How to Spend 7 Days in Barcelona – Devour Tours
Get ready for the week of a lifetime in Barcelona! During 7 days in Barcelona, you’ll hit up all the major tourist sights, get off the beaten path and even have time for a day trip.
There’s so much to see and do in the Catalan capital. You could practically spend a lifetime discovering hidden local gems that most tourists would never stumble upon. However, a week is still the perfect amount of time to spend in the city. Ready? Here’s your perfect itinerary!
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Day 1: Get settled, food tour
Your 7 days in Barcelona will be filled with endless exploration. Take advantage of your first day to settle in at your own pace. Take a relaxing walk around the neighborhood where you’ll be staying and try to pick up on the intricacies of local life. By the end of your stay, you’ll practically feel like a lifelong resident!
As you’re getting a feel for the neighborhood, be sure to check out unique local stops such as markets.
In the evening, get your first taste of the city when you join us on an evening food tour! Devour the charming Sant Antoni neighborhood on our Tapas Like a Local Tour, or get your fill of history on our Tapas, Taverns & History Tour. For a more upscale experience, consider our Evening Tapas & Wine Tour! No matter which experience you pick, you’ll come away full, happy, and armed with knowledge about how to eat like a local during your stay.
Day 2: Boquería Market, Born neighborhood, Gracia
Wake up early on the second of your 7 days in Barcelona to check out the world-famous Boquería Market (La Rambla, 91)! While this iconic market does get quite crowded later in the day, in the morning you’ll be one of the few people wandering the stalls (other than locals doing their grocery shopping). In the video below, Devour Barcelona expert guide Victoria shares her tips for how to visit this market like a local.
After exploring the market, spend some time exploring the historic city center. Visit the stunningly whimsical Casa Batlló (Passeig de Gràcia, 43), just one of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s many masterpieces throughout the city. From there, head to the Picasso Museum (Carrer Montcada, 15-23) in the medieval Born neighborhood to pay tribute to another one of Spain’s favorite sons.
As evening falls, take a stroll through the lovely and charming Gracia neighborhood just north of the city center. Few tourists stray into this beautiful and picturesque neighborhood, which was once a separate village before Barcelona swallowed it up! Grab a bite to eat here and enjoy a relaxed evening.
Time stands still in lovely Gracia.
Day 3: Barceloneta, Parc de la Ciutadella, Montjuïc
Start off the third of your 7 days in Barcelona with a relaxing stroll along the Barceloneta beach. Like the Boquería market, this popular beach gets packed later in the day, so take advantage of the relative calm in the morning. Enjoy a slow-paced morning exploring the lovely Barceloneta neighborhood and stop for a bite to eat near the beach before continuing your stroll along the coast.
Can’t decide what to eat? Barceloneta is one of the best neighborhoods for fideua, a delicious local specialty!
Spend the afternoon at Barcelona’s beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella (Passeig de Picasso, 21), one of the most beautiful green spaces in the city. This idyllic park is home to Barcelona’s zoo, a beautiful fountain and a lake with rental boats, and so much more. It’s also a great place to take kids if you’re traveling with the family!
In the evening, head further south to Montjuïc. This beautiful hillside is packed with things to see and do. Take the scenic cable car up to the top, or enjoy a relaxing stroll. Take some time to check out Montjuïc Castle (Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66), a stunning old military fortress, before settling in for the famous Magic Fountain Show. This jaw-dropping display of sound, light and color is the perfect way to end the third of your seven days in Barcelona.
Day 4: Day trip to Montserrat
By this point during your 7 days in Barcelona, you may be wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a little while. Just about an hour away from the city by train, you’ll find the rugged natural beauty of Montserrat. Tucked into the mountains, you’ll find a beautifully preserved centuries-old monastery with awe-inspiring views of the natural wonders surrounding it. It’s the perfect place to relax and explore at a slow pace before returning to Barcelona in the evening.
Montserrat’s monastery is built right into the imposing hillside. Photo credit: Binary Koala
Want to see Montserrat without the crowds? Then join us on our Montserrat & Cava Winery Tour: Day Trip from Barcelona with Lunch!
Day 5: Sagrada Familia, Sant Pau, Park Guell
Finish out your tour of the Catalan capital’s most iconic sights during the fifth of your 7 days in Barcelona! Start the day at La Sagrada Familia (Carrer de Mallorca, 401), the city’s most iconic church and Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece (construction has been underway for over a century!). If you thought the exquisite attention to detail on the outside was mindblowing, just wait until you see the interior. You’ll feel as if you’ve been whisked away to a magical forest!
