Posted: 1/7/19 | January seventh, 2019
As soon as a significant metropolis within the Roman Empire, town nonetheless locations an vital position within the area and is house to hundreds of thousands of residents and guests having fun with all of the scrumptious sangria and gin, mouthwatering meals, gorgeous seashores, heat climate, the wealthy historical past and tradition, and distinctive structure that Barcelona is legendary for.
Barcelona is among the most vibrant, enjoyable, energetic cities on the earth.
Barcelona is such a preferred place that lately it’s even needed to clamp down on “overtourism” to assist scale back the variety of guests. (That is one thing I totally agree with since cities should study to steadiness tourism with native life.)
With a lot to see and do in and round Barcelona, the place do you start? What number of days do you should go to?
I believe to essentially get a really feel for Barcelona you must plan for 4 or 5 days. When you may see it in much less, you’ll do your self a disservice if you happen to rush your go to. This can be a metropolis of late night time dinners, late morning, and afternoon siestas.
Life isn’t rushed right here and neither ought to your go to.
This 2-5 day itinerary highlights all the most effective matters to see and do and show you how to set up your go to so you possibly can see all of it!
Barcelona Itinerary: Day 1
Take a free strolling tour
I like free strolling excursions. I believe they’re an exquisite technique to get to know a brand new metropolis, discover your approach round, and study some historical past within the course of. (And, since they’re crammed with traveler too, they can be a great way to fulfill different folks.) My really helpful strolling tour corporations in Barcelona are:
Get misplaced within the Barri Gotic
Barcelona’s previous Gothic Quarter is my favourite a part of city, crammed with slim, winding streets and historic buildings. Spend just a few hours getting misplaced on this district. To me, it’s probably the most stunning space within the metropolis. The world additionally has quite a few points of interest value seeing:
- Barcelona Historical past Museum – Barcelona has top-of-the-line metropolis historical past museums I’ve ever visited, together with 4,000 sq. meters of Roman ruins beneath the museum which you can stroll by means of. There’s a free, detailed audio information and meticulous explanations of the reveals. When you do one matter within the metropolis, make it this. I go to each time I’m in Barcelona. The ruins are simply gorgeous. Admission is €7. Handle: Plaça del Rei.
- The Grand Royal Palace – The Palau Reial Main (close to the historical past museum) was the house of Barcelona’s counts and later the kings of Aragon. It has a really detailed historical past in regards to the metropolis and area by means of the centuries. Admission is €7. Free on the primary Sunday of the month and each Sunday after 3pm. Handle: Plaça del Rei.
- Chapel of Santa Àgata – This royal chapel was inbuilt 1302. Essentially the most fascinating matter inside is the gorgeous altarpiece, made by Jaume Huguet, that was added within the 15th century. It accommodates stunning work of spiritual symbols within the model of the Center Ages. Don’t miss it! Admission is €7. Handle: Plaça del Rei.
- Barcelona Cathedral – Constructed within the late 13th to early 15th centuries, it is a traditional Gothic cathedral with big spires, colourful stained glass, and unbelievable wooden carvings. When you go inside, pay the additional €Three to go to the terraces, the place you’ll get an unbelievable view of Barcelona. Admission is €7, although you possibly can typically get in totally free (there’s no obvious schedule to this). Handle: Placita de la Seu, 3.
Discover Gaudí’s structure
Gaudí is Barcelona’s most well-known and artistic architect. His distinctive model, use of nature motifs, and catalog of labor is famous – and a part of the rationale so many individuals go to town. No go to to town is full and not using a tour of Gaudí’s works. Yow will discover them in every single place — along with the buildings listed under, he even designed lampposts, monuments, and sculptures. Listed below are the most effective sights to see:
- Park Güell – Park Güell is a 45-acre backyard complicated designed and constructed between 1900 to 1914. It’s since been transformed right into a municipal backyard and is now a World Heritage Web site. The focus of the park is the principle terrace, which is surrounded by a protracted bench within the type of a sea serpent. Recognized for incorporating numerous themes into his work, Gaudí included creative components of Catalan nationalism in addition to historical poetry and mysticism into this work. The park is correct close to La Sagrada Familia so it’s straightforward to go to each. I like how colourful all the things within the park is! Tickets are €8.50, on the ticket workplace, or €7.50 once you order upfront on-line. Youngsters six years previous and youthful are free. Handle: Carrer d’Olot.
