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Explore The City of Barcelona in 5 Days

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If you're looking to spend 5 days in Barcelona, you're in for a real treat! In this enchanting city, 5 days is plenty to explore all the star attractions, accommodating for a day trip from Barcelona and a whole lot of walking. Let's get started, shall we?

5 Days in Barcelona - How To Spend Your Days


Barcelona In 5 Days - Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

A Blast of Culture

Price

La Rambla & La Boquería Market

Duration

Gothic Quarter

Run Time

Poble Espanyol

Barcelona in 3 days - Gothic
Barcelona in 3 days - gothic quarter
Barcelona in 3 days- beach
Day 1 is locked and loaded: brace yourself for a blast of culture. Starting with a walk through the famed La Rambla, explore the street's famous Boqueria Market. This will take up a good chunk of your day. For the remainder of the day, saunter to the Poble Espanyol museum and gasp at the private collection housed at this open-air architectural museum!

La Rambla & La Boquería

MORNING 10 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1-2 HOURS

Famous Boulevard

Public Market

Walking Tours

Stumble through the famous La Rambla - one of Barcelona's most tourist-drawing streets. Get a dose of the rich Catalan culture firsthand as you walk through the tree-lined, greenery-flanked street! Look out for street performers and human statues. If you're looking for something specific to shop for- you've come to the right place.

You don't want to miss the La Boqueria. Sure, your first day in Barcelona should not be about picking up groceries, but feast your eyes on the freshest local produce ever! Grab a drink of homemade wine, inhale the collection of aromas- from fruits, flowers, vegetables to meat and fish, there is much to explore!

Travel Tips
  • This place is not the safest to visit at night- hence, the placement early in the day.
  • If you're shopping at La Rambla, make sure you buy at half the quoted price.
  • The streets are known for alarming instances of pickpocketing, thefts and con artists, so be on the lookout!
  • Tickets to the El Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum is available at a discount on the Barcelona Museum Pass
Other Places To Visit

Gothic Quarter

AFTERNOON 1:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

Walking Tours

Historic Landmark

Iconic Neighborhood

Known as the Barrio Gótico by locals, find yourself in yet another famous neighborhood of Barcelona, the famous Gothic Quarter. Painted with cobbled streets and colorful walls, this quaint little neighborhood has an unavoidable bohemian aura, apt for the first day of your Barcelona holiday! Stroll the streets of Barrio Gótico and be lulled by the beauty of your surroundings. We say turn off your GPS and get lost in this town. PS: Grab a meal while you’re here, and don't forget about dessert: gelato!

Travel Tips
  • Since day 1 includes a lot of walking, we recommend you don comfortable shoes.
  • The Gothic quarter is famous for its "suis"- whichi s hot chocolate with cream. Definitely taste this while here.
  • If you're in Barcelona during the La Mercé Festival in September, watch the human castle-building — Castellers at Barrio Gotico.
Grab lunch at the Gothic Quarter
El Bosc De Les Fades | Les Quinze Nits | El Salón

Poble Espanyol

AFTERNOON 2:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

Walking Tours

Family Friendly

Visit Poble Espanyol, an attraction in Barcelona that combines architecture, contemporary art, traditional crafts, artisan shops, and authentic culinary delights in a beautiful blend. Literally translating to "Spanish Village", you'll be surrounded by 20 craft shops spanning from pottery, leather, jewellery, glass and display of over 300 contemporary pieces by Picasso, Dalí, and Miró! Drawing in 1,300,000 visitors a year, you won't be surprised by how quaint an experience the Poble Espanyol promises!

Travel Tips
  • Visiting during peak seasons is not recommended as it gets very crowded and the wait time is upto 1 hour.
  • If you’re in Barcelona during summer, the Mecal Air film festival takes place at Poble Espanyol, where short films are screened outdoors.
  • If you’re opting for the Barcelona Hop on Hop Off Tour, you can hop off right outside the Poble Espanyol and amble at your pace.
Day 2

All Your Classic Attractions

Price

Park Güell

Duration

Sagrada Familia

Run Time

Barcelona Zoo

Run Time

Camp Nou

Barcelona in 3 days - Park Guell
Barcelona in 3 days - sagrada familia
Barcelona in 3 days- Camp nou
After a day of ambling through Barcelona, it's time to cover the classics. Throw on your tourist caps and walk from one attraction to the next, covering Gaudi's Park Güell & Sagrada Familia, the Barcelona Zoo, and finally, football lovers' haven, Camp Nou!

