4 day itinerary in Barcelona
Welcome to the ultimate guide for unlocking the full magic of Barcelona, one of Europe's most captivating cities. Barcelona truly has it all: art, a rich history, culture, mouthwatering cuisine, inviting beaches, and architectural wonders. It's no wonder that Barcelona consistently ranks as one of the world's top tourist destinations. I've had the pleasure of visiting this vibrant city over ten times, drawn not only by my many friends who call Barcelona home but also by the unique energy that surrounds it. My first solo trip to Barcelona at the age of 19 left me instantly enamored with its charm, and now, at 31, the city continues to dazzle me in countless ways. Let me be your guide to ensuring that your Barcelona adventure is nothing short of extraordinary, with my personal recommendations and insights." ✨🇪🇸 Please note that creating this guide required significant time and dedication. If you find it valuable, you have the option to leave a tip of your choice (every contribution is appreciated). Additionally, you can support me by booking your accommodation through this guide, at no extra cost to you, which greatly assists me in maintaining and updating this content!
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Tips before traveling 

Best Time to Travel

Barcelona enjoys pleasant weather year-round, though summer can be hot and humid, particularly in August when many places close for holidays. The optimal months to visit are May-June and September-October. June is especially great if you're a fan of music festivals. Winter can also be a good time to visit since it's milder compared to some other cities.

Getting Around

I highly recommend exploring the city on foot, as it's often the best way to truly immerse yourself in its charm. Barcelona isn't that big, so you can reach almost everywhere by foot. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles through mobile apps, and there are even scooters available. The metro system is also efficient and easy to use. 

Getting from the Airport

Taxis are available and typically cost between 30-40 euros. You can catch one at the airport or use the FreeNow app to request one. Another convenient option is the AerobĂşs, which costs 6.50 euros and has four stops in the city that are likely close to your destination, making it a good choice if you have minimal luggage.

Free Walking Tour

Consider grabbing a Free Walking Tour to have a first glimpse of the city, know about its culture and history. You can book them online, there are several companies offering them. 

Beware of Pickpockets

While Barcelona is generally safe, it's important to stay vigilant, especially on public transportation, as pickpockets can be a concern.

Avoid Tap Water

The tap water in Barcelona is safe to drink, but it often has an unpleasant taste due to the high mineral content, so it's advisable to opt for bottled water.

TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Barrio Gótico-El Raval & Montjuic  

The Gothic Quarter is the oldest and one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Barcelona. As its name suggests, you'll discover Gothic-style buildings, churches, and constructions that lend it a unique and mystical atmosphere.

El Raval is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood in Barcelona known for its cultural mix, trendy bars, and artsy atmosphere. Explore its winding streets to discover street art, eclectic shops, and a lively dining scene.

I recommend exploring both neighborhoods on foot and getting lost in their labyrinthine streets. 

Plaza Cataluña
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Plaça de Catalunya, located at the heart of Barcelona, is a bustling square where locals and tourists gather. It's a central hub connecting various parts of the city, making it a starting point for many adventures in Barcelona. Enjoy its fountains, shops, and the vibrant energy that flows through this iconic square.
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La Rambla
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Rambla de Catalunya is a charming tree-lined avenue dividing el Gotico from El Raval. It's known for its upscale shopping, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants. Strolling along this bustling street, you'll experience the essence of Catalan modernism and enjoy the lively atmosphere of one of Barcelona's most transited areas. My tip is just to enjoy the views, and avoid eating or shopping here because it's too touristy (meaning high prices and not so good quality). Walking this avenue you will reach to the sea.
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Mercado de La Boqueria
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Officially known as Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, is a bustling food market located just off Barcelona's famous La Rambla. It's a food lover's paradise where you can explore a wide variety of fresh produce, seafood, meats, cheeses, and other culinary delights. The market's vibrant atmosphere and colorful stalls make it a must-visit destination for both tourists and locals looking to savor the flavors of Barcelona.
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La Casa de l'Ardiaca
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Casa del Arcediano, located in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, is a captivating historic building from the 12th century, showcasing a fusion of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Once serving as the archdeacon's residence, today it operates as a cultural center hosting art exhibitions and events. Visitors can admire its intricate archways and stone carvings, providing a glimpse into Barcelona's rich history and contemporary cultural vibrancy.
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La Central del Raval
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Super nice bookshop with a cute patio and a cool bar/ coffee shop
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El mĂłn neix en cada besada
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"El mĂłn neix en cada besada" translates to "The world is born in every kiss." It's a large mosaic mural composed of small photographs.
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Avinguda del Portal de l'Ă€ngel
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Avinguda del Portal de l'Ă€ngel is one of Barcelona's most popular shopping streets. It's known for its bustling atmosphere and a wide range of international and Spanish fashion brands. This pedestrianized avenue is lined with shops, boutiques, and department stores, making it a perfect place for shopping and discovering the latest trends. Apart from shopping, visitors can also enjoy street performances and outdoor cafes as they explore this vibrant area in the heart of the city.
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Roman city wall in Barcelona
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The Muralla Romana, or Roman Walls, in Barcelona are ancient fortifications dating back to the Roman era. Built in the 1st century BC, these well-preserved walls once encircled the old Roman town of Barcino, the precursor to modern-day Barcelona. Visitors can explore sections of the walls, which provide a fascinating glimpse into the city's Roman history.
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Cathedral of Barcelona
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It is a stunning Gothic cathedral located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain. Construction of the cathedral began in the 13th century, and it features an impressive facade, intricate Gothic architecture, and beautiful stained glass windows. Visitors can explore its interior, including the cloister and chapels, and even ascend to its rooftop for panoramic views of the city.
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Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
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Plaza de San Felipe Neri is a charming and historic square nestled in the heart of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. This tranquil square is known for its picturesque setting, featuring a lovely fountain and the Baroque-style San Felipe Neri Church, which adds to its old-world charm. However, the square also bears the scars of history, as it was the site of bombings during the Spanish Civil War, leaving visible damage on the church's facade.
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El Pont del Bisbe
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Also known as the Bishop's Bridge, is an iconic Gothic-style bridge that connects two buildings in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Its unique architecture and ornamental details make it a prominent landmark in the city. The bridge is famous for its elaborate design and decorative arch, which often attracts visitors to take photographs and admire its architectural beauty.
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Plaça de Sant Jaume
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is a historic square located in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. It serves as a political and administrative center for the city, as it houses both the Barcelona City Hall (Ajuntament de Barcelona) and the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, which is the seat of the Catalan government. The square is characterized by its elegant architecture, including the neoclassical façade of the City Hall and the Gothic-style Palau de la Generalitat.
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Plaça Reial
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It is known for its neoclassical architecture, iconic palm trees, and bustling atmosphere. The square is surrounded by elegant buildings with arcades, and its central area features a decorative fountain and lampposts designed by Antoni GaudĂ­. Plaza Real is a popular gathering place for both locals and tourists, offering a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes with outdoor seating.
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BasĂ­lica de Santa Maria del Pi
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The basilica is dedicated to the Virgin of the Pine Tree and dates back to the 14th century. Visitors can explore its beautiful interior, which is adorned with impressive columns and religious artwork. One of the highlights is the ascent to the basilica's rooftop, which offers panoramic views of Barcelona's historic district and the city beyond.
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Where to eat 

La Vinateria del Call
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A tapas bar with traditional tavern decor where you can enjoy classic Spanish dishes expertly prepared.
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Señor Piña Terraza Gótico | Poke Bowl, Brunch & Açaí Bar
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It's a brunch restaurant with a beautiful patio
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Arcano Restaurant
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Mediterranean dishes of meat and fish, expertly prepared in a 17th-century establishment with stone walls.
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Caelis
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Caelis’ Michelin star helps to ease any doubts you may have when choosing a restaurant and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. They offer multiple-course menus (and vegetarian options as well) which range between €95 to €140, not including wine.
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La Plata
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If you want to feel like a local, this is the place. Tapas and wine, what more do you need?
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Cañete
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Traditional Spanish cuisine, well-crafted, slightly higher prices for Barcelona. Food is amazing though, so totally worth it.
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Zona d'Ombra
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Zona d’Ombra has over 300 labels and it’s a great opportunity to try national wines and some you won’t find in a restaurant. This is a great place to go for drinks before dinner or make a night of it and stay there for a few hours.
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Where to stay