From there, head to the Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau (Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167), a beautiful art nouveau complex and a must for lovers of art, architecture or the visually appealing in general. This gorgeous space was once a hospital, and you can even see what it was like during those days in a recreation space that will take you back to the 1920s.
Exploring Sant Pau is an unforgettable experience!
End your day at another Gaudí icon: Park Guell. The whimsical architecture and beautiful colored tiles will take your breath away, as will the stunning sunset when seen from the highest point in the park. Grab a casual dinner at a nearby restaurant afterwards and mingle with the locals.
Day 6: Day trip to Cadaqués
You’ve explored the beautiful mountains of Montserrat, now head to the coast! The idyllic seaside town of Cadaqués on Catalonia’s Costa Brava is another perfect escape during your 7 days in Barcelona. Enjoy a leisurely day here exploring the winding streets that snake between the charming whitewashed houses. Along the way, be sure to look for and visit the home of Salvador Dalí (Platja Portlligat, s/n), where the iconic painter lived and worked for decades.
Cadaqués looks like a living postcard! Photo credit: Michele Ursino
Day 7: Tibidabo
End your 7 days in Barcelona on a fun, lighthearted note! Spend the day at Tibidabo, a beautiful mountainside near the city that’s packed with fun and fascinating things to see and do. Visit the stunningly beautiful Sagrat Cor church (Cumbre del Tibidabo, s/n) in the morning, then spend the day unleashing your inner child at the Tibidabo amusement park. The old-world rides and vintage vibe make for the perfect day of fun before your trip draws to a close.
Want to connect with locals and try essential Catalan dishes in a traditional neighborhood? Join our Taste Barcelona Like a Local: Gracia Neighborhood Food Tour! For the true Catalan experience of hole-in-the-wall gems serving up home-cooked classics and regulars-only bodegas, you can’t do any better than Gracia—and on this food tour, we’ll show you where to find the best of the best.
A Week in Barcelona | 7 Day Itinerary
Barcelona is one of the best city destinations in Europe, that can offer something for every kind of traveller to enjoy. From breathtaking architecture to world-renowned restaurants and miles of sandy beaches, it has everything you could need for a fantastic holiday!
The only issue you face when coming to Barcelona is that there is just so much to choose from, it can be hard to fit it all in. That’s why it’s important to plan your trip wisely, so that you don’t miss out on the best bits. So, here’s our useful guide to spending a week in Barcelona.
Check out our Barcelona 7 day itinerary.
How to spend a week in Barcelona
Day 1: The Old Town
The Ciutat Vella, or Old Town, is one of the most popular parts of the city for visitors. A visit to this area, with its winding narrow roads and old buildings, feels like travelling back in time!
There is a mix of gothic and neo-gothic architecture in the aptly named Gothic Quarter, we recommend visiting the Barcelona Cathedral and the Ancient Synagogue, believed to be one of the oldest in Europe.
Head across from the Gothic Quarter to the El Born neighbourhood, to see the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica, and to visit one of the many artisan workshops and fashion boutiques selling local goods.
The Old Town is also home to La Rambla, which is on many visitors to do lists in Barcelona. On this iconic street you can find the La Boqueria Food Market, perfect for a wander round to sample the delicious fresh fruit, tapas, or meats.
See also The Best Viewpoints in Barcelona.
Day 2: Modernist Barcelona
Barcelona is famed for its Catalan Modernism style of art, championed by architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domenech i Muntaner.
We recommend a stroll up the Passeig de Gràcia street, which is lined with designer shops such as Chanel and Prada, but also the breathtaking Casa Batlló and La Pedrera buildings. From here you’ll also stumble across the Quadrat d’or, a square mile brimming with eye-catching modernist mansions.
See also Unique Things to do in Barcelona.
Casa Batlló (Unsplash)
Day 3: Beach or Park Day
Barcelona has a glorious year-round climate; it would be rude not to get out and enjoy it! The city has nine beaches that stretch over five kilometres, so there’s a selection of sunbathing spots to choose from. Our favourite beach in Barcelona is Nova Icària, which is a peaceful beach with a great range of sports facilities, including volleyball and paddleboarding.
If you’re not in the mood for swimming costumes and sand, the Ciutadella Park is where many locals come to relax at weekends. It is a beautiful, green oasis in the heart of the city, with a lake, fountain, palm trees, and much more.
See also Water Sports in Barcelona and Best Beach Bars in Barcelona.
