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31 Things to Do in Barcelona Spain (+ Epic Local Tips)

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In a city that lives and dies with tourism there’s going to be a lot of scrapping for your money.

From paltry paella propositions in the middle of the street to state sponsored museums that’ll bore you all the way back to the office you’ll need to choose your visits wisely.

So here’s a simmered down list of things to do in Barcelona perfect for city beginners.

Things to Do in Barcelona

the nativity façade of sagrada familia from across the pond at dusk in barcelona

Stand in Awe of Sagrada Familia

Just look at any postcard in the city. This is the crown jewel of Catalan wonder architect Antoni Gaudi‘s architectural empire and one of the most spectacular basilicas in the world.

For those tired of traditional churches you’ll be positively refreshed. The church’s arches are modeled after tree branches and the stained glass here creates a rainbow effect you won’t soon forget.

To fully appreciate it make sure you shell out the extra €12.00 and get a guided tour – the details you’ll be shown unlock the madness and brilliance of the place.

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the view of the city and sea from the mosaic benches at park guell barcelona

Get Some Fresh Air at Park Guell

A dreamy urban park floating above the city which was once a utopian vision of rich industrialist Eusebi Guell in the early 20th century.

It was originally intended to be 60 luxury homes on the city’s most prime piece of land, far away from the smoke stacks of the city. Only three were built. Today the entrance and its ginger-bread house-like porter’s lodge and emblematic mosaic lizard are a highlight.

Tourists sit on the mosaic benches (remember Vicky Cristina Barcelona?) and take in amazing views.

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a group of tourists together on a barcelona walking tour called secrets of the old city with guide alvaro garza

Learn the City with a Local

There’s no better way to get your hand on the pulse of the history, the current political situation, and the future of Barcelona than with a 2.5 hour Gothic Quarter tour (video here) with a pro.

That pro is one of the best guides in the business: local Texan Alvaro.

Prepare to be ‘edu-tained‘ with secrets of the old city at La Rambla, Boqueria Market, Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça Sant Felipe Neri, Augustus Temple, the Jewish Quarter, and much more.

You’ll also get an old Picasso haunt, one of Barcelona’s sweetest snack stops, and street art galore.

Tours run daily at 10:00 am and last around 2.5 hours.

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children take cover from the fire of a corre foc fire run at the merce festival in barcelona spain

Hit up a Barrio Festival

When Barcelona looks for fun things to do it usually cuts off the streets from traffic, puts up a stage with live music, and gets the wine and music flowing.

The eccentric European block parties that honour patron saints, long-dead political prisoners, and even local green onions are the closest a tourist can get to real Barcelona.

I’ve got a list in my Barcelona events calendar but the biggest two of the year are La Festa Major de Gracia (in August) and La Mercè (in September).

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Revel in a Rooftop Concert at Casa Batllo

How many world class attractions hold a carefully selected concert series for the general public on their spectacular rooftop terrace? Not many.

From June till October the blues, rock, soul, jazz, swing, pop and flamenco shows under the Barcelona night offer arguably the most intimate and aesthetically pleasing venues for music in the entire world.

Basic tickets include a visit to the house and one drink.

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Go for Tapas

Ever been to restaurant and can’t decide what to order? Then Spain is for you.

These small-portioned savory snacks are ordered in the city’s amazing tapas bars in rounds of 5 or 6 and are shared by friends over cañas (a small draft beer).

Patatas bravas (pictured) and pan con tomate (crispy bread rubbed with tomato and garlic) are automatic – but pulpo a la gallega (octopus with potatoes and paprika) and gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) are where dreams are made.

My current favourite place to take visitors in 2020 are gourmet tapa gods Season – I like it so much that I’ve set up a discounted tasting menu.

Flirt With Flamenco

The most folkloric Spanish art form grabs your attention with its cante (singing), baile (dance), toque (guitar playing), palmas (clapping), jaleo (vocalizations), and pitos (snapping).

