Places to See in Barcelona in 2 days

Barcelona is packed with everything that makes for the perfect relaxation destination – culture, history, amazing architecture, local food markets, restaurants, beaches, music, world-class museums, and football. So, don’t look any further. Within two days in Barcelona, you can explore many incredible places and do amazing things.

In this article, we offer helpful tips like where to eat, where to stay, the best time to visit certain places, how to get around the city, entrance fees, etc.

So, let’s take a close look at some places to see in Barcelona in 2 days.

Places to See in Barcelona in 2 days

  • Placa de Catalunya
  • La Rambla
  • Mercado De La Boqueria
  • Barcelona Gothic Quarter & Old Town
  • Museu Picasso (Picasso Museum)
  • Font Magica de Montjuic

Placa de Catalunya

Placa de Catalunya is one of the best places to see in Barcelona in 2 days. It’s an amazing place to start your 2-day adventure in Barcelona. Placa de Catalunya is a big town that hosts tons of amazing architectural works with big restaurants, shopping malls, cafes, bars, and clubs lining the town’s narrow roads.

 It’s advisable to start your trip early in the morning before the hustle and bustle of the town sets in. This way, you can explore some exciting places without being overwhelmed by the crowds. You can go to Cafe Zurich to have a nice breakfast. This cafe is always packed with tourists and locals alike. While you are enjoying a cup of coffee and croissants, you can watch passers-by and pigeons.

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La Rambla

La Rambla is one of the most popular streets in Barcelona. It’s a must-see in your 2-day Barcelona itinerary. It has a gorgeous tree-lined pedestrian lane leading to a beach in Port Vell area.  As you pass by, you will be charmed by the sight of Font de Canaletes, a popular water fountain.

Other attractions include the Placa De Sant, Joseph Oriol, Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau Guell, and Placa Reial. You can make a few stops in front of these monuments to take pictures. However, you can go inside Palau Guell and take in its amazing scenery.

Also, in La Rambla, you can feast on some yummy pastry at Pasteleria Escriba.

Mercado De La Boqueria

Mercado De La Boqueria is a popular indoor market inside an impressive building of glass and steel. It’s one of the best places to see in Barcelona in 2 days. From cheese and local meat to seafood and exotic fruits, the place has so much to offer you.

With tons of food stalls around, this is the perfect place for your lunch. You can also buy fresh fruit smoothies and munch on them while you are walking across the markets and enjoying the sights, the colors, and the smells.

If you want a quieter market, you can visit places like Antoni Market, Mercat Del Not, and Santa Caterina Market. Barcelona indoor markets open daily from morning till evening except on Sundays.

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Barcelona Gothic Quarter & Old Town

Barri Gothic (Gothic Quarter) and Cuitat Bella (Old Town) are great places to see in Barcelona in 2 days. Here, you will find ancient streets, workplaces, and houses dating back to the 1st to 4th centuries. Also, you cannot afford to miss Barcelona Cathedral (The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia).

You can spare one hour to take in the amazing interior of this imposing ancient church. The garden is also gorgeous, evoking memories of popular monasteries in Portugal. You may want to take the elevator to the cathedral roof where you can have a panoramic view of the whole city.

You can get tickets to the Cathedral at the entrance gate. However, there are free entry times. For example, on Saturday, it’s free to visit between 8:30 am-12:30 pm and 5:15 pm to 8 pm. 

Museu Picasso (Picasso Museum)

You can spend 1 to 2 hours visiting the Picasso Museum which displays Pablo Picasso’s collection of amazing works. This museum allows visitors to see the progression of Pablo Picasso’s career from his early works to the paintings and sculptures of his advanced years.

The museum houses thousands of his masterpieces including works from his iconic Blue Period. A lot of visitors admire the way the museum explores the art he produced throughout his life. The only reservation people have with this museum is congestion. So, it’s best to book tickets online in advance to avoid queues and unnecessary delays. The museum charges 11 euros (about $12.50) for adults. It opens from Tues-Sun (9 a.m.-7 or 9:30 p.m.).

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Font Magica de Montjuic

Standing in front of Museu Nacional d’ Art de Catalunya is a collection of captivating fountains tumbling down the mountain towards Placa d’ Espanya. It’s one of the most incredible places to visit in Barcelona in 2 days.

At the foot of the mountain lies the largest and the most magnificent of them all – Magical de Montjuic or the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. It has amazing music and light show, It pulls crowds of fun-lovers, it’s free to visit. But ensure you get to the show at least 15-30 minutes before the show so you can get a good place to seat.

Other Places To Visit For a Long Trip in Barcelona

  • Montserrat Monastery  
  • Piccaso Museum     
  • Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar ( adjacent to Barcelona museum)     
  • Camp Nou Stadium (outside the city center) Arenas de Barcelona ( shopping center with a beautiful rooftop with great views)    
  • Arco de Triunfo & Cintadella Park + Dinner    
  • Sant Pan Art Nouveau Site     
  • La Sagrada Familia

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