This guide was created to introduce first-time visitors to the many exciting things Barcelona has to offer. It’s a whirlwind “best of” tour for those who only have a few days to enjoy the city. To help you save time and money, I’ve highlighted the most impressive sights, the tastiest food, and the ideal place to sleep. The guide also provides information on getting to and around Barcelona and features detailed walking instructions to minimize the chance of getting lost.
- The best sights Barcelona has to offer
- The best time to visit the city
- How to get to Barcelona both internationally and from within Spain
- What to eat and the best restaurants to eat it in
- The perfect hotel—right in the middle of the action and with an amazing 24/7 buffet
- Ideas for exciting day trips if you have a little more time to spend in the area
- Numerous maps and detailed walking directions to get you from place to place
- A handy language guide with important phrases in both Spanish and Catalan
- Pictures of some of Barcelona's key highlights
- Useful website links
Sights and Neighborhoods You'll Visit
- La Rambla
- Casa Milà
- The Eixample
- Barcelona Cathedral
- La Sagrada Familia
- Picasso Museum
- Block of Discord
- The Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter)
- Parc Güell
- La Boqueria Market
- Barcelona Harbor
- Christopher Columbus Monument
- La Ribera
- Gaudi’s House
- City History Museu
Who Should Use This Itinerary?
Although anyone can benefit from the valuable information in this itinerary, it is especially well-suited for
- First-time visitors to Barcelona
- People who only have a few days in the city and want to see all the highlights without wasting valuable time figuring out what to do and how to get around
- Individuals who enjoy history, culture, the arts, and food
- People who enjoy walking and soaking up the atmosphere of a place
- Travelers on a low-to-moderate budget
Itinerary Table of Contents
About This Guide
Who Should Use This Guide?
When to Go
A Note on Language
International Flights to Barcelona
Domestic Travel to Barcelona
Getting around Barcelona
A Few Things Not to Miss
3-Day Itinerary Overview
Day Trip Ideas
About the Author
This is a sample of the itinerary. The actual itinerary includes additional pictures and maps.
La Sagrada Familia
From Avinguda Diagonal, continue straight onto Plaça de la Sagrada Família. As you approach the church, don’t be dismayed by what appears to be repair work. The massive church, begun by Gaudi in 1888, is actually still under construction. One of the things that makes a visit to La Sagrada Familia so special is knowing that your entrance fee helps pay for the building of the church.
La Sagrada Familia is open April–September from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and during October–March from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The entrance fee is €10 and you can either walk through the church yourself, take a 50-minute guided English-language tour (€4), or follow a 70-minute audioguide (also €4). I highly recommend the audioguide, as it is easy to follow and allows you to move at your own pace.
There are also two elevators you can ride to the roof of the church: one on the church’s Passion façade and the other on the opposite-facing Nativity façade. Each elevator ride is €2.50. If you only have the time or money for one, I suggest the Nativity façade, as the views are slightly better. Be aware, however, that you can’t take the elevator back down—you must descend down a tight, almost unlit spiral staircase with no hand railings. Take your time and step carefully.
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