A typical flamenco recital mixes passion and tranquility with a festive and resistant mood that can bring audience members to tears. The push/pull dynamics of the performers entice and resist simultaneously.

Barcelona’s top flamenco show is found at the Palacio del Flamenco.

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Have a Vermut

It’s not just a tradition… it’s a lifestyle! This tasty and inexpensive wine is fortified with all sorts of spices and botanicals like cinnamon and chamomile.

One of the great cheap things to do at only €1.50 or so each.

Tradition holds that one must consume (at least) one at la hora del vermú (vermut time, 12 noon) before eating lunch. It’s as sacred as the Spanish siesta so if you’re looking to fit in – drink up!

Don’t be afraid to order this drink (pronounced bear-MOOT) at any time of the day though – just make sure it comes with an anchovy-stuffed olive and a slice of orange.

I go for mine at Tasca El Corral.

a pedestrian bridge in the barrio gotico barcelona

Get Lost in the Gothic Quarter

The oldest neighbourhood in Barcelona Spain dates back to the city’s founding as a Roman military camp in 15 BC. You’ll still see some of the original walls as part of the Barcelona Cathedral.

Most of the area is cut off from cars and that means winding roads and tight alleyways opening up into majestic squares like Plaça Reial, Plaça del Pi, Plaça George Orwell, and Plaça de la Seu.

Nowadays it’s a hot spot for some of the city’s best bars.

the chimneys on the rooftop at casa mila la pedrera

Check Out Casa Mila

Another surreal mansion right in the heart of some of the best shopping in Barcelona Spain.

This unconventional Antoni Gaudi apartment block built for the city’s richest industrialists is without a straight line and more wobbling jell-o than building. From above it’s actually built in an asymmetrical 8 shape.

It’s also possibly the most spectacular roof terrace you’ll ever see with its 28 guardian warrior chimney stacks that are more Darth Vader than anything else!

Maybe they’ve got a holiday apartment for rent on floor 3, doesn’t hurt to ask 🙂

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Go Full Mediterranean with a Scooter Share

Getting a scooter in Barcelona means freedom.

On weekends there’s nothing better than taking a ride to a sunny hillside or quiet beach where public transport can’t bring the masses.

I like using Yego: the stylish electric Vespas unlocked and started with a swipe of an app. You can be up and running in a matter of minutes and their live support is top notch.

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Put Down Some Paella

This classic rice dish from Spain was invented by servants using the leftovers from royal banquets – and you’ll feel like royalty by the fork full!

Though technically from nearby Valencia (where the rabbit and chicken version reigns supreme) you’ll find the mixed seafood paella to be the go-to for Barcelona paella restaurants.

For couples visiting Barcelona this is a great option as it’s usually served in portions of 2.

Make sure to scrape the soccarat (toasted, scorched rice) off the bottom of the pan – flavour town!

a view of the pitch at camp nou barcelona

Kick Around Camp Nou

Arguably the most historic football stadium in Europe and home to FC Barcelona.

Visiting the stadium means living the glory through overloaded trophy cases and an interactive museum offering a Mecca-like experience for football fans.

If you take a tour you can even walk onto the field yourself via the players tunnel, seeing 4 Champions League trophies, sitting in the visitor’s dressing room, and Messi’s Ballon d’Ors.

Here in football season? Messi and co. is a must see so get yourself some tickets.

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the exterior of casa vicens barcelona

Contemplate Casa Vicens

Any self respecting tourist looking to check off a huge chunk of the top things to do will be seeing the Gaudi trifecta: Sagrada, Batllo, and Mila.

But what if you’re such a big fan of the man that you want to go back to his humble beginnings? The only recently available to the public (as of 2017) summer chalet Casa Vicens will get you there.

With a €14.00 price tag this is probably the cheapest way to experience Gaudi’s genius – and the lush garden, terracotta tiled rooftop, and Turkish and Oriental influenced Noble Floor will make you glad you did.

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Get a Degree in Wine

Anybody can drink the stuff, but how many get educated at the same time? You’ll do that on your way to a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification right here in Barcelona.

