Itinerary for Barcelona, Spain

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Itinerary for Barcelona, Spain

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Spain Country Facts

Country: Spain

Capital: Madrid

Languages: Spanish and Catalan

Time Zone: Central European Time Zone (GMT +01:00)

Weather by season: Winter (high 50’s), Spring (high 50-60’s), Summer (high 70’s), Fall (high 50-60’s)

Currency: Euro

Exchange Rate for the USD: 1 USD = 0.85 Euro (upd. August 2017)

International telephone dialing country code: +34 for Spain

Food they’re known for: Tapas (appetizers), Paella (Valencian rice dish), ham, cured pork [see the top 5 budget tapas in Barcelona here]

Drinks they’re known for: Cava (sparkling wine), Sangria

Tipping Expectations: 7% Tip is already included at restaurants but if you want to tip more do only 5-10%

Popular Shopping Goods: Ceramics, Espadrilles (shoes with rope soles)

Common Shop Hours: 9am-2pm and 4pm-8pm for an afternoon siesta (nap!)

Taxi Information: There’s no Uber in Barcelona but download the “MyTaxi” app to call a taxi with similar technology

Wifi Cafes in Barcelona to work from

Tile work at Palau de la Musica Catalana

Hotel/Accommodation Recommendations for Spain

Here are the top five accommodations in Barcelona that are in a convenient location to all the action, have a romantic ambiance, and are rated good enough for you (our fine reader). Take a quick glance at them, book one, and write your booking details in your “Organize the Essentials List” you get by subscribing to our website (do it!).

Name Avg Cost per Night Stars Address (Neighborhood) Check In Time Checkout Time Booking Link
Park Hotel $220 3 Avenida Marques de Argentera, 11 (Born) 3pm 12pm BOOK
Andante Hotel $250 3 Avenida de les Drassanes, 23-25 (Raval) 3pm 12pm BOOK
Hotel Barcelo Raval $233 4 Rambla del Raval, 17-21 (Raval) 2pm 12pm BOOK
Duquesa de Cardona $318 4 Passeig Colom, 12 (Rambla) 3pm 12pm BOOK
Serhs del Port $166 3 Avenida Paralelo, 40 (Raval) 3pm 11am BOOK
If you are looking for a more affordable option, an apartment rental is the way to go. Using Airbnb you can rent an apartment anywhere in the city. You typically don’t get the amenities of a concierge, breakfast, gym, pool, etc so you can get your stay for less than half the price of a hotel. You’ll want to book far in advance to get a great place with good reviews. Be aware, Barcelona isn’t the most Airbnb-friendly city so make sure you have a way of constant communication with your host. Get $40 off your first booking here: BOOK AN AIRBNB

Transportation Recommendations for Spain

Here are the sources we recommend you use to book transportation within the city. In Barcelona we recommend you walk when possible, ‘app’ a taxi when needed, and use trains from city to city. Renting a car is stressful and difficult in a country where the language and signage is different.

Type (rental car, taxi, train) Company Website
Taxi MyTaxi https://us.mytaxi.com/index.html (download the app on your phone)
Train Loco2 www.loco2.com

Looking for a more affordable option? You could take the Aerobus for just 5.90E/ride. Learn more here.

Booking Recommendations for Spain

In the itinerary’s charts below, you’ll notice we mention “book now” or “book later”. If it says “book now” you truly must book tickets now, months in advance, as it’s a popular thing to do that sells out at peak times. If we say “book later” you could book it just before leaving or you could even just show up to the location and buy tickets that same day.

Views from the Montjuic Castle


Below is our 5-7 day itinerary for Barcelona! If you want a shorter 3 day itinerary, checkout this one from our friends at Divergent Travelers.

Barcelona Spain Trip Overview

5-7 DAY TRIP

DAY 1 Walk La Rambla

DAY 2 Take the cable car to Montjuic castle | Explore Barceloneta beach area

DAY 3 Visit Sagrada Familia | Visit Gaudi’s Houses in Eixample neighborhood

DAY 4 Beach day | Explore El Born neighborhood

DAY 5 Explore Gracia neighborhood | Explore Gothic Quarter

(DAY 6 optional) Day trip to Tarragona | Explore Sarria and Pedralbes

(DAY 7 optional) Day trip to Montserrat

Trip Details for Barcelona Spain

DAY 1 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Be able to say you walked the most famous street in Barcelona- La Rambla!

