Barcelona is one of the best destinations in Europe, which can offer something to enjoy all kinds of travelers. From stunning architecture to world-renowned restaurants and miles of sandy beaches, it has everything you need for a fantastic holiday.
The only problem you have when it comes to coming to Barcelona is that there is so much to choose from, that it can be difficult to do everything. That’s why it’s important to plan your trip carefully, so you don’t miss the best bits. So here’s ours useful guide to spend a week in Barcelona.
Check out our 7-day itinerary in Barcelona.
How to spend a week in Barcelona
Day 1: The old town
He Old City, is one of the city’s most popular locales. A visit to this area, with its winding narrow paths and old buildings, makes you feel like you are traveling through time.
There is a mixture of Gothic and Neo-Gothic architecture in the proper name Gothic Quarter, we recommend visiting the cathedral of Barcelona and the old synagogue, which is believed to be one of the oldest in Europe.
Towards the Gothic Quarter towards the Born district, see the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar and visit one of the many artisan workshops and fashion shops that sell local products.
The old town is also his La Rambla, which is to many visitors to make lists in Barcelona. In this emblematic street is the La Boqueria Food Market, perfect for strolling to taste delicious fresh fruits, tapas or meats.
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Day 2: Modernist Barcelona
Barcelona is famous for its Catalan modernist art style, defended by architects Antoni Gaudi others Lluís Domenech i Muntaner.
It is recommended to walk along the Carrer Passeig de Gràcia, full of designer stores like Chanel and Prada, but also stunning Casa Batlló others La Pedrera buildings. From here you will also stumble upon the Golden Square, a square mile full of eye-catching modernist mansions.
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Day 3: Beach or park day
Barcelona has a glorious climate all year round; it would be rude not to go out and enjoy it! The city has nine beaches that stretch for five miles, so there is a selection of places to sunbathe to choose from. Our favorite beach in Barcelona is New Icaria, which is a quiet beach with a variety of sports facilities, including volleyball and paddle.
If you don’t feel like bathing in sand and sand, the Ciutadella park is where many locals come to relax on the weekends. It is a beautiful green oasis in the heart of the city, with a lake, a fountain, palm trees and much more.
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Day 4: Hop on, Hop off bus
Rest your legs and see all the sights of the city by taking a jump Barcelona tourist buses of the best places of interest. This allows you to discover places that might be harder to get to on your own, such as Olympic Stadium others Montjuïc Museum, or the Poble Espanyol, which is a model museum of the village.
The best stop of all is the Sagrada Familia, one of the most famous churches in the world. It’s famously incomplete, but it’s still such an impressive experience. Entering during the high season is likely to be busy and requires queuing, but the outside is free to see.
Book your ticket here.
Day 5: Tapas and drinks
Barcelona is a gastronomic paradise. It has a huge selection of tapas bars, quality restaurants and fresh food markets, to open the palates of any visitor to the city. We recommend a visit to the Born district, which is full of excellent bars and restaurants. Try it Good luck for tapas and Wild Bar to have a cocktail in the evening.
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If you want to retrieve some edible memories for your friends (or for yourself), visit Santa Caterina Market or he Freedom Market in Gràcia. These are the best places to pick up some Spanish specialties, such as Serrano ham, locally made olive oil or a bottle of vermouth.
Day 6: visits to the museum
To art lovers, there are few places better than the Catalan capital. In addition to being a living piece of art through the architecture of the city, there are also several fascinating art museums to visit. Take a trip to the Picasso Museum, which shows some of the most famous pieces by the legendary artist. Another emblematic artist from Barcelona, Joan Miró, also has a museum dedicated to him of his works, the Miró Foundation.
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There are two contemporary art centers worth visiting in Barcelona: the MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) and the CCCB (center of contemporary culture). These centers show works of art by modern and emerging artists from Spain and other countries.
Day 7: Parc Güell and Tibidabo
End your week in Barcelona at the highest altitude, literally above the city. To the north of the city, high in the mountains, you can find the fascinating Tibidabo. Visit the beautiful Church of the Sacred Heart, which can be seen from below all over the city and trigger your inner child in the Tibidabo amusement park right next to it. This is the oldest theme park in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe that was built in 1901.
Go down the mountain and end the day at Gaudí’s emblematic Park Güell. This whimsical park is full of architecture and colors and is the perfect place to watch the sunset over beautiful Barcelona. Book your ticket online.
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