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Barcelona Itinerary 5 Days: How to Have the Ultimate Trip

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Barcelona 5 day itinerary

Barcelona 5 day itinerary
Barcelona 5 day itinerary

Barcelona is a vibrant coastal city that offers a unique blend of beaches, rich history, modern art, and delicious cuisine, making it one of the best cities in Spain.

With heaps of cool things to see, scrummy restaurants to try and quirky neighbourhoods to explore, it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start.

But, with this Barcelona itinerary for 5 days, you’ll manage to tick off all the best bits.

In this guide, we’ll cover some basic need-to-know information like where is Barcelona, how to get there and the best time to visit.

We’ll then jump into the itinerary which has been thoughtfully put together in a logical order to ensure you’re not jumping here there and everywhere.

At the end of the guide, you’ll find some additional information on where to stay and some frequently asked questions like how much a trip to Barcelona is going to cost.

Where is Barcelona

Barcelona is a city located in the northeastern region of Spain, along the Mediterranean coast. It is the capital and largest city of the Catalonia region.

Below is an interactive map so that you can see the exact location.

How to get to Barcelona

By plane

Barcelona plane

Barcelona’s El Prat Airport (BCN) is the main international airport in the region and serves numerous airlines with flights to and from major cities around the world.

There are several ways to get from Barcelona airport to the city centre, including:

  1. By Aerobus: The Aerobus is a direct shuttle service that runs between Barcelona airport and the city centre. It departs from both terminals of the airport and stops at several central locations, including Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Espanya.

  2. By Train: There is a train service called the R2 Nord that connects Barcelona airport to the city centre. You can take the train from Terminal 2 and it stops at several stations including Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona Sants and Estacio de Franca.

  3. By Metro: You can take the metro Line 9 (orange line) from both terminals of the airport and change to other metro lines to get to the city centre.

  4. By Taxi: Taxis are readily available at both terminals of Barcelona airport. They are a bit more expensive than the other options, but they provide a convenient and direct way to get to your destination in the city.

By train

Barcelona is well-connected to other cities in Spain and Europe by train.

The main train station in Barcelona is Barcelona-Sants. It’s the largest train station in Barcelona and one of the busiest in Spain. It serves both local and long-distance trains, including high-speed trains (AVE) to other cities.

If you’re planning to travel to or from Madrid, then this is the station which you’ll need.

Check prices: trainline

By bus

Barcelona bus

Travelling to Barcelona by bus is a convenient and affordable option, with several bus companies providing services to the city.

Bus companies from different cities and countries offer routes to Barcelona, but Busbud is a great platform that gathers all of them in one place, making it easy for you to compare prices and schedules and find the best option for your trip.

Check prices: Busbud

By car

Barcelona car

Driving to Barcelona can be a convenient way to reach the city, and it can offer flexibility and independence for your travel.

If you’re travelling from another location within Spain or one of the neighbouring countries then it’s important to be aware of the toll system.

There is an extensive network of toll roads, which are also known as “autopistas” or “autovías de peaje”. These toll roads are usually faster and have better infrastructure than the free motorways, but they can be expensive, especially for long trips.

The fees for these vary depending on the road, the distance travelled, and the type of vehicle and this is usually calculated based on the number of axles of the vehicle, with larger vehicles paying higher fees. These fees can be paid in cash or with a credit card at the toll booths, and some toll roads also accept electronic toll payment systems such as VIA-T or Telepeaje.

To plan your trip in Spain and estimate the toll fees, you can use online calculators such as ViaMichelin. It’s also a good idea to check the toll fees for your specific route and vehicle type before you start your journey.

Tip: some toll roads in Spain have a system of dynamic tolls, which means that the toll fees vary depending on the time of day and the level of traffic. In some cases, it may be cheaper to travel during off-peak hours to avoid high toll fees.

If you need to hire a car, then you’re always better doing this ahead of your trip as on-the-spot prices are considerably higher – sometimes 10x the price.

Check prices: rentalcar.com

Best time to visit Barcelona

Barcelona in fall

The best time to visit Barcelona depends on your preferences and what you want to do during your trip. Here’s what you can expect by season:

  1. Spring (March to May): Spring is a great time to visit Barcelona as the weather is mild and pleasant, and the crowds are smaller than during the summer months. You can enjoy the blooming of flowers and trees in the parks and gardens of the city. This season is ideal for sightseeing and exploring the city’s many attractions.

  2. Summer (June to August): Summer is the peak tourist season in Barcelona, with long sunny days, warm temperatures, and plenty of outdoor activities. It’s a great time to hit the beach or attend one of the many festivals and events taking place during this time. However, be prepared for large crowds and higher prices.

  3. Fall (September to November): Fall is another great time to visit Barcelona, as the weather is still pleasant and the crowds begin to thin out. The city is also host to several festivals during this time, including the famous La Mercè festival in September.