Today is all about strolling the charming streets of Barcelona, starting with the most popular one: La Rambla. It is lined with shopping, restaurants, sightseeing, and prime time people watching. Take your time walking this 1.2km street from south to north and making as many stops as you please.

Start at the Monument a Colon which is a 60m tall monument honoring Christopher Columbus who is pointing his finger in the direction of Sicily. You can technically go up to the top lookout tower, but honestly save your viewing glasses. You’ll get better views later in the trip. After that, consider stopping into the Museo Maritim (the world’s largest medieval shipyard) if you’re feeling like a pirate and are into old ships and stuff (ARRR). Then stroll north on La Rambla, pass the characters painted up in crazy ensembles, partake in some souvenir shopping at the street vendors, and then make your next pit stop at the Palau Guell. It is visually best to visit this sculptural 7-story mansion and the room of a hundred columns on a sunny afternoon. Next up, off to the right of La Rambla, is a lively plaza called Placa Reial. It has the Fountain of Three Graces and some food options so it may be a good lunch spot to relax and people watch. Or stop back here another night for jazz or dance performances in the nearby restaurants (recommended in day 6).

After some grazing, catch a tour at the Gran Teatre del Liceu which is an amazing historical and architectural spot, even for those not fond of operas! Lalala! Built in 1848 it has survived three disasters! After being thoroughly amazed, keep walking north and follow your nose. Next up is the Boqueria Market! Here you will find lots of mouth watering snack options including hanging raw meat everywhere. Don’t leave without a fresh fruit smoothie!

Keep moving north and watch out for the Canaletes fountain! It is a black and gold fountain that you most definitely should take a sip out of to signify your promise to return to Barcelona someday. Once you’re feeling hydrated, move to the last stop for the afternoon- Placa de Catalunya. You can’t miss this huge and regal city center square. Take some panoramas and pat yourself on the back for surviving that long but rewarding walk along Laaaaaa Rambla!

It may be time for a nap after that long day of walking. But whenever you’re ready to wind back up, head out on the town for a relaxing dinner. Spend the night with your feet up, relaxing with a delicious spanish sangria in hand. Expect to be dining under the stars as the Spanish eat dinner after 8:30pm. Cheers to a great first day in Espana!

DAY 1 DETAILS

Destination Hours Address Price Website
Monument a Colon 830am-830pm for the lookout Plaza Portal de la pau Free to see; 4-5E for the lookout
Museo Maritim (Museum) 10am-8pm Avinguda de les Drassanes 3.50E (Free Sundays) WEBSITE              BUY THERE
Palau Guell (Palace) Summer 10am-8pm; Winter 10am-530pm; closed Mondays Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5 12E WEBSITE  BUY THERE
Placa Reial (Plaza) Plaza off of La Rambla Free
Gran Teatre del Liceu (Theater) Everyday from 2-6pm on the hour (45min tour); open 930am wknds La Rambla, 51-59 9E (there is also a 6E half hour tour) WEBSITE    [BOOK NOW]     Click Tours
Mercat de la Boqueria (Market) 8am-830pm Rambla, 91 Free to walk thru; pay for your food WEBSITE
Font de Canaletes (Fountain) Rambla de Canaletes Free
Placa de Catalunya Placa de Catalunya Free

 

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Website
Cafe de l’Opera 8am-230am Drinks only La Rambla, 74 $ WEBSITE
Cafe Viena 830am-130am Claim: World’s best sandwich La Rambla, 115 $
Can Culleretes 130-5pm and 9-11pm; closed Sunday nights + all day Mondays Spanish Carrer d’en Quintana, 5 $$ WEBSITE
La Fonda 1-11pm; til 1130pm wknds Seafood/Mediterranean Carrer dels Escudellers, 10 $$$


Columbus Monument

Placa Reial


DAY 2 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Be able to say you explored the grounds of the 1640 military fortress called Montjuic.

Today is your day to catch unbelievable views of the city and the coastline from none other than… a cable car! Get to the cable cars early to avoid long lines. They will take you up to the hill in Montjuic. From there you can walk or taxi to the Castle of Montjuic which is a historic fort you must see. Make sure you go to the top of it and see the sundial that was used as the base of the metric system. Plus, don’t miss those 360 degree views of the city.

