- By Kevin
- On Jul 31, 2017
- Travel Tips
Looking for the best Barcelona weekend getaways? What to Do in Barcelona on Weekend? Some places worth you and your family visit during your Barcelona holiday.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella is a whopping 44-acre park in central Barcelona built by architect Josep Fontsere in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition, a world fair. This urban oasis still exhibits relics from that period, including buildings like the Castell dels Tres Dragons. Visitors will be enthralled by the lake and waterfall that was designed by Fontsere as well as the magnificent plant house. They will also find a glass home, the Catalan Parliament, and a larger than life mammoth statue as well as a bandstand on the grounds. In addition, guests can see a replica of the stunning El Desconsol (distress) sculpture designed by Josep Llimona.
In 1900, Eusebi Guell commissioned renowned architect Antoni Gaudi to begin designing and building a modernist estate for wealthy families in the Muntanya Pelada zone. Its location was the biggest draw, with stunning natural grounds that provided breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Gaudi was allowed to build 60 triangular estates but only ended up completing two as the sales of the plots undersold. By 1922 it was opened as a municipal park before eventually opening in 1963 as an artistic monument and public park. Today, guests can take a 1-hour guided tour through this iconic park, exploring how Gaudi blended architecture, sustainability, harmony, and nature.
Passeig de Gracia
Passeig de Gràcia is a large shopping street in the heart of Barcelona that features everything from high-end, exclusive shops to affordable, hidden gems. While walking along this fashion mecca, guests will also enjoy stunning modernist architecture as they move from one store to the next. Shoppers who prefer the more exclusive collections can find powerhouse designers like Stella McCartney, Valentino, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Santa Eulalia. Those who want to stay affordably chic will delight in shops like MAX&co - for the urban yet elegant woman - Hoss Intropia, and TCN. Visitors on a budget can find what they're looking for at Puma, Mango, and Zara.