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The 5 Days in Former Villages Barcelona Guide

Charles Updated by Charles 14 days ago Charles

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wine bars traditional food hidden gems best views off the beaten path best parks neighborhoods like a local

Perfect guide for:

Off the beaten path travelers

Long stays

Tourist crowds escapists

Barcelona 2nd timers

Local tapas bars seekers

During 5 days you'll be immersed into the local life of Barcelona neighborhoods that used to be villages surrounding the city. Get away from the tourist crowds, delight yourself with local bars and restaurants and catch the genuine vibe of the city. You won't find any highlight in this guide but you'll fall in love with Barcelona.

Perfect guide for:

Off the beaten path travelers

Long stays

Tourist crowds escapists

Barcelona 2nd timers

Local tapas bars seekers

Daily Experiences

Day 1 Horta - Guinardó

Horta - Guinardó

Discover the area Horta-Guinardó, former Horta and Sant Martí de Provençals villages. Cozy squares , village houses, gorgeous gardens, amazing views, a refurbished modernist hospital and great bodegas for an authentic day in Barcelona.

Day 2 El Coll - Gràcia

El Coll - Gràcia

During this second day in Barcelona you'll explore the are of the former village of Gràcia. Enjoy the cozy squares of Vila de Gràcia, a big variety of local tapas & wine bars, amazing views from isolated hills and some local nightlife too.

Day 3 Sant Andreu - El Clot

Sant Andreu - El Clot

Another rural day in Barcelona. Discover the former villages of Sant Andreu and Sant Martí in the middle of new neighborhoods, old textile factories reconverted into cultural centers, markets and local life in areas where you'll hardly find any tourist.

Day 4 Sants - Les Corts

Sants - Les Corts

In this walking day, you'll visit 2 former villages located in the other side of the city: Sants and Les Corts. Unlock the hidden gems of these areas: Parks, former factories, tapas & bodegas & the pride of belonging to Sants.

Day 5 Sarrià and Tibidabo

Sarrià and Tibidabo

In this lasr day exploring the former villages of Barcelona, you'll hike to Sarrià and Sant Gervasi: Nice little squares, pedestrian streets, a gorgeous monastery, a kid-friendly them park in the top of a mountain, gorgeous modernist houses in the wealthiest part of Barcelona.

What's included in the guide

Daily routes

Information & tips about places

How to move around

What you need to know

What you should try to eat

Events you should go to

What you should book or do before coming

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About the author: Charles

About the author

63 reviews

32 year old Barcelonian. Startuper & Former RTW traveler. I try to bear my travel withdrawal by exploring my beloved Barcelona.

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Jessica Jessica

Just great!! 2nd time in Barcelona, wanted to go again to some places we liked but discover new ones too and luckily we found this guide!! We only made Around Güell, the one in Horta and the other in Sarrià but they were amazing!! we're already looking for flights to do the rest !!!

Matt Matt

Thanks for sharing all these great Bodegas!! Thanks to the guide I could avoid going to all these nordic style hip bars that I already have at home and eat and drink in authentic Spanish bars. Good Job!!!

Andrew Andrew

Top!! You can't imagine the quantity of great things Barcelona has to offer beyond the main sights. I've loved the way the routes are planned, with plenty of options to eat or drink (super locals) along the way. Maybe the only problem would be that daily routes are a bit too long... But you can just stop anytime in fact...

Cameron Cameron

All these neighborhoods where lovely and we could eat in bars and restaurants that were great deals compared to the ones in center town. Couldn't have found all these places and done these gorgeous walks without this great guide

Alisson Alisson

Great daily focused guide!! The perfect combination of visits, bars and restaurants to discover unknown areas of Barcelona.

Marko Marko

Just what I needed! I had already been to Barcelona a couple of times and had always stayed around center town. This time I wanted to go further and I couldn't have asked for anything better than this guide.


Charles made a very unique and interesting plan for our famiky. My husband had lived in Barcelona before so we wanted off the beaten path ideas and Charles gave us great ideas.


Guide parfait, que nous n'avons pas pu tester malheureusement, pour cause de manifestations le 8 mars.

Coumba Williams

Charles was brilliant and extremely helpful above and beyond a great itinerary. Definitely recommend!


Pas assez de précision au niveau des adresses mais pour 5€......Charles a l'air très sympa vu la correspondance par mail.

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