Ciutadella park, Barcelona (pexels)
Day 4: Hop on, Hop off Bus
Give your legs a rest and get to see all the sights of the city by hopping on one of Barcelona’s tour buses of the best landmarks. This allows you to discover places that could be harder to get to alone, such as the Olympic Stadium and Museum on Montjuïc, or the Poble Espanyol, which is a model village museum.
The best stop off of all is the Sagrada Familia, one of the most famous churches in the world. It is famously uncompleted, but still such a breathtaking experience. Getting in during peak season is likely going to be busy and require queueing, but the exterior is free to see!
Book your ticket here.
The Sagrada Familia (pexels)
Day 5: Tapas and drinks
Barcelona is a foodie paradise. It has an enormous selection of tapas bars, fine dining restaurants, and fresh food markets, to whet the tastebuds of any visitor to the city! We recommend a visit to the El Born neighbourhood, which is jam packed with excellent bars and restaurants – try Bona Sort for tapas and Bar Sauvage for a late-night cocktail.
See also Cheap Tapas Bars in Barcelona.
Tapas, Barcelona (unsplash)
If you’re wanting to take some edible souvenirs back for your friends (or yourself!) take a visit to the Santa Caterina Market or the Mercat de la Llibertat in Gràcia. These are the best places to pick up some Spanish specialties, such as jamon serrano, locally made olive oil, or a bottle of vermouth.
Day 6: Museum visits
For art-lovers, there are few better places than the Catalan capital. Aside from being a piece of living art itself through the city’s architecture, there are also several fascinating art museums to visit too. Take a trip to the Picasso Museum, which showcases some of the legendary artist’s most famous pieces. Another iconic artist hailing from Barcelona, Joan Miró, also has a museum dedicated to him of his works, the Miró Foundation.
See also The Most Unusual Museums in Barcelona.
Picasso Museum, Barcelona
There are two contemporary art centres worth visiting in Barcelona: the MACBA (contemporary art museum of Barcelona) and the CCCB (centre for contemporary culture). These centres display artwork from modern and emerging artists from Spain and beyond.
Day 7: Parc Güell and Tibidabo
End your week in Barcelona on a high – quite literally high above the city! To the north of the city, up on the mountains, you can find the fascinating Tibidabo. Visit the beautiful Sacred Heart Church, which can be seen from below all over the city and unleash your inner child at the Tibidabo Amusement Park just next to it. This is the oldest theme park in Spain, and one of the oldest in Europe, being built way back in 1901!
Head down the mountain and end your day at Gaudí’s iconic Park Güell. This whimsical park is jam packed with architecture and colours, and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over beautiful Barcelona. Book your ticket online.
See also Things to Do in Barcelona: Our Barcelona Activity Guide.
Park Güell, Barcelona
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7-day itinerary in Andalusia Things to do in Andalusia
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Are you planning a trip to the south of Spain on your next vacation? Not sure how best to organize your itinerary? Andalusia is the second largest region in Spain with a length of about 600 km. We recommend at least a seven-day trip if you want to visit the most famous Andalusian cities. Get ready to see impressive “white villages”, walk around the territory of castles of Islamic architecture, climb to the very top of cathedrals and fortifications, get acquainted with the places where the Games were filmed Thrones and Star Wars. In addition, you will be delighted by the passionate art of flamenco, you will taste tapas and sherry wine, get to know the locals better and learn their ability to enjoy life. To follow your own rhythm, we recommend renting a car. An amazing week awaits you.
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Day 1: Malaga
We invite you to start your journey by getting to know Malaga. It is one of the most important cities on the Costa del Sol. Malaga Airport receives many international flights.
Morning in the historical center of the city After a hearty breakfast on Constitution Square, you can go for a walk. Make your first stop at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación). It is also called “La Manquita”, which means “one-armed lady” in Spanish, because the second of the envisaged towers of the cathedral was never erected. One of the options for visiting the cathedral includes the opportunity to climb to the roof level to look at the city from a height. Next, we advise you to take a walk to the Roman Theater and the fortress-palace of Alcazaba, built during the time of Muslim rule. Once here, at the top, you can get acquainted with another historical building, the Gibraltar Castle. It can be reached by bus number 35, which stops at Alameda Principal Avenue. By the way, this is where one of the best viewing platforms of the city awaits you, from which you can even see the coast. Afternoon: museums and shopping in Larios street When it’s time for lunch, you can go to one of the typical places of the city, for example, El Pimpi restaurant and bar, to try the signature salad, flamenquins with Iberian jamon or popular in Andalusia Pring meat dish. And then, in the late afternoon, visit one of the museums. It could be the Carmen Thyssen Museum or the Picasso Museum. Did you know that the famous artist was born in this city? You can visit the house where Picasso was born and other places related to his biography. Do you want to spend some time shopping? You have a great opportunity to stroll along the famous and lively Larios street, where you will find many shops. Evening at the port If the weather is right, in the evening you can swim on the beach of La Malagueta. If not, then take a walk along the Palmeral de las Sorpresas alley, which will take you to the port area known as Muelle Uno. Here you will find the original colored building “Cube”, which belongs to the Center Georges Pompidou. Continue walking to admire La Farola, an old lighthouse built in 1816. Many shops and restaurants will not let you get bored this evening. In addition, you will be able to admire one of the most beautiful sunsets that can be observed in Malaga.
