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With its stunning architecture, delicious food, sandy beaches, rich history and proximity to scenic mountains, Barcelona offers no shortage of things to do. To help you navigate the city's plethora of attractions , rely on the assistance of an informed local to help you make the most of your visit. Using both expert opinion and traveler sentiment, U.S. News identified 18 of the top Barcelona tours. Whether on foot, by bike or aboard a boat, these tours will help enhance your Barcelona experience.

Barcelona Segway Tour

Price: Adults from 49 euros (about $54); minors from 45 euros (around $49) Duration: 2 hours

Explore Barcelona's waterfront via Segway on this two-hour tour. Along the nearly 8-mile excursion, you can expect to glide by Marina Port Vell, Parc de la Ciutadella and   La Barceloneta , the city's popular beach, among other key points of interest. Reviewers praise guides for their knowledge and attention to safety, and say riding the Segway was a fun way to see the waterfront. What's more, because the Segways are equipped with audio speakers, you won't miss any of your guide's commentary – another highlight for past participants.

Tours depart from the Arc de Triomf multiple times each day. Tickets cost approximately 49 euros (about $54) for adults and 45 euros (around $49) per minor (age 16), and include use of a Segway and a helmet, as well as bottled water and insights from a local resident. Groups are limited to six participants. The company also runs a Gaudi-themed Segway tour and a tour that visits some of the sites used for the 1992 Summer Olympics, among others.

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Photo Bike Tour Barcelona – 4 Hours Discovering Barcelona

Price: Adults from 65 euros (about $71); kids from 45 euros (about $50) Duration: 4 hours

This roughly four-hour trip on electric bicycles covers a lot of territory, from the waterfront to parks to celebrated landmarks to various neighborhoods with frequent stops for photos. Tour-takers effusively praise the guides for their enthusiasm, friendliness, knowledge and photography skills. They also say that it is an incredible way to explore the city.

Tours are generally offered daily at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets start 65 euros (about $71) for adults and 45 euros (about $50) for children ages 11 and younger. Tours conclude with a stop at a local restaurant for tapas and a drink (included in the ticket). Among the company's other offerings are private biking tours and tapas walking tours.

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Runner Bean Tours Barcelona – Gaudí Free Tour

Price: Free Duration: 2.5 hours

The Gaudí Free Tour highlights distinctive sites around the city associated with the imaginative architect Antoni Gaudí. The approximately 2 1/2-hour walking tour includes stops at Palau Güell, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà , and the fantastical, and yet-to-be-finished, Sagrada Família , among other spots. The English-speaking guides consistently win praise for their knowledge of the buildings and their histories.

Though tours are offered at no charge, donations are welcome. To guarantee your spot on the tour, the company recommends reserving a ticket on its website; bookings cost 2.50 euros (about $2.75) per person and the fee is nonrefundable. The excursion entails a couple of metro trips; tour-takers are responsible for their own fares. Tours run daily at 11 a.m. Runner Bean also offers free tours of the Gothic Quarter as well as ticketed nighttime and family-oriented outings.

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Free Walking Tours Barcelona – Gothic Quarter Free Tour of Barcelona

The Free Gothic Quarter Tour explores its namesake neighborhood and weaves through popular destinations in the city, including Roman ruins, the Picasso murals and Las Ramblas (Barcelona's best-known boulevard), among others. Tourgoers describe guides as personable and well-versed in local history and architecture. Reviewers also appreciated the restaurant and bar recommendations shared by guides at the end of the tour.

The approximately 2 1/2-hour tours begin at Plaça de Catalunya at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. Compensation for the tours is donation-based, meaning you can give your guide what you feel the experience is worth at its conclusion. Among the company's other offerings are a free Gaudi-themed walking tour and a fee-based bike tour.

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Along the Barcelona Tapas, Taverns & History Tour, participants will stop at three historic tapas bars in the Gothic Quarter.

Devour Barcelona Food Tours – Barcelona Tapas, Taverns & History Tour

Price: From 109 euros (about $120) Duration: 3.5 hours

Appealing to history buffs and foodies alike, this 3.5-hour tour examines the cuisines and civilizations that continue to have an influence on Barcelona's dining scene. Along with a 50-minute history tour, the experience also includes stops at three historic tapas bars in the Gothic Quarter. Reviewers raved about the friendly, well-versed guides and said the food portions are plentiful.

Tours are generally offered Monday through Saturday several times a day. Tickets start at 109 euros (about $120) per adult. If you're looking for a family-friendly option, consider the company's Tastes & Traditions of Barcelona Food Tour, which features stops for some of Barcelona's traditional dishes like paella.

Barcelona Day Tours – Barcelona & Montserrat Tour

Price: From 109 euros (about $120) Duration: 8 hours

See both Barcelona and nearby Montserrat with this eight-hour daytrip operated by Barcelona Day Tours. Among the Barcelona highlights are several sites designed by Gaudí, including Park Güell , the National Museum of Art of Catalonia and a variety of monuments, parks and plazas. After touring the city, participants will hop on a 12-person van to Montserrat (about 35 miles north of Barcelona) to see its monastery, incredible rock formations and spectacular views. Along the way, guides offer insightful, amusing commentary on the area's history, according to reviewers. Tourgoers were also pleased with the skilled driver and appreciated the that groups are kept small (between four and 12 participants).

Tickets cost about 109 euros (about $120) and include pickup and drop-off at area hotels , the cruise port or the airport. Barcelona Day Tours also operate excursions to Girona and the Costa Brava region, among other options.

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We Barcelona – 360º Barcelona: Helicopter Flight, Walking Tour & Boat Cruise

Price: Adults from 130 euros (about $143); kids from 110 euros (about $121) Duration: 3.5 hours

A combination of three tours in one, this We Barcelona excursion includes a guided walk, a helicopter ride and a short sail along the Mediterranean Sea. Travelers begin this trip with a walking tour through the Gothic and Jewish quarters before taking a six-minute helicopter ride over the city and a boat ride along its shoreline. The multilingual guides receive high marks for their knowledge and professionalism. Participants were particularly impressed with the helicopter ride.

The 3.5 to four-hour outings are offered daily at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; on Sundays, tours are only offered at 9:30 a.m. Tickets cost approximately 130 euros (around $145) for adults and 110 euros (about $123) for children ages 4 to 8. Sailing tours, day tours to Montserrat and cooking classes are also available to book through We Barcelona.

Fat Tire Tours – City Bike Tour

Price: Adults from 34 euros (about $37); kids from 30 euros (about $33) Duration: 4.5 hours

Spend 4 1/2-hours navigating Barcelona's streets by bike with Fat Tire Tours. During the approximately 7-mile ride, you'll stop outside several key destinations, such as Plaça Sant Jaume (the starting point), La Catedral , Palau de la Música Catalana and Parc de la Ciutadella. The morning tour makes a lunch stop, while the afternoon tour stops at a beach bar (food and drinks not included in the tour ticket). Tourgoers rave about the fun and informative guides. Reviewers also report the ride is relatively flat and safe and that the bikes are in great condition.

Tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets start at 34 euros (about $38) for adults and 30 euros (about $33) for kids ages 4 to 12. The price includes use of a bicycle and a helmet, but not lunch, snacks or drinks. Groups are limited to 16 cyclists. Fat Tire also offers private tours, tours using electric bikes and an evening bike tour, among others.

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The Gothic Quarter is one of many sights you'll see on the free walking tour from Sandemans New Europe.

Sandemans New Europe – Free Tour of Barcelona

Stroll through the Gothic Quarter and El Born District with a local guide by your side on this 2.5-hour tour. Along the way, you'll admire sights like the Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar, Plaça Sant Jaume and more. Plus, guides share stories about Catalan legends and heroes and the city's Roman heritage.

The tour is technically free, but if you'd like to guarantee your spot, consider booking a ticket, which costs 3 euros (about $3) per person. Gratuities for your guide are optional. Reviewers describe guides as funny and intelligent, and say it's worth paying the small reservation fee to guarantee your spot on the tour (some participants said they saw a few travelers who had not made a reservation being turned away on the day of the tour due to capacity restrictions). The company also offers a free walking tour all about Gaudí, as well as private tours.

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Steel Donkey Bike Tours – The Legendary Steel Donkey Off the Beaten Track Bike Tour

Price: From 33 euros (around $36) Duration: 3-4 hours

Steel Donkey Bike Tours prides itself on offering participants a local's perspective of Barcelona. The rides do not stick to a preordained route; instead, they meander through backstreets to off-the-beaten-path attractions. Stops may include flea markets and cemeteries, as well as beaches and churches. Many riders appreciate the chance to visit areas of the city they might have otherwise missed. Others applaud the informative, friendly guides and recommend taking this on your first day in Barcelona to get your bearings.

Rides are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tour prices start at 33 euros (about $36) for the three-hour afternoon tour and include the use of bikes; morning bike trips last around four hours and start at 39 euros (about $43). Tours usually include a stop for a refreshment, which is not covered by the ticket price. From December to February, tours are offered Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Groups are restricted to eight cyclists. Private tours are also available.

BrightSide Tours – Half Day Barcelona City Tour

Price: From 145 euros (about $159) Duration: 3.5 hours

You choose the sights you want to see on this customizable motorcycle tour. During the 3.5-hour ride, you and up to one other person will ride on the back of the motorcycle or in its sidecar. Because the tours are designed by participants, the trips run at a leisurely pace and include plenty of stops for photos. Each vehicle can accommodate one driver/guide and two passengers, who communicate via intercoms mounted on helmets. Tourgoers rave about the guides, praising them for the knowledge of Barcelona and attention to safety. Reviewers also say this unique tour is a great option for hard-to-please teens.

Pricing depends on the number of passengers per bike, but typically starts at about 145 euros (or $159) per person on a motorcycle with two passengers; fees are a bit higher for single riders. Excursions run at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. BrightSide also operates full-day sidecar tours and van tours for larger groups.

