Written by Ash

3 Days in Barcelona: Plan the Perfect 3 Day Itinerary (2024)


A 3 day Barcelona itinerary is enough for a solid getaway, but you gotta come in with a plan.

That’s why I’m here to help you plan three days in Barcelona, in the most time-efficient way possible.

I’m not only gonna tell you what to do in Barcelona in 3 days, but help you live like a local while you’re doing it.

How I Planned This Barcelona 3 Day Itinerary

Unlike other blogs out there, I’ve actually lived in Barcelona for over a decade – so find myself in a unique position to help you craft itineraries from scratch.

That said, this is only how I’d plan 3 perfect days in Barcelona, according to my needs.

If you need any custom advice just write me below.

What I’ve done here is try to optimize your three days avoiding unnecessary metro rides and city backtracking.

I’ve also tried to line you up to live the city the way locals do: late lunches, afternoon siestas, and evening sightseeing paired with late dinners.

All while slotting in the best things to do in Barcelona.

Let’s go!

3 Days in Barcelona: Day 1

Sagrada Familia

Forget three days in Barcelona: if you had just a single hour in Barcelona, the world-famous Sagrada Familia would be the only stop.

This art nouveau basilica is called ‘the most extraordinary interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages’. The UNESCO World Heritage Site receives 4.5 million annual visitors.

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Sagrada Familia: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

The way Catalan wonder architect Antoni Gaudi depicts the energy of new life on the Nativity Façade and the cruelty of death on the Passion Façade is great pause for reflection.

The best Sagrada Familia guided tours are a great place to start

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Casa Batllo: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Casa Batllò

On Barcelona’s second most famous street (Passeig de Gracia) we get into the heart of the Ruta del Modernisme.

The showcase piece is the beautifully eccentric mansion by Antoni Gaudi called Casa Batllo, and it’s another must for 3 days in Barcelona.

Stand outside and appreciate the building’s visceral, skeletal qualities. The colourful mosaic facade was crafted using broken tea cups from local factories.

Inside we get a great insight into the mind of a genius. Gaudi designed the ergonomic house inch by inch right down to the doorknobs.

Admission includes an augmented reality tour, the Gaudi Cube, and a visit to the dragon’s back roof terrace.

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Lunch Near Casa Batllo

Honestly, we’re in tourist trap hell here so we’re going to have to dodge some bullets.

Right up the street from Casa Batllo though is El Nacional. This multi-zone culinary space serves traditional recipes from nearly every region in Spain. It’s also got a wine bar, cocktail bar, and oyster bar.

Fish lovers also can’t go wrong at Chao Pescao. Here chefs cook fresh fish that you’ve selected yourself from a Barcelona market counter. I never go solo here – get some local Blanc Pescador white wine.

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La Pedrera: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

La Pedrera (aka Casa Milà)

You’ll barely even have started to digest lunch before my Barcelona itinerary offers another jewel of the city’s architectural crown.

La Pedrera is another Gaudi work (surprise, surprise) and it is arguably his best. It’s just a short five minute walk from Casa Batllo.

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This wobbling limestone apartment block is best known for its ‘Garden of Warriors’ rooftop. Getting a photo of yourself and the haunting chimneys standing on guard is another must do.

The Casa Mila apartment itself is a great way to see how upper class families lived in central Barcelona at the turn of last century.

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Casa Vicens: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Casa Vicens

Heading further up Passeig de Gracia you’ll find the neighbourhood of Gracia for one of Barcelona’s most underrated attractions: the newly minted Gaudi gem Casa Vicens.

This summer chalet mansion with its lush garden is more fairy tale than home and at less than half the price of its contemporaries it offers a tremendous amount of value for both Gaudi fanatics and budget travelers.

If you’re not planning on visiting Casa Batllo or La Pedrera then this would be the best way to experience Gaudi’s home architecture expertise up close.

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Grab a Paella Dinner

You’ve only got 3 days in Barcelona so make your dinner choices wisely.

