Barcelona: Capital of Catalonia
Barcelona is the most popular destination in Spain for international travellers and for good reason. This city is filled with stunning architecture and history which you can easily explore in four days.
DAY 1 - SAGRADA FAMILIA, GAUDI BUILDINGS
As the most famous sights in Barcelona, the Basilica de Sagrada Familia is a must see. This is one of the best places to take in Barcelona's stunning architecture. As this is so popular, entry is allocated based on a time slot so you will need to book in advance.
Gaudi is responsible for some of the most famous architecture in Barcelona including the Sagrada Familia. There are many more of his buildings around the city that you can find on your own as you walk through the city. Be sure not to miss Casa Batllo and Casa Mila.
DAY 2 - SHOPPING, PARK GUELL
You can see most of Barcelona in three days so having some additional time can allow you to take the city in at your own pace. I chose to spend a morning shopping however you might want to consider visiting Camp Nou. If you choose to go shopping, I recommend heading to Passeig de Gracia as this is Barcelona's main shopping street.
Park Guell was also designed by Gaudi. You can stroll around at your own pace or if you would like to know more you can visit the home of Gaudi which has been converted into a museum. Entry to the park is free but certain areas do require a paid ticket so keep this in mind when entering the park.
DAY 3 - PORT VELL, CATHEDRAL OF BARCELONA, LA RAMBLA, LA BARCELONETA
Port Vell is a harbour in Barcelona which houses a number of superyachts. A nice way to spend your morning in Barcelona is admiring the amazing yachts in the marina.
The Cathedral of Barcelona is located in the Gothic Quarter which is an amazing part of the city. This building is beautiful from the outside but if you would like to go inside, entry is free during certain hours.
La Rambla is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona and is home to La Boqueria Market which sells local produce. This area is notorious for pickpockets so it's important to keep this in mind.
DAY 4 - PARC DE MONTJUIC, CASTELL DE MONTJUIC, MIRADOR
Parc de Montjuic is an area of Barcelona with lots to do and see such as the National Art Museum. You can take a funicular to get here as part of the metro system.
Whilst in this area I recommend taking the cable car up to Montjuic Castle which is an old military fortress. You get amazing views over the city here whilst learning more about local history.
On your way down on the Cable Car there is a stop called Mirador. This is a beautiful terraced area where you can get some of the best views of the city and spot some of the famous landmarks.
During my time in Barcelona, I stayed at Hotel Catalonia Atenas which was a great hotel with it's rooftop pool and deck. It has excellent public transport links and is within walking distance of most tourist attractions. I recommend taking taxis in the city as they are relatively cheap and the drivers are extremely helpful.