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Montserrat makes a great daytrip from Barcelona; Castlexperience Wine Tours will not only take you there, but will also help you to experience the region's wine.

Castlexperience Wine Tours – Montserrat, Food & Wine

Price: Adults from 105 euros (about $115); kids from 95 euros (around $104) Duration: 10 hours

Explore Montserrat, a mountainous region located about 40 miles northwest of Barcelona, with this approximately 10-hour excursion from Castlexperience Wine Tours. Following a guided, hourlong tour of the monastery, you'll have a couple hours to explore the area on your own, perhaps by viewing Dalí and Picasso paintings at the local museum, taking a short hike or listening to the Escolania de Montserrat Boys' Choir (schedule permitting). Following lunch at a local restaurant, you'll enjoy a tour and a tasting at a family-run winery. This excursion is highly regarded by tourgoers as well-organized, with beautiful scenery and very competent guides.

Tickets for the full-day tour cost approximately 105 euros (around $115) for adults and around 95 euros (about $104) per child ages 4 to 12. Tours depart daily around 9 a.m. Shorter Montserrat tours are also available.

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Food Lover Tour – Barcelona Tapas Crawl Tour

Price: Adults from 69 euros (about $76); kids from 45 euros (about $50) Duration: 3 hours

A food-focused bar crawl, this small-group tour travels through two neighborhoods – Poble Sec and Sant Antoni in the Eixample district – with stops at four restaurants and bars serving tapas and drinks. Over the course of the three-hour stroll, guides provide background regarding regional cuisine and Spanish culture. Participants applaud both the unique restaurants and the storytelling skills of the informative guides. Reviewers highly recommend this tour if you want to see where the locals dine.

Tours take place at 6 p.m. daily. Tickets cost approximately 69 euros (about $76) for participants ages 2 and older and 45 euros (about $50) for infants 1 and younger, and include 10 to 12 tapas servings, the equivalent of a meal, as well as four or five drinks. Groups consist of at least four and no more than 10 people. Food Lover Tour also offers a brunch-themed tapas tour and a market tour, amongst other offerings.

Barcelona Architecture Walks – Barcelona & Gaudí

Price: From 42 euros (about $46) Duration: 3 hours

If you're looking for in-depth conversations about the history and ideas that helped give rise to the city's famous structures, the Barcelona & Gaudí Tour is for you. Along the way, you'll pass by Casa Calvet and Casa Batlló, among other Gaudí designs. Professional architects and architecture critics lead the tour and are routinely described as extraordinarily knowledgeable, insightful experts regarding history, architecture and engineering.

Tickets for the three-hour tour start 42 euros (about $46) per person and children 11 and younger tour free. Tours start every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; beginning in October, tours are only offered Tuesday and Friday. Groups are limited to 20 architecture enthusiasts. Barcelona Architecture Walks also offers tours themed around urbanism and Barcelona's newest architecture, among others.

Spanish Trails – Costa Brava & Medieval Girona Day Trip

Price: From 140 euros (about $154) Duration: 9.5 hours

Escape to Costa Brava – the "rugged coast" – on this day tour hosted by Spanish Trails. During the approximately 9.5-hour excursion, you'll see unrivaled views of the Mediterranean Sea, secluded beaches and fishing villages, as well as the medieval walled city of Girona. In Girona, you'll enjoy a three-course lunch in a traditional Catalan restaurant, as well as entrance to the cathedral and Museum of Jewish History. Guides regularly earn accolades for their informative and entertaining storytelling. Travelers also praise the gorgeous views in Costa Brava.

Groups range from two to eight participants. Tours depart Barcelona by van at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and return to the city around 7 p.m. Tickets start at 140 euros (about $154) and include a three-course lunch at a restaurant in Girona. Spanish Trails also runs a hiking tour in Costa Brava and several tours in Barcelona.

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Explore Catalunya – Three Countries in One Day: France, Andorra and Spain from Barcelona

Price: From 139 euros (about $153) Duration: 12 hours

This tour from Explore Catalunya packs stops in multiple countries into a single, roughly 12-hour journey. The tour focuses on small villages, including Bagà in Spain, Ax-Les-Thermes in France and Andorra's capital, where travelers are encouraged to shop or hike. Reviewers routinely praise the stops along the tour and say it provides a relaxing contrast to the busyness of Barcelona. Additionally, guides are regularly lauded for their insights regarding the various medieval towns and mountainous peaks on view during this tour.

Tickets start at 139 euros (roughly $153). Excursions start at 7 a.m. daily. Group size is restricted to 20 participants. Explore Catalunya offers a variety of tours that depart from Barcelona, including a tour of Costa Brava and the Pyrenees Mountains.

Barcelona Local Experiences – Skip the line: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell guided tour

Price: Adults from 104 euros (about $114); kids from 69 euros (about $76) Duration: 4 hours

Visit two of Barcelona's most famous attractions – Park Güell and La Sagrada Família – on this approximately four-hour tour. You'll enjoy skip-the-line access to both sites and private transportation between the park and the church. Travelers describe the tour as well-structured and especially appreciated the organized transportation from the park to the cathedral. Reviewers were also impressed with the passionate guides. What's more, tour sizes are capped at 12 participants, ensuring an intimate experience.

The tour is generally offered daily at 10 a.m.; on select days, only private tours are available. Tickets start at 104 euros (about $114) for adults and 69 euros (about $76) for kids ages 10 and younger. If you're only interested in seeing the Sagrada Família, Barcelona Local Experiences offers a 90-minute guided tour inside the UNESCO World Heritage-listed building, among other tours.

In Out Barcelona Tours – Girona and Dali Museum Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick-up from Barcelona

Price: Adults from 119.50 euros (about $131); kids from 98.50 euros (about $108) Duration: 10 hours

If you're a Dalí fan, this tour is for you. On this 10-hour tour, you'll hop in a van headed for the medieval town of Girona. After touring Girona – which is home to the best-preserved Jewish quarter in Europe – you'll venture to Figueres, a small town near the French border and the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. You'll visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum and see some of the places the influential artist frequented as an adult. Travelers say that though this tour covers a lot of ground and subject matter, it never feels overwhelming thanks to the small group (up to eight participants) and attentive guide. Others said this a particularly good option for solo travelers.

Tickets, which include round-trip hotel transportation and museum entrance, start at 119.50 euros (about $131) for adults and 98.50 euros (about $108) for kids ages 10 and younger. Tours depart from Barcelona Tuesday through Sunday at 8:30 a.m. This tour operator runs a variety of other tours, including daytrips to Montserrat and Sitges, among other destinations.

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Our options for private Barcelona tours include the most important attractions in Barcelona and its surroundings, like La Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), Casa Batlló, Picasso Museum, Montserrat, Tapas and Wine tour… we are ready to offer anything you wish to do in Catalonia at the most competitive prices.

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Your personal guide will unveil the authentic stories and hidden secrets of Barcelona as you wander through the streets and squares that seem unchanged for centuries, far from the bustling La Rambla, exploring the shops where locals go for Catalan delicacies. Discover the cultural diversity hidden behind the landmarks, including Antoni Gaudi’s astonishing architecture, for a genuine experience of the real city. Or venture further and explore some fascinating attractions just a short drive from Barcelona. Barcelona Local Experiences was born in 2015 to give you an escape from the massified tourism and offer a unique experience. We are a young and energetic team of professionals, willing to make you discover our favorite places! We have won several awards, amongst them “Top 10 Food Experiences in the World”, Tripadvisor’s 2018 and 2019 Travelers’ choice and 2017 and 2023 Viator Travel Awards.

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There’s a lot more to Barcelona than  lying on the beach , and if you want to make the most of your time in the Catalan capital and get a real insight into the city then you won’t regret investing some of your travel budget on a guided tour of the town.

Excursions and activities in these parts come in all shapes and sizes, starting with  traditional walking tours , where a well-informed guide talks you through the famed and iconic sights like the  Gothic Cathedral ,  La Sagrada Familia basilica  and the  Ciutadella Park  (to name but a few!), to more energetic  cycling tours , where a bit of pedal power will help you see the best of the city in little more than an afternoon.

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Whilst lazy bones can give their legs a holiday too by  renting scooters  to zip in between  attractions , or by selecting the classic hop-on, hop-off tour bus service which enables you to take in the city at your own pace, and makes getting around town a doddle.

If you really want to pull out the stops however, how about taking a helicopter ride and see the city from above? Or else seeing it from the water on a sailing yacht? Or why not see what the rest of Catalonia has to offer by taking a train to the Penedes for a spot of wine tasting in the vineyards , sea kayaking on the Costa Brava , or visiting the sacred monastery at Montserrat . Keep reading this article for a list of providers who can make all of the above, and much more, happen…

There are an increasing number of travel and tourism specialists who offer some truly original trips, activities and experiences in and around the city…

Those fiercely independent travellers who prefer to tackle sightseeing with just a map and a guidebook might not be tempted by a yellow umbrella tour of the main attractions, but there are an increasing number of travel and tourism specialists who offer some truly original trips, activities and experiences in and around the city – many are well worth considering.

Tapas and other food-tasting tours  in the evening, flamenco shows and  pub crawls at night , alternative tours of street art and forgotten districts, specialist artistic tours, hot air balloon flights over Catalonia, and  day trips  to the likes of  Montserrat , Tarragona,  Sitges  and the Penedes wine region (where you can sample some tasty  Cava ). Whilst fans of the city’s famous  Catalan art nouveau architecture needn’t leave the city disappointed as there are nearly as many experts offering  Gaudi-themed tours  as there are sands on Barceloneta beach.

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Many companies now offer experiences which, whilst not technically tours, can seriously enrich your time in Barcelona. Cooking classes with fresh ingredients from  La Boqueria Market , hiking in the beautiful St. Miquel del Fai nature sanctuary,  sailing trips on the Mediterranean  or watching the sunset over Barcelona are just a few example.