- La Sagrada Família – Essentially the most well-known of Gaudí’s work….and one which appears to by no means be completed. The church has been beneath building for over than 100 years (the groundbreaking was in 1882 and is meant to be completed in 2030!). Gaudí was a religious Catholic and spent the final 10 years of his life engaged on this challenge. The church blends influences of man, nature, and faith in its detailed structure. The audio information is value buying because it covers the historical past of the church in nice element. Attempt to go to mid-morning to late afternoon so you possibly can witness the daylight cascade all through all of the stained glass. Admission is €15 on-line/€18 on the door. Handle: Plaça de la Sagrada Familia.
- Casa Batlló – Casa Batllo is a constructing restored by Antoni Gaudí within the early 1900s. He spent 2 years on the challenge utterly revamping the outside, major ground, patio, and roof. With its undulating form, it’s undoubtedly one of many extra eye-catching of his creations. Positioned within the Eixample district of Barcelona, it (like all the things Gaudí designed) was heavy influenced by the Artwork Nouveau model. The facade was embellished with a mosaic product of damaged ceramic tiles that he collected from the trash of a close-by glass store. The roof is arched and has been likened to the again of a dragon. It’s one among my favourite Gaudí buildings. Admission is €24.50 on-line/€28.50 at door. Handle: Passeig de Gràcia, 43.
- Casa Milà (additionally known as La Pedrera) – From 1906 to 1910, Gaudi work on Casa Mila, often known as “La Pedrera” (the stone quarry) because the constructing has a facade of limestone. The aim was to evoke the sense of a snowy mountain. Gaudí, himself a Catholic and a devotee of the Virgin Mary, additionally deliberate for the Casa Milà to be a non secular image and included many spiritual components like an excerpt from the rosary prayer on the cornice and statues of Mary, St. Michael, and St. Gabriel. Casa Milà turned run down and partially deserted till it was restored within the late 1980s to its unique kind. Admission is €22 on-line/€25 at door. Handle: Passeig de Gràcia, 92.
- Palau Güell – Positioned off La Rambla, Palau Guell (Guell Palace) constructing doesn’t soar out at you want different Gaudí constructions. Constructed from 1886-88, it was designed for one among Gaudi’s patrons, Eusebi Güell. The house is centered round the principle room used to entertain high-society friends. The principle social gathering room has a excessive ceiling with small holes close to the highest the place lanterns had been hung at night time from the surface to provide the looks of a starlit sky. There are colourful tree-like chimneys on high. It’s a bit creepy and gothic to me. Certainly one of my favorites too! Admission is €12 (free on the primary Sunday of each month). Handle: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5.
Word: Superior reservations are really helpful for Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, and Casa Batllo so you possibly can skip the traces!
Barcelona Itinerary: Day 2
Go to the Picasso Museum
Whereas I’m not an enormous fan of most of Picasso’s later work, it’s nonetheless fascinating to study in regards to the life and work of one of the crucial influential artists of the 20th century. With greater than 4,000 items of artwork, there actually is lots to see right here. Admission is €11, with reductions obtainable for college kids and seniors. Free Thursday evenings, 6-9pm and on the primary Sunday of every month. Handle: Carrer Montcada, 15-23.
Barcelona Museum of Up to date Artwork (MACBA)
This museum has over 5,000 works, together with an in depth assortment of items by Spanish artists similar to Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. There are additionally works by Individuals Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder (who is thought for his modern mobiles). When you love fashionable artwork, remember to add this to your itinerary. Admission is €10, with reductions obtainable. Free Saturdays, 4-8pm. It’s at all times free for anybody beneath 14. Handle: Plaça dels Àngels, 1.
This public market has an incredible array of meals stalls and eating places. It’s been at this location for tons of of years, in a constructing with a ravishing iron entrance. It’s proper off La Rambla (a protracted, well-liked central thoroughfare, see under), so the market is often very busy. However seize a snack or a reasonable lunch of ham, bread, cheese, and fruit and benefit from the scene. There’s all kinds of seafood, together with fish, shrimp, octopus, and oysters, in addition to nuts, sweet, wine, and tapas.
NOTE: Resulting from overcrowding, vacationer teams are actually restricted to 15 folks or much less. You’ll haven’t any drawback shifting about by yourself, however if you happen to’re in a big group….properly, be ready to get kicked out! Town is (appropriately) attempting to take again the markets for locals. Look ahead to adjustments to how they permit vacationers into the market.