You’ll get globally certified on production methods, regional differences, and how to taste wines to separate contenders from pretenders.

The knowledge at Rack & Return and their guru Fintan is amazing.

Just make sure you study for the test!

a ton of tourists looking for things to do on the rambla barcelona

Walk Las Ramblas

This is easily Barcelona’s most famous street and one of those top places you should visit at least once in your lifetime. Here you’ll find an explosion of bars, street artists, and souvenir shops.

While this is in fact tourist trap central you can cut to the chase by finding Gaudi’s lanterns in the picturesque square Plaça Reial.

In Pla de l’Os you’ll find a brilliant pavement mosaic by Joan Miro – the site of the city’s old gate.

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Chow Down at La Boqueria Market

Easily Barcelona’s best market.

The quality of the fruit, meat, and fish here will amaze you and its infectious energy is something to be seen: don’t leave before trying one of their delicious €1.00 smoothies.

Looking for a meal with market fresh ingredients? Grab the fried eggs with baby squid at El Quim de la Boqueria or get adventurous with the garbanzo beans and blood sausage at Bar Pinotxo.

fernando botero's cat in raval barcelona spain

Get Cultured in El Raval

For those looking to truly discover the city you need to see a bit more than just the main attractions and postcard streets – so why not do it in Barcelona’s most unique and diverse neighbourhood?

El Raval offers skateboarders, cheap cocktail bars (along Carrer de Joaquín Costa), epic ethnic food, and modern museums like the CCCB.

Make sure to walk the famous Rambla del Raval to see Botero’s Cat (above).

a nighttime showing of the magic fountain barcelona

See a Magic Fountain Show

If you’re looking for stuff to do in Barcelona without paying this is it. This enchanting fountain and light show uses 3620 water jets and 4760 lights to create over 7 billion combinations.

The show is set to beautifully choreographed music ranging from classic to swing to modern hits. Just make sure you gauge the wind before picking your spot – you might get soaked!

Shows go Thursday to Saturday (Sunday in high season) and you can get all the info on my article on Barcelona’s Magic Fountain Show.

a poster of the picasso museum barcelona

Peep the Picasso Museum

Arguably the most important Picasso museum in the world.

If you’re looking to fill up an afternoon, especially when it rains, you can start with over 4000 permanent pieces of his art. Here it mostly showcases the early years of the world-renown artist when he was based in Barcelona.

Make sure to have a coffee at Els Quatre Gats, one of the top places in Barcelona for modernist artists of the time.

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the brilliant blue interior stairwell at casa batllo barcelona

Admire Casa Batllo

A colourful mosaic mansion whose every last detail down to the doorknobs was designed by Antoni Gaudi. Visiting Barcelona without at least passing by this modernist landmark is criminal.

Here it’s a constant ode to nature with jaw bone balconies, mushroom-shaped smoke vents, and tropical fish based radiators.

The ceramic tile shards on the facade (a style known as trencadis) were taken from broken cups at local factories to create a unique colour play.

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Discover Spain at Poble Espanyol

Here’s what to do in Barcelona if you want to see all of Spain in one afternoon.

Built for the 1929 World’s Fair, this mock Spanish town has 117 full-scale replica buildings representing the architecture of all 15 of Spain’s regions.

Here you can see the emblematic white streets of Andalucia, Pre-Roman Austurias, and all sorts of Castillian classics.

It also has over 20 artisan craft shops for some great jewelery, handbag, and glass shopping.

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Gear Down in Ciutadella Park

Barcelona’s biggest park is a great picnic spot for those looking for an outdoor escape but want a break from the beach.

Here you’ll find a ton of open space, the zoo, and a great artificial lake for rowboat rides.

I also suggest heading up La Cascada (pictured) which is a fountain loosely based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome. From here you’ve got a bird’s eye view of the park’s personality – which also includes a ton of musicians, street artists, and the odd marijuana brownie salesman.