Finally adrenaline junkies will also find tour providers offering them  go-karting ,  paintballing , gun shooting, off-roading, sky-diving and even deep sea fishing – all popular activities for  stag nights  and  hen parties .

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Below you’ll find a useful list of tour providers. Click on the links for full descriptions, reader reviews and contact details on Barcelona-life.com, or use the direct links to head straight to the providers’ respective websites.

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Walking Planets

A fresh new venture launched by an officially-accredited Barcelona guide, Walking Planets is the antidote to stuffy tours of the predictable sights. They’ll take you for a walk on the wild side of Barcelona, such as the vibrant Raval district where you’ll discover the city’s maritime and industrial history and learn about the contemporary art projects that have helped lift the once undesirable area. The Walking Planets project really gives you the inside picture of both historic and contemporary Barcelona. They also have tours of Barri Gotic and El Born and private artistic tours. www.walkingplanets.com

These travel experts have grouped all of Barcelona’s best experiences under their expansive umbrella and a quick browse of their website reveals a host of tempting options, from bus tours of the city’s most famous monuments to themed walking tours tracing the footsteps of Gaudi and Picasso. Also on offer are a host of day trips to exciting destinations such as Tarragona, Sitges and Vic. Fancy something a little different? How about private hot air balloon ride? www.barcelonacitytours.com

Recommended Tours & Activities

Every one has their favourite things to do in Barcelona, and we are no exception. Here are a few unmissable experiences for the first time traveller to Catalonia…

Spanish Cooking Class

One of the best ways to understand a country’s culture is through its cuisine, and during this popular activity you’ll step into the kitchen with a talented Catalan chef and learn how to prepare a four course meal with fresh produce from La Boqueria market. Great fun and authentic. Click on the link for more info and details on how to book.

Flamenco Performances

The Spanish gypsy dance has a flourishing scene in Barcelona and few travellers choose to visit the city without stopping by a show. We recommend two different experiences. The first is an hour-long formal show with full dinner (or just drink if you prefer). The second is a half hour show combined with tapas tasting and very affordable at just €35 per person.

Montserrat & Wine Tasting

Combine an excursion to Catalonia’s unique “jagged mountain” and its abbey in the skies, with a visit to a 10th century castle and its vineyards, where you’ll get to taste some of the region’s fine wines. A small group tour, your private transport will pick you and drop you off in the centre of the city. Click on the link to find out more.

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Hopefully by now you’ve got plenty of inspiration about how best to fill your time in Barcelona… but let us finish by pointing out that we’ve got extended articles on  the best bike tours ,  food and wine activities ,  countryside excursions ,  water sports ,  things to do for couples , or  families with kids , plus simply  more original ideas  all on this website. In short, you won’t be bored!

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  • Get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the Albaicin in Granada before crossing the river to visit the imposing Moorish fortress of the Alhambra.
  • Unwind in a laidback fishing town in the Algarve, soaking up the sun on the beach and enjoying an included boat trip around the rocky cliffs of the coast.
  • Join pilgrims along the last leg of the famous Camino de Santiago journey as they reach the historic cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
  • Sit back, relax and watch the water flow by in one of Porto’s river restaurants while you sample a couple of varieties of the city’s signature wine – port!
  • Start and end your adventure in Madrid, home to art galleries, colourful architecture and some of the best restaurants in Spain.

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  • Be immersed in the cultures of Spain and Portugal
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Spain: Barcelona & Costa Brava

  • Explore Girona’s cultural treasures, including the old Jewish quarter, medieval walls, Gothic churches, and Romanesque architecture.
  • Savor superb Catalan seafood and farm-fresh cuisine, complemented by excellent local wines including sparkling cava.
  • Cycle through history, stopping to view Greco-Roman ruins at Empúries, Gothic gems in Girona, and charming medieval villages.
  • Discover the most important Greco-Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula at the coastal archeological site at Empúries.
  • Immerse yourself in authentic Catalonian village life in historic Pals.

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Spirit of Europe

  • Traveling Europe by Rail, 10 nights to explore 4 amazing cities in Europe, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid.

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  • Dine on traditional Catalan specialties in a 17th-century farmhouse transformed into a local restaurant.
  • Visit an ancient abbey turned winery for a tour of the cellars and a taste of their wine.
  • Discover the flavors of the Italian at a local restaurant renowned for its cheese-filled focaccia and home-made pesto sauce.
  • Take in the Spanish coastline during a walk between the villages of Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc.
  • Impact Moment: dine at a restaurant solidale (solidarity restaurant) in Marseille that uses its profits to give meals to the poor.

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  • Experience the fiery passion and rhythm of a traditional flamenco dance performance in Seville.
  • It's a pretty special thing to chill out on a beach in Andalucian Spain, knowing North Africa is just across the water. Explore the scenic coastline, and kick back with some tapas and sangria in Tarifa.
  • The town of Ronda is split in two by a deep rocky chasm. Follow in the path of the Romans, as you cross from one side to the other along an ancient bridge.
  • Discover Cordoba's great mosque, the Mezquita, one of the most accomplished examples of Moorish architecture in the world. The lavish gardens and opulent rooms of Granada's spectacular Alhambra Palace aren't bad either.
  • Witness a spectacular Spanish sunset on a beach in Valencia, while feasting on a bowl of the world's best paella.

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  • Taste the best of local cuisine during Exclusive Experiences – sample olive oil at a family-run farm in Andalucia, try delicious marzipan in Toledo and take a wine-tasting tour in the Douro Valley.
  • Spend two nights in a converted 18th-century mansion for your Feature Stay in Seville, and enjoy the best of the Douro Valley at a fabulous hotel nestled within the famous wine-growing region.
  • Soak up the glamour and the sun while winding along the stunning Bay of Cascais on a full-day exploration of Lisbon’s surrounds, including Sintra’s bewitching Pena Palace, a Premium Exclusive Experience.
  • In Porto, create a personalised memento of your trip and learn about the history of the vibrantly coloured and designed tiles that adorn the facades of buildings all over Portugal with a tile-painting workshop.

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  • Soak up the Spanish way of life on this tour from Madrid to Barcelona
  • Discover the wines of the famous Rioja region
  • Spend the night in Montserrat and explore its famous mountain top monastery

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Coastal Walks of Catalunya

  • Marvel at the highlights of Barcelona
  • Enjoy picturesque views from the Sant Pere church in Pals
  • Sip the local produce at Finca Bell Lloc, an idyllic vineyard and winery
  • Spot wildlife in the vital animal habitat of Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park
  • Visit Salvador Dali's quirky summer house

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Cycle Marseille to Barcelona

  • Week-long holiday between two important Mediterranean cities
  • Explore the Camargue regional park and natural reserve
  • Cycle through the beautiful Catalan region of Emporda

Barcelona to Rome

Barcelona to Rome

  • Spend your free time in Barcelona visiting Gaudi's modern basilica, La Sagrada Familia – a Gothic masterpiece that embodies the city’s artistic and progressive heart.
  • Hike in the majestic Spanish Pyrenees mountains, revelling in the fresh air, panoramic views and an exhilarating sense of freedom.
  • Explore the idyllic Provencal landscapes of southern France and gain an understanding as to why this part of the world is so adored by artists.
  • The Leaning Tower may be Pisa’s most iconic image, but there’s so much more to discover – The Piazza dei Miracoli and Pisa Baptistry are masterpieces in Medieval-Italian architecture.
  • Enjoy plenty of free time in Rome to discover the ancient Colosseum, stroll through Vatican City and gaze up towards the gods inside St Peter's Basilica.

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  • Dive head first into the Tapas culture of Barcelona through bar crawls, making sure to ask for the local favorites and test out as many dishes as you can.  
  • Try Catalan Cuisine and order calcots, pa amb tomaquets, botifarra and other traditional dishes in markets and restaurants.
  • Tour the iconic gems of the Catalan Modernist Movement, such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.
  • Visit the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Museu d’Arte de Catalunya, the Dali Theater Museum and other hot spots for arts and culture lovers.
  • Relax around Barcelona’s scenic beaches
  • Climb Tibidabo for exceptional views of the entire city and coastline, as well as an amusement park nearby.
  • Stroll through the stunning Gothic Quarter of the city and see La Catedral, Las Ramblas and just the overall enchanting architecture of the 13th century.
  • Experience the street festivals where you get a taste of what being a local is really about: community, tradition, and Catalan culture filled with food, dances and wine. If not the cultural festivals, Barcelona is also home to some of the biggest music festivals in Europe, such as Primavera Sound and Sonar.
  • Watch a game at the Camp Nou Stadium and feel the pulsing energy from the crowd, all there to watch something integral to Modern Spanish culture: football.

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Spain's second largest municipality, Barcelona is a hub of good food, impressive art and interesting architecture. Known for the distinct Catalan culture and dialect, Barcelona provides a great introduction to the diversity between the many different regions of Spain .

It's an ideal walking city with great food options, and plenty of museums and churches to keep history buffs and photographers busy for hours.

Top Things to See in Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia -  Arguably the heart of the architectural gems of Barcelona, many travellers flock from all parts of the world to see one of the most creative buildings conceived, designed by the famous Antoni Gaudi.

The Dali Theater Museum -  The Dali museum, even if you are familiar with the artist Salvador Dali or not, is something of a dream to witness. It is the most important museum that pays homage to this Catalan surrealist artist and one of the most popular day trips in Barcelona. The paintings, designs, and contraptions in the museums make it hard to miss for any art lover.

Casa Batllo -  This is simply a must see for anybody visiting Barcelona. Over any Gaudi masterpiece, this one has to top it all in terms of creativity, bizarreness and design. Recognized as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the vividly colorful villa is best experienced through a tour that explains all of Gaudi’s inspiration, work and detail.

