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The Best Girls’ Getaway Itinerary for Barcelona

Barcelona is an ideal destination for a girls’ getaway with its combination of beautiful beaches, cultural landmarks, and delicious food.

The city offers an all-year-round mild climate, beach access right in the middle of the city, world-class architecture, great options for shopping and dining out, and a vibrant nightlife.

So, if you and your girlfriends are looking for a destination for your next girls-only weekend away or maybe a destination Bachelorette party, then you should consider a trip to Barcelona!

Recently, two of my old friends from Denmark visited me in Barcelona. Out of their visit, I got the idea to put together this girls’ getaway to Barcelona itinerary.

Some of the activities in this itinerary are exactly as we did them, while others are my own personal add-ons from living in Barcelona for the last almost 1 year.

So, grab your girlfriends and head to Barcelona for an unforgettable all-girls trip.

Girls’ Getaway to Barcelona: How to Spend 4 Days in Barcelona With Your Girlfriends

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Why Choose Barcelona for Your Girlfriend Getaway?

Barcelona is the ideal destination for a girls’ getaway because there is something to do for every type of traveler! You and your girlfriends can hang out at the beach, go to a museum, explore the local shops, and wander the cobblestone streets of the Gothic Quarter. Barcelona has it all!

Another reason why you should choose Barcelona for your girls’ getaway is the city’s year-round pleasant weather. The winters are mild while the summers can get extremely hot. The perfect time to visit Barcelona is in the spring or in the fall. At these times, the weather is perfect for you and your girlfriends to enjoy the many outdoor activities that the city offers.

If you are on for some additional adventure, you can even hit the mountains for a hike and enjoy the views from there. 

Apart from perfect weather, Barcelona also offers a very efficient and easy-to-use public transportation system. It’s easy to navigate the city and explore its many attractions, from the beautiful beaches to the iconic Park Güell.

To top it all off, Barcelona’s food scene will for sure keep you wanting to come back for more. From trendy bars to small local tapas restaurants, and hidden gems, there’s something for every taste in Barcelona.

The Best Barcelona Girlfriend Recommendations

If you are traveling in a large group for your girls’ getaway to Barcelona, consider booking tickets to the main attractions and reserving tables at the restaurants beforehand. 

Barcelona is a popular destination for many people, and that puts pressure on all kinds of establishments.

We were just three when my friends visited, and we still had to skip the plan of going to Park Güell on the first day, because the tickets were sold out. And they didn’t even visit during the high season! 

Where to Stay in Barcelona on a Girls’ Getaway?

Barcelona offers a wide range of stylish hotels and comfortable aparthotels with separated rooms for you to make the most out of your stay. Where you choose to stay ultimately depends on your own preferences and budget for this beautiful destination.

When planning your girls’ getaway, keep in mind that most travelers choose to stay in a central location in Barcelona around the Gothic Quarter or El Born to be close to the main attractions. However, these areas are also some of the most crowded areas in Barcelona.

If you prefer a more quiet area for your accommodation, you might want to consider areas a little bit away from the center. Graciá is another popular option for accommodation. However, it is a fact that there are MANY tourists in Barcelona all year round.


What to Do & See in Barcelona on Your Girlfriend Getaway?

There are so many things to do and see in Barcelona that it is impossible to see everything in one weekend. Below are my suggestions on how to spend a long weekend on your all-girls trip to Barcelona.

Barcelona offers a perfect blend of relaxation, entertainment, and cultural experiences, making it an unforgettable destination for a memorable girls’ getaway.

Depending on the temper and interests of your girlfriend group, you can change the suggestions around. If some of your girls are more interested in adventurous activities, there are plenty of alternative activities and day trips to explore the surrounding mountains.

Since my girlfriends and I prefer a more cultural girls’ getaway with time for a glass of wine or sangria here and there, the itinerary reflects our preferences! Get more inspiration about popular places to visit in Barcelona!

Use the map below to follow along on the Barcelona itinerary.

Let’s get started!

Day 1: Welcome & Sunset at Barcelona Promenade

Welcome to Barcelona!

Take the metro or a taxi from Barcelona’s airport, el Prat Airport, to your accommodation to drop off your bags and refresh before heading out to explore the beautiful city of Barcelona on your girls’ getaway.

