Barcelona, Spain 2 Day Travel Tips
Barcelona, the heart of Catalonia has so much to offer. Home of Antoni Gaudi, tapas and sangria are just a few things to mention.
Transportation: Airport to city center
Best and most affordable option is the Aerobús. It departs the airport every 5 minutes and the cost one-way is only €5.90. There are a few stops along the route and does make a stop in the city center at Plaça de Catalunya, which is a 35 minute ride.
Barcelona does have an unlimited metro pass called Hola BCN and offers day passes from 2-5 days and starts at €15.00. Barcelona is a walkable city however, I do think this is a good metro pass to have since some of the sights are spread out.
If you're looking to stay where all the action is then I recommend staying near Las Ramblas or Plaça de Catalunya. For a quieter yet still a good location, Gràcia has a lot to offer. Gràcia has all the high-end shopping and is near Gaudi's home, so plan to spend a little more money if wanting to stay in that area. Tucked behind the buildings and alleyways you'll find some good local restaurants and boutiques that are worth checking out.
If you're traveling solo and hostels don't scare you, there are plenty to choose from near Placa de Catalunya. I stayed at St. Christopher's Inns, which was a 5-10 minute walk to Las Ramblas and the cost per night was only €35. I typically book an all female room, which so far I have not had any issues and it's a good way to meet new people as well.
Things to see/do:
All things Antoni Gaudi:
La Sagrada Familia (€15) www.sagradafamilia.org
Casa Milà (€22) https://www.lapedrera.com
Casa Batlló (€29.50) https://www.casabatllo.es
Park Güell (€7.5) www.parkguelltickets.org
Montserrat (cost varies based on which option you choose)
Duration: Half day
Departure: Plaça d'Espanya rail station
1.5-2 hour train ride from Barcelona 1 way ticket (€12.15)
Aeri de Montserrat (Cable Car) 1 way ticket (€7.00)
Cremallera Funicular 1 way ticket (€5.95)
Las Ramblas: Pedestrian walking street full of shops and restaurants
La Boqueria: One of the largest indoor markets in Barcelona. The market is divided up in to sections: fruit, meat etc. There are food stalls within the market, which get pretty packed.
Barceloneta Beach: If traveling during the summer this beach is quite the spot. It's easily accessible by metro or by foot.
Quimet y Quimet: Some of the best pintxos and tapas in Barcelona
La Boqueria: Tasty food stalls
La Llibertaria: Try their patatas bravas and sangria