El Gotic -  Also known as the Gothic Quarter, El Gotic is a charming area mixed with history, modernism and cultural electricity racing around its winding, narrow streets lined with Catalan restaurants, stores and squares. As a former Roman village, this space is bedecked with gorgeous and historic architecture, El Catedral, Las Ramblas and other modern restaurants that makes El Gotic a vibrant hub and one of the city’s main attractions.

La Boqueria -  La Boqueria is the biggest and most famous street market in Barcelona. It is a magical place stuffed with local delectables that are always fresh, from seafood to produce, you name it.  

Explore the Tapas -  Barcelona is scattered with lively bars and restaurants and packed filled with special Catalan tapas that any tourist shouldn’t miss. To get a taste of local life, try bar hopping around downtown, el Poble Sec or La Barceloneta district and explore local specialties like the delicious patatas bravas over refreshing beer and Spanish wine.  

El Tibidado -  The most popular and beautiful viewpoint in Barcelona, on top of the Tibidado mountain, rolls out the city’s skyline and coastline in a breathtaking view. There is also an amusement park and a stunning Cathedral that can keep you busy for quite some time.

Hit up some of Barcelona’s street festivals -  Do you really want to get an authentic feel of Barcelona? There is no better place to taste that than in some of Barcelona’s summer street festivals. Here the city shuts down their streets, lights it up with music, wine and Catalan special traditions such as the sardana dances, el gegants (giant heads and puppets), human towers and more.

Visit some of Barcelona’s best beaches -  After visiting La Barceloneta, perhaps the city’s most famous and touristy beach crowded with restaurants and extreme water sports, explore some of the city’s other beach gems that are more scenic, relaxed and peaceful. Many local favorites are Sant Sebastia, Mar Bella and Bogatell.

Camp Nou -  It is the biggest football stadium in Europe and home to the renowned FC Barcelona team. Even if you are not a fan of the sport, taking a tour experience in this gigantic 90 thousand seater stadium and seeing their trophies, shirts, and even walking onto the field is something of a spectacular cultural experience.

Barcelona Cuisine

Barcelona is a multifaceted city with many gems to discover, such as art, architecture, shopping, the list goes on. Arguably the biggest for many is the food. The food scene is Barcelona is packed full of flavor, culture and history, specifically the Catalan cuisine that is scattered throughout the city. Here are some of the top 10 Catalan dishes that are too delicious to not try.

Pa amb Tomaquet -  Essential, simple, and a classic. It’s sliced bread, tomato juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Patatas Bravas -  Fried wedges of potatoes

Croquetas -  In Catalonia, these are traditionally stuffed with meat. These wonderful fried bites are to die for,

Pebrots de Padron -  Glistening, green roasted peppers sprinkled in olive oil and salt. It is uncomplicated and yet one of the most iconic tapas in Barcelona.

La Bomba -  A popular tapa is a fried, crispy potato ball filled with meat served with usually a spicy sauce.

Calcot -  Catalans go crazy for this smoked green onion, cooked in the fire while wrapped in paper and then dipped in romesco sauce. It is so popular that you can find it in restaurants and markets throughout the year.

Esqueixada -  In this traditional Catalan salad, this refreshing dish revolves around uncooked salted cod, a very popular fish eaten in Barcelona. It is shredded with fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, onions and olives.  

Crema Catalana -  Rich spanish custard with a caramel top to crack into.

Iberico Ham -  This spanish meat is rich full of fat and mouth wateringly sweet and salty tastes. This is usually eaten alone with cheese or olives.

Escalivada - A very delicious dish with very mediterranean ingredients. This is made by grilling whole vegetables such as eggplants, peppers and tomatoes for that smokey taste, served with olive oil and salt and sometimes topped with anchovies.

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Good size group, great tour leader (on.

Good size group, great tour leader (on this occasion), pretty good value for money on the whole.

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I enjoy intrepid but the style of travel doesn't suit everyone.

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The name of this storied Catalan city, Barcelona, is almost as beautiful as the coastal metropolis itself. Nicknamed Ciudad Condol (once upon a time, the city was the seat of the Count of Barcelona) the destination sticks with anyone who wanders among the remarkable architecture and through the airy plaças. Nestled along the sparkling Mediterranean Sea in northeastern Spain, Barcelona is a colorful melting pot of culture, full of world-renowned cuisine, legendary art, music, and more. Book a trip to this sunny city and you'll spend your days exploring the dynamic barrios , wandering along the beach, strolling through verdant green spaces, and discovering gem after gem — some well known, like Park Güell or Camp Nou, and some hidden, like Santa Caterina.

The architecture alone is worth planning your trip around — from Gothic structures to Gaudí's modern wonders, design lovers could fill weeks exploring the stunning buildings, monuments, and sculptures throughout the city. Ultimately, Barcelona's unwavering energy and cultural elements result in a distinct immensity of spirit unlike any other destination. The temperate climate, too, makes the weather quite pleasant for most of the year.

When vacationing in a new place — especially an historic city — it's easy to get caught up in the I-must-see-everything-as-quickly-as-possible mentality. And while Barça has no shortage of things to see and do, the city imparts a distinct sense of relaxation on those who pass through. Be sure to reserve time to experience life like the locals do, enjoying leisurely lunches followed by siesta, vermuteria hopping on Sundays, and frequenting your neighborhood bar for tapas and wine with friends.

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Early summer or autumn are the best times to visit Barcelona, as late summer tends to get hot and humid. Book your trip in May, June, September, or October for the most idyllic weather — you'll encounter plenty of sun and nice temperatures for swimming and walking about the city's stunning streets, parks, and markets.

Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, where both Spanish and Catalan are the predominant languages spoken. The city is a transportation hub and one of southwestern Europe's economic centers — also known as Spain's leading biotech city.

Meal times are all generally on the late side in Barcelona. Restaurants are typically open from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for lunch, and from 8:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for dinner. Many stores close for lunchtime siesta (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.), as well as on Sundays and public holidays.

Europe's largest stadium is Camp Nou in Barcelona with a capacity of over 99,000 occupants, and is home to FC Barcelona (one of the most supported fútbol teams in the world).

Metro: The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is the main transport system in Barcelona, operating both the metro line and select bus routes. Riders can purchase tickets at metro stations across the city. Single tickets cost €2.40 or you can buy a T-Casual ticket for multi-trip use.

Trains: The main railway station in Barcelona is the Barcelona Sants. The FGC is a network of trains in Barcelona and the surrounding suburbs which connects the city to other towns in Catalonia. The Renfe is an international high-speed railway line that connects Spain and France, allowing travelers to get to cities like Paris, Marseille, and Madrid quickly.

Buses: The TMB operates all throughout the city and travelers can purchase tickets both at stops and on the bus, although you're only able to purchase single rides on the bus. There's also the Aerobús BCN, which connects Barcelona Airport with the city center.

Taxis: Typically affordable, accessible, and all over the city day and night.

Car service: While Uber operates throughout Spain, it is not currently available in Barcelona. Cabify is a favored alternative for ride sharing.

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 700, Barcelona 08010, Spain Phone: +34 93 545 80 70

Casa Bonay's bread and butter is creating simple, sustainable spaces that impart a sense of local culture and community onto guests. With ample greenery and a simplistic, chic interior decor (made in partnership with local designers), this 19th-century house-turned-hotel's light and airy atmosphere matches that of the city itself. Be sure to grab tapas at the property's rooftop restaurant (open to the public) and sunbathe on the neighboring rooftop terrace, exclusive to guest use.

Cotton House Hotel (Eixample)

Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 670, Barcelona 08010, Spain Phone: +34 934 505 045

Cotton House Hotel, part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, is housed in the former headquarters of the Association of Cotton Manufacturers, giving the property's spaces a neoclassical foundation accented by soft, sophisticated designs. In addition to 83 comfortable rooms, the hotel features an elegant library, a restaurant and cocktail bar, a terrace, and a rooftop pool. Be sure to check out the property's unique spiral staircase, built in 1957 — it's the only one of its kind in Europe.

El Palauet Barcelona

Address: Passeig de Gracia, 113, Barcelona 08008, Spain Phone: +34 932 180 050

These six luxurious suites (each two-bedroom) epitomize Spanish elegance in hotel form. Located centrally along the famous tourism and shopping hub of Passeig de Gracia, El Palauet is housed in Casa Bonaventura Ferrer, the iconic modernist building built by Pere Falqués i Urpí in 1906.

Address: La Rambla, 109, Barcelona 08001, Spain Phone: +34 935 529 552

Located right along the tree-lined pedestrian stretch of La Rambla, as hinted in its name, Hotel 1898 has a long history. Originally the headquarters of General Philippines Tobacco Company, elements of the property's origins can be seen in the architecture and classical decor style. The comfortable rooms range from classic to deluxe, with two levels of beautifully-appointed suite options available.

Hotel Arts Barcelona (La Barceloneta)

Address: Marina 19-21, Barcelona 08005, Spain Phone: +34 932 211 000

Come for the striking glass design and amazing views, and stay for the property's two-star Michelin restaurant and breathtaking pool. Hotel Arts Barcelona offers five-star accommodations (rooms, suites, and penthouses) in elevated, modern interiors high above the Mediterranean and the city — so the views are as superb as the service and luxury amenities. Designed by architect Bruce Graham, the exterior's steel-and-glass build is one of the most distinct modern buildings in the city.

Hotel Brummell (Poble Sec)

Address: Nou de la Rambla,174, Barcelona 08004, Spain Phone: +34 931 258 622

A stone's throw from the legendary site Montjuïc, Hotel Brummell offers 20 comfortable rooms in the trendy Poble Sec neighborhood. Considered slightly off-the-beaten-path, this property is low-key and intimate with an imaginative, modern design, beautifully mirroring Barcelona's culture of cool. Features include a sunny terrace, an outdoor pool, an on-site sauna, and a restaurant and bar.

