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Barcelona 4 Day Itinerary

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  • Barcelona City Tours
  • Picasso Tours
  • Kid friendly
  • Lenght: Half Day
  • Lenght: Multiple Days
  • Transp: Chauffeured
  • Transp: Walking & Taxi

FC BARCELONA STADIUM: Optional on the Uptown Tour

MIRÓ FOUNDATION: Optional on the Montjuic Tour

MONTJUIC CASTLE: Optional on the Montjuic Tour

TORRE BELLESGUARD: Optional on the Uptown Tour


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BARCELONA IN 4 DAYS

Are you in Barcelona during four days? Do you want to spread your sightseeing, so you can take the most out of your days here and still have time on your own so you don’t eventually get overwhelmed?

4 days in Barcelona give you plenty of time to explore the city in depth and no rush. We often recommend to spend 3 days in town, then use your last day to go out of town.

But if you’d rather stay in the city, here is our favorite plan for 4 days. Come with us learning about the past and present of Barcelona and visit its top sites. And leave in our hands all the trouble of planning, scheduling and making reservations: we’ll take care of everything. Your private guide will be like a knowledgeable good old local friend… that helps you skip the lines!

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THIS PLAN FOR 4 DAYS COVERS:

DAY ONE – OLD TOWN

  • La Rambla & Boqueria Food Market
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Cathedral of St. Eulalia OR Jewish Section
  • Born District
  • Picasso Museum

DAY TWO – GAUDI SITES

  • Passeig de Gràcia & Block of Disagreement
  • Casa Batlló (outside)
  • Casa Milà / Pedrera (inside)
  • Park Guell (inside)
  • Sagrada Familia Church (inside)

DAY THREE – MONTJUIC HILL

  • Plaça Espanya
  • 1929 World Fair area
  • City views
  • Olympic facilities
  • Miró Foundation OR Cablecar and Castle OR Tapas lunch

DAY FOUR – UPTOWN

  • FC Barcelona Stadium OR Torre Bellesguard
  • Guell Pavilions & Dragon Gate
  • Pedralbes Monastery

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.

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.

OPTIONAL:

Add one extra hour to do 2 of the optional visits.

Add two extra hours to do 3 of the optional visits.

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.

TOURS ITINERARIES:

Barcelona in three days

45 minutes
Walk

START YOUR 4 DAYS IN BARCELONA EXPLORING THE ORIGINS OF THE CITY

If your trip dates allow for it, it’s a great idea to use your first day exploring the lively Rambla, a famous vibrant boulevard with the magnificent Boqueria Market, for many the best marketplace in the world.

Barcelona three day tour

45 minutes
Walk

Next you’ll head to the Gothic Quarter where you’ll learn how the city was founded by the Romans 2000 years ago, and how in the medieval times Barcelona lived its first golden period with the Gothic style. Walk around medieval plazas and alleys, visit Roman ruins, the Royal Palace, the Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat Government building.

3 days in Barcelona Tour

15 to 30 minutes
Walk

If you like churches, we’ll take you visiting the Gothic Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Holy Cross, featuring a historical wooden choir, artistic chapels, the crypt where the tomb of Saint Eulalia lies, and also an picturesque cloister where 13 geese live.

Alternatively, we’ll show you the Call (Medieval Jewish Section). Despite the pogroms suffered in 1391, you’ll be fascinated by its atmospheric area and sad history. Here is also located the oldest synagogue in Europe.

Barcelona in 3 days

2 hours
Walk

The last part of the tour takes you exploring the Born district, a trendy district full of cafés, tapas bars and special shops and the elegant church of Santa Maria del Mar with marvelous stained glasses. Finally, you’ll visit the Picasso Museum, of course skipping lines with your guide. Learn about Picasso’s youth and his evolution and life in Barcelona, then Paris until he became a famous master, and discover also what he did at the end of his life.

Tour three days in Barcelona

15 minutes
Walk

DISCOVER THE WORKS OF ANTONI GAUDI

Ideally, the second day will be devoted to the Gaudi sites (although this is the most flexible itinerary and can work pretty much any day of the week). Walk around the Eixample district and the exclusive Passeig de Gràcia boulevard, and learn how the city started growing after the city walls were demolished.

The Block of Discord displays works of the most important architects of the early 1900’s in Barcelona, including one of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces: Casa Batlló, that you’ll see from outside (unless you prefer to go inside this one and see Casa Milà from outside instead).

2 days in barcelona

1h 15 minutes
Walk

Just three blocks further is Casa Milà, which we strongly recommend to visit inside. You’ll finally understand why some people call this building La Pedrera, admire the city views from a rooftop with very unusual chimneys, visit an exhibit on Gaudi’s technique, plus an apartment decorated with antiques from the early 1900’s.

barcelona in 2 days

45 minutes
Taxi

A short ride will take you uptown to the Park Güell, another Gaudí project. A failed planned community that eventually became this whimsical park famous for its mosaics.

two days in barcelona

1 hour 15 minutes
Taxi

End your tour visiting the breathtaking Sagrada Familia church, where Gaudi worked for the last 43 years of his life. 10 more towers are still missing, but the inside is already completed and it doesn’t look like any other church you’ve seen before. Undoubtedly, the highlight of your entire trip!