Aspasios Les Rambles Apartments
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Super nice apartments, really well located. They sleep up to 6 persons.
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Hotel ColĂłn Barcelona
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Located in front of the Cathedral, this 4 star Hotel offers stunning rooms and a beautiful terrace with views to the Cathedral.
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Hotel Colonial Barcelona
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This nice hotel is in a gorgeous colonial stone building, it's super near the sea.
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Party Hostel Kabul
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If you are traveling solo, and want to meet people, and as the name says, want to go out to party, this is a good place to stay.
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Grums Hotel & Spa
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This 4 star hotel combines 3 good things: good quality, nice location and affordable prices.
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Ohla Barcelona
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If you are looking for something more luxurious, this 5 star hotel has it. Great location, nice terrace and comfortable rooms.
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Montjuic 

Montjuïc, a hill overlooking Barcelona, offers a blend of cultural attractions, scenic beauty, and outdoor activities. It's home to the Montjuïc Castle, numerous museums like the MNAC, lush gardens, and the Olympic Park. You can explore its historic sites, enjoy panoramic city views, and relax in its green spaces, making it a diverse and captivating destination in Barcelona. My recommendation is to go and catch the sunset and then stay for the Magic Fountain Show. 

Plaça d'Espanya
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Plaça d'Espanya (Plaza España) is a significant square in Barcelona known for its stunning architecture, including the iconic Venetian Towers and the Palau Nacional (National Palace), which houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC). This square is a central transportation hub and a vibrant cultural space, often hosting events and exhibitions. It's a must-visit location with a mix of history, art, and modernity.
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Magic Fountain of MontjuĂŻc
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The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (Fuente Mágica de Montjuïc) is a captivating attraction located at the base of Montjuïc Hill in Barcelona. This beautiful fountain hosts nightly light and music shows, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of dancing water, colored lights, and synchronized music. It's a popular spot for both locals and tourists to enjoy an enchanting evening in the city. You should check online the timetable for the show since the vary depending on the season
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MontjuĂŻc National Palace
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Originally built for the 1929 International Exposition, it now houses the National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya or MNAC). The palace's grand architecture and panoramic views of the city make it a prominent landmark and a cultural hub. Visitors can explore a vast collection of Catalan and European art spanning various periods, from the Romanesque era to the modern age, while also enjoying the splendid surroundings of MontjuĂŻc.
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Jardi Botanic Historic
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Established in 1930, it showcases a diverse collection of Mediterranean plants and species, including aromatic herbs, succulents, and exotic flora. Visitors can stroll through well-maintained pathways, learn about the region's rich botanical heritage, and enjoy stunning views of Barcelona. Whether you're a nature enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, the Jardí Botànic Històric is a must-visit attraction in the city.
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Torre de Comunicacions de MontjuĂŻc
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Designed by Santiago Calatrava and completed in 1992 for the Olympic Games, this tower stands as a symbol of modernity and innovation. Its unique and futuristic design features a slender, white structure that soars into the sky, resembling an athlete in motion. Visitors can appreciate the tower's beauty from the outside or take an elevator ride to the top for panoramic views of Barcelona and its surroundings. The tower serves as both a communication hub and a remarkable piece of art, making it a captivating addition to the MontjuĂŻc skyline
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MontjuĂŻc Castle
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With a history dating back to the 17th century, this imposing structure has served various purposes throughout the years, including as a military fortress, prison, and now a cultural and historical site. Visitors can explore the castle's battlements, dungeons, and courtyards while taking in panoramic views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea
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Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera
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These gardens are renowned for their extensive collection of cacti and other succulent plants, making them a unique and picturesque destination for plant enthusiasts and nature lovers.
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Where to eat 

Denassus
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Restaurant with street-level terrace offering reinterpretations of tapas and main dishes, along with an extensive wine list.
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Restaurant Sucursal Aceitera
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It's both a bar and a restaurant, serving tapas, fish, and traditional dishes. They also have a good variety of cocktails.
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DAY 2- Eixample & Gracia 

Eixample is one of the most central neighborhoods in Barcelona. It is known for its variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops. I recommend wandering through its streets and admiring the buildings; the architecture in this neighborhood is incredible. This neighborhood is the best if you want to shop, eat, have coffee, enjoy tapas, or have a drink both during the day and at night

Passeig de GrĂ cia
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Paseo de Gracia is in my opinion one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. This iconic boulevard is celebrated for its stunning architecture, upscale boutiques, and cultural significance. It is home to some of the city's most famous landmarks, including the mesmerizing Casa BatllĂł and the enchanting Casa MilĂ  (La Pedrera), both designed by the legendary architect Antoni GaudĂ­. Strolling along Paseo de Gracia offers a unique blend of history, luxury shopping, and architectural marvels, making it a must-visit destination
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Casa BatllĂł
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Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, this extraordinary building is characterized by its whimsical, organic shapes and vibrant colors. It is often referred to as the "House of Bones" due to its skeletal and fantastical appearance. Casa Batlló is a true representation of Gaudí's genius, with its innovative design, sculpted façade, and unique interior spaces. You can check ticket prices on their website.
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La Pedrera-Casa MilĂ 
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Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí and completed in 1912, it is considered one of his most iconic works. La Pedrera is characterized by its undulating stone façade, wrought-iron balconies, and rooftop sculptures that resemble surreal warriors. The building's interior features innovative design elements, including curved walls and an open courtyard that allows natural light to flood the apartments. Today, La Pedrera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as a cultural center and museum. It offers visitors a glimpse into Gaudí's creative genius and the architectural innovations of the modernist movement. The rooftop terrace, with its remarkable chimneys and panoramic views of Barcelona, is a particular highlight.
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Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
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I love this patio, it's an oasis in the middle of the city
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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes
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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes is one of Barcelona's major thoroughfares, known for its wide boulevards and bustling traffic. It stretches across the city, serving as a central transportation route. Along Gran Via, you'll find a mix of shops, businesses, and architectural landmarks. It's a vital artery connecting various neighborhoods and attractions within Barcelona.
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La Sagrada Familia
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The Cathedral is also designed by GaudĂ­. The construction on this awe-inspiring masterpiece began in 1882 and continues to this day, with an expected completion date in the coming years. The Sagrada Familia is renowned for its unique blend of Gothic and modernist architectural styles, featuring towering spires, intricate facades, and an interior that bathes visitors in colorful light through its stained glass windows. You should check the website for info about tickets.
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Where to eat 

In Eixample you will find most of Barcelona's restaurants. This is a city very popular not only for it's Spanish food but also their Brunch options and international food. Here is a list of my favorites. H my favorite Brunch restos: 

El Nacional Barcelona
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I would say this is a must. This unique dining establishment is set in a stunning, meticulously restored 19th-century industrial building, which adds to its distinctive charm and ambiance. El Nacional stands out for its concept of offering a diverse culinary experience under one roof. Inside, you'll find a variety of different dining areas, each specializing in a specific aspect of Spanish cuisine. From seafood to meats, tapas to traditional Spanish dishes, there's something for every palate. I always go and sit in the bar and order a caña with some tapas.
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Cerveceria Catalana
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Known for its delectable selection of tapas and a bustling atmosphere, it has become a favorite dining spot for both locals and tourists. The emphasis here is on fresh ingredients and authentic flavors, making it a fantastic place to experience the essence of Spanish cuisine.
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La Flauta
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This restaurant has the same owners as Cerveceria Catalana, so if you can't find a seat in that one, you can eat in La Flauta, that has the same concept, food is delicious and prices are super correct.
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Boraz
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Super simple but cool restaurant, serving innovative dishes, wines and cocktails. Food is pretty amazing.
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Robata
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If you are a sushi lover, this is the place to go. Although expect elevated prices for Barcelona.
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Saona Aribau
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If you are on a budget this is a great place to go. They offer 3 course menus for a really faire price, and food is actually pretty good.
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Vinitus
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Restaurant serving classical tapas, at accesible prices.
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RUC
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Small tapas bar with amazing quality. They focus mainly on vegetarian dishes (they have vegan and gluten free options as well). It's a hidden gem in L'Eixample neighborhood.
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Sumac & Mambo - Restaurant
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This restaurant serves mediterranean food in a really cool ambience.
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Yakumanka, amb GastĂłn Acurio
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This restaurant serves delicious Peruvian food.
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Honest Greens Rambla Catalunya
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They have several restaurants in the city. The concept is healthy fast food. And they nailed it. Food is amazing, with quality ingredients, decoration is top, and the best thing: it's super cheap. They also serve specialty coffee and some desserts to die for (matcha cheese cake is out of this world).
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LA PAPA
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It's one of my favorites spots in the city. The concept is super cool, coffee is amazing and the ambience is so cute. They offer super healthy dishes, they have vegan options.
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Billy Brunch Headquarters
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They have several places in the city. They serve typical brunch dishes, very well accomplished.
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The Hardware Société Barcelona
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Super cool brunch restaurant.
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LADY BABKA
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Beautiful and charming pastry shop, they serve specialty coffee. Babkas are a must!
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Where to stay

