Most travelers will find that 7 to 9 days is perfect for a well-paced Spain trip with stops in both Barcelona and the Costa Brava. It's possible to hit the highlights in 5 or 6 days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—one of the best-loved trip extensions includes the medieval town of Vic. See more ideas and itineraries below.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 7-9 days in Barcelona and the Costa Brava combined
  • Visiting Barcelona and the Costa Brava in 5 or 6 days is possible, but will feel rushed
  • With 10 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extension is Vic and the surrounding medieval villages

How Many Days Should You Spend in Barcelona?

Recommended Itineraries for Barcelona and the Costa Brava

Recommended Itinerary for 7 Days

Explore beaches near the village of Begur
Explore beaches near the village of Begur
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona - Evening Food & Wine Tour Barcelona
Day 2 Private Tour of La Sagrada Familia & Barcelona's Markets Barcelona
Day 3 Private Bike Tour of Barcelona Barcelona
Day 4 Transfer from Barcelona to Begur, via Girona & Figueres Begur
Day 5 Private Kayaking Excursion Begur
Day 6 Wine Tasting in the Empordà Region Begur
Day 7 Transfer to Barcelona - Depart Spain  


This 7-day adventure combines a mix of private tours and free time for the ultimate introduction to Spain's Catalonia region. Kick off the week in cosmopolitan Barcelona for Gaudí architecture, tapas bars, and Mediterranean beaches. Then head north to the Costa Brava for kayaking, Dalí culture, and wine tasting—all while staying in a medieval town loaded with great restaurants. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 8 Days

A coastal village and beach near the town of Begur
A coastal village and beach near the town of Begur
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona - Evening Food & Wine Tour Barcelona
Day 2 Private Tour of La Sagrada Familia & Barcelona's Markets Barcelona
Day 3 Private Bike Tour of Barcelona Barcelona
Day 4 Hiking Excursion in the Costa Brava - Transfer to Begur Begur
Day 5 Dalí-Themed Excursion in the Costa Brava Begur
Day 6 Private Kayaking Excursion Begur
Day 7 Day-Trip to Girona Begur
Day 8 Transfer to Barcelona - Depart Spain  


This 8-day Catalonia tour kicks off in cosmopolitan Barcelona where you'll experience top-notch cuisine and modern architecture via foot and bicycle. Next, drive to the sun-kissed Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200-km) stretch of pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal clear water. Here you'll spend four blissful days exploring trails, medieval villages, and artwork thanks to its famous native, Salvador Dalí. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 9 Days

Explore Parc Guëll and watch the setting sun over Barcelona
Explore Parc Guëll and watch the setting sun over Barcelona
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona Barcelona
Day 2 Private Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Day 3 Private Tour of Gaudi's Architecture & Barcelona's Markets Barcelona
Day 4 Monserrat & Winery Day-Trip Barcelona
Day 5 Barcelona to the Costa Brava, via Girona & Figueres for a Dali tour Begur
Day 6 Explore the Costa Brava and its Beaches & Villages Begur
Day 7 Costa Brava, an eBike Tour of the Baix Empordá Begur
Day 8 Costa Brava, Visit a Local Winery Begur
Day 9 Depart Barcelona  


This complete nine-day cultural itinerary features the vibrant and eclectic city of Barcelona, the quaint villages along the rugged Costa Brava coastline, as well as a day trip into the Montserrat mountains. You'll experience a broad range of cultural tours covering the history, architecture, and ancient and current traditions at the hands of knowledgeable private guides, with free time to go at your own pace. You'll drink wine, eat authentic Catalan fare, and swim in the Mediterranean. Read more

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Extended Itineraries

14-Day Itinerary Including Vic

Calella de Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Barcelona Barcelona
Day 2 Private Tour of Barcelona & La Sagrada Familia Barcelona
Day 3 Private Tour of Park Güell & the Picasso Museum Barcelona
Day 4 Monserrat & Winery Day-Trip Barcelona
Day 5 Pick-Up Rental Car - Drive to Begur Begur
Day 6 Day-Trip to Girona Begur
Day 7 Bike Tour of the Baix Empordá Begur
Day 8 Private Kayaking Excursion Begur
Day 9 Wine Tasting in the Empordà Region Begur
Day 10 Costa Brava Free Day Begur
Day 11 Day-Trip to Rupit Vic
Day 12 Explore the Pre-Pyrenees Medieval Villages Vic
Day 13 Drive from Vic to Barcelona Barcelona
Day 14 Depart Barcelona  


This two-week adventure kicks off in Barcelona where you'll explore fascinating art and culture, including Gaudí's UNESCO-listed landmarks. Then drive north to the Costa Brava—a 125-mile (200 km) stretch of pine trees, golden beaches, and crystal clear water—for a blissful week on the Mediterranean. Finish in Vic for medieval villages and hiking trails before returning to Barcelona for one more night on the town. Read more

How to travel between Barcelona and Begur

The distance between Barcelona and the beach town of Begur, located on the Costa Brava, is 66 miles (106 km). The easiest and quickest way to make the trip is by car (1 hour and 40 minutes), either renting one yourself or hiring a private car service.   Read more

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Map of Barcelona & the Costa Brava: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Barcelona & the Costa Brava: Best Itinerary Ideas