Itinerary for Barcelona Spain

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Spain Country Facts


Country: Spain


Capital: Madrid


Languages: Spanish and Catalan


Time Zone: Central European Time Zone (GMT +01:00)


Weather by season: Winter (high 50’s), Spring (high 50-60’s), Summer (high 70’s), Fall (high 50-60’s)


Currency: Euro


Exchange Rate for the USD: 1 USD = 0.85 Euro (upd. August 2017)


International telephone dialing country code: +34 for Spain


Food they’re known for: Tapas (appetizers), Paella (Valencian rice dish), ham, cured pork


Drinks they’re known for: Cava (sparkling wine), Sangria


Tipping Expectations: 7% Tip is already included at restaurants but if you want to tip more do only 5-10%


Popular Shopping Goods: Ceramics, Espadrilles (shoes with rope soles)


Common Shop Hours: 9am-2pm and 4pm-8pm for an afternoon siesta (nap!)


Taxi Information: There’s no Uber in Barcelona but download the “MyTaxi” app to call a taxi with similar technology

Wifi Cafes in Barcelona to work from

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Tile work at Palau de la Musica Catalana


Hotel/Accommodation Recommendations for Spain

Here are the top five accommodations in Barcelona that are in a convenient location to all the action, have a romantic ambiance, and are rated good enough for you (our fine reader). Take a quick glance at them, book one, and write your booking details in your “Organize the Essentials List” you get by subscribing to our website (do it!).

NameAvg Cost per NightStarsAddress (Neighborhood)Check In TimeCheckout TimeBooking Link
Park Hotel$2203Avenida Marques de Argentera, 11 (Born)3pm12pmBOOK
Andante Hotel$2503Avenida de les Drassanes, 23-25 (Raval)3pm12pmBOOK
Hotel Barcelo Raval$2334Rambla del Raval, 17-21 (Raval)2pm12pmBOOK
Duquesa de Cardona$3184Passeig Colom, 12 (Rambla)3pm12pmBOOK
Serhs del Port$1663Avenida Paralelo, 40 (Raval)3pm11amBOOK
top hotels in Barcelona

If you are looking for a more affordable option, an apartment rental is the way to go. Using Airbnb you can rent an apartment anywhere in the city. You typically don’t get the amenities of a concierge, breakfast, gym, pool, etc so you can get your stay for less than half the price of a hotel. You’ll want to book far in advance to get a great place with good reviews. Be aware, Barcelona isn’t the most Airbnb-friendly city so make sure you have a way of constant communication with your host. Get $40 off your first booking here: BOOK AN AIRBNB

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Transportation Recommendations for Spain

Here are the sources we recommend you use to book transportation within the city. In Barcelona we recommend you walk when possible, ‘app’ a taxi when needed, and use trains from city to city. Renting a car is stressful and difficult in a country where the language and signage is different.

Type (rental car, taxi, train)CompanyWebsite
TaxiMyTaxihttps://us.mytaxi.com/index.html (download the app on your phone)
TrainLoco2www.loco2.com

Booking Recommendations for Spain

In the itinerary’s charts below, you’ll notice we mention “book now” or “book later”. If it says “book now” you truly must book tickets now, months in advance, as it’s a popular thing to do that sells out at peak times. If we say “book later” you could book it just before leaving or you could even just show up to the location and buy tickets that same day.

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Views from the Montjuic Castle


Barcelona Spain Trip Overview


5-7 DAY TRIP


DAY 1 Walk La Rambla


DAY 2 Take the cable car to Montjuic castle | Explore Barceloneta beach area


DAY 3 Visit Sagrada Familia | Visit Gaudi’s Houses in Eixample neighborhood


DAY 4 Beach day | Explore El Born neighborhood


DAY 5 Explore Gracia neighborhood | Explore Gothic Quarter


(DAY 6 optional) Day trip to Tarragona | Explore Sarria and Pedralbes


(DAY 7 optional) Day trip to Montserrat

PS- are you a soccer fan? If you are and it's soccer season you may want to add in Camp Nou to your Barcelona trip!


