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A guide to the best weekend in Barcelona: Things to see and do

If you’re looking for the perfect weekend away, look no further than Barcelona. From rooftop drinks, to up-all-night partying, this blog has you covered!

See the sights!

There is so much to do in Barcelona. On your weekend away, take in the sights and soak in the Catalan culture for yourself:

Casa Batlló

Starting your tour off at Casa Batlló, take in the gorgeous exterior of one of Gaudí’s true masterpieces. This beautiful location is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and widely celebrated for its beauty. We recommend entering the house and exploring the Gaudí Cube, by artist Refik Anadol. This art installation transports you to another world with a 360-degree experience of pure colour and light. This pioneering exhibit is not one to miss!

While on the Passeig de Gràcia, why not stop to do some shopping? This famous avenue is one of the world’s most luxurious, with numerous designer brands such as Prada and Dior opening their doors to Barcelona locals and shopaholic tourists alike. Perfect for a fun-filled trip.

Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

After looking around one of Gaudí’s masterpieces, why not marvel at yet another? The Sagrada Familia is an iconic Barcelonan landmark that you won’t easily forget. This breath-taking building towers high above the city’s skyline. Its astounding architecture makes it the most visited monument in Spain– completely unique and incomparable.

Address: C/ de Mallorca, 401, 08013, Barcelona

Parc de la Ciutadella and lunch in El Born

From the Sagrada Familia, take a walk to the Parc de la Ciutadella. This oasis of calm in amongst the city metropolis is a simply beautiful excursion. Located near El Born, your lunch options are endless. This bohemian neighbourhood is home to some pretty amazing restaurants. We recommend stopping at Café Kaska, specialising in seafood. Oysters and champagne for lunch? What could be better!

Address: Carrer de la Fusina, 7, 08003, Barcelona

Wander through the Gothic quarter

This quarter has an old, authentic feel to it due to its deep historical past. Its medieval alleys and Roman architecture are what make this neighbourhood utterly unique. Take a walking tour here or simply visit the Museum of History, to truly soak in the atmosphere for yourself.

Drinks on the Ohla Barcelona rooftop terrace

Sunset views and a historical backdrop: The Ohla Barcelona rooftop terrace is the perfect place to rest your feet after a long day of sightseeing. This stunning location provides a breath-taking setting to enjoy cocktails and tapas as the sun sets over the city.

Address: Via Laietana, 49, 08003, Barcelona


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Dinner at Lasarte

This 3-star Michelin restaurant is a must-visit on your weekend away. The restaurant’s chef, Martín Berasategui, is world-renowned, holding more Michelin stars to his name than any other chef in Spain. The restaurant itself is modern and bright, serving up some of the finest food the city has to offer.

Address: C/ de Mallorca, 259, 08008, Barcelona

Party the night away in Pacha

What better way to top off the weekend in one of the best nightclubs in the world? Pacha is one of our top recommendations for where to dance the night away with your friends. Located in Barceloneta in front of the sea, this club has housed some of the world’s top party-goers, all looking for a good time. Be sure to check in advance for events being held there as you just might find international artists such as Steve Aoki performing.

Address: Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, 2, 08005, Barcelona

Sandra Roig

Sandra Roig is Marketing Director at AB Apartment Barcelona. AB Apartment Barcelona is an apartment rental agency offering over one thousand short and long term apartments across Barcelona. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. It is SO good that weekend breaks are back. For me not getting away to somewhere exciting for the weekend was the very worst thing about the pandemic. Barcelona is now definitely on my list of places to go.

    1. Hi Beth, thank you for your comment. I’m pleased to hear that! Barcelona really is a fabulous city.

  2. Admittedly to me Gaudi is the rock star of all architects so forgive me for saying it but you could have a fantastic time in Barcelona by focusing on a Gaudi.

    1. Hi Elizabeth. You’re right! Gaudi’s influence can be seen everywhere in Barcelona. Whilst we only mentioned the Sagrada Familia and Casa Battló, there is so much more of his work to explore. An obvious choice of course is Park Güell- definitely worth a visit.

  3. I was expecting you to round of the weekend with a trip to watch Barcelona FC. When I lasted visited they played on the Sunday evening and it was a great way to end a perfect weekend before getting a flight home on Monday. And Messi scored. What more could you want?

    1. Wow, what an amazing experience! Yes, Camp Nou is another fab place to visit on your trip to Barcelona. The atmosphere is unbeatable.

    1. Hi, Gary. Certainly! The gastronomic scene in Barcelona is second to none. If you’re looking for good food, this is the city for you!

  4. I haven’t been to Barcelona for 5 years. How’s the Sagrada Familia doing. Any news of a completion date?

    1. Hi, Steven. Thanks for your comment. The completion date is set in 2026 however, to be honest, there is still a long way to go. The Sagrada Familia is still absolutely worth a visit until then though!

  5. Good Article,
    This 3-star Michelin restaurant is a must-visit on your weekend away and it is good for barcelona.

    Thank You!!

    1. Hi Craig! It varies depending on your preferences. Personally, I would opt for Lasarte as they have a fabulous lunch menu alongside their classic tasting menu. Also, they have lots more fresh fish/seafood which is more to my taste. It is definitely worth taking a look at their menus online to see what suits you.

  6. I’m hoping to do a girls away weekend with 2 friends early in 2023. Glad I came across this post as it will be really useful for giving us some ideas on what to do. Another friend did a Barcelona weekend in October. She admitted that they spent most of their time sat drinking sangria in the sun on Los Ramblas. Very nice but I’m hoping that we make better use of our time. That’s why I want to get a plan together.

    1. Hi Cindy. Yes, I completely agree. There’s so much to see in Barcelona, a plan ahead of time is definitely a good idea. I’m sure you’ll love it!

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