Since delays are frequent for flights and most main attractions in Barcelona need a time-slot reservation, let’s start your girlfriend’s weekend in Barcelona out with a free outdoor activity: exploring the Barcelona Promenade and Barceloneta Beach!

Barcelona Promenade

Barcelona’s sunset at the iconic Barcelona Promenade is a truly magical experience! With the Mediterranean Sea on the one hand and the city on the other hand, the promenade offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and urban charm.

Barcelona Promenade is located in the Barceloneta neighborhood. Here you will find beachside restaurants for fresh seafood and tapas. Take a stroll down the promenade and enjoy the atmosphere by the sea, while people-watching the locals walking their dogs, riding their bikes, or meeting up with their friends.

For the perfect sunset experience, head down to Barceloneta Beach to feel the sand under your feet and the cool sea breeze in your hair to enjoy this stunning beach. 

Before you leave for the beach, head to a local supermarket to grab a bottle of wine or a bottle of cava to bring along for your first night in Barcelona with your girls!

Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta Beach is a beautiful beach located on the northern coast of Barcelona and offers some of the most iconic views of Barcelona’s skyline.

In the summer, Barceloneta Beach is one of the most popular beach areas in Barcelona among locals and tourists. The area is perfect if you are looking to add a more beach holiday feel to your Barcelona trip.

As long as the weather stays warm, Barceloneta Beach is also known for its vibrant beach parties. As the evening sets in, the beach comes alive with music, dancing, and vibrant celebrations. It’s the perfect place to let loose and have a great time with friends.

Find a spot on the beach to share a glass of wine and enjoy the sunset with your girlfriends before heading back to the city for dinner.

Dinner at Luigi Ristorante

End your first day in Barcelona at the Italian restaurant Luigi Ristorante close to the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Luigi Ristorante is one of the best Italian restaurants I have tried in Barcelona – and I have tried a few because my husband is a big admirer of Italian cuisine.

Luigi Ristorante is big and chic while maintaining a traditional Mediterranean feeling to it. The unique thing about it is that the chefs prepare the pizzas right in front of you in small open workstations.

Location: Via Laietana 41

Drinks at Alice Secret Garden

After enjoying a nice meal at Luigi Ristorante, head up Via Laietana towards the Urquinaona subway station until you find Alice Secret Garden.

Alice Secret Garden is a bar decorated as if it was part of Alice in Wonderland. Towards the back of the bar, you have a gorgeous outdoor courtyard covered in plants.

It truly feels like stepping into Alice in Wonderland! What better way to end the first day of your girls’ getaway to Barcelona?

Try some of Alice’s cocktails or wines before heading back for a good night’s sleep!

Location: Carrer de Pau Claris, 90


Day 2: Explore Graciá – Rooftop, Cava & Culture

Good morning, ladies!

Welcome to day 2 of our Barcelona girls’ getaway! Get ready for cava and culture in the neighborhood of Graciá!

Brunch at Eat My Trip

Start your morning with brunch at Eat My Trip, one of the best brunch cafes in Barcelona!

Eat My Trip offers different types of eggs, toast, and yummy pancakes. Haven’t you ever dreamt of a mountain of pancakes with cotton candy on top?

The atmosphere at Eat My Trip is cozy and relaxed. On weekends, it can get really busy, so it’s not the place you want to hang out for hours.

So, after a delicious brunch head out to explore the fashionable Graciá neighborhood!

Location: Carrer del Consell de Cent 378 

Explore the Graciá neighborhood

Graciá is the perfect place if you and your girlfriends like to explore unique boutiques, art galleries, and cozy cafes.

Get lost in the small streets of Graciá, but keep your eyes open for any hidden gems you might find along the way.

Cava Sangria at Rooftop Terraza Ayre Rosselló

For one of the best views of the iconic Basilica de Sagrada Familia, head to Terraza Ayre Rosselló, the rooftop bar at Hotel Sercotel Rosellón.

The rooftop is located two blocks from the Sagrada Familia. From the rooftop, you have a beautiful view of Gaudi’s masterpiece and breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona’s skyline.

