How to do Barcelona in 48 hours

Where to stay:

Choosing a place to stay in Barcelona can be tricky. First, you have to decide whether you want a busy touring trip, or a relaxing beach vacation. If you're going with the latter, we suggest that you choose a hotel on or close to the beach (if you’re really looking to splurge, the W Hotel is definitely the place to stay). However, if you’ve never been to Barcelona, it’s likely that you’re going to want to sightsee. In that case, we suggest staying in a hotel or at an Airbnb in the center of the city where you will be close to the world-famous sites.


What to do:

To make the most out of your 48 hours in Barce, we recommend making a detailed plan before you get there. Split the sites you want to see between the two days so you ensure that you fit everything in.  Here are some must do’s…

Sagrada Familía- This is a beautiful church, and arguably the most popular tourist site in Barcelona. Whether you decide to tour the inside or not, a picture in front of it is a must.

Passeig De Gracia- This is an amazing shopping street in Barcelona with every high-end store imaginable and amazing outdoor restaurants. It is conveniently a close walk from Sagrada Familia, so you can definitely visit both on the same day.

Gothic Quarter- This is the old city of Barcelona. Here you will find the famous Happy Pills candy store, the Barcina sign and the Gothic Cathedral.


Mercado de La Boquería- This is a huge farmers market located on the street Las Ramblas. From fresh fruit and veggies to meats and candy, this place has an eclectic assortment of groceries.

Parc Güell- This is another major tourist site - you’ve probably seen the classic Instagram of the mosaic bench overlooking the city. Definitely spend at least an hour walking the park and checking out the views. However, keep in mind that this park is relatively far from the center of the city, and a trip there will most likely will require a taxi.

Plaça de Cataluyna- Considering you will be doing a lot of walking, it is likely that you will pass this city center multiple times. Located in central Barcelona, this is a great spot to meet friends, as you cannot miss the large fountain that marks the area.


Where to eat:


Brunch & Cake

Travel & Cake


W Hotel brunch



Bo de B


Maka Maka



Viana Barcelona

Cerversaria Catalana

Set Portes

Can Majo

La Luna

Da Greco

Where to go out:

Barcelona is a city known for its amazing nightlife. On the weekends don’t be surprised if clubs are pretty much empty until 2:00 am as they are filled until about 6:00 am!  




CDLC club

Catwalk club

Macarena club

Hyde club



Dow Jones


Dry Martini

Semon 9 Night

Cocteleria Tahití