EXPLORE BARCELONA IN 2 DAYS – DAY 2
Yesterday we showed you that it is definitely possible to see Barcelona over a weekend and we showed you our suggested route for the first day. This route covered the right-hand side of the city, so today we will be focusing on the left part. Again, we suggested that you start your day as early as possible so that you make the most of your time at each stop.
Besides Sagrada Familia, one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona is Parc Guell. This beautiful park with is famous statue of a gecko made out of broken tiles, in typical Gaudi style. The park opens at 08h30, which again is a good time to go since it will still be quiet and you can take amazing photos. Entrance for adults is around €7 and while the park is quite big, you don´t really need more than 45 minutes to see it and take the photos you want. Since Parc Guell is located on a very steep hill, it might be a good idea taking the metro to Lesseps metro stop (on the green line) and taking a taxi from there to the park, which shouldn´t cost more than 4-5 Euros.
Wherever you are in the city you are able to see the mountain of Tibidabo. If you look very carefully you will see a building on top of the mountain. This building is actually a church called “Sagrat Cor” and has a statue of Jesus that is very similar (although a lot smaller) than Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Tibidabo also has a theme park below the church, although we suggest you return to Barcelona at some point in the future and spend a whole day at the park itself. Getting to the top of Tibidabo is a little bit time consuming. For suggestions on how to get there see this page. You need to take a cable car from Peu del Funicular train station and the line can get quite long since the cable car is quite slow. From Parc Guell its about 6 kilometers by taxi to the cable car station. You should be able to see Tibidabo in around 3-4 hours (including the cable car trip). Since it will be quite expensive to go to a restaurant on top of the mountain, it might be good to bring a packed lunch.
Depending on what time your flight is, we recommend that you choose between visiting Tibidabo or the Montjuic hill. If it´s a windy day or if it´s overcast, it would be better to visit Montjuic since Tibidabo is much higher and visibility would be very poor. If you decide on Montjuic we suggest you take a taxi (€5) back to Lesseps and take the metro to Plaza Espanya (around 20 minutes). Once you exit Plaza Espanya you will see Las Arenas – an old bullfighting ring that has been converted into a shopping mall. They have managed to preserve the original decoration of the building and it really is very beautiful. You can catch an elevator on the outside which takes you to the roof of the building from where you can enjoy amazing views. However they will charge you for the elevator while you can just use the escalators inside the mall for free! From the rooftop you can get very good photos of Fira de Montjuic and the impressive fountain/statue in the center of the roundabout, as well as the Magic Fountain and the palace which is on top of Montjuic.
When walking towards the palace you will pass the Magic Fountain where they have spectacular light/music displays at night. If you don´t get a chance to see this on your trip there are loads of videos on Youtube that give you a good idea. Behind the fountain are the stairs (or escalators for the lazy) that lead all the way up to the palace itself. If you look at the architecture of the buildings around you it might feel confusing, as you will notice influence ranging from Roman, to Asian and something in between. Once you reach the palace you will be rewarded for all the climbing with beautiful views of the whole city. The palace is actually now an art museum called MNAC, hosting works from Catalan artists and is open from 10h00 to 15h00 on Sundays. If you are not a big fan of art we suggest you venture behind the MNAC to where the Olympic complex is. From here you can also enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
For the nature lovers, there are many small parks in this area such as Jardins de Joan Maragall, Jardins de Laribal and Jardins del Teatre Grec where you can see an ancient Greek amphitheater. There is also a botanical garden that contains plants and trees from all over the world. A great way to end your weekend in Barcelona is to walk down to the cable car station (called Teleferic) down the road from the Olympic complex. From here you can catch a cable car that has three stations and offers a great way to see the city from a different perspective. It operates from 10H00 until the evening.
If there is time left before you need to get to the airport, why not have one last glass of Sangria and a tapa at one of our favorite tapas place in Barcelona called Ciudad Condal?
We hope you have found our 2-day guide to seeing Barcelona useful. If you have any questions about anything mentioned in this article or if you need information on moving to Barcelona, don´t hesitate to contact us!