  4. Winter (December to February): Winter in Barcelona is relatively mild compared to other European cities, with temperatures rarely dropping below 10°C (50°F). However, it can be rainy and cloudy during this time. Winter is a great time to visit if you want to avoid crowds and enjoy the city’s museums and indoor attractions. The city is also beautifully lit up during the Christmas season, making it a magical time to visit.

5 day Barcelona itinerary overview

Barcelona

  • Day 1

  • Breakfast at EatMyTrip
  • Discover the city highlights
  • Lunch at Terra Mia
  • Park Güell
  • Dinner at Flax&Kale
  • Rooftop Ohla Barcelona
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  • Day 2

  • Breakfast at Tròpic
  • IDEAL Centre d’Arts Digitals de Barcelona
  • Lunch at Vrutal
  • Beach
  • Catamaran tour
  • Dinner at Viana

  • Day 3

  • Breakfast at Eixampeling
  • Vintage shopping
  • Old-fashioned photo by Arc de Triumph
  • Lunch at Gringa
  • The Moco Museum
  • Picasso Museum
  • Dinner at Restaurant Casa Delfín
  • Flamenco show
  • Day 4

  • Breakfast at Faire. Brunch & Drinks
  • Monserrat day trip
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  • Day 5

  • Breakfast at Ugot Bruncherie
  • Helicopter ride
  • Lunch at Bohl
  • Cooking class
  • Dinner at Restaurant ZED
  • Terraza del Sercotel Rosellón

Barcelona itinerary 5 days

Barcelona itinerary day 1

Breakfast at EatMyTrip

Food
Food

On the first day of your 5 days in Barcelona, you’ll be heading to one of the best brunch spots in the city – EatMyTrip. Although the name is slightly strange, it’s super popular with an undeniably Instagram-worthy menu.

You’ll find them nestled in the charming Example Dreta district, just a stone’s throw away from the Girona metro station.

The menu at EatMyTrip is extensive and quite unique. You’ll be able to taste classic American recipes, savour the flavours of the Swiss Alps, and experience the fusion of Japanese, Korean, and Thai cuisine. From top-notch speciality coffee to fluffy pancakes, refreshing salads to smoothie bowls bursting with fresh fruit, and of course, their dreamy homemade sweet cakes, there is something for every palate.

For the ultimate sugar overload, I’d recommend trying the candyfloss french toast. Then, to make you feel slightly better about the situation, wash it down with a barbie-latte – a.k.a a pink chai latte with beetroot powder.

Tip: you’ll need to make a reservation ahead of time if you want to avoid long waiting times.

Discover the cities highlights

Sagrada Familia
Barcelona historic site

Discovering the city highlights is an essential part of any city break. Not only does this give you an insight into the historical background of a place but it also allows you to get your bearings.

Whilst most people opt for a walking tour of a city, there are heaps of other ways that this can be done.

Below are some options available in Barcelona.

Walking tour
Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful city and there are many walking tours available to explore its streets, neighbourhoods, and landmarks.

Typically, you’ll find that a walking tour in Barcelona covers a specific area and so you may want to do a few different ones to get a well-rounded view of the city if you have the time.

If not, then I’d recommend choosing the Old Town and Gothic Quarter.

With this walking tour, you’ll be able to discover the allure of medieval Barcelona in the Gothic Quarter, where monumental buildings like the Palace of the Viceroy and Palau Reial transport you back in time.

In addition, you’ll be able to admire the pure Catalan Gothic style of the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, as well as get an insight into the city’s trendy bar and restaurant scene, before exploring the famous Boqueria market for a taste of Catalan gastronomy.

Finally, you’ll get to stroll down the lively Las Ramblasone of the most vibrant streets in the city that’s filled with culture and a lively atmosphere.

Bike tour
Barcelona bike tour

A bike tour is a great way to explore the city of Barcelona and see its many sights in a fun and active way.

Typically, tours range from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 3 hours and cover most of the must-see sights in Barcelona alongside a knowledgeable and fun local guide who has put together a pre-planned route.

Not only will you get to enjoy the major sights but the guide will almost certainly show you some less-known hidden gems and give you some recommendations of where to eat and drink after the tour.

Segway tour

Segways are self-balancing personal transportation devices that allow you to effortlessly glide through the streets while standing upright. Exploring Barcelona on a Segway is a fun and unique way to explore the city’s iconic landmarks and hidden gems.

You can expect these tours to last anywhere between 1 and 3 hours and – with a little safety training beforehand – be filled with fun and enjoyment from start to finish.

Although this is the most expensive of the three ways to explore the cities highlights, the price is still reasonable for this unforgettable experience and you’ll often find the tours are on offer.

Lunch at Terra Mia

Food
photo from Terra Mia

Terra Mia is in the heart of Gracia and the perfect place to grab something to eat near Park Güell – the next stop on your itinerary.

