Spending 4 days in Barcelona | Spain

Posted by on May 17, 2014

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There is an ever-growing number of people who decide to spend a few days abroad during weekends and holidays, taking advantage of the many low cost packages. However,the few available days are not synonymous with a holiday less enjoyable and unsuccessful any more: in a few days it is possible, having plan your days in advance, to visit the main attractions of the place of vacation. Among the most popular destinations for these hit and run holidays are European capitals, especially Barcelona. This guide will give you some suggestions on what to see in Barcelona in 4 days.

Barcelona

Barcelona

In order to make the fullest out of the days you have at your disposal it is advisable to book a flight that allows you to arrive in the morning and leave with one in the late afternoon or late evening.

DAY 1

Focus on the beauty of the old city: the famous Las Ramblas and the Old Port, for example. Guests can walk to the downtown streets to admire them. Las Ramblas is a street teeming with life both by day and night: you may find shopkeepers, street performers, cafes and restaurants. Also within walking distance you’ll come across with the Boqueria Market and the Liceu Theatre, famous for the works and ballets that are played there. Going to the Old Port you will find stalls of street painters and designers. Here you will also find a commemorative statue of Christopher Columbus and the Maritime Museum. You can end your day just before a visit to the shipyard that houses the museum, if you’re interested.

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas

DAY 2

Be prepared to walk through the city in search of works by visionary architect Antoni Gaudi, who left works of inestimable value, and that still never cease to amaze. First of all, the Sagrada Familia, a cathedral that is still under construction, since 1882 and it seems that will be completed in 2020. Among other, there are some residential buildings designed by him such as Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, as well as the famous Guell Park. If you think it’s a little too short a day, wait until you find yourself having to walk all day on the crowded streets of Barcelona!

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

DAY 3

You can dedicate your penultimate day to visits to the many museums in the city. A highlight is the Juan Miro Foundation Museum, which among other things, it annually hosts several traveling exhibits from around the world, and the inevitable Picasso museum dedicated to the famous painter. The National Museum of Catalan Art is also very interesting, which houses one of the largest and most important collections of Romanesque art, with frescoes from the churches of Catalonia.

Catalan Museum of Art

Catalan Museum of Art

DAY 4

After three days of intense sightseeing, you can reserve the last day forshopping and relaxation before leaving. If you are passionate about fashion, do not miss a stroll along the Passeig de Gràcia or Diagonal Avenue, streets that are home to the stores of the most respected fashion designers in the world. In the port area you will enjoy a splendid view of the city from the top of Montjuic, home to an ancient castle that was used to survey the area. As for eating and drinking in the various areas that have been recommended, there are plenty of restaurants and pubs in which to try the tasty local food and drink with friends before returning to the hotel.

Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia

These are just some ideas on what you can do and see in Barcelona when having a few days available; of course there are many more attractions that the city offers and different routes that you can follow to organize your holiday as you wish.

Barcelona photos by: kenny teo, #ramon martadelo#, greg annandale, bruce aleksander, morbcn

For more on Spain check: Spain | The unknown cities, Spain | All you need to know

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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