Mihlton Barcelona B&B
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4 star hotel in an excellent location. Rooms are beautiful and comfortable.
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Occidental Diagonal 414
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Great location and nice terrace.
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Buho Hotel
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Supe cute rooms at affordable prices.
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Gracia 

Gracia is a more bohemian neighborhood, but it offers a wide range of gastronomic options and bars. In August, the Fiestas de Gracia takes place, during which people compete to see who has the most decorated street. It's a true street party, but be aware that it gets very crowded. Gracia is a vibrant and lively area where you can experience the creative spirit of Barcelona and enjoy its diverse culinary scene and nightlife.

Casa Vicens GaudĂ­
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it is considered one of Gaudí's early masterpieces and a significant landmark in the development of Catalan modernism. Casa Vicens was constructed between 1883 and 1888 as a private residence for the industrialist Manuel Vicens i Montaner. It is characterized by its unique blend of architectural styles, including Moorish, Gothic, and Art Nouveau influences. The building's façade is adorned with intricate ceramic tiles, colorful mosaics, and ornate wrought ironwork. Check their website for tickets prices and info
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Plaça del Sol
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It's the main square of the neighborhood, and it's full of restaurants and bars.
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Park GĂĽell
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Park GĂĽell is one of Barcelona's most iconic landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed by the Antoni GaudĂ­, it is a vibrant and whimsical public park that showcases GaudĂ­'s distinctive architectural style and artistic vision. Due to its popularity, it's recommended to book tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.
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Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
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Also known as the Hospital de Sant Pau, is a remarkable modernist architectural complex located in Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and was built between 1902 and 1930. The complex originally served as a hospital and is considered one of the most important examples of modernist architecture in the city.
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MUHBA TurĂł de la Rovira (Battery Viewpoint)
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The Bunkers del Carmel, also known as "Turo de la Rovira," is a historical site located in the Carmel neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain. This location offers panoramic views of the city and is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. I really recommend you to try and catch the sunset there, it's pretty awesome. The hike can be a little bit steep but totally doable.
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Dlirio
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A place (actually, two) that overflows with originality and good taste. They have affordable jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Also, some decorative items like vases and small sculptures.
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Gracia also has a huge gastronomical offer, and the cool thing about it is that you can find almost any type of cuisine (Spanish, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Latin, Italian, you choose). Here are some of my favorites, but feel free to stroll the neighborhood and find whatever it pleases you. 

La Pubilla
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This is one of the favorite places for the people of Barcelona to go for a lunch menu. It's excellent and at a quite affordable price, around 15 euros.
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Kibuka Goya
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One of the best Japanese restaurants if we consider the quality-price ratio. During the week, they offer a daily menu, but it's best to go and go all out: try their uramakis and their Wakame Sarada, a seaweed salad they make with an indescribably delicious sauce
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Nomo GrĂ cia (Restaurant)
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A restaurant combining the best of Japanese and Spanish flavors.
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Bar Bodega Quimet
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Here you can feel the authentic Spanish vibe. Simple tapas and draft beer
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Restaurant La Panxa del Bisbe
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Food is spectacular, they serve typical Spanish dishes but with a modern twist. Service is amazing and they have a really nice patio in the back
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Feroz Barcelona
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One of Barcelona's most exclusive restaurants. Expect prices a bit higher than average for Barcelona.
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Syra Coffee - GrĂ cia
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They have several spots in the city. If you are a coffee lover you should definitively grab one here.
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La Graciosa
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Wine Bar, where, they advise you, you discover, taste, and let yourself be surprised. An intimate atmosphere with candles and dim light fosters that feeling of well-being. An oasis of good drinks in one of the most special places in Gracia
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Bar Pietro
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It may seem that it has nothing special, but it's always crowded at night. So there must be a why...
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DAY 3- Day trip 

Barcelona offers a multitude of places to go near by, and you can choose between the beach or the mountains. I'll give you a couple of options to choose from, especially depending on the time of year you're visiting. 

Option 1: SITGES 

Sitges is a small, ancient coastal town to the southwest of Barcelona. It's known for its beaches and being a picturesque village, full of shops and restaurants. You can reach it by train in 40 minutes; you take the R2S train from Sants station. 

Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla de Sitges
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Known for its striking architecture, which blends Gothic and Renaissance elements, it has stood as a historic and cultural centerpiece of Sitges for centuries. Its prominent location near the Mediterranean coast makes it an integral part of Sitges' urban landscape, attracting visitors with its beauty and historical significance.
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Palau de Maricel
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Palau Maricel showcases a blend of architectural styles, including Gothic and Mediterranean elements. Its intricate façade, courtyards, and interior spaces are notable for their beauty and historical significance. The palace houses a remarkable collection of art and artifacts, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Palau Maricel's location near the Mediterranean Sea provides visitors with stunning views of the coastline, making it a picturesque setting for exploring art and culture.
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Plaza del ayuntamiento
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At the heart of the square stands the Town Hall of Sitges, a historic building that houses the local administration and serves as a prominent example of regional municipal architecture. The square is situated in the heart of Sitges and is surrounded by pedestrian streets, shops, restaurants, and cafes.
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Muralla de Sitges
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These walls, built for defense in the past, are a testament to the town's historical heritage and add to its picturesque old-world charm. Visitors can explore the well-preserved sections of the wall, which offer insights into the town's defensive history and contribute to the overall character of Sitges' historic center.
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Aiguadolç - Sitges Port
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It serves as a charming harbor for recreational boats and yachts and offers a delightful waterfront ambiance. Along the waterfront, you'll find a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can savor Mediterranean cuisine while enjoying views of the boats and sea.
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Another 2 things that I recommend, that couldn't be found in the map are: 

Paseo Marítimo Sitges: 

It is a scenic seaside promenade that runs along the Mediterranean coastline of this charming coastal town. It is a beloved and iconic feature of Sitges, offering both residents and visitors a picturesque place to stroll, relax, and enjoy the stunning sea views. Along the promenade, you'll find a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, seafood, and refreshing drinks while taking in the sea breeze.

Sitges Old Town: 

Highlights of Sitges Old Town include cobblestone lanes, colorful buildings, and a lively town square. It's a hub for dining, shopping, and cultural events, with numerous restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries to explore. The old town's narrow streets are perfect for leisurely strolls, and it exudes a welcoming and relaxed ambiance. 

BEACHES 

Playa de los Balmins
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It's known for its tranquil and clothing-optional ambiance, making it a popular destination for sunbathing and swimming. The beach features clear waters, small coves, and a scenic backdrop of hills. Playa de los Balmins offers a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere compared to some of the busier beaches in the area, making it an attractive choice for those seeking a peaceful day by the Mediterranean.
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Platja de la Ribera
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It is one of the most famous and vibrant beaches in the area. It boasts golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and a lively promenade lined with restaurants, bars, and shops
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Platja de la barra
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It is known for its relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. This beach features soft golden sand, calm waters, and a picturesque setting with views of the Sitges marina. It offers a more tranquil alternative to some of the busier beaches in Sitges, making it ideal for those seeking a peaceful day by the sea.
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Where to eat 

Alma Sitges by La CĂşpula
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Located in the Marina, offering beautiful views, this place is ideal if you want to eat fish or paella.
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ZEKKEI SITGES | SUSHI NIKKEI
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If you are a sushi lover like me, this one is a good option offering good quality at a fair price
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Vivero Beach Club Restaurant | Sitges
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It has stunning views so it's ideal to eat or to drink something in this beautiful restaurant.
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El Cable
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Classic tapas bar in the Old Town
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Option 2 : MONTSERRAT 

If the weather doesn't cooperate for the beach, or if you're in the mood for a mountain getaway and breathtaking scenery, this is a great plan. Montserrat is a beautiful Benedictine monastery nestled in the mountains, approximately an hour northwest of Barcelona by train. You'll need to take the R5 train from Plaça Espanya and then ride to Monistrol de Montserrat at the top.

