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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, Spain

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: Enjoy an adventurous day out

Morning: Head to La Sagrada Familia

Once you’ve awoken in your glorious Plum apartment and enjoyed breakfast, 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.

The Golden Globes, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

The Golden Globes, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

Afternoon: Take a trip to 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 candy floss 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).

Evening: Treat yourself to some paella

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: Admire the art at the Picasso Museum

Morning: Go for brunch at L’Artesana Poblenou

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.

Balé, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

Balé, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

Afternoon: Enjoy some 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. Best holiday ever? 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: Browse the markets before hitting the beach

Morning: Spend time at La Boqueria 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).

The Sunshade Dandy, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

The Sunshade Dandy, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

Afternoon: Work up a tan at the 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 paddle board. 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: Visit a museum before enjoying some opera

Morning: Explore Park Güell

Dust off any cobwebs hanging around on your last morning of this Barcelona trip 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.

New Modernista, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

New Modernista, Plum Guide home in Barcelona

Afternoon: Get your culture fix at the Museu Marítim

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.

Evening: Buy a ticket to the 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 adios to your new favourite Spanish city.

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