Trip Details for Barcelona Spain

DAY 1 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Be able to say you walked the most famous street in Barcelona- La Rambla!


Today is all about strolling the charming streets of Barcelona, starting with the most popular one: La Rambla. It is lined with shopping, restaurants, sightseeing, and prime time people watching. Take your time walking this 1.2km street from south to north and making as many stops as you please.


Start at the Monument a Colon which is a 60m tall monument honoring Christopher Columbus who is pointing his finger in the direction of Sicily. You can technically go up to the top lookout tower, but honestly save your viewing glasses. You’ll get better views later in the trip. After that, consider stopping into the Museo Maritim (the world’s largest medieval shipyard) if you’re feeling like a pirate and are into old ships and stuff (ARRR). Then stroll north on La Rambla, pass the characters painted up in crazy ensembles, partake in some souvenir shopping at the street vendors, and then make your next pit stop at the Palau Guell. It is visually best to visit this sculptural 7-story mansion and the room of a hundred columns on a sunny afternoon. Next up, off to the right of La Rambla, is a lively plaza called Placa Reial. It has the Fountain of Three Graces and some food options so it may be a good lunch spot to relax and people watch. Or stop back here another night for jazz or dance performances in the nearby restaurants (recommended in day 6).


After some grazing, catch a tour at the Gran Teatre del Liceu which is an amazing historical and architectural spot, even for those not fond of operas! Lalala! Built in 1848 it has survived three disasters! After being thoroughly amazed, keep walking north and follow your nose. Next up is the Boqueria Market! Here you will find lots of mouth watering snack options including hanging raw meat everywhere. Don’t leave without a fresh fruit smoothie!


Keep moving north and watch out for the Canaletes fountain! It is a black and gold fountain that you most definitely should take a sip out of to signify your promise to return to Barcelona someday. Once you’re feeling hydrated, move to the last stop for the afternoon- Placa de Catalunya. You can’t miss this huge and regal city center square. Take some panoramas and pat yourself on the back for surviving that long but rewarding walk along Laaaaaa Rambla!


It may be time for a nap after that long day of walking. But whenever you’re ready to wind back up, head out on the town for a relaxing dinner. Spend the night with your feet up, relaxing with a delicious spanish sangria in hand. Expect to be dining under the stars as the Spanish eat dinner after 8:30pm. Cheers to a great first day in Espana!

DAY 1 DETAILS

DestinationHoursAddressPriceWebsite
Monument a Colon830am-830pm for the lookoutPlaza Portal de la pauFree to see; 4-5E for the lookout-
Museo Maritim (Museum)10am-8pmAvinguda de les Drassanes3.50E (Free Sundays)WEBSITE              BUY THERE
Palau Guell (Palace)Summer 10am-8pm; Winter 10am-530pm; closed MondaysCarrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-512EWEBSITE  BUY THERE
Placa Reial (Plaza)-Plaza off of La RamblaFree-
Gran Teatre del Liceu (Theater)Everyday from 2-6pm on the hour (45min tour); open 930am wkndsLa Rambla, 51-599E (there is also a 6E half hour tour)WEBSITE    [BOOK NOW]     Click Tours
Mercat de la Boqueria (Market)8am-830pmRambla, 91Free to walk thru; pay for your foodWEBSITE
Font de Canaletes (Fountain)-Rambla de CanaletesFree-
Placa de Catalunya-Placa de CatalunyaFree-

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:


RestaurantHoursType of FoodAddressPriceWebsite
Cafe de l’Opera8am-230amDrinks onlyLa Rambla, 74$WEBSITE
Cafe Viena830am-130amClaim: World’s best sandwichLa Rambla, 115$-
Can Culleretes130-5pm and 9-11pm; closed Sunday nights + all day MondaysSpanishCarrer d'en Quintana, 5$$WEBSITE
La Fonda1-11pm; til 1130pm wkndsSeafood/MediterraneanCarrer dels Escudellers, 10$$$-
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Columbus Monument

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Placa Reial


DAY 2 AT A GLANCE


Today’s Goal to Crush: Be able to say you explored the grounds of the 1640 military fortress called Montjuic.