Day 2: Ronda
We recommend that you rent a car directly from Malaga to continue your driving journey. Just an hour and a half – and you are in Ronda, one of the most amazing and picturesque places in Andalusia.
View of the 98m high bridge The fastest way to Ronda is via the A-357 and A-367 northbound roads, but if you wish, you can extend the route a bit by heading south. This way you can make a stop in Marbella, which is famous for its beaches, sports ports, luxury shops and restaurants, such as the restaurant of the famous chef Dani Garcia. When you arrive in Ronda, be sure to look at the Puente Nuevo Bridge over the Tajo Gorge. Bridge whose height is 98 meters, built in 1751-1793. The abyss that lies beneath it is impressive. What else to see in Ronda? Bullfighting arena (one of the oldest in Spain), Alameda del Tajo (a park that is very pleasant to walk along and where there is an impressive observation deck), palace gardens of the “House of the Moorish King”, Arab baths … And do not forget that a walk through the cafe-bars of Ronda, where you will be offered traditional snacks – “tapas” – is a separate pleasure. Possible evening tour The romantic atmosphere of the evening streets of Ronda, with their soft light, is very attractive. But if you want to discover other new places this evening, then go to one of the typical “white villages” of Cadiz. For example, this is Setenil de las Bodegas. By car, you will reach the village in just half an hour. The houses there are built into the surface of a rocky cliff. This is a very picturesque place, and the pictures from there will be just incredible. Another “white village”? Arcos de la Frontera is about an hour from Ronda. This village is located on a mountain, and its snow-white houses, steep and narrow streets, impressive viewing platforms will not leave anyone indifferent. This is the real Andalusia.
Day 3: Jerez de la Frontera and Cadiz
Just half an hour from Arcos de la Frontera is Jerez de la Frontera. There is no better place to learn all about the famous horse breed, the Andalusian horse.
Royal Andalusian Riding School Have you ever seen a purebred Spanish horse? This riding school organizes themed tours where you can watch horses train with riders, as well as visit the show “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”. This is a real dance performance, where riders are dressed in costumes typical of the 18th century. Sherry is also famous for its wine and brandy route. Take advantage of the fact that you have visited these places and taste drinks in one of the local wine cellars. Evening in Cadiz If you are not very tired, then it makes sense to go to Cadiz. It’s just over half an hour away by car. We are welcomed by the Atlantic coast, so if the weather permits, you can swim. And if not, then take a stroll through the city, which is considered the most ancient city in the west. You will definitely enjoy the old districts of La Viña and El Populo, the Cathedral of Cadiz… And of course, we advise you to try fried fish under the sun of La Caleta beach. Here you can watch the sunset. This is an unforgettable sight! Cadiz is a real magic of light!
Day 4: Seville
Today is a really “responsible” day of our route. In the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia, you can visit the historical monuments that are part of the World Heritage.
And of course you will love this special city, one of the most beautiful in Spain. You will reach Seville from Cadiz by car in less than an hour and a half. Our advice: if you have the opportunity, take your time and dedicate at least two days to Seville.
