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Best of Spain:10-Day Itinerary


In September 2022, we spent 10 days exploring Spain with our friends. We were so excited to return to Europe and explore the vibrant cities, charming towns, and relaxing beaches Spain had to offer. The incredible architecture, delicious food, and warm hospitality made us fall in love with Spain and we can't wait to start planning another trip soon.


This 10 day itinerary will allow you to immerse yourself in a wide range of experiences, from large cities, to small towns, and even an island getaway. Join us on this journey through our guide while creating your very own adventure from our recommendations.


Seville, Spain

Barcelona - 3 nights


Barcelona is nestled along the northeastern coast of Spain and stands as the country's second-largest city. This city is renowned for its artistic architecture, combining colorful and vibrant Gaudí works with the classic European buildings. Explore Barcelona's picturesque tree-lined streets, local bars, restaurants, and shopping!


Iconic view of Barcelona from Park Güell

How to Get to Barcelona


The easiest way to arrive in Barcelona is to fly into Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) located just south of the city. Whether you opt for a taxi, an Uber/Lyft ride, or public transportation, it's easy to get to the city center.


Getting Around Barcelona


A taxi ride from the airport to the city center will take about 20-minutes. During our stay, we mainly relied on taxis or walked to get around. We also noticed that Uber and Lyft came with higher prices and lengthier wait times compared to local taxi services. Although we didn't take advantage of the public transportation, it's worth noting that like many major Spanish cities, Barcelona has an expansive and convenient public transportation network.


Where to Stay in Barcelona


  • 2 bed/2 bath apartment in the L'Eixample neighborhood

  • Located within a 20-minute walk from major Barcelona attractions including Casa Battló and the Sagrada Familia

  • Book here

Photo Credit: Luxury Apartment on Valencia Street with Personal Assistant via Airbnb.com


  • Boutique hotel featuring private terraces with views of Casa Milà!

  • Website

Photo Credit: H10 Casa Mimosa via H10hotels.com


  • Located on the Paseo de Gracia and in the heart of the L'Eixample neighborhood

  • 5-star hotel with a rooftop terrace, pool, and spa

  • Website

The beautiful Majestic Hotel Barcelona at night

Photo Credit: Hotel Majestic via Majestichotelgroup.com


Things to Do in Barcelona


The Sagrada Familia is a world famous Barcelona icon known for being an unfinished basilica even after 140 years. As Barcelona's number-one tourist attraction, it's a good idea to purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid the line. We opted for the guided tour and spent about 2 hours exploring the basilica. We definitely recommend setting aside at least 2 hours for this must-see attraction.


The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Photo Credit: Sagrada Familia via Brtiannica.com


Designed by Antoni Gaudí, Park Güell is a vast park with gorgeous scenery, amazing views of Barcelona, and colorful mosaic buildings. Purchase tickets ahead of time to skip the line and give yourself a couple of hours to explore!


Maddy overlooking Barcelona at Park Güell

Located in the center of Barcelona, Casa Battló,is another work of Antoni Gaudí. Purchase tickets ahead of time to experience the whimsical interior of Casa Battló.


Iconic architecture of Casa Batlló

For a unique experience, visit the Dow Jones Bar where drink prices run like the stock market. Play the market and opt for in-demand drinks at a premium or take a risk with wallet friendly shots.



Where to Eat in Barcelona


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  • Tapas bar

  • We loved their sangria, patatas bravas, beef carpaccio, and salmon blinis!