Today is your day to catch unbelievable views of the city and the coastline from none other than… a cable car! Get to the cable cars early to avoid long lines. They will take you up to the hill in Montjuic. From there you can walk or taxi to the Castle of Montjuic which is a historic fort you must see. Make sure you go to the top of it and see the sundial that was used as the base of the metric system. Plus, don’t miss those 360 degree views of the city.


Once you’ve had your fix of architectural history, move on to the Olympic stadium to walk around the site of the 1992 olympics. There’s a museum and a sports palace there as well. Then the last thing you can consider doing in Montjuic is the Catalonian National Museum of Art if you’re a museum lover. Here you can learn about art from the Romanesque era to the 20th century.


When you’re done in Montjuic, ride the cable cars back to Barceloneta which is the beach area of Barcelona. If you’re feeling some A/C, shopping, and lunch then stop at Port Vell which is a large mall that also has a theatre and aquarium. Sit outside for lunch with views of the marina!


If you’re ready for a nap, relax the rest of the afternoon. But if you’re wanting to explore a park, then Parc de la Ciutadella is the one to see. It’s like New York’s central park. Meander around or chill in the grass. Before you leave, be sure you saw the Arc de Triomf red arches and La Cascada waterfall monument.


Plans for tonight: have a romantic dinner by the beach. So clean up, get on your best beachy outfit, and head to the Port Olimpic area for a night out. Choose a restaurant along the beachwalk to dine at. We highly recommend Aqua which was our favorite meal overall in Barcelona. Afterwards have a “romantic walk on the beach”. Or if a nightclub is more your style, head to the W hotel’s eclipse bar for views of the city at night and music from international DJ’s.

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Montjuic Castle

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Port Vell

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Parc de la Ciutadella

DAY 2 DETAILS

DestinationHoursAddressPriceWebsite
Transbordador Aeri del Port (Cable car)1030am-7pm (check schedule as it varies by season)Av. Miramar S/N11E one way or 16.50E roundtripWEBSITEBUY THERE
Castell de Montjuic (Castle)10am-6/8pm depending on the seasonRonda del Fort Roig, 35E (Free Sundays after 3pm)WEBSITEBUY THERE
Estadi Olimpic (Stadium)Summer 8am-8pm or Winter 10am-6pmPasseig Olímpic, 15-17FreeWEBSITE
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Museum)Tue-Sat 10am-6pm (check schedule as it varies by season)Parc de Montjuic12E (audio guide 4E); free Saturdays after 3pmWEBSITEBUY THERE
Port Vell (w/ Maremagnum Mall)10am-10pmMoll d’Espanya, 5FreeWEBSITE (port)WEBSITE (mall)
Parc de la Ciutadella (Park)Summer 10am-8pm; Winter 10am-6pmParc de la CiutadellaFreeWEBSITE
Port Olimpic (marina)-Edifici Capitanía, S/NFreeWEBSITE

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby Barceloneta:

RestaurantHoursType of FoodAddressCostWebsite
Agua8pm-1130pm dinner Thur-Sun (make reservation for outside)Seafood/MediterraneanPasseig Maritim, 30$$$$WEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
CDLC12pm-5amEclectic AsianPasseig Maritim, 32$$$$WEBSITE
El Vaso de Oro11am-12amTapas & BeerCarrer de Balboa, 6$WEBSITE
Black Lab Brewhouse & Kitchen1pm-1amBrewpubPlaca Pau Vila, 1$$WEBSITE
Torre d’Alta Mar1pm-330pm and 8-1130pm; closed Mon; Sun dinner onlyMediterraneanPasseig Joan de Borbo, 88$$$$WEBSITE
Eclipse Bar6pm-2am (til 3am on weekends)Upscale BarPlace de la Rosa del Vents, 1$$WEBSITE

DAY 3 AT A GLANCE


Today’s Goal to Crush: Say you’ve been to the famous Sagrada Familia, the #1 attraction in Barcelona!