Once you’ve had your fix of architectural history, move on to the Olympic stadium to walk around the site of the 1992 olympics. There’s a museum and a sports palace there as well. Then the last thing you can consider doing in Montjuic is the Catalonian National Museum of Art if you’re a museum lover. Here you can learn about art from the Romanesque era to the 20th century.

When you’re done in Montjuic, ride the cable cars back to Barceloneta which is the beach area of Barcelona. If you’re feeling some A/C, shopping, and lunch then stop at Port Vell which is a large mall that also has a theatre and aquarium. Sit outside for lunch with views of the marina!

If you’re ready for a nap, relax the rest of the afternoon. But if you’re wanting to explore a park, then Parc de la Ciutadella is the one to see. It’s like New York’s central park. Meander around or chill in the grass. Before you leave, be sure you saw the Arc de Triomf red arches and La Cascada waterfall monument.

Plans for tonight: have a romantic dinner by the beach. So clean up, get on your best beachy outfit, and head to the Port Olimpic area for a night out. Choose a restaurant along the beachwalk to dine at. We highly recommend Aqua which was our favorite meal overall in Barcelona. Afterwards have a “romantic walk on the beach”. Or if a nightclub is more your style, head to the W hotel’s eclipse bar for views of the city at night and music from international DJ’s.

Montjuic Castle

Port Vell

Parc de la Ciutadella

DAY 2 DETAILS

Destination Hours Address Price Website
Transbordador Aeri del Port (Cable car) 1030am-7pm (check schedule as it varies by season) Av. Miramar S/N 11E one way or 16.50E roundtrip WEBSITEBUY THERE
Castell de Montjuic (Castle) 10am-6/8pm depending on the season Ronda del Fort Roig, 3 5E (Free Sundays after 3pm) WEBSITEBUY THERE
Estadi Olimpic (Stadium) Summer 8am-8pm or Winter 10am-6pm Passeig Olímpic, 15-17 Free WEBSITE
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Museum) Tue-Sat 10am-6pm (check schedule as it varies by season) Parc de Montjuic 12E (audio guide 4E); free Saturdays after 3pm WEBSITEBUY THERE
Port Vell (w/ Maremagnum Mall) 10am-10pm Moll d’Espanya, 5 Free WEBSITE (port)WEBSITE (mall)
Parc de la Ciutadella (Park) Summer 10am-8pm; Winter 10am-6pm Parc de la Ciutadella Free WEBSITE
Port Olimpic (marina) Edifici Capitanía, S/N Free WEBSITE

 

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby Barceloneta:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Cost Website
Agua 8pm-1130pm dinner Thur-Sun (make reservation for outside) Seafood/Mediterranean Passeig Maritim, 30 $$$$ WEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
CDLC 12pm-5am Eclectic Asian Passeig Maritim, 32 $$$$ WEBSITE
El Vaso de Oro 11am-12am Tapas & Beer Carrer de Balboa, 6 $ WEBSITE
Black Lab Brewhouse & Kitchen 1pm-1am Brewpub Placa Pau Vila, 1 $$ WEBSITE
Torre d’Alta Mar 1pm-330pm and 8-1130pm; closed Mon; Sun dinner only Mediterranean Passeig Joan de Borbo, 88 $$$$ WEBSITE
Eclipse Bar 6pm-2am (til 3am on weekends) Upscale Bar Place de la Rosa del Vents, 1 $$ WEBSITE

DAY 3 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Say you’ve been to the famous Sagrada Familia, the #1 attraction in Barcelona!

Today is all about Gaudi history tours. Your first tour of the day should be to Sagrada Familia. You should book a guided tour early in the morning before it gets too crowded. This is the one place you must not miss, so book it now, really. Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Church that is still being built even though it was started all the way back in 1882. Talk about snail pace! It is hard to believe until you walk beneath the very, extremely, tremendously large and somehow intricate structure. The details are amazing and it is fascinating to learn the artistic influences Gaudi and his team used. Take lots of pictures, but they won’t do it justice. So take a snapshot in your memory too.

Next you may want to grab some grub somewhere nearby Sagrada. Then you’re off to Gaudi’s next masterpiece in the upscale Eixample neighborhood: Casa Batllo! Get the audio tour here and walk through each room with a phone that shows you Gaudi’s inspiration which include mushrooms, turtles, waves, and nature.

The third and final tour of the day is to La Pedrera. This can be done during the day, but we recommend you book the night tour.

