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Aug 25th, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Barcelona 5-day Itinerary

Day 1:
Hospital de la Santa Creu
Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo
Casa Mila
Night stroll on Passeig De Gracia

Day 2:
La Rambla
Mercat de La Boqueria
La Seu Cathedral
Esglesia de Sants Just i Pastor
Esglesia de Santa Maria del Pi

Day 3:
Museu Picasso
Palau de la Musica Catalana
Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar
Parc de la Ciutadella
Dinner in El Born

Day 4:
Park Guell
Camp Nou
Explore La Gracia neighborhood

Day 5:
Barcelonetta and Olympic Port
(Cable car to Montjuic Gardens)
Montjuic Gardens
Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya
La Merce's final party (Piromusical)


What are your thoughts? I might have to cut it down by one day. Would I still be able to fit everything within 4 days?
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Aug 26th, 2013, 10:12 AM
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Topping because it was posted on Sunday. guess no one noticed it
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Aug 26th, 2013, 10:20 AM
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Day 1 is overcrowded with sights that take at least a couple of hours each and are too much alike. Move one of the houses things to another day and go first thing in the morning to have fewer crowds. I found the school groups to be annoying as the kids were only interested in flirting and texting. Weekends would be better at La Pedrera and Casa Battlo.

Do you mean the Sant Paul Hospital (the UNESCO site)? It's under reconstruction and you can only see a limited part of it. If you're going next year then more will be finished.

Parc Guell - go during the week when there are fewer people.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 10:36 AM
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Thanks for the tips Adrienne, actually day 1 happens to be a Saturday. So Maybe I need to move Museu Picasso to another day since it falls on a Monday.

"Do you mean the Sant Paul Hospital (the UNESCO site)?"
I meant this one
http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/s...ew-164232.html
It seems not too far from Sagrada, so I thought I'd see it on the same day.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 10:56 AM
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I walked through the courtyard of that hospital but was not there during opening time. It's off the Ramblas, not far from the market.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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Too busy to enjoy the city!
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Aug 26th, 2013, 12:34 PM
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Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is not near Ramblas
It is not far from the SF, it takes time to see ( some parts are still being renovated)
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for day one....way too much.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 03:16 PM
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Considering their proximity to each other, splitting Casa Battlo and Casa Mila into different days makes no sense. But those two plus Sagrada Familia (which is not close to them) is an enormous lot for a day.

Why Camp Nou? Do you follow Barca? Do you follow La Liga? Otherwise, it's a stadium for association football.

Three churches on a Sunday means disturbing the faithful at some point, no? Also means crowds - Spain's still Catholic, so is Catalonia.

La Rambla is overrated, so is the Mercado. Rambla de Catalunya is a nice place for dinner. Or if you're going to drop serious money, Port Vell. Barceloneta is on the other side of the city from Montjuic.
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Aug 26th, 2013, 04:00 PM
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We are futbol fans and really enjoyed visiting Camp Nou. In addition to seeing the stadium we got to see the locker rooms (simple compared to NBA or NFL) and the chapel. Probably the most interesting part was the museum they had with historical items and a fascinating photography exhibit.

Be sure and get tickets a few days in advance for the Palau de la Musica for the English tour. We tried to get them earlier the same day and they were sold out.

We were there for 5 nights and I agree that you may be packing in a bit much, definitely don't think you could squeeze that list down to 4 days. Here is a link to my trip report, you can see what we accomplished each day and there are also pictures:
http://www.fromhometoroam.com/2012/06/barcelona/
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Aug 26th, 2013, 04:02 PM
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Agree with Robert that this is too busy, but I like your ambition to make this a thorough Gaudí tour. The devoted Catholic Gaudí holds many of the keys to the development of this modernistic city. And I strongly recommen to buy tickets online in advance to escape the often very long waits in line at La Sagrada Famila, La Pedrera (Casa Milà) and Casa Batllo.

You should also have a rest at Plaça Reial, just off Las Ramblas, where Gaudí, as his first assignment in Barcelona, designed some quite beautiful lampposts.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 03:06 PM
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Wow, and I thought my itinerary was slow-paced compared to the suggested itinerary at Frommers. The latter has Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, The Cathedral, Barri Gotic, La Rambla and Motnjuic in one day.

Is it just day 1 that's packed? I think I'm gonna skip Picasso Museum on this trip. The other churches are part of a walking tour. I won't spend an hour in each.
Is there anything else worth seeing that I might have forgotten?

By the way, jgg, I love your blog. Tt has been really helpful.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 04:40 PM
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I loved restored Palau Guell. ( off Rmblas!)
http://palauguell.cat/
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Aug 27th, 2013, 05:17 PM
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Just a few tips:

No visit to the Magic Fountain? At night of course...
Be sure to see Sagrada Familia inside..
At he doors of Santa Maria del Mar, you can see how the "bastaixos" transported the stones needed to build the church...
If possible, read "A Cathedral by the Sea", the novel about Santa Maria del Mar, obviously a church,,not a cathedral.

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Aug 27th, 2013, 05:31 PM
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<< Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is not near Ramblas >>

Then what hospital did I see near metro Liceu? Here's the Fodor's review. I guess they got the name wrong. I'd love to know the name of the hospital so I can update my trip report.

http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/s...ew-164232.html
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Aug 27th, 2013, 06:00 PM
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Hospital de Sant Pau

C. Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona, Spain (Horta - Guinardó
Is the one I have seen ....

http://www.visitsantpau.com/en/
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Aug 27th, 2013, 06:07 PM
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danon - the link you gave was for a completely different hospital. It's for the one that's under reconstruction and is a UNESCO site. I was at that one too. Please take a look at my link and the link the OP gave.

Hospital de Sant Pau is not anywhere near the Ramblas nor Metro Liceu.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 06:09 PM
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Sorry, I think this is the one you are fefering to...near Ramblas.
The names are confusing

L’Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
L’Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (or the Old Hospital of the Holy Cross and St. Paul) is a 15th-century Gothic building located in the middle of El Raval. The main core no longer functions as a hospital, but its interior courtyard is now open as a park.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 06:21 PM
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Exactly. You can tour the inside early in the day. The OP wants to visit so he should put it on day 2 with the other things in the area, if the hospital is open then. I didn't think it was near Sagrada Familia at all.
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Aug 27th, 2013, 06:25 PM
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The one near SF is spectacular, IMO
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Aug 28th, 2013, 02:48 PM
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What do you guys think of Sant Gervasi area? This is the apartment I'm planning to book.

http://www.habitatapartments.com/en/...ies=0&pagina=1
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