Technically 2.5 if you land in the afternoon (like I did with Level Airlines). Whether you’ve visited Barcelona before or not, it is just the right amount of time to capture the fun of this city and see the important Gaudi sites.
The nice thing here is that the top attractions in Barcelona are universally agreed upon. Basically, Gaudi Gaudi Gaudi. The highly praised Catalan architect Antoni Guadi has over 12 sites to see in the city but you should get the idea after visiting 3. If you’re looking for other art, there is a Picasso Museum and Salvador Dali is featured in a different city a short distance away.
Here are my top sites to see:
- Sagrada Familia – duh
- Parc Guell – you’ve seen everyone’s pictures here
- Casa Mila – heart eyes for that roof
- Montjuic – the fountain is a magical sight at night
- Casa Battlo – more Gaudi
- Picasso Museum
You need to buy tickets in advance for these popular sites. Everything else in your itinerary can be sprinkled with food, walking, and bars/nightlife if that’s your style. Just keep in mind that stores aren’t always open in the afternoon, holidays or Sundays.
Most restaurants do get crowded but if you manage to eat early (1pm for lunch, 7pm for dinner), you are very likely to get a table.
The reason it’s easy to roam and wing it in Barcelona is because the Spanish culture is slow and relaxed, so step in a Spaniard’s shoes for a little 🙂
Restaurants I visited and enjoyed:
- La Pepita
- Restaurant Etapes
- O’Toxo 3 Hermanos
Places I wish I could have gone to:
- Arume (need reservations)
- Tickets – high end, Michelin starred restaurant that needs reservations well in advance
Barcelona may be the perfect place to bar hop. Much of the city is walkable and there are too many bars to discover all at once. Each bar has a different interior design, features a different drink and has a different crowd.
Here were my top favorites:
- Bar Marsella