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Best Barcelona Itineraries: 1, 3 & 4 Day Stays

Barcelona View from Parc Guell

Barcelona is a top destination for those travelling to Europe for many reasons. It is a popular port city for cruise lines, it has the top tourist site in all of Spain (the Sagrada Familia) and because it is a coastal city, the weather is beautiful. If you are looking to come here, you might be interested in looking at some of our best Barcelona Itineraries.

Best Barcelona Itineraries

What to Bring to Barcelona:

Rick Steves Guide for Barcelona

When you are traveling to Barcelona without a tour guide, you should consider purchasing a guide book.

Our favorite guidebooks are those by Rick Steves.

His Barcelona guide is small enough to take with you and has great walking tours with maps!

Suncreen, Sunglasses and Hat

Even if the sun doesn’t feel that hot to you, the sun is out nearly 15 hours a day in the summer months.

That is a lot of exposure time, so we suggest you do your part to protect the parts of your body that are exposed to the sun’s rays including your eyes.

Comfortable Shoes

While in Barcelona you will be doing a good amount of walking. Make sure that you are wearing shoes that are comfortable.

Many of the streets around La Rambla are cobblestone and not friendly to heels.

Choose shoes that have grip to be able to handle the different types of ground you will be covering on foot.

Our pick is a sport sandal, like these Jambu Mary Jane flats for women & KEEN sport sandals for men.

Power Adapter

Be sure you pack several European adapters so that you can charge your electronics!

I prefer adapters that have both prong outlet and USB ports.

Crossbody Bag

Avoid shoulder bags. They weigh you down and are easy for a thieves to grab. Instead, wear a crossbody bag that has RFID built in.

Las Ramblas in Barcelona

Where to Stay in Barcelona

Barcelona is a pedestrian friendly city and you will find it easy to get from one place to another either through its metro system or through its buses.

Choose to stay in a place that has easy access to both. These are some of the places we recommend to stay in Barcelona:

  • Arc la Rambla: Located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter neighborhood, Arc la Rambla is in the city center and about a 10-15 minute walk from most of the desirable sites in Barcelona.
  • Ayre Hotel Rosellon: Located in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, Ayre Hotel Rosellon is in the city center and near a metro station. It is as close as you can get to Sagrada Familia and offers beautiful views.
  • Olivia Balmes Hotel: In the city center, Olivia Balmes Hotel is in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, an area with great shopping and near to many popular landmarks, like Casa Mila.

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