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Day 1 – Easing into the City
Depending on when you arrive, you may or not need things to do on your first day. You may just want to walk around the neighborhood where your hotel is. If you happen to get in pretty early in the day, here’s a good starter. Explore the Design Hub as well as the Poblenou neighborhood. There’s even a creepy cemetery if you’re interested! If you want a place to go clubbing or listen to music, I’d recommend Razzmatazz.
Day 2 – The Labyrinth, El Born, The Gothic Quarter
Start your day with a visit to a sort of local gem: Laberint d’Horta. After enjoying this beautiful park, take the metro down to Ciutadella-Vila Olim. From here, walk to Parc de la Ciutadella. Afterwards, head to La Ribera to walk Passeig del Born. Be sure to visit the Picasso Museum. Continue to walk around the area where La Ribera turns into the Gothic Quarter. There are many gems in this part of the city, so walk around as much as you can. Some treasures include: Palau de la Música Catalana, Basílica Santa Maria del Pi, Plaça Reial, Basílica dels Sants Màrtirs Just i Pastor, and Catedral de Barcelona. Make sure you go early enough in the afternoon before churches close, but also go late enough so you can time your evening to be spent in this area. As one of the liveliest parts of the cities, it’s a great place to hang out.
Day 3 – Sagrada Familia, Passeig de Gràcia
Start your day on the northern end of the city in the neighborhood of El Guinardó. Visit Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, a massive complex of modernisme buildings. Walk about 15 minutes to reach Sagrada Familia. It is advisable to get tickets in advance. For those of you who are interested, you check out the old Monumental Bullring. Afterwards, walk along Avinguida Diagonal to stop at Casa Macaya, Casa de les Punxes, Casa Comalat, Casa Milà, and finally Casa Batlló, where you should enter and see the glorious work of Gaudi. If you timed your day right, you should end up here right around sunset where you can go to the rooftop to get a view of neighborhood. Next, walk down to Placa de Catalunya for a nice early evening stroll. Then, take the metro up to Fontana and end your day by grabbing dinner and walking around the neighborhood of Gràcia.
Day 4 – Olympic Village, Barceloneta Beach, Montjuïc
Today comprises of one half by the sea, and one half on the mountain. Start off by the sea at the Olympic Port. This whole area is known as the Olympic Village as much of it was developed for the Olympic Games in 1992. Walk down to Barceloneta Beach. After spending the morning along the water, it’s time to go to the mountain to Montjuïc Park. There are plenty of things to do here, so you may have to pick and choose who attractions to visit. Check out Castell de Montjuïc, Fundació Joan Miró, Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc Lluís Companys, Torre de Comunicacions de Montjuïc, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, and Poble Espanyol.
Day 5 – La Rambla, El Raval, Parc Güell
Start out by Port Vell at the Columbus Monument to start your walk up La Rambla. Visit Palau Güell, and then delve into El Raval. La Rambla divides the neighborhoods of El Raval and the Gothic Quarter. On a previous day, you wandered around the Gothic Quarter and so today you can wander around the Raval. Visit Sant Pau del Camp, the famous El gat del Raval, and the even more famous Mercat de La Boqueria. Grab some lunch here, and enjoy the area. After lunch, head to Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. After spending a couple hours perusing art, take the El Carmel bus (#24) from Ronda Sant Antoni – Pl. Goya, to Ctra del Carmel-Parc Güell. It’s about an hour bus ride, but at least you don’t have to switch transportation methods at all. Once at Parc Güell, take your time to enjoy this magical wonderland of art and nature. Now that the evening is approaching, take the same bus from Ctra del Carmel-Parc Güell to Doctor Bové-Gran Vista. From here, walk up hill to Bunker del Carmel, where you’ll get the best views of Barcelona.
Day 6 – Free Day
It’s always important to leave your last day fairly empty! Didn’t see everything you wanted to see on the previous days? Go today! Met someone who recommended somewhere to go? Again, today is the day. Enjoy your last wonderful moments in Barcelona.