Our expert advice on what to see and do in the city, whatever your timescale
By Duncan Rhodes
Need help planning your Barcelona itinerary? You’ve just landed in the right place. On this page you’ll find a variety of unique, and freshly updated, travel itineraries, whether you’re here for 24 hours or a relaxing week’s holiday…
Planning a holiday itinerary can take hours of research, as well as provide you with plenty of headaches and uncertainties (how do I get from the airport? Do I need to buy tickets in advance for La Sagrada Familia? Are there any areas I need to avoid?), not to mention tough decisions on what to see and what to skip.
In fact, if you’ve never been to Barcelona before, you’re bound to make plenty of mistakes and miss out on some of the city’s top highlights, even if you do a meticulous job of your research. After all, how could you possible be an expert in a city that you’ve never stepped foot in!?
Well that’s where we come in! We’ve been reporting on Barcelona since 2009, writing for international travel magazines and newspapers like Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian, Easyjet Traveller, Ryanair Magazine and about a gazillion other media, as well of course penning plenty of articles for Barcelona Life. During that time we’ve become an expert on tourism in the city, from the Catalan capital’s unmissable highlights, to it’s lesser known treasures.
Time of course is the limiting factor, and what you can see and do in Barcelona depends largely on how much time you have. If you haven’t chosen your dates yet then I strongly advise spending as long as possible here… I promise you, you won’t get bored, as there’s so much to do, not only in the city itself, but in the surrounding area, where amazing destinations like Montserrat, the Penedes wine region, Figueres and the Dali Museum, Cadaques, Sitges, Tarragona and the Costa Brava all await the intrepid explorer (check out our full list of day tours and trips) I still haven’t got bored after 10 years!
But however long you have in the city, we have an itinerary prepared (or we will have soon!) to make the most of that time… check below for more.
1 Day Barcelona Itinerary
Only got 24 hours to spare? Ok, challenge accepted! We’ll take a look at how to squeeze the most out of a single day in the world’s greatest metropolis…
Includes hour by hour breakdown, map, photos and links to buy tickets.
2 Day Barcelona Itinerary
Coming very soon!
About the Author
Duncan established Barcelona Life in 2009, whilst freelancing for the likes of Conde Nast, The Guardian, Easyjet Magazine, CNN Traveller and many more. From interviews with Ferran Adria to revealing the secrets of the city’s poetry brothels, he knows the city inside out… and shares all his best tips right here.