Today is all about Gaudi history tours. Your first tour of the day should be to Sagrada Familia. You should book a guided tour early in the morning before it gets too crowded. This is the one place you must not miss, so book it now, really. Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Church that is still being built even though it was started all the way back in 1882. Talk about snail pace! It is hard to believe until you walk beneath the very, extremely, tremendously large and somehow intricate structure. The details are amazing and it is fascinating to learn the artistic influences Gaudi and his team used. Take lots of pictures, but they won’t do it justice. So take a snapshot in your memory too.


Next you may want to grab some grub somewhere nearby Sagrada. Then you’re off to Gaudi’s next masterpiece in the upscale Eixample neighborhood: Casa Batllo! Get the audio tour here and walk through each room with a phone that shows you Gaudi’s inspiration which include mushrooms, turtles, waves, and nature.


The third and final tour of the day is to La Pedrera. This can be done during the day, but we recommend you book the night tour.


So if you have some down time you can walk the Passeig de Gracia which is filled with some great street shopping! Or grab some tapas and drinks at an outdoor table to people watch.


Then return to La Pedrera at night, they have a rooftop light show and then you get to toast some Cava and desserts at the end of the tour. Since you’ve already sipped some bubbly, keep it flowing through the end of the night at dinner- what a day!

Today’s Google Map
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Sagrada Familia

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Tour at Casa Battlo

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La Pedrera

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La Pedrera at night

DAY 3 DETAILS


DestinationHoursAddressPriceWebsite
Sagrada Familia9am-6pm (check the schedule as it varies by season)Carrer de Mallorca, 4124E for tours with guide (add’l to go up to the towers)WEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Casa Batllo9am-9pmPasseig de Gracia, 4323.50E-39E depending on the tour you chooseWEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Passeig de Gracia (street shopping/restaurants)Varies depending on the restaurant/shopPasseig de Graciafree-
Casa Mila (La Pedrera)9am-830pm and 9-11pm for night toursPasseig de Gracia, 9222-59E depending on the tour you chooseWEBSITE[BOOK NOW]

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:


RestaurantHoursType of FoodAddressPriceWebsite
Boca Grande1pm-12amMediterraneanpassatge de la concepcio, 12$$$WEBSITE
Cuidad Condal730am-130amTapas barRambla de Catalunya, 18$$-
Brunch & Cake9am-10pmBrunch, BakeryCarrer Enric Granados, 19$$WEBSITE
La Pastisseria Barcelona9am-2pm & 5pm-830pmBakery, CoffeeCarrer d'Aragó, 228$WEBSITE
L’Olive1pm-4pm & 8pm-1130pmCatalanCarrer de Balmes, 47$$$WEBSITE
El Tragaluz130pm-4pm & 830-1130pmMediterraneanPasaje Concepcio, 5$$$WEBSITE

DAY 4 AT A GLANCE


Today’s Goal to Crush: Relaxation at its finest!


Today is the perfect day to allow yourself some free time and relaxation. After three jam-packed days of touring the city, it’s about darn time you lay back with a pina colada in hand.


Within Barcelona, you have a few beach options. Barceloneta beach is the most convenient and popular since it is closeby. It is lively with drummers, street performers, and bars lining the beach. Icaria beach is the second most popular, nearby beach and it has a younger crowd. If you’re wanting to be adventurous and go to a nude beach (yikes!), then Mar Bella is your best bet. Lastly, if you are open to traveling 30min south, Sitges beach is a bit quieter and cleaner.


If you spent most of daylight at the beach then skip down to the next paragraph. But if you’re done early and have an interest in music, we recommend you checkout the Palau de la Musica Catalana. It is a beautifully designed music hall meant to honor Catalan musicians. Tours run all day, by language, so lookup the schedule prior to going.