Of course, if you’re visiting Barcelona let me know where you’re staying and I’ll recommend you some of the best restaurants in Barcelona near your hotel.

In general, there are tons of options but a great Spanish introduction to the city is via a paella tasting menu at Bodega Joan. Other great restaurants near our Barcelona attractions for day one include Lasarte and Can Boneta.

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What to See in Barcelona in 3 Days – Day 2

Barcelona’s Best Breakfast

In winter we’re starting the day with breakfast in Barcelona city center eating delicious churros con chocolate on historic Petrixol Street.

If it’s summer we’re heading to the even more historic La Boqueria Market for fruit smoothies and tostadas. 

If you’re looking for something a bit more savory then Boqueria Market’s Bar Pinotxo has a classic breakfast here with blood sausage and garbanzo beans.

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Las Ramblas: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Las Ramblas

When speaking of Las Ramblas, the famous Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said “it’s the only street I wish would never end”.

Of course, Las Ramblas may have lost the shine of yesteryear (mass tourism has added its share of Dunkin’ Donuts) but it’s still Barcelona’s most famous street.

In particular, we should be looking at the street performers at the bottom the street. La Boqueria Market is also a must, and it’s a great place to pop in some some classic Iberian ham or a cheap fruit smoothie.

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Gothic Quarter Tour: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

The Secrets of the Old City: Gothic Quarter Tour

I also suggest immersing yourself in Barcelona’s rich history, current political landscape, and future prospects with a 2.5-hour tour of the Gothic Quarter led by expert guides.

These walking tours are conducted by top-notch professionals who masterfully blend education and entertainment, revealing the secrets of La Rambla, Boqueria Market, Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça Sant Felipe Neri, Augustus Temple, the Jewish Quarter (El Call), and beyond.

Along the way, you’ll discover a favorite spot of Picasso, indulge in one of Barcelona’s most delightful snack locations, and marvel at abundant street art.

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Traditional Spanish Lunch

It’s 12:30.

The walking tour ends in the heart of the Ciutat Vella (Old City) so we’ve got some options: if you wanna be quick it’s the bite-sized toothpick tapas at El Pintxo del Petrixol.

According to a Catalan friend it’s ‘the only restaurant near La Rambla that doesn’t serve garbage’.

Another option for more of an elaborate Spanish meal is La Fonda which is a great place to get some of the best paella in Barcelona at outskirts prices.

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Park Guell: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Park Guell

When asked what to do in Barcelona for 3 days I’d put Park Guell in must-see territory. It’s the city’s most beautiful park.

We take bus 24 from Passeig de Gracia and 30-40 minutes later we’re left at the gates. We could also take the yellow Barcelona metro line to Alfons X and walk 15 minutes.

Our reward at the end is Antoni Gaudi’s utopian park vision, which its gingerbread-like porter’s house and famous mosaic salamander. It’s here that you’ll get a fantastic panoramic view of the city

It’ll take 90-120 minutes depending on how much of the Free Zone we care to see.

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Catalan Vermouth: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Barcelona’s Most Famous Aperitivo

For any tourist doing Barcelona in 3 days this is that when in Rome moment.

In particular your travel tipple should involve either a vermut (vermouth, a fortified and spiced wine) or una caña (a small, refreshing glass of beer).

This is best done in nearby Gracia’s charming squares: especially Plaça del Sol.

In particular, I’d go to the bar Sol Soler (one of my Barcelona hidden gems) as they have a massive terrace to soak up the sun.

Casa Lopez is another great option if you’d like to fit in some homemade tapas.

Both are just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from the park.

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Modern Spanish for Dinner

You’re likely staying central and will have to ninja your way around a ton of tourist traps – but luckily I’ve found the only authentic restaurant on La Rambla: El Louro.

Spanish tapas classics are given a modern twist here and mains like the Galician beef filet and crunchy octopus are to die for. The kicker? They make some of the best original cocktails in the city.

