Edit: I arrived yesterday and it seemed easier to just write a few lines now and then as "responses" than start a new topic.
My new year's resolution is to be a better trip planner. I've spent hours pouring over internet resources and the RS Barcelona guide. I have a long list of sights and tours, and I'm still trying to organize them into daily itineraries. I have 6.5 days, landing in Barcelona at 10 am on Tuesday, March 8, taking a morning train (ticket purchased) to Valencia on Tuesday morning, March 15. I'm staying across the street from the Palau de la Musica - good for sightseeing, not so good for getting to the train. I spent 4.5 days in Barcelona last year, saw many sights and day-tripped to Girona.
I want to take day trips to Tarragona, Figueres and maybe Montserrat (for the views, easy hiking). Does it matter if I go to any of these on Saturday instead of a weekday?
Here's what I've got so far:
- Tuesday. Land at 10:10, get settled in hotel, 15.00-16.00 Santa Maria del Mar rooftop tour, walk around, have some tapas and early to bed (not much sleep Monday night - no jetlag, 1 hour time change)
- Wednesday. 8.30-14.00 Montjuic (castle for views, then archaeology museum, ethnology museum, MNAC) 15.30-17.30 Modernisme walking tour starts at Placa Catalunya.
- Thursday. Tarragona
- Friday. Figueres, 21.30-23.30 Ghosts of Barcelona walking tour (in English & Spanish)
- Saturday. Monserrat (tentative); 19.45-23.30 Sefarad at Palau Requesens tour and dinner (incl. lecture on Jews of Barcelona) . . . OR . . . 19.30-21.30 Barcelona's Darkest Past walking tour
- Sunday. 10.00 Casa de la Ciutat (City Hall) visit; 12.00 Castellers at Placa de Valenti Almirall
- Monday. 11.00-12.00 Amatller House tour. 2 hours for laundry.
As a solo traveler, walking tours also give me an opportunity to meet others. These (in bold) sound interesting. Has anyone taken any of them?
Other sights I want to fit into the plan: Casa Batllo, Picasso Museum, Museu del Modernisme, MUHBA Plaça del Rei, Museu d'Historia de Catalunya. Others on my radar are Museu Frederic Marès, Palau de la Virreina (if the new exhibition is open), Sant Pau del Camp, also the Hash and Chocolate museums. I'm open to suggestions for other "lesser" sights.
Any help/advice will be more than welcome. . . . less than 2 weeks to go.