Take a stroll on La Rambla
The favored 1.2km lengthy boulevard with a broad however crowded walkway within the middle has many stunning buildings alongside it together with the Gran Teatre del Liceu, town’s opera home. Close to the theater, you may also see a mosaic by Joan Miró. And there are avenue performers galore right here (they even have their very own union). Whereas this avenue is floor zero for vacationers within the metropolis (don’t eat on the eating places right here, they suck), it’s value a stroll down not less than as soon as.
Hit the seaside
You’ve completed a ton of strolling to date, so take the afternoon to chill out! Barcelona has a large and lengthy seaside, Barceloneta, that’s extremely well-liked year-round. The water is nice to swim in, the sand is golden coloured, and there are numerous good eating places on the boardwalk. It’s at all times busy with vacationers and locals, nevertheless, so stroll farther from the middle to succeed in some quieter and cleaner seashores, similar to Sant Sebastià within the south and Somorrostro within the north.
Watch some flamenco
Spend your night watching flamenco at one among these locations:
- Los Tarantos – That is Barcelona’s oldest flamenco venue. It’s a brief present (simply 30 minutes) so it’s a great place for an introduction to the artwork and gained’t take up your complete night time. Admission from €15. Handle: Plaça Reial, 17.
- Palau Dalmases – Among the best matters in regards to the flamenco reveals right here is the venue. This palace has superb décor and unbelievable structure. Admission is €25, with one drink included. Handle: Carrer de Montcada, 20.
- Tablao Flamenco Cordobes – This present is in a handy location on Barcelona’s major walkway, but it surely’s dear. Admission is €45 (drink and present) or €79.50 (dinner and present). Handle: La Rambla, 35.
- Tablao de Carmen – This present usually options glorious performers, and it’s in an fascinating venue that’s a duplicate of a Spanish village. Admission is €43 (drink and present) or €61 (dinner and present). Handle: Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13.
Barcelona Itinerary: Day 3
Experience the harbor cable automotive
The 1,450-meter-long harbor aerial tramway with purple automobiles connects Barceloneta and Montjuïc (a outstanding hill). The 10-minute journey provides you unbelievable views of Barcelona. You’ll see the port and sea on one aspect and town on the opposite. Additionally, on the high of the 78-meter Sant Sebastià (San Sebastián) tower in Barceloneta, there’s a restaurant accessible by an elevator. A round-trip ticket is €16.50; a one-way ticket is €11.
Discover Montjuïc Hill
Whenever you arrive on the hill from the cable automotive (or bus #150 if the cable automotive isn’t in your finances), you’ll discover there’s lots to do right here. You may discover the Castell de Montjuïc (a big 18th-century fortress), in addition to gardens, a Spanish village, and the Olympic Stadium. Make sure to additionally go to the Magic Fountain for the colourful water present. You’ll be capable of get pleasure from a sweeping view of town; watching the sundown from right here is superb too. Some highlights of Montjuïc:
- Castell de Montjuïc – That is an previous fortress that’s now a museum that includes navy shows and data on the historical past of the citadel. The encircling backyard is a ravishing collage of coloration. Admission is €5. Free Sundays after 3pm and on the primary Sunday of every month. Handle: Carretera de Montjuïc, 66.
- Joan Miró Basis – Joan Miró was one among Catalonia’s most well-known artists. Most of the surrealist’s works are on show on this museum. Admission is €12. Handle: Parc de Montjuïc.
- Museu Nacional d’Artwork de Catalunya – This artwork museum homes Catalonian artwork, significantly Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque works. The fountain out entrance has a spectacular free present that takes place on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-9pm (from October-December and February-April), and Thursdays-Sundays from 9pm-11:30pm (from Could-September). Admission is €12. Free Saturdays after 3pm, the primary Sunday of every month, and for guests beneath 16 or over 65. Handle: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc.
- Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) – The Spanish Village was inbuilt 1929 to resemble an precise conventional village with 117 buildings from totally different Spanish areas. There’s an Andalusian quarter, a bit of the Camino, a monastery, and extra. There are additionally numerous reveals right here dedicated to crafts and up to date artwork. It’s a great household exercise. Admission is €12.60, with discounted charges for kids, college students, and seniors. The village is open each day, year-round beginning at 9am and shutting no sooner than 8pm. Handle: Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13.
