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A long weekend in Barcelona

A fascinating getaway that takes in the best of Barcelona. | View itinerary »

Some cities deserve more than one visit. Barcelona is undeniably one of them. Gaudi’s city offers so much to see and do that you’d need to live there to take it all in but, for those who only have a few days to visit, we’ve compiled an amazing itinerary packed with the stunning highlights.

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Guide price £295 per person for a 4-day visit

What’s included

  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a fantastic city-centre 4* hotel
  • Buffet style breakfast
  • Private airport transfer
  • Personalised travel App and e-Document manager
  • All attractions and activities shown in your personalised itinerary
  • Our own personally recommended restaurants guide
  • 100% financial protection

What’s not included

  • Flights (can be quoted separately)
  • Travel insurance - we are happy to advise

Travel Info

Fly direct to Barcelona with British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair and others, from most major UK hubs and many regional airports.

Best time to go

We recommend you visit Barcelona early summer and autumn although even in the winter, days are colder but often sunny.

Bespoke Service

Let us know your interests, ideal dates and duration, and preferred flights, and we’ll create the perfect Barcelona holiday just for you.

Day 1

Welcome to Barcelona

After arrival at the airport, take a private transfer to your hotel to check-in. During the afternoon you’ll have plenty of free time to start exploring the city. We’d suggest starting your exploration at the Plaza Cataluña, the nerve centre of the city and a buzzing landmark hub where visitors mingle with residents on the cobblestone square.

Day 2

Las Ramblas

At the southern end of the Plaza Cataluña you’ll find La Rambla, the most famous avenue in Barcelona. It’s a long and often busy thoroughfare, so pace yourself as you stroll along its tree-lined length, packed with street performers, snack bars and emblematic places such as the Liceo Theatre, La Boqueria market, or the Canaletas fountain. If you’ve ever seen news reports about Barcelona football fans celebrating cup victories, you might recognise this last icon!

Day 2

The Ramblas continued

La Rambla is the lifeblood of Barcelona, a major artery that divides the Gothic quarter to the east, and El Raval neighbourhood to the west. Both are definitely worth visiting – the Gothic quarter for its historical atmospheric lanes that suddenly burst open into expansive plazas, and the Raval side for its cutting-edge museums, art galleries and chic boutiques. But we’ll save them for later. Instead, follow La Rambla to the end and you’ll reach the Mirador de Colón monument with its 60-metre high viewing gallery that takes in both the city and the Mediterranean.

Day 2


From here, take the Paseo de Colón to Barceloneta, passing the modern waterfront Maremagnum shopping centre, the Barcelona Aquarium and the History Museum. All are worth a visit. When hunger strikes, take a seat at one of the Barceloneta beachfront restaurants for a savoury plateful of paella and an eyeful of the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 2

Parque de la Ciudadela

To digest your lunch, take a casual stroll within the greenery of the Parque de la Ciudadela, the lungs of Barcelona. Those with the energy can hire a rowing boat in the lake – always a hit with the children!

Day 2

El Borne

To end the day, head to one of the most fashionable neighbourhoods of Barcelona – El Borne. Whereas the Gothic quarter has historic character and El Raval has chic, the El Borne area boasts calm, charm and beauty. In addition to its picturesque plazas and tiny churches, it houses the Picasso Museum and the incredible Palacio de la Música. El Borne is also famed for its trendy dining venues in and around the Paseo del Borne and the Santa Caterina Market. For something a little different, we recommend Asian tapas at Mosquito, typical tapas and sensational gin at Bormuth, or for burgers that are out of this world, Pim Pam Burger.

Day 3

Parque Güell

Yesterday was about walking, today we give your feet a rest. Either buy a T10 travel card (10 journeys on the underground, bus or tram within central Barcelona), or take the hop-on hop-off tourist bus.

First stop is the Parque Güell, an almost Hansel and Gretel-type representation of Guadi’s bizarre imagination cloaked in greenery. Don’t forget to take in the iconic salamander – once all the Japanese tourists have finished taking selfies with this famous mosaic lizard.

Day 3

Sagrada Familia

If the Parque Güell is an example of what Antonio Guadi was capable of creating given free rein, your next stop is the pinnacle of his more serious work. Still a work-in-progress since its inception in 1882, this magnificent basilica is perhaps Barcelona’s greatest symbol. Completion is planned for 2026, the 100th anniversary of Guadi’s death. Don’t hold your breath!

Day 3

Avenida Gaudi

From here, head to the Avenida Guadi to witness another perfect example of Catalan modernism with its monumental fairytale buildings, such as the Hospital de Sant Pau. With the imagination fuelled, we continue to the historic Gothic quarter, and more specifically, the Paseo de Gracia and the Casa Milá.

Paseo de Gracia

Before setting foot on the Paseo de Gracia, check your bank account. This shopping street is home to some of Barcelona’s most exclusive stores – but there’s no harm in window-shopping, right? The price labels might make your jaw drop, but so will the magnificent buildings along this street. Look out for the Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller, and Casa Milà or La Pedrera as it’s better known. If you’re looking for a special evening meal on your last night, we can particularly recommend dining at the Café de la Pedrera.

Day 4

Plaza de España – Montjuic

Before leaving Barcelona, a visit to the beautiful Plaza de España square is a must. Here we will see the light and water show of the Magic Fountain of Montjuic and finish in Montjuic Hill where the Olympic Ring and the Telecommunications Tower are located. If you have time, also take in the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) within the glorious Montjuic Palace, and the Poble Español, an elegant, open-air living museum displaying live craftsmanship, historical recreations and traditional shops.


Camp Nou

If you’re a Barcelona football fan, or just a lover of the sport in general, we highly recommend a visit to Camp Nou, home of the city’s most revered team. The guided ‘Camp Nou Experience’ begins with a tour of the stadium, including the changing rooms, the player’s tunnel, and a pitch side walk, as well as the presidential seats, the subs bench, the press room, and finally the F. C. Barcelona Museum.

Three of four days is enough time to get a feel for Barcelona, but certainly not enough time to truly get to know this remarkable city. We’re sure you’ll want to return, or even extend your stay. If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll give you more details on longer trips, extensions, or the best itineraries for those on repeat visits.

Get in touch

We don’t deal in one-size-fits-all holidays. We build amazing journeys tailored just for you. But before we can do that, we need to know about you – what excites you, what are your ‘must-sees’ and ‘must do’s’, and conversely, what do you want to avoid or what makes you feel indifferent. We don’t do indifferent, and neither should you!

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