There’s no better place for a short city break than Barcelona! Use this guide for what to do during 4 days in Barcelona to make the most of every moment of your visit. Wander old streets, eat amazing Catalan food, check out incredible modernist architecture, head to the famous Gaudí museum, and more! We’ve included some of the famous unmissable sights, along with some unexpected ideas to make sure you have the perfect trip.
What to see
Start off with a trip to La Rambla. On your first day, what could be better than wandering the streets and soaking up the atmosphere? La Rambla is definitely the place to do it! Start at Plaça Catalunya. As you explore, you’ll see street performers, souvenir stalls, and market stalls. When you get to La Boqueria Market you’ll be ready for a drink. This market is a highlight on the famous street, and you’ll see all kinds of amazing local food and drink. The stalls are piled high with colorful fruits, ham, and olives, and there are little bars where you can sit down and feast. Then just carry on wandering down the street, enjoying the sights until you reach the sea!
Today is all about Gaudí, the legendary architect. You can’t miss his work while in Barcelona and you won’t see anything quite like it anywhere else! Start with the famous Sagrada Familia, the unusual cathedral he started in the 1880s. It’s a good idea to buy your entrance ticket in advance. Don’t miss the museum on the site. In the afternoon, check out the amazing Park Guell, where you’ll find panoramic views, and buildings, steps, and sculptures all covered in mosaics. Afterwards, find great food at the charming Gracia neighborhood.
After all the culture and sights, you’ll probably be ready for some good old rest and relaxation. It’s time to find a beach and get a bit of the sun, sea, and sand that Spain’s famous for! Bella beach or San Sebastiá are great spots for sunbathing. You could take the Montjuic Cable Car up to explore Montjuic and then call in at the beach afterwards, for a slightly more active day. Head to the Poble Sec Barrio for amazing tapas and drinks later.
For your final day, you can’t go wrong with a bit more amazing architecture. Head to La Pedrera for another Gaudí experience. You could have a wander in the Eixample neighborhood to see even more modernist facades and styles. The next destination is Ciutadella Park, one of the biggest parks in town. There’s even a zoo to visit, as well as stunning modernist buildings and museums. Finish up by heading to Passeig del Born for drinks and food in one of the coolest parts of the city. This is the place to go for cocktails made by some of the best mixologists in town.
If you want to mix things up, try a visit to Tibidabo, Barcelona’s tallest mountain. Here you’ll find amazing views over the city, a cathedral, and an amusement park. Try out Sant Antoni Flea Market on Sunday to discover a huge collection of books, comics, vinyl’s and many others collector’s items.
Where to stay
For easy access to all the main Barcelona sights, base yourself at one of the Catalonia hotels throughout the city. All the Catalonia hotels are stylish and comfortable, and are often located in historic settings with stunning facades. Situated between the Gothic Quarter and Plaza Cataluña, Catalonia Portal de l’Àngel is based in a former palace, and has a courtyard and pool. Catalonia Square is near the Paseo de Gracia and makes another ideal base. Another beautiful option in a convenient location is Catalonia Eixample 1864, also close to Paseo de Gracia.