What to see in Barcelona and surroundings in 7 days

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Martí Micolau

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Barcelona, ​​the capital of Catologna, is located in the eastern part of Spain, exactly in a plain between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees mountain range.
It is a city ​​with a strong identity, colorful, culturally lively and where many palaces and gardens are real works of art in the open air.
Pervaded by its Catalan soul, Barcelona it is the place where you can breathe an ancient and modern air together, in which to find the expression of diversity and the resistance of tradition at the same time.
Here is a 7-day itinerary to discover Barcelona and its surroundings!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Barcelona
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

The first obligatory stop is the work of the architect Gaudì begun in 1882 and currently under construction: the Sagrada Familia (admission € 15,00, opening 09: 00/18: 00 - book priority entrance). The second inevitable attraction is Casa Milà, another beautiful building by Gaudì, also known as La Pedrera (€ 22,00, opening 09: 00/20: 30 and 21: 00/23: 00 - book priority entrance).

A few steps away is Casa Batllò, known as the "house of bones", a modernist building (€ 23,50, book the ticket online, opening hours 09: 00/21: 00). In all these buildings the sensation is of making sensory journeys and it is impossible not to be fascinated by them.
For lunch eat tapas at the tables of El Nacional (around € 22,00). Take a walk in Plaça Catalunya, the large main square of the city.

Continue towards the Church of Sant'anna, with an architecture characterized by the meeting of the Romanesque and the Gothic styles (08.30 / 19: 00).
Now enter the Palace of Catalan Music, which hosts important concerts throughout the year. The ticket for the guided tour is € 18,00 (open from 09: 30/18: 00).
For price eat montaditos and drink local wine at Tosca Tapas y vino, right in front of the palace (around € 18,50).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,9 km / 49 min
  • Places visited: Sagrada Familia (€ 15,00), Casa Milà (€ 22,00), Casa Batlò (€ 23,50), Plaça Catalunya (free), Church of Sant'Anna (free), Palace of Catalan Music (€ 18,00 .)
  • Daily shopping: € 120,00
  • Skip-the-line skip-the-line entrance to the Sagrada Familia Admission and guide to Casa Batlló Skip-the-line skip-the-line ticket to La Pedrera and Casa Milà
  • Lunch at El Nacional (Get directions), Dinner at Tosca Tapas y Vino (Get directions)

2 day

Start this day by visiting the famous Barcelona Aquarium, located in Port Vell and which consists of 35 tanks with more than 11 thousand animals, of many different species (€ 20,00, open from 10: 00/17: 00). After the visit, and heading towards the seafront, pass the statue in honor of Christopher Columbus, 60 meters high.

Continue towards Güell Palace, the building that Gaudì designed at a young age (€ 12,00, open from 10: 00/20: 00). Have lunch at Les Quinze Nits, tasting the paella (about € 25,00) and then arrive in Plaza del Pi, where you can admire the Catholic and Gothic church of Santa Maria Pi (open from 10:00 to 18:00).
Continue towardsAncient Synagogue, where you can visit this small and historic sacred place (€ 2,50, open from 10: 30/18: 30).
You are in the administrative heart of the city, Plaça de Sant Jaume of medieval origin, where the City Hall of Barcelona and the Palazzo della Generalità della Catologna are located, with an ancient charm.
Pay a visit toHemp Musuem Gallery, where the story of the use of hemp in past centuries is told (€ 9,00, open from 10: 00/22: 00).
For price stop at the Sensi Tapas restaurant, (around € 25,00).

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 36 min
  • Places visited: Barcelona Aquarium (€ 20,00), Statue of Christopher Columbus (free), Palazzo Güell (€ 12,00), Plaça del Pi (free), Church of Santa Maria Pi (free), Ancient Synagogue (€ 2,50, 9,00), Plaça de Sant Jaume (free), Hemp Musuem Gallery (€ )
  • Daily shopping: € 90,50
  • Skip-the-line skip-the-line entry to the Barcelona Aquarium
  • Lunch at Les Quinze Nits (Get directions), Dinner at Sensi Tapas (Get directions)

3 day

Take some time in the Old Town and start your tour starting from Piazza di San Filippo Neri, where the baroque church of San Filippo Neri overlooks. Then continue towards the Roman Wall, where you can admire the ancient walls built by the Romans to defend the city in the third century AD and where vaults in the Gothic style were later built.

Stop for lunch at the Bilbao Berria restaurant (brunch € 15,50) and then approach the Arcadia House, located behind the walls. It is a building that once housed the bishops, has now become the historical archive of the city (free, opening hours 09: 00/20: 45). You are close to the majestic Barcelona Cathedral, the highest expression of Catalan Gothic (open from 08:00 to 19:30, to visit the choir, the Christ of Lepanto and climb the rooftops: € 7,00).

