This summer, my friends Brianna and Vince got married in the prettiest town in Portugal. The week before the wedding, 10 of our friends gathered in Barcelona in a sort of joint bachelorette/bachelor party to celebrate. We ate, drank, danced on a yacht, went wine tasting, got spa treatments, and explored Barcelona, which happens to be one of my favorite cities) for four days.
Planning trips for groups can be hard, but I was lucky to be planning for a group of people who like most of the same things. If you’re traveling with a close group of friends to Barcelona sometime soon, here’s our itinerary:
Everyone arrives! Take time to explore/relax/recover.
7pm – Group dinner. (Restaurant recommendations here).
Paella is great for sharing with groups!
Explore! Barcelona has tons of amazing sights, museums, shopping, markets, etc. Or just hang out on the beach. Here, the group split into smaller duos and trios to check out the Picasso Museum, La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and wander the Gothic Quarter and other areas.
Dinner together. (Note that large groups can be hard to accommodate, so reservations are usually a good idea).
10am-12pm – Hangout on a sailboat.
This was a highlight of the trip, and something I would highly recommend for any group. You get to sail around the beautiful blue Mediterranean while drinking sparkling wine and dancing to whatever music you feel like playing. We stopped to swim for a bit before heading back.
The about-to-be-married couple
2pm – Spa time! This was the only bachelorette type thing we did. The wedding was in a few days in Sintra, so the girls split off and went to the Secret Spot Spa to get our nails done.
Tapas crawl. Blai street is a great place to start. Some favorite tapas bars in Barcelona include Can Paixano, Jai Ca, Quimet & Quimet, and Morro Fi.
Day trip for wine tasting. Click here for our tour. Here’s the description: Discover three of Catalonia’s most iconic wineries with your local guide in the Penedes Wine Region. Learn how different varieties of wine are produced and have the opportunity to taste them. First we will visit the award-winning Bodegues Jean Leon in central Penedes where we will do two wine tastings. Then head to Bodegues Torres to learn more about wine production, followed by a wine tasting of three wines, as well as three local cheeses. Finally, visit Caves Freixenet learning about the process of making cava. You’ll sample two cavas with delicious tapas.
We got back at around 4pm, and some members of the group did a bit more sightseeing, while others went to the beach.
9pm – Dinner.
That’s it! Four packed days in Barcelona. We stayed in the Gracia neighborhood, where it’s easier to find bigger Airbnbs. (Don’t have Airbnb? Sign up here for $40 off your first stay). Our was a gorgeous house (contact me for the link). It’s not as central as other areas, but we like walking or took taxis when needed.
P.S. While in Spain, you might as well jump over to Portugal, my favorite destination of 2017 so far. Read all about it here.