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2 DAYS IN BARCELONA

How to maximize your time in Barcelona in 2 days

Heyyy … time to get up, clean the lenses of our sunglasses, put on the shorts and sandals socks, rucksack ready to dive between medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter and beautiful Modernist buildings of Barcelona. A lot of treasures full of museums and architectural wonders, beaches, and perfect squares are waiting for us.

Route 2 Days in Barcelona

Hotel Lloret Ramblas to Barcelona Cathedral – 5 min walk

We left the Hotel Lloret Ramblas and crossed Las Ramblas towards the Gothic Quarter, just 5 minutes walk is located the Barcelona Cathedral, this architectural wonder between Gothic and Baroque dating from 1298 stands in the middle of the Gothic Quarter. The main entrance is the most impressive, once inside you can climb to the roof to see the amazing views of the Gothic Quarter.

View the cathedral from Placita de la Seu

Free access to cloister and temple from Monday til Friday 8:00 – 19:30hs; Saturaday and Sunday 8:00 a 20:00hs
Rooftop entrance: 3 Eur

Tips: Walk around the cathedral and lose it in the alleyways, you will find amaizing places.

Plaça Catalunya to Casa Batlló – 5 min walk

Catalonia Square is just 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral, and is neuralgic point of Barcelona, also a meeting point for citizens and tourists. Here begins La Rambla and is the boundary between the Gothic Quarter and Eixample neighborhood.

Plaza Catalunya intersection of all public transportation of Barcelona

Among exclusive shops and fancy restaurants, Casa Batllo is in Paseo de Gracia, and was designed by Antonio Gaudi. This unique building very colorful and remarkable textures is in “La Manzana de la Discordia”. The building, remains the Sant Jordi legend, where the roof is the dragon’s back, and the balconies the dragon’s victims the skull-shaped.

Casa Batlló to La Pedrera – 7 min walk

Two blocks further up is La Pedrera (Gaudi masterpiece), with its undulating facade and wrought iron balconies of organic forms. You can go and visit the strange roof and dazzle with their chimneys that give the impression of being warriors covered their helmets. From up there you will have another perspective of Barcelona.

La Pedrera view from Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona

La Pedrera to Sagrada Familia – 5 min by metro

Sagrada Familia towers view from Plaça de Gaudí

Only 5 minutes by subway’ll be shocked to see closely the Sagrada Familia. The imposing towers full of imagination that Anotnio Gaudí put on this controversial church. The basilica is not finished yet but you can not miss their fantastic interior.

 

TOP 5 BARCELONA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

. BARCELONA CATHEDRAL

The Barcelona cathedral as known as La Seu is an example of gothic architecture in Barcelona, this tourist attraction in Barcelona is located in the Gothic quarter, built in the thirteenth century on an old Romanesque cathedral. You can visit it from 12:30 to 19:45, and the price of the ticket is 7 Eur.

Distance from Lloret Hotel: 5 min walk

. CASA BATLLO

One of Gaudí’s most recognized masterpieces of Catalan Modernism in Barcelona, it’s in the exclusive Passeig de Gracia, surrounded by fashionable shops. You can visit Casa Batllo every day from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm 365 days. Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona

Distance from Lloret Hotel: 10 min walk

. LA BOQUERIA

In the ramblas market you can find all kinds of fresh foods, fish, fruits, seafood, there are also bars and restaurants with fresh market food. This market in Barcelona, is the oldest in the city and is located in the middle of the Rambla and can be visited for free from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Address: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona.

Distance from Lloret Hotel: 5 min walk

. LA RAMBLA

Super popular, this obligatory pedestrian street of 1,200 meters of length, where you will find all kinds of stalls and shops, street artists, and historic buildings. La Rambla extends between Plaça Catalunya until Colon Monument touching with the port of Barcelona.

Distance from Lloret Hotel: On la Rambla

. Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA)

In the old neighborhood of Raval stands this futuristic-looking building surrounded by dilapidated buildings. The construction of the building was in charge of the American architect Richard Meier and was designed to house works of modern art from the mid-twentieth century. Business hours are from Wednesday to Monday from 11:00 to 19:30 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 20:00. Address: Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona.

