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From two days to two weeks: planning your trip to Barcelona


Article updated 23 March, 2020. 0 comments

Planning a weekend, a week or even two weeks in Barcelona? Find out how to make the most of your stay in this incredible city!

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Barcelona is packed with fascinating places to visit. It’s a good idea to plan ahead in order to make the most of your time in the city.

Our programme: mix and match

We’ve split each day into three sections, which you can mix and match in order to visit attractions at whatever time, and in whatever order, you see fit.

Whether you’re the sporty type, an art lover, a history buff, a fan of architecture or always on the hunt for new experiences, you’re bound to find something for you! Our program takes account of opening hours, notably the fact that many museums are often on Mondays.

Each quarter is shown in a different colour to make it easier to optimise your visits.

Your visit to Barcelona: Week 1

1 Gòtic

Plaça Sant Jaume

Plaça Reial

Plaça de Sant Miquel
(and neighbouring streets)

Horta Guinardó

Park Güell

Entrance pavillion


Sala Hipostila

Mosaic bench

(Walk around park).


Picasso Museum

Santa Caterina market

Church of Santa María del Mar (and neighbouring streets)


Catalan National Museum of Art


Joan Miró Foundation

Olympic Stadium

Joan Brossa gardens

Montjuïc castle


Casa Llotja del mar

Barceloneta market (and neighbouring streets)

Barceloneta beach

Passeig Marítim

Vila Olímpica

Torre Agbar


Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia

Sardanes dancing on square

Trip to Montserrat

40 miles outside Barcelona.

2 Eixample

Passeig de Gràcia

Casa Batlló


Palau Robert

Parc de la Ciutadella



Maritime museum


3 Sagrada Familia


Sant Pau Hospital


Palau de la Virreina

Boquería market

Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu

La Ribera

Palau de la Música and neighbouring streets

Les Corts

Barcelona FC stadium and museum

Plaça de la Concòrdia (and surrounding area)

Le port



Walk to the Forum bathing area

Your visit to Barcelona: Week 2

1 Colònia Güell

14 miles outside Barcelona


Antoni Tàpies Foundation




Rambla del Raval

Palau Güell

Trip to Sitges

25 miles outside Barcelona


Barcelona History Museum

Sarrià Sant Gervasi


Walk or cycle :

Carretera de les aigües

Panoramic views of the city

2 Gràcia

Casa Vicens

Plaça del Sol

Plaça de la Llibertat

(and neighbouring streets)

Rambla Catalunya

Enric Granados


Palau Reial de Pedralbes

Pedralbes monastery

Parc Oreneta

Suburbs of Vallvidrera

(Sarrià Sant Gervasi)

3 Horta Guinardó

Horta labyrinth park


Theme park

Sant Antoni and Poble Sec quartersWalk around SarriàWalk around Poblenou

The 22@

Bogatell beach

Nova Icària

Sant Cugat del Vallès

12 miles outside Barcelona

Historic centre and monastery

Things to see and do in Barcelona

Central area

EixamplePedrera and casa BatllóTwo of Antoni Gaudí’s most famous works can be found on the Passeig de Gràcia.
Palau RobertGrand, neo-classical building housing free, and often interesting, temporary exhibitions.
BornPicasso MuseumA surprising museum, covering the artistic career of the Spanish painter.
Parc de la CiutadellaA park frequented by the inhabitants of Barcelona, who come to wander at relax. Barcelona zoo is located within the park.
Palau de la MúsicaUnique concert hall, a masterpiece of Catalan Art Nouveau.
RavalCCCBBarcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture, housing various exhibitions and events in relation to current affairs. Very pleasant internal courtyard.
MACBAMuseum of contemporary art. The esplanade is also popular with skaters.
Musée MaritimeHoused in the former Royal Arsenal building. Includes an impressive reproduction of a 16th Century royal warship.
Palau GüellA UNESCO world heritage site, Gaudí’s first important commission.
Gòtic (Gothic quarter)RamblasBarcelona’s celebrated central avenue, running from Plaça Catalunya to the statue of Christopher Columbus.
Cathedral of Santa Creu I Santa EulàliaAn imposing 14th- and 15th-Century cathedral, with an interior to match the exterior. Don’t miss the cloisters, which remain cool even in the height of summer, with their beautiful orange trees.
MUHBABarcelona History Museum: an interactive museum covering the history of the city over two millennia.
BarcelonetaBarcelonetaFormer fishing quarter, with pretty and authentic streets running down to the beach.
AquariumOne of Europe’s largest, with an 80m-long transparent tunnel which is sure to be a hit with children of all ages.
GràciaCasa VicensOne of Gaudí’s first works: a private dwelling with Moorish influences. NB: outside only.
Sagrada FamiliaSagrada FamiliaGaudí’s famous unfinished basilica. An absolute must.
Sant Pau hospitalImmense hospital complex famed for its standout modernist architecture.

A little further out

Horta GuinardóPark GüellBe swept away by the genius of Gaudí in this incredible park, with its magnificent, colourful mosaics and its unexpected architectural gems.
MontjuïcCaixaForumA permanent exhibition of contemporary art, housed alongside temporary exhibitions (often very interesting) in a former textile mill, redeveloped by the Catalan architect Puig I Cadafalch.
Catalan National Museum of ArtNeo-classical palace, finished in 1929, covering 1000 years of Catalan art. The collection of modern art by a number of famous artists (including Casas, Fortuny, Mir, Dalí, Gargallo and Picasso) is a must-see.
Joan Miró FoundationWith over 400 works on display, the museum traces the painter’s career, from 1920s surrealism to politicism in the 1960s.
Olympic StadiumAn impressive building, emblematic of the 1992 Olympics.
Joan Brossa gardensDedicated to the eponymous poet, these playful gardens will appeal to children, and offer spectacular views of Barcelona.
Pedralbes et Les CortsBarcelona FC Stadium and museumCamp Nou and the Barcelona FC museum: legendary sites, worthy of a visit from any discerning football fan.
Monastery of PedralbesDating from 1327 and built in the Catalan Gothic style, this magnificent and tranquil monastery also houses an important art collection.
Palau Reial de PedralbesHistoric 19th-Century palace, built in the Italian style and set in extensive gardens.
Sarrià Sant GervasiCosmoCaixaFascinating interactive science museum.
Vallvidrera suburbFormer village on a hill, incorporated into Barcelona in 1921. A charming area with very few tourists.
TibidaboTheme parkLocated over 500m above Barcelona, this park, which is over 100 years old, includes around 20 attractions for all ages. The site also offers spectacular panoramic views of Barcelona.
Carreterra de les aigües12.5 mile promenade in the hills above Barcelona, offering cooler temperatures and lovely views.

Day trips within 40 miles of Barcelona

Outside BarcelonaSitgesHip seaside resort, which has retained its village-y charm.
MontserratMountain range with unusual curved geology, a significant inspiration for Gaudí. Also the site of a Benedictine abbey.
Colònia Güell1890s industrial colony created by Antoni Gaudí. One of the most important examples of Catalan popular modernism.
Sant Cugat del VallèsSmall town outside Barcelona with a beautiful historic centre.

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Laureen has written many articles for Barcelona Top Travel Tips. An intrepid traveller with an artistic bent, she loves the feeling of freedom found in the Catalan capital. Her favourite job during her placement with us was testing some of the city's incredible bars and restaurants. It's a hard job, but somebody has to do it... ;-)