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48 Hours in Barcelona, Spain

“Nothing is invented for it’s written in nature first.”
~Antoni Gaudi

I had my very first international business trip to Spain last month.  While I love traveling internationally, work travel does not come with the same excitement that vacation travel brings.  We had read a tip that you should check for award travel deals a couple weeks before the trip as sometimes the airlines will provide deals on award tickets if the seats are open.  Lucky for us, the tip was on point and Brian was able to join for the price of a domestic award ticket plus taxes!  Yea, another country for us to visit!  I was able to extend my trip therefore we had 48 hours in Barcelona to explore the city.

How did we spend our limited time in Barcelona?

  1. Visit La Pedreda

Casa Mila, otherwise known as La Pedreda, is one of many architectural wonders found around the city by Antonio Gaudi.  His distinct architectural style draws many inspirations from nature.

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We highly recommend the tour inside as it has some of the rooms set-up as they were in the early 1900’s.  In addition, the views from the rooftop are fantastic and shouldn’t be missed!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

*Travel tip* Buy your ticket on-line!  There was a LONG line to purchase tickets, so we quickly pulled up their webpage on our phone to buy tickets and bypassed the line as we showed the purchase from our cell phone.  It was a true time saver!

2. See a Flamenco Show at Palau de la Música Catalana

The concert hall is absolutely stunning and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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Get there early to take in the beauty of the hall.  It’s best to enjoy it during the early evening when the sun is still shining through the beautiful glass!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

The show was fantastic and although we don’t speak Spanish, we could feel the emotion on stage through the beautiful dancing!

3. Visit Park Güell


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The Park is another work of Gaudi.  It includes both walking paths that you can view for free as well as a paid portion to see the architecture up-close.  In our opinion, it was worth the small fee to enter!

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You purchase a pass with an entrance time.  We chose an early time to hopefully avoid crowds.  We loved walking around and enjoying the structures.

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

There were several walking areas to explore within the paid portion.  Our favorite was this design which went into the side of the hill.

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

The best part of the area, is the vast space at the top which has a view of Barcelona!  The benches are stunning with the colorful, mosaic pattern.

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

You can’t control the weather when you travel and we had a very overcast day with periods of rain.  We could only imagine the added beauty if there was a bright blue sky to add to the colorful view!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

We also exited and walked through a couple of the free walking paths which offered great views and architectural coves as well.

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Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

4. Eat Paella 

Paella is a traditional Spanish rice dish.  We chose to have lunch at 7 Portes and we highly recommend!  The restaurant has been around for 175 years and has a rich history in Barcelona.  It has a wine cellar which is the oldest to still exist within a restaurant in the city!Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

To start, we had the white asparagus.  It was delicious and we were practically licking the dish clean!
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The main dish was the “Rich Man’s” Paella which consisted of various seafoods including lobster!  The waiter brought the piping hot pan right to our table.  It was amazing!

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5. Just Walk 

We love just walking around a city and admiring the views.  Barcelona has no shortage of beautiful buildings to admire as you walk through the streets.

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

This is another one of Gaudi’s buildings, Casa Batlló.  You can pay to tour this one as well, however due to limited time, we decided to just admire it from the street.

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Apparently not everyone is keen on tourists.  Although we found people to be extremely friendly to us and helpful when we needed directions, recommendations etc.

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

This may seem weird, but I was very impressed with the recycling system around the city!  They had huge trash bins as well as recycling and food scraps.  It is wonderful to see a city encourage recycling and make it so accessible!

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6. Sagrada Família

Last but not least, my favorite site during our time in Barcelona.  It is also a Gaudi creation although it was not finished before he passed.

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It is a Roman Catholic church and the most unique religious building we have seen!  The outside is so intricate and busy.  But when you look closely, you can see various references to the bible among it.

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One of the sides is considered the Nativity Facade and includes references dedicated to the birth of Jesus.

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The other side is considered the Passion Facade and is dedicated to the passion of Christ.

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Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

As you can see, construction is still taking place.  It is not estimated to be completed until 2026.  We can’t wait to return to see the completed project!

After spending a good part of an hour admiring the exterior, we decided to go inside and were again blown away!

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At first it appears to be extremely busy and overwhelming however after you step back and just admire it you can really appreciate the complexity and attention to detail!

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Since Gaudi takes most of his inspiration from nature, you can quickly see his vision of having the illusion of an alter amongst the trees.  The very tall ornate columns are reminisent of trees in a forrest with the ceiling making it look like the tree top canopy in a forrest.
Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

After admiring the architectural beauty, you can’t help but be drawn to the stained glass.  It is seriously the most beautiful glass I have ever seen.  One side is rich in red hues while the opposite side is rich in blue hues.