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A Night Out for Drinks

Barcelona’s best bars offer a little bit of everything, though if you visit Barcelona you’ll probably want something unique.

For this reason I suggest the high-end cocktails at Dry Martini – it has actually been voted the 6th best bar in the world – and it’s one of my best things to do at night in Barcelona.

As for clubbing? Of course I’m going to suggest you read my post on the best clubs in Barcelona.

My first choice would be Razzmatazz, a massive five room club. Each room plays a different type of urban music: hip hop, house, dancehall, R&B, reggaeton, and even some rock

The second choice is Sala Apolo, a former theater that’s been transformed into one of Barcelona’s most famous clubs.

What to Do in Barcelona Spain for 3 Days – Day 3

Sleeping In

Part of us came on holiday to relax, am I right? So here’s where you can chill on your 3 days in Barcelona.

Let’s roll out of bed at 10:00 am.

On day three of our itinerary we’re grabbing a quick breakfast like a Barcelona local: heading downstairs, finding the closest cafe, and getting a croissant and cortado (a coffee with a splash of milk).

Slow and steady will be the game today.

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Camp Nou: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Shopping or Camp Nou?

We’ve got two choices now and I’ll leave it up to you, my distinguished guests.

There’s tons of world-class shopping in Barcelona city center. The largest shopping areas are Passeig de Gracia, Plaça de Catalunya, Las Ramblas and Portal del Angel. Here you can great some of the best Barcelona souvenirs too.

If we’re allergic to shopping (I really am!) we really have to ask ourselves what Barcelona itinerary wouldn’t include a tour of historic Camp Nou stadium – home of that little squad called FC Barcelona.

From Plaça Catalunya we get there in 15 minutes with the green metro line getting off at Les Corts.

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Barceloneta Beach: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Beach at La Barceloneta

Barceloneta is a great neighborhood to explore inner alleyways where elderly residents sit outside playing cards while young people gather to socialize in kitschy bars.

It’s one of the best beaches in Barcelona. For the early afternoon (like locals) you’ll want to work on that tan – the cleanest waters for a summertime dipa re in the corner near the W Hotel (the sail shaped-one).

After, we can’t stop by without saying hello to Mrs. Leo, a little spark-plug of a woman in her 70’s who owns a bar where on weekend afternoons Andalusian Barcelona flamenco and live Spanish guitar is the name of the game!

Bar Leo is at 34 Carrer Sant Carles.

Related: How Many Days Should I Stay in Barcelona?

Sunday Lunch

We’re getting really local now by having a late lunch (around 3:00 pm) and for this I’d recommend going for quality tapas at Bitacora – at the back of the restaurant there’s a cool little terrace.

There’s also the ridiculously cheap wine bar La Champagneria. We also can’t miss the minuscule fried fish restaurant Can Maño.

All places are fifteen minutes or less walking from the beach.

Looking for something closer to home? One of Barcelona’s best burgers is just what the doctor ordered. Kiosko Burger is a great place to start and it’s no tourist sin! Get the one with traditional manchego cheese.

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Montjuic Botanical Gardens: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary


We get to Montjuic Hill by taking the Port Cable Car from Barceloneta or the Montjuic Cable Car from further down the hill.

At the top of Barcelona’s tallest hill we find the Montjuic Castle with its majestic view of the harbour, the Miro Foundation, the ’92 Olympic Stadiums and the botanical garden.

There’s also the option to experience the fantastic open-air architecture museum Poble Espanyol (ironically, Barcelona architecture is nowhere to be found!)

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Magic Fountain: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

The Magic Fountain

This beautiful fountain of towering water sprays to the rhythm of contemporary music – the view of Plaça Espanya is really something!

We find the fountain a short fifteen minute walk away at the foot of Montjuic. Make sure to check the Barcelona Magic Fountain show schedule first.


We’re looking to keep it local for the third night so we hit up Can Margarit for some authentic Catalan fare. Here it’s all about rustic charm, cask wines, rabbit, squid, and cod.

