Are you in Barcelona for two days? Do you want to see all the top sites but still have time to do other things beside sightseeing? Or maybe sightseeing in the morning is OK, but for the full day would be too long?
If you’ll be two days in Barcelona you’ll have time to get a good overview of the city… but you need to plan your time well. Calculate the right timings for your visits, how to get from one place to another, spend time making online reservations… Does it sound like too much trouble?
We have designed the perfect itinerary for 2 mornings (or afternoons) exploring the top Barcelona city sites, so you can leave everything in our hands and enjoy your visit, skipping lines and learning lots about our city in a fun and entertaining way. Just like going out a good old local friend.
If due to walking issues you required a driver, we’d substitute the Born District and the Picasso Museum by the Hill of Montjuic (1929 World Fair, 1992 Olympic sites, city views).
Walking & Taxi/Subway OR Chauffeured*
*Your choice: Both choices are equally time efficient for this itinerary.
START YOUR 2 DAYS IN BARCELONA DISCOVERING THE ORIGINS OF THE CITY
It is always a good idea to start your two days in Barcelona itinerary by learning about the city origins. Your tour will start in La Rambla, a street that is busy any time of the day and night. We will pass a flower market and also have the chance to enter the amazing Boqueria Market, said to be one of the best in the world for its variety and spectacular displays going from unique local produce to exotic imports, from daily life food to gourmet delicacies.
The Gothic Quarter is where the Romans founded Barcelona 2000 years ago, then in the middle ages it witnessed our first period of splendor with the Gothic Times. You’ll walk around medieval plazas and alleys, see Roman ruins and also monumental buildings such as the Royal Palace, the City Council and the Generalitat Government building
15 to 30 minutes
You will also have the opportunity to visit the Gothic Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Holy Cross, with its historical wooden choir, artistic chapels, the crypt where Saint Eulalia is buried, and also an picturesque cloister where 13 geese live.
Or if you prefer, we’ll show you the Call (Medieval Jewish Section). Despite the attacks suffered in 1391, it’s still a highly atmospheric area with a fascinating although sad history. Here is located the oldest synagogue in Europe.
Next you’ll explore the Born district, a trendy neighborhood in the Old Town, with cool local designers shops, great tapas bars and a vibrant atmosphere. The locals consider it to be the Soho of Barcelona. You can visit here the church of Santa Maria del Mar with its impressive stained-glasses.
Your visit today will end at the only Picasso Museum in the world specializing in the artist’s early years. Learn about his training period, how he joined the bohemian local artists and his first steps in Paris (including the Blue Period), and be amazed at the wonderful variations he created around the Meninas by Velazquez in the 1950s.
Tour ends. Your guide can help you taking a taxi back to your hotel, or give you directions to walk, or give you recommendations for lunch.
DISCOVER THE WORKS OF ANTONI GAUDI
Your next tour visiting Barcelona in 2 days will take you to the Eixample district, the area where Barcelona started expanding 150 years ago following the plan of the engineer Ildefons Cerdà. In this district bloomed our Modernism (local Art Nouveau), and the Parisian influence is certainly noticeable here. It’s main street is called Passeig de Gràcia, where the wealthy families once lived, now a high end shopping street.
Here Gaudi produced some of his most famous masterpieces, in which we will be focusing. In the Block of Disagreement, a fabulous group of buildings featuring works of the top architects of the time, stands out the colorful Casa Batlló, possibly inspired in the story of Saint Georges and the Dragon.
1h 15 minutes
Casa Milà is another masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi: let us take you inside and be amazed at its spectacular rooftop with 360º views over the city, learn about the architect’s technique and inspirations, and visit an apartment decorated with original vintage antiques.
You’ll next hop on a taxi ride and head North of the city to visit Park Güell, one more of Gaudí’s masterpieces: a failed project of a planned community that has become now a fantastic public park famous for its mosaics.
1 hour 15 minutes
The last stop of the tour will be the breathtaking Sagrada Familia church, a breathtaking building still under construction, where Gaudi devoted the last 43 years of his life. Its inside was finally dedicated in 2010 and it doesn’t look like any other church you’ve seen before. It will definitely be the highlight of your whole trip!
Tour ends. Your guide will help you taking a taxi back to your hotel or to some restaurant for lunch, or give you directions to walk or take the subway. Or you might choose to stay longer at the site, on your own.
Final itineraries and timings might vary due to many factors (Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests, your chosen transportation means…)
Tour length: 4 hours each day, with possibility of adding extra hours on request upon booking.
These tours work great for people staying at 2 days in Barcelona, that want to see as much as possible without getting overwhelmed.
If you are traveling with kids, this program works nicely as most kids can keep up for 4-hours no problem. If you are worried about their stamina, consider using a driver for at least one of the days.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, consider using a driver and/or extending your tour one hour so there is time to cover everything at a slower pace. There are stairs in La Pedrera, Casa Batllo and Park Guell, and while they can be most of the time avoided that requires a longer detour. The Sagrada Familia towers are not accessible.
If you’d rather go on longer tours, consider our 2 full days option.
* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Park Güell and Sagrada Familia in advance, as we’ll need to book them beforehand.
Our tours only include the towers upon request. You need to know that:
It is not possible anymore to just climb the stairs: the way up is now only possible by elevator. However, the number of tickets available is restricted to just a few every hour, for an extra fee.
If there is availability, you are given a specific time to get in the line for the elevator (either the one in the Passion façade or the one in the Nativity façade, but not both), and after a 5 to 20 minute wait you finally get in the elevator that takes you to almost the top of the towers. From there you must walk down: it is not permitted to use the elevator to go down anymore. The whole process takes almost one hour, so unless you are OK shortening the rest of the tour itinerary, you should book one extra hour to be able to do the towers.
Do we recommend the towers, though? Only for the adventure of climbing spiral stairs, but not for the views as you’ll get better views from many other city sites. After all, those towers were designed to be bell towers, not vantage points. Also, the way down is narrow and occasionally claustrophobic, and it is definitely not for people scared of heights.
THE TOWERS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS, AND NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG CONDITIONS, CLAUSTROPHOBIA OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS. CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE TOWERS.
DURATION: 4 hours/day
2 WALKING/TAXI DAYS:
Taxi rides not included.
1 WALKING + 1 CHAUFFERED DAYS:
Walking day: Taxi rides not included, if needed.
Chauffeured day: Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
2 CHAUFFEURED DAYS:
Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
CHARGED UPON BOOKING:
PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
No lunch time previewed in these tours.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
These Barcelona in 2 days itineraries are:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|OLD TOWN TOUR||Sunday: No visits allowed in the Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Boqueria Market is closed.
Monday: The Picasso Museum is closed and the Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Tuesday thru Thursday after 4 PM: The Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Recommended starting times:
|Morning Tours:||Anytime between 9AM and 11AM.|
|Afternoon Tours:||Contact us to discuss your options.|
What an excellent position to book to half day tours with Foreverbarcelona. I went with 2 other friends. Nothing but positive things to say. If we had done either of the tours on our own we would not have learned all that we did. Plus it was so much nicer to feel a connection to Barcelona through people that love to share their city.
We arranged one private tours with Martha in the old sections of Barcelona and then we had another private tours of the Gaudi masterpieces with Míriam. Both guides were wonderfull - highly knowledgeable, energetic and ready to adapt any special requests we had. We've used tour companies in many countries and this is a first-rate high-end tour company.
We did two 1/2 day walking tours in Barcelona - The Gaudi Tour and the Old Town - with Begoña and Marta as our guides - it was great!! Barcelona is such a large city so it was wonderful to have a local show us the highlights. They have a welath of information that makes it all so interesting and more personal! For example, Marta took us to the Picasso Museum and she had stories about Picasso that make the paintings so interesting! You should not go to Barcelona without this tour!!
We did the 2 half day tours with Maria Jesus. First, she was amazing. She knows so much about the city and is just a lovely person. One day we did everything Gaudi and we learned so much about him. It was really great to learn more about the decisions he made and the ways in which his architecture was unique. On the second day we went to the Picasso Museum (so interesting to learn more about his early life), walked through the Gothic and Born areas (so nice to learnmore about these areas and get recommendations on where to stop and what to check out), and we went to the Boqueria Market. the market can be overwhelming, so it was nice to get some pointers on the places where locals like to eat! Overall, the 2 half day tours were just super. We really felt like we got to know the city well!
In two half day tours with our informative guide, Marga, we were able to see a lot of the highlights of Barcelona without having to wait in the long lines. From touring Gaudi's masterpieces and wondering through the old town, we felt pleased to have seen and learned so much in a short period of time. Marga's passion and love for Barcelona comes through as she shows you her city!
We recently spent 2 days with Javier in Barcelona touring the Old Town area and learning about the most incredible architect, Gaudi. Javier was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. he is well travelled and well read and offered amazing insight. I wish there was a Javier in every city we visited!
My family enjoyed very much our time in Barcelona - thanks to Marta! We met her for the 4 hour Old Town tour and then the following day for the Gaudi tour. It was fantastic! She really gave us the big picture of the city with an opportunity to focus on the things we were interested in. We felt that she was doing the tour just for us, and that she was excited with us while we were admiring the beauty of the city.
We spent two mornings with Marta touring the Gaudi sights and then old town Barcelona! She was fantastic with our two children (10 and 13)! Very informative and interesting.
We wanted to cover as much of the city as we could absorb in a two-day period. We were a group of 8 one day for a half-day tour and two groups of 6 for a second half-day tour. Marta managed the itineraries and provided expert commentaries everwhere we went. She and her colleague, Miriam, made our stay in Barcelona perfect!! And they were very flexible in working with us to arrange itineraries that suited our needs. Perfect all around!
Four of us booked two half-day tours with ForeverBarcelona. One day we toured the Gothic Quarter and another we saw Gaudi sites - La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. Our guide, Montse, was extremely helpful and had extensive knowledge. We covered a lot of ground, walking in the Gothic Quarter, and taking cabs or walking for the Gaudi tour.