So if you have some down time you can walk the Passeig de Gracia which is filled with some great street shopping! Or grab some tapas and drinks at an outdoor table to people watch.

Then return to La Pedrera at night, they have a rooftop light show and then you get to toast some Cava and desserts at the end of the tour. Since you’ve already sipped some bubbly, keep it flowing through the end of the night at dinner- what a day!

Today’s Google Map

Sagrada Familia

Tour at Casa Battlo

La Pedrera

La Pedrera at night

DAY 3 DETAILS

 

Destination Hours Address Price Website
Sagrada Familia 9am-6pm (check the schedule as it varies by season) Carrer de Mallorca, 41 24E for tours with guide (add’l to go up to the towers) WEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Casa Batllo 9am-9pm Passeig de Gracia, 43 23.50E-39E depending on the tour you choose WEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Passeig de Gracia (street shopping/restaurants) Varies depending on the restaurant/shop Passeig de Gracia free
Casa Mila (La Pedrera) 9am-830pm and 9-11pm for night tours Passeig de Gracia, 92 22-59E depending on the tour you choose WEBSITE[BOOK NOW]

 

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Website
Boca Grande 1pm-12am Mediterranean passatge de la concepcio, 12 $$$ WEBSITE
Cuidad Condal 730am-130am Tapas bar Rambla de Catalunya, 18 $$
Brunch & Cake 9am-10pm Brunch, Bakery Carrer Enric Granados, 19 $$ WEBSITE
La Pastisseria Barcelona 9am-2pm & 5pm-830pm Bakery, Coffee Carrer d’Aragó, 228 $ WEBSITE
L’Olive 1pm-4pm & 8pm-1130pm Catalan Carrer de Balmes, 47 $$$ WEBSITE
El Tragaluz 130pm-4pm & 830-1130pm Mediterranean Pasaje Concepcio, 5 $$$ WEBSITE

DAY 4 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Relaxation at its finest!

Today is the perfect day to allow yourself some free time and relaxation. After three jam-packed days of touring the city, it’s about darn time you lay back with a pina colada in hand.

Within Barcelona, you have a few beach options. Barceloneta beach is the most convenient and popular since it is closeby. It is lively with drummers, street performers, and bars lining the beach. Icaria beach is the second most popular, nearby beach and it has a younger crowd. If you’re wanting to be adventurous and go to a nude beach (yikes!), then Mar Bella is your best bet. Lastly, if you are open to traveling 30min south, Sitges beach is a bit quieter and cleaner.

If you spent most of daylight at the beach then skip down to the next paragraph. But if you’re done early and have an interest in music, we recommend you checkout the Palau de la Musica Catalana. It is a beautifully designed music hall meant to honor Catalan musicians. Tours run all day, by language, so lookup the schedule prior to going.

Later in the evening head to El Born neighborhood for some good ol’ fashioned sightseeing. The Santa Maria del Mar is a beautiful gothic basilica with breathtaking stone work that was hauled down from Montjuic, where you visited earlier. The guided tour takes you up to the rooftop. Then do some walking through the Mercat de Santa Caterina for snacks and the Passeig del Born for some shopping. The Passeig is lined with trees and it’s a romantic walk at night with some hoppin’ places for dinner and drinks. What a way to finish your day of relaxation!

Today’s Google Map

Barceloneta

Palau de la Musica Catalana

DAY 4 DETAILS

 

Destination Hours Address Price Website
Palau de la Musica Catalana 10am-330pm (til 7pm in July-Aug) Carrer Palau de la Música, 4-6 17E WEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Santa Maria del Mar (basilica) 9am-130pm and 430pm-8pm Plaça de Santa Maria, 1 Free on your own or 8E for guided tour WEBSITEBUY THERE
Mercat de Santa Caterina (market) 730am-830pm Av Francesco Camo, 16 Free WEBSITE
Passeig del Born (street) Varies depending on the restaurant/shop Passeig del Born Free

 

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

 

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Website
Cuines Santa Caterina 9am-1130pm Tapas bar Francesc Cambo, 16 $$$ WEBSITE
La Habana Vieja 1pm-5pm & 8pm-12am Cuban Carrer Banys Vells, 2 $$ WEBSITE
El Xampanyet Tue-Sat 12pm-330pm & 7pm-11pm Tapas bar Carrer de Montcada, 22 $$ WEBSITE
Hofmann 9am-2pm & 330pm-830pm; no dinner Sun Pastries Flassaders, 44 $ WEBSITE
Bacoa 1pm-12am Burgers Calle Colomines, 2 $ WEBSITE
Cocktail Bar Juanra Falces 6pm-230am Bar Carrer del Rec, 24 $

DAY 5 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Be able to brag that you saw Barcelona underground!