For 3 days in Barcelona, you should be able to spoil yourself a bit: try Mano Rota, an inventive Peruvian-Japanese fusion spot that’s earned a Michelin star.

Looking for something a little cheaper?

Head for the street called Calle Blai and its endless supply of one euro tapas and beer bars. I recommend La Tasqueta de Blai.

After Dinner

In the Gotico area we’ll head to Manu Chao’s bar. This incredibly eclectic French singer who sings in 7 languages sometimes shows up to play guitar.

The bar is called Mariachi. Of course, I’ve been a little pushy with my ideas haven’t I? We’d actually be good going to any of Barcelona’s best bars.

That’s 3 perfect days in Barcelona down!

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3 Day Barcelona Itinerary – Honourable Mentions

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Tibidabo Amusement Park: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Tibidabo Mountain

Tibidabo Mountain (I will give you in Latin) is a 3 in 1: a basilica with a gigantic statue of Christ, the highest panoramic view of the city, and a 25-ride retro theme park. The latter is truly unique for the antique rides like the airplane one from 1928.

This is a must for Barcelona travelers with kids.

You can get there in 45 minutes from the Estacio del Nord with bus T2A.

If you don’t feel like the long bus ride we can just as easily spend a few hours in centrally-located Ciutadella Park. Parc de la Ciutadella is the city’s largest green space, has a zoo, and is famous for a lake where you can rent rowboats.

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Quiet Streets in the Born: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

The Born

Despite its history of medieval jousting, the Born District is an area full of unique bars and boutique shops.

You can’t walk through without seeing Barcelona’s second Gothic behemoth: La Santa Maria del Mar. What I like about the Santa Maria del Mar is that it’s one of the best free things to do in Barcelona.

We could also check out the more than 4000 pieces at the Picasso Museum.

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Patatas Bravas: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Tapas Lunch in a Square

When you get hungry fill yourself up at one of my favourite El Born tapas spots: Bormuth.

I mentioned it before, but if you’re up for a drink you should be drinking vermouth on your itinerary.

This a red or white aromatized wine is a massive part of Barcelona’s drinking culture. They pair perfectly at Bormuth with patatas bravas (pictured), a type of potato wedge tapa with spicy sauce.

Even better? Out here you get your first experience of true Barcelona square culture. Watching the world go by in Plaça Comercial is another Barcelona past time to check off on your list.

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Raval Streets: 3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary


For those a little more rough and ready I suggest we go for a 20 minute walk to get to the ‘gentrified gem’ El Raval.

There are tons of good value bars and ethnically diverse eateries here – if you’ve skipped my tapas advice above there’s no shame getting a €5.00 curry lunch on the fly at Bismillah (Carrer Joaquin Costa 22).

Then you can round out the afternoon going to one of my favourite contemporary museums: MACBA (the modern art museum) or the CCCB (a contemporary culture museum).

Another can’t miss in this area is the enormous bronze cat sculpture (El Gat) by renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero.

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We round out the evening taking in a show of not only one of the most popular art forms in Spain, but the entire world.

The Barcelona flamenco shows at the Patio Andaluz have been known to bring guests to tears, and you’ll find out if you’re one of them watching the intricate dances, passionate yelps, and spirited guitar rhythms.

Shows run daily at 7:45, 9:45, and 10:10 and can include drinks and dinner.

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Not feeling three days in Barcelona anymore? 🤯

Check out my other Barcelona itineraries to help you find that budget/time sweet spot:

Barcelona Three Day Itinerary Map

A good part of any Barcelona 72 hour itinerary is a map with all the attractions.

Here you’ll see how I’ve bunched them all together for your Barcelona public transport convenience and to make sure you don’t go more than a small time without some good food and a drink.

What to Visit in Barcelona in 3 Days FAQ

  • Is 3 days in Barcelona enough?

    Three days in Barcelona is more than enough time to see the city’s major attractions. You can also see secondary attractions, go to the beach, and sample the city’s best food.

  • What to see in Barcelona in 3 days?

