5 days in Barcelona

By Local Heroes

Spending 5 days in Barcelona will let you mix visits to the highlights and some local neighbourhoods. Planning a good itinerary is essencial to make the best of your time in the city, making good combinations according to the location of the different areas to visit. Organizing all the places to see in only 5 days can be mind-boggling, so this article is intended to help you with your planning!

5 days in Barcelona

The items below represent the most recommended places in the Barcelona Guides by tripUniq Local Heroes for a 5 day trip to this city.

5 days in Barcelona

#1 Day 1: Sagrada Familia + Passeig de Gràcia

Gaudí's masterpiece can't be missed in a visit to Barcelona, its admirable details influenced by the forms of nature amazes everyone who sees it, although it's not finished yet. Strolling down famous Passeig de Gràcia you'll get to see outstanding buildings with modernist style, like Casa Lleó i Morera and Casa Milá, stores of brands with worldwide prestige and luxurious hotels.

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Andrea

Andrea, 29, Vermouth fan

Andrea
Make sure to book tickets for Sagrada Familia and get a date and time assigned. And try to include the visit to one of its towers, the views are beautiful!

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#2 Day 1 (Intensive): Gothic Quarter

As its name points out, the Gothic Quarter stands out because of the gothic architecture style of its buildings. That characteristic together with the narrow streets displayed as if it were a labyrinth and the various medieval squares that it has makes of this neighbourhood one of the most beautiful and visited of Barcelona.

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Tomás

Tomás, 36,

Tomás
There are incredible details and surprises behind every corner, so don't worry if you get lost! It will still be worth the visit.

Tomás, 36,

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#3 Day 2: Born + Parc Güell

The streets of the Born neighbourhood still show traces of the medieval times through its architecture and its streets are packed with charming cafés, stores and museums. On the other side of the city is Parc Güell: designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudí attracts thousands of tourists because of its unique naturalistic and modernist design and the views of the skyline of the city.

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Helene

Helene, 31, Corporate Finance

Helene
Both Born and Parc Güell can be crowded, but visiting them is totally worth it! As for the Parc, make sure to book beforehand.

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#4 Day 2 (Intensive): Gràcia

The Vila de Gràcia, also known just as Gràcia, is a neighbourhood with its own identity. It has narrow streets, lots of them just for pedestrians, and it's full of little shops with design and artistic objects.

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Gemma

Gemma, 34, Tour guide

Gemma
In my opinion Gràcia is the coolest neighborhood in Barcelona to live and the best place for travelers to experience the local side of the city.

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#5 Day 3: Barceloneta + Raval

The Barceloneta is an old sailor neighbourhood that was created when fishermen started to settle there because it's near the sea. During summer, its beaches are crowded with people laying under the sun, drinking in bars with sea views or excercising on its promenade. Raval neighbourhood, on the other side, is an alternative area where you'll find a curious combination of cultures because of the immigration and hidden gems such as Sant Pau del Camp church.

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Charles

Charles, 37, Startuper

Charles
Perfect combination of neighbourhoods to relax at the beach and eat in good restaurants.

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#6 Day 3 (Intensive): Sant Antoni

This trendy neighbourhood is packed with cool and local bars and restaurants, so it's a good area to visit for both locals and tourists. Moreover, after 10 years of being under reconstruction, the Sant Antoni Market has been reopened, and its beautiful design is worth the visit.

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Josefina

Josefina, 27, Travel Journalist

Josefina
On Sundays there are secondhand book stalls located next to the market.

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#7 Day 4: Montjuic + Plaza España

Spending a day exploring the Magic Mountain will let you discover most of its highlights: the castle, the viewpoints, the olimpic ring, the beautiful parks and the cemetery. End up in Plaza España, a magnificent square surrounded by iconic buildings such as the old bullring and the MNAC, and enjoy the lights show in the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.

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Sergi

Sergi, 25, Executive consultant

Sergi
There aren't many places to have something to eat on the mountain, so remember to take something with you!

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#8 Day 4 (Intensive): Poble Sec

Poble Sec is a neighbourhood located beneath of Montjuic hill that has many well- known bars, restaurants, clubs and discos. The Park of the Poble Sec Viewpoint is part of Montjuic hill and from it you can see all of the neighbourhood.

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Marc

Marc, 37, Event Organiser

Marc
Explore the Satalia area, it has beautiful houses with amazing views.

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#9 Day 5: Camp Nou + Sant Pau

The Camp Nou is the stadium of Barcelona Football Club. It's one of the biggest stadiums in the world, and you can either assist to a football match or take a tour through the instalations. On the other hand, the Art Nouveau Site of the Sant Pau hospital is a wonderful modernist building that was refurbished and is open for tours.

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Mercedes

Mercedes, 27, Tourismologist

Mercedes
Book tickets beforehand for both sites, they're always lots of visitors!

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#10 Day 5 (Intensive): Turó de la Rovira

The Turó de la Rovira, also known as Búnkers del Carmel, is a lookout that consists of remains of an antiaircraft battery that in the past, during the Spanish Civil War, worked as a defense of the city from aviation attacks. 

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Tomás

Tomás, 36,

Tomás
Perfect spot to watch the sunset or sunrise while having a picnic!

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