This is a sample itinerary for our  4 Days in Barcelona.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)

DAY 1 - OLD TOWN

9AM

RAMBLA & BOQUERIA MARKET

A lovely stroll

9AM

If your trip dates allow for it, we recommend that in your first day you explore the lively Rambla, a famous vibrant street home to the magnificent Boqueria Market, for many the best marketplace in the world.

GOTHIC QUARTER

The origins of Barcelona

10AM

In the Gothic Quarter you’ll learn how the Romans founded Barcelona 2000 years ago, and how in the middle ages Barcelona experienced its first period of splendor with the Gothic style. You’ll walk around medieval plazas and alleys, see Roman ruins as well as the Royal Palace, the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat Government building.

CATHEDRAL OF ST. EULALIA

Gothic Architecture
You will also have the opportunity to visit the Gothic Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Holy Cross, with its historical wooden choir, artistic chapels, the crypt where Saint Eulalia is buried, and also an picturesque cloister where 13 geese live.

CALL

Medieval Jewish Section
Or if you prefer, we’ll show you the Call (Medieval Jewish Section). Despite the attacks suffered in 1391, it’s still a highly atmospheric area with a fascinating although sad history. Here is located the oldest synagogue in Europe.

BORN DISTRICT & PICASSO MUSEUM

History & Art

11.30AM

Next you’ll explore the Born district, a hip fashion area full of cafés, tapas bars and unique shops. Here stands the elegant church of Santa Maria del Mar with its gorgeous stained glasses. To finish the tour, you’ll visit the Picasso Museum skipping lines with your guide. There you’ll learn about Picasso’s youth and his evolution until he became a famous master, as well as what he did at the end of his life.

1PM

When the tour is over, your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel, or help you find somewhere for lunch in the area that is packed with great tapas bars.

OPTIONAL

  • Book 1 extra hour to walk around the Ciutadella Park and the Arch of Triumph.
  • Book 2 extra hours to enjoy a paella lunch at the end of this Old Town Tour or to visit the Roman ruins of the Museum of History of Barcelona.

DAY 2 - GAUDI SITES

9AM

Either you are meeting your guide directly in the city center or at your own location, your tour will start with an introduction about Gaudi’s timeframe, linking it to the Industrial Revolution, the arrival of Modernism (Art Nouveau) and the creation of the Eixample District.

CASA MILA / LA PEDRERA

The Stone Quarry

9.15AM

Today you’ll start your visit in the Eixample district and the elegant Passeig de Gràcia boulevard, where Casa Milà is located. We’ll take you inside: discover why this building is also called La Pedrera, go up to its amazing rooftop to admire the city views and its unusual chimneys, visit their exhibit on Gaudi’s technique, then the apartment decorated with antiques from the early 1900’s.

10.30AM

PARK GÜELL

Fairy-tale Land

10.45AM

A short ride will take you to the North of the city to visit Park Güell, another Gaudí masterpiece: a failed project of a walled community has become now a whimsical park famous for its mosaics.

11.30AM

SAGRADA FAMILIA CHURCH

Unbelievable

11.45AM

The last stop of the tour will be the breathtaking Sagrada Familia church, where Gaudi worked for the last 43 years of his life. Still not finished, the inside was finally dedicated in 2010 and it doesn’t look like any other church you’ve seen before. It will definitely be the highlight of your whole trip!

1PM

At the end of the tour, if you booked a taxi tour, your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions back to your hotel or somewhere for lunch. Or you might decide to stay inside the Sagrada Familia (or last site visited) and continue enjoying it on your own.

If you booked a chauffeured tour, you’ll be dropped off back to your hotel or apartment, or at some local restaurant for lunch on your own.

OPTIONAL

  • Add one extra hour to enjoy a lovely tapas lunch.
  • Add two extra hours to visit also the Hospital of St. Pau by Domenech i Muntaner or the inside of Casa Batlló.

DAY 3 - MONTJUIC HILL

10AM

1929 WORLD FAIR

Entering the mountain

10.15AM

The last of your 3 days in Barcelona covers the Montjuic Hill, that you’ll start exploring from Plaça Espanya, the entrance to the World Fair of 1929, with the former bullring Las Arenas, now a modern shopping mall.

The pavilions built for the World Fair host now trade show events, but you can still visit the reconstruction of the German Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe. Next to it there is the former Casaramona factory, now Caixaforum art center.

CITY VIEWS FROM PALAU NACIONAL

The city at your feet

10.45AM

The impressive building of the National Palace, home to the MNAC museum is also worth a stop: the city views from there are spectacular.

