Barcelona is one of the best cities I’ve visited. It’s full of culture, has it’s own distinct identity, is home to some of the best architecture, boasts incredibly delicious cuisine, and has a pretty welcoming attitude towards the LGBT community. It also has a pretty great climate which makes it the perfect getaway. Home to a plethora of gay bars, clubs, and gay-friendly establishment, Barcelona is a perfect destination for the gay traveler.
There is so much to see and experience in Barcelona, that a short trip will not really suffice. Sure, you can have quite a few experiences in a short period of time but in the end, you will wish you had more time. Though…spending a week doesn’t even seem like enough time. Spending 48 hours in Barcelona is a lesson in visiting the hot spots of the city which also means dealing with tourists and all that entails. If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path pointers, then that will have to be an entirely separate article all together. For this article, I’m focusing more on major points of interests and tourist attractions not to be missed.
As for lodging, the gay traveler will never go wrong with the Eixample district of the city located between the old city and the what were once the surrounding towns of Sants, Gràcia, and Sant Andreu. This is basically the gayest section of the city and is where you will find clubs, bars, gay clothing stores, saunas, and more. Axel Hotel is nearby or you can stay in Two Hotel Barcelona which is located in the middle of the Eixample area. There are plenty of other hotels and hostels to choose from but these are the two I highly recommend. Of course, there is always the option to rent an apartment or home through Airbnb or Misterbnb as well.
Now, that you have your lodging figured out, what will you spend your 48 hours doing.
Passeig de Gràcia
Get up early and start your day off with a nice walk along the Passeig de Gràcia starting at the top. As you walk down hill, you’ll pass La Pedrera and eventually see the Casa Batlló. These are some of Gaudí’s most well known works. The busy street is also filled with shops and small restaurants where you can grab something to eat as you go.
Next, head over to Las Sagrada Familia and just gaze at this magnificent work of architecture. You can walk all the way around the exterior of the church and I highly recommend it because it’s just beautiful. By your tickets ahead of time in order to enter the church and pay a little extra to climb one of the towers. The views of the city from up there are stunning and nerve-wracking. Learn about the history of the unfinished church as you walk around it’s beautiful, forest-like interior.
This park contains amazing stone structures, architecture and elements by Gaudí and beautiful gardens. Visiting this park will take up the rest of your day and be prepared to pay for entry to the Gaudí Museum which is located in a small house in which he use to live.
Get up early and head to this large public market where you can spend time walking around, admiring the wares, and sampling the delicious foods. You can also get fresh squeezed juice for just €1 a cup. It’s a great place to get some photos of normal day to day life in the city too!
This is definitely one of the most popular places to be in the city. It can also be one big tourist trap. The street is filled with shops and restaurants. I wouldn’t spend a lot of time here but at least go for the ambiance of the area. The street starts at the Barcelona waterfront and goes all the way to Plaça Catalunya. You could spend all day here but I wouldn’t since you have limited time.
After this, you can head up to see the theme park as well as the old church at the top called Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor. You can climb up to the top of the church’s steeple for an incredible view of the entire city of Barcelona as well as the surrounding country side. You could leave this off your itinerary if you wanted to but I highly suggest it. It was one of the highlights of my last trip.
You can see and experience a lot in Barcelona with just two days time but it is only enough time to get a taste of what the city has to offer. I guarantee you’ll want to visit again so you can explore more attractions, museums, and culinary delights. While you go through each days itinerary, you’ll need to stop for lunch, dinner, and snacks. Don’t worry…there are plenty of places to stop in and grab a bite. At night, head to the Eixample area (where you will lodge) and explore the gay scene. It’s totally fun and different than other cities!
Trust me, you’ll love the city!
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