If you enjoy hiking, there are also some interesting trails in the mountains where you'll experience magnificent views of some of the most unique rock formations in all of Catalonia. You can take a train to the mountain's summit and from there, you can choose from a variety of different hikes, all with stunning views. 

Monestir de Montserrat
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Montserrat Abbey is not only a place of historic and cultural significance but also a prominent center of spirituality and pilgrimage in Catalonia. It's dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia's patron saint. The abbey is situated amidst dramatic rock formations, providing a breathtaking and picturesque backdrop to its religious and cultural activities. Within the abbey, visitors can view the famous "La Moreneta" or "Black Madonna" statue, which is a revered and symbolically significant religious artifact.
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Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
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The atrium of Montserrat Basilica, known as the "Atrium of the Basilica" or "Plaça de Santa Maria," is a large open square or courtyard located in front of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Basilica at the Montserrat Abbey.
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Escolania de Montserrat
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The Escolania de Montserrat is one of the oldest and most famous boys' choirs in Europe, with a history dating back over 700 years. The choir is celebrated for its exceptional musical talent and has gained international recognition for its performances of both sacred and secular music. The Escolania de Montserrat regularly performs within the Montserrat Abbey, enchanting visitors with their angelic voices. They also perform in concerts and events around the world
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Museum of Montserrat
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The Montserrat Museum is renowned for its diverse collection of art and cultural artifacts, spanning various periods and styles. The museum houses an impressive array of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and archaeological pieces. It offers insights into the cultural and artistic history of Montserrat and Catalonia. One of the highlights of the museum is the Salvador DalĂ­ collection, featuring works by the famous Surrealist artist. This collection includes sculptures, paintings, and drawings created by DalĂ­.
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Sant Joan Funicular Lower Station
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The funicular offers a scenic and exhilarating ride that takes visitors from the base of Montserrat to the Sant Joan hermitage, located higher up in the mountains. During the funicular ride, passengers can enjoy breathtaking views of the unique rock formations and lush landscapes of Montserrat. The journey itself is an attraction. It costs 14 euros round trip.
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Once you are up in the Sant Joan Hermitage, you can choose several short roos to do some hiking in the area. 

Where to eat

Restaurant Abat Cisneros
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This restaurant offers typical Catalan food, up in the mountains
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RESTAURANT BO2
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If you prefer to eat something before taking the train back to Barcelona, here in Monistrol de Monserrat you find this small restaurant offering incredible food at good prices
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DAY 4 - El born & Barceloneta

El Born is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Barcelona and one of the four districts that make up the Ciutat Vella district. It's a neighborhood brimming with bars, restaurants, and shops, as well as a rich cultural scene and vibrant nightlife.

La Barceloneta is Barcelona's beach, and in the summer, it gets crowded, but it's a great place for strolling, dining, having a drink, and relaxing on the beach.

El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria
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It is housed within the renovated Mercat del Born, a historic market building. The center offers exhibitions, workshops, and events that explore the history of Barcelona, particularly the events of the 1714 Siege of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession. It provides insight into the city's past and serves as a hub for cultural activities and education.
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Passeig del Born
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It's a lively and historic promenade known for its vibrant atmosphere, lined with restaurants, cafes, bars, and boutique shops. Passeig del Born is a popular destination for both locals and tourists, offering a mix of cultural events, nightlife, and a lively ambiance.
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Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
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Santa Maria del Mar is renowned for its remarkable Gothic architecture, characterized by its soaring columns and ribbed vaults.
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PALAU DALMASES
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It's known for its elegant architecture and its role in hosting cultural events, particularly live flamenco shows. The palace offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience both the architectural beauty of the building and the passionate artistry of traditional Spanish flamenco performances in an intimate and historic setting. It's a cultural gem in the heart of Barcelona's old city.
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Picasso Museum
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The museum is dedicated to the works of the legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. It primarily focuses on his early and formative years, featuring a vast collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics created by Picasso from his youth to early adulthood.
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Palau de la MĂşsica Catalana
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The Palau de la Música Catalana is celebrated for its stunning modernist architecture, designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It is considered one of the finest examples of Catalan Art Nouveau. : It serves as a prominent venue for classical music performances, choral concerts, and other musical events, making it a hub for the city's cultural life. Visitors can take guided tours to explore the architectural and artistic wonders of the Palau de la Música Catalana, even if they are not attending a concert.
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Arc de Triomf
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The Arc de Triomf is celebrated for its elegant neoclassical design, featuring red brickwork, intricate sculptural details, and decorative motifs. It was constructed as the main entrance arch for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair (ExposiciĂłn Universal de Barcelona) and served as a welcoming symbol to visitors attending the event.
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Ciutadella Park
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The park boasts lush greenery, serene lakes, walking paths, and numerous sculptures and monuments, providing a peaceful and scenic retreat in the city. One of its most famous attractions is the Cascada Monumental, a monumental waterfall and fountain designed by Josep Fontsére with contributions from a young Antoni Gaudí.
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Passeig MarĂ­tim de la Barceloneta
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The promenade stretches along the Mediterranean coast, offering stunning views of the sea and the Barcelona skyline. It provides direct access to Barceloneta Beach, one of the city's most popular and lively beaches, known for its golden sands and lively atmosphere. You can enjoy leisurely walks, cycling, rollerblading, or simply relaxing by the sea. The promenade is also dotted with beachfront bars and restaurants.
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Playa de Bogatell
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Bogatell Beach is situated along Barcelona's coastline, easily accessible from the city center. It's part of the city's urban beachfront area. It tends to be a little bit less crowded than Barceloneta.
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Where to eat 

Fismuler
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Super cool restaurant. Ambience is really nice, service is amazing and food as well. They serve lots of plates to share.
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Flax & Kale Passage
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Flax & Kale is renowned for its commitment to offering healthy, nutritious, and plant-based dishes. They emphasize the use of fresh, organic ingredients in their menu. The restaurant typically offers a relaxed and casual dining atmosphere, suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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LULU & FLYN
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Small café offering delicious brunch and good coffee
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En Aparté
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Small restaurant which makes different French style dishes to share.
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Peix Vela
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Super nice place to eat in front of the beach. They serve amazing rice dishes (arroz negro is a must), and really good fish. Prices are a little bit more elevated than average for Barcelona
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Xup Xup Restaurant
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Another nice restaurant in the Barceloneta sidewalk. They serve rice, tapas and fish.
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T.44
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Located in Poblenou, right next to Boatel beach, they serve super delicious food and specialty coffee. Ideal for a Brunch near the beach.
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Mariposa Negra Cocktail Bar - Cocteleria artesana
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This is one of the best cocktail bars in the world
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SOME COOL PLANS TO DO IN BARCELONA 

Interactive Exhibition

IDEAL Centre d'Arts Digitals de Barcelona
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At the IDEAL center in Poblenou, they offer sensory and immersive experiences that blend art with technology. These exhibitions typically feature renowned artists like Frida Kahlo, Salvador DalĂ­, and Van Gogh.
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Blues Concert and Art at MEAM

European Museum of Modern Art
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On Friday afternoons, the MEAM Museum in Barcelona hosts a blues concert in one of its beautiful halls. With your ticket, you can explore the museum's collection and then enjoy live music.
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Art&Wine Gracia

Art&Wine
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Spend 2.5 hours painting your own canvas while sipping a glass of wine.
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Gaudi Experiencia 

Gaudí Experiència
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Take a virtual 4D tour of GaudĂ­'s unfinished work.
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IKONO Immersive Experience

IKONO Barcelona
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This space features different rooms with unique textures, scents, lights, and colors.
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Candlelight Barcelona - Concerts by Candlelight

As the name suggests, these are concerts held by candlelight in iconic venues across Barcelona, paying tribute to great bands.