At this unassuming and charming restaurant, you’ll find some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine in the area. The menu features the best of Italian flavours, crafted from fresh, high-quality ingredients that are prepared on the spot to deliver the best possible taste.

The culinary style honours the traditional recipes and flavours passed down by the owner’s grandmother, ensuring that the cultural legacy of their community is preserved for future generations since they believe that food is not just about taste, but also about the transmission of cultural messages and traditions that keep them alive.

Park Güell

Park Güell
Park Güell

Park Güell is located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona and has a well-deserved spot on this Barcelona 5 day itinerary since it was designed by the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. It was originally intended to be a residential garden city for wealthy families, however, the project was abandoned and the land was eventually converted into a public park in 1926.

The park is famous for its unique and colourful architectural elements, including the iconic dragon fountain, winding mosaiced benches, and stunning views of the city. The park’s main terrace, which is supported by 86 Doric columns, is also a popular attraction and offers visitors panoramic views over the city.

Park Güell Barcelona

Inside the many gates of the park, there are several Gaudi-designed structures, including the Casa-Museu Gaudi, which was once the home of the architect himself. Visitors can explore the museum to learn more about Gaudi’s life and work, as well as view some of his original designs and artwork.

Being one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions, the park receives millions of visitors each year. To preserve the park’s natural beauty and architectural heritage, a limited number of tickets are sold for entry each day, and visitors you’ll absolutely need to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Dinner at Flax&Kale

Barcelona restaurant
photo from Flax&Kale
Barcelona restaurant
photo from Flax&Kale

Flax&Kale is a healthy chain restaurant. And, whilst I usually prefer to include small independent restaurants over large chains in my itineraries, this one is too good to miss out on during your visit to Barcelona.

It’s a chain that’s well-known for its healthy and plant-based cuisine, however, you’ll also find plenty of dishes with meat and fish.

Some of the most-loved dishes include the vegan “pulled pork” burger, the quinoa and avocado salad, the raw vegan lasagna, and the acai bowl. In addition to the utterly scrumptious food, the restaurant also offers a selection of juices, smoothies, and cocktails made with fresh fruits and vegetables.

You’ll find several branches of this restaurant across the city, as well as in Madrid and Lisbon.

RoofTop Ohla Barcelona

Barcelona itinerary 5 days

RoofTop Ohla Barcelona is a rooftop bar and lounge located on the top floor of the Ohla Hotel in the heart of the city. It’s one of the best spots to head to for sunset, with panoramic views of the city, a trendy atmosphere and high-end drinks.

On the menu, you’ll find a variety of classic and signature cocktails, as well as an extensive wine list and a selection of craft beers. Some of the most popular cocktails include the Passion Fruit Margarita, the Pisco Sour, and the Ohla Gin & Tonic. The bar also serves a range of small plates and appetizers, such as sushi rolls, charcuterie boards, and cheese plates for those who are looking for some extra nibbles after dinner.

RoofTop Ohla Barcelona is open to both hotel guests and the general public, however, due to its popularity, you will definitely need to make a reservation beforehand – particularly during the peak summer months.

Barcelona itinerary day 2

Breakfast at Tròpic

Barcelona restuarnt
photo from Tropic
Barcelona restaurant
photo from Tropic

Tròpic is a restaurant and bar located in the El Raval neighbourhood. It’s known for its creative, contemporary cuisine and tropical-themed decor.

The menu at Tròpic features a fusion of flavours from around the world, with a particular emphasis on Latin American and Asian cuisine.

Barcelona food
photo from Tropic

Some of the most popular breakfast dishes at Tròpic include the Acai Bowl, which is made with fresh fruit, granola, and acai puree; the Avocado Toast, served on sourdough bread with smashed avocado, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese; and the Huevos Rancheros, which are fried eggs served on a bed of black beans, salsa, and tortilla chips.

In addition to these dishes, Tròpic also offers a range of smoothies, juices, and coffee drinks, including fresh-squeezed orange juice, cappuccinos, and lattes. The restaurant’s coffee is locally sourced and roasted, ensuring a high-quality cup of coffee to start your day – which, you’ll need ahead of the next activity on the itinerary!

Hire some bikes

Barcelona bike

To explore all the attractions on day 2, you’ll want to hire some bikes. This isn’t essential, as of course, you can take Ubers, taxis, buses or the metro, but it’s a super fun and affordable way to explore.

There are a number of places where you can hire bikes, however below and some recommended locations:

  1. Barcelona Rent a Bike: Located in the Gothic Quarter, this bike rental shop offers a variety of bikes for rent, including city bikes, road bikes, and electric bikes. They also offer guided bike tours of the city.

  2. Born Bike Tours Barcelona: This bike rental shop is located in the trendy Born neighbourhood and offers a variety of bikes for rent, including city bikes, road bikes, and electric bikes. They also offer guided bike tours of the city, including a tapas and wine tour.

