’s so colourful nd interesting.My favourite picks were the dragon sand sculpture. So much talent .Also the street actor with the frame.Just wow

Vaisakhi Mishrareply
March 9, 2017 at 6:36 am

La Rambla street seems so much fun! But how did you manage to do so many fun stuff in 48 hours. Barcelona is soooo huge and there is so much to see!

March 9, 2017 at 11:00 am
– In reply to: Vaisakhi Mishra

Haha I was tired but tried to fit so much in a short time. I’ll definitely go back again to do the things I didn’t do

Miriam Ernstreply
March 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm

It seems you had great fun there! I’m impressed you could do so many things in 48 hours because Barcelona is a huge city!

Divyakshi Guptareply
March 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm

The architecture is so intricate and awesome! 🙂 Loved the sand art too. bookmarking this post for future reference 🙂

Kate & Mark – Vagrants Of The World Travelreply
March 10, 2017 at 3:39 am

What fun! Barcelona has always been a popular destination. I can’t get enough of Barcelona and always want to come back again and again. Sagrada Familia is such a historic place but I like mainly because of its grand architecture.

March 10, 2017 at 11:31 am

Omg looks like you had a blast

March 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Barcelona is a wonderful mix of new and old I thought. I loved my walk through La Rambla.
Photo opportunities are plenty, loved seeing yours. 🙂
I didn’t opt for taxi though.

Ana Ojhareply
March 13, 2017 at 3:15 am

Looks like you had covered so many attractions in 48 hours! Barcelona is on my bucket list. I’d love to visit there and explore all these places as mentioned by you!

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