The rooftop bar Ayre Rosselló offered a cozy and relaxing ambiance with comfortable lounge chairs. We tried the rooftop bar’s cava sangria while enjoying the sun and soaking in the beautiful city views of Barcelona.

Cava Sangria is a refreshing blend of sparkling cava wine and refreshing fruits. Traditional sangria is made of red wine, juice, and fruits. In cava sangria, the red wine is changed for sparkling cava wine. It was the perfect drink to unwind and enjoy the city’s temperate weather.

Rooftop Bar Ayre Rossellór is extremely popular. And it can be very hard to get a table if you don’t book beforehand! The reservations open a week in advance on their website, and you need to be quick to reserve a table in a suitable time slot.

We visited in the early afternoon, and found that the early afternoon is a perfect time to visit the rooftop! There were not that many people, so it didn’t feel crowded. On top of that, the weather was gorgeous. 

Location: Hotel Sercotel Rosellón, Carrer del Rosselló 390

Basilica de Sagrada Familia

After sipping cava sangria, it is time to visit the iconic Basilica de Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Familia is a must-visit attraction in Barcelona, and it does not disappoint! But you really do need to reserve tickets in advance!

The Basilica de Sagrada Familia was designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The church is considered his masterpiece and one of the most iconic landmarks in Barcelona. The basilica is the largest unfinished Roman Catholic Church in the world. The construction started in 1882 and is still ongoing.

We had brought the standard entrance ticket beforehand and downloaded the Sagrada Familia app with the tickets.

Through the Sagrada Familia app, there is an audioguide included in the price of the ticket. The audio guide was very informative and easy to understand. You just need to remember to bring headphones and download the app before you start your visit. Instead of doing the audio guide, you can also choose to do a guided tour of Sagrada Familia.

For the best pictures of Sagrada Familia from ground level, you should visit the two parks on either side of the basilica.  

Passeig de Gracia & Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

From Sagrada Familia, head toward Passeig de Gracia, one of the most popular high-end shopping streets in Barcelona.

Passeig de Gracia is the perfect place for shopping in Barcelona with its many shops and clothing stores. So if you and your girlfriends also have time for some shopping, I should consider setting aside extra time to visit Passeig de Gracia. Fortunately, Passeig de Gracia is centrally located in Barcelona, so it’s easy to get to and from.

On Passeig de Gracia, you also find another of Gaudi’s masterpieces, Casa Mila – La Pedrera. It was Antoni Gaudi’s last private residence in Barcelona. The building is a testament to Gaudi’s innovative style with Its curved stone façade and iron balconies. 

If you are short on time, stop in front to admire the façade. However, if you have time, the rooftop of Casa Mila is said to be offering some breathtaking views of the city. Not to talk about the brilliant details inside the building. 

Dinner at Santa Gual

To end the day on a delicious note, get a table at Santa Gual. The restaurant offers a cozy and intimate atmosphere. The menu is filled with delicious local Catalonian flavors and fresh products.

We recommend trying the Cava Rosada on the menu, a pink yummy cava wine, and their many different tapas.

Santa Gual is located in the heart of Barcelona near the busy Passeig de Gracia and Diagonal streets. Since Santa Gual is just a small and local place, it easily gets busy. So, it’s a good idea to reserve a table beforehand – especially, if you are traveling in a large group.

As a true Spanish restaurant, Santa Gual doesn’t open before 7:30 pm and food will not start to be served before around 8 pm. 

Location: Plaça de Narcís Oller

Drinks at Chatelet

If you fancy a drink after dinner, explore Gracia’s hidden gem Chatelet

Chatelet is a local bar with colorful interior decor serving specialty cocktails. It’s a perfect spot to end the day and enjoy Barcelona’s vibrant bar scene.

Location: Carrer de Torrijos 54


Day 3: Guadi & the Gothic Quarter

Get ready for more extraordinary architecture from Antoni Gaudi and delve into the charming ambiance of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.

Start day 3 of your girls’ getaway by jumping on the subway. Get off on the Lesseps subway station on the green L3 line and head to the famous Park Güell.

Park Güell

Park Güell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic landmark in Barcelona. The park is another of Gaudi’s masterpieces.