15 minutes
Walk

UP THE HILL OF MONTJUIC

Your third day in Barcelona covers the Montjuic Hill, southern limit of the city and one of its green lungs.

Start exploring the area of the World Fair of 1929, with its entrance in Plaça Espanya, and the former bullring Las Arenas, now a modern shopping mall.

While most of the pavilions built for the Fair are now used for trade shows, you can visit the reconstruction of the German Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe. Across the street stands the former Casaramona factory, now the Caixaforum art center.

30 minutes
Walk

Continue up the hill to enjoy the city views from the vantage point of Palau Nacional, home to the Museum of National Art of Catalonia (MNAC). Visiting the museum takes 2 to 4 hours, so it won’t be part of this tour unless you want to book a few extra hours. We can however take you inside to check out the huge Oval Room, where the Opening Ceremony of the World Fair took place.

30 minutes
Walk

Next you’ll get to the Olympic Ring, that gathers most of the 1992 Olympics facilities: Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi by Arata Isozaki and the Calatrava Tower. Here you’ll learn how the Olympics were a huge turning point for the history of Barcelona.

1.5 hours
Walk
Cablecar
Funicular

The second part of the tour is customizable.

Pick one of the following activities:

  • Miró Foundation: Art lovers shouldn’t miss the best collection in the world of this surrealist artist.
  • Cablecar & Montjuic Castle: Another opportunity to keep enjoying breathtaking city views.
  • Tapas lunch: Curious to see where locals eat and how?
This itinerary can also be scheduled in the late afternoon so after the tour you can enjoy the Magic Fountain show on your own.

The Montjuic Fountain show takes place Friday and Saturday in the evening all year around except maintenance works and special events, plus Thursday and Sunday June through September.

2 hours
+ ride

YOUR LAST DAY IN TOWN TAKES YOU EXPLORING THE UPTOWN BARCELONA

This tour is more time-efficient if done as a chauffeured tour, although it can also be done by taxi.

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!

15 minutes
+ ride or walk

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.

1 hour
+ ride

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.

If you visited the FC Barcelona Stadium and aren’t adding extra time, your tour will end here.

45 minutes
approx.

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).

1.5 hours
+ ride

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.

Final itineraries and timings might vary due to many factors (final itinerary, tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)

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ARE THESE TOURS RIGHT FOR YOU?

These tours work great for people with no walking issues, such as adults and families with teens or young adults, staying at least 4 half days in Barcelona and wanting to see everything.

If you are traveling with kids, these itineraries are child friendly. Consider booking chauffeured tours when possible, to keep their energy levels up and their mood good. Also consider if they are early birds or late risers, and if they are likely to get hungry before the end of the tour make sure to bring some snacks. You’ll have the afternoon on your own to relax and do family activities that don’t require a tour guide.

If you’d rather go out of town one day, check out our city itineraries for 3 days and our day trips.

If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair:

  • OLD TOWN: This tour is 100% walking as it takes place in a pedestrian area. There are frequent stops and sometimes it’s possible to seat, and you can also ask the guide to make a coffee break. The area is relatively flat, so the tour can be done with a wheelchair or scooter. Using a driver is doable but it doesn’t save you much walking – it mostly gives you the opportunity to rest when moving from one area of the Old Town to the next (2 rides during the tour, plus the rides from and back to your hotel).
  • GAUDI SITES: Transportation is needed at least to get to Park Güell and Sagrada Familia, but it’s equally time efficient to go by taxi than having a driver (unless you are 4 people or more and need more than one taxi, in which case the logistics are a bit slower compared to a minivan with private driver). The driver, though, provides more comfort. There are short sections of steps in Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, as well as Park Güell. Wheelchairs and people who can’t do stairs require an extra hour to cover the whole itinerary. The Sagrada Familia towers are not accessible for wheelchairs.
  • MONTJUIC HILL: A driver will allow you to move around faster and therefore see more things in comfort. Walking instead allows you to enjoy more being outdoors. Wheelchairs are recommended to get the driver, unless it’s a motorized chair or scooter. People with walking issues are also recommended to get a driver, as otherwise the tour is mostly walking and uphill (with scalators in some areas).
  • UPTOWN:Taxi or a driver will be needed to move from one site to the next. The FC Barcelona Stadium and the Pedralbes monastery are mostly accessible, but the Torre Bellesguard isn’t.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Entrance fees are not included*. Prices range from €8 to €22.5/person and can be paid cash or credit card.
  • Taxi rides are not included on walking tours. Expect at least 1 to 4 rides per day, of around €10 each.
  • If you book the chauffeured option, transportation  will be provided in private Mercedes Viano minivan (upto 6 of you) or Mercedes E Class car (couples), depending vehicle availability, with a dedicated driver. Groups of 7 or more will need larger vehicles at an extra cost.
  • There is no lunch stop planned, unless you specifically book extra time for a tapas lunch (or indicate you want to use the second part of your Montjuic Tour for that).
  • The final order of the itineraries might vary depending on your trip dates, location, transportation, as well as Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability.
  • AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT… To enter the Cathedral you need to cover your shoulders and your skirt or pants must be long to your knee. The dress code at the Sagrada Familia Church isn’t usually too strict, but they have occasionally banned access to people wearing short shorts (closer to their butts than to their knees), deep plunging necklines or open backs.

* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Park Güell, Torre Bellesguard (if requested) and Sagrada Familia in advance, as we’ll need to book them beforehand.

CAN WE CLIMB THE STAIRS AT THE SAGRADA FAMILIA?

Our tours only include the towers upon request. You need to know that:

It is not possible anymore to just climb the stairs: the way up is now only possible by elevator. However, the number of tickets available is restricted to just a few every hour, for an extra fee.

If there is availability, you are given a specific time to get in the line for the elevator (either the one in the Passion façade or the one in the Nativity façade, but not both), and after a 5 to 20 minute wait you finally get in the elevator that takes you to almost the top of the towers. From there you must walk down: it is not permitted to use the elevator to go down anymore. The whole process takes almost one hour, so unless you are OK shortening the rest of the tour itinerary, you should book one extra hour to be able to do the towers.

Do we recommend the towers, though? Only for the adventure of climbing spiral stairs, but not for the views as you’ll get better views from many other city sites. After all, those towers were designed to be bell towers, not vantage points. Also, the way down is narrow and occasionally claustrophobic, and it is definitely not for people scared of heights.

THE TOWERS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS, AND NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG CONDITIONS, CLAUSTROPHOBIA OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS. CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE TOWERS.

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BOOKING INFORMATION

4-DAYS TOUR

DURATION: 4 hours/day

TAXI OPTION:

€295

/day

Taxi rides not included.

CHAUFFEURED OPTION:

€530

/day

Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver

LUNCH

OPTIONAL – Not included

Expect to pay €20-30/person (depending on your order), if you decide to include meals in your tours.

SITE TICKETS

Not included

CHARGED UPON BOOKING:

  • Sagrada Familia Church: €15/person
  • Park Güell: €8.50/person

PAID ON SITE skipping lines:

  • Casa Milà/Pedrera:  €25/person
  • Picasso Museum (8-hr tours): €12/person
  • Monastery of Pedralbes:  €5/person

OPTIONAL – EXTRA HOURS NEEDED:

  • Museum of History (extra hours needed): €7/person
  • Casa Batlló: €28/person
  • Hospital of St. Pau (8-hr tours): €13/person

OPTIONAL – PAID ON SITE:

  • Cathedral: €12/person
  • Medieval Synagogue:  €3/person
  • Mies van der Rohe pavilion: €5/person
  • Miró Foundation: €12/person OR Montjuic Castle: €5/person AND Montjuic Cablecar: Cablecar ( OR tapas lunch)
  • FC Barcelona Stadium: €25/person OR Torre Bellesguard: €9/person

* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.

IMPORTANT

We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.

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Legal Notice

These suggestions for 4 days in Barcelona are not designed packages, but mere suggestions of half day tours that combine well with each other. According to the Catalan law, they are not to be sold under a global price, but individually as separate tours.


Schedule

These tours are:

GAUDI TOUR Available Monday through Sunday
OLD TOWN TOUR Sunday: No visits allowed in the Cathedral of the Old Town and the Boqueria market is closed
Monday: The Boqueria Market is only partially open and the Picasso museum is closed (except May thru September, included).
Afternoons (except Friday and Saturday): The Boqueria Market is only partially open.
MONTJUIC TOUR Monday: The Miró Foundation is closed.
UPTOWN TOUR Not available on Mondays nor in the afternoon (as Torre Bellesguard and the Monastery of Pedralbes are closed).
Sunday: The patatas bravas bar is closed.

Recommended starting times:

Morning Tours: Anytime between 9AM and 11Am
(Uptown Tour: 9.30 to 10AM)
Afternoon Tours: Contact us before booking, to discuss your options.
(Uptown Tour not available)

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Janet B (Houston, Texas, USA)

Lidia is an amazing guide. We spent 4 days with her and enjoyed every moment. She is full of historical, artistic, political knowledge and much more. When you are with a licensed tour guide in Barcelona you get special perks. La Sagrada Familia would have been a different experience (not better) if we had attempted it alone. I can't say enough about Lidia and dealing with Marta at ForeverBarcelona. Simple and pleasurable!