    In three days in Barcelona, visit the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, stroll along Las Ramblas, and explore the Gothic Quarter for a well-rounded experience.

  • How much spending money for 3 days in Barcelona?

    For three days in Barcelona, budget around €150-€200 for meals, attractions, and transport. This varies with dining choices, shopping, and selected experiences.

  • Best way to see Barcelona in 3 days?

    To best see Barcelona in three days, use the hop-on-hop-off bus tour for quick access to major sites, and consider guided tours for deeper insights.

  • What is the must see in Barcelona in 3 days?

    Must-sees in Barcelona in three days include the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, the Picasso Museum, and a walk through the Gothic Quarter and along the city’s beaches.

Planning a Barcelona Spain 3 Day Itinerary?

That’s Barcelona in 3 days – with an extra bonus day for your troubles.

That said, if you’re missing that special something that would really tie all of this together please get a hold of me in the comments below for custom advice.

Also, don’t be afraid to join the 3 days in Barcelona itinerary discussion by joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with almost 10,000 Barcelona travelers.

  • February 26, 2024 at 3:02 am
    I am planning a morning at Montjuic followed by lunch in the Port Vell area. We are a group of 4 seniors who prefer walking or cabs. I think that taking the port cable car will be fun, but I wonder if I’m correct in thinking this will be a straightforward trip from Montjuic to Port Vell.
    • February 27, 2024 at 10:05 am
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      Hi Karen, The cable car is definitely fun... and straightforward enough. It's the best way to do this trip. Of course, it depends where you're having lunch up there... is it at Terassa Martinez? If so it's just a couple minutes' walk to the cable car. Cheers,
  • February 17, 2024 at 12:02 pm
    Me and my partner are coming on the 14th March to the 18th. We arrived around 8pm on the Thurs and we have majority of the day still until 6pm on the Monday, so 4 full days and 4 nights. We are staying at H10 Marina and want to eat locally / beachside on the first eve. What itinerary then would you suggest we do in what order from the Fri to Sun (and then extras Mon). We would like to do all main Gaudi houses and parc guell, as well as the Sagrada, and Montjuic. We would like to watch the sunset at the bunkers, and also a rooftop bar, which would you suggest? We would like to visit la Rambla and the market as well as the gothic quarter, and add in any other areas that are worth the visit in the days we have. It is St Patrick's day whilst we are there too so would like to go to some Irish bars on the Sunday, and also it is my birthday on the Monday so a nice/ unique place for lunch on this day as our flight will be around 8 so we can't stay for dinner. I look forward to hearing any suggestions you may have. Thank you
    • February 19, 2024 at 12:42 pm
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      Hi Kelly, Thanks for writing :) I'll try and check these off one by one in point form: 1) Beachside dinner on first eve I'd go to Xiringuito Escriba... right along the water, should be walkable on a nice evening. Great paella. 2) How you execute these itineraries really doesn't matter since you're not reasonable walking distance from all the major attractions you speak of. You're gonna need to grab the metro and start your day quite far from the hotel. Also - I've got a four day itinerary written up that includes all you speak of - I would try and do that in order to keep the travel hassle to a minimum, though you're certainly free to mix up the days depending on how you feel. 3) My favourite rooftop bar is the Hotel Grand Central but keep in mind most rooftops won't be open yet in March. I think your best shot will be the H1898 on Las Ramblas. 4) Having celebrated many a Saint Paddy's Day I'd say I had the most fun at Flaherty's though the Michael Collins is also great. 5) A unique place for lunch could be El Nacional, a multi-space culinary spot that covers virtually everything good that Spain has to offer and even has multiple bars inside. Anyway, yeah, any more questions let us know! And if you'd like to show your appreciation please book your attraction tickets in our shop - trying to do this for a full time living and every booking gets me closer :) Cheers!