  3. Green Bikes Barcelona: This bike rental shop is located in the Eixample neighbourhood and offers a variety of bikes for rent, including city bikes, mountain bikes, and electric bikes. They also offer guided bike tours of the city, including a beach and harbour tour.

  4. Donkey Republic: This bike rental service allows you to rent bikes through a mobile app, making it easy to pick up and drop off bikes at various locations around the city. They offer a variety of bikes for rent, including city bikes, folding bikes, and electric bikes.

IDEAL Centre d’Arts Digitals de Barcelona

Ideal museum Barcelona 5 day itinerary
Ideal museum Barcelona 5 day itinerary

The IDEAL Centre d’Arts Digitals de Barcelona opened its doors in 2018 and is a dedicated space for digital arts and culture.

The IDEAL Center aims to showcase the latest developments in digital art and technology, as well as to provide a platform for emerging artists and innovators in the field. It also serves as a hub for research, collaboration, and education in the digital arts.

Ideal museum artwork Barcelona 5 day itinerary



There are a number of interactive pieces of artwork on display, however, undoubtedly the highlights are the 360-degree immersive dome and the VR headset experience.

Although the space is constantly changing, the 360-degree immersive dome shows incredible displays from the likes of Dali and it’s like nothing you’ll have ever seen before. The show lasts around 30 minutes and every second of the display is captivating.

The VR headset experience is entirely unique and again, changes throughout the year. At the time of writing, the experience involved stepping into a virtual world of space, where you could see the floating helmets and hands of other guests. It showcases perfectly how technology can create a truly immersive and fun way to view art.

The centre is located in the historic neighbourhood of El Raval and is open to the public every day except for Tuesdays from 10 am to 9:30 pm. If you happen to be here on a Monday, then you can expect a reduction in the ticket price.

Tip: a lot of the descriptions of the artwork are only displayed in Spanish and Portuguese, however, it’s easy to use the image translation feature within the Google Translate app. This also doesn’t impact the highlights of the museum (the 360-degree dome and VR experience)

Lunch at Vrutal

Barcelona food
photo from Vrutal
Barcelona food
photo from Vrutal

Vrutal is a 1-minute cycle ride from The IDEAL Centre d’Arts Digitals de Barcelona and is widely recognised as one of the best vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the city. In fact, it’s so good that even meat-eaters find it hard to believe that this place is vegan/vegetarian.

If you’re looking for a healthy restaurant with a great atmosphere in Barcelona, then this is a fantastic spot to head to. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can choose where you want to enjoy your meal, however, I’d recommend sitting at the back where the atmosphere is quieter and more comfortable.

Some of the most popular dishes include the First Date burger, the Blind Date Burger and the cauliflower wings.

Beach

Barcelona beach
Barcelona beach

If you’re looking for free things to do in Barcelona then a beach day is perfect.

Barcelona is home to several beaches that are popular among both locals and tourists and visiting at least once during your trip to Barcelona is a must.

The most well-known beaches in the city are located along the Barceloneta waterfront, a bustling area with many restaurants, bars, and shops.

  1. Barceloneta Beach is the most famous and busiest of the beaches, with a lively and energetic atmosphere. It stretches for 1.2 km and offers a range of facilities, including showers, changing rooms, and sun loungers. The beach is known for its golden sand and clear waters, making it a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.

  2. Next to Barceloneta is Sant Sebastià Beach, another popular spot for sunbathing and swimming. It’s slightly less crowded than Barceloneta and has a more relaxed atmosphere. The beach is around 1 km long and offers similar facilities to Barceloneta, including showers, changing rooms, and sun loungers.

  3. Further along the coast, you’ll find Nova Icària Beach, which is a bit quieter and less crowded than the previous two beaches. The beach is popular with families and offers a range of facilities, including a playground, volleyball courts, and a picnic area.

  4. Bogatell Beach is another option, located between Nova Icària and Mar Bella. It’s a bit further from the city centre and therefore tends to be less crowded. The beach is around 600 meters long and offers facilities such as showers, changing rooms, and sun loungers.

  5. Finally, Mar Bella Beach is a little further east of Bogatell Beach and is popular among the LGBTQ+ community. The beach has a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere and is known for its nudist area.

Catamaran tour

Catermaran

A Catamaran tour is a popular way to explore the Mediterranean coastline and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Barcelona from the water.

Some of the most popular catamaran tours in Barcelona last around 2 hours and take you along the coastline of the city as the sun begins to set. Depending on the tour provider, you’ll also be given a complimentary drink and have the opportunity to do some snorkelling if the weather permits.

Whilst there are several companies that offer Catamaran tours in Barcelona, regardless of which company you choose, you can expect to enjoy a comfortable and relaxing experience onboard a modern and well-equipped boat. All of the tours are led by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the history and culture of Barcelona and the surrounding area.