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Marvel at MACBA

The modern art museum.

If you want things to see in Barcelona you’ll get it with over 5000 pieces from well known 20th century artists. Check out the mesmerizing photography, sculpture, painting and more.

Discounts can be had by buying the Articket BCN museum discount card.

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The Barcelona Cathedral

Another great sight that costs nothing: this fantastic neo-Gothic cathedral is notable for its gargoyles and domestic and mythical animal rooftop. It is dedicated to the co-patron Saint of Barcelona Eulalia, who was martyred by the Romans in 303 AD.

A must see is the cloister that is home a small garden with orange and almond trees, a pond, and 13 geese – one for each year of life lived by Eulalia.

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Rides With a View at Tibidabo

Of all the fun things to do in Barcelona this is the only one at the top of a mountain.

Tibidabo offers some incredible views from the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church – not to mention the super geeky retro amusement park with 100 year old Ferris Wheel that’s the perfect spot to visit with family.

Get up their with the super, almost San Francisco-like Tramvia Blau for extra extra effect.

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Take in a Concert at Palau de la Musica

This modernista music palace with golden-age acoustics is the best place for music lovers to take in some opera, Flamenco, or even a symphony.

The explosion of colour and chandelier centre piece (pictured) are world class.

If you’re interested in seeing a show check out the calendar of events.

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Get Elevated at Turó de la Rovira – “The Bunkers”

The highest point (560 feet) above metro Barcelona was once an anti-aircraft bunker defending the city against Spanish Civil War bombings.

Today it’s a great museum and picnic spot with an insane panoramic view and a great option for budget conscious nature lovers. For young adults this is the weekend hangout spot.

It’s now one of the most interesting things to do on lazy Sunday.

Grab bus 22 from Plaça Catalunya and get off at the last stop.

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Take a Trip to the Dali Museum

This fantastic museum dedicated to the surrealist genius Salvador Dali actually finds itself 140 km from Barcelona in his hometown of Figueres.

It’s a can’t miss for fans of the man and insanity in general.

Two favourites here are the Spectre of Sex Appeal (1932) and The Basket of Bread (1945).

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Sit and Sip the Squares of Gracia

One of Barcelona’s best neighbourhoods is full of cool décor bars, quirky shops, and street musicians. The bohemian atmosphere makes it the top place for a coffee or beer in squares like Plaça del Sol, Plaça Vila de Gracia, Plaça de la Virreina and Plaça de la Revoluciò.

A great outdoor spot with homemade tapas is Sol Soler.

The vibes here are as local as it gets and it’s one of the great things to do on Sunday.

the casa de les punxes exterior spires

Wine + Rooftops at a Catalan Castle

Casa de les Punxes and its six pointed, needle-like towers stabbing the sky was built by industrialist Bartomeu Terradas Brutau for his three sisters.

It’s actually three distinct buildings in one. It was designed with the help of Gaudi contemporary Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who was inspired by the medieval castles of northern Europe.

You can get a fully immersive audio guide visit plus access to the exclusive Noble Floor and a glass of cava on its ritzy rooftop for just €16.00.

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Montserrat

Nature offers a great escape from the urban hustle at 1236 meters: the highest point in the Catalan Lowlands. Here you get the most breathtaking jagged mountains around.

Some highlights are the Benedictine monastery and its Black Madonna statue, while the less religiously-inclined usually head to the Sant Jeroni lookout.

If you’re not up for the mountains there are a ton of other Barcelona day trip options.

Make sure to check out my article dedicated to Montserrat for more visiting info.

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Get at Me in the Comments Below

If my list of things to see in Barcelona Spain just wasn’t enough then tell me – what exactly are you looking for?

Any questions about your Barcelona holiday will be answered in the comments – in the meantime let me know what worked for you and what didn’t so we can get this list as fine-tuned as possible.