- The Olympic Ring – When Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympic Video games, the entire pleasure centered across the Olympic Ring: the Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi, and the Olympic Esplanade. You may roam your complete house totally free. Handle: Parc de Montjuïc.
Take a meals tour or cooking class
Barcelona is a really food-centric metropolis, so I extremely suggest a cooking class or a meals tour! You’ll find out about conventional Catalan cooking, choosing the freshest elements, and utilizing new strategies. You’ll put together your individual meal and benefit from the fruits of your labor. Some corporations to take a look at are:
- bcnKITCHEN – (bcnkitchen.com, from €50)
- Barcelona Cooking – (barcelonacooking.internet, from €65)
- Simply Royal Bcn – (justroyalbcn.com, from €77).
- Context Meals Tour – (contexttravel.com, from €80).
- Walks – (takewalks.com, from €77).
- Devour – (devourbarcelonafoodtours.com, from €69).
Barcelona Itinerary: Day 4
Take a day journey to Girona
This medieval metropolis, simply 100km from Barcelona, is one among my favourite locations in Spain – and much too ignored by vacationers. Right here you possibly can climb atop town partitions, wander the slim lanes of the Jewish Quarter, and absorb the ambiance at one among its many cafés. They filmed Recreation of Thrones right here too! There’s numerous historical past and scrumptious meals within the metropolis!
The Renfe prepare trip is about 80 minutes on the traditional prepare (return tickets from €20); the high-speed prepare will get there in 38 minutes (return tickets from €30).
Different Matters to See and Do in Barcelona
When you have greater than 4 days in Barcelona, you’re in luck. There are many different actions to fill your time:
Head to Montserrat – The Montserrat mountain vary is simply exterior of town and makes for an important getaway from Barcelona’s city environment. You may attain the world by taking a one-hour prepare trip. As soon as there, pay a go to to the well-known shrine of the Black Madonna on the monastery and stroll across the park. The Benedictine monastery and the valley of distinctive, rocky pillars make for some actually superior images. Return prepare tickets are round €20, and also you’ll additionally have to determine whether or not to take the cable automotive (my desire) or funicular up the mountain.
Go to an old-school amusement park – Tibidabo Barcelona, inbuilt 1899, is among the oldest amusement parks on the earth. On a tall mountain within the Serra de Collserola, it additionally affords an unbelievable view of Barcelona and the shoreline. It’s open on the weekends, besides within the winter. Admission is €28.50 for adults, €10.30 for kids beneath 1.2m tall, and free for kids beneath 0.90m tall. Handle: Plaça del Tibidabo, 3.
Catch an outside movie – When you’re in Barcelona in July or August, take into account going as much as Montjuïc Fortress to catch an outside movie on the garden of the citadel’s moat. Screenings happen on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and are preceded by some cool reside music.
Watch a soccer match – The primary “soccer” recreation I ever noticed was in Barcelona. It was Espaynol versus Valencia. I nonetheless have the shirt I purchased that day. Barcelona’s two groups are Espanyol and FC Barcelona and, if a match is happening, attempt to soak up one. Locals are obsessive about the game and also you’ll make numerous good buddies on the recreation! When you can’t make a recreation, you possibly can tour the stadium and the FCB (or Barça) Museum. Tour admission is €26 on-line/€29.50 on the door. Match tickets are from €29, relying on the opponent. Handle: C. d’Aristides Maillol, 12.
Go to the aquarium – Good for a wet day, the Barcelona Aquarium has greater than 11,000 animals, showcasing species from a wide range of underwater ecosystems. The walk-through tunnel is the most effective half. Admission: €20. Handle: Moll d’Espanya, del Port Vell.
Stare upon Barcelona’s free public artwork – Gaudí outdid himself with the large fountain positioned within the Parc de la Ciutadella, a tribute to the god Neptune. I completely love the artwork and fountain right here. Gaudi designed the well-known Cascada Fountain when he was an structure scholar. On a heat day, I identical to to sit down and stare on the fountain. There’s additionally a zoo within the park and a few brief strolling paths. Take a bottle of wine, seize some ham, and have a picnic.
Different offbeat Gaudí works embrace the lampposts in Plaça Reial and Pla de Palau, and the Miralles gate and wall on Passeig de Manuel Girona. Barcelona native Joan Miró’s work is discovered all through city, and you’ll see his well-known “Lady and Chook” sculpture at Parc de Joan Miró. There are additionally Miró mosaics on La Rambla and on the airport.