Check the following website for information on other events available during your travel dates

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4 day itinerary in Barcelona
Welcome to the ultimate guide for unlocking the full magic of Barcelona, one of Europe's most captivating cities. Barcelona truly has it all: art, a rich history, culture, mouthwatering cuisine, inviting beaches, and architectural wonders. It's no wonder that Barcelona consistently ranks as one of the world's top tourist destinations. I've had the pleasure of visiting this vibrant city over ten times, drawn not only by my many friends who call Barcelona home but also by the unique energy that surrounds it. My first solo trip to Barcelona at the age of 19 left me instantly enamored with its charm, and now, at 31, the city continues to dazzle me in countless ways. Let me be your guide to ensuring that your Barcelona adventure is nothing short of extraordinary, with my personal recommendations and insights." ✨🇪🇸 Please note that creating this guide required significant time and dedication. If you find it valuable, you have the option to leave a tip of your choice (every contribution is appreciated). Additionally, you can support me by booking your accommodation through this guide, at no extra cost to you, which greatly assists me in maintaining and updating this content!
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Tips before traveling 

Best Time to Travel

Barcelona enjoys pleasant weather year-round, though summer can be hot and humid, particularly in August when many places close for holidays. The optimal months to visit are May-June and September-October. June is especially great if you're a fan of music festivals. Winter can also be a good time to visit since it's milder compared to some other cities.

Getting Around

I highly recommend exploring the city on foot, as it's often the best way to truly immerse yourself in its charm. Barcelona isn't that big, so you can reach almost everywhere by foot. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles through mobile apps, and there are even scooters available. The metro system is also efficient and easy to use. 

Getting from the Airport

Taxis are available and typically cost between 30-40 euros. You can catch one at the airport or use the FreeNow app to request one. Another convenient option is the AerobĂşs, which costs 6.50 euros and has four stops in the city that are likely close to your destination, making it a good choice if you have minimal luggage.

Free Walking Tour

Consider grabbing a Free Walking Tour to have a first glimpse of the city, know about its culture and history. You can book them online, there are several companies offering them. 

Beware of Pickpockets

While Barcelona is generally safe, it's important to stay vigilant, especially on public transportation, as pickpockets can be a concern.

Avoid Tap Water

The tap water in Barcelona is safe to drink, but it often has an unpleasant taste due to the high mineral content, so it's advisable to opt for bottled water.

TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Barrio Gótico-El Raval & Montjuic  

The Gothic Quarter is the oldest and one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Barcelona. As its name suggests, you'll discover Gothic-style buildings, churches, and constructions that lend it a unique and mystical atmosphere.

El Raval is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood in Barcelona known for its cultural mix, trendy bars, and artsy atmosphere. Explore its winding streets to discover street art, eclectic shops, and a lively dining scene.

I recommend exploring both neighborhoods on foot and getting lost in their labyrinthine streets. 

Plaza Cataluña
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Plaça de Catalunya, located at the heart of Barcelona, is a bustling square where locals and tourists gather. It's a central hub connecting various parts of the city, making it a starting point for many adventures in Barcelona. Enjoy its fountains, shops, and the vibrant energy that flows through this iconic square.
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La Rambla
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Rambla de Catalunya is a charming tree-lined avenue dividing el Gotico from El Raval. It's known for its upscale shopping, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants. Strolling along this bustling street, you'll experience the essence of Catalan modernism and enjoy the lively atmosphere of one of Barcelona's most transited areas. My tip is just to enjoy the views, and avoid eating or shopping here because it's too touristy (meaning high prices and not so good quality). Walking this avenue you will reach to the sea.
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Mercado de La Boqueria
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Officially known as Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, is a bustling food market located just off Barcelona's famous La Rambla. It's a food lover's paradise where you can explore a wide variety of fresh produce, seafood, meats, cheeses, and other culinary delights. The market's vibrant atmosphere and colorful stalls make it a must-visit destination for both tourists and locals looking to savor the flavors of Barcelona.
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La Casa de l'Ardiaca
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Casa del Arcediano, located in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, is a captivating historic building from the 12th century, showcasing a fusion of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Once serving as the archdeacon's residence, today it operates as a cultural center hosting art exhibitions and events. Visitors can admire its intricate archways and stone carvings, providing a glimpse into Barcelona's rich history and contemporary cultural vibrancy.
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La Central del Raval
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Super nice bookshop with a cute patio and a cool bar/ coffee shop
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El mĂłn neix en cada besada
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"El mĂłn neix en cada besada" translates to "The world is born in every kiss." It's a large mosaic mural composed of small photographs.
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Avinguda del Portal de l'Ă€ngel
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Avinguda del Portal de l'Ă€ngel is one of Barcelona's most popular shopping streets. It's known for its bustling atmosphere and a wide range of international and Spanish fashion brands. This pedestrianized avenue is lined with shops, boutiques, and department stores, making it a perfect place for shopping and discovering the latest trends. Apart from shopping, visitors can also enjoy street performances and outdoor cafes as they explore this vibrant area in the heart of the city.
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Roman city wall in Barcelona
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The Muralla Romana, or Roman Walls, in Barcelona are ancient fortifications dating back to the Roman era. Built in the 1st century BC, these well-preserved walls once encircled the old Roman town of Barcino, the precursor to modern-day Barcelona. Visitors can explore sections of the walls, which provide a fascinating glimpse into the city's Roman history.
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Cathedral of Barcelona
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It is a stunning Gothic cathedral located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain. Construction of the cathedral began in the 13th century, and it features an impressive facade, intricate Gothic architecture, and beautiful stained glass windows. Visitors can explore its interior, including the cloister and chapels, and even ascend to its rooftop for panoramic views of the city.
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Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
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Plaza de San Felipe Neri is a charming and historic square nestled in the heart of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. This tranquil square is known for its picturesque setting, featuring a lovely fountain and the Baroque-style San Felipe Neri Church, which adds to its old-world charm. However, the square also bears the scars of history, as it was the site of bombings during the Spanish Civil War, leaving visible damage on the church's facade.
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El Pont del Bisbe
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Also known as the Bishop's Bridge, is an iconic Gothic-style bridge that connects two buildings in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Its unique architecture and ornamental details make it a prominent landmark in the city. The bridge is famous for its elaborate design and decorative arch, which often attracts visitors to take photographs and admire its architectural beauty.
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Plaça de Sant Jaume
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is a historic square located in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. It serves as a political and administrative center for the city, as it houses both the Barcelona City Hall (Ajuntament de Barcelona) and the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, which is the seat of the Catalan government. The square is characterized by its elegant architecture, including the neoclassical façade of the City Hall and the Gothic-style Palau de la Generalitat.
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Plaça Reial
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It is known for its neoclassical architecture, iconic palm trees, and bustling atmosphere. The square is surrounded by elegant buildings with arcades, and its central area features a decorative fountain and lampposts designed by Antoni GaudĂ­. Plaza Real is a popular gathering place for both locals and tourists, offering a variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes with outdoor seating.
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BasĂ­lica de Santa Maria del Pi
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The basilica is dedicated to the Virgin of the Pine Tree and dates back to the 14th century. Visitors can explore its beautiful interior, which is adorned with impressive columns and religious artwork. One of the highlights is the ascent to the basilica's rooftop, which offers panoramic views of Barcelona's historic district and the city beyond.
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Where to eat 

La Vinateria del Call
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A tapas bar with traditional tavern decor where you can enjoy classic Spanish dishes expertly prepared.
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Señor Piña Terraza Gótico | Poke Bowl, Brunch & Açaí Bar
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It's a brunch restaurant with a beautiful patio
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Arcano Restaurant
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Mediterranean dishes of meat and fish, expertly prepared in a 17th-century establishment with stone walls.
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Caelis
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Caelis’ Michelin star helps to ease any doubts you may have when choosing a restaurant and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. They offer multiple-course menus (and vegetarian options as well) which range between €95 to €140, not including wine.
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La Plata
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If you want to feel like a local, this is the place. Tapas and wine, what more do you need?
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Cañete
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Traditional Spanish cuisine, well-crafted, slightly higher prices for Barcelona. Food is amazing though, so totally worth it.
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Zona d'Ombra
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Zona d’Ombra has over 300 labels and it’s a great opportunity to try national wines and some you won’t find in a restaurant. This is a great place to go for drinks before dinner or make a night of it and stay there for a few hours.
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Where to stay

