Stuck in Florence, is Barcelona good for a 3 or 4 night trip?

Our group ends up in Florence in early October, and just the two of us "have to" stay another week ! Not too bad, aye ?

We have be been to Florence 3 or 4 times, been to Cinque Terre, Rome, and Tuscan hill towns.
The Italy Lake country where we have NOT been, seems pretty far away,
so for something completely different we are thinking of a 3 or 4 night (round-trip by air) to Barcelona.

We fly home to the USA from Florence, (already booked),
so we would need round-trip tickets to Barcelona and I don't think they cost all that much?
Would it be culture shock and hectic to fit this side-trip in for 3 or 4 nights?
We would sleep back in Florence for a couple nights before flying home.

We would have time for only a few highlights.
What do you think?

Thank you and Gracias!

Posted by wayner
stevens point, wi, usa
241 posts

Hola,
You didn't mention Venice. And there is a high speed train between the two cities, Florenza and Venice. A thought. And in late fall, the canals shouldn't smell bad.

We recently spent a 8 days and 7 nights in Barthelona and we didn't waste a day. I would say come to BCN for the architecture and the tapas. Sagrada Familia the basilica of Guadi's design is unlike any church structure you have ever been in. The Eixample or some such spelling, meaning the expansion out of the old walled city into new area is Art Nouveau and each building deserves recognition. The Ramblas is a great place to shop for T-shirts, have your pockets picked, and shuffle along with crowds of people. The Mercado to the side of the Ramblas is nice, but it is a market and if you have spent time in Europe you have seen markets.

The old town to the east of the Ramblas is filled with photo opportunities.

Knowing what I know now,I would certainly visit the Museum of Catalyn Art. We didn't and maybe it would not have meant as much to us then as would now after having been in the "empty "churches of Catalunia. their art work stripped and taken to either Boston, Barcelona, or Madrid.

wayneiNESP

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
6008 posts

If you're ready for something new, then yes, 3 - 4 nights can give you a good taste of Barcelona. The culture shock will not be too great. Check www.skyscanner.com for flights from Florence or Pisa airports.

Posted by pjdu
2 posts

We're actually doing that this month. Vueling Air flies from Florence to Barcelona for about $125 us each way, maybe less depending upon season.

Not a long flight. Barcelona is a great visit, try the hop on, off bus tour is you want to self guide. They have a good public transport system too, but the bus gives you easier navigation, take as much time as you want at a stop. We lived in Europe for several years so been to Barcelona many times.

We're staying just off Las Rambles, Hotel Regencia Colon. Can walk to many sights. Rambles can be touristy, but nice to stop and have a casual dinner/drinks.

Gaudi buildings are a must.

Posted by pjdu
2 posts

We're actually doing that this month. Vueling Air flies from Florence to Barcelona for about $125 us each way, maybe less depending upon season.

Not a long flight. Barcelona is a great visit, try the hop on, off bus tour is you want to self guide. They have a good public transport system too, but the bus gives you easier navigation, take as much time as you want at a stop. We lived in Europe for several years so been to Barcelona many times.

We're staying just off Las Rambles, Hotel Regencia Colon. Can walk to many sights. Rambles can be touristy, but nice to stop and have a casual dinner/drinks.

Gaudi buildings are a must.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6888 posts

Your in luck. The Spanish budget airline Vueling has non-stop flights to and from Barcelona. About 100E-150E for the round-trip tickets depending on the day you fly and how lucky you get with the discount fares. Book right now to get the lowest fares. www.vueling.com Hopefully, you stay somewhere near La Rambla so that you can take the nice airport Aerobus to Plaza Catalunya.