Also don’t be afraid to join the Barcelona attractions discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

Gracias 🙂

38 comments
  • February 12, 2019 at 5:50 am
    Joanne Brandley
    Hi Ash, We are traveling to Barcelona pre tour at the end of May and have 3 full days prior to our tour. Do you think it is possible to do the following in one day on the Hop On Hop off buses, and in what order would you suggest to do. We will be doing La Sagrade Familia with our tour group, and will spend our first day after a late breakfast heading down to the waterfront, beaches and marina, Then a walking and Tapas tour in the Evening. We will also do Montserrat on a separate day as I believe that this is a full day in itself. Paul Guell - Do English speaking Tour Camp Nou - Do tour Case Batllo - Tour Visit Bullring Magic Fountain Light Display Thanks for your help and any other advise that you can offer.
    • February 12, 2019 at 11:04 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Joanne, That sounds like a great plan you've got cooked up :) As far as the day in question is concerned I just wanted to ask... by the 'bullring' what are you referring to? There are two in different parts of the city so it's hard for me to get a grip on this. That said, if you're referring to Las Arenas which is right near the Magic Fountain then this itinerary sounds pretty much perfect. You'll be able to get it all done on the Bus Turistic and it won't be all that stressful. Each of these tours will last about 90 minutes plus you'll have maybe 30-40 minutes to get to the next place. My only advice though is to start fairly early so you're not rushed and have plenty of time for lunch or a coffee break or whatever. Also, I would probably start with Park Guell and work my way down since it's so nice up there in the morning. Ash
  • November 18, 2018 at 8:25 pm
    Connie Morreale
    Ash, I won't bore you with the details of our timeline, but I am going to list what we have on tap. I still have one full free day that has nothing on it except Las Ramblas / la Boqueria. Unless it is a major BIG deal, we really don't want to so another museum. Your blog is extensive and I am almost overwhelmed by the options. Can you give me 2-5 suggestions of what to do on our last day (it will be a Tuesday) to help me narrow my options? Sagrada Familia Parc Guell Casa Battlo Casa Mila (exterior only) Picasso museum Magic Fountains Plaça de Catalunya Barri Gòtic Picasso Museum / Cafés El Magnífico arc d triumph wine tour to 3 wineries including Freixenet poble-espanyol w/ flamenco dinner Walking is no problem Was going to include the Chocolate museum but read some meadicore reviews.
    • November 19, 2018 at 10:07 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      I haven't heard much good about the Chocolate Museum only that kids really love it for the workshops (and of course the chocolate!). One thing I see missing is a visit to the fisherman's neighbourhood of Barceloneta. I recommend taking a walk through and really getting the whole Barcelona experience. I've got a guide on visiting here. Also you can't go wrong covering more of Montjuic. Taking the teleferic is a really cool, if a bit scary, experience with a view. Other than this it looks like you've got all the main stuff covered! Ash
      • April 28, 2019 at 2:25 am
        Debbie
        Hi Ash Your website is fantastic, thank you, its helped so much. I'm still unsure on the best option for transport, Haha, but I'll figure it out! My first question is about advice on places to eat please; we're looking for nice vegetarian friendly options. We're staying in the gothic quarter near the waterfront/wax museum area. Also, we are there for a long weekend, arriving Friday evening and leaving mid morning Monday so only really two full days to explore. We don't want to spend the whole time rushing about cramming it all in as it's my partners 40th birthday so we will want a relaxed time to enjoy it (not that she even knows we are coming yet! Shhhh). I'd like to do Sagrada familia and parc guell but is it possible to do this and enjoy both properly in one day, do you think? We don't really want to do a tourist bus as we like walking and exploring, and sitting in cafes, haha! but those two places seem far away from our hotel. Any other advice on a 'must see/do' within easy reach, as we'd also probably want to spend some time chillaxing on the beach if the weather is nice (we arrive next weekend). Sorry for the long comment, any advice, including best travel option for us, greatly appreciated. Thanks
      • November 19, 2018 at 2:34 pm
        Connie Morreale
        sounds like we will have a leisurely day then and can take our time enjoying those two suggestions.