Dinner at Viana

Barcelona
photo from Viana
Barcelona

Viana is a small and charming fine-dining restaurant in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.

The menu features a mix of tapas and main plates, all of which have a Middle Eastern twist to their flavours. Some of the signature dishes of Viana restaurant include suckling pig with mustard ice cream, rice with lobster, and black garlic, among others. You’ll also find that they have a tasting menu that features a selection of their best dishes – although this is a little more expensive.

The restaurant has an elegant and modern ambience with a cosy and intimate atmosphere and this little hidden gem is becoming increasingly popular. As such, you’ll want to book ahead in order to secure a spot here!

Tip: if Viana is out of your budget, then Bodega Biarritz 1881 Tapas bar is also a great option.

Barcelona itinerary day 3

Breakfast at Eixampeling

Barcelona cafe
photo from Eixample
Barcelona food
photo from Eixample

The next stop on this 5 day itinerary is Eixampeling – a stunning Instagram-worthy cafe in the Eixample neighbourhood which is next to the famous Las Ramblas with gorgeous interior design, delicious food, and friendly staff.

The menu features hilarious dish names, yet utterly fantastic and beautifully arranged plates. You’ll find a variety of healthy dishes on the menu, however, some sugary favourites include the ‘don’t go bacon my heart’ pancake stack and the ‘Baby Gimme S’more’ bagel.

Unfortunately, you’re unable to book ahead for this breakfast spot, so you’ll want to arrive before 10 am to avoid waiting for a table.

Vintage shopping

Barcelona vintage clothes shop
Barcelona vintage clothes shop

Vintage shopping in Barcelona is a popular activity for locals and tourists alike and this city is packed full of incredible vintage bargains. It’s home to a range of unique vintage shops that offer everything from retro clothing and accessories to antique furniture and rare collectables.

Below are some of the very best places to check out:

  1. Le Swing Vintage: located in the Gracia neighbourhood, it offers a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories from the 1920s to the 1980s. They’re known for their extensive collection of vintage dresses, coats, and leather jackets, and their friendly and knowledgeable staff.

  2. Flamingos Vintage Kilo: sells clothing by the kilogram, making it an affordable option for those on a budget. They have an extensive selection of clothing from the 1960s to the 1990s, including retro t-shirts, denim jackets, and vintage sportswear.

  3. Holala! Plaza: specializes in rare and collectable vintage pieces from designers such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Hermès. It’s an upscale vintage shop, with high-end prices but a truly exceptional selection.

  4. Mahalo store: has a number of stores across the city and specializes in bohemian and rock-and-roll styles. They have a carefully curated selection of vintage clothing, accessories, and home decor items. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is vibrant, making it a great place to find unique vintage pieces to add to your wardrobe.

Old-fashioned photo by Arc de Triomf

photographer
old photograph

Visiting the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona is one of the must-see destinations during your time in Barcelona, however, a unique thing to do is to capture the memory with an old-fashioned photo.

As you stroll down the promenade, you’ll find there are street photographers who specialize in taking vintage-style photos of tourists. These photographers typically use vintage cameras and props to create a nostalgic look and feel. They’ll take your photo, develop it in solution and provide you with a physical copy of the print, often mounted in a vintage-style cardboard frame.

This is a quick activity, but a great souvenir of your time in Barcelona, and it’s a special way to capture your memories of the city.

Lunch at Gringa

Barcelona food
photo from Gringa
Barcelona food
photo from Gringa

Located in the trendy El Raval neighbourhood, Gringa is a popular spot for food – in fact, during peak hours you’ll often see people queuing to eat here.

The restaurant is known for its vibrant and colourful decor, with murals and artwork inspired by Mexican culture. The atmosphere is lively and upbeat, with a friendly and welcoming staff.

The menu at Gringa features a variety of classic Mexican dishes, such as tacos, quesadillas, and enchiladas, as well as some more unusual options like cactus salad and mole poblano. The ingredients are fresh and flavourful, and the dishes are beautifully presented. There are also vegetarian and vegan options available.

The drinks menu at Gringa is equally impressive, with a range of creative cocktails, tequilas, and mezcals on offer. The restaurant is particularly known for its margaritas, which are made with freshly squeezed citrus and high-quality tequila.

The Moco museum

Moco museum artwork Barcelona 5 day itinerary
Moco museum Barcelona 5 day itinerary

The Moco Museum (Modern Contemporary Museum) is a contemporary art museum located in the Zona de Art in Barcelona, however, the original museum originated in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The museum is known for its collection of contemporary art and street art, with a focus on provocative and thought-provoking works from renowned artists around the world.

