Hi all, I was planning to wait to post my Barcelona itinerary until I had the other half of the trip ready to go for review (Mallorca). However, I just found a major flaw in my plans and would rather get some preliminary feedback versus driving myself crazy wondering if I should go ahead and rearrange our plans. We will be in Barcelona on May 1st and I had planned to visit the Catalan Art Museum this day - but no go - it’s closed for the holiday. We will have spent 4 nights in Mallorca before arriving in Barcelona. I’ve attempted to arrange our Barcelona itinerary to avoid backtracking as much as possible. We will book tickets to the sights well ahead of our visit once we have everything pinned down.
Day 5, Monday April 27th:
- 1:25-2:20 flight from PMI to BCN
- Settle into hotel (so far I’ve narrowed in on centrally located “the5rooms” for our stay)
- Devour Food Tours - Evening Tapas and Wine 6:30-9:30
Day 6, Tuesday April 28th:
- Palau Guell
- Santa Caterina Food Market
- Picasso Museum
- Explore El Born Neighborhood
- 7:30 Flamenco at Palau Dalmases
Day 7, Wednesday April 29th:
- Casa Batllo
- Casa Mila
- Explore Gracia Neighborhood
- Parc Guell (planning to walk up from Gracia at a leisurely pace)
Day 8, Thursday April 30th:
- Sagrada Familia (earliest tickets available)
- Hospital Sant Pau
- Mercat Gotic Flea Market (will take underground from Hospital to Jaume I)
- RS Barri Gotic Walk
Day 9, Friday May 1st:
- Palau de la Musica
- Catalan Art Museum (will take underground from Palau de la Musica)
- Explore Poble Sec; self-guided tapas tour
Day 10, Saturday May 2nd:
- Flight home at 3:30 in the afternoon (not sure what we could do this morning besides a nice breakfast)
I would really like to visit the Catalan Art Museum if we can make it work intelligibly into our plans. I liked the idea of combining it with exploring Poble Sec. I am wondering if we should consider flipping Day 8 with Day 9, as both Sagrada Familia and Hospital Sant Pau will be open on May 1. Only thing that wouldn’t work is the Flea Market as it’s only open on Thursdays; however, this is not a must-do, just a wish.
On the other hand, will most of the interesting shops in the Barri Gotic be closed on May 1 (besides for the normal kitsch shops)? However, by this point in our trip, if we have already explored Mallorca, El Born, and Gracia, there’s a chance my suitcase may already be at capacity with souvenirs. And, when talking shopping, I feel like I need to add a caveat - I’m more interested in unique, boutique-y mom and pop shops, not the big, chain department stores.
Lastly, I have a couple of general questions.
Sagrada Familia - should we do the in-person guided tour in lieu of going up the towers? I’ve read conflicting reports in regards to both and I really don’t know which would be better. A real guide can bring things to life, if they are good at presentation. However, an opportunity to go up a tower of the Sagrada Familia is not one you get very often in life.
Do you have any favorite buildings / areas to see lit up at night? Places can often be magical in the evening. How is the Block of Discord? We will already be in some nice areas in the evenings so maybe the point is moot and we just enjoy where we find ourselves.
What’s the latest you think we should be leaving BCN on an airport bus? We could consider splurging on a taxi but I don’t know if that’s really going to save us any time in comparison to the bus. I’m thinking we could squeeze a quick revisit to the Barri Gotic Saturday morning before we leave (if we visit it on May 1 when it’s sleepy).
Didn’t mean for this to get so long - thanks for reading and any advice you may be able to give. :)