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5-day Barcelona City Guide

Our 5-day Barcelona City Guide shows you a step-by-step time line and itinerary for your stay in Barcelona. Follow it and get the best of your days in the city.

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DAY 1

The first day explores the center of Barcelona and the port. You get a peek into the city's architectural heritage, sense the lively atmosphere of La Rambla and take a walk in the port area.

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Take Subway line 2 or 5 to Sagrada Família station
09:00-10:00 La Sagrada Famí­lia (Church, 12.5 €)

Why visit

  • Barcelona's main tourist attraction
  • The master-work of Antoni Gaudí
  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Read more about La Sagrada Famí­lia
Take a walk to Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau - 15’
10:15-10:30 Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Modernist masterpiece of renowned modernist architect Domènech i Montaner
  • Europe's second oldest hospital that has been continuously used up until now
Read more about Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau
Take Subway line 5 from Hospital de Sant Pau station to Diagonal station (Direction: Cornella) - 15’
10:45-11:45 La Pedrera (Casa Milà) (Museum, 14 €)

Why visit

  • One of Gaudí's most fascinating buildings
  • Rooftop sculpture park
  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Read more about La Pedrera (Casa Milà)
Take a walk to Casa Batlló - 5’
11:50-12:50 Casa Batlló (Museum, 18.15 €)

Why visit

  • One of Gaudí­'s most spectacular buildings
  • Feels like being inside of a jewel
  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Read more about Casa Batlló

Photo: Klaus Dolle

Take a walk to the neighboring building: Casa Amatller
12:50-13:00 Casa Amatller (Monument, 10 €)

Why visit

  • Part of the magnificent building block, Apple of Discord
  • One of the finest examples of modernista architecture
Read more about Casa Amatller

Photo: Klaus Dolle

Take a walk to the neighboring building: Casa Lleó Morera
13:00-13:10 Casa Lleó Morera (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • One of the finest examples of modernista architecture
  • Part of the magnificent building block, Apple of Discord
Read more about Casa Lleó Morera

Photo: javinovo

Lunch time
Take a walk to the Palace of Catalan Music
14:00-15:00 Palace of Catalan Music (Monument, 12 €)

Why visit

  • A moderninst masterpiece from Lluís Domènech i Montaner
  • Guided tour focused on the amazing architecture and history of the place
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
Read more about Palace of Catalan Music

Photo: Klaus Dolle

Take a walk to Plaça Catalunya the starting point of La Rambla - 15’
15:15-15:45 La Rambla (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Favorite walking street of Barcelona
  • Brilliant street entertainers
  • Lively Mediterranean atmosphere
  • Boqueria market is a must for gourmets
Read more about La Rambla

Photo: Anneliez

Take a walk to the Columbus Monument - 5’
15:50-16:05 Columbus Monument (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Commemorates the great explorer
  • Joins La Rambla and Barcelona port
Read more about Columbus Monument
Take a walk to Santa Eulalia Schooner - 10’
16:15-16:45 Santa Eulália Schooner (Park and outdoors, 2.5 €)

Why visit

  • Fine example of early 20th century shipbuilding
  • One of the most important examples of Barcelona's sea heritage
Read more about Santa Eulália Schooner

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Take a walk to Submarine Ictíneo II - 15’
17:00-17:15 Submarine Ictíneo II (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Great engineering achievement
  • Replica of the world's first submarine
Read more about Submarine Ictíneo II

Photo: Kachle

Take a walk to Barceloneta district - 15’
17:30-18:15 Barceloneta neigborhood (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • A neighborhood with unique atmosphere
  • Authentic seafood restaurants
Read more about Barceloneta neigborhood
end of day 1

DAY 2

After enjoying the open air you will visit Barcelona's main church, enjoy the works of Picasso and finish the day with naval history and contemporary art.

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Take Subway line 1 to Arc de Triompf station
09:00-10:00 Ciutadella Park (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • More like an oasis than a typical city park
  • A showcase of landscape and monuments
Read more about Ciutadella Park
Take a walk to Barcelona Zoo - 5’
10:05-12:05 Barcelona Zoo (Park and outdoors, 16.5 €)

Why visit

  • A true gem for animal lovers
  • A must see for families with kids
Read more about Barcelona Zoo
Take a walk to Picasso Museum - 10’
12:15-13:15 Picasso Museum (Museum, 10 €)

Why visit

  • One of the most extensive Picasso collections
  • Great collection of the artist's early works
  • A true Barcelona highlight
Read more about Picasso Museum

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Lunch time
Take a walk to Barcelona Cathedral
14:30-15:15 Barcelona Cathedral (Church, 6 €)

Why visit

  • An amalgam of architectural styles from Gothic through Baroque to 19th-century
  • Unusually lush and lively cloister with white geese
Read more about Barcelona Cathedral
Take a walk to the Contemporary Art Museum - 15’
15:30-16:15 Contemporary Art Museum (Museum, 7.5 €)

Why visit

  • A slew of big-name Spanish and international contemporary artists
  • Excellent temporary exhibits
Read more about Contemporary Art Museum

Photo: Daniel

Take a walk to the University of Barcelona - 10’
16:25-16:40 University of Barcelona (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Graceful and imposing building
  • Shady interior gardens
Read more about University of Barcelona

Photo: modulor

Take Subway line 3 from Catalunya station to Drassanes station (Direction: Zona Universitaria) - 20’
17:00-18:00 Maritime Museum (Museum, 2.5 €)

Why visit

  • A must see for families with kids
  • Extensive model ship collection
  • Great temporary exhibitions
Read more about Maritime Museum
end of day 2

DAY 3

The third day concentrates on the western part of Barcelona. Visit the venue of the 1992 Summer Olympics and meet the most thought-provoking painter of the 20th century.