Park Güell is known for its whimsical designs and intricate details. The park features colorful mosaic tiles, curving stone structures, and fantastical buildings that almost seem to come from another planet. The park is definitely one of my favorite spots in Barcelona!

From the main entrance, you are met by the vibrant mosaic-filled staircase with lizards or dragons crawling out the sides of a fountain.

As you continue up, you will get to the famous colorful mosaic-covered balconies overlooking the main entrance. From here, you have amazing panoramic views of Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia.

Spend some time wandering around this beautiful park to enjoy a break from the bustling city while exploring the different amazing views of the Barcelona skyline. 

For Park Güell it is also a good idea to buy tickets in advance. Normally, it is enough to buy them a couple of days in advance. If you want to have a fun experience and capture the memories from your girls’ getaway, consider doing a professional photoshoot in Park Güell.

Once you feel like you have seen enough of Park Güell, head out the main entrance and walk back to the Lessep subway. Instead of hopping on the subway, follow the street Avinguda de la Riera de Cassoles to visit Casa Vicens, another of Gaudi’s impressive works.

Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens is Gaudi’s first major project in Barcelona, located in the neighborhood of Garciá. This stunning building was originally built as a summer house for a wealthy local merchant.

Casa Vicens offers a unique glimpse into Gaudi’s early architectural work. The exterior of the house is a vibrant and eye-catching facade with colorful mosaic tiles. Whereas the inside showcases beautiful details in everything from the ceilings to the hand-crafted furniture.

Reserve your visit to Casa Vicens beforehand.

From Casa Vicens, hop on the green subway line L3 from the Fortana station and head to the city center to visit Casa Battló, another of Gaudi’s contributions to Barcelona.

Casa Battló

The famous Casa Battló is located right in front of you when you get out of the subway at the Passeig de Gracia subway station. 

Gaudi redesigned Casa Battló in 1904 for a wealthy industrialist. The facade is adorned with colorful mosaic tiles and the arched roof is shaped like a dragon.

You can visit Casa Battló to fully enjoy Gaudi’s work inside-out, or make a photo stop from the outside.

If you are interested in learning more about Gaudi’s and the modernist architecture in Barcelona, join this Modernism walking tour.

Continue down Passeig de Gracia until you reach the large square Plaça de Catalunya. Plaça de Catalunya is a hot spot for almost everybody in Barcelona. Cross across the square until you get to the beginning of La Rambla.

La Rambla

La Rambla is a famous pedestrian street that has become one of the most popular places to visit in Barcelona.

The street is known for its bustling atmosphere and is lined with a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. There are many street performers on La Rambla trying to entertain bypassers.

Honestly, La Ramba is one of my least favorite places in Barcelona. But you do kind of naturally pass by it on your end to the Gothic Quarter.

At the far southern end of La Rambla toward the promenade, you will find a Columbus Monument and further down the Barceloneta Beach.

Boqueria Market

A must-visit spot in Barcelona just off La Rambla is the iconic colorful Boqueria Market. This food market is a food lover’s paradise, offering a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, meats, and other local delicacies.

Most neighborhoods in Barcelona have their own local market, but Boqueria Market is for sure the most well-known to outsiders.

If you want a truly local experience of the Boqueria Market, you can join this paella cooking class which will take you shopping at the market.

Lunch at Señor Piña Terraza Gótico

From the Boqueria Market enter into the Gothic Quarter with its narrow cobblestone streets to grab lunch at Señor Piña Poke Bowls.

From the outside, Señor Piña Terraza Gótico doesn’t look like much. But as you walk through to the back of the shop a small outdoor patio is revealed. 

Señor Piña offers different kinds of healthy lunch options, whereas the most popular is to create your own poke bowl.

The staff speaks perfectly English, and it seems to be a very popular place among international students and digital nomads in Barcelona.

Enjoy the quiet patio at Señor Piña before heading out to explore the architecture and hidden gems of the Gothic Quarter.

Location: Carrer de la Boqueria 21

The Cathedral of Barcelona

After lunch head out to explore more of the Gothic Quarter and walk towards the Cathedral of Barcelona. The Cathedral is a stunning example of the Gothic Catalan architecture that Barcelona’s historic quarter has to offer.