Today starts with heading North to the Gracia neighborhood’s Park Guell. It’s the park you’ve seen photos of and it is expansive. You can see it from the outskirts, but if you want to go in the park you must get tickets ahead of time. It is a top attraction and very packed here, so doing this first thing in the morning is a good idea. Among the park is the Casa-Museu Gaudi which is known as the Alice in Wonderland house where Gaudi lived out the last twenty years of his life.

After all that walking, hop in a taxi back south to the Gothic Quarter. First, walk among the Santa Maria del Pi church which is large and strangely like a fortress.

Then head to one of our favorite experiences of Barcelona: the Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat. It is a city history museum that…get this… is underground! With the audio tour, you’ll take an elevator downstairs to be transported back to ancient Roman times. It is fascinating to see how they used to live. Some of the walls among the Gothic Quarter are the original walls built by the Romans. How cool! With this tour, you’ll also get to walk through Placa del Rei square which is where Columbus arrived.

After seeing the sites, spend the rest of the afternoon and evening shopping and dining around. The most well-known shop in this area is La Manual Alpargatera where espadrilles shoes are popularly made! Believe it or not, you have to take a number and wait for assistance here because of how popular it is. But these shoes are affordable, comfortable, cute, and last a lifetime. Get some as gifts for the ladies in your family too!

Today’s Google Map

Museum of Barcelona City History

Park Guell

DAY 5 DETAILS

Destination Hours Address Price Website
Park Guell 830am-630pm (check the schedule as it varies by season) Carrer Olot street, 5 Free outside the park; 7E access to park; 14E guided tour WEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Casa Museu Gaudi 10am-6pm Oct-Mar; 9am-8pm Apr-Sept Carrer Olot street, 5 (in Park Guell) 5.50E WEBSITEBUY THERE
Santa Maria del Pi 930am-830pm Carrer del Cardenal Casanas, 16 Free 930-10am & 6-830pm; 4E 10am-6pm WEBSITEBUY THERE
Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat Tue-Sun 10am-7pm Rey Square 7E WEBSITEBUY THERE
Placa del Rei Placa del Rei Free
La Manual Alpargatera (Shoes) 930am-130pm & 430-8pm Carrer Avinyo, 7 Free to look; Shoe costs vary WEBSITE

 

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby the Gothic Quarter:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Website
Cafe de l’Academia Mon-Fri 130pm-4pm & 830pm-1130pm Mediterranean Placa St Just, Lledo 1 $$$
Agut Tue-Sun 130pm-4pm & 830pm-1130pm Catalan/Tapas Carrer d’en Gignàs, 16 $$
Irati Taverna Basca 1pm-4pm & 7pm-12am Sandwiches Calle Cardenal Casanas, 17 $$$ WEBSITE
Pla 7pm-1130pm Catalan Bellafila, 5 $$$$ WEBSITE
Milk Bar & Bistro 9am-1am American (known for brunch) Carrer d’en Gignàs, 21 $$$ WEBSITE
Ocana 12pm-2am MediterraneanCafe & Bar Plaça Reial, 13-15 $$$ WEBSITE

(DAY 6 optional) AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Today you are skipping town to be able to say you went to historic Tarragona!

It’s day trip day, so hop onboard a train using Loco2 and take a quick 50min train south to the town of Tarragona. It is a cliffside town that was fortified around 195 AD by the Romans. There are some ancient Roman remains left to see here; the most majestic being the Amphitheatre. It was Emperor Augustus’s favorite place to go.

Just up the street is the Roman Circ which was an old Roman arena used for chariot races. You could also checkout the Museum of Archeology where you will see old Roman artifacts like bells, buckles, and keys.

Feel free to spend the entire day here with more shopping or grazing on food. Whenever you’re ready to head back to the city, catch your train back.

Tonight may be a good night to head back to the Placa Reial for some jazz or dancing! It is just off La Rambla where you visited on day one.

