The Perfect Barcelona Itinerary: 4 Days of Fun

With this guide to exploring the city, you're guaranteed to enjoy an entertaining trip – all that’s left for you to do is to decide which Plum home you'll be staying in.

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Typical square in Barcelona

Heading to the Catalonian capital for a city break and wondering how best to start planning your trip? Well, worry not, because along with our remarkable homes in Barcelona, we here at Plum Guide have also got some pretty remarkable advice on how to spend your time in the city. Here's our expertly crafted take on a Barcelona itinerary: 4 days of fun, sun and sangria. What more could one possibly need?

Day 1: Morning – La Sagrada Familia

Once you’ve awoken in your glorious Plum apartment like Ciutat Vella and enjoyed breakfast on a huge private terrace, it’s time to go and see Barcelona’s most famous sight - La Sagrada Familia. This gigantic, unfinished masterpiece is the ideal start to a Barcelona itinerary of 4 days. Just don’t forget to buy your tickets online beforehand, or you’ll be staring down the glowering faces of your kids as they wait in the queue. 

Ciutat Vella, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

Ciutat Vella, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

Day 2: Afternoon – Tibidabo Amusement Park

For lunch, Caldeni is nearby and is run by a chef who published a book about the art of cooking different kinds of meat. Need we say more? Next up this afternoon, we’re sending you to get a different perspective on the city - you’re going to the funfair (and you’re allowed to get candyfloss is you want). At the top of one of Barcelona’s biggest hills is the Tibidabo Amusement Park, equipped with the best view of the city and the kind of fairground rides you remember from your childhood. Hitch a ride on the vintage blue tram up the hill and go straight for the candy-coloured big wheel. Looking for things to do in Barcelona with children? This is a great option for them (that you'll no doubt love too).

Day 3: Evening – Paella time

Once you’ve recovered from the excitement of the afternoon, it’s paella time. While no local would be caught dead eating the famous rice dish after lunchtime (there’s a superstitious belief that the body can’t digest rice at night), we give you permission. Can Solé is the place to go. Very traditional, with a fun atmosphere and an open kitchen so you can see the action, you’ll gasp when the heaping serving of saffron-yellow rice is brought to the table. Then stumble home to your show-stopping Plum home like Las Cornisas and get a good night’s rest.

Las Cornisas, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

Las Cornisas, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

Day 2: Morning – Brunch

Enjoy a leisurely lie in before heading off for a top-notch brunch at L’Artesana Poblenou, serving Catalonia classics with a breakfast twist. Order eggs Benedict with shards of bacon whilst sitting on the patio with a cafe con leche in hand. Get you – the second day of your Barcelona itinerary of 4 days and you're already looking like a local. Next up is the Picasso Museum in Barcelona’s El Born neighbourhood. Your kids would rather be playing video games with their friends will love the chance to see 4,251 of Picasso’s artworks. Set across five palaces, it has a lot of his earlier work, so you can observe how his style developed.

Day 2: Afternoon – Shopping, sights and tapas

It’s time to give that credit card some exercise. Passeig de Gràcia is one of Barcelona’s biggest avenues and combines architecture and shopping into one easily walkable street. As you walk, you’ll see Gaudí’s wavy apartment block La Pedrera. It’s a quick trip up to the roof to grab that perfect holiday selfie hiding among his soldier-like chimneys. #bestholidayever? We think so. Slightly further down is Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, a glittering, undulating marvel. In between, there are enticing shops for everything under the sun. Buy yourself a holiday present; you earned it. Tonight, dinner at El Portalón is on the agenda. Order house red wine by the earthenware jug and order as many tapas as your spot at the bar can hold.

Day 3: Morning – Market

Is that a slight hangover we see? Well, get up, get moving and shake it off because you’re spending the morning at La Boqueria food market. A Barcelona institution, it’s an unmissable stop whether you're a foodie or not. Choose one of the jewel-coloured fresh juices sold by practically every stall and browse until you find something that catches your interest for a late breakfast (which won't take long).

Day 3: Afternoon – Beach

It’s practically illegal to come to this city without spending some time at its world-famous beach. If you’re feeling energetic, you can view the city from the water on a stand-up paddleboard. The children in your family will be very impressed when you show them the photos as evidence of your athleticism. Once the sun starts to set, make your way to Barceloneta beach to one of its many lively xiringuitos (bars) and order some Spanish wine to start your evening.

Day 4: Morning – Park Güell

Dust off any cobwebs hanging around on your last morning of this Barcelona itinerary of 4 days by spending a few hours exploring Park Güell. Home to the city’s famous mosaic lizard plus some incredible views, it’s a great way to round off your trip.  

Day 4: Afternoon – Culture fix

For a truly memorable lunch, head to Mont Bar. This chic and well-designed space uses seasonal and organic ingredients to make next-level food. You’ve still got time to squeeze in one more museum before your flight home. The Museu Marítim happens to be one of the finest examples of Catalonian Gothic architecture still standing, as well as an extensive collection of everything nautical. 

Day 4: Evening – Opera

We’ve saved the best until last - it’s time for the opera. Get dressed in your finery and live your Spanish fantasy at the truly breathtaking opera house, the work of Modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. A riot of chandeliers and stained glass, it’s the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday in Barcelona, or the last night of your city break. For a blowout dinner, book a table at La Barra de Carles Abellan. Run by Carles Abellán, one of the biggest food names in Barcelona, the menu is creative and luxurious. You can even watch a livestream of the kitchen downstairs projected onto the wall of the dining area. A meal here is the perfect way to bid goodbye to your new favourite Spanish city. 

And there we have – the only Barcelona itinerary of 4 days you'll ever need. Next up is choosing where to stay. Plum Guide is the official answer to 'What home should I book?' – every vacation home on our site is personally vetted by an independent home critic to meet only the highest standards. So when it comes to a home away from home in Barcelona, you're in good hands when you stay with us.

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