Hotel Neri (Gothic Quarter)

Address: Sant Sever Street, 5, Barcelona 08002, Spain Phone: +34 93 304 06 55

This Relais & Châteaux property is located in two historic buildings — one of which is a restored 12th-century palace — in Barcelona's storied Gothic Quarter. The hotel's moody, chic atmosphere matches the neighborhood it calls home, and proximity to attractions like La Rambla and the Picasso Museum make it an ideal home for those exploring the city for the first time. The 22 hotels and suites feature luxury amenities, some featuring balconies and terraces, others with sweeping views or gilded murals.

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona

Address: Passeig de Gracia 68 - 70, Barcelona 08007, Spain Phone: +34 934 881 717

Located in the heart of the Passeig de Gracia, Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona is a Neo Classical icon dating back to 1918. Known for an exceptionally detail-oriented staff, the property epitomizes timeless elegance, with light and warm tones accenting the 271 rooms, suites, penthouses, and apartments. Guests will enjoy proximity to many attractions, including Gaudí's architecture, upscale shopping, myriad restaurants, and Gran Teatre del Liceu, and more.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40, Barcelona 08007, Spain Phone: +34 93 151 88 88

This beloved hotel, situated on the bustling Passeig de Gràcia, is one of the city's most popular luxury hotels. Accommodations feature striking views of the property's immaculate gardens and the nearby Casa Batlló. Guests can expect five-star service, timeless room and suite design, and delicious meals at the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant.

Mercer Hotel Barcelona (Gothic Quarter)

Address: Calle dels Lledó, 7, Barcelona 08002, Spain Phone: +34 933 107 480

A stay at the Mercer Hotel is unlike any other in Barcelona, as the boutique property was built atop a wall of Barcino, the ancient Roman city, in what is now the Gothic Quarter. After a day of exploring the city, the elegant accommodations offer a refuge from the urban bustle, and travelers can look forward to lounging on the property's private terrace or taking a dip in the on-site plunge pool. Modern design enthusiasts and history buffs can anticipate medieval arches, 12th-century frescoes, 18th-century wooden ceilings, sleek furniture, and expressionist art by Agustí Puig.

W Barcelona (La Barceloneta)

Address: Plaça Rosa del Vents, 1, Final Passeig de Joan de Borbó, Barcelona 08039, Spain Phone: +34 932 95 28 00

One of the most iconic buildings in the city, the W Hotel's distinct, curved silhouette sits right where the sand meets the sea. The interiors are just as modern and sleek as the exterior, which was designed by legendary architect Ricardo Bofill. Guests can expect panoramic views of the Mediterannean from each of the 473 five-star rooms and suites.

Bar Cañete (Seafood, Tapas)

Address: Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 932 703 458

Don't be fooled by this restaurant's low-key exterior — the menu's seafood from local Catalan fish markets and seasonal produce yields some of the freshest tapas in the city. Reservations can be made by phone, required only for parties of 12 or more.

Caelis (Contemporary)

Address: Via Laietana, 49 (Hotel Ohla Barcelona), Barcelona 08003, Spain Phone: +34 935 101 205

Chef Romain Fornell and his team serve up daring and inspired contemporary dishes on three different tasting menus at this Michelin-starred restaurant inside Hotel Ohla. Reservations are recommended (online or via phone), seating is indoors, and guests must adhere to a smart dress code.

Disfrutar (Contemporary)

Address: Carrer de Villarroel, 163, barcelona 08036, Spain Phone: +34 933 486 896

This Eixample-based restaurant serves up creative Mediterranean cuisine in an intimate space, decorated with ceramics and light hues to honor the city — and was founded by the famous trio of chefs that used to helm El Bullu. Reservations are available online or via phone.

Dos Palillos (Tapas, fusion)

Address: Carrer d'Elisabets, 9, Barcelona 08001, Spain Phone: +34 93 304 05 13

Based on Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian cuisines, the fusion tapas at Dos Palillos are divine, so the tasting menu comes highly recommended (you'll want to make a reservation online or by phone). If you prefer to eat a la carte and try a cocktail, you can sit at the bar, no reservation required.

El Falafel de Shani (Falafel, Kosher, Vegan)

Address: La Rambla, 91 Mercat de la Boqueria, 133-134, 08011 Barcelona Phone: + 34 692 967 297

It might be easy to miss this no-nonsense vegan and kosher falafel stand in La Boqueria, but it's worth seeking out — many consider it to be the best falafel in the city (and very affordable).

El Nacional (Iberian)

Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 24 bis 08007 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +(34) 93 518 50 53

This spacious eatery has dynamic menu offerings that are just as impressive as the venue's eye-catching, glass-and-steel architecture. Guests can choose from four different cuisines or four different bars throughout the venue.

Llambar (Tapas)

Address: Carrer de la Fusina 5, 08003 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 933 19 62 50

Nestled in El Born, Llambar's menu is meant to be shared, complete with signature cocktails, an extensive wine list, and artisanal Spanish tapas. Reservations (not required but recommended, since the atmospheric spot is so popular) can be made online or via phone.

Suculent (Tapas, Mediterranean)

Address: Rambla del Raval, 45, 08001 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 93 443 65 79

Helmed by El Bulli alum Toni Romero, Suculent has become a trendy Raval staple, known for reliably delicious tapas and a lively atmosphere. The culinary team serves up classics and reinvented Spanish and Mediterannean dishes with an emphasis on flavorful broths and sauces.

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Address: Carrer Mallorca, 401 Barcelona 08013 Phone: +34 932 080 414

Known worldwide as a symbol of the historic city, the Sagrada Familia is Gaudí's most celebrated work of art and architecture. Design and construction of the church began in 1882 and is ongoing to this day. It's recommended to book tickets online in advance to save time in lines when visiting.

Address: Carrer d'Arístides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 902 1899 00

Barcelona is home to one of the most beloved futbol teams in the entire world: FC Barcelona. So it is only fitting that Camp Nou is one of the most magnificent sports stadiums in Europe, boasting a seating capacity of 99,354. Do your best to book tickets to a game (bookable via the stadium's website or TicketMaster).

Casa Batlló

Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 93 216 03 06

With it's distinct marine-inspired façade, Gaudí's famous Casa Batlló (a UNESCO World Heritage site) looms high over Passeig de Gracia. It's one of Europe's best examples of modernist architecture and worth exploring inside and out.

Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 92, 08008 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 932 142 576

Nicknamed "La Pedrera" (stone quarry), Casa Milà in Eixample was completed by Gaudí in 1912, and is known as his final civic work. It's striking appearance takes inspiration from nature, and was the famed architect's most advanced approach to a building.

Castell de Montjuïc

Address: Carretera de Montjuïc 66, 08038 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 932 564 440

Many flock to the Montjuïc barrio to explore the 17th-century Castell de Montjuïc or to catch the Magic Fountain light show from the steps of the stately National Museum of Art. Pro tip: don't miss out on the lesser-known but equally striking Jardí Botànic, located on the hillside. The spacious, verdant gardens offer a tranquil outdoor oasis as well as lovely views of the city.

La Boqueria

Address: Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 93 318 20 17

Arguably the best open market in the word, La Boqueria is a European icon. Though it gets very crowded (especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m) it features incredibly fresh produce, meats, cheeses, sweets, cafes, bars, and more. Pro tip: bring your camera.

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Address: Tibidabo Square, 08035 Barcelona, Spain

Take the historic funicular up to Barcelona's highest peak, Mount Tibidabo, where in addition to a charming amusement park (the second-oldest in Europe) and Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazón, you'll find panoramic views of the entire city, the Mediterranean, and surrounding mountains.

Palau de la Música Catalana

Address: Carrer Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 93 295 7200

Designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner and completed in 1908, Palau de la Música Catalana features one of the most opulent interiors in Spain. Make purchasing tickets for any musical performance a priority while in Barcelona so that you can experience the grande Palau in person.

Address: 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, this whimsical masterpiece created by Antoni Gaudí is one of the most iconic parks in the world. It's full of color, dynamic shapes, split ceramics, innovative architecture, and lush gardens — and overlooks a vast swath of the beautiful city.

Picasso Museum

Address: Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 93 256 30 00

One of the primary art attractions in the whole city, the Picasso Museum helps viewers understand the formative years of Pablo Picasso. The permanent collection, made up of 4,251 works from a variety of time periods, helps to convey the artist's early career and special relationship with Barcelona.

Colette Barcelona (Jewelry)

Address: Carrer de les Panses 5, 08003-Barcelona, Spain Phone: +0034.93.170.81.23

You'll find sweet, feminine jewelry at Colette Barcelona, a design house and showroom in El Born that does all the brand's designing, dyeing, mounting, and ironing locally. The pieces have a distinct style, as the jewelry is crafted with mixed materials and textiles.

El Corte Inglés Plaça Catalunya (Department store)

Address: Plaça de Catalunya, 14, Barcelona 08002, Spain Phone: +34 933 06 38 00

This iconic and centrally-located department store at the edge of Plaça Catalunya has everything from clothing and cosmetics to homeware, local delicacies, electronics, and much more — including a food court and supermarket.

Entre Latas (Specialty food)

Address: Torrijos, 16, 08012 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 930 154 725

This gourmet shop is the place to go for canned and preserved foods. Entre Latas carries everything from local delicacies to imported products — think specialty vermouth, rare spices, tinned fish, paté, and preserves. You can even create your own personalized gourmet pack.

Iriarte Iriarte​ (Handbags)

Address: Carrer dels Cotoners 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 933 198 175

Anyone who adores handbags must visit Iriarte Iriarte. The brand uses traditional techniques and hand-dying to create stylish leather bags, handcrafted in Barcelona since 2009.