Cathedral, Giralda Tower and Royal Alcazar An excellent starting point to start the day – Plaza del Triunfo Here, towering over us is the Cathedral, one of the largest Christian churches in the world. Under the vaults of the cathedral lie the remains of Christopher Columbus. The tower of the Giralda Cathedral, which is almost 100 meters high, will make you look up: at one time this tower was considered one of the highest in the world. Imagine: you can climb to the height of this building, the symbol of Seville. Directly opposite is the Royal Alcazar of Seville. This is a palace complex, which was occupied by rulers of different eras. The local gardens can rightfully be considered fabulous. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will be delighted: they are now in the very Palace of the Kingdom of Dorne. Santa Cruz and Plaza de España When it’s time for lunch, give preference to the establishments of the Santa Cruz quarter. Here you will not only refresh yourself, but also feel the spirit of the city. Narrow streets, small squares where you can sit and relax, bars where you will be offered traditional tapas and dishes – gazpacho, potatoes with sauce, Seville menudo (offal dish), gypsy fried eggs and marinated fish … In the evening, go to the Plaza de España, which was built for the World Expo 1929 years in Seville. Until now, many recognize it as the most beautiful city square in the world. Did you know that this is where one of the Star Wars episodes was filmed? Nearby is the Marie-Louise Park. How about exploring the park in a horse-drawn carriage? Cross Triana and have dinner On the banks of the Guadalquivir River you will find another symbol of Seville. This is the Golden Tower (Torre de Oro). Evening illumination makes it even more beautiful. You can walk along the Muelle de Nueva York promenade and have a cocktail there as an aperitif. Another quarter of an hour on foot, and you are already on the Triana bridge. Across the coast, one of the most unique quarters of Seville, Triana, awaits you. Here you can end the day with a delicious dinner on one of the terraces with beautiful views. You may also like this plan: go to taste tapas, moving from bar to bar, and complete this gastronomic walk after midnight. By the way, if you go to the Triana quarter during the day, be sure to buy a souvenir in one of the local ceramics shops. You will be offered products with Mudéjar tiles, similar to those that adorn most of the streets of Seville. Another option is not to cross Triana and watch the sunset next to the famous “Seville mushrooms” (“Metropol Parasol”). Designed by architect Jürgen Mayer, this art object is a special platform with a panoramic view of the city and claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. This is how you get to know Seville in its modern incarnation. And then you will always have the opportunity to return to the local traditions: we advise you to visit one of the many nightly flamenco performances.
Day 5: Cordoba
Approximately 140 km from Seville and you are in Cordoba. It is another one of Andalusia’s must-see tourist destinations thanks to historical monuments such as the Córdoba Cathedral Mosque.
Among the columns It cannot be otherwise. A great start to the day in Cordoba: cross the Roman bridge and visit the Cordoba Cathedral Mosque, one of the most significant historical monuments of Western Islamic architecture. You will wander between the numerous columns of the cathedral, pass under its two-tone arches, you will enter the “Orange Courtyard” … Unforgettable impressions! This is one of the most significant works of art in the history of mankind. You can also opt for a night tour called “The Soul of Cordoba”. From here you can go to the Fortress-Alcazar of the Christian Kings to walk through the extensive gardens of this historic complex, listen to the noise of its fountains. Don’t forget that you can visit this unforgettable place in the late evening thanks to the “Magic Nights at the Alcazar” show. When it’s lunchtime, choose one of the city’s traditional restaurants. There you can try local specialties such as cold salmorejo soup, meat flamenquins or stewed oxtail. Similar typical restaurants await you in Tendillas Square or Corredera Square. Evening: Jewish quarter and flowers It’s time to take a leisurely stroll through the labyrinth of streets of the Jewish quarter, see the synagogue, the Sephardic Jewish House Museum or Tiberiades Square. Of course, while in Cordoba, you should definitely see the local courtyards full of flower pots, enjoy the multicolor and floral aroma. In all its glory, these courtyards will appear before you in May, during the annual Courtyard Festival. Although in fact, no one bothers you to admire them throughout the year. Night Cordoba To relax at the end of the day, visit one of the famous Arab baths. And in the late evening you will find the equestrian performance “The Passion and Charm of the Andalusian Horses” of the Royal Stud of Córdoba.
Day 6: Alhambra in Granada
Granada: the last city of our itinerary, located at a distance of 200 km from Córdoba. Here is one of the most beautiful historical architectural complexes in the world, the Alhambra. So that you have enough time to explore it without haste, we advise you to spend two days in Granada.
Discover the Alhambra This architectural and park ensemble is very popular with tourists. Therefore, we advise you to book entrance tickets in advance. We recommend that you take at least half a day to get acquainted with this palace and park complex, which in ancient times symbolized the power and strength of the dynasty of Muslim rulers, the Nasrids. Your attention will definitely be attracted by the most significant objects of the palace complex. These are the palace of Charles V, the Lion’s Courtyard and its fountain, the Myrtle Courtyard, the Hall of the Two Sisters and the Queen’s Boudoir. Generalife and Gardens If you purchase the Alhambra Comprehensive Entrance Ticket, it will also allow you to visit the Generalife Palace, which was used by Muslim rulers for recreation, and its beautiful gardens. Walking along them is an incredible pleasure. If you want to visit the Alhambra at night, this is also possible. A guided tour awaits you under special lighting. Calm evening After such an eventful day, you can relax and eat in the establishments of the Realejo quarter. Stop by an Arabic tea shop in the Caldereria Nueva area or visit a traditional hammam for variable temperature pools and massages. This will help you get rid of fatigue…
Day 7: Granada
A visit to the Alhambra is unforgettable.
