First time poster .....
Suddenly my company needs me in Barcelona for a conference on Oct 16-20 and I have some vacation days to burn 😀 so i will arrive in Barcelona a week early on Friday ( yes, in less than 48 hours). Have been booked in a hotel near the market and La Rambla. This was all decided earlier today.
This is all terribly short notice and hence no advanced planning. My idea is:
Friday: arrive, get settled, let brain catch up, explore La Ramblas, market, Placa Catalunya near hotel
Saturday: take "devour Barcelona" tour 10:30-2:30, and finish letting brain catch up.
Sunday, Monday: explore Barcelona (Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Bari Gotic, etc). Wander and explore neighborhoods, put education from "Devour Barcelona" into action with tapas, etc.
Tuesday: day trip to Monserrat (hike down if weather is good) or to Figueres . Stop in Girona on the way back to Barcelona or is that too ambitious?
Wednesday : Explore more Barcelona
Thursday : reverse of Tuesday.
Does this make sense? I have not purchased any tickets yet for trains or admissions. My understanding is that the trains to Monserrat and Figueres are regional and can be bought day-of-travel without penalty -- yes?
Do I need to book Sagrada Familia or the Dali museum in advance, since is October?
Yikes, I have never done a trip like this with no planning, but I could not turn the opportunity down. All help Is greatly appreciated. I will be reading tour books en flight, but that will be a bit late ....
Husband is being a HERO staying home to kid and dog sit. He suggested I post here for help.