One of the most popular exhibits at the Moco Museum is the Banksy collection, which includes some of the street artist’s most iconic works, such as “Laugh Now,” “Girl with Balloon,” and “Flower Thrower.” The museum also features works from other renowned contemporary artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Salvador Dalí.

In addition to its permanent collection, the Moco Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and installations, offering visitors the chance to see cutting-edge contemporary art from both established and up-and-coming artists.

Tip: you’ll need to book ahead to visit this museum

Picasso museum

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a museum dedicated to the life and works of the renowned Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. The museum is housed in five medieval palaces in the El Born neighborhood of Barcelona, and contains over 4,000 works by Picasso, making it one of the largest collections of his art in the world.

The museum’s collection includes works from Picasso’s formative years as an artist, as well as some of the most iconic pieces from his Blue Period, Rose Period, and Cubist Period. Visitors can see paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and ceramics, giving a comprehensive overview of Picasso’s prolific career.

This museum is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves art, as it provides a unique opportunity to explore the early years and evolution of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

Tip: due to its popularity, the museum can be quite crowded, so it is recommended to book tickets in advance to avoid long lines.

Dinner at Restaurant Casa Delfín

Barcelona 5 day itinerary restaurant
photo from Casa Delfin
Barcelona 5 day itinerary restaurant
photo from Casa Delfin

Restaurant Casa Delfín is a family-run seafood restaurant located in the Barceloneta neighbourhood which is conveniently close to Picasso Museum (5 minute’s walk). The restaurant has been serving fresh seafood since 1968 and has gained a reputation for its high-quality food and warm hospitality.

The menu at Casa Delfín features a variety of seafood dishes, including paella, grilled fish, and shellfish. The restaurant sources its seafood from the nearby Mediterranean Sea, ensuring that the ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality. The menu also includes a selection of meat dishes, as well as vegetarian options.

The interior of the restaurant is cosy and rustic, with wooden beams, exposed brick walls, and an open kitchen. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, making it a popular spot for not only tourists but locals as well.

Flamenco show

Barcelona flamenco dancing
Barcelona flamenco dancing

Flamenco is a traditional art form that combines music, dance, and singing and is considered a hallmark of Spanish culture.

One of the most popular flamenco shows in Barcelona is the Tablao Flamenco Cordobés, located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. The show features some of the best flamenco dancers and musicians in Spain and offers a dynamic and passionate performance in an intimate setting. The show typically lasts around 1.5 hours and includes a range of flamenco styles, such as solea, bulerias, and alegrías.

Another option for a flamenco show in Barcelona is the Palacio del Flamenco, which is located in the Eixample district. The show is performed in a beautifully restored 1920s theatre and features a cast of talented flamenco dancers, musicians, and singers. The show also includes a dinner option, with traditional Spanish dishes served before the performance.

For a more casual and traditional experience, visitors can also attend a flamenco show at a local bar or restaurant. Many establishments throughout the city offer live flamenco performances, often accompanied by tapas and drinks.

Barcelona itinerary day 4

Breakfast at Faire. Brunch & Drinks

Barcelona 5 day itinerary cafe
photo from Faire
Barcelona 5 day itinerary food
photo from Faire

Faire. Brunch & Drinks in Barcelona is an awesome restaurant for anyone looking for delicious vegetarian and vegan options.

This hippy little brunch spot offers nutritious ethically sourced and flavorful food with generous portions.

There are tonnes of delicious things on the menu, but their range of vegan-friendly options are certainly something to shout about – particularly their Beyond Italian sausage plate which is a must-try for those looking for meat alternatives.

Aside from their delicious food, Faire. Brunch & Drinks also offer a range of beverages including amazing coffee, teas, and smoothies that are sure to leave you feeling energized and refreshed.

The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming, always greeting guests with a smile and eager to help with any specific food requests or notes.

Monserrat day trip

Barcelona 5 day itinerary Montserrat

Montserrat is a mountain range located about an hour northwest of Barcelona and is home to the famous Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat. It’s one of the most popular day trips from the city and one which many believe is an essential part of their Barcelona itinerary.

This trip can be done as a half-day or full-day experience.

The multi-peaked mountain range offers breathtaking views and is home to the famous Montserrat Abbey, a Benedictine monastery that dates back to the 11th century.

To get to the top of the mountain and the monastery, visitors can take a scenic cogwheel train ride that offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Upon arrival, visitors can learn about the rich history of the abbey on a small-group walking tour, which will take them through the impressive architecture and religious significance of the site.

Barcelona 5 day itinerary Montserrat

After the tour, visitors have free time to explore the site and discover its hidden gems, including small chapels and shrines nestled within the mountain’s peaks. The natural beauty of Montserrat can also be appreciated through its hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging treks.

For those who want to indulge in local flavours, the full-day tour option includes wine tastings and lunch at a picturesque winery, where they can enjoy local Catalan cuisine and wines.

