If you followed our latest posts about Barcelona, then I think you will have an idea of things to do in Barcelona for 2 or 3 days stay. Today, I only will make a compilation of all the information that we wrote previously.
Before jumping into a 4 days itinerary to Barcelona, I invite you to check some posts that may result useful to you.
Let’s begin our 4 days itinerary to Barcelona.
How to get from the airport to your hotel to Barcelona, check our post about how to move around, and you will find the easiest and fastest way to get there.
DAY 1 in Barcelona.
Begin your trip at Parc Guell. Park Guell, is just a few minutes walk from Bunkers el Carmel and it is situated in Gracia. This park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. And walking through the park is worth to spend every minute. Hiking there is just priceless.
After taking some lovely pictures at Parc Guell, go to Bunkers el Carmel. This place became very famous within instagrammers in the last years. Interesting enough, but locals did not consider this place as something touristy. But, the view over the city is just breathtaking.
It is up to you, whether you go to Parc Guell or Bunkers el Carmel first. Both of those are really close to each other, and you can make a walk.
Right after getting into some breathtaking views, we invite you to see Sant Pau Recinte Modernista. Recently opened to the wide public, it becomes a new place to be visited by tourists who love to discover the cultural site.
After Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, you can go to the idyllic Sagrada Familia. La Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Church, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and undoubtedly Barcelona’s most famed landmark.
Construction of La Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and work continues today. It is expected to be finishes by 2028. Hope to see it in several years.
Take your time, to eat some tapas in local bars. Sagrada Familia will amaze you with the tons of bars with really lovely food to eat.
A tapas break is always great in Barcelona. For the evening time, we advise you to go to Arc de Triomf and take an evening stroll to Parc de Ciutadella.
Arc de Triomf is a top instagrammable place, where lots of tourists love to get lost. Stroll down the promenade, right the oasis in the middle of the city, Parc de Ciutadella. If you came with kids, then Zoo experience will make happy any kid.
Zoo is closing at 20.00 or 21.00 depending on the time of the year you come. So, after this, we invite you to enjoy the lights of Torre Agbar.
If you plan to eat outside in the evening as well, then we advise you to check the restaurants at Poble Nou, or Glories Comercial Center, that is right away from Torre Agbar.
DAY 2 in Barcelona.
The second day I would begin at Passeig de Gracia with Avinguda Diagonal.
Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most important boulevards and is full of impressive modernist architecture. Every building that you will find here, has a very special style.
Firstly, consider visiting La Pedrera or Casa Mila one of Gaudi creations. This building with wavy curving stone facade, won’t let any tourist to go by. The interior is has a very special design too. And on the top, you will enjoy an amazing rooftop view over the city center.
Another stop to make on Passeig de Gracia is Casa Batllo, by Antoni Gaudi. It has fantastic natural shapes, beautiful façade and very aesthetic view, that clearly show that is another Gaudi creations. It is one of the buildings that change the design of the facade on every Christmas day or St. Jordi (23rd of April).
Other famous building to be discovered while strolling through Passeig de Gracia would be Casa Amatller.
Stroll all Passeig de Gracia till you will get to Placa Catalunya. Here you can take a break, and eat some paella in the middle of the city square.
A great plan if you travel with kids, is to feed pigeons. Kids are amazed of those. And of course, some beautiful pictures can be taken here.
From Placa Catalunya you can choose on 2 options where to stroll then. First one is famous Las Ramblas, with it’s beautiful boutiques, mannequins and other touristy staff. Or, you can go on the charming street that leads right into Gothic Quarter.
In the Gothic Quarter apart of tons of shops, you will see buildings with more than 2000 years history. Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter is a labyrinth of ancient and modern architecture. From Palau de la Música and the Santa Caterina Market, to Carrer del Bisbe and Santa Maria del Pi, to El Born Centre Cultural, this historic neighborhood unites centuries of Catalan history and architectural styles.
In Gothic Quarter, just let the streets to lead you, I am sure you will enjoy the stroll.
Right at the end of it, you will find out the Port of Barcelona, the biggest one in the city. Here you can feed fishes and take some relaxing time with a view to the harbour. As well, here you can choose within a variety of Restaurants to eat some seafood and enjoy spectacular views over the sea.
DAY 3 in Barcelona.
On the third day and last day we advise you to go to Plaça d’Espanya and the Palace of Montjüic.
Montjuïc district is a glimpse to a contemporary architecture. Stop by the Arenas de Barcelona, a modern shopping center – formerly Barcelona’s bullfighting ring – that has a well-positioned rooftop offering a spectacular view.
Take your time, and enjoy every minute of strolling through there. It is a great moment to visit the Art Museum and make a visit to Torre Telefonica, and see the biggest open space where all international concerts take place.
If you are ready to stay till the evening here, then as well take some time to watch magic fountains at Plaça d’Espanya, that are simply amazing.
And if you want to wanderlust yourself, take a ticket right to Poble Espanyol. Here you will find all the Spanish culture in only one place. Authentic buildings and streets from every corner of Spain, reproduced in this small place, that will help you to enjoy Spain in only a stroll.
DAY 4 in Barcelona.
Initially I wanted to create a 3 days itinerary to Barcelona, but then thought, that in 3 days there won’t be time for beaches. And Barcelona is not only about the culture, but as well about the beaches. Interesting fact is, that before 1992, when went Olympic Games, Barcelona wasn’t a beach destinations.
Even nowadays, you won’t find locals enjoying the beaches of Barcelona. They all go out.
So, the last day, I dedicate to all the beaches. Along the shore, it is a great walking place, you can enjoy it strolling, or even biking. In both cases, you will enjoy the place. Within tourists, the famous beaches are Playa Bogatell, here you can enjoy some volleyball time. Then, walk to Los Torres, and Playa Nova Icaria, where you can stop and eat some ice-cream, enjoy some kayak, paddle or windsurfing time at Centre Municipal de Vela.
Right after, it is Playa de la Barceloneta. Full of local bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy fresh seafood plates or typical Spanish tapas. Here is a tip. Playa de la Barceloneta is the most touristy place. Be careful with your belongings, as stealers know it very well.
Another place to enjoy the evening is W Barcelona. A great place to make a perfect ending of your trip.
Even after a complete 4 days itinerary to Barcelona, there are still places that are worth to be visited. Like Tibidabo, La Boqueria, Labyrinth, Forum, Picasso Museum, and so much more. I hope Barcelona will take a place apart into your heart and you will come back to enjoy more places.