Take a free bike tour – Free Bike Tour Barcelona affords jaunts across the metropolis day by day. The excursions are usually at 10am and 2pm, however verify the web site (freebiketourbarcelona.com) to make certain, as there could also be only one tour a day within the low season. They final about three hours and canopy all the foremost sights. Simply remember to tip your guides!
The place to Eat in Barcelona
For some glorious meals, remember to take a look at a few of my favourite locations:
- Les Quinze Nits – Scrumptious meals at an important worth within the well-known Plaça Reial. It’s a bit touristy, however even the locals come right here for the worth. It has a typical Spanish menu. Keep away from the lengthy traces at dinner by going for lunch as an alternative. Handle: Plaça Reial, 6.
- La Fonda – Good meals with giant parts, close to Plaça Reial. Its set menu offers you greater than you possibly can eat, and it options stunning décor and a strong wine choice. Handle: Escudellers, 10.
- Allium Restaurant – This can be a pure meals restaurant that prepares its meals with scrumptious, native elements. It has a pleasant rustic décor and a pleasant workers. It’s properly priced and my favourite restaurant in Barcelona. Handle: Carrer del Name, 17.
- Pinotxo Bar – Simply contained in the Boquería meals market, this little stall is at all times packed and serves a number of the most well-known tapas within the space. I ended there whereas on a meals tour, and it was scrumptious. Attempt the chickpea salad! Handle: La Boquería, La Rambla, 91.
- The 4 Cats – This was one among Picasso’s favourite haunts and a preferred hangout for artists within the early 1900s. Seize a drink and possibly some tapas (the patatas bravas are scrumptious!) and absorb the place’s historical past. Handle: Carrer de Montsió, 3.
The place to Keep in Barcelona
Right here’s an inventory of my favourite locations to remain within the metropolis:
- Kabul – That is one among my favourite hostels in Europe. It attracts vacationers who’re in search of a great time. This isn’t a quiet hostel, so be ready to social gathering. The dorms are very clear, the beds are cozy, and the showers have excessive strain. However what makes Kabul so fantastic is the downstairs widespread space. It takes up a complete ground of the constructing and contains a café, bar, tables, web kiosks, and a pool desk. The hostel is booked out weeks upfront, particularly throughout summer time, so don’t guide on the final minute! Beds from €10.71. Handle: Plaça Reial, 17.
- Hey BCN – This location is clear, and the beds are comfy. There’s a brilliant breakfast, and the workers is pleasant and useful. Be certain to ask them for tips on hidden locations on the town. This isn’t a celebration hostel, and you must be capable of get some good shut-eye. Beds from €11. Handle: Carrer de Lafont, 8-10.
- St. Christopher’s Inn – This hostel close to La Rambla is all about location: it’s excellent. I actually love the curtains on the dorm beds and the large bar/outside space subsequent to the hostel. The bar/restaurant has good meals and low cost drinks, so you must undoubtedly test it out (even if you happen to don’t keep right here). Typically, I actually just like the St. Christopher’s model; it affords enjoyable, clear, sociable, and fashionable hostels throughout Europe. Beds from €9.90. Handle: Carrer de Bergara, 3.
- Sant Jordi-Sagrada Família – That is an fascinating hostel with a skateboarder vibe. The widespread space décor is all about city arts, and the rooms are clear and spacious. The kitchen is huge, and you’ll typically discover yoga classes, low cost dinners, and free pub crawls. There’s additionally a half-pipe, which I’ve by no means seen at a hostel earlier than. Simply be careful for the spotty Wi-Fi. Beds from €14.31. Handle: Carrer del Freser, 5.
Barcelona has one thing for everybody. You can squeeze in the actual highlights of Barcelona in two or three days, however taking 4, 5, and even six days for the above itinerary offers you sufficient time to gorge on Iberian ham, tapas, and sangria whereas not dashing round.
Town strikes slowly. And so must you.
Sleep late, take breaks, eat heaps, and simply get pleasure from Barcelona at a Spaniard’s tempo!
Ebook Your Journey to Barcelona: Logistical Ideas and Methods
Ebook Your Flight
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Ebook Your Lodging
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Don’t Neglect Journey Insurance coverage
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