  • September 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    Dina Patel
    This is great. I cannot recommend Barcelona Private Experiences enough as they specialise in high-end tours. We said to them that we were interested in Yacht tours and experiencing the private jet too, so they designed a custom itinerary where we got to experience these and Barcelona's gastronomy, festivals and shopping too. https://www.barcelonaprivateexperiences.com/
  • June 29, 2018 at 10:28 pm
    Kate
    Thanks so much for your awesome information!! I was interested in a concert at Palau de la Musica. How do you purchase tickets and do you choose seats? TIA for your help. I am sure you will be hearing from me often. We plan to spend 2 weeks :-)
    • June 30, 2018 at 10:40 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Kate, Thanks so much for the kind words. You can buy tickets (and choose your seats) for all the concerts at the Palau de la Musica using the official website: http://www.palaumusica.cat/en/programme_314?subset=upcoming Cheers, Ash
  • June 19, 2018 at 12:05 am
    Joe
    Hi Ash, Hope all is well! Can really use your help planning my itinerary.I will be in barcelona for 3 days july 2-5th. How do i get to hotel from the main airport(bcn), the hotel i am staying in is hotel arts(Marina 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain). some of the recommendations of the places to go to are below- is there something i am missing?can you help me structure it where i do everything that is close to each other together. sagradia familia montujic castle arc de triumf park de la citadela park guell picasso museum case mila base bastillo water ofuntain show casa batloo camp nou experience las ramblas If there is something i am missing/ places that may be too far/ too much/ unnecessary since i have such a short time, please let me know as well. If yo ucan recommend how long i would need in each place and travel time between that would be great too. i dont want to pack my day too much and miss out on all the great sights and the enjoyment Thanks!
    • June 19, 2018 at 2:28 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Joe, Outside of taking a taxi the next best bet would be to grab the Aerobus to Plaça de Catalunya, walk over to the Urquinaona metro station (about 3 minutes), and then take the yellow line of the metro to Ciutadella - Villa Olimpica. From here it's a 5 minute walk. You've got quite a bit on your plate there... most if not all of these are included in my 3 day itinerary: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/3-days-in-barcelona/ I would follow this to give it some structure and then throw in Ciutadella Park and Arc du Troimf in a brisk morning walk from your hotel (it'll be about 25 minutes) on your way to the metro. You could even throw in the Picasso museum to this because it's very near the park/arch. This would be optimal on day 2 of the itinerary since you could easily walk into the Gotico after. Aside from this I think you'd be overdoing it trying to incorporate anything else, you'll need time for improvisation and little issues that always pop up... but yeah, that's a solid list you've got :) If you're looking for events I've got a list of July ones here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/events-in-barcelona-in-july/ Also, make sure if you're visiting to buy the attraction tickets online in advance to skip the lines using either the City Pass or individually. Ash
  • April 13, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    Rina Patel
    Hi Ash, Our itinerary is as following and we need help deciding where to stay April 30 and May 1st of our trip. Should we come back to Barcelona or go to Mallorca? We've heard Mallorca is amazing so want to go but we also want last three nights to be free of packing/unpacking. 23-Apr Barcelona (Land at 12:30 pm) 24-Apr Barcelona (Hop on and off bus) 25-Apr Barcelona (La Sagrada at 3 PM, Parc Guell at 6 PM) 26-Apr Seville (Leave at 10:00 AM from Barcelona) 27-Apr Seville 28-Apr Granada 29-Apr Granada 30-Apr Mallorca? or Barcelona? 1-May Mallorca? or Barcelona? 2-May Barcelona (get to Barcelona at 10 PM if going to Mallorca) 3-May Flight back to US at 6 PM thank you so much!!!
    • April 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Rina, I have limited experience with Mallorca (and in high season at an all inclusive resort) so perhaps I'm not the best person to say, but at the end of April and early May I hear it's a great place to relax with temperatures finally starting to creep up. The travel to Barcelona is a breeze but yes, if lugging around big suitcases it could be a bit of a haul. If you guys found reasonable flight prices with times that would allow you to spend the most possible time there I say go for it. Especially if you feel you've covered what you want to see in Barcelona on the first round. It looks like you'll still have some time on the last day to squeeze in any last minute stuff too. Maybe I'm just saying that because I'm always a 'see as much as possible' guy, but hey... you asked! :) Let me know how you get on. Ash
