12 hours in Barcelona برشلونه

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Welcome back to Barcelona! The sun is still shining, and we still have so much left to do! Because there is only so much you can accomplish in 12hrs, we made you a second guide to the Catalonian capital. If you have more days here, just combine this guide with our first one. And if you only have 12hrs, just pick the one that suits you best.

This time, we have a local Barcelonian showing us around. Meet Nuria! The first time we saw her, she looked at us from a giant billboard in London. A big airline was advertising city trips, and Nuria was just the face they needed for their campaign. She’s a model, loves analog photography, and has one of the coolest Instagram feeds that we know of. Nuria also travels a lot, enjoys surfing and skating, and is vegan and generally just a really cool gal. She loves to hang out on the beach and to explore cities, and today, she is taking us with her. Here are 12hrs in Barcelona with Nuria.

9am // Hotel Praktik Rambla



Let’s get this day started! This time, we are staying at the Hotel Praktik Rambla. There are several hotels of this Barcelonian mini-chain all around the city, but the location of Praktik Rambla is just perfect for our day today. And it has everything we are looking for in a city hotel: A great location (in this case: right in the middle of the Eixample district of Barcelona), beautifully designed common spaces and rooms, free Wi-Fi and a price tag that won’t brake the bank.

Put on your trunks or your bikini, put some lotion on and grab your towel and skateboard. We’re heading to the beach!

Hotel Praktik Rambla // Rambla de Cataluña 27 // website

9.30am // Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach

Nuria loves to spend time on the many beaches of Barcelona, so that is where we start our day, too. If you can manage, wait an hour or so until our breakfast place of choice opens. Relax a bit in the sand instead.

One of the great things about Barcelona is its proximity to the ocean. There is just something special about big, cosmopolitan cities with access to the sea. We are at Barceloneta now, one of the most beautiful areas by the sea that lies just off the Ciutat Vella, the old town. Located in the traditional fishing district, this is one of Nuria’s (and the city’s!) best-loved beaches. It is thought to have inspired Miguel de Cervantes as the setting for the fight between Don Quixote and the Knight of the White Moon in his book 2 of Don Quixote. In the distance, you can spot the fancy W Hotel at the shore. // Surf House Barcelona


Breakfast, finally! Surf House Barcelona just opened its doors, time to head over there and order some fresh juices and some snacks. Nuria loves to come here to grab a bite after a long day in the sun.

We just love the surfboard tables and the relaxed vibe in here, the healthy fast food and laid-back atmosphere. If you have time to spend a day at the beach, Surf House Barcelona organizes tons of fun outdoor activities such as paddle surfing, runs on the boardwalk and game nights. Have a look on their website to see the upcoming events.

Surf House Barcelona // Carrer l’Almirall Aixada 22 // Wed-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-7pm // website

12.30am // Harbor


After a hearty breakfast, take some more time at the beach until the midday sun gets too hot. Then, around 12.30h, let’s pack up our bags and take a stroll down the boardwalk. Passing the beautiful harbor, we make our way up to Montjuïc.

1pm // Montjuïc


Yes, it’s a little walk, but really not a steep one. Plus, there is shade! And Montjuïc is definitely worth a wander. In summer, it is a few degrees cooler here than in the bustling city below, and its many parks and gardens are great places to soak up the view of the city.

There are also plenty of museums: the Fundació Joan Miró, for example, is as famous for its Corbusier-influenced building as its collection. You’ll find Barcelona’s botanical garden here, a castle, as well as lots of other amazing parks that are really worth the little hike. Don’t miss the Mies van der Rohe pavilion at the bottom of the hill. It was built for the world exhibition in 1929 and boasts some of the architects’ most famous trademarks. In it, you’ll see the now famous “Barcelona chairs” that van der Rohe built especially for the Spanish king and queen during the event.