  • July 4, 2023 at 2:28 am
    Mary Andersen
    We are planning a trip in May 2024--3 days. We need a plan for disability transportation and to know if the sites we want to see are reasonable (Probably a mobile wheelchair for one of us). Holy Family Church and Montjuic--the Art Museum; possibly the nighttime sites from the funicular? Thank you
  • February 25, 2020 at 6:10 pm
    Sue Mac
    Thank you so much for all the really useful information. My vegetarian husband and I are coming to Barcelona for 3 days arriving at the airport at 16h30 on April 21st departing aon a 17h00 flight on April 24th. It's my 60th birthday on April 23rd and on April 22nd we have tickets to the Barcelona Open Tennis. Based on your information I'm thinking of the following itinerary: Tues 21st: Aerobus to Hotel 1898 arriving at about 18h00. Chill at hotel and have a drink on the terrace before heading for dinner at Rasoterra (my husband rarely gets a chance to eat in a veggie restaurant so I wanted to choose a good one for him - is this the best or would you recommend an alternative?) Weds 22nd: metro to the tennis for the day. Evening: dinner and flamenco. Thinking of Palacio del Flamenco but any better suggestion? Thurs 23rd: Sagrada Familia and Park Guell during the day. Head to Magic Fountain for 9pm show then late dinner at Plata Bistro. Fri 24th: La Boqueria and stroll down la Rambla/Gothic quarter. Then thinking of heading to Baracca or Xiringuito Escribà (any advice on which to choose?) for paella with a sea view before taking the aerobus back to the airport. What do you think? Doable? Any amendments/alternatives you'd suggest? Thanks again for your help and advice.
    • February 26, 2020 at 11:11 am
      Hola Sue, Your itinerary seems very good and doable ;) Rasoterra for your first dinner is a good choice, moreover it's close to your hotel. Don't miss the list of our favorites vegetarian restaurants for the next days. We always suggest Palacio del Flamenco for a dinner+show, in your case it's the best place with their vegetarian option! On Friday, I highly recommend the walking tour of the Gothic quarter with our guide Alvaro at 10am, if you have enough time for a 2.5 hours tour. Then, I suggest Baracca because it's closer of the Gothic quarter and of the Aerobus. FYI, fresh paellas take around 30/40 minutes to be cooked and Barraca opens at 1pm, be careful not to be late for the airport. Cheers, Lucile
      • February 26, 2020 at 4:56 pm
        Sue Mac
        Thank you very much for your prompt reply. Given what we're planning, would the City pass make sense for us? And should we get a Hola BCN pass too? Also, since it sounds as though paella on the beach on our departure Friday isn't going to work, is there somewhere else with a sea view closer to our hotel and the Aerobus that you could suggest, even without the paella? Many thanks again, Sue
        • February 27, 2020 at 11:10 am
          To be honest, according to your current itinerary, I'm not sure the City Pass worth it... It only worth it if you use the 20% discount online at least 2/3 times, moreover I'm not sure you would have time to use the Bus Turistic included in this pass? Hola BCN cards make sense if you plan to move around only by public transports. You can have a 10% discount buying it on our shop ;) About the sea view, maybe your other option Xiringuito Escribà could still be a good idea if you go direct when it opens at 12:00. After that you can take a taxi to reach the Aerobus if needed ;) Cheers, Lucile
  • February 25, 2020 at 9:36 am
    Alex and Pressley
    Hey, I'll start saying that your blog helped us my boyfriend and I to plan our trip to Barcelona. We are going on the first week of March from the second to the fourth. We are staying in an Airbnb in Gran via de Les Cortes Catalanes. We gonna buy all the tickets for entering the monument this week and we are also purchasing the Helo Barcelona card dor 72hours and the Barcelona night card for 2 days. We want to go clubbing for the two nights that we are staying there. First day: Check in our Airbnb then go for breakfast. Arc de triomf Placa de la Ciutadella The Picasso museum Gothic Quarter and have lanch there. Then come back to our Airbnb and go the beach and Las Rambla in the evening Second day: Sagrada Defamilia Parc Guell La Boqueria Market Montjuic Third day: We have no idea to do that day knowing that we have our flight back to Geneva at 6 pm. so we were hoping that you will help us to figure it out. PS: Are the sales still available in Spain during the week of March? If yes where should we go? Thank you Alex and Pressley