  • April 2, 2018 at 9:13 am
    Sathya Vishwanath
    Hi Ash, I can see why one falls in love with Barcelona! Enchanting, indeed. Having taken the city pass and looking at the weather today, we thought of taking the bus tour and are looking to combine it with one or two attractions such as Casa Batlo. Have you written on estimates of time for each attraction. of course, I understand it would be dependent on what one wants from it. We are flying back this saturday. Kind Regards
    • April 2, 2018 at 11:56 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hello Sathya, For the major attractions like Sagrada, Casa Batllo, and Park Guell I recommend 90 minutes but for other attractions like markets or Gaudi's 'secondary masterpieces' like Casa Vicens I say about an hour. Again, it depends how deep you want to explore and if you get audioguides and really want to take it all in etc. If you have any specific attractions in mind please let me know but general rule of thumb is 60-90 min. Ash
  • September 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm
    Elizabeth
    Hi Ash, its me again :) any wine/ cava tours that you would recommend in Oct? the harvesting season is already over right? Cheers!
    • September 4, 2017 at 7:01 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi again Elizabeth :) Wineries and these type of tours aren't really my forte but I've had readers tell me they had a great time doing the 'wine and cava bus' that takes you to three wineries, covers some of the countries top wines, and ends in Freixenet which is a legendary cava producer in the region. For three separate guided tours plus transport and wine/cheese etc it's also great value. You can check it out here. I would reserve comments on others since I don't have much experience otherwise. But yes regardless of harvest season these tours run year-round :) Ash
  • July 23, 2017 at 7:18 pm
    Christina Odeh
    Thank you so much for all of this information!! We will be staying in Sant Just Desvern, and I am not sure that the travel cards will make sense if we are so far away. We are debating on renting a car or using public transportation. Any thoughts on what attractions might be best for us that aren't too far away on public transportation?
    • July 24, 2017 at 9:33 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Christina, First off thanks for the compliments! Glad I could help :) The good news is Barcelona's Zone 1 coverage extends even beyond Sant Just so you'll be able to use the standard/cheapest transport passes should you like. If you take Tram T3 you can get to Barcelona fairly quickly but it won't get you terribly central. Along the way there unfortunately aren't many attractions. You'd be in good position to visit the Camp Nou Stadium as it's more or less along the tram line. You'll also be able to do some good shopping at L'illa Diagonal. You're also 'only' about 5 kilometers from the attractions at Mount Tibidabo (there's a cool basilica plus a cool retro amusement park and some of the best views of the city). After that though the attractions are slim unless you change to the green line of the metro from the tram at Zona Universitaria. From here on in you can get to most major attractions in about 20 minutes. Calculate about 50 minutes to and hour to get super central. The unfortunate (or perhaps fortunate) thing about central Barcelona is that it's not very car friendly. In fact the city is constantly taking measures to discourage driving. I only really recommend renting a car for big trips outside of the city to the Costa Brava etc. For sightseeing central in neighbourhoods where cars can't go or beaches where parking spaces are impossible this time of year I just don't know. The transport covers so much and is so efficient that I wouldn't recommend the added stress this time of year. That said, I don't know your travel arrangements, with who, what you intend to visit etc. and could be completely wrong. I only wish you could have written sooner so we could have found you some accommodation that's a bit better for sightseeing. That said it's all relative. If you were 50-60 minutes from the centre in a city like London or Paris it'd be no problem. So let's enjoy it anyway! ;) You'll be fine... a little extra travel lets you see parts of the city most tourists don't and lets you rest your feet a little more on transport! Any more questions I am here :) Ash
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