Distance from Lloret Hotel: 7 min walk

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Born neighborhood – Things to do

El Born hip neighborhood which was reborn several years ago. Student and artists movie in, attracted by cheap rents and airy warehouses, fostering and arty vibe that now blends in with the area’s old-time aura. Experimental design shops share the narrow streets with traditional balconies residential buildings strung with laundry.

Walking through the streets

The Palau de la Música is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sant Pere square and its church with the same name, a former Benedictine monastery Sant Agustí Vell which represents a typical square in the neighborhood, and the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar, that in the construction participated all the population of the Ribera that brought on their backs the stones from the real highway today the Passeig del Born, that is a Rambla that agglutinates many nightlife atmosphere, good restaurants, bars of drinks, and that ends in a great iron building a Important market until 1971, now cultural center inside and where you can visit some archaeological remains.

Born map of the tourist attractions

From Hotel Lloret Ramblas 15 min walk until born neighborhood

1. One of architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner create work began with a question from a very small client. Imagine a quite garden, could you please build for as a concert hall…. and he said – we seem so beautiful i’m going to build up a garden for your music, and create the gardens and the architecte most suddenly did.

Flatten design for a thousen of flowers, Barcelona love the Catalan cultural elements the vibrant colors and engaging. But this no was always the case, during the thirties there was a strong intellectual movement in Catalonia and they were asking for the demolition of this building because they were convenience that it was impossible to concentrate the music here beacause of the distractions of the beautiful things.

Design in this building is original but is dificult of its owns, but Montaner face and aditional challange. Palau de La Musica have a sound as good as look.

Palau de la Musica is straking example of the catalan modernista style which combines Nature’s curve and dynamic shapes with iconic nationalistic symbols. Today this remarkable artistic endeavor remains a powerful symbol of catalonian culture.

2. The museum is a set of 5 mansion with a 10,500 m2 total area of the catalan gothic style, located in the Born district. The mansions date from the XIII to XVIII centuries and many of them have been remodeled by their owners, members of the Catalan bourgeoisie. Later all these buildings were acquired by the Barcelona City Council.

Since Pablo Picasso spent his formative teenager in Barcelona is the best collection of his early art. Run throughout his life, from beginnings through its pink and blue stages to his most famous abstract works.

3. Born market designed by Josep Fontseré in 1873 this modernist building has 4 facades and rectangular base, and is the first iron structure built in Barcelona.

The Born market was conceived to supply fruits and vegetables to the neighborhood, later it became a wholesale market. Then in 2002 work began on restoration and appeared archeological remains of the medieval period.

Today it’s an exhibition building, and center of culture and memory. In its interior there is a permanent sample of archaeological objects found in lost state, and that they are exposed in a great room.

4. The Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona known as the Cathedral of La Ribera is one of the most perfect examples of Gothic style architecture for harmony in its proportions.

Built in only 50 years with its three facades the main one in the Plaza de Santa María, another in the street of Santa Maria, and the Paseo del Born shows the essence of Catalan Gothic.

The facade of perfect symmetry with archibolts and a rosette. To each side of the main door is San Pedro and San Pablo. The structure with high columns of 13 m which give the temple breadth and lightness, however the very ingenious columns with a very wide base and a very thin end deceive and love the sight of anyone. The nudity of the walls in which the chapels open, further highlighting the beautiful proportions of this jewel of Catalan Gothic.

Metro station next to Born neighborhood

The subway lines that through the Born district are, the red line, and the yellow line. If take the red line you can cross to the other side of Barcelona and with the yellow line you can consider going to the Gracia neighborhood in a moment, or go in the other direction and reach the neighborhood of Barceloneta to take a walk on the beach, and also to take a dip.

Born neighborhood – Palau de la música Catalana

Palau de la musica de Barcelona

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Usefull links

Check out the website Palau de la musica catalana
See more info Picasso museum Barcelona
Official website El Born market
More information about Santa Maria del Mar church

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