Park Güell

MORNING 10 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1.5 HOURS

Top 10 Barcelona Atttractions

Historic Landmark

Iconic Park

Day 2 begins bright and early at the UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, the Park Güell. As you walk through the space where Gaudi first tried his hands at landscape gardening, feel yourself enveloped by the serenity of this enchanting space. This park draws in over 4 million visitors a year, but don't let that sway you: only 400 people are allowed into the park every 30 minutes. Visit the Casa-Museu Gaudí while here: a house-turned museum where Gaudi once lived for 20 years! Check out your Park Güell ticket options here.

Travel Tips
  • If you are booking your tickets online, please arrive at the location 15 minutes before the time slot selected by you.
  • The entrances at Park Güell can be tricky- there are 3 of them. Find out which one is closest to your hotel before leaving. Find out more about Park Güell entrances here.

Sagrada Familia

NOON 12:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

Top 10 Barcelona Atttractions

Historic Landmark

Iconic Basilica

The enchanting Sagrada Familia is Barcelona's most iconic attraction, and the magnum opus of the world renowned architect Antoni Gaudí. A visit to Barcelona without checking out Sagrada Familia is almost pointless! This modernist masterpiece is Gaudi’s best work, and it has earned this status without being completed! Despite the end not remotely in sight, it amasses tourists like no other place in Barcelona. Explore your Sagrada ticket options here.

Travel Tips
  • Since waiting times at the Sagrada Familia can take upto 80-90 minutes, we recommend you grab skip-the-line tickets to the attraction.
  • Reach 30 minutes before the slot.
  • Sagrada Familia is wheelchair accessible, but the Towers are not.
  • The mass at Sagrada Familia starts at 9 AM on Sunday morning.
  • The crypt is open only from 9-10 in the morning and from 6-9 PM in the evening.
Grab lunch near Sagrada Familia
L’encís | La Paradeta | La Piazzenza

Barcelona Zoo

AFTERNOON 2:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1-2 HOURS

Top 10 Barcelona Atttractions

Families with Children

The Barcelona Zoo is one of the biggest and best equipped zoos in Europe. This zoo was opened in 1892 in the green lung of old Barcelona and over the years it has faithfully reproduced the natural habitat of the animals it houses. The Barcelona Zoo was also the house to the only ever albino gorilla in the world, Snowflake who lived here since 1966 for 37 years until his death in 2003.

In the Barcelona Zoo you can see a host of animals - leopards, tropical birds, reptiles, sea lions,flamingos, giraffes, elephants, kangaroos, Komodo dragons, Muntjac deers, Brazza monkey hippos and a whole lot of animals you may never have seen or heard of! With restaurants, bars, miniature railways, electric cars, souvenir shops and a picnic spot, the zoo is perfect for a day out, regardless of your age. Check out your Barcelona Zoo ticket options here.

Travel Tips
  • The Dolphin Show happens thrice a day - 11.30, 13.00 and 16.30
  • You can feed and pet ponies, rabbits and donkeys in the Children’s Zoo
  • The ticket window closes 30 minutes before the zoo closing time everday
  • The queues during peak season can get pretty long and if you're traveling with kids,hence,Fast track tickets are recommended.
  • The zoo is wheelchair accessible

Camp Nou

EVENING 4:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1-2 HOURS

Top 10 Barcelona Atttractions

Football Lovers

Visit one of the most historic and renowned football stadiums in the world, Camp Nou Barcelona. If you’re a football fanatic or a mere football viewer, a visit to this decorated stadium which also happens to be the largest football stadium in Europe and the second largest in the world, is an absolute must! If you can catch a football match during your visit here, nothing like it. If not, a tour of the stadium which takes you through the trophies, players, museum, the locker room where legends from Maradona and Messi have stepped foot in and the impressive football pitch is an inspiring walk through. Grab Camp Nou tickets before you head over to this must-visit attraction.

Travel Tips
  • If you're watching a match at Camp Nou, make sure you reach well in advance to collect your tickets to avoid the long redemption lines.
  • For experience the victory celebrations after the match, head to Canaletas fountain at Las Ramblas to celebrate with the fans
  • Smoking and consumption of alcohol inside Camp Nou is strictly prohibited.
Day 3

A Day Trip To Cities Nearby

Price

Girona

Duration

Figueres

Run Time

Dali

Barcelona in 3 days - Girona
Barcelona in 3 days - Figueres
Barcelona in 3 days- Dali
Day 3 calls for a break from Barcelona. Get whisked away to three cities nearby, each filled to the brim with culture and exciting attractions. PS- this is real treat for all Game of Thrones fans!