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Take Subway line 1 or 3 to Espanya station
Change to Bus line 50 from Espanya stop to Av. Marques de Comillas stop (Direction: Parc de Monjuic)
09:00-10:00 Spanish Village (Park and outdoors, 9.5 €)

Why visit

  • Open-air architecture museum
  • Wide variety of architectural styles from all over Spain
Read more about Spanish Village

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Take Bus line 50 from Av. Marques de Comillas stop to Parc de Monjuic stop (Direction: Parc de Monjuic)
Take a walk or the cable car to Montjuic Castle - 30’
10:30-11:30 Montjuïc Castle (Monument, Free)

Why visit

  • Best panoramic view of the city
  • Ancient weaponry on display in the museum
Read more about Montjuïc Castle
Take a walk to Joan Miró Foundation - 30’
12:00-13:30 Joan Miró Foundation (Museum, 9 €)

Why visit

  • Miró was one of Spain's greatest modern painters
  • Most complete collection of the great Catalan artist's works
Read more about Joan Miró Foundation

Photo: libraryhan

Lunch time
Take a walk to the Olympic Stadium
14:30-15:00 Olympic Stadium (Monument, 4 €)

Why visit

  • Home of the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Great place to relax on a sunny day
  • Beautiful surroundings
Read more about Olympic Stadium
Take a walk to the National Art Museum of Catalonia - 20’
15:20-16:50 National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museum, 8.5 €)

Why visit

  • One of the most important medieval art collections in the world
  • Velázquez, Ribera, Zurbarán, El Greco, Dalí and Picasso
  • Housed in the beautiful building of Palau Nacional
Read more about National Art Museum of Catalonia

Photo: Davoud D.

Take Subway line 1 or 3 to Espanya station
After Dusk- Magic Fountain (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • The show is the perfect ending of a busy Barcelona day
  • Spectacular sound and light show
Read more about Magic Fountain
end of day 3

DAY 4

The fourth day explores the northern part of Barcelona. This is the day of sports, amusement and fun science.

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Take Subway line 5 to Collblanc station
10:00-11:30 FC Barcelona Museum and Camp Nou Stadium (Museum, 19 €)

Why visit

  • Home of FC Barcelona, one of the most successful soccer teams
  • Barcelona's most visited museum
Read more about FC Barcelona Museum and Camp Nou Stadium

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Take Subway line 5 from Collblanc station to Verdaguer station (Direction: Horta)
Change to Subway line 4 from Verdaguer station to Joanic station (Direction: Trinitat Nova)
Change to Bus line 116 from Escorial-Sant Lluís stop to Larrard-Olot stop - 45’ in all
12:15-13:15 Güell Park (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • Quite possibly the most fascinating urban park in the world
  • Beautiful panoramic view
  • Extraordinary designs by Gaudí
  • Part of UNESCO World Heritage Site
Read more about Güell Park
Lunch time
Take Subway line 3 from Lesseps station to Diagonal station (Direction: Zona Universitaria)
Change to FGC Train line 7 from Provença station to Avinguda del Tibidabo station (Direction: Avinguda del Tibidabo)
Change to Blue Tram (Tramvia Blau) from Avinguda del Tibidabo stop to Plaça del Funicular stop
Change to Funicular from Plaça del Funicular stop to Tibidabo stop - 50’ in all
15:05-15:25 Temple of the Sacred Heart (Church, Free)

Why visit

  • Breathtaking view on the city
  • A recognizable Barcelona symbol with its enormous Christ statue
Read more about Temple of the Sacred Heart

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Take a walk to Tibidabo Amusement Park - 5’
15:30-18:00 Tibidabo Amusement Park (Park and outdoors, 25.2 €)

Why visit

  • Small but fun amusement park
  • A great mix of modern and old-fashioned rides
  • A must for families with kids
Read more about Tibidabo Amusement Park
Take the Funicular from Tibidabo stop to Plaça del Funicular stop
Take a walk to CosmoCaixa Science Museum - 30’ in all
18:30-20:00 CosmoCaixa Science Museum (Museum, 3 €)

Why visit

  • Interactive museum
  • A must see for families with kids
  • Splendid Amazonian rainforest
Read more about CosmoCaixa Science Museum
end of day 4

DAY 5

On this day you leave Barcelona. You visit a place with beautiful nature, breathtaking views, art, culture and spirituality. You finish your Barcelona stay by relaxing on the sandy beach.

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Take Train line R5 from Espanya train station to Montserrat Aeri train station
Change to Cablecar to Montserrat monastery
08:00-16:00 Montserrat Monastery (Monument, 23.1 €)

Why visit

  • Breathtaking panoramic views
  • One of the best fine arts museums in Spain
  • A place where art, culture and nature are at their best
  • This day trip will surely be unforgettable
Read more about Montserrat Monastery
Take Cablecar towards Montserrat Aeri train station
Change to Train line R5 from Montserrat Aeri train station to Espanya train station
17:00-19:00 Barcelona Beaches (Park and outdoors, Free)

Why visit

  • There is no better way of relaxing after the tiring city tour
  • Sandy beaches
Read more about Barcelona Beaches
end of day 5

 

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