The other option is to head Northwest by tram to the cities of Sarria and Pedralbes where there is an amusement park on the top of a 1,789 foot hill! It’s called Tibidabo and it has a ferris wheel and a sky walk. Nearby is also the Torre Bellesguard which was a private house to court-kings and Gaudi later put up towers and gargoyles on it! But this would have to be done early (if you make it back in time) or could replace leaving town for Tarragona.

Today’s Google Map 1

Amphitheatre

We made a friend near the Roman Circ

(DAY 6 optional) DETAILS

Destination Hours Address Price Website
Amphitheater 9am-7pm (check the schedule as it varies by season) Parc de l’amfiteatre 3.30E WEBSITEBUY THERE
Roman Circ 9am-7pm (check the schedule as it varies by season) Rambla Vella, 1C 3.30E WEBSITEBUY THERE
Museu Nacional Arqueologic de Tarragona (MNAT) Tue-Sat 930am-6pm; Sun 10am-2pm Pl. del Rei, 5 4.50E WEBSITEBUY THERE
Tibidabo 11am-11pm (check the schedule as it varies by season) Placa del Tibidabo 28.50E Park; 12.50E panoramic area; tram 5.50E WEBSITEBUY THERE
Torre Bellesguard Tue-Sun 10am-3pm (English tours Sat-Sun only 11am) Carrer de Bellesguard, 16 16E WEBSITE[BUY NOW]

 

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby Tarragona:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Website
Les Voltes 130pm-330pm & 830pm-11pm (Tue dinner only) Mediterranean/Spanish Calle Trinquet Vell, 12 $$$ WEBSITE
La Capital Mon-Wed 8am-11pm; Thur-Sat 8am-12am; Sun 10am-11pm Hamburgers & Tapas Carrer Emperador August, 8 $ WEBSITE

 

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby Sarria and Pedralbes:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Website
Acontraluz 130pm-4pm & 830pm-12am (no dinner Sun) Catalan/Mediterranean Carrer del Milanesat, 19 $$$$ WEBSITE
Bambarol Tue-Sat 130pm-330pm & 8pm-11pm Mediterranean/Tapas Carrer de Santaló, 21 $$$ WEBSITE
Tram-Tram Tue-Sat 130pm-330pm & 9pm-1045pm (no dinner Tue) Mediterranean/Spanish Carrer Major de Sarrià, 121 $$$$ WEBSITE

(DAY 7 optional) AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Say you visited the holy ‘Serrated Mountain’ aka Montserrat!

Northwest of Barcelona, about an hour train ride away, is the glorious Montserrat mountain formation. It’s a breathtaking collision of sharp and soft edges that is home to the Benedictine monastery. Take the R5 train from Placa Espanya in Barcelona to Montserrat and then take the five minute cable car ride up to the monastery.

The Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery was founded in the 10th century. About 100 monks live here now. You can also see the museum and gift shops. Some days around 1pm a boys choir sings! While you’re there, be sure to find the statue of the Virgin called La Moreneta (the black virgin) which is in an alcove on the right side of the abbey.

After you’ve seen enough, catch the funicular up to the tip top of the mountain for more spectacular views! There are also six hikes (if you enjoy that sorta stuff). You could even pack a picnic lunch to eat at the top if you’d like a romantic picnic date! You can get info about the hikes at the information desk outside the monastery.

This whole day trip can be done independently or there are also tour packages you can get which may make it easier than booking all the separate forms of transportation on your own: see guided tour options here and here

If you make it back to the city with time to spare on your last night here, head out to eat somewhere near your hotel or Airbnb and enjoy your final Catalan meal in style.

Toast to your favorite memories in Barcelona together- “Salud”! We hope this trip was all you wished for & more!


Montserrat

(DAY 7 optional) DETAILS

Destination Hours Address Price Website
Aeri de Montserrat (cable car) 940am-7pm (check the schedule as it varies by season) Ctra C-55 10.30E roundtrip WEBSITE[BOOK NOW]
Basilica de Montserrat 730am-8pm Montserrat Abbey Free WEBSITE
Museum of Montserrat 10am-545pm Montserrat Abbey 7E WEBSITEBUY THERE

 

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby: There aren’t many options up here so grab what you find. Nothing worth noting. Save room in your tummy for a nice meal back in Barcelona instead.

Want to get discounted Barcelona museum tickets with an all-inclusive pass? Just 30E for 6 of the best museums plus skip the line! Get it HERE.

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