Day trip to Girona, Figueres & Dali

MORNING 8:30 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 10-11 HOURS

Top Day Trips from Barcelona

Game of Thrones Fans

Culture Vultures

A day trip from Barcelona to Girona is one for the boks: sandwiched between Barcelona and Costa Brava, Girona is a repository of museums, galleries, and churches laced around medieval walls and cobbled walkways. Situated about 100 km from Barcelona, a day is all you need to explore this quaint city. If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you'll be all the more glad to land in Girona as there are many scenes shot in this city! There is even a dedicated Game of Thrones tour that takes you through all those spots!

40 km north of Girona lies Figueres, a historic Catalan city popular for the extraordinary Teatre-Museu Dali – the second most visited museum in Spain.

Travel Tips
  • This day tour has an early start, around 8:00 AM and you are required to assemble at the said location 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • This is a guided tour with bilingual (Spanish and English) commentary
Day 4

Where Art Meets Excitement

Duration

Palau de la Música Catalana

Run Time

Las Golondrinas De Barcelona Cruise

Run Time

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Barcelona in 5 days - Amusement
Barcelona in 5 days - Las Golondrinas De Barcelona cruise
Barcelona in 5 days- Palau de la Música Catalana
After an exhilarating day trip from Barcelona, day 4 calls for some more culture and excitement. Begin your day with a visit to a famous concert hall, followed by a gripping river cruise, and finally, a stop at one of Barcelona's must-visit amusement parks.

Palau De La Musica Catalana

MORNING 10:00 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1 HOUR

Opera Lovers

Families & Couples

Located in a cul-de-sac at Casc Antic, Palau De La Musica is one of Barcelona's ornate concert hall, designed in a delicious ‘Catalan Modernista’ architectural style. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, this attraction should be on your Barcelona tourist radar. This colourful explosion of rightly places mosaics is the only auditorium in Europe to be completely illuminated by natural light. The most coveted space in Palau De La Musica is the 2146 glass roofed Art Nouveau Hall. The Petit Palau is a smaller hall with 538 seats and a more modern touch. This hall has been specially designed for chamber music concerts, with a keen attention to the acoustics and reverberation.

Travel Tips
  • Enjoy a 20% discount on the Palau De La Musica ticket with the Barcelona Express Card.
  • We advise you buy your tickets online in advance- this lets you skip 3-hour-long ticket queues.
  • There are only limited spots per day, hence you may have to wait for long or postpone your visit if there is a large influx of people during your visit.

Palau De La Musica Catalana

Headout Price: €10

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Las Golondrinas De Barcelona Cruise

NOON 12:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1 HOUR

Barcelona Cruises

Families & Couples

Sail out of the Port Vell harbour on the famous Las Golondrinas along the Barcelona coast and devour the Mediterranean flavour with the salty breeze kissing your face and flitting through your hair. Soak in the balmy weather under the comfort of your boat and experience Barcelona from the sea on this cruise. You will glide past Barcelona’s beach and indulge in captivating views of the World Trade Center, Porta d'Europa Bridge,Fisherman’s Quarter, International Cruise Terminal, Nova Bocana, Torre del Rellotge,Olympic Port, among others.

Travel Tips
  • There is no commentary onboard.
  • Refreshments are available onboard, however it is not included in the ticket price.
  • Washrooms are available onboard as well.

Las Golondrinas Boat Trip

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Tibidabo Amusement Park

AFTERNOON 3:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2-3 HOURS

Adventure Lovers

Families with Children

With a history of over 100 years, Tibidabo Amusement Park is one of the oldest theme parks in Spain and is a merry blend of tradition and modernity. This compact amusement park built in 1899 with a selection of 30 adrenaline pumping rides has been designed for kids, teenagers and adults alike. Perched on top of the Tibidabo Mountain, this mountain is 512 meters (1680 ft) above sea level and boasts of splendid views of the city from each and every ride. Tibidabo Amusement Park has an array of shows, street theatre, picnic spots, restaurants and cafes, indoor dining making it the ideal spot for a day out with the family, especially those with kids and teenagers.