But there are many other interesting places in Granada. Therefore, our advice: leave another day for sightseeing in this beautiful city.
Walk through the historic center The historic center of Granada is impressive. See for yourself by starting your tour from the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, where the Catholic kings are buried. You can continue your walk through Plaza Nueva and then along Los Tristes Alley (“Sorrowful Alley” is so named because of its proximity to the cemetery). The alley runs parallel to the Darro River. Time for lunch? What a score! You are in Granada, and this is one of the cities in Spain where you will be offered the best tapas. You just have to choose a bar-cafe among the many establishments. Evening in the Albaicín quarter Walk through the streets of the area, among the typical houses… You will understand why this area, like the Alhambra and the Generalife, is listed as a World Heritage Site. In addition, walking here, take a look at the San Nicolás observation deck, which offers wonderful views, one of the most beautiful in Spain. Here you can sit down to see the Alhambra, the Sierra Nevada mountains in the pre-sunset light… And all this under the guitar playing of street musicians, who add magical notes to this unforgettable atmosphere… Sacromonte: Dinner and Flamenco Show Perhaps this area of the city, with its houses that seem to have “grown” into the mountainside, will surprise you the most. To get to know the culture and lifestyle of the inhabitants of an area closely associated with the art of flamenco, we recommend that you attend a performance in one of the natural niche caves that flamenco groups use as stage venues. This, without a doubt, will be a great final note in your journey through Andalusia.
Tips and tricks
- For a more relaxed travel experience, we recommend spending two weeks in Andalusia.
- If you have the opportunity to spruce up your trip, Andalusia has plenty of places to visit. These are, for example, the Arab fortress in Almeria and the natural park of Cabo de Gata Nijar, also located in Almeria, the cities included in the World Heritage List – Ubeda and Baeza in the province of Jaen, the Doñana National Park, whose territory falls on three provinces – Huelva, Seville and Cadiz, the Roman colony of Italica in Santiponce (Seville), the palace city of Medina Azaara in Cordoba or the Royal Way in Malaga. And this is not all interesting directions.
- Some of the cities in Andalusia have direct transport links to Madrid and Barcelona. Among them are those where you can comfortably get on the AVE high-speed train. You may also need a special ticket of the Spanish railway company Renfe – Spain Pass.
- If you don’t want to rent a car, you have an alternative way to explore this region of Spain: travel by Al-Andalus train. This is a real palace that moves on rails.
- Even in large cities such as Cordoba or Seville, you can easily move on foot from one interesting tourist site to another. This is especially true for the old historical part of these cities.
- Summer in Andalusia can get quite hot. Despite the fact that you can plan a trip for any time of the year, you may find travel more comfortable in the spring months.
- If you intend to travel in the summer, we especially recommend that you book in advance accommodation, excursions and entrance tickets for the most significant sites of history and culture.
- Share your trip with #AndaluciaRoadTrip and let us know how it went!
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10-day itinerary in Spain: from Barcelona to Alicante
Spain is a legal drug. Having visited once, you will definitely buy tickets again. But, you see, it is much more pleasant to see the allowable maximum in one flight? Why allowable? Yes, because there is so much beauty in this country that you can hardly master it in one trip. Yes, and vacation is not rubber. In short, here’s a little spoiler for you, today we are reviewing the route: Barcelona – Madrid – Valencia – Alicante. We figure out how to get / fly, what to do (and what is better not to), where to eat, how to organize your day and, most importantly, how to really relax in such a rhythm.
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Conditions of entry into Spain for Ukrainians
Since July 27, Ukraine has been included in the list of “green countries” whose residents are not subject to general restrictions on entry into Spain. Citizens of Ukraine can travel to Spain without having to provide vaccination certificates or negative Covid-19 test resultsprovided that the sanitary control form is completed in advance. After filling out the form, the passenger receives a QR code. It will need to be provided at the request of representatives of the carrier company before boarding, as well as sanitary control services at the checkpoint in the port or airport upon arrival in Spain.
Note that the entry rules are updated regularly, therefore, before planning a trip, we recommend checking the current conditions on tripadvisor.gov.ua.
Our first destination is Barcelona. Let’s not sing excessive praises to her, this beauty already knows her worth.
How to get from Kyiv to Barcelona?