Aspasios Les Rambles Apartments
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Super nice apartments, really well located. They sleep up to 6 persons.
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Hotel ColĂłn Barcelona
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Located in front of the Cathedral, this 4 star Hotel offers stunning rooms and a beautiful terrace with views to the Cathedral.
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Hotel Colonial Barcelona
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This nice hotel is in a gorgeous colonial stone building, it's super near the sea.
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Party Hostel Kabul
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If you are traveling solo, and want to meet people, and as the name says, want to go out to party, this is a good place to stay.
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Grums Hotel & Spa
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This 4 star hotel combines 3 good things: good quality, nice location and affordable prices.
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Ohla Barcelona
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If you are looking for something more luxurious, this 5 star hotel has it. Great location, nice terrace and comfortable rooms.
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Montjuic 

Montjuïc, a hill overlooking Barcelona, offers a blend of cultural attractions, scenic beauty, and outdoor activities. It's home to the Montjuïc Castle, numerous museums like the MNAC, lush gardens, and the Olympic Park. You can explore its historic sites, enjoy panoramic city views, and relax in its green spaces, making it a diverse and captivating destination in Barcelona. My recommendation is to go and catch the sunset and then stay for the Magic Fountain Show. 

Plaça d'Espanya
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Plaça d'Espanya (Plaza España) is a significant square in Barcelona known for its stunning architecture, including the iconic Venetian Towers and the Palau Nacional (National Palace), which houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC). This square is a central transportation hub and a vibrant cultural space, often hosting events and exhibitions. It's a must-visit location with a mix of history, art, and modernity.
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Magic Fountain of MontjuĂŻc
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The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (Fuente Mágica de Montjuïc) is a captivating attraction located at the base of Montjuïc Hill in Barcelona. This beautiful fountain hosts nightly light and music shows, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of dancing water, colored lights, and synchronized music. It's a popular spot for both locals and tourists to enjoy an enchanting evening in the city. You should check online the timetable for the show since the vary depending on the season
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MontjuĂŻc National Palace
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Originally built for the 1929 International Exposition, it now houses the National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya or MNAC). The palace's grand architecture and panoramic views of the city make it a prominent landmark and a cultural hub. Visitors can explore a vast collection of Catalan and European art spanning various periods, from the Romanesque era to the modern age, while also enjoying the splendid surroundings of MontjuĂŻc.
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Jardi Botanic Historic
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Established in 1930, it showcases a diverse collection of Mediterranean plants and species, including aromatic herbs, succulents, and exotic flora. Visitors can stroll through well-maintained pathways, learn about the region's rich botanical heritage, and enjoy stunning views of Barcelona. Whether you're a nature enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, the Jardí Botànic Històric is a must-visit attraction in the city.
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Torre de Comunicacions de MontjuĂŻc
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Designed by Santiago Calatrava and completed in 1992 for the Olympic Games, this tower stands as a symbol of modernity and innovation. Its unique and futuristic design features a slender, white structure that soars into the sky, resembling an athlete in motion. Visitors can appreciate the tower's beauty from the outside or take an elevator ride to the top for panoramic views of Barcelona and its surroundings. The tower serves as both a communication hub and a remarkable piece of art, making it a captivating addition to the MontjuĂŻc skyline
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MontjuĂŻc Castle
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With a history dating back to the 17th century, this imposing structure has served various purposes throughout the years, including as a military fortress, prison, and now a cultural and historical site. Visitors can explore the castle's battlements, dungeons, and courtyards while taking in panoramic views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea
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Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera
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These gardens are renowned for their extensive collection of cacti and other succulent plants, making them a unique and picturesque destination for plant enthusiasts and nature lovers.
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Where to eat 

Denassus
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Restaurant with street-level terrace offering reinterpretations of tapas and main dishes, along with an extensive wine list.
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Restaurant Sucursal Aceitera
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It's both a bar and a restaurant, serving tapas, fish, and traditional dishes. They also have a good variety of cocktails.
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DAY 2- Eixample & Gracia 

Eixample is one of the most central neighborhoods in Barcelona. It is known for its variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops. I recommend wandering through its streets and admiring the buildings; the architecture in this neighborhood is incredible. This neighborhood is the best if you want to shop, eat, have coffee, enjoy tapas, or have a drink both during the day and at night

Passeig de GrĂ cia
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Paseo de Gracia is in my opinion one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. This iconic boulevard is celebrated for its stunning architecture, upscale boutiques, and cultural significance. It is home to some of the city's most famous landmarks, including the mesmerizing Casa BatllĂł and the enchanting Casa MilĂ  (La Pedrera), both designed by the legendary architect Antoni GaudĂ­. Strolling along Paseo de Gracia offers a unique blend of history, luxury shopping, and architectural marvels, making it a must-visit destination
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Casa BatllĂł
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Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, this extraordinary building is characterized by its whimsical, organic shapes and vibrant colors. It is often referred to as the "House of Bones" due to its skeletal and fantastical appearance. Casa Batlló is a true representation of Gaudí's genius, with its innovative design, sculpted façade, and unique interior spaces. You can check ticket prices on their website.
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La Pedrera-Casa MilĂ 
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Designed by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí and completed in 1912, it is considered one of his most iconic works. La Pedrera is characterized by its undulating stone façade, wrought-iron balconies, and rooftop sculptures that resemble surreal warriors. The building's interior features innovative design elements, including curved walls and an open courtyard that allows natural light to flood the apartments. Today, La Pedrera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as a cultural center and museum. It offers visitors a glimpse into Gaudí's creative genius and the architectural innovations of the modernist movement. The rooftop terrace, with its remarkable chimneys and panoramic views of Barcelona, is a particular highlight.
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Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
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I love this patio, it's an oasis in the middle of the city
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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes
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Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes is one of Barcelona's major thoroughfares, known for its wide boulevards and bustling traffic. It stretches across the city, serving as a central transportation route. Along Gran Via, you'll find a mix of shops, businesses, and architectural landmarks. It's a vital artery connecting various neighborhoods and attractions within Barcelona.
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La Sagrada Familia
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The Cathedral is also designed by GaudĂ­. The construction on this awe-inspiring masterpiece began in 1882 and continues to this day, with an expected completion date in the coming years. The Sagrada Familia is renowned for its unique blend of Gothic and modernist architectural styles, featuring towering spires, intricate facades, and an interior that bathes visitors in colorful light through its stained glass windows. You should check the website for info about tickets.
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Where to eat 

In Eixample you will find most of Barcelona's restaurants. This is a city very popular not only for it's Spanish food but also their Brunch options and international food. Here is a list of my favorites. H my favorite Brunch restos: 

El Nacional Barcelona
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I would say this is a must. This unique dining establishment is set in a stunning, meticulously restored 19th-century industrial building, which adds to its distinctive charm and ambiance. El Nacional stands out for its concept of offering a diverse culinary experience under one roof. Inside, you'll find a variety of different dining areas, each specializing in a specific aspect of Spanish cuisine. From seafood to meats, tapas to traditional Spanish dishes, there's something for every palate. I always go and sit in the bar and order a caña with some tapas.
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Cerveceria Catalana
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Known for its delectable selection of tapas and a bustling atmosphere, it has become a favorite dining spot for both locals and tourists. The emphasis here is on fresh ingredients and authentic flavors, making it a fantastic place to experience the essence of Spanish cuisine.
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La Flauta
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This restaurant has the same owners as Cerveceria Catalana, so if you can't find a seat in that one, you can eat in La Flauta, that has the same concept, food is delicious and prices are super correct.
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Boraz
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Super simple but cool restaurant, serving innovative dishes, wines and cocktails. Food is pretty amazing.
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Robata
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If you are a sushi lover, this is the place to go. Although expect elevated prices for Barcelona.
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Saona Aribau
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If you are on a budget this is a great place to go. They offer 3 course menus for a really faire price, and food is actually pretty good.
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Vinitus
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Restaurant serving classical tapas, at accesible prices.
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RUC
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Small tapas bar with amazing quality. They focus mainly on vegetarian dishes (they have vegan and gluten free options as well). It's a hidden gem in L'Eixample neighborhood.
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Sumac & Mambo - Restaurant
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This restaurant serves mediterranean food in a really cool ambience.
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Yakumanka, amb GastĂłn Acurio
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This restaurant serves delicious Peruvian food.
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Honest Greens Rambla Catalunya
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They have several restaurants in the city. The concept is healthy fast food. And they nailed it. Food is amazing, with quality ingredients, decoration is top, and the best thing: it's super cheap. They also serve specialty coffee and some desserts to die for (matcha cheese cake is out of this world).
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LA PAPA
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It's one of my favorites spots in the city. The concept is super cool, coffee is amazing and the ambience is so cute. They offer super healthy dishes, they have vegan options.
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Billy Brunch Headquarters
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They have several places in the city. They serve typical brunch dishes, very well accomplished.
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The Hardware Société Barcelona
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Super cool brunch restaurant.
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LADY BABKA
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Beautiful and charming pastry shop, they serve specialty coffee. Babkas are a must!
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Where to stay