Later in the evening head to El Born neighborhood for some good ol’ fashioned sightseeing. The Santa Maria del Mar is a beautiful gothic basilica with breathtaking stone work that was hauled down from Montjuic, where you visited earlier. The guided tour takes you up to the rooftop. Then do some walking through the Mercat de Santa Caterina for snacks and the Passeig del Born for some shopping. The Passeig is lined with trees and it’s a romantic walk at night with some hoppin’ places for dinner and drinks. What a way to finish your day of relaxation!

Today’s Google Map
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Barceloneta

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Palau de la Musica Catalana

DAY 4 DETAILS


DestinationHoursAddressPriceWebsite
Palau de la Musica Catalana10am-330pm (til 7pm in July-Aug)Carrer Palau de la Música, 4-617EWEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Santa Maria del Mar (basilica)9am-130pm and 430pm-8pmPlaça de Santa Maria, 1Free on your own or 8E for guided tourWEBSITEBUY THERE
Mercat de Santa Caterina (market)730am-830pmAv Francesco Camo, 16FreeWEBSITE
Passeig del Born (street)Varies depending on the restaurant/shopPasseig del BornFree-

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:


RestaurantHoursType of FoodAddressPriceWebsite
Cuines Santa Caterina9am-1130pmTapas barFrancesc Cambo, 16$$$WEBSITE
La Habana Vieja1pm-5pm & 8pm-12amCubanCarrer Banys Vells, 2$$WEBSITE
El XampanyetTue-Sat 12pm-330pm & 7pm-11pmTapas barCarrer de Montcada, 22$$WEBSITE
Hofmann9am-2pm & 330pm-830pm; no dinner SunPastriesFlassaders, 44$WEBSITE
Bacoa1pm-12amBurgersCalle Colomines, 2$WEBSITE
Cocktail Bar Juanra Falces6pm-230amBarCarrer del Rec, 24$-

DAY 5 AT A GLANCE


Today’s Goal to Crush: Be able to brag that you saw Barcelona underground!


Today starts with heading North to the Gracia neighborhood’s Park Guell. It’s the park you’ve seen photos of and it is expansive. You can see it from the outskirts, but if you want to go in the park you must get tickets ahead of time. It is a top attraction and very packed here, so doing this first thing in the morning is a good idea. Among the park is the Casa-Museu Gaudi which is known as the Alice in Wonderland house where Gaudi lived out the last twenty years of his life.


After all that walking, hop in a taxi back south to the Gothic Quarter. First, walk among the Santa Maria del Pi church which is large and strangely like a fortress.


Then head to one of our favorite experiences of Barcelona: the Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat. It is a city history museum that...get this… is underground! With the audio tour, you’ll take an elevator downstairs to be transported back to ancient Roman times. It is fascinating to see how they used to live. Some of the walls among the Gothic Quarter are the original walls built by the Romans. How cool! With this tour, you’ll also get to walk through Placa del Rei square which is where Columbus arrived.


After seeing the sites, spend the rest of the afternoon and evening shopping and dining around. The most well-known shop in this area is La Manual Alpargatera where espadrilles shoes are popularly made! Believe it or not, you have to take a number and wait for assistance here because of how popular it is. But these shoes are affordable, comfortable, cute, and last a lifetime. Get some as gifts for the ladies in your family too!

Today’s Google Map
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Museum of Barcelona City History

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Park Guell

DAY 5 DETAILS

DestinationHoursAddressPriceWebsite
Park Guell830am-630pm (check the schedule as it varies by season)Carrer Olot street, 5Free outside the park; 7E access to park; 14E guided tourWEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Casa Museu Gaudi10am-6pm Oct-Mar; 9am-8pm Apr-SeptCarrer Olot street, 5 (in Park Guell)5.50EWEBSITEBUY THERE
Santa Maria del Pi930am-830pmCarrer del Cardenal Casanas, 16Free 930-10am & 6-830pm; 4E 10am-6pmWEBSITEBUY THERE
Museu d’Historia de la CiutatTue-Sun 10am-7pmRey Square7EWEBSITEBUY THERE
Placa del Rei-Placa del ReiFree-
La Manual Alpargatera (Shoes)930am-130pm & 430-8pmCarrer Avinyo, 7Free to look; Shoe costs varyWEBSITE