La Manual Alpargatera (Espadrilles)

Address: Carrer de Avinyó 7, 08002, Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 933 01 01 72

Since 1940, the design team at La Manual Alpargatera has produced sustainably-crafted, timeless espadrilles, entirely handmade in Barcelona. La Manual is a staple for locals and travelers — in fact, the brand's storefront design is so iconic that it's said a customer addressed a letter to the company using a drawing of the store (rather than the physical address), and it arrived via the post just fine.

Llibreria Altaïr (Books)

Address: Gran Via, 616, 08007 Barcelona, Spain Phone: +34 93 342 71 71

This vast bookstore is one of the very best in the city, known for a specialization in books about travel, language, culture, and exploring the world. A meeting point and lively cultural space, you'll want to spend a good chunk of time exploring the many titles — and be sure to grab a bite at the store's sweet cafe, too.

Santa Eulalia (Designer fashion)

Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 93, Barcelona 08008, Spain Phone: +34 932 15 06 74

Founded in 1843, this historic and design-forward clothing store features a myriad of high-end labels such as Tom Ford, Dior, Lanvin, and the like. It also boasts its own ready-to-wear collection for women and a bespoke shirt-making service for men.

Zara Flagship (Fashion)

Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 16, Barcelona 08007, Spain Phone: +34 933 18 76 75

Spanish-based fashion empire Zara, a wardrobe staple for many across the globe, is housed in a stately flagship store flanked by columns on bustling Passeig de Gràcia. Pop inside to find the latest ready-to-wear, couture-inspired clothing, with styles for men, women, and children ranging from timeless to trendy and everywhere in between.

Eixample: Broad boulevards, courtyards, ample trees, and excellent shopping and dining options make Eixample a wonderful home base when visiting BCN. You'll find Gaudí's classics like Casa Battló, Casa Milà, and the Sagrada Familia in this neighborhood, alongside other great works of both traditional and modern architecture.

El Born: Like the neighboring Gothic Quarter, El Born is known for the narrow, meandering medieval streets, but it's slightly less busy. Here, travelers will discover especially good shopping (think stylish boutiques), artsy vibes, wonderful restaurants and bars, and close proximity to the beach.

El Raval: Located about a 10-minute walk from Plaça Catalunya, El Raval is a vibrant neighborhood known for its character, authentic restaurants and bars, and the impressive Museum of Contemporary Art. Two streets in particular, Carrer dels Tallers and Carrer de La Riera Baixa, are especially good for vintage and second-hand shopping. Those in search of an authentic taste of Barcelona life will enjoy exploring this barrio, but be mindful of your surroundings, as parts of Raval can be a bit shifty (avoid unlit alleys or walking alone at night).

Gothic Quarter: Known by locals as Barri Gòtic, this charming old town neighborhood is full of legendary Gothic architecture nestled along narrow, medieval-era streets. In addition to checking out the trendy restaurants, bars, and boutiques, see remains of the old Roman city at the Museu d'Història de Barcelona.

Gràcia: Vila de Gràcia is the epitome of authentic, leisurely life in Barcelona. The neighborhood is a bit quieter than its more centrally-located counterparts, and you'll find it's chock full of beautiful plaças, atmospheric restaurants and bars, eclectic galleries, and independent boutiques. You can easily spend all day in this uncrowded, village-like neighborhood.

La Barceloneta: Nestled right by the sea, La Barceloneta is an energetic and historic beachside neighborhood that offers more than a touristy stretch of sand if you know what to look for. Come for the seafood (ahem, paella ) and stay for the hopping bar scene.

Poble Sec: Bordering scenic Montjuïc, Poble Sec is one of the most lively neighborhoods in Barcelona, adored by locals and thus slightly less touristy. Boasting dozens of small bars, restaurants, and boutiques, this upbeat area has wonderful dancing and theater options, too.

True to the Mediterranean, Barcelona sees mild temperatures for the majority of the year. August is the city's hottest and most humid month, with temperatures averaging 77 °F, and January is the coldest month, with averages around 49 °F. Precipitation hovers around 25 inches annually, with October being the wettest month.

The following are average Fahrenheit lows and highs by month.

January 41 - 57 February 42 - 58 March 46 - 51 April 50 - 65 May 57 - 71 June 63 - 77 July 69 - 83 August 69 - 84 September 64 - 79 October 58 - 72 November 48 - 64 December 43 - 58

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Corporate groups have the option of selecting beautiful locations for their conferences and meetings, while also being able to offer their guests world-class cultural and social opportunities. Barcelona is world-famous for art expositions, museums, and cultural heritage built on the back of famous artists and architects such as Antoni Gaudí and Pablo Picasso. 

For student groups, the city offers a plethora of affordable accommodation options that allows them to enjoy everything the city has to offer without breaking the budget. The mix of sports heritage, culinary diversity, and vibrant nightlife provides students from all over the world a unique opportunity to break down cultural barriers and get out of their comfort zone.

Religious groups as well have found their niche in Barcelona, as the city provides incredible religious history with its unique mixture of the three cultures that have dominated the Iberian Peninsula throughout history.  Jewish history is sprinkled all throughout Barcelona and Catalonia, and the Islamic presence is hard to miss in architectural elements. Finally, Christian heritage dominates the city, with towering structures such as Sagrada Família and the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Through our years of experience working in the city, we have seen all these groups come to Barcelona for different reasons, however all leaving with the same satisfaction and desire to return to discover more. 

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Barcelona Itinerary: How to Spend Your Time in This Incredible City

A wide, open street in sunny Barcelona, Spain filled with strolling pedestrians

Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in Europe . It’s a lively city bursting at the seams with world-class food, wild clubs and bars, and tourists galore.

While its roots stretch back to the Roman Empire, it was during the Middle Ages that Barcelona really grew into the economic and political center of the Western Mediterranean.

As part of Catalonia (locals consider themselves Catalonian rather than Spanish), you’ll see signs written in Catalan and in Castilian Spanish, and most locals in the city speak both languages. The combination of Spanish and Catalan cultures and traditions here is part of what makes Barcelona the unique city that it is.

In recent years, the city has had to clamp down on “ overtourism ” as over 30 million people visit each year, putting significant strain on the locals and the environment. If you can, try to avoid the hectic summer months and book accommodation outside the city center.

But with so much to see and do in and around Barcelona, where do you begin? How many days do you need to visit?

This Barcelona itinerary highlights all the best things to see and do and can help you organize your visit so you can see it all!

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Day 1 : Barri Gotic, Barcelona History Museum, La Boqueria, & more

Day 2 : Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia, La Rambla, & more

Day 3 : Montjuïc Hill, Cooking Class, Harbor Cable Car, & more

Day 4 : Day Trip to Girona

Other Things to See and Do : Montserrat, Football, Bike Tour, & more

Barcelona Itinerary: Day 1

People strolling on a wide lane in Barcelona, Spain

My recommended free walking tour companies in Barcelona are:

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For paid tour options, check out this post as it lists all my favorites. You can also check out Get Your Guide as they have tons of tours for every interest and budget.

Barcelona's gothic quarter

The area also has numerous attractions worth seeing:

Barcelona History Museum – Barcelona has one of the best city history museums I’ve ever visited. It includes 4,000 square meters (43,000 square feet) of Roman ruins beneath the museum that you can walk through. There is a free, detailed audio guide and meticulous explanations of the exhibits. If you do one thing in the city, make it this. I visit every time I’m in Barcelona. The ruins are just stunning. Admission is 7 EUR per person but free on Sundays after 3pm.

The Grand Royal Palace – The Palau Reial Major (near the history museum) is almost 700 years old and was the home of Barcelona’s counts and later the kings of Aragon. The palace offers visitors a very detailed history of the city and region through the centuries. Admission is 7 EUR (shared with the history museum above). It’s free on the first Sunday of the month and every Sunday after 3pm.

Chapel of Santa Àgata – This royal chapel was built in 1302 and is part of the Museum of the History of Barcelona. The most interesting thing inside is the beautiful altarpiece, made by Jaume Huguet, that was added in the 15th century. It contains beautiful paintings of religious symbols in the style of the Middle Ages. Admission is 7 EUR.

Barcelona Cathedral – Built between the late 13th to early 15th centuries, this is a classic Gothic cathedral with huge spires standing over 53 meters (174 feet) tall, colorful stained glass, and incredible wood carvings. Make sure you visit the upper terraces where you’ll get an incredible view of Barcelona. Admission is 14 EUR for tourists (free for worshippers).

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) This museum has over 5,000 works, including an extensive collection of pieces by Spanish artists such as Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. There are also works by Americans Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder (the latter being known for his innovative mobiles). While it’s not really my favorite style of art, if you love modern art, be sure to add this to your itinerary.

Plaça dels Àngels 1, +34 934 120 810, macba.cat/en. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-8pm and Sundays 10am-3pm (closed on Tuesdays). Admission is 10.80 EUR if purchased online and 12 EUR at the door. Entry is free on Saturdays from 4pm-8pm.

Barcelona's Boquería

Rambla, 91, +34 934 132 303, boqueria.barcelona/home. Open Monday to Saturday 8am-8:30pm.

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  • Los Tarantos – This is Barcelona’s oldest flamenco venue. It’s a short show (just 30 minutes) so it’s a good place for an introduction to the art and won’t take up your entire night. Plaça Reial, 17, +34 933 041 210, tarantosbarcelona.com/en. Shows run at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm. Tickets start at 25 EUR.
  • Tablao Flamenco Cordobes – This show is in a convenient location on Barcelona’s main walkway, but it’s pricey. La Rambla, 35, +34 933 175 711, ablaocordobes.es. Shows run twice each evening (check the website for times). Admission is 47 EUR (drink and show) or 83 EUR (dinner and show).

