72 Hours in… Barcelona

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love a European city break.

Endless coffee stops, exploring museums, walking around beautiful parks and seeing the most iconic sights make for a full and exciting weekend break.

My most recent city break was with my boyfriend to a place I’ve wanted to visit for years… Barcelona! Here’s a little guide on how to make the most of a weekend in the Catalonian capital.


  • Sagrada Familia – this is an obvious one but it exceeded all our expectations! It’s still under construction so I can’t wait to go back in a few years’ time and see the finished product
  • Arc de Triomf – our hostel room overlooked this magnificent monument (the second largest of its kind in the world), which looked just as spectacular (if not more so) when lit up at night
  • Camp Nou – I’m not a football fan but this was Joe’s choice and was a very pleasant surprise! It was super easy to get to using the metro and although a little pricey, it was well worth the experience
  • Parc Güell – to be honest, this was a little disappointing for me. We thought it would be easy to have a wander up there but it turned out we needed pre-paid tickets, so we bought them and came back the next day. The hike up the hill behind was much better (and free) and offered stunning panoramic views
  • Ciutadella Park – a gorgeous green space in the middle of the city, perfect for a quiet picnic
  • Basilica Santa Maria del Mar – a more peaceful church for those who like religious history and old architecture
  • Casa Mila – we didn’t actually go inside but Gaudi’s architecture is iconic in Barcelona
  • Barcelona beach – although we didn’t have time to spend a whole day at the beach, we did go watch the World Cup at a beach bar and it was the perfect end to a busy day


We used the metro every day while we were in Barcelona as it was super easy and cheap! We bought the T10 pass for around €10 which enables you to use the ticket 10 times within zone one. So one T10 card worked for us both on 5 journeys, which we used up in two days. Other than that we enjoyed walking around when it wasn’t sweltering hot!


  • Paella – we found a lovely little restaurant in the Gothic Quarter where we sat by a fountain and shared a seafood paella. It was heavenly!
  • Tapas – expensive but a must-do while in Spain
  • Estrella beer – perfect after a hot day exploring the city
  • Sangria – again, a must for Spain! While it’s a little more costly than other drinks on the menu, it’s also very cheap to buy in a carton (not so classy)
  • Crêpes (I know these are French but I had the most delicious crêpe for dessert from a food van on the beach front)

This trip to Barcelona was a wonderful summer city break. It was rather touristy and I do usually prefer more relaxing and quieter places, but the food, architecture, and religious history made it a really fun trip; I definitely didn’t expect to learn so much about Spanish and Catalonian culture.

Published by Liv

Travel blogger and digital nomad 🌏

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