Fundació Joan Miró // Tue/Wed & Fri/Sat 10am-7pm (from July-September until 8pm), Thu 10am-9.30pm, Sun 10am-2.30pm, Admission 11 Euro // Fundació Joan Miró

Pavillon Mies van der Rohe // Avinguda Farncesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 7, Mon-Sun 10am-8pm // Admission 5 Euro // website

2.30pm // La Virreina


Time to head back into the city to continue with Nuria’s tour of Barcelona. Take a metro, a rented bike, a bus or your skateboard, we meet back at La Rambla!

Right next to Barcelona’s famous shopping mile La Rambla is La Virreina, one of Nuria’s favorite museums in the city. The changing exhibitions focus on photography and video art, and the contrast between these modern pieces and the old, baroque architecture of this city palace is really exciting to look at. Take your time to explore the museum and cool down a little. If you want to know what to expect, check La Virreina’s website in advance to see what their current exhibitions are. A nice bonus: admission is free!

La Virreina, Palau de la Virreina // La Rambla 99, Tue-Sun 12pm-8pm // Admission: free // website

3.30pm // La Boqueria


Step outside and walk around the building for the next stop on our tour. Like many Mediterranean countries, Spain is famous for its colorful food markets. Barcelona boasts many of them, each one of them worthy of a visit. If you just have time to visit one of them, take Nuria’s advice and make it La Boqueria. It was voted one of the world’s top ten markets, and you can easily see why.

Take your time to wander around the stalls and soak up all the sights and smells. There are fresh fruit on display, fish and seafood fresh out of the ocean, meats and dried goods. If it’s a hot day, have a little pre-lunch treat. The homemade fruit popsicles here are a favorite of Nuria, and after trying them, of us, as well. They come in every color of the rainbow – and they’re healthy, too!

La Boqueria // Rambla 91 // Mon-Sat 8am-8.30pm // website

4pm // Juicy Jones

After all that food we looked at, you’re probably hungry. Nuria recommends Juicy Jones for a quick, vegetarian (and even vegan) lunch around the corner. They have two restaurants in the city, head to the one on Carrer del Cardenal Casañas, it’s really close to the market.

The little restaurant offers different dishes everyday, check their Facebook page to see what’s on offer when you are there. As the name suggests, Juicy Jones is also big on juices and fruit smoothies, something that comes in handy when exploring a city in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Juicy Jones // Carrer del Cardenal Casañas 7 // Tue-Sun 10am-11pm // website

5pm // MACBA

Our next stop is the famous modern museum of Barcelona, known as the MACBA, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Since its opening in 1995, the MACBA has become a power player in Barcelona’s art scene. Some of their exhibitions might not look too approachable at first, but definitely give it a try. The permanent exhibition showcases art of the second half of the 20th century, with a big emphasis on media art, sound performances and the works of experimentalists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Bruce Nauman, Joan Jonas and John Cage. Spanish and Catalan artists such as Antoni Muntadas, Antoni Tàpies and the Dau al Set group are well represented as well. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a free concert in the vast auditorium.

The square in front of the MACBA is where all the Barcelonian skaters hang out. So even if you decide not to go in, you’ll have plenty of tricks to look at.

Across the square you’ll find La Capella, a former medieval convent that now showcases works especially commissioned for the MACBA. Admission there is free.

MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona // Plaça dels Angels 1 // Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 11am-7.30pm,
Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-3pm // Admission 10 Euro // website

7pm // Loring Art Nur14

A short, four-minute walk brings you to our next destination. Since we just left the museum, let’s finish our art excursion with some shopping. Loring Art is just the place for that. The shop might not look too big to you, but it is a giant in the world of art books.

You’ll find volumes on every creative topic you can image here, from architecture to graphic design, and the extremely friendly staff lets you browse the stacks as long as you want to. They stock some rare editions here that are hard to find elsewhere, so take your time!

Loring Art // Cale Gravina 8 // Mon-Fri 10am-8.30pm, Sat 11am-2pm & 5pm-8.30pm

7.30pm // Barri Gòtic


Before we finish our day with Nuria, let’s take a last stroll through the Barri Gòtic. The Gothic Quarter is one of Nuria’s favorite areas of town, and once you get there, you’ll agree with her. It’s the oldest part of Barcelona, many buildings here date back to medieval times. There is a lot to discover. Small alleys, hidden courtyards full of palm trees, and little bars full of locals. Explore the Barri Gòtic as long as you want to and until you have worked up an appetite. Our last stop of the day is coming up. Dinner!