Regular flights from Kyiv to the capital of Catalonia are carried out by UIA (expensive and not always comfortable), Ryanair, Wizz Air, Laudamotion. Ernest Airlines (cheap enough, but comfort is also debatable), as well as air carriers from the more expensive segment: Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France and KLM. The choice, of course, is yours alone. But if you want to save money, then feel free to buy Ryanair tickets, because in the off-season round-trip tickets will cost you about €80. Let’s say you have two days for this city. What to see in Barcelona?
First you need to go to the sea. You can say hello to the Mediterranean near the Old Port of Barcelona. In the same place, spend or meet the sunset, feeding the fat gulls. From there, stomp to the Gothic Quarter and be sure to have a coffee in one of the small and terribly cozy cafes.
Then get off at the Barcelonetta metro and go to Passeig de Grasia, the city’s central artery. Explore Casa Batll and dine at La Rita (Carrer d’Aragó, 279). This restaurant is right across the street from the aforementioned attraction and offers you a set menu for lunch or dinner for €12 and €20 respectively. And most importantly, breathe. You saw the possible maximum, as for the first day after the flight. Go to a couple more shops, arrange a leisurely promenade and that’s it, relax.
On the second day cultural program maximum. Didn’t you forget to go to the official website of Sagrada Familia a week before the trip and buy tickets for a certain time online? Well done. First of all, go there, all morning is the perfect time to fully enjoy the play of light in the Temple. We forgot to say that this pleasure is not cheap: the most budget option (an independent tour without an audio guide will cost €17).
Your next assignment is just to take a walk. Yes, yes, everything is so primitive, but we hasten to assure you that it is a walk (preferably without a navigator and the slightest idea where exactly you are going) that will allow you to truly get to know the city, dissolve in its atmosphere. For the evening, we recommend leaving the Picasso Museum, tickets for which you also need to take in advance on the official website. You will need at least 2 hours to visit the museum, and it closes at 21:30, so carefully calculate the required time.
By the way, Monday is the day when you can get to the museum absolutely free of charge. But even on a typical day, the price does not bite too much – €7 for a student and €10 for an adult.
Say goodbye to the sea for two days, we are moving to Madrid. Let’s write right away that there is no need to compare these two cities. Madrid is about Mediterranean beauty without the sea, but with mountains at your side. It’s about Spanish, not Catalan. It’s about the grandeur of the capital and the anomalous number of must-see sights. There are 623 kilometers between the sea and financial capitals, which still need to be overcome somehow. Here are a few options on how to do this simply and inexpensively:
Bus. It will take 7-8 hours, but this is one of the most budget options – €33-38. You can buy tickets here.
Train. And here you also have several options. Either pay €55 and in 3 hours already in the capital (this is the AVE high-speed train), or Estrella trains. They arrive at the platform of the Madrid train station at 7 am, and the fare will be only 35 euros one way. Of course, there is always an option to buy an air ticket, or simply rent a car. That’s just such travel options are worth the suggested money. Yes, and with the delivery of the car, there will also be troubles.
In any case, getting to the Spanish capital is never a problem. There would be a desire, but we have it. Perhaps someone will accuse us of bias, but we sincerely want you to spend 3 days in this city. Madrid is unique and literally crammed with sights.
Upon arrival, do not rush to turn on the “turbo explorer” mode, especially if you have chosen a long journey by Estrella or bus. Start from Cybele Square, from where you slowly head to the most luxurious park of the year – Retiro. By the way, about the square – this is a kind of monetary conglomerate of the city, because it is here that the entire gold and foreign exchange reserve of Spain is stored. In the park, you have two main goals: to enjoy nature as much as possible and to visit (well, or at least see from the outside) the Crystal Palace. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 20:00. Saturday – from 11 to 18:00. And, which is also pleasing, admission is free. As for the first day – more than enough. We offer lunches and dinners with traditional tapas con calamares and sangria. It is pointless to advise any establishments: temptations await you at every turn in the form of small cafes with inexpensive and traditional business lunches. But, if you still decide to listen to our advice, be sure to check out Tinto y Tapas, Cafe Melo’s, Taberna Malaspina and Pez Tortilla.
10 best resorts in Spain: from the Costa Brava to the Costa del Sol
May 23, 2018
We advise you to start with a visit to the Prado Museum . This is one of the most unique museums in the world, which has a colossal collection of over 6,000 paintings and over 400 sculptures. Yes, there are few weeks here, but plan the museum early in the morning of the second day and spend at least 3-4 hours here. The museum is open daily, except Sunday, from 10:00 to 20:00. Ticket price – €14. For pensioners over 65, members of large families and youth card holders €7. For children under 18 years old, students (18-25 years old) and people with disabilities, admission is free. You can enter the museum for free on Sundays and two hours before closing.