Mihlton Barcelona B&B
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4 star hotel in an excellent location. Rooms are beautiful and comfortable.
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Occidental Diagonal 414
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Great location and nice terrace.
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Buho Hotel
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Supe cute rooms at affordable prices.
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Gracia 

Gracia is a more bohemian neighborhood, but it offers a wide range of gastronomic options and bars. In August, the Fiestas de Gracia takes place, during which people compete to see who has the most decorated street. It's a true street party, but be aware that it gets very crowded. Gracia is a vibrant and lively area where you can experience the creative spirit of Barcelona and enjoy its diverse culinary scene and nightlife.

Casa Vicens GaudĂ­
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it is considered one of Gaudí's early masterpieces and a significant landmark in the development of Catalan modernism. Casa Vicens was constructed between 1883 and 1888 as a private residence for the industrialist Manuel Vicens i Montaner. It is characterized by its unique blend of architectural styles, including Moorish, Gothic, and Art Nouveau influences. The building's façade is adorned with intricate ceramic tiles, colorful mosaics, and ornate wrought ironwork. Check their website for tickets prices and info
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Plaça del Sol
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It's the main square of the neighborhood, and it's full of restaurants and bars.
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Park GĂĽell
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Park GĂĽell is one of Barcelona's most iconic landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed by the Antoni GaudĂ­, it is a vibrant and whimsical public park that showcases GaudĂ­'s distinctive architectural style and artistic vision. Due to its popularity, it's recommended to book tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.
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Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
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Also known as the Hospital de Sant Pau, is a remarkable modernist architectural complex located in Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and was built between 1902 and 1930. The complex originally served as a hospital and is considered one of the most important examples of modernist architecture in the city.
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MUHBA TurĂł de la Rovira (Battery Viewpoint)
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The Bunkers del Carmel, also known as "Turo de la Rovira," is a historical site located in the Carmel neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain. This location offers panoramic views of the city and is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. I really recommend you to try and catch the sunset there, it's pretty awesome. The hike can be a little bit steep but totally doable.
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Dlirio
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A place (actually, two) that overflows with originality and good taste. They have affordable jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Also, some decorative items like vases and small sculptures.
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Where to eat 

Gracia also has a huge gastronomical offer, and the cool thing about it is that you can find almost any type of cuisine (Spanish, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Latin, Italian, you choose). Here are some of my favorites, but feel free to stroll the neighborhood and find whatever it pleases you. 

La Pubilla
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This is one of the favorite places for the people of Barcelona to go for a lunch menu. It's excellent and at a quite affordable price, around 15 euros.
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Kibuka Goya
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One of the best Japanese restaurants if we consider the quality-price ratio. During the week, they offer a daily menu, but it's best to go and go all out: try their uramakis and their Wakame Sarada, a seaweed salad they make with an indescribably delicious sauce
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Nomo GrĂ cia (Restaurant)
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A restaurant combining the best of Japanese and Spanish flavors.
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Bar Bodega Quimet
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Here you can feel the authentic Spanish vibe. Simple tapas and draft beer
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Restaurant La Panxa del Bisbe
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Food is spectacular, they serve typical Spanish dishes but with a modern twist. Service is amazing and they have a really nice patio in the back
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Feroz Barcelona
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One of Barcelona's most exclusive restaurants. Expect prices a bit higher than average for Barcelona.
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Syra Coffee - GrĂ cia
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They have several spots in the city. If you are a coffee lover you should definitively grab one here.
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La Graciosa
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Wine Bar, where, they advise you, you discover, taste, and let yourself be surprised. An intimate atmosphere with candles and dim light fosters that feeling of well-being. An oasis of good drinks in one of the most special places in Gracia
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Bar Pietro
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It may seem that it has nothing special, but it's always crowded at night. So there must be a why...
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DAY 3- Day trip 

Barcelona offers a multitude of places to go near by, and you can choose between the beach or the mountains. I'll give you a couple of options to choose from, especially depending on the time of year you're visiting. 

Option 1: SITGES 

Sitges is a small, ancient coastal town to the southwest of Barcelona. It's known for its beaches and being a picturesque village, full of shops and restaurants. You can reach it by train in 40 minutes; you take the R2S train from Sants station. 

Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla de Sitges
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Known for its striking architecture, which blends Gothic and Renaissance elements, it has stood as a historic and cultural centerpiece of Sitges for centuries. Its prominent location near the Mediterranean coast makes it an integral part of Sitges' urban landscape, attracting visitors with its beauty and historical significance.
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Palau de Maricel
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Palau Maricel showcases a blend of architectural styles, including Gothic and Mediterranean elements. Its intricate façade, courtyards, and interior spaces are notable for their beauty and historical significance. The palace houses a remarkable collection of art and artifacts, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Palau Maricel's location near the Mediterranean Sea provides visitors with stunning views of the coastline, making it a picturesque setting for exploring art and culture.
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Plaza del ayuntamiento
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At the heart of the square stands the Town Hall of Sitges, a historic building that houses the local administration and serves as a prominent example of regional municipal architecture. The square is situated in the heart of Sitges and is surrounded by pedestrian streets, shops, restaurants, and cafes.
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Muralla de Sitges
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These walls, built for defense in the past, are a testament to the town's historical heritage and add to its picturesque old-world charm. Visitors can explore the well-preserved sections of the wall, which offer insights into the town's defensive history and contribute to the overall character of Sitges' historic center.
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Aiguadolç - Sitges Port
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It serves as a charming harbor for recreational boats and yachts and offers a delightful waterfront ambiance. Along the waterfront, you'll find a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can savor Mediterranean cuisine while enjoying views of the boats and sea.
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Another 2 things that I recommend, that couldn't be found in the map are: 

Paseo Marítimo Sitges: 

It is a scenic seaside promenade that runs along the Mediterranean coastline of this charming coastal town. It is a beloved and iconic feature of Sitges, offering both residents and visitors a picturesque place to stroll, relax, and enjoy the stunning sea views. Along the promenade, you'll find a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, seafood, and refreshing drinks while taking in the sea breeze.

Sitges Old Town: 

Highlights of Sitges Old Town include cobblestone lanes, colorful buildings, and a lively town square. It's a hub for dining, shopping, and cultural events, with numerous restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries to explore. The old town's narrow streets are perfect for leisurely strolls, and it exudes a welcoming and relaxed ambiance. 

BEACHES 

Playa de los Balmins
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It's known for its tranquil and clothing-optional ambiance, making it a popular destination for sunbathing and swimming. The beach features clear waters, small coves, and a scenic backdrop of hills. Playa de los Balmins offers a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere compared to some of the busier beaches in the area, making it an attractive choice for those seeking a peaceful day by the Mediterranean.
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Platja de la Ribera
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It is one of the most famous and vibrant beaches in the area. It boasts golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and a lively promenade lined with restaurants, bars, and shops
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Platja de la barra
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It is known for its relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. This beach features soft golden sand, calm waters, and a picturesque setting with views of the Sitges marina. It offers a more tranquil alternative to some of the busier beaches in Sitges, making it ideal for those seeking a peaceful day by the sea.
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Where to eat 

Alma Sitges by La CĂşpula
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Located in the Marina, offering beautiful views, this place is ideal if you want to eat fish or paella.
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ZEKKEI SITGES | SUSHI NIKKEI
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If you are a sushi lover like me, this one is a good option offering good quality at a fair price
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Vivero Beach Club Restaurant | Sitges
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It has stunning views so it's ideal to eat or to drink something in this beautiful restaurant.
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El Cable
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Classic tapas bar in the Old Town
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Option 2 : MONTSERRAT 

If the weather doesn't cooperate for the beach, or if you're in the mood for a mountain getaway and breathtaking scenery, this is a great plan. Montserrat is a beautiful Benedictine monastery nestled in the mountains, approximately an hour northwest of Barcelona by train. You'll need to take the R5 train from Plaça Espanya and then ride to Monistrol de Montserrat at the top.