Barcelona itinerary day 5

Breakfast at Ugot Bruncherie

Barcelona itinerary breakfast
photo from Bruncherie
Barcelona itinerary breakfast
photo from Bruncherie

Ugot Bruncherie is a popular brunch spot located in the Gracia neighbourhood of the city.

The restaurant serves a wide variety of breakfast and brunch dishes, including all of the classics like eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles, and avocado toast, along with a range of fresh juices, smoothies, and coffee beverages. If you’re looking for something a little different, then don’t worry as you’ll also find some unique twists on these classics, including the popular Thai-Style Eggs Benedict.

The decor of Ugot Bruncherie is a unique blend of classic and modern and of course, very Instagram-worthy. As such, you’ll often find a long line for this brunch spot if you’re not here in good time and so it’s recommended to arrive before 10 am.

Helicopter ride

Barcelona aerial view

Day 5 of your Barcelona itinerary is going to be one to remember as you jump on board a helicopter flight and soar above the coastline and city.

A helicopter ride in Barcelona is a thrilling and unforgettable experience that allows you to see the city from a whole new perspective. Flying over Barcelona, you’ll get to appreciate the stunning panoramic views of the city’s landmarks, such as the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Montserrat, the Gothic Quarter, and the Mediterranean coast.

The helicopter ride offers different options ranging from 6 to 45 minutes, allowing you to choose the length of your adventure based on your preference and budget.

During the flight, you’ll be accompanied by a professional pilot who will provide informative commentary on the landmarks and sites you’re flying over, making the experience even more enriching and exciting.

Lunch at Bohl

Barcelona restaurant
photo from Bohl

Bohl is a super delicious, super healthy and super cool place to grab some lunch in Barcelona.

Whilst the interior is incredibly stylish yet minimalistic, the food is far from it. The quality and flavour which bursts out of these meals is unmatched. The rainbow salad and falafel bowl are some of the best on the menu and are perfectly paired with one of their lovely smoothies or high-quality coffees.

The fairly new-to-the-map charming little cafe has a nice vibe and quick service, making it the perfect place for a lunch break.

Tip: this is also an excellent breakfast spot.

Cooking class

girl in a cooking class

A cooking class in Barcelona is an excellent way to learn about the local cuisine and culture while also having fun and indulging in some delicious food. And, since Barcelona is known for its vibrant food scene, taking a cooking class is a great opportunity to experience it firsthand.

Classes are typically led by local chefs or cooking instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of traditional Catalan and Spanish dishes and participants will learn how to cook a variety of dishes, including tapas, paella, seafood, and desserts, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

The cooking classes often take place in a small-group setting, which provides a more intimate and personalized experience. Once you’ve cooked up a storm, you’ll almost certainly sit down with the rest of the group and enjoy and drink with the fruits of your labour.

Dinner at Restaurant ZED

inside a restaurant in Barcelona
photo from Zed
salad
photo from Zed

Restaurant Zed is a Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine restaurant located in the Sagrada Familia neighbourhood of the city.

The restaurant is situated just a short walk from the iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral, making it a convenient stop for visitors to the area and the perfect place for dinner before your next stop on this Barcelona 5 day itinerary.

The menu features classic Catalan dishes such as paella, as well as contemporary dishes with a modern twist. You’ll find a variety of dishes, including seafood, meats, and vegetarian options, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

The decor of the restaurant is chic and modern, with a cosy and intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends. The restaurant also has a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the city – although our next location is slightly better – so save the views for after dinner.

Terraza del Sercotel Rosellón

cocktails and segrada familia in Barcelona from this 5 day itinerary
View of Segrada Familia in Barcelona

Terraza del Sercotel Rosellón is a rooftop terrace bar and restaurant located in the Eixample neighbourhood and is part of the Sercotel Rosellón hotel. It provides stunning panoramic views of the city skyline, however, the highlight is the view of the intricately detailed Sagrada Familia.

The terrace offers a relaxed and stylish atmosphere with comfortable lounge seating and an extensive menu of food and drinks. The menu features a mix of traditional Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist, including a variety of tapas, salads, and main dishes. The bar also serves a range of cocktails, beers, and wines, as well as non-alcoholic options.

Tip: If you’re not staying at the hotel, then you’ll need to make a reservation in advance to visit the rooftop.

How to travel around Barcelona for 5 days

Bikes in Barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant city with a lot to offer, and there are several ways to travel around and explore the city during your five-day visit. Here are some options:

  1. Public Transportation: Barcelona has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, metro, and trains. The metro is the quickest and easiest way to get around the city, with trains running every few minutes and stopping at all major tourist attractions. You can purchase a T10 ticket, which allows you to take 10 rides on any form of public transportation, or a Hola Barcelona card, which gives you unlimited access to public transportation for a set number of days.

  2. Walking: Barcelona is a very walkable city, and many of the top tourist attractions are located within walking distance of each other. Walking allows you to see more of the city and get a feel for its unique neighbourhoods and architecture.

