Stroll through the stalls at the vibrant La Boqueria market, picking up a fruit salad and fruit juice (boqueria.info $4) from one of the produce stalls, before walking Las Ramblas up to Plaza de Catalunya. Catch the Line 3 metro (tmb.cat, $19 for 10 tickets) to Vallcarca to check out Gaudi's Park Guell, feasting on a picnic lunch of jamon, cheese and bread bought earlier at La Boqueria ($16 for two). Take the Line 4 metro to Barceloneta for a refreshing dip (free) and a stroll through Port Vell (portvellbcn.com), taking in the city's sculpture walk. After 9pm, bar hop through the Barrio Gotico pintxo bars, starting at Irati Taverna Basca (iratitavernabasca.com, from $4 a pintxo plate and around $4 a beer, total $25) before retiring to the 11-room Hostal Fontanella (hostalfontanella.com, $78), just a short walk away.
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Start your day with a coffee and pastry at Caelum (caelumbarcelona.com, $9), which stocks cakes made in local monasteries. Walk up the leafy Passeig de Gracia to explore the interior of Gaudi's masterpiece, Casa Batllo (casabatllo.es, $29). For lunch, head across the road to Tapas24 for classic tapas (carlesabellan.es/restaurantes-tapas-24/ $30). Take the metro (tmb.cat, $19 for ten tickets) down to Port Vell for a catamaran cruise through the harbour and along the Spanish coast (barcelona-orsom.com, $21). After, stroll back up Las Ramblas to your hotel in the Barrio Gotico, the H10 Raco Del Pi (hotelh10racodelpi.com, $146). For dinner, grab a bite at one of the five Taller de Tapas restaurants in the city (tallerdetapas.com, $60) before a quiet drop of vino at La Pineda wine bar by your hotel (Carrer del Pi, 16, $4 a glass).
Indulge in a long breakfast at your hotel, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona (mandarinoriental.com, $677) before heading out on a private, scholar-led architecture tour of Gaudi's iconic structures with Context Travel (contexttravel.com, $431), taking in the nearby Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. For lunch, indulge in a 10-course gastronomic tasting menu at the Michelin-starred Cinc Sentits (cincsentits.com, $154), a short walk from your hotel. Afterwards, catch a cab ($10 each way) to the port to watch the sun go down over the water from the 26th floor of the W Hotel Eclipse Bar with cocktail in hand (w-barcelona.com/en/eclipse-bar $79). After freshening up, head to wine bar Monvinic. Using their iPad menu, you can choose from more than 50 wines served by the glass, accompanied by light tapas (monvinic.com, $105).