Barcelona Itinerary: Day 2

Gadui's fountain of Neptune in Barcelona, Spain

  • Park Güell – Park Güell is a 45-acre garden complex designed and built between 1900 and 1914. It’s since been converted into a municipal garden and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tickets are 13 EUR .
  • La Sagrada Família – This is arguably the most famous of Gaudí’s works (and one that seems to never be finished). The church has been under construction for over 100 years (the groundbreaking was in 1882 and is supposed to be done in 2030). Gaudí was a devout Catholic and spent the last 10 years of his life working on this project which is a combination of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. Admission with an audio guide is 33.80 EUR — but it’s worth it!
  • Casa Batlló – Casa Batlló is a building restored by Antoni Gaudí in the early 1900s. He spent two years on the project completely revamping the exterior, main floor, patio, and roof. Located in the Eixample district, it (like everything Gaudí designed) was heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau style. It’s one of my favorite Gaudí buildings. Admission is 25 EUR and includes an audio guide.
  • Casa Milà – From 1906 to 1910, Gaudí worked on Casa Mila which is just a couple hundred meters away from Casa Batlló. It’s also known as “La Pedrera” (the Stone Quarry) as the building has a facade of limestone. The goal with this design was to evoke the sense of a snowy mountain. Gaudí, himself a Catholic and a devotee of the Virgin Mary, also planned for the Casa Milà to be a spiritual symbol. Skip-the-line tickets are 28 EUR.
  • Palau Güell – Located off La Rambla, Palau Güell (Güell Palace) building doesn’t jump out at you like other Gaudí structures. Built from 1886-1888, it was designed for one of Gaudí’s patrons, Eusebi Güell. The home is centered around the main room used to entertain high-society guests.

For more information on Gaudí’s works as well as entrance fees, locations, and operating hours, check out my guide to Gaudí’s Barcelona .

the beach in Barcelona

Take a stroll on La Rambla This popular boulevard, with a broad but crowded walkway in the center, has many beautiful buildings along it, including the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the city’s opera house. Near the theater, you can also see a mosaic by famous artist Joan Miró. There are street performers galore here (they even have their own union), making it perfect for people-watching. While this street is ground zero for tourists in the city and gets swamped by crowds it’s worth a stroll down at least once (don’t eat at the restaurants here, they’re overpriced). Just keep an eye out for pickpockets.

Barcelona Itinerary: Day 3

Visit the Picasso Museum While I’m not a huge fan of most of Picasso’s later work, it’s still interesting to learn about the life and work of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Opened in 1963 and home to over 4,000 pieces of art, it’s the most comprehensive collection of Pablo Picasso’s works in the world. In addition to his paintings, the museum also has drawings, ceramics, and engravings by Picasso.

Carrer Montcada 15-23, +34 932 563 000, museupicasso.bcn.cat/en. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-7pm. Admission is 12 EUR, with free entry on the first Sunday of the month.

Ride the harbor cable car The 1,450-meter-long (4,757-foot) harbor aerial tramway with red cars connects Barceloneta and Montjuïc Hill. The 10-minute trip offers incredible views of Barcelona. You’ll see the port and sea on one side and the city on the other. Also, at the top of the 78-meter (255-foot) Sant Sebastià tower in Barceloneta, there’s a restaurant accessible by an elevator. You can also hike one of the trails to the summit of Montjuïc Hill, which takes as little as 30 minutes.

Miramar station (Paseo Juan de Borbón) and San Sebastián Tower (Avda. de Miramar), +34 934 304 716, telefericodebarcelona.com/en. Open daily 11am-5:30pm (10:30am-8pm in the summer). Round-trip tickets cost 16 EUR .

Barcelona's Montjuïc Hill

Here are some highlights of Montjuïc:

Castell de Montjuïc – This old fortress features military displays and information on the history of the castle. Admission is 12 EUR (13 EUR including a guided tour). It’s free on Sundays after 3pm as well as on the first Sunday of the month.

Joan Miró Foundation – Joan Miró was one of Catalonia’s most famous artists. Many of the artist’s surrealist works (over 14,000 of them) are on display in this museum. Most were donated by Miró himself. There is also a contemporary art collection that was put together as a tribute to the artist in the years after his death. Admission is 9 EUR.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – This art museum houses Catalonian art, particularly Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque works. The fountain out front has a spectacular free show that takes place on Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9pm-10pm (April 1-May 31 and September 1-October 31) and 8pm-9pm (November 1-March 31), and Wednesday-Sundays from 9:30pm-10:30pm (from June 1-August 30). Currently, the fountain is closed during the drought so be sure to check their website for information. Admission is 12 EUR (free on Saturdays from 3pm and on the first Sunday of the month).

Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) – The Spanish Village was built in 1929 to resemble an actual traditional village with 117 buildings from different Spanish regions. There’s an Andalusian quarter, a section of the Camino, a monastery, and more. It’s a good family activity. Admission is 13.50 EUR in advance online (15 EUR same day online or from the ticket office).

The Olympic Ring – When Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympic Games, all of the excitement centered around the Olympic Ring: the Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi, and the Olympic Esplanade. You can roam the entire space for free.

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  • Barcelona Cooking – ( barcelonacooking.net , from 75 EUR)
  • Just Royal Bcn – ( justroyalbcn.com , from 110 EUR).

Barcelona Itinerary: Day 4

Girona, just outside Barcelona

They filmed Game of Thrones here too and Game of Thrones walking tours are available for 35 EUR if you’re a die-hard fan who wants some behind-the-scenes info.

Overall, there’s a lot of history and delicious food in the city. The train ride is about 80 minutes on the normal train while the high-speed train gets there in 38 minutes. Return tickets start at 20 EUR.  

Other Things to See and Do in Barcelona

the monastic buildings at Montserrat

Head to Montserrat – The Montserrat mountain range is just an hour outside of the city by train and makes for a great getaway from Barcelona’s urban atmosphere. Once there, pay a visit to the famous shrine of the Black Madonna at the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery. This Benedictine monastery is built into the mountain and it is claimed that the Black Madonna here was carved in Jerusalem during the early years of Christianity, (it most likely actually dates to the 12th century). The Benedictine monastery and the valley of unique, rocky pillars make for some really awesome photography.

Monserrat also has an Art Museum with works by Monet, Dali, Picasso, and many other famous artists. And don’t miss the local market — it’s the perfect place to buy local products like fresh produce, cheese, honey, and artisan crafts and it’s easy to find (it’s on the way to the monastery).

Guided day tours to Montserrat start around 70 EUR per person.

Visit an old-school amusement park – Tibidabo Barcelona, built in 1899, is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. On a tall mountain in the Serra de Collserola, it also offers an incredible view of Barcelona and the coastline in addition to the rides, games, and restaurants there. It’s open on the weekends, except in the winter. Tibidabo Square, +34 932 117 942, tibidabo.cat. Hours vary depending on the season. Check the website for details. Admission is 35 EUR.

Catch an outdoor film – If you’re in Barcelona in July or August, consider going up to Montjuïc Castle to catch an outdoor film on the lawn of the castle’s moat. Screenings take place everyday at 10:30pm and are preceded by live music. Tickets are 7.50 EUR.

If you can’t make those screenings, try Sant Sebastià beach in Barceloneta (showing movies on Thursdays and Sundays) or Cosmonits at CosmoCaixa outside the Science Museum (Thursdays in July/first week of August). The Cine al Aire Libre–l’Illa Diagonal also has movies at the Gardens of San Juan De Dios on Thursday evenings in July as well.

Watch a soccer match – The first “football” game I ever saw was in Barcelona. It was Espanyol versus Valencia. I still have the shirt I bought that day. Barcelona’s two teams are Espanyol and FC Barcelona and, if a match is going on, try to take in one. Locals are obsessed with the sport and you’ll make a lot of good friends at the game! If you can’t make a game, you can tour the stadium and the FCB (or Barça) Museum for 28 EUR.

Visit the aquarium – Perfect for a rainy day, the Barcelona Aquarium has more than 11,000 animals, showcasing species from a variety of underwater ecosystems. The walk-through tunnel is the best part. Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, +34 932 217 474, aquariumbcn.com/en. Open daily 10am-8pm, depending on the season. Admission is 25 EUR.

Gaze at Barcelona’s free public art – Gaudí outdid himself with the huge fountain located in the Parc de la Ciutadella, a tribute to the god Neptune. I absolutely love the art and fountain here. Gaudí designed the famous fountain when he was an architecture student. There’s also a zoo in the park and some short walking paths. Take a bottle of wine, grab some ham, and have a picnic.

Other offbeat Gaudí works include 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 found throughout the town as well; you can see his famous “Woman and Bird” sculpture at Parc de Joan Miró. There are also Miró mosaics on La Rambla and at the airport.  

Where to Eat in Barcelona

For some excellent food, be sure to check out some of my favorite places to eat in Barcelona:

  • Les Quinze Nits – Delicious food at a great price. It’s a bit touristy, but even the locals come here for the value. Avoid the long lines at dinner by going for lunch instead.
  • Quimet & Quimet – Tasty tapas and sandwiches in a cozy setting. There are over 500 types of wine on the menu too!
  • 1881 per Sagardi – Upscale seafood restaurant in La Barceloneta with a view.
  • Paradiso – Chic cocktail bar with delicious small plates. They offer mixology classes too.
  • Pinotxo Bar – Just inside the Boquería food market, this little stall is always packed and serves some of the most famous tapas in the area.
  • Tapeo – Original dishes and an expansive wine menu in an intimate Gothic Quarter space.
  • La Fonda – Good food with large portions. Its set menu will give you more than you can eat, and it features beautiful décor and a robust wine selection.
  • Botafumeiro – One of the best seafood joints in the city. Expect high prices!
  • Dry Martini – Fancy cocktail bar with a classy wooden interior and strong Mad Men vibes (though there’s no dress code so don’t need to dress up).
  • Els 4Gats (The Four Cats) – This was one of Picasso’s favorite haunts and a popular hangout for artists in the early 1900s. Grab a drink and maybe some tapas (the patatas bravas are delicious!) and soak up the place’s history.

