Home to majestic architectural wonders, fascinating museums and delicious restaurants, Barcelona is one of the top places for a city break. The city offers a lot to see and do, but even if you only have a few days, you can still experience the best of Barcelona's culture. Take a look at this suggested itinerary for a long weekend in Barcelona.
Gran Teatre Del Liceu
When you arrive in Barcelona on Friday evening, start by immersing yourself into the local culture with dinner at one of the city's top restaurants, Hetta. The experimental restaurant features chefs with Michelin experience and creative dishes formed by the X and Y axis on a menu, which you combine to create your own meal.
There's no better way to kick off your weekend than with a night at the opera. Get dressed in your best evening wear and visit Liceu Theatre to see a classical opera, music concert or dance performance in the opulent theatre. If you want to experience the nightlife, you can find exciting bars and clubs in places like the Gothic Quarter, La Rambla, Gracia and Raval.
When you wake on Saturday morning, have a typical Spanish breakfast at La Pubilla in the Gracia neighbourhood. The classic restaurant is a favourite of locals for dishes like scrambled eggs with pancetta and sobrasada.
Park Güell is one of the top attractions in Barcelona and a great way to spend your afternoon. The park is filled with gardens and architectural elements designed by Antoni Gaudí. You could spend hours exploring the park's foliage and features, such as the serpent bench and the platform that offers panoramic views of the city and the bay. You'll also like Montjuïc Castle, an old military fortress perched on Montjuïc hill with spectacular cityscape views.
For a quick bite, head to the Cloudstreet Bakery and grab some cinnamon buns, sourdough loaves, sausage brioche, muffins and more.
After lunch, you can take a shopping trip to La Rambla, a cultural hub of shopping in the city. The street boasts an array of cafes and shops, as well as historic buildings like Liceu Theatre and Palace of the Virreina.
If you have the kids, you can take them to Aquarium Barcelona for an enchanting underwater experience. The aquarium features themed tanks with varied marine habitats and creatures, such as sharks and rays, and stunning displays that illuminate the mysteries of the ocean.
For dinner, visit Maitea Taberna, one of the top Basque pintxo bars in the city. The restaurant offers an authentic ambience with an extensive menu of pintxos and plates, as well as tapas and cocktails.
After dinner, get a taste of Catalan culture with the rich tradition of flamenco dancing. Barcelona is filled with tablaos for a thrilling evening of dancing and music, but the ornate 1920s Palacio de Flamenco is one of the top spots.
On Sunday morning, start with breakfast at Granja Viader in Ramblas. The retro-style restaurant boasts some of the most unique dishes in the city, such as chocolate con churros and spiral sweet bread.
If you have the kids with you, take a trip to Tibidabo Amusement Park to have some fun. You'll find an array of rides and carnival-style games for all ages. On rides like the Ferris wheel, you can look out into the city to take in the impressive monuments and landmarks from the sky.
If you're looking for a more adult experience, take a trip to Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya to peruse masterpieces of Catalan artwork spanning from the 11th to 20th century.
For lunch, stop by the Fish and Chips Shop for simple and delicious fish and chips with Indian-infused flavours like curry and chutney for a unique take on the classic dish.
After lunch, spend some time exploring the Gothic Quarter, a medieval space with cafes, shops, art galleries and some of the city's best attractions, such as the Museu d'Història de Barcelona and the Cathedral of Barcelona.
Finish your weekend with a fine-dining experience at Disfrutar, the collaborative efforts of veteran chefs in the city. The Michelin-starred restaurant serves modern Mediterranean cuisine with simple, elegant preparations and local ingredients.
After dinner, head to the Magic Fountain to see the stunning water show. It gets crowded at night when locals and visitors flock to the fountain to see the sunset, which is followed by a stunning show of dancing fountain sprays set to pop and classical music.
From shopping and amusement parks to flamenco dancing and nightlife, you can experience a lot of Barcelona in just a few days. When it comes time to plan your trip, take a look at Barcelona holidays on Expedia and get ready for an unforgettable experience.