Barcelona captivates visitors with its unique blend of architectural marvels, rich cultural heritage, and livelyat mosphere. Renowned for Antoni Gaudí’s iconic Sagrada Família and Park Güell, the city boasts a dynamic arts scene, exquisite cuisine, and picturesque beaches. March, April, May, and October are perfect months to explore the city.
Day 1: Flying into Barcelona
Travel options from Barcelona Airport to the city centre include the RENFE train, a popular 25-minute journey costing €4 with frequent departures until midnight. Alternatively, the metro Line L9 Sud takes 35 to 45 minutes at €4.50. Shuttle buses to accommodations are around €20 to €25, while taxis, Cabify, and pre-booked private car services range from €50 to €70, offering convenience for various preferences and group sizes.
Top tip: I purchased the Hola Barcelona Travel Pass for convenient access to public transport upon arrival in the city. If you plan to explore museums, get the Barcelona Card as it provides free entry to various museums.
I stayed at the Sixties Ramblas, its decor is inspired by the 1960s and located in the heart of Las Ramblas, a famous pedestrian street. The highlight of the hotel is its inviting bar and cafe on the lower level, perfect for a quick refreshment. Benefiting from a central location, it offers convenient access to nearby tourist attractions and the metro. The staff is friendly, and the rooms are comfortable, making for an enjoyable stay.
Once settled, we headed to Viana, a contemporary Spanish restaurant located in the Gothic Quarter (the oldest part of the city). I recommend the Codfish in Blood Orange Sauce, Tuna marinated in Soy with Apple and Avocado and Threesome of Chocolat. Book beforehand to guarantee a spot.
Top tip: I recommend downloading the GuideMichelin app. Barcelona has many incredible restaurants, and this app can help you find them all.
Day 2: Sagrada Familia
Start your day at the iconic Sagrada Familia. The famous church is still being constructed to this day. The builders continue to follow Gaudi’s awe inspiring vision. The inside is breathtaking, with a level of detail rarely seen in other buildings.
Top tip: Download the Sagrada Familia app to access the audio tour.
For lunch, indulge in the culinary delights of Mercado de la Boqueria, conveniently located near Las Ramblas. El Quim de la Boqueria is recommended for traditional Spanish Tapas like Patatas Bravas and Garlic Prawns.
In the evening, savour hearty Mexican cuisine at El Pachuco, an affordable option that won’t break the bank. Treat yourself to a plate of tacos, nachos and enjoy a traditional Mexican drink.
Day 3: Park Güell and watching Barcelona FC
Our day started at Park Güell, another enchanting creation by Gaudí, offering stunning panoramic views of the city. We explored the park for about an hour, and I suggest visiting in the morning to avoid crowds. You should buy your tickets before visiting and download the app for the audio guide. Be warned that if the park is at capacity, you can be refused entry.
Following a leisurely walk, we headed to EatMyTrip, renowned as one of the best brunch spots in Barcelona.
In the evening, we visited the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium to watch Barcelona play. This is their temporary stadium whilst the Nou Camp is being refurbished. Once the improvements are complete, a visit to the Nou Camp for a stadium tour is highly recommended.
Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium.
After the late game, we dined at Eat Caribbean Barcelona, where the curried goat is to die for.
Day 4: Picasso Museum and Tipsy Tapas
After a leisurely morning following an eventful day, our first stop was the Picasso Museum. Picasso was born in Barcelona and moved to Paris later on. His hometown houses many famous pieces from his collection. I prefer Picasso’s earlier work before he made a name for himself.
To conclude our trip, we booked the Tipsy Tapas tour, expertly guided through the charming corners of the Gothic Quarter. This immersive experience provided insights into the city’s history and led us to local gems off the beaten path. Throughout the tour, we sampled a delightful array, from wine and bravas sauce to croquettes, Iberian ham, Vermouth (enjoyed as an aperitif), and the quintessential Paella.
Day 5: Heading Home
Sadly, this was the end of my trip. We took an early flight back home. However, if you have more time, there’s so much else you can do:
- Immerse yourself in art at the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia).
- Discover the architectural marvel of the Hospital de Sant Pau, another gem of modernist design.
- Explore the Barcelona Cathedral and Plaça del Rei for a glimpse into the city’s rich history.
- Find tranquillity at the Poblenou Cemetery, a small and peaceful burial ground adorned with exquisite sculptures and Gothic tombs, including the renowned Kiss of Death statue.
- Step into history at the Poble Espanyol, an open-air architectural museum.
- Indulge in a delightful wine tasting experience, featuring Catalan and Spanish wines paired with delectable tapas.
- Marvel at the grandeur of the Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana), counted among the world’s most impressive concert halls.
- Take in panoramic views and history at Montjuïc Hill, exploring the Castle of Montjuïc.
- Embark on a unique gastronomic journey at Con Gracia, a charming restaurant nestled in the heart of the emblematic Gracia neighbourhood. It’s expensive but it has a Michelin star!
I trust you found this guide beneficial for your exploration of Barcelona. Safe travels!