I'm planning a trip to Lisbon, Portugal and then Spain. I will be in each spot for 4 days. I want to stop in Barcelona but trying to decide if there are other places that I should visit. I'm looking for advice on things that I must do and eat in both spots. Also any recommendations on places to stay in Spain (should I do the hotel thing or vacation rental)?
Can you help?
Trip Plan Details
- Praça do ComercioFreguesia de S. Nicolau, Lisbon 1100 Portugal
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I think just split your time between Lisbon and Barcelona. Four days is a good amount for Barcelona, and if you wind up with an aimless day you can go up the coast. If you try to stop anywhere else major, you'll get spread too thin. I've had good luck with vacation rentals in Barcelona--there are lots of options.
- Font Magica de MontjuïcFont Magica de Montjuïc, Av Maria Cristina, 08004 Barcelona, Spainrecommended Font Magica de MontjuïcSo much fun! The music and fountain/light show made my night memorable.Katie Pierce
Sure it's a little cheesy, but it is also a lot of fun. You'll find all sorts watching the show from kids to adults with friends, family or just alone.
- Barcelona Picasso MuseumCarrer de Montcada 15-23, Barcelona, CT 08003 Spainrecommended Barcelona Picasso MuseumLoved this museum! It was pouring outside and we waited outside but it was worth it!Katie Pierce
The Picasso Museum is quite spectacular. Plus it is located in my favorite area of Barcelona, the Gothic District! It's a really nice area to wander around as the streets are winding and narrow.
recommended SintraSintra is a great little spot that's easy to get to from Lisbon. It's filled with palaces and has a cute, quaint town where you can grab lunch or dinner.Katie Pierce
This is a must! Perfect day trip from Lisbon and it absolutely stunning! I found exploring the different chateaus here and the small village to be a very charming.
- Casa de Salvador Dalí en Port LligatAvinguda Salvador Dalí, s/n (Port-Lligat), 17488 Cadaqués, Spainrecommended Casa de Salvador Dalí en Port LligatThe Salvador Dali’s House-museum in Port Lligat (near Cadaqués) is an interesting place to visit. He lived there with his wife Gala for over 40 years and gradually created a maze of attached ... read morestructures, starting from a small fisherman’s hut in 1930s. Knowing Dali and his weird imagination, one can imagine what you get to see in this house. The windows of different shapes provide fascinating views of the bay and the grounds around the house. It’s fun to walk around and explore.Elvira Vanag
If you will be exploring area around Barcelona, this is an interesting place to visit.
- Montserrat MonasteryMonistrol de Montserrat, Marganell, CT 08199 Spainrecommended Montserrat MonasteryMontserrat Monastery is an easy day-trip from Barcelona. It’s located on the top of a mountain, so the view from below, from the funicular ride and the views all around once you get there are ... read morespectacular. Try to time your visit when the famous boys choir performs the Gregorian chants at the Basilica (at time of our visit it was at 1 pm; it’s free). If you have time, do a hike higher up the mountain (take a funicular up from the monastery to a starting point of several hikes) – you’ll be rewarded with more stunning views. Also, you can take a hike down from the monastery to the sacred cave where the statue of the Black Virgin (Catalonia’s favorite saint) was found. The path along the way is lined with the statues depicting various religious scenes, some are quite interesting (one is done by Gaudi). (Btw, the views from the path are also amazing.)Recommended for:
- La Boqueria Rambla 91, 08002 Barcelona, Spainrecommended La BoqueriaGo to Mercat de la Boqueria for brunch or lunch… find a vendor that you like (or where you see a lot of locals) and order a bunch of dishes to try (be adventurous)… make sure you get cava to go with ... read moreit (even if it’s 10 o’clock in the morning). It is an unforgettable experience. If it’s fall season, you’ll see a lot of mushrooms around the market, and ready to be cooked for you. My husband is mushroom-crazy, so it was like heaven for him. You can also buy some cheese, jamon, fruit and bread to eat later at your hotel or for a simple picnic if you are going on a day trip outside Barcelona.
- Montjuïc CastleCarretera de Montjuïc 66, Barcelona 08038, Spainrecommended Montjuïc CastleGo up to Montjuïc – great views, interesting fortress… check times for the fountain show at the base of the steps where the Palace building is – the fountain show is spectacular. While you are there ... read moreat Montjuïc, you can also visit Miro museum which is nice.
- La Sagrada FamíliaCarrer de Mallorca 401, Barcelona 08013, Spainrecommended La Sagrada FamíliaI can’t imagine seeing Sagrada Familia not being under construction in my lifetime. But that doesn’t matter, because it’s amazing as it is, and it’s such a rewarding feeling to see it with your own ... read moreeyes. You can’t stop admiring every little part of this incredible work of art. Being inside, gives you a feeling of partaking in some kind of ritual of observing something that only certain people are privileged to see. Visit the museum to learn about the vision that Gaudi had and compare some of his drawings to the sculptures you see outside. Go up one of the towers – you will be rewarded with some unusual views and details that you can’t see from the ground.
- Casa BatllóPasseig de Gràcia 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
- Museu Nacional do AzulejoRua da Madre de Deus 4 1900-312 Lisboa, Portugalrecommended Museu Nacional do AzulejoThe easiest way to get to this museum is to take a taxi, as we did. It wasn’t too expensive. The museum hosts one of a kind collection of tiles (azulejos) from several centuries. I especially liked ... read morethe tile displays that presented a story in pictures or “tile paintings” (see some of the pictures that I posted). The museum is located in a former convent and it is part of the attraction as well. The chapel has very elaborate decorations. There was a wedding ceremony going on in the chapel during our visit, so we got to see a little bit of it.
- Sr.VinhoRua do Meio à Lapa, 18, Lisbon 1200 Portugalrecommended Sr.VinhoA place to go for fado! Great authentic music, very good food, not a touristy place… It’s pretty expensive but well worth it. If you can, linger after the main performance is over… have another glass ... read moreof wine… This place is often visited by fairly known fado artists who often come to eat here but then end up performing on the spot.Elvira Vanag
Go to a fado show while in Lisbon. This is a great place, but there are other good places too.
- Plaça EspanyaAvinguda de la Reina María Christina, Barcelona, CT 08034 Spain