Backpacking In Barcelona In 48 hours
Mim and I decided to visit Barcelona as the final destination on our trip around Spain. With only two full days in Barcelona, we had limited time there and had to plan how to get the best taste of Barcelona.
Besides wandering down the famous La Rambla mall, read below for a summary of what we did and saw as we backpacked in Barcelona in 48 hours.
La Sagrada Família
Arguably the #1 attraction in Barcelona, La Sagrada Família is a large catholic church designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí. You really do have to see this church to appreciate the full scale and beauty.
It features extremely high ceilings, brilliant and colourful strained glass windows, three intricate façades on the outside, and a number of high spires.
Gaudí takes much inspiration from nature, and it is worth taking a couple of hours to soak up and appreciate all the detail that has gone into the design.
Construction begin in 1882, and is only expected to be completed in 2026.
I recommend purchasing tickets online at least the day or two before you plan to visit La Sagrada Família. This will save having to line up in queues, and will avoid disappointment as only a limited number of visitors are allowed through each day.
If you’re backpacking in Barcelona the La Sagrada Família is easy to get to by the underground metro train system.
Joan Miró Art Gallery
Joan Miró was a 20th century Spanish painter and artist born in Barcelona who had significant influence on 20th-century art.
Miró has an unique style that captures the history and mood of the moment, and it was worth seeing how his style changed from realism in early rural days through to distortion during the Spanish Civil War and abstract impressions in clay sculptures.
We spent at least an hour at the exhibition (which was perfect during wet weather), and there were plenty of english signs so we didn’t miss out without the audio guide.
If you’re backpacking in Barcelona and want to experience the arty atmosphere of the city, the Joan Miró Foundation Art Gallery is well worth seeing.
The Joan Miró art gallery is right around the corner of the local metro train station (Paral·lel) which from there you can also take the cable car further up the hill to experience wonderful panoramic views of the city.
Barcelona’s Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Visiting the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is a fun way to spend part of your evening in Barcelona. A lovely water & lights show is on display every half and hour, accompanied by classical opera music. The atmosphere is buzzing, with hundreds of people and families enjoying the show.
The shows are free, so it’s perfect if you’re backpacking in Barcelona.
Spanish Flamenco Concerts
When backpacking in Barcelona or Spain, it is well worth taking some time to experience some Spanish Flamenco music and dancing. You can hear an example of Spanish Flamenco music in our video below:
The music and singing is full of passion, and the dancing (especially the footwork) is extraordinarily precise and intense.
We enjoyed a nightly 30 minute show at Los Tarantos, which featured some great artists and dancers. Tickets for many local Flamenco concerts cost around €10 – €20.
I hope that has given you some ideas if you’re travelling or backpacking in Barcelona. Thanks for reading, and please feel free to leave a comment below.