Barcelona has something for everyone. You could squeeze in the real highlights of Barcelona in two or three days, but taking four, five, or even six days for the above itinerary will give you enough time to gorge on Iberian ham, tapas, and sangria while not rushing around.

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I jump at any chance to visit Barcelona , whether it's for a music festival like Primavera, catching up with friends, or enjoying a solo trip. I love relaxing on the sunny terrace of a tiny bar, people-watching over an ice-cold glass of vermouth and a plate of salty little snacks. That's one of my favorite activities anywhere, but it holds a special charm in Barcelona, where life is lived on the plazas, side streets and terraces.

There are so many ways to enjoy this city, but in a place as shiny and as fun as Barcelona, it's all too easy to get sucked into a tourist trap (especially along La Rambla ), as is the case with many popular destinations. To ensure you have a great time on your trip, I've crafted a four-day itinerary based on my personal recommendations gathered over years of exploring the city and sharing favorite spots with friends. Let's dig in.

  • When to visit: Offseason . It's sunny, the sea is still warm-ish, there are fewer crowds and it's much easier to navigate. 
  • How to get from the airport: The airport metro takes you directly from El Prat to any of the main central metro stations for €5.50. You can also get the airport shuttle bus for €2.40 to the city's center. It stops at Plaça de Catalunya , which has excellent city-wide connecting transport options .
  • Getting around town: You can quickly get from one part of the city to the next on the metro. If you're staying for a long weekend, the best value is the T-Casual card (10 metro rides in zone 1) for €12.15. Or, try the Hola Barcelona Card, which offers unlimited travel on the metro, bus, tram, funicular and airport transport for €25.50 for three days. Uber hasn't really taken off here, so download the Cabify app instead. I find Barcelona is best explored on foot, though, and you get to admire all the gorgeous architecture you'd otherwise miss if you were traveling in a car or underground on the metro.
  • Where to stay: My favorite neighborhood is Gràcia; I love the sunny squares that are filled with families at the weekend, the late-night salsa clubs and old independent boutiques. But if you're staying for a short time and want to be in the center of the action, I'd go with El Born. It's home to museums, tiny hotels, great restaurants and it's close to the beach. It's in the Old Town but removed from the raucousness of the Gothic Quarter. I also really like Eixample, it's quite touristy but really elegant and where you'll find Gaudí attractions like  Casa Batlló and  La Sagrada Família .

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Morning: Drop your bags off at your hotel in El Born and head straight to Mercat de Santa Caterina  for a sticky tortilla at Bar Joan . While most visitors go to  La Boqueria to jostle elbows with hordes of other tourists, Santa Caterina feels more like a local market where longtime residents shop for groceries. Afterward, chill by the lake in  Parc de la Ciutadella  or stroll towards Barceloneta Beach along Carrer de Circumval·lació, where food and crafts market stalls are set up along the street. 

How to spend the day: Back in El Born, visit the  Museum of Contemporary Art (Moco) , featuring works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, David LaChapelle and Salvador Dalí. I love the Yayoi Kusama mirror room because it feels very trippy, like floating in space. Then, head to the  Picasso Museum on the same street. The building is as much an attraction as the work exhibited; it's spread across five medieval palaces and feels very airy and calm. After consuming so much art in one day, I tend to feel overwhelmed (in a good way) and usually need to walk it off or sit in a cafe somewhere to process it all, so if you're like me, decompress at nearby Xiloteca with a coffee.

Dinner: If I lived in Barcelona, I'd eat at  Bar del Pla every week. Their small, perfectly crafted tapas menu focuses on quality ingredients, and the wine list is superb. Try the oxtail brioche and  picanya roast beef and definitely order the patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce) because they are, hands down, the best in the city. Don’t let the casual vibe fool you into thinking you don’t need to book ahead. It's always busy.

After dark:   Dr Stravinsky  is a cocktail bar with low lighting and walls stacked with glowing liquids. The award-winning cocktails are elevated to an art form. The bartenders are always flipping, shaking and making dramatic pours like Tom Cruise in Cocktail , and while that sounds cheesy, they make it look good. I love the theater of it all. Each drink is grouped into sections on the menu—smoky, milky, spicy, umami, sour, and more—to guide your selection.

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Morning: Enjoy breakfast in Espai Mescladis , a cafe that trains and employs refugees and helps them build ties within the neighborhood. It has a really lovely community vibe. The menu features Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Latin American influences, reflecting the diverse origins of the staff. Most of the produce is organic, fair trade, and produced locally. It's a great place to eat solo, with shared tables in the airy courtyard.

How to spend the day: Open-top bus tours are ideal for Barcelona, where the architecture is so unique that the entire city feels like an open-air museum. If you opt for the City Sightseeing bus  (from €33.00), start with the blue line and you'll see the top Modernista sights and Camp Nou . Then, switch to the red line at Diagonal (the Francesc Macià stop) to reach Montjuïc where you can visit the  Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya  in the 1920s Palau Nacional and the Fundació Joan Miró .

My "secret" tip: Before rejoining the bus tour at the Telefèric de Montjuïc stop, take a short walk to Bar Marcelino , a cheap and cheerful outdoor bar surrounded by trees off the main route that's popular with locals. Not many tourists seem to know it's here, but it offers some of the best panoramic views of Barcelona. Grab a beer and soak it all in.

Dinner:  Bar Cañete is a real treat, blending Catalan, Andalusian, and French dishes with white-tablecloth service. The staff treat everyone like they've been coming here for years. If possible, get a front-row seat at the bar to watch the synchronized movements of the waiters and chefs as they prepare and serve each dish. It's expensive, but you can keep the costs down by ordering a mix of appetizers. Don't miss the lobster croquetas or   fried artichokes. For a similar experience at a lower price point, consider  Gresca . I love it and so does Dua Lipa. 

After dark: If you want to go dancing but haven't purchased a ticket in advance to the big clubs, try your luck at  Monk , a "secret" bar and club in El Born. The hidden entrance to its cocktail bar can be found at the back of a grocery store (behind the Haribo stand), along with another secret entrance to access the club itself. For a unique Barcelona experience, visit  Poble Espanyol , an open-air architectural museum that hosts DJs and live music. If you want a more low-key evening, check out the musical programming for  Palau de la Música Catalana , where the shimmering stained-glass skylight alone is worth the visit.

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Morning: Many Barcelona restaurants are usually closed on Sunday or Sunday/Monday limiting your options. But there are still treats to be had if you know where to look. I love Soma  in Eixample for a late breakfast or early lunch. Book ahead and request a seat on the terrace. Watch people stroll by while enjoying a plate of pà amb tomàquet (tomato bread)   with anchovies. Many of the streets around Eixample are pedestrianized on Sundays so you can enjoy a lovely little morning walk afterwards.

How to spend the day: Many shops also close on Sundays, making it a great day to explore more of the city's museums. To avoid the Sunday crowds at popular attractions like La Sagrada Família, consider visiting  Casa Vicens instead , a less-visited Gaudí museum. Once you've soaked in some architectural marvels, I recommend shifting gears to the Gràcia neighborhood where my go-to spot for coffee and lunch is  Bar La Camila , a gorgeous mid-century styled café that also serves Catalan dishes like calçots (chargrilled green onions with romesco sauce) and esqueixada (salt cod salad). Treat yourself to vegan ice cream at Amma Gelato and enjoy it at Plaça de la Virreina, a square surrounded by bars and restaurants where residents gather to savor their Sundays. 

Dinner: Bar Salvatge  in Gràcia is rightly famous for its geeky natural wine menu and fun and delicious small plates. It's the type of place where you let the staff choose your wine as their rotation is constantly changing. You can get Gildas (a briny and tangy appetizer featuring a fat olive, salty anchovy and pickled Guindilla pepper) in many Barcelona wine bars, but the ones served here are my favorite. It's also a great place to spend the night because the music is loud, and it stays open until 12:30am. 

After dark: La Pedrera is the name given to Casa Milà , Gaudí's apartment block. You can visit at any time but I highly recommend booking a nighttime tour . In winter they run from 7pm and in summer from 9pm. Tickets (from €39 for adults) include a glass of Cava and a music show on the rooftop (any genre from jazz to rumba) and a guided tour. There's something really special about standing on that rooftop at night among the illuminated chimney stacks (which look like stormtroopers from Star Wars ). The architecture seems even more surreal. 

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Morning: Wake up early and join the queue for  Milk Bar & Bistro , the first restaurant in Barcelona to serve brunch (and reputed to serve the best). While the food is excellent, I find the constant queues daunting. If you're patient try the chorizo hash or the matcha pancakes — both are delicious. For shorter waits in the Old Town, consider Cafe del Born or, for a lighter option, Flax and Kale . I'd also suggest toasting your last day in Barcelona with vermouth (vermouth hour starts at noon here): try Bodega Fermín, an old-school bar in Barcelonetta where the house-made vermouth is poured straight from the barrel.

How to spend the day: Shop for unique pieces in places special to Barcelona . Start with  Cereria Subirà , the oldest candle shop in the city, crafting traditional wax candles since 1761. Other gems include  La Manual Alpargatera , known for its handmade espadrilles and  La Clinique , specializing in vintage designer sunglasses and exclusive perfumes. I always like to pick up a book in the local language when I'm visiting a city, even if I can't speak it. In Barcelona, I head to Lliberia Calders in Sant Antoni for a great selection of Catalan books, and then to  Café Cometa for an iced-coffee.

Dinner: At local staple Bar Bodega Gol in Sant Antoni, you probably won't see another tourist. It's an unpretentious spot where the walls are lined with wine barrels, and the simple menu showcases the quality of ingredients from across Spain, particularly Galicia. Try the escalivada (roasted vegetables), botifarra (Catalan sausage) or Galician beef. It closes early on a Monday (4.30pm) so if that's too tight for you, try nearby Bandini's a restaurant offering Mediterranean dishes with a Scandinavian twist.

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