  3. Bike: As I mentioned earlier, Barcelona is a bike-friendly city, and renting a bike is a great way to explore the city at your own pace. There are several bike rental shops throughout the city, and many of the main streets have bike lanes.

  4. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: The Barcelona City Tour is a hop-on hop-off bus that takes you to all the major tourist attractions in the city. You can buy a ticket for one or two days, and the bus runs every 5-15 minutes.

  5. Taxi: Taxis are readily available throughout the city, and are a good option if you need to travel longer distances or late at night.

Tip: you can also purchase the Barcelona Card: 25+ Museums and Free Public Transportation

Is 5 days in Barcelona enough?

wine in Barcelona
Barcelona

Five days in Barcelona is certainly enough time to see many of the city’s top attractions and get a feel for its unique culture and history. However, if you’ve got more time then there is always more to discover in this epic city and you certainly won’t be bored.

Is it better to visit Madrid or Barcelona?

Madrid
Barcelona

Both Madrid and Barcelona are amazing destinations to visit in Spain, and each city has its own unique charm and attractions. The choice between Madrid and Barcelona ultimately depends on your personal preferences, interests, and travel style.

Madrid is the capital of Spain and is known for its history, landmarks, and world-class art museums. It has a more traditional Spanish feel with grand boulevards, stunning architecture, and vibrant nightlife, however in my opinion it can definitely be covered in just 2-3 days.

On the other hand, Barcelona is a unique coastal city that has heaps of things to do and see you could easily spend 5 days or more here.

I love both cities, however, if I had to choose between the two then I would choose Barcelona over Madrid.

How much spending money do you need for 5 days in Barcelona?

Euros

The amount of spending money you need for 5 days in Barcelona can vary greatly depending on your travel style, accommodation choices, food preferences, and the activities you plan to do. However, here are some general guidelines to give you an idea of the costs:

  • Accommodation: The cost of accommodation in Barcelona varies greatly depending on the type of accommodation you choose, the location, and the time of year. On average, you can expect to pay around 60-100 euros per night for a mid-range hotel or 30-60 euros per night for a hostel dorm room.

  • Food and drinks: Barcelona has a fantastic food scene, with many affordable options to choose from. You can expect to pay around 8-15 euros for a mid-range meal at a restaurant, and around 3-5 euros for a coffee or beer.

  • Transportation: Barcelona has an efficient public transportation system, and you can expect to pay around 2-3 euros for a single metro or bus ride. A T10 ticket, which allows you to take 10 rides on any form of public transportation, costs around 10 euros.

  • Activities: The cost of activities in Barcelona can vary greatly, depending on what you plan to do. Many of the top tourist attractions, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, have entrance fees ranging from 8-30 euros.

In general, you should budget around 50-100 euros per day for food, transportation, and activities, in addition to your accommodation costs.

This means that for 5 days in Barcelona, you should budget around 250-500 euros for your spending money – perhaps slightly more if you want to include special experiences like a helicopter ride.

However, keep in mind that these are just general estimates, and your actual costs may vary and so you should always take more than what you think you’ll need.

Where to stay in Barcelona

Best areas and hotels

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas in Barcelona

Las Ramblas is a famous pedestrian boulevard in the centre of Barcelona, known for its street performers, shops, and restaurants. It’s a lively and touristy area, with many hotels and hostels.

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Gothic Quarter in Barcelona in Spain
Gothic Quarter in Barcelona in Spain

The Gothic Quarter is a historic neighborhood is located in the heart of the city, with narrow streets and medieval buildings. It’s a popular area for tourists, with plenty of restaurants, bars, shops and accommodation options.

El Raval

El Ravel in Barcelona

EL Ravel is a trendy and multicultural neighbourhood with a vibrant nightlife scene, located next to the Gothic Quarter. It has many restaurants and bars, as well as some museums and art galleries.

Eixample

Eixample in Barcelona

Eixample is a central and upscale area known for its modernist architecture, including Gaudi’s famous buildings like Casa Batllo and La Pedrera. It’s also a great shopping district with high-end stores.

Gracia

Gracia in Barcelona
Gracia in Barcelona

Gracia is a bohemian and artistic neighbourhood with a village-like atmosphere, known for its charming plazas and small streets. It’s a great area for foodies, with many local and international restaurants.

Barceloneta

Barceloneta

Barceloneta is a seaside neighbourhood located close to the beach, with many seafood restaurants and bars. It’s a great area for beach lovers and those who want to enjoy the city’s coastal charm.

Explore beyond Barcelona

If you liked the sound of the Barcelona itinerary of 5 days and you’re looking to explore more epic city breaks in Europe then you may also enjoy this Lisbon 2 day itinerary or this Porto 2 day itinerary.

Stay Wild Travels.

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