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby the Gothic Quarter:

RestaurantHoursType of FoodAddressPriceWebsite
Cafe de l’AcademiaMon-Fri 130pm-4pm & 830pm-1130pmMediterraneanPlaca St Just, Lledo 1$$$-
AgutTue-Sun 130pm-4pm & 830pm-1130pmCatalan/TapasCarrer d'en Gignàs, 16$$-
Irati Taverna Basca1pm-4pm & 7pm-12amSandwichesCalle Cardenal Casanas, 17$$$WEBSITE
Pla7pm-1130pmCatalanBellafila, 5$$$$WEBSITE
Milk Bar & Bistro9am-1amAmerican (known for brunch)Carrer d'en Gignàs, 21$$$WEBSITE
Ocana12pm-2amMediterraneanCafe & BarPlaça Reial, 13-15$$$WEBSITE

(DAY 6 optional) AT A GLANCE


Today’s Goal to Crush: Today you are skipping town to be able to say you went to historic Tarragona!


It’s day trip day, so hop onboard a train using Loco2 and take a quick 50min train south to the town of Tarragona. It is a cliffside town that was fortified around 195 AD by the Romans. There are some ancient Roman remains left to see here; the most majestic being the Amphitheatre. It was Emperor Augustus’s favorite place to go.


Just up the street is the Roman Circ which was an old Roman arena used for chariot races. You could also checkout the Museum of Archeology where you will see old Roman artifacts like bells, buckles, and keys.


Feel free to spend the entire day here with more shopping or grazing on food. Whenever you’re ready to head back to the city, catch your train back.


Tonight may be a good night to head back to the Placa Reial for some jazz or dancing! It is just off La Rambla where you visited on day one.


The other option is to head Northwest by tram to the cities of Sarria and Pedralbes where there is an amusement park on the top of a 1,789 foot hill! It’s called Tibidabo and it has a ferris wheel and a sky walk. Nearby is also the Torre Bellesguard which was a private house to court-kings and Gaudi later put up towers and gargoyles on it! But this would have to be done early (if you make it back in time) or could replace leaving town for Tarragona.

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Amphitheatre

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We made a friend near the Roman Circ

(DAY 6 optional) DETAILS

DestinationHoursAddressPriceWebsite
Amphitheater9am-7pm (check the schedule as it varies by season)Parc de l'amfiteatre3.30EWEBSITEBUY THERE
Roman Circ9am-7pm (check the schedule as it varies by season)Rambla Vella, 1C3.30EWEBSITEBUY THERE
Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona (MNAT)Tue-Sat 930am-6pm; Sun 10am-2pmPl. del Rei, 54.50EWEBSITEBUY THERE
Tibidabo11am-11pm (check the schedule as it varies by season)Placa del Tibidabo28.50E Park; 12.50E panoramic area; tram 5.50EWEBSITEBUY THERE
Torre BellesguardTue-Sun 10am-3pm (English tours Sat-Sun only 11am)Carrer de Bellesguard, 1616EWEBSITE[BUY NOW]

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby Tarragona:

RestaurantHoursType of FoodAddressPriceWebsite
Les Voltes130pm-330pm & 830pm-11pm (Tue dinner only)Mediterranean/SpanishCalle Trinquet Vell, 12$$$WEBSITE
La CapitalMon-Wed 8am-11pm; Thur-Sat 8am-12am; Sun 10am-11pmHamburgers & TapasCarrer Emperador August, 8$WEBSITE

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby Sarria and Pedralbes:

RestaurantHoursType of FoodAddressPriceWebsite
Acontraluz130pm-4pm & 830pm-12am (no dinner Sun)Catalan/MediterraneanCarrer del Milanesat, 19$$$$WEBSITE
BambarolTue-Sat 130pm-330pm & 8pm-11pmMediterranean/TapasCarrer de Santaló, 21$$$WEBSITE
Tram-TramTue-Sat 130pm-330pm & 9pm-1045pm (no dinner Tue)Mediterranean/SpanishCarrer Major de Sarrià, 121$$$$WEBSITE

(DAY 7 optional) AT A GLANCE


Today’s Goal to Crush: Say you visited the holy ‘Serrated Mountain’ aka Montserrat!