A few steps away you can take advantage of a visit to the Frederic Marès Museum, which houses a collection of sculptures by the artist, as well as numerous everyday objects dating back to the 4,20th century (€ 10, open from 00: 19/00: ).
Relax with a cold beer and tapas at the tables of L'antiquari, € 12,00 and then visit the Barcelona History Museum, where you can get to know some history of Catalonia (it is open until 20:00, € 4,00).

  • Distance traveled: 600 m / 7 min
  • Places visited: Plaça de Sant Felip Neri (free), Muralla Romana (free), Casa dell'Arcadia (free), Barcelona Cathedral (€ 7,00), Frederic Marès Museum (€ 4,30), Barcelona History Museum ( € 4,00).
  • Daily shopping: € 43,00
  • Photo tour of the old town
  • Lunch at Bilbao Berria (Get directions), Dinner at L'Antiquari (Get directions)

4 day

Take a break from busy Barcelona and take a little out-of-town trip to Sitges with a guided or self-guided tour. Reach Barcelona Sants Station and take the R2S Vilanova / La Geltra bus (€ 4,00 - 40 minutes). You will arrive in a little gem of the Catalan coast, Sitges, famous for its long, clean and lively beaches.

Here you can dedicate yourself to strolling through the narrow streets of the very picturesque city center. Eat fresh fish at Revol's tables, spending around € 25,00 and then approach the beach where you can do activities such as kayaking and snorkeling. You will surely be drawn to the church of San Bartolomeo, which overlooks the golden sand and the crystal clear sea.

Behind the church you can buy a ticket of € 10,00 which allows you to visit two splendid museums, that of Cau Ferrat, home of the painter and writer Santiago Rusiñol, and that of Maricel, which houses works from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.
Enjoy the sunset on the beach and for dinner relax at the Costa Dorada restaurant, where you can eat the typical dish of the area such as xatò, prepared with cod, anchovies, tuna, olives and salad (dinner price around € 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 76,5 km / 1 h 19 min (by car)
  • Places visited: San Bartolomeo church (free), Cau Ferrat museums and Maricel museum (€ 10,00), Sitges beach (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Tarragona and Sitges Sitges Day Tour: Casa Bacardi Ticket
  • Lunch at Revol (Get directions), Dinner at Costa Dorada (Get directions)

5 day

Start the day at the wonderful Parc Güell, one of the most beautiful parks in europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984 (admission € 8,00, tour with priority access € 24,00, opening hours 09: 00/19: 00). Lesseps and Vallcarca metro stops are 15 minutes' walk from the park (ticket cost € 2,40). The work of art is by Gaudì, of course, and inside you can visit the Gaudì House Museum (€ 4,50, opening hours 10: 00/18: 00), which was the artist's home until 1925, the Doric Temple and the dragon's staircase, covered with small pieces of colored ceramic.

Have lunch in the Afiparc Restaurant, spending around € 10,00. With the metro go to Sightseeing, the shopping street surrounded by modernist buildings. Continue your real walk La Rambla, the famous long avenue, always busy, which dominates the city. Right here is one of the oldest markets in Spain: La Boqueria market, with more than 300 stalls (open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 20:30).

A few minutes away you will find the well-known and lively square, Plaça Reial. Eat tapas and drink excellent sangria sitting at the tables of the Bodega Biarritz 1881 (€ 25,00). End the day at one of the city's most popular jazz venues, the Jamboree.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,1 km / 1 h 13 min
  • Places visited: Parc Guell (€ 8,00) Casa Gaudi Museum (€ 4,50), Passeig de Gràcia (free), La Rambla (free), La Boqueria (free), Plaça Reial (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 42,00
  • flamenco show in a tablao on La Rambla
  • Lunch at Restaurant Afiparc (Get directions), Dinner at Botega Biarritz 1881 (Get directions)

6 day

Observing Barcelona from above is a truly exciting experience, so reach Paral-lel station today and buy the funicular ticket for € 2,40, which will take you to one of the most panoramic points of the city in a few minutes : the Montjuïc Park. Here you can visit the former fort, transformed in 1694 in Montjuïc Castle (the entrance fee is € 5,00).

Have lunch having brunch at the tables of the Cafeteria del Castell de Montjuïc (spending around € 12,50). With the funicular you reach the National Art Museum of Catalonia, with works from the 12,00th to the 10th century and a large Romanesque art collection (€ 00, opening hours 18: 00/: ). Now reach the Montjuic Magic Fountain, the spectacular elliptical fountain that offers 30 water games in 5 colors.

