48 Hours: How To Spend A Weekend In Barcelona

BY HANNA JOBES

Hanna spent several weekends in Barcelona.

Barcelona Spain

Barcelona is one of those cities I could revisit over and over again. Although it deserves much more than 48 hours, Barcelona is the perfect city for a fun, weekend getaway. Whether you’re living in Europe or traveling through, make sure you add this vibrant city to your list of “must-see places”.

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Whether you’re in need of a romantic getaway, girls trip, solo adventure, or a wild party weekend; Barcelona is sure to satisfy any type of traveler.

It truly doesn’t matter whether you arrive late Friday night or early Saturday morning, this city never sleeps and serves up an unbelievable brunch for when you crawl out of bed or straight from the club.

Eat:

Speaking of brunch, there are two places you must visit on your Spanish weekend:

BRUNCH & CAKE

Carrer d’Enric Granados, 19, 08007 Barcelona, Spain (map, website)

Barcelona Spain

Yes, it is as good as it looks. While you can expect a long line to be served, you’ll probably need that time to decide between all of the delicious, picture-worthy meals and drinks you’re about to enjoy.

FEDERAL CAFE

Carrer del Parlament, 39, 08015 Barcelona, Spain (map, website)

Barcelona Spain

This might have been my favorite meal during the entire weekend. Not only is it an incredible atmosphere, the food and drinks are beyond satisfying.

For dinners, my girls and I normally went out and ordered tons of tapas and split them between ourselves. You can find tapas being served on every single street and they’re all so incredibly delicious. No one does tapas quite like Barcelona.

Do:

During the day there is so much to see and explore around the city. Even the “touristy” spots are so worth visiting and enjoying. Let’s just say they’re popular for a reason. Don’t leave Barcelona without experiencing these spectacular places:

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA

Barcelona Spain

I’ve seen this cathedral twice in my life, and it only gets better and better. While it’s still under construction it is the most incredible masterpieces in all of Europe. How cool will it be to tell your grandchildren that you saw La Sagrada Família while it was under construction. If you don’t have time to go inside, you can still enjoy the outside and even head over to the park and catch some good views and much needed shade.

PARK GUËLL

08024 Barcelona, Spain (map, website)

Barcelona Spain

Put this on the top of your list because it’s worth every single penny. I would recommend getting tickets in advance because this place is extremely popular, for good reasons. Or you can do what I did and buy tickets at the gate then grab some tapas and drinks while you wait for your designated time. I can’t even describe how beautiful this place is, you’ll just have to go see it for yourself.

BEACHES, BEACHES, BEACHES

There are tons of beaches to visit in Barcelona and whether you’re recovering from a night out or just crave a nice beach day, you’ve picked the perfect city. If you want to remain close to the city go to Barceloneta Beach. It’s a bit touristy, but makes for a fun beach day. Other beaches to choose from are: Nova Icaria, Bogatell, Mar Bella (partly nude beach). If you want to go a bit outside of Barcelona, try: Ocata, Caldetes, St. Pol de Mar, Castelldefels, Garraf, and Sitges beaches.

LAS RAMBLAS

My absolute favorite area in Barcelona. It’s best enjoyed with no plan, just walking around and discovering many hidden gems and its lively atmosphere. If Ed Sheeran sings about it, it must be good right?

Drink:

The part you’ve probably been waiting for: nightlife. Barcelona is famous for its nightlife and this city truly doesn’t sleep. After you’ve filled your belly with tapas head to these bars to start off your night:

DOW JONES

Carrer del Bruc, 97, 08009 Barcelona, Spain (map, website)

This is coolest bar I’ve been to during all of travels. I loved it so much I’ve been on both my trips and will go back whenever I find myself in Barcelona next. Since it’s a stock market inspired bar the prices are constantly changing in front of your eyes which makes the environment unlike any other bar you’ll go to. Race your friends to the bar when your favorite drink drops to an unreasonably low price.

ESPIT CHUPITOS

Carrer d’Aribau, 77, 08032 Barcelona, Spain (map, website)

Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots! The most creative and fun shot bar is right here. If you’re looking for a fun pregame for the clubs this is the perfect spot.

Nightlife:

Now for the infamous Barcelona clubs. Honestly, did you really go to Barcelona without hitting up at least one club? There are a ridiculous amount to choose from, but two that are proven to be a great time AND close to the beach are: Shoko and Opium. Lucky for you they are right next to each other which makes club hopping that much easier.

Other fun clubs to try out are: Razzmatazz, Pacha Barcelona, La Terrazza, and so many more!

Barcelona is always coming up with new clubs to visit so always check with the locals to see what’s the latest hot spot.

If clubbing isn’t your thing, try out Flamenco show! This was one of my favorite things I’ve done in Barcelona.

Well, now that you know how to spend your weekend getaway, pack your bags and get ready for the most incredible weekend of your life. Salud!

Photos: Hanna Jobes

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Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and Russia because they were all so different! St. Bart's was pretty amazing too (wink)!

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