Northwest of Barcelona, about an hour train ride away, is the glorious Montserrat mountain formation. It’s a breathtaking collision of sharp and soft edges that is home to the Benedictine monastery. Take the R5 train from Placa Espanya in Barcelona to Montserrat and then take the five minute cable car ride up to the monastery.


The Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery was founded in the 10th century. About 100 monks live here now. You can also see the museum and gift shops. Some days around 1pm a boys choir sings! While you’re there, be sure to find the statue of the Virgin called La Moreneta (the black virgin) which is in an alcove on the right side of the abbey.


After you’ve seen enough, catch the funicular up to the tip top of the mountain for more spectacular views! There are also six hikes (if you enjoy that sorta stuff). You could even pack a picnic lunch to eat at the top if you’d like a romantic picnic date! You can get info about the hikes at the information desk outside the monastery.


This whole day trip can be done independently or there are also tour packages you can get which may make it easier than booking all the separate forms of transportation on your own: see guided tour options here and here.


If you make it back to the city with time to spare on your last night here, head out to eat somewhere near your hotel or Airbnb and enjoy your final Catalan meal in style.


Toast to your favorite memories in Barcelona together- “Salud”! We hope this trip was all you wished for & more!

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Montserrat

(DAY 7 optional) DETAILS

DestinationHoursAddressPriceWebsite
Aeri de Montserrat (cable car)940am-7pm (check the schedule as it varies by season)Ctra C-5510.30E roundtripWEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Basilica de Montserrat730am-8pmMontserrat AbbeyFreeWEBSITE
Museum of Montserrat10am-545pmMontserrat Abbey7EWEBSITEBUY THERE

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby: There aren’t many options up here so grab what you find. Nothing worth noting. Save room in your tummy for a nice meal back in Barcelona instead.



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I like how you added prices to the information! It really helps people budget out their trip if they are flooding your itinerary

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    Hannah, thank you so much! Appreciate the compliment 🙂

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Hra

I love Barcelona… I have the perfect time there… I love your photos 😉

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    Hra, thanks so much! One of our favorite cities for sure. 🙂

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Such an informative post! This is the most in-depth, helpful post I have found! I’m not currently planning a trip there, but I can say you’ve persuaded me to look into it with all the info!

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Elena

Barcelona is an amazing city and it is impossible to describe it in couple of words only. I enjoyed reading your long post.

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This is one of the most detailed itineraries that I have seen! Very cool! And Barcelona is one of the best cities for something like this, it has so much to offer.

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wow! there is a lot of information here. You certainly have done your homework. So organized and you’ve managed to schedule so much into your itinerary at reasonable prices. This is so helpful for anyone visiting Barcelona.

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    Tina, thank you so much! Glad you like it!

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Wow this is an impressive document — love how you broke it down into so much detail!

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I cannot wait to see Spain! Barcelona is on my list because of the amazing architecture and colors. I especially think seeing the Montjuic Castle would be fun!

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    Yes, the castle was incredible to walk around and the views were even better. Hope you get to go!

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Kaitie

Your photos are beautiful. Looks like an amazing trip was had and I live the details you provided! Great for anyone researching a trip there themselves!

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Madrid had been on my travel list for YEARS! I really need to commit to go soon. I just need to save your post and my entire trip is planned:)

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    Haha yes! Barcelona is all here. Watch out for a Madrid one coming soon 🙂

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Elizabeth O

You did an amazing job of documenting your itinerary and all the cost of traveling through Barcelona. For a short while, I enjoyed living vicariously through your post.

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Wow! All the praise goes to you. This is the best travel itinerary I’ve ever seen, and I plan to be in Barcelona soon. Even the Google Map! I always do them for my trips. Thanks!

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