  • February 24, 2020 at 12:06 am
    Patti Wise
    Love your website! My husband and I will be staying in Barcelona for two nights in March at the Hotel Catalonia Sagrada Familia. What is the best way to get to La Sagrada Familia from our hotel for a 9am entry? And do you recommend the tapas tours in the evening? Thanks so much! Patti
    • February 24, 2020 at 10:35 am
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      Hi Patti, Thanks so much for the very kind words, glad to help :) Unless anybody had any particular mobility issues I would just walk. It looks to me like it's about 12-13 minutes, which is nothing in the brilliant Barcelona sunshine ;) You could also walk to Encants metro station and go one stop on the purple line to Sagrada but that seems a bit excessive to do one stop. Cheers, Ash
  • February 21, 2020 at 7:28 pm
    Dominic Piscitello
    May 17 -20 We are staying at Hotel SB Icaria barcelona for three days. Any suggestions for eating and sightseeing near there? What is the best options for transportation from airport to this location? Love your site. Thanks, from Florida
    • February 22, 2020 at 1:52 pm
      Dom Piscitello
      Ash, much appreciation. I look forward to being in Barcelona. Your website is 5 stars. Great job. Dominic
      • February 23, 2020 at 9:23 pm
        Team Member
        Thanks so much Dom! Have a nice trip :)
    • February 22, 2020 at 10:57 am
      Team Member
      Hola Dominic, There isn't much sightseeing in the area, in fact it's a very residential area with maybe just the beach as a destination. That said, you'll be really close to the Port Olimpic which has the two towers. Here there's a casino and there's also Ciutadella Park which is great for a stroll and the monumental fountain. Around there you've got three of my favorite restaurants within reasonable walking distance: Xiringiuto Escriba (for paella), Bitacora (tapas), and Madre Lievito (amazing pizza). To get there from the airport I'd grab the Aerobu to Plaça Catalunya, walk the 200 meters to Urquinaona meteo station, grab the yellow line of the metro to Bogatell, and then walk the 7-8 minutes to the hotel. It's not the best location for airport transport, but when you're checked in you'll be happy to be so close to the beach and away from the tourist chaos! Cheers, Ash
  • February 16, 2020 at 9:47 pm
    Andrea (Andy)
    Hi Ash, Your website is AMAZING! Thank you for taking the time to put all this helpful info together. My husband and I will be in Barcelona from the evening of 3/15 through EARLY Thursday morning 3/19 (our flight leaves El Prat at 7:55). I have a few questions: 1. We plan on booking lodging through Airbnb and are debating Eixample vs. Gracia. We want the balance of seeing the sites but being able to relax like locals. Do you have input? 2. Because we are flying out so early on Thursday morning, will Aerobus/public transport even be an option to get us to the airport early enough or should we book a night at a hotel nearby instead of our Airbnb? Thank you in advance for the advice. I'm on my way over to Facebook and Instagram to follow you! Andrea
    • February 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm
      Team Member
      Hola Andy, Thanks so much for the kind words! Always glad to help :) If you're looking for a local and more relaxed vibe then I'd go for Gracia every time. For a 7:55 flight you'll be looking at being there around 6:15... for a 35 minute trip that means you're fine if you grab the Aerobus at around 5:30. It starts running at 5:00 am and goes every 10 minutes. You could easily take the metro down there to the Aerobus spot (Plaça Catalunya) in time. Cheers, Ash
      • February 20, 2020 at 4:45 am
        Nora Maharry
        So, we are planning on taking your advice. We are headed to Barcelona in July with our three teenage kids. We would like to book something soon but are a little we book in Gracia or Vila de Gracia? We appreciate your help!
        • February 20, 2020 at 10:14 am
          Team Member
          Hi Nora, Great to hear :) Gracia and Vila de Gracia are the same thing and refer to the old village neighbourhood which only became a part of Barcelona recently. Cheers, Ash
      • February 17, 2020 at 9:52 pm