Travel Tip
  • The ticket prices for children vary upon their height (for children under 1.2 m in height {10.30 €} and for children under 0.90 m height the tickets are free). Measure your child's height in advance to avoid confusion.

Tibidabo Amusement Park Tickets

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Day 5

Museums, Aquariums & Beaches

Duration

Articket Barcelona

Run Time

Barcelona Aquarium

Run Time

La Barceloneta Beach

Barcelona in 5 days - Articket
Barcelona in 5 days - barcelona aquarium
Barcelona in 5 days- barceloneta beach
You've officially reached the final leg of your trip! Day 5 begins with a museum-hopping adventure, followed by a visit to the depths of the Barcelona Aquarium. End your trip on a high note by visiting La Barceloneta Beach!

Articket Barcelona

MORNING 9:30 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 3 HOURS

Top Barcelona Museums

Iconic Landmarks

Art & History Lovers

The Articket Museum Pass lets you into 6 of Barcelona's must-visit museums all at a go, and what's best- you enjoy skip-the-line access to them all. Spend your last morning in Barcelona discovering the cultural and artistic heritage of Barcelona. Spend the day going through paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, posters, coins, silver and goldsmithing, coins and exhibitions with the Articket Museum Pass that offers great savings (45% savings) and consume generous amounts of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies and many other pieces of traditional and contemporary art.

Travel Tips
  • The lines to Picasso, Miro, and Catalunya can get quite long (1- 2 hours during peak season).
  • Your Articket is valid for 1 year after the first use.

Barcelona Articket Passport: Admission to 6 museums

Headout Price: €35

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Barcelona Aquarium

AFTERNOON 1:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1-2 HOURS

Top 10 Barcelona Atttractions

Historic Landmark

Iconic Basilica

Visit the Barcelona Aquarium next, Europe’s only Oceanarium with over 11,000 water dwelling animals from over 450 different species along with an ocean tank for sharks, rays and other large fishes. If you’re travelling with kids or are a fan of aquariums yourself, make sure you bake this into your itinerary. Where else can you scuba dive (only certified scuba divers, though) in the 4-million-litre oceanarium surrounded by sharks and fishes? Walk beneath the Oceanarium through a transparent moving tunnel for a unique perspective on the marine life, and watch out for gilt heads, moray eels, ocean sunfishes, Nautilus,sand tiger sharks and sandbar sharks during your walk.

Travel Tips
  • Scuba diving with the sharks takes place only thrice a week - Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Though the queues outside the Barcelona Aquarium aren't exceptionally long, buying tickets online help save a few euros and earn cashback offers.
  • The Barcelona Express 2 day card gives a 20% discount on L’Aquàrium de Barcelona tickets

La Barceloneta Beach

EVENING 5:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1 HOUR

Top Barcelona Beaches

Beach Lovers

Sunset Views

Before calling it a day, make one last stop: Barceloneta. A classy neighbourhood by the Mediterranean sea stretch with clean boardwalks and course golden sand speckled with pebbles, this beach calls out to you. Watch the shacks turn into night clubs after sunset. If you wish, stick around, dine under the starlit sky, and take a dip in the cold waters of the Mediterranean. It's the perfect way to end your day trip in Barcelona.

Travel Tips
  • Nights in the beach are free from pestering vendors, hence this is the best time to enjoy solace under the stars.
  • If you want to enjoy the balmy sun, you can visit the beach in the morning. Afternoons can get very hot, hence not recommended.
  • Strolling by the beach promenade on a bicycle is a recommended experience too.

Spend 5 Days In Barcelona Under 280 Euros


Barring your accomodation and food expenses, here's an approximate of how much you'll spend in Barcelona in 5 days. Book your tickets with Headout, ensuring you won't have to wait around in ticketing queues, and enjoy a 5% cashback on every purchase you make!

Day 1 : La Rambla & La Boquería, Gothic Quarter & Poble Espanyol
Free
Day 2 : Park Güell, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Zoo & Camp Nou
€93
Day 3 : Day trip to Girona, Figueres & Dali
€80
Day 4 : Palau De La Musica Catalana, Las Golondrinas De Barcelona Cruise & Tibidabo Amusement Park
€42
Day 5 : Articket Museum Pass, Barcelona Aquarium & La Barceloneta Beach
€56

Total

€271

Book your Barcelona Attractions tickets on Headout, and spend just €271 on your 5-day vacation in Barcelona! Hit up all the prime attractions in the city and save more while you explore more.

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