After the cultural program, set off to explore the main must-see cities: the Royal Palace, the Main Palace, the Almudena Cathedral. By the way, there is one strange place in Madrid – Debod Temple . It is located in the Del Oste park, so its visit can be combined with a walk in nature. It was a gift from Egypt to Spain for help in saving temples from flooding. Here, by the way, there are many sites from where a good view of the city opens. You can look here completely free of charge from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00. The temple and park are within walking distance of the Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral.
We propose to make the last day as gastronomic as possible: visit the San Miguel market, visit the San Gines pastry shop and be sure to eat the largest serving of frozen yogurt. This dessert can be a reason to return to Spain again and again, seriously. And yes, if you have the strength and time, we highly recommend visiting Reina Sofia. This is something like our Pinchuk, only there you will also find Dali’s works. And, yes, the exposition and interior of the museum will more than surprise you.
Well, shall we fly further?
Return to the sea in the form of Valencia will be the fastest and most comfortable by train. Here again you have two options:
- AVE high-speed trains: the journey takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and costs €31.
- Regional trains: 2 hours and 45 minutes and cost €21.
- Buses: here you will have to spend 4 hours and 15 minutes on the road, without taking into account possible transport delays on the way. The cost of the trip varies from €27 to €35. The price is affected by the level of comfort, that is, the availability of additional services on board the bus.
It is important to consider that train tickets sell out quickly, so the sooner you buy, the more likely you are to travel cheaply and comfortably. You can buy them on this service.
By the way, it is in Valencia that it makes sense to buy a Valencia Card for 48 hours for €20. The price is reasonable and save the same. You can buy it on the official website.
Now about what to do in Valencia.
We start as usual from Ciutat Vela, well, or the Old Town. Walk through the streets, where everything breathes history, be sure to look at its three magnificent squares – Plaza de la Virgen, Plaza de la Reina and Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and then go to the famous Mercat Central market – one of the oldest food markets in Europe. After walking around a lot, spare no time or money to try the most traditional Spanish dish in his homeland. We are talking about paella, if anything. Take a look at Casa Carmela at Isabel de Villena, 155, here it really is the most delicious. And in the evening head to admire the sunset to the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, within the city limits, clean beaches are a great success, especially during the tourist season. If your plans include a longer stay in this region, we advise you to stay somewhere in the vicinity of the city. It is worth driving to Valencia itself to get some air from idle beaching.
Travel to the City of Arts and Sciences. And even if it sounds boring, in fact it will impress more than. Start your exploration at the Prince Felipe Science Museum, attend a performance at the Dolphinarium and don’t miss the impressive show at the Hemisferic Hall. You can get here by metro (lines 3 and 5, Alameda station) or by bus (No. 1, 13, 14, 15, 19, 35, 95 and 40).
By the way, here is the schedule of the city: Sunday-Friday – from 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday – from 10:00 to 19:00. Different prices. For example, to visit the Science Museum you will have to pay only €8, but to visit the Aquarium – €29. There are also complex options, but, in any case, before buying, check out the full price lists on the official website.
Are you ready for the last stop of your Spanish adventure?
The road to the sunny Costa Blanca will be the shortest and therefore the most pleasant. The distance of 125 kilometers is covered daily by hundreds of trains and buses.
From Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays, 11 trains depart from Valencia to Alicante. On Fridays the number of trains increases to 14, and on Sunday it decreases to 10. The cost of a ticket for the Valencia-Alicante train is on average €22.50.
In Valencia, the train leaves from the Joaquín Sorolla railway station. This is a relatively new station, designed to receive high-speed AVE trains that run between Valencia and other Spanish cities. Joaquín Sorolla train station is connected to lines 1 and 7 of the Valencia metro. You can get to the station by getting off at one of two metro stations: Joaquín Sorolla-Jesús and Bailén. Also near the railway station there is a city bus stop.
The train from Valencia arrives at the Alicante-Terminal station. Not only high-speed AVE trains come here, but also commuter trains. To get from the station to the city center of Alicante, you can use public transport, in particular, city and intercity buses. Metro line C6, which connects the train station with the airport, is intended for those travelers who are passing through Alicante.
Well, here we are, the final point of our big adventure . Time to exhale and catch sea vibes. And it is all the more pleasant to do this, given the fact that the Costa Blanca ranks first in Spain in terms of the number of beaches with a blue flag.