        Andrea (Andy)
        Thank you so much, Ash! That's super helpful and I really appreciate you!
        • February 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm
          Team Member
          Thanks so much Andy! And I appreciate you as well :)
  • February 16, 2020 at 4:07 am
    Hi Ash, Thank you so much for your information's. I'm planning to visit Barcelona for 3 nights. But i ad few things to your itinerary and please check and correct me with right order. We are family of 4 with 2 Teen girls. So i'm staying bit away from the city center so what do you recommend for the site seeing. Hire the car or Public transport? Day-1 25th Arrive Mid Day from Paris . Checking Hotel. - Novatel Sant Joan Despi Passeig de Gracia Casa Batlló Casa Amatller Casa Milá CASA VICENS El Born Day 2 -26th SAGRADA FAMILIA PARK GUELL Las Ramblas Barri de Gracia Gothic Quarter Day 3 -27th Parc del Laberint d'Horta Bogatell Beach Montjuic Castle Magic Fountain Tibidabo and the Sagrat Cor Day 4 -28th Flying to Nice
    • February 17, 2020 at 12:44 pm
      Team Member
      Hola Cosy, You're staying quite far out but usually renting a car isn't the solution as parking can be inconvenient and inexpensive. That said, it's going to take about 40 minutes to get central using a combination of tram #3 and the metro L3 line. If you don't mind spending the extra money it'd probably save a lot of time having a car. I would ask this question to your hotel as they're probably more in tune with what the guests have preferred in the past. As for the itinerary, I'll be thinking of it as somebody taking transport... if you're doing day 1 in order I would visit the Gracia district after Casa Vicens as it's much closer. It'll be just a short walk. El Born is much further away. I'd then move El Born to day two after the Gothic Quarter as it's right next to it. For day three though you've got sights in virtually every corner of the city. It seems like it would be a travel nightmare. You would need to get a very early start and would have a lot of travel ahead of you. What do you want to do at the beach? If it's just a quick pass by you could easily put it in after your El Born visit on day two. If you have a car you can both both, but if not I would then select either one of Tibidabo or Parc del Laberint depending on preference. This would lighten the load a bit and make it easier and less stressful. My two cents! Ash
  • February 14, 2020 at 3:35 pm
    Hello :) I will be traveling to Barcelona March 25-29 and wanted your opinion as to which method of transportation and what attraction pass card would be more convenient and cost effective for a group of 4 (2 adults and 2 teens 15yo+). We will be staying in the Eixample area - Carrer de Villarroel and need transportation from airport to hotel as well. We are planning to visit all of the standard tourist attractions in your , 3 DAYS IN BARCELONA: AN IDEAL ITINERARY list I just wanted to know what method of transportation and what pass cards would be best. There's a lot of information on your site but I am still confused and I would like to purchase the passes in advance. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
    • February 15, 2020 at 8:42 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Michelle, If you're doing the standard 3 day itinerary and need the airport transport (Aerobus serves Eixample very well) I would definitely go for the Barcelona City Pass. You'll be able to book almost everything from the comfort of home and then even save money the more you book. As for transport you could easily just supplement this pass with an Hola Barcelona Card at 20% off with the City Pass... or if you won't be moving around much there's no shame in getting a few T-Familiar which is interpersonal and gets you 8 rides. If you're still a bit puzzled I've got a page explaining the difference between the cards, but for standard itineraries looking to tick the major boxes with entrances the City Pass is the best. Cheers, Ash
      • February 15, 2020 at 9:33 pm
        Thank you Ash for the advice, I will definitely be getting the City pass and the Hola Barcelona card. You have a wonderful, all encompassing website and I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Have a wonderful day!
        • February 17, 2020 at 10:43 am
          Team Member
          Thanks so much! Have a wonderful day yourself :)
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