There’s so much to see and do in the Catalan spiral. You could practically spend a lifetime discovering hidden local gems that most tourists would never stumble upon. However, a week is still the perfect amount of time to spend in the city. Capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second city, Barcelona is utterly incomparable. It is one of the few must-see cities with its own identity. This is partly down to a generation of early-20th-century artists and architects like Antoni Gaudi, whose unforgettable buildings are like nothing you’ll see anywhere else.
Add to this clean urban beaches, world-class nightlife and so much great shopping you won’t know where to begin. During your week in Barcelona, you’ll hit up all the major tourist sights, get off the beaten path and even have time for a day trip.
Day 1: The Ciutat Vella
A trip to Spain should have you visiting the Old Town or The Ciutat Vella. It is the most popular part of the city, and the most crowded; a visit to this quarter with its narrow roads and ancient buildings, is like traveling back in time. Explore the more dramatic bro-gothic architecture for which the area is famous such as La Sagrada Familia. Visit Barcelona and keep your eyes peeled for architectural quirks and mysteries, such as a cursed skull and bones, or a rather controversial letterbox.
Day 2: Modernist Barcelona
You’ll find the charm of Barcelona’s more modern architecture equally impressive to the Gothic Quarter. Architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domenech i Muntaner were champions of the architectural style Catalan Modernisme and landmarks such as the Palau de la Música or the Casa Battló are fine examples. Stumble upon the Quadrat d’Or – a square mile brimming with eye-catching modernist mansions.
Day 3: Barcelona’s tour buses
Barcelona is one of the top luxury holiday destinations. Your Barcelona trip isn’t complete without hopping on one of Barcelona’s tour buses that take you round some of the most famous landmarks. You’ll have a knowledgable Barcelona Tourist guide on some of the tour buses to show you around.
Day 4: Time for tapas
Tapas should be included in your travel itinerary because your travel itinerary wouldn’t be complete without it. Move around with your Barcelona guide and check out the multitude of cheap tapas bars, top-notch restaurants, and fresh food markets. To get an idea of what to expect on your plate, head to one of the city’s fresh food markets and see what’s in season. If the Boqueria market is the city most famous, other markets such as Santa Catarina market will be less crowded and often more reasonably priced.
Day 5: Check out the museums
The Catalan capital has long been a city with an important artistic current. Both Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro lived and worked here, taking inspiration from the city and leaving their mark on it too. Visit Barcelona and explore the Picasso Museum which contains a lot of Picasso earlier work. The Miro foundation was designed during the artists’ life and he donated many notable artworks of his to the museum.
Day 6: Have fun at the Beach or take a walk around the park
Depending on the time of the year and the weather, a walk or even a picnic at either the beach or one of Barcelona’s outdoor parks can be the perfect way to wind down at the end of your busy week exploring this vibrant city.
Day 7: Vermuteo
The weekends in Barcelona are a time to catch up with friends and go out for a good time.Sundays are synonymous with what locals call a vermuteo, a convivial get together around a bottle of vermouth and some traditional snacks such as potato crisps and tinned mussels. The neighborhood of Sant Antoni is one of the best places in the city for vermuteo and is also very much the brunch capital of the city.