If you enjoy hiking, there are also some interesting trails in the mountains where you'll experience magnificent views of some of the most unique rock formations in all of Catalonia. You can take a train to the mountain's summit and from there, you can choose from a variety of different hikes, all with stunning views. 

Monestir de Montserrat
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Montserrat Abbey is not only a place of historic and cultural significance but also a prominent center of spirituality and pilgrimage in Catalonia. It's dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia's patron saint. The abbey is situated amidst dramatic rock formations, providing a breathtaking and picturesque backdrop to its religious and cultural activities. Within the abbey, visitors can view the famous "La Moreneta" or "Black Madonna" statue, which is a revered and symbolically significant religious artifact.
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Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
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The atrium of Montserrat Basilica, known as the "Atrium of the Basilica" or "Plaça de Santa Maria," is a large open square or courtyard located in front of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Basilica at the Montserrat Abbey.
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Escolania de Montserrat
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The Escolania de Montserrat is one of the oldest and most famous boys' choirs in Europe, with a history dating back over 700 years. The choir is celebrated for its exceptional musical talent and has gained international recognition for its performances of both sacred and secular music. The Escolania de Montserrat regularly performs within the Montserrat Abbey, enchanting visitors with their angelic voices. They also perform in concerts and events around the world
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Museum of Montserrat
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The Montserrat Museum is renowned for its diverse collection of art and cultural artifacts, spanning various periods and styles. The museum houses an impressive array of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and archaeological pieces. It offers insights into the cultural and artistic history of Montserrat and Catalonia. One of the highlights of the museum is the Salvador DalĂ­ collection, featuring works by the famous Surrealist artist. This collection includes sculptures, paintings, and drawings created by DalĂ­.
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Sant Joan Funicular Lower Station
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The funicular offers a scenic and exhilarating ride that takes visitors from the base of Montserrat to the Sant Joan hermitage, located higher up in the mountains. During the funicular ride, passengers can enjoy breathtaking views of the unique rock formations and lush landscapes of Montserrat. The journey itself is an attraction. It costs 14 euros round trip.
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Once you are up in the Sant Joan Hermitage, you can choose several short roos to do some hiking in the area. 

Where to eat

Restaurant Abat Cisneros
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This restaurant offers typical Catalan food, up in the mountains
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RESTAURANT BO2
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If you prefer to eat something before taking the train back to Barcelona, here in Monistrol de Monserrat you find this small restaurant offering incredible food at good prices
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DAY 4 - El born & Barceloneta

El Born is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Barcelona and one of the four districts that make up the Ciutat Vella district. It's a neighborhood brimming with bars, restaurants, and shops, as well as a rich cultural scene and vibrant nightlife.

La Barceloneta is Barcelona's beach, and in the summer, it gets crowded, but it's a great place for strolling, dining, having a drink, and relaxing on the beach.

El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria
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It is housed within the renovated Mercat del Born, a historic market building. The center offers exhibitions, workshops, and events that explore the history of Barcelona, particularly the events of the 1714 Siege of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession. It provides insight into the city's past and serves as a hub for cultural activities and education.
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Passeig del Born
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It's a lively and historic promenade known for its vibrant atmosphere, lined with restaurants, cafes, bars, and boutique shops. Passeig del Born is a popular destination for both locals and tourists, offering a mix of cultural events, nightlife, and a lively ambiance.
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Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
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Santa Maria del Mar is renowned for its remarkable Gothic architecture, characterized by its soaring columns and ribbed vaults.
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PALAU DALMASES
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It's known for its elegant architecture and its role in hosting cultural events, particularly live flamenco shows. The palace offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience both the architectural beauty of the building and the passionate artistry of traditional Spanish flamenco performances in an intimate and historic setting. It's a cultural gem in the heart of Barcelona's old city.
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Picasso Museum
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The museum is dedicated to the works of the legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. It primarily focuses on his early and formative years, featuring a vast collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics created by Picasso from his youth to early adulthood.
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Palau de la MĂşsica Catalana
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The Palau de la Música Catalana is celebrated for its stunning modernist architecture, designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It is considered one of the finest examples of Catalan Art Nouveau. : It serves as a prominent venue for classical music performances, choral concerts, and other musical events, making it a hub for the city's cultural life. Visitors can take guided tours to explore the architectural and artistic wonders of the Palau de la Música Catalana, even if they are not attending a concert.
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Arc de Triomf
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The Arc de Triomf is celebrated for its elegant neoclassical design, featuring red brickwork, intricate sculptural details, and decorative motifs. It was constructed as the main entrance arch for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair (ExposiciĂłn Universal de Barcelona) and served as a welcoming symbol to visitors attending the event.
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Ciutadella Park
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The park boasts lush greenery, serene lakes, walking paths, and numerous sculptures and monuments, providing a peaceful and scenic retreat in the city. One of its most famous attractions is the Cascada Monumental, a monumental waterfall and fountain designed by Josep Fontsére with contributions from a young Antoni Gaudí.
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Passeig MarĂ­tim de la Barceloneta
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The promenade stretches along the Mediterranean coast, offering stunning views of the sea and the Barcelona skyline. It provides direct access to Barceloneta Beach, one of the city's most popular and lively beaches, known for its golden sands and lively atmosphere. You can enjoy leisurely walks, cycling, rollerblading, or simply relaxing by the sea. The promenade is also dotted with beachfront bars and restaurants.
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Playa de Bogatell
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Bogatell Beach is situated along Barcelona's coastline, easily accessible from the city center. It's part of the city's urban beachfront area. It tends to be a little bit less crowded than Barceloneta.
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Where to eat 

Fismuler
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Super cool restaurant. Ambience is really nice, service is amazing and food as well. They serve lots of plates to share.
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Flax & Kale Passage
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Flax & Kale is renowned for its commitment to offering healthy, nutritious, and plant-based dishes. They emphasize the use of fresh, organic ingredients in their menu. The restaurant typically offers a relaxed and casual dining atmosphere, suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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LULU & FLYN
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Small café offering delicious brunch and good coffee
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En Aparté
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Small restaurant which makes different French style dishes to share.
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Peix Vela
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Super nice place to eat in front of the beach. They serve amazing rice dishes (arroz negro is a must), and really good fish. Prices are a little bit more elevated than average for Barcelona
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Xup Xup Restaurant
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Another nice restaurant in the Barceloneta sidewalk. They serve rice, tapas and fish.
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T.44
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Located in Poblenou, right next to Boatel beach, they serve super delicious food and specialty coffee. Ideal for a Brunch near the beach.
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Mariposa Negra Cocktail Bar - Cocteleria artesana
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This is one of the best cocktail bars in the world
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SOME COOL PLANS TO DO IN BARCELONA 

Interactive Exhibition

IDEAL Centre d'Arts Digitals de Barcelona
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At the IDEAL center in Poblenou, they offer sensory and immersive experiences that blend art with technology. These exhibitions typically feature renowned artists like Frida Kahlo, Salvador DalĂ­, and Van Gogh.
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Blues Concert and Art at MEAM

European Museum of Modern Art
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On Friday afternoons, the MEAM Museum in Barcelona hosts a blues concert in one of its beautiful halls. With your ticket, you can explore the museum's collection and then enjoy live music.
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Art&Wine Gracia

Art&Wine
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Spend 2.5 hours painting your own canvas while sipping a glass of wine.
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Gaudi Experiencia 

Gaudí Experiència
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Take a virtual 4D tour of GaudĂ­'s unfinished work.
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IKONO Immersive Experience

IKONO Barcelona
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This space features different rooms with unique textures, scents, lights, and colors.
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Candlelight Barcelona - Concerts by Candlelight

As the name suggests, these are concerts held by candlelight in iconic venues across Barcelona, paying tribute to great bands.

Check the following website for information on other events available during your travel dates

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