Usually when I plan a trip, especially to places with a historical past, more often than not, I dedicate at least 4 days, if not a week, to elaborately discover the city. I feel a true traveler is one who aims at mingling with a new city in such a manner as though they have always lived there. In conversation with my best friend yesterday, we discussed how we must only take a break when we have burnt our resources out and are almost suicidal. We can travel all the time although nothing matches a trip taken when we don’t simply want it but desperately need it. Here’s an itinerary to 4 days in Barcelona, one of the most spectacular cities the world has produced!
Day 1: Let’s start with thee, Gaudi
When in Barcelona, you must, must begin with Gaudi. The Catalan architect who integrated into his architecture such crafts as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry, is one of the most fascinating and distinctive personalities of the Art World.
Your 4 days in Barcelona are guaranteed to be super fun and unique! And to make sure, you’ve still got to begin with Gaudi whether you love art or not, . You could begin with Eixample neighborhood, which is on the passage to Gracia, where most of his famous works are situated.
The Gracia neighborhood with it’s charming roads and cafes is perfect to spend the rest of the day
Day 2: Barcelona walk
The walking tours, one such being Barcelona Walk, are perfect way of seeing the city on foot, and you could dedicate your 2nd day to one of these themed itineraries.
And make hay while the sun shines…
You could either go on the Barcelona walks which will take you through the historical districts or you could choose to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Whichever draws you more…
Day 3: Day with the Art
Start your morning by exploring the Gothic Quarter and Museu d’Història de Barcelona. You are in for surprises. For 2,000 years, the Gothic Quarter has been the secular & spiritual heart of the city.
Rove around to discover this magical traffic-free medieval world, an arresting labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets and atmospheric alleyways. With its inviting little boutiques, restaurants, and museums, the Gothic Quarter is best to let chill out and soak in the vibes of the city.
Depending on your interests, you could either lose yourself in the streets of Las Ramblas. This is the heart of Barcelona’s social life , a broad, tree-shaded avenue that separates the Old Town into two parts. Enjoy the fresh air and zesty ambience as you shop a variety of colorful stuff from the markets. When tired, relax at one of the streetside cafes for a good latte.
For Shopoholics, this is the place to be! Shop in the Portal de l’Àngel and Carrer Pelai, famous for their amazing retail outlets. You will find big fashion outlets to small interesting shops, so that you don’t run out of options.
Day 4: Wrap it up
This is your last day in this amazingly beautiful city. You could either-
board the Catalunya Bus Turistic which is the best way to soak the city in and get to hang around the city’s best attractions.
Now, this is one is for Art and Architecture enthusiasts-
Take a trip to Mountain Montserrat, which would entail a trip to Gaudí’s Colònia Güell and admire the Catalan landscape as you are drive toward Colònia Güell. At Gaudí’s Crypt, know the story behind this unfinished church and let your imagination run wild as you witness famous architect Gaudí’s quirky design and his dislike for straight lines. While you admire its quirkiness, enjoy a glass of traditional Spanish cava to end your time in style.
It is a one day trip so you can cover all of it and return to Barcelona the same day.
No matter what you do and where you go in Barcelona, you cannot not love it. So when in Spain, and otherwise, you have got to come here. Till then Feliz Viaje or Happy Travel, in Spanish!