9pm // En Ville Restaurant

Thank you thank you 12hrs, I loved this!


Explore Barcelona with Hello965

1. Book your flight

Barcelona’s main airport name is initialed “BCN” – Aeroport de Barcelona-El Prat, Aeroport de Barcelona (Catalan) or Aeropuerto de Barcelona (Spanish).

Many flights would take you to Barcelona depending on the country of departure. From Kuwait, you have the following options: KLM, British Airways, Emirates, Qatar, Turkish, Lufthansa.


2. Book your hotel

  •  W Hotel (Our favorite)
  • Hotel Omm
  • Hotel Neri (Gothic Quarter)
  • Hotel Casa Camper
  • Hotel Bagués
  • Room Mate Emma (Budget friendly)
  • Hotel España Ramblas
  • Hotel Miramar Barcelona


3. Plan your food and make reservations if needed


We have posted previously about our restaurant recommendations in Barcelona, you could find the post here.


4. Plan your activities and days


Placa Espanya (magic fountains)
Gaudi’s Parc Guell
La Sagrada Familia
Camp Nou


More to see: Placa Catalunya, Poble Espanyol (book dinner there with flamenco),  Arts Hotel (weather is warm enough to walk on the beach), Casa Gaudi, La Pedrera, Rambla Catalunya (nice to walk and stop for a coffee), Placa Reial, visit El Born district because it is where the hand crafts area is, at night watch out in Raval it’s the redlight district, visit Gotico it’s the Gothic district, visit Mont Juïc, La Rambla is the most popular street but careful (lots of pick pockets), Barceloneta is super nice too, Palau Musica Catalana. As we always recommend, use the Hop On Hop Off Bus tour to see the main attractions of the city.



  • El Corte Inglés – spread over 9 floors and possibly the most important chain store in Europe, can be found on the Plaça de Catalunya
  • Arenas (bullring turned into shopping mall, huge)
  • Passeo de Gracia (look down when you are walking this street, each tile was designed by Gaudi)
  • Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol is usually filled with street musicians, fortune-tellers and painters. This area is full of designer boutiques and handicraft shops that will definitely tempt you into buying
  • El Bulevard Rosa– Indoor arcade of over 100 shops in the heart of the Barri Gotic area – mostly clothes boutiques.  The side streets in the area are lined with a multitude of antique shops – visit Bulevard dels Antiquaris, which has more than 70 antiques shops, mostly furnishings, paintings, decorative items
  • Las Rozas Village (Outlet Mall, Car needed to get there)


  • Sailboat (“Sail along the marina front and discover Barcelona from a new perspective. Explore sea life and navigation techniques, and learn how to cruise on this impressive sailboat. See how it works and learn everything you need to know about sail trimming, navigation courses and more. This is the perfect initiation to sailboat cruising!”)
  • A full day tour – 11 Hours maybe? – to Vic and the Pyrenees Mountains (Recommended!)
  • Portaventura Park (Rides, Roller coasters, shows .. Needs a full day)
  • Barcelona Walking Tours
  • Montjuïc Cable Car Ride (“See the sights of Barcelona from a Montjuïc cable car. Discover the city’s greenbelt areas, and enjoy views from the castle atop Montjuic Hill”)
  • Barcelona City Bike Tours
  • Photography Tours to those who love photography
  • Tapas Walking Tour
  • Hot Air Balloon ride


5. Maybe Road Trip?

Depending on how long you’re staying there is alot you could do in Spain. I suggest you look up both Valencia & Costa Brava (The Costa Brava, especially the part closer to the French border, has amazing landscapes, but be prepared for strong cold winds). Both different directions so you should choose one of them and not both.

 If you require more information on Valencia and/or Costa Brava, please feel free to email us, or contact us on our “Contact Us” Form on the blog.






Hello965 Team