To fall in love with Barcelona again, you can watch the sunset from Plaza Spain, characterized by a large central fountain and two tall Venetian Towers that frame it. Dine nearby, enjoying Mediterranean cuisine in the elegant Filigrana restaurant, for around € 28,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,7 km / 49 min
  • Places visited: Montjuïc Park (funicular € 2,40), Montjuï Castle (€ 5,00), National Art Museum of Catology (€ 12,00), Magic Fountain of Montjuic (free), Plaza España (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Montjuïc and panoramic tour to Poble Espanyol tour and Montjuïc Magic Fountain in the evening
  • Lunch at Cafeteria del Castell de Montjuïc (Get directions), Dinner at Filigrana (Get directions)

7 day

Dedicate this last day to discovering the neighborhood Barceloneta, one of the most authentic in the city. Start the tour by visiting the Museum of the History of Catologna, which tells the history of the region from prehistoric times to today, with various kinds of finds and multimedia devices (€ 4,50, opening hours 10: 00/19: 00). Definitely worth a visit the symbol of the neighborhood is the church of Sant Miquel del Port, in Baroque style, (opening hours 09: 00/18: 0).

However, the most fascinating and popular place for locals is the Mercat de Barceloneta, where you can immerse yourself in everyday life among the food markets (08: 00/15 hours). Have lunch in the Can Ramonet restaurant, specializing in fish dishes (€ 32,00) and then stroll down to the long and always crowded beach.

Along the Sant Miquel beach you will notice the sculpture, Estel Ferit, which tells the relationship between the reconstruction and the past of the neighborhood. For dinner, sit at the tables of Mamarosa Beach (€ 35,00), where you can eat with a spectacular view of the city coast. Here is the modern building that characterizes the neighborhood: the W Barcelona hotel, whose panoramic terrace on the 26th floor will give you a splendid view.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 26 min
  • Places visited: Museum of the History of Catalonia (€ 4,50), San Miquel church (free), Mercat de Barceloneta (free), Playa de Sant Miquel (free), Panoramic terrace hotel W Barcelona (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 72,00
  • Lunch at Can Ramonet (Get directions), Dinner at Mamarosa Beach (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Barcelona

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Spending a week in Barcelona is a fairly accessible experience for anyone. By booking flights with low cost airlines well in advance you can find tickets at great prices, the same goes for accommodation, moving as soon as possible makes it easy to do business and find a nice accommodation even in central places.
On the other hand, deciding to stay in more peripheral neighborhoods is also an adequate choice, since the means of transport are not particularly expensive, and by purchasing some specific cards it is possible to make a more convenient use.

The only expense that can be high is for visits to museums and main attractions, in fact the only way to save from this point of view is the purchase of some cards, such as the Hola BCN, which allows you to visit a multitude of attractions at lower prices or for free (5 days cost € 54,00).
As for the food, it is undeniable that there are many restaurants, so you can choose every day from a very wide variety of cuisine and price range.

  • starting from € 28,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 66,00 per room -
  • Costa Brava Half Day Tour Barcelona Exclusive Sunset Sailing Experience for 2 Hours Flamenco Show in a Tablao on La Rambla
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 800,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Barcelona: to enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate, the hottest period is recommended, from April to September - find out more
  • several low cost airlines connect Italy with Barcelona's El Prat airport (flights from € 28,00). To reach the city center you need to take the Aerobus from Terminal 1 or 2 (€ 5,90, takes about 35 minutes)
  • the Rambla area allows you to stay overnight at affordable prices and is close to the main attractions and the port. For those who want to fully enjoy the relaxation on the beach it is preferable to focus on Barceloneta, close to the coast.
  • Getting around: apart from the long and pleasant walks in the center, it is also necessary to move around by public transport, the cost of the ticket for the metro and the bus is € 2,40 - find out more
  • Documents: Italian citizens and citizens of EU countries must have a valid identity card for expatriation or a passport
  • Country security: in conjunction with some events with a strong social impact, usually peaceful protests may occur, but which can cause traffic and disruption to mobility. Local authorities have also strengthened the measures necessary to deal with any threats of terrorist attacks and recently the Municipality of Barcelona made a series of recommendations to improve the protection and safety of those who visit the city, as reported on the Farnesina website.
  • Recommended cards and passes: The Barcelona Card allows you to travel on all public transport, and also allows free or discounted admission to many museums and attractions. It is valid from 3 to 5 days, starting from € 46,00 up to € 61,00. The Hola BCN card, the cost of which varies according to the duration (from 2 to 5 days, starting from € 16,30), gives you the possibility of unlimited use of public transport.

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