Your first weekend in Barcelona

This itinerary will help you feel right at home in this gracious city

Editorial Team

By Editorial Team

barceloneta beach on a summer day

Gracious Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s easy to understand why, since the city has gorgeous architecture, amazing cuisine, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

If you’re relocating to the city instead of just visiting, check out Blueground’s move in ready furnished apartments in Barcelona. All of our turnkey apartments worldwide have everything our guests need to move to a new city with only a suitcase. Our stylish spaces also have stocked kitchens, fast Wi-Fi, and thoughtful extras like Bluetooth speakers.

When you skip the apartment search and book a flexible rental, you can spend your first weekend in town exploring the city rather than stressing about the details of your living situation.

barcelona at sunset

Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Barcelona.

Friday: Dinner and a movie

Now that you have arrived at your stylish new home, spend the night relaxing with a home-cooked meal and a movie. spend your first night in town relaxing in your new home.

Would you rather leave the cooking to someone else? Download Glovo, one of Barcelona’s top food delivery apps, and order up a selection of tapas or whatever else sounds delicious to you.

Once you have dinner in hand, settle in to get to know your new hometown on the small screen. Every Blueground apartment comes with YouTube TV, so it’s easy to stream movies, TV shows, and even live sports.

There are many films set in Barcelona, but it’s hard to do better than Todo Sobre Mi Madre, Pedro Almodóvar’s brilliant 1999 dysfunctional character study. While getting to know the characters you will see Barcelona landmarks like the Palau de la Música Catalana and La Sagrada Familia.

Saturday: History and heritage

Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí is quite possibly Barcelona’s most famous son, and for good reason. He made a tremendous contribution to the world of design through famous creations like La Sagrada Familia and Casa Milà. The lesser-known Casa Vicens is a 19th century summer house designed by Gaudí that has since been restored and turned into a museum.

You can tour the opulent four-story house to appreciate its incredible period details, including wooden furniture designed by Gaudí himself. There are also exhibits detailing its design and construction, as well as a lovely garden and cafe.

After you have finished touring the museum, take a stroll through the surrounding neighborhood. Gràcia is home to art galleries and a wonderful dining and shopping scene. Head to the bustling Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia to enjoy a cool drink at one of its many bar terraces.

Aerial view of Barcelona

Sunday: Beach day

You can’t live in Barcelona long without visiting its most famous beach – even if it’s not quite warm enough to swim yet! Head to Barceloneta, home to famous Sant Sebastiàn Beach.

Barcelona’s longest beach is also one of its most popular. This beautiful seascape is the perfect backdrop for a selfie, perhaps in front of the huge, futuristic statue by Alfredo Lanz that rises above the sand.

You can spread out your towel and sunbathe or get lost in a novel, or walk along the beachside promenade. Bring your appetite, because the shore is lined with seafood restaurants and tapas bars serving up delicious Catalan specialties.

Are you still renting the old-fashioned way? Find out more about the Blueground experience.

Editorial Team

Editorial Team

The Blueground editorial team covers the best things to see, do, and experience in our cities around the world.