Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Spain. It’s a beautiful European city with lots of amazing histories, architectural masterpieces, and attractions. I have been in Barcelona 5 times and for me, it’s one of the best cities to visit in Europe. 5 days in Barcelona is enough to see and to explore this amazing city, but it doesn’t surprise me if you want to stay longer! Barcelona is a big city and you need to plan well if you want to enjoy the visit. So check out my Barcelona itinerary to make the best out of your Barcelona getaway!
My 5 days in Barcelona
Day 1 – Explore Gaudi’s work
All the activites for this day are just a short walk away from each other. I visited the folowing places during my first day in Barcelona:
– Park Güell
– Lunch stop La Trocadero
– Sagrada Familia
– Casa Mila
As you can see on the map below, it’s really easy to walk from activity to activity.
1. Visit Park Güell
Why not starting you 5 days in Barcelona with one of the main attractions! Park Güell is the perfect representation of the best works of Gaudi. Stroll through the beautiful Dragon Stairway and enjoy an amazing view of Barcelona. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Aside the Park itself there is a museum you can visit. You should see Nature Square, the Hypostyle Room, well-designed columns, and various other great places in this museum. Be aware: for the museum you need another ticket to enter.
I suggest to buy your tickets for Park Güell on forehand to skip the line and to avoid a long queue.
Valid: 1 day
Opening times: 8:30am – 6:15pm
Location: 08024 Barcelona, Spain
GET YOUR TICKET: Park Güell Admission Ticket
2. Have lunch at La Trocadero
Just a short 20 minute walk from Park Güell you will find this hotspot: La Trocaderol. It’s located just 2 minutes away from the Sagrada Familia (our next stop!).
La Trocadero is a vegan lunch spot with lots of lovely reviews! The amazing thing about this place is that they are focussed on vegan fast food.
I tried their burger and I didn’t even noticed it was totally vegan! You won’t regret adding this lunch spot to your Barcelona itinerary!
3. Visit Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is an Unesco World Heritage and one of Gaudi’s masterpieces you can’t miss during your Barcelona getaway. The foundation was laid in 1882, for more than a hundred years it was not complete. Yes you read it right, the church was under construction for over a hundred years!
Thankfully, the majority of the parts of the church have been completed today and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see it during your 5 days in Barcelona.
A few of the things you need to see include apse walls, towers, tortured figures, spires, chapels, portals and so on. Over 2 million tourists visit this church each year; so, it’s certain that the lines will be long whenever you decide to visit. Try to avoid the lines by booking a skip the line ticket.
Valid: 1 day
Location: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm / Sunday 10:30am – 6pm
GET YOUR TICKETS: Sagrada Familia Fast-Track Ticket
4. Visit Casa Mila-La Pedrera
One of the other works of Gaudi is Casa Mila-La Pedrera. Explore this Antoni Gaudi’s modern work on the Passeig de Gracia. You can go up to the rooftop to see the whimsical chimneys up close.
I suggest booking this visit as a tour to have an audio guide, otherwise you don’t know the story behind this building.
GET YOUR TICKETS: Casa Milà-La Pedrera: Skip The Line Ticket & Audio Guide
Day 2 – Explore Barcelona by bike
5. Go for a guided bike tour
Do you love riding a bike? If yes, I’m sure that a bike tour will be more fun than riding a bike alone, especially in areas that you are not familiar with a guide can be needed. I visited Barcelona 5 times and experienced the following 3 bike tours:
- Historical 3 hour bike tour (€23): during this tour you will discover the amazing architecture in Barcelona and the history of it.
- Tapas 3 hour bike tour (€32): who doesn’t love food? You will discover different places and stop to try 4 tapas.
- Major Attraction 3 hour bike tour (€25): Cycle trough Barcelona and see all the major attractions.
Prefer to do another bike trip? Check out all the other bike tours in Barcelona!
6. Rent your own bike
Want to explore the city by yourself? Just rent a bike and explore Barcelona in your own way. Barcelona has 200km of bike paths so this makes biking extremely easy for tourists!
Where to rent a bike?
Are you on a budget during your Barcelona getaway? No problem! Rent a bike at Mattia46, it will cost you just 5 euro a day!
Address: Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, 392
Openings times: 9:30am – 7:30pm.
One of the most flexible services is Barcelona Rent a Bike. They have 4 locations all over the city. Bikes start at 6 euro and they have all different kind of styles. So you can pick one of your choice!
More information & locations : http://www.barcelonarentabike.com/en/locations-where-rent-bike-barcelona
Don’t want to ride a bike at all? No worries! Why not taking the Hop on Hop off Bus to discover the city!