Note that this tour does not include visiting the MNAC museum as it takes too long, but it is possible to add extra hours on request to fit it in.

1992 OLYMPICS

When Barcelona was put on the map

11.15AM

In 1992 another event took place in the Montjuïc Hill: the Barcelona Olympics, a wonderful success. The main sport facilities are still in use and make for a few nice photo opportunities, such as the stylish telecommunications antenna by Santiago Calatrava and the domed stadium Palau Sant Jordi by Arata Isozaki. You can also enter the Olympic Stadium and learn (or recall) how the torch was lit.

OPTION 1

TAPAS LUNCH

Enjoy the local cuisine away from the tourist traps.

OPTION 2

MONTJUIC CASTLE BY CABLECAR

Great choice for families and to enjoy breathtaking city views.

OPTION 3

MIRÓ FOUNDATION

If you are into art, you shouldn’t miss the best collection in the world of this surrealist artist.

2PM

It’s not easy to find taxis up in the Hill, so after visiting your last site you’ll descent either across some scenic gardens downhill or to the funicular, until you reach a busier area where your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel or somewhere to eat.

OPTIONAL

  • Add one extra hour to do 2 of the optional visits.
  • Add two extra hours to do 3 of the optional visits.

DAY 4 - UPTOWN

10AM

FC BARCELONA STADIUM

OPTIONAL

10.30AM

If you have chosen to visit the FC Barcelona stadium, your day will start there. Considered one of the largest stadiums in the world, the visit takes you around all its facilities, including changing room of the visiting team, press conference room, VIP area, field level, commentators booths in the very top of the grades, tribune, and a museum with interactive displays, vintage objects related to the history of the team and of course… the trophies!

12.15PM

DRAGON GATE

Gaudi's hidden gem

12.30PM or 10.30AM

Next, a quick ride will take you North of the Diagonal Avenue into the Pedralbes district, where the Count Eusebi Güell (Gaudi’s best friend and patron) owned a real state. For him the architect built two pavilions that a spectacular metal gate shaped like a dragon.

You’ll get to learn about its symbolism and Gaudi’s relationship with the poet and priest Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer and the Marquis of Comillas, the most richest person in Spain in the late 1800’s.

MONASTERY OF PEDRALBES

A Gothic Treasure

12.45PM or 10.45AM

Next you’ll continue (again, a short drive or 15 minutes walk) to the Monastery of Pedralbes, founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada and built in an elegant Gothic style. It’s one of the few monasteries you can visit within the city limits.

You’ll learn here why often becoming a nun was a liberation and the opportunity to access power and independence if you were a woman in the Middle Ages, and see the spaces where they lived.

1.45PM or 11.45PM

SARRIÀ & PEDRALBES

OPTIONAL

2PM or Noon

If you added extra time for a ride around the exclusive Pedralbes district or to explore Sarrià and eat some tapas there, that’s what you’ll do next.

Pedralbes is the district around the Monastery, with quiet residential avenues lined-up with trees. Here are located prestigious business schools, renowned private hospitals, emblematic consulates… And here live local celebrities such as football players, members of the thigh society and artists.

Sarrià is another up-skilled neighborhood that still preserves a village feel: it only became part of Barcelona in the early 1900’s, and its main street Major de Sarrià is mostly pedestrian. That’s where it’s located a bar that many will consider to serve the very best patatas bravas in town (a famous tapa consisting of fried potatoes with allioli garlic sauce and a relatively spicy oil dressing).

15 minutes

TORRE BELLESGUARD

OPTIONAL

1hr 15min

If you asked to visit Gaudi’s Torre Bellesguard, this will be the last stop of your tour.

The name of this villa up in a hill was means “Beautiful Views”, and indeed, the views over Barcelona are magnificent from there! But that’s not the only thing that should drive you here.

This early Gaudi work is the perfect place to learn more about the architect background and his love for Catalonia, which he expressed in this building through historical symbolism. Its rooftop hides another dragon: maybe the largest in the whole city of Barcelona.

15 minutes

Whatever you visited last, if you booked a chauffeured tour you’ll be taken back to your hotel or back to the city center. 

If you booked a taxi tour, your guide will help you getting a taxi or give you directions to get back to the hotel or find somewhere for lunch on your own.

OPTIONAL

  • Add one extra hour explore the Sarrià district and taste the best patatas bravas in town (walking tours) OR drive around the exclusive Pedralbes district where the wealthy live.
  • Add two extra hours to visit both the FC Barcelona stadium AND Torre Bellesguard.

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