The ultimate itinerary for the ambitious traveler, see all of the top sites in Barcelona within a matter of just four days.
By Brittany Starr | @JustDoItBlog | 13 March 2012
Prior to leaving for Barcelona:
1. Book a hostel downtown within a few blocks of La Rambla (a popular street in Barcelona filled with both tourists and locals).2. For photography enthusiasts, this is your dream vacation. Be sure to overpack your photography options; bring your tripod, wide angle & zoom. Forget about the middle lens. Leave your 18-55 mm at home & keep the wide angle on.
Thursday evening / afternoon:
If you arrive at the airport before everything closes go to the Tourist Information Center and buy an Art Ticket and either a Barcelona Card or a T-10.
Here is why:
>The Art Ticket not only gives you a discounted package deal on several of the art museums, but it allows you to skip the public lines, and if you plan to go to the Picasso Museum on one of the free entry days this ticket alone will save you up to 3 hours of waiting time.
>The Barcelona Card will get you on most metros along with discounts to many of the museums that the art ticket does not cover. If you do not plan on visiting other museums outside of this ticket you can just buy the T-10 which gives you a discounted price for buying metro rides in bulk.
If you arrive via plane into the main airport (the one closest to Barcelona) take the metro to the La Rambla stop or the airport's bus to Plaça de Catalunya. If you are able to, go settle into your hostel/hotel, lock up your valuables and prepare your attire for a high pick-pocket risk evening. I personally would recommend one of those shoulder bags which has a flap where you can position the bag to have the opening flap closed toward your body. While the night is still young, take a stroll down La Rambla where you can watch the dozens of street performers put on their nightly shows. Be extremely careful because some of these shows are used solely to lure tourists in to be pick pocketed by the performers' friends.
Friday (Day 1):
Grab breakfast at the local cafe before heading for the metro. If you have not purchased your T-10 ticket already, you can purchase it at one of the kiosks in the metro station (bring smaller bills since some of the machines do not accept bills larger than 20 €). Take the metro to Paral-lel. Once at Paral-lel look for the "Funicular Montjuïc" which is located down a long hall by the exit, still inside of the station (you do not need to scan your metro card again to access it so don't exit the station). Note that the funicular is only open from 09:00 - 22:00.
When you get off of the metro at the top of Montjuïc take a left out of the station and follow signs for the Parc Montjuïc. From here you have a few options,
*For a visual tour of this trip in photos click HERE*
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