7. Have lunch at Surf House Barcelona
This place is absolutely amazing and I recommend to add it to your Barcelona itinerary! The Surf House has become a new trendy spot in Barcelona near the beach.
Prices are bit higher as you maybe used to in Barcelona but it’s totally worth it!
Their food is vegan friendly and freshly made. Tip: try the Poke Tuna bowl!
Day 3 – 5 Days in Barcelona itinerary
8. Have a healthy breakfast at Flax & Kale
For the people who know me, they know I love to discover healthy hotspots in a new city, this is one of them!
Don’t worry there are not only hipsters at this place. You will find locals, tourist, students, health freaks (like me;)) and many other types of people. I always love to have a mix of different kind of people in a place.
They have 4 locations in Barcelona to visit. I went to the one near Plaza Catalunya in the center of Barcelona.
Check their locations and menu: https://www.flaxandkale.com/
9. Go for a Montjuïc Cable Car Ride
It is an easy way to get to the hill of Montjuïc that is overlooking Barcelona. It’s a 752 metre run above the ground to Montjuïc Castle. During this ride you will see the Sagrada Familia, Serra de Collserola, The Mediteranian sea and lots of other sights of Barcelona.
The cable car has 3 stations: Parc de Montjuïc, Miramar, and Castell de Montjuïc. You can depart from Parc de Montjuïc to arrive at Castell de Montjuïc.
Loved to do this activity during my Barcelona getaway! Costs of a return ticket: €13,50
GET YOUR TICKETS: Barcelona’s Montjuïc Cable Car Ride: Round Trip Ticket
10. Visit the Magic Fountain during sunset
During your 5 days in Barcelona this is a lovely activity to add in one of your afternoons.
I’m sure you’ve seen some fountains before. But I bet that none of them (exept the one in Dubai) come close to the Magic Fountain. From unrivalled water acrobatics to colour, sparkling lights, and music, the Magic Fountain has it all.
The best time to visit this fountain is during sunset to enjoy all the colours of the lights.
Day 4 – 5 Days in Barcelona itinerary
11. Go to the Barcelona Aquarium
Visit this biggest aquarium of Europe during your Barcelona getaway and walk trough the glass tunnel with a lot of sharks! The aquarium is located in Port Vell in the old harbour area.
There are 21 large aquariums, 11.000 animals of 450 different species. The underwater tunnel is 80 meters long and there is 6 million liters of water in this Oceanarium.
Every year 1.500.000 tourists are visiting this place, it’s the 4th most visited place of Barcelona!
Location: del Port Vell, Moll d’Espanya, s/n, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
GET YOUR TICKET: Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket
12. Visit the Market: Mercado de la Boqueria
This market is one of the biggest markets in the world and the biggest one in Barcelona. You won’t regret adding this to your Barcelona itinerary!
The market is a 2,500-squared meters and has 300 different stands. You’ll find all types of products: vegetables, cold cuts, sweets, fruit, juice, fish, meat and many more!
I suggest that you go to Mercado de la Boquerida to taste delicious seafood. Apart from buying food at this colourful market, you can also tour the whole place!
13. Explore the Gothic Quarter by walking tour
The Gothic Quarter is located in the Old City of Barcelona. It’s a must see for every traveller who brings a visit to Barcelona.
In this area you will discover great food, learn more about the history, discover the oldest part of Barcelona, walk along La Rambla, visit El Born (a village within a city) and so much more.
Duration, 3.5 hours
Availability: Check it here!
BOOK THIS TOUR: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Day 5 – 5 Days in Barcelona itinerary
14. Get a tan at one of the Barcelona beaches
Is there a better way to end your 5 days in Barcelona by relaxing at the beach at to get a tan before going home? No right!?
Barcelona has a 4.5 kilometer coastline with different kind of beaches. Don’t know to which beach you want to go? I can recommend the following beaches.
Barceloneta Beach (most popular)
This is one of the most touristy beaches of Barcelona. If you don’t mind to visit a crowded beach and if you are looking for entertainment as well, this beach is perfect during your Barcelona getaway!
There are a lot of different restaurants in this area and it’s a great place to do some water sports like surfing.
The beach is easily accessible and perfect if you still want to be close to the city of Barcelona.
Nova Icaria Beach (more peaceful)
Looking for a more peaceful beach? This one is the most peaceful one in Barcelona which is easy to access. The beach is quieter but has still access to many restaurants and bars. For families, this is the best choice.
Ocata Beach (most quiet)
This beach is located in the north of Barcelona and it takes 30 minutes by train to get there. The beach is flat and has golden white sand. In this area is less entertainment and less busy than the other beaches.
If you want more privacy and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you should add this beach to your Barcelona itinerary!
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