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

We also paid extra to climb the tower.  While I would not pay for this if we were to return, it was nice to do it once.  You see additional areas of the church and get an up close view of some of the architecture as you descend the stairs.

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

While the climb was nice, it lacked the “wow” factor we had with the rest of the church.  In addition, we had taken in the city views from Park Güell therefore if time is a concern for you, we would recommend skipping this part.

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Barcelona, Spain is such a colorful city to explore! It’s the perfect place for a fun couple’s trip. Check out our top 6 activities during your 48 hours in the city. | www.eatworktravel.com The luxury, adventure travel couple!

Overall we had a lovely 48 hours in Barcelona!  It is such a beautiful city and we would certainly return! If you’d like to visit a beach, check out La Pineda which is just a short trip from the city.

~Amanda

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23 Comments

  1. Beautiful weather and beautiful pics!

  2. How wonderful that you could mix business and pleasure! I love those fantastical buildings– they almost look like they belong in a Dr. Seuss book. And what a terrible sign! Of all the places I have been to, I have found Europe to be the least welcoming to tourists. I had a mail woman in Florence yell and curse at me when I asked which direction something was…

    1. Dr. Seuss is a great comparison!! With the exception of a few signs we saw while walking around, we fond everyone to be helpful and friendly. It seems to be the exception but not the rule. Thanks for sharing your comments!

    2. It is a terrible sign, yet Barcelona is all around very accommodating to tourists. You have to imagine a bit though; who made that sign?

      The area that leads up to and around Park Güell is where you see most of these signs. It’s a very residential area that’s peaceful and laid back, it has never really been ready for the negative aspects of tourism that include rowdy crowds and anti-social behaviour. Why just the other day some tourists from a balcony threw a glass off while I was walking by… There have been beer cans littered around the entrance on our street, and the list could go on.

      And yet, tourism is how many of use sustain ourselves in Barcelona. But rather than criticize the people that make the sign who simply find it hard to express their frustration (or even the kinds of people that instigate the sign making), the city council, its residents, and the visitors to our fine city need to think how we can work together to attract the nice kind of tourism that Amanda and Brian bring whilst weeding out the riff-raff, which is just one small aspect of tourism that has a big impact.

  3. It looks like you had a great trip, even if it was a short one. We have done some traveling this way as well, adding on days at the end of a business trip. It’s a nice opportunity to see more of the world.

    1. We prefer to have more time to explore when we visit places but you take what you can get sometimes! A few days at the end of a business trip is better than not seeing the place!

  4. Nice pictures! Barcelona looks amazing. 🙂

  5. Lots of good ideas! Hope to do all these when I visit in October.

    1. Enjoy your trip in October! There is no shortage of things to see, wine to drink and great food 🙂

  6. It may not be the best weather but your photos still look amazing! Barcelona’s a picture perfect place. :p Going to Park Guell early is the best thing to do, your photos are very different from the ones I normally see which is always too crowded. 🙂

    1. Yes, one of the benefits of being earlier risers is we can beat the crowds for the first hour or so!

  7. Stunning photos and great advice about buying tickets online even whilst waiting in the queue! Love it! I look forward to your next trip!

    1. We couldn’t understand why people chose to wait in 1 hour long line when it took 5 minutes to buy the tickets from our phone! Thanks for stopping by!

      1. I agree, I’ve never understand why anyone queues either!! Keep sharing the travel tips!!!

        1. Thank you, glad to hear we’re not the only ones questioning it!

  8. Such stunning architecture. From the stain glass windows to the mosaics made with pieces of tiles, I would spend all day in awe!

    1. The architecture was so interesting I felt like I stepped inside the pages of Dr. Seuss books!

  9. Such a beautiful place with some amazing architecture! Would love to visit myself, but for now I will just enjoy your photos!

    1. Thanks for checking out the blog! Yes, it had some of the most interesting architecture I have seen.

  10. Barcelona is very high on ‘my list’ – it’s great to see how much you can pack into 48 hours there.

    1. Highly recommend, we were very impressed with the city and can’t wait to go back as there is so much more to do than we could pack in our short time!

  11. Thanks for sharing there are some great things to do. Barcelona has been in news lately. The locals are quite upset that the city is being overrun by tourists, they are afraid they will become another Venice. Full of souvenir shops and too expensive for the locals to live there. Barcelona is also a bit of a poster child for the “Smart City” movement. Computerizing everything with sensors, including rubbish pick-up a sensor tells the municipality the bin needs to be emptied.

    1. Quite interesting, I was not aware. After being to Venice recently, I can appreciate their concern of being overrun by tourists. I am sure there is a fine balance of the economic benefits of tourism and preserving the atmosphere of a city. Glad you stopped by, thanks for the comments!

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