Exploring Barcelona

You’ll be utterly spoiled for choice for things to see and do in Barcelona, which is packed with historical buildings, parks, museums and beaches. Whether you’re coming for a weekend, or want to get to know the city better, these two- and four-day itineraries will help you make the most of your visit.

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Two Days in Barcelona


Day 1

Morning

Stroll along Barcelona’s most celebrated avenue, La Rambla, then dive into the warren of medieval streets that makes up the Barri Gòtic and visit Barcelona Cathedral.

Afternoon

Continue your exploration of Barcelona’s historic heart with a wander around the Born neighbourhood. Visit the Museu Picasso, then see if you can get tickets for an evening performance at the lavish Modernista Palau de la Música Catalana.


Day 2

Morning

Spend the morning marvelling at Gaudí’s incredible Sagrada Família, but make sure you’ve booked tickets online in advance to avoid the long queues.

Afternoon

Ride the funicular up the green hill of Montjuïc to the Fundació Joan Miró, a stunning modern building that is home to a spectacular collection of Miró’s work.


Four Days in Barcelona


Day 1

Morning

Make the day’s first stop the playful, whimsical Parc Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afternoon

Head south to the city’s most iconic building, the Sagrada Família, then take in the Museu Picasso, set in a complex of five interconnected Gothic palaces. Book tickets online in advance to avoid queues at these attractions.

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The vibrant Mercat de la Boqueria is one of Europe’s largest markets for fresh produce, cheese and meat.

Day 2

Morning

Take a stroll along La Rambla, ducking into the Mercat de la Boqueria to admire the dizzying range of produce. Then meander through the medieval lanes of the Barri Gòtic to find Barcelona Cathedral.

Afternoon

Take in the smart boutiques of the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, then visit one of Gaudí’s most remarkable buildings, La Pedrera. In summer, you can book in advance for jazz on its famous undulating rooftop.


Day 3

Morning

Relax in one of the many gardens on Montjuïc, perhaps the charming Jardins Laribel or the leafy groves of Jardins de Miramar, before visiting the Fundació Joan Miró, one of the world’s largest Miró collections.

Afternoon

You’d need more than an afternoon to see every gallery at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, but the Romanesque and Gothic collections are a must. In the evening, enjoy the sound and light show at the Font Màgica.

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The Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s colourful masterpiece, has become an iconic symbol of Barcelona.

Day 4

Morning

Take a tour of the Palau de la Música Catalana, a breathtaking Modernista masterpiece with an eye-popping auditorium.

Afternoon

Check out the contemporary art at the Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA) and Centre de Cultura Contemporània (CCCB), then relax over a coffee on the nearby Rambla del Raval.

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Barcelona’s 13th-century cathedral has a magnificent façade and a quiet cloister.
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