It is possible to enter the Cathedral of Barcelona and access its rooftop. You can get the tickets to the Cathedral.

If you have had enough of churches after visiting Sagrada Familia yesterday, a quick stop in front of the Cathedral for a photo will also be enough. 

Across from the Cathedral of Barcelona by Plaça d’Isidre Nonell, you will find the Instagram-famous kissing lips mural

Kissing Lips Mural

The Kissing Lips Mural is a captivating photo mosaic mural. From afar, the mural appears as a harmonious blend of colors and shapes, creating a pair of kissing lips.

However, as you get closer, you will get lost in the individual stories within each snapshot. Each photo represents a unique moment of freedom said to capture the essence of Barcelona.

Head down the street on the right-hand side of the Cathedral to experience an old Barcelona classic: Pont Del Bisbe.

Pont Del Bisbe

The Pont Del Bisbe is a picturesque Neo-Gothic bridge that has become a true landmark for Barcelona.

The beautifully decorated bridge connects the Palau de la Generalitat, the palace for the Government of Catalonia, with the Casa dels Canonges, a historic building that today houses a museum for religious art, Museo Diocesano de Barcelona.

Spend time walking around the narrow streets of this historic area to fully appreciate its beauty or join a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter to explore and learn more about Barcelona.

The street under Pont Del Bisbe is always busy, and it is hard to get a photo without a million other people on it. To get a photo without too many people, you need to wake up early in the morning to get there before the crowds.

For art lovers, the Museu Picasso is also within walking distance from Pont Del Bisbe. Here you can discover the works of the famous Spanish artist.

Paella Cooking Class

Barcelona’s proximity to the sea makes the city an ideal place to taste Spain’s famous seafood dish, paella.

Paella is originally from Valencia, a Spanish town further down south from Barcelona. But the rich slowcooked rice and seafood dish has become popular throughout Spain.

Enjoy your last evening in Barcelona by learning how to cook a proper Spanish paella with a Paella Cooking Class.

Gastronomic Arts Barcelona offers a Paella Cooking Class including sangria, tapas, and a visit to La Boqueria market to pick out the ingredients for your paella. The paella cooking class takes place daily at 11 am, 2:30 pm, and at 5 pm

The Paella Club offers a Paella Cooking Experience where you learn to make paella with a modern twist. Apart from the paella cooking, this foodie experience also includes a starter and dessert as well as a glass of cava and wine with the meal. The paella cooking class takes place daily at 5 pm and lasts for 2.5 hours. 


Day 4: El Born & Goodbye to Barcelona

Start your last day in Barcelona by taking a stroll through the charming El Born neighborhood, before heading to the airport.

Breakfast in El Born

El Born is a popular neighborhood in Barcelona, known for its many restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops.

El Born is ideal for the last slow day of your girls’ getaway. Choose between the many cozy cafes for a perfect place to have breakfast.

Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona

The Arco de Triunfo is a historic landmark in Barcelona located in El Born. The Arco de Triunfo was built as the entrance to the Universal Exhibition held in Barcelona in 1888. Now it stands as the entrance to the promenade, Passeig de Lluís Companys.

At the opposite end of Passeig de Lluís Companys from the Arc de Triumf, you will find Parc de la Ciutadella, a wonderful park to explore before heading to the airport.

Ciutadella Park

Ciutadella Park, or Parc de la Ciutadella, is a massive local park with beautiful green spaces, historic buildings, and tranquil atmosphere. The park’s wide green spaces are perfect for picnicking, sunbathing, or simply strolling amidst the lush scenery.

Don’t miss a visit to the stunning Cascada Fountain featuring intricate sculptures and flowing water.

At the far end of the park from Arc de Triumf, you will find a small lake where you can rent rowboats. A stone’s throw from the lake, you can admire an impressive architectural gem which is the Catalan Parliament.

Head to the Airport: Bye Barcelona!

After a relaxing morning enjoining the last of Barcelona, pack up your bags and head back to the airport to catch your flight.

You can catch the Airport bus, AeroBus Barcelona, from Plaça de Catalunya or take the metro to the airport.

Goodbye, Barcelona! See you next time!


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