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

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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.

🚲 Wanna see more in less time? Consider taking one of the best bike tours in Barcelona.

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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

Montjuic

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.

Dinner

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!

Related: Is Barcelona Worth Visiting?

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

Raval

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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Flamenco

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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Looking for a plan b? If you book your flamenco show at Tablao Carmen it includes free entrance to Poble Espanyol: Barcelona’s open air architecture museum.

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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.

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  • February 1, 2020 at 1:06 am
    Amy
    Hello, I have a few questions about my planned itinerary for our trip to Barcelona, and would appreciate any help. 1) We (there are 3 of us) are arriving from Granada at 20:40 on Wednesday, March 25. We are staying at the Cotton House Hotel. What is the easiest way to get from the airport to the hotel? I did purchase the Barcelona City Pass, but I do not think transportation through that card is available at that time of night. 2) Thursday we are visiting Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens, and La Sagrada Familia. I booked my time for La Sagrada Familia for 16:00. Do I need to buy tickets for the others in advance, or can we just arrive with the City Pass? 3) For Friday, I was thinking we would walk from our hotel to Las Rambla all the way down to the waterfront. Then get on the hop-on hop-off bus and go to Poble Espanyol, followed by the magic fountain. What time is Poble Espanyol open until? Can we walk from there to the Magic Fountain? On the website for the magic fountain it says it is closed for maintenance, do you think it will be open by the end of March? Is there anything else up in this area that we should be sure to see? Does the hop-on hop-off bus pick up after the magic fountain show? 4) Saturday we are going to either Stiges or Girona, which do you prefer? How far in advance should I purchase train tickets? 5) Sunday we are visiting Parc Guell at 11:00 am (tickets booked), after which I thought we could do some shopping along Passeig de Gracia and visit the Gothic Quarter 6) Monday, our flight leaves for Madrid at 16:35. What time should we be at the airport? What is the best way to get to the airport from our hotel 7) What could we do Monday before we fly out? Should I schedule our itinerary some other way? Is there anything I am missing that we should really see? Thank you so much for all of your help!
    • February 1, 2020 at 3:36 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hola Amy, 1) I'd grab the Aerobus to the terminus stop at Plaça Catalunya and from here it's just a 5-10 minute walk. Will be included in your City Pass. Can't be any easier :) 2) The City Pass can only redeem the discounts by using it online with the links you've received in the email from Ticketbar. You'll need to book all of them in advance using those links. It's strongly recommended not just for the discounts but for the convenience and not risking it being sold out. 3) Poble Espanyol hours differ depending on the day but I have them all listed in my dedicated article. It's an easy downhill walk from there down to the fountains, no worries :) They'll be open by the end of March for sure. Do keep in mind though that the Bus Turistic finishes around 8:00 pm and so you won't be able to take it after, I'd just grab the metro from Espanya. Easy peasy. 4) I'd prefer Girona if it's late March and Sitges if it's in the summer. No need to book the trains in advance, you can just buy them the day of at the train station. 5) For a flight to Madrid I'd aim to be there 90 minutes in advance. You can simply take the Aerobus (as explained in #1) in reverse. 6) Before flying out on Monday you could check out one of the museums like MACBA or the CCCB, these are always good additions to the itinerary. They're also not too far from where you'll need to catch the Aerobus. I don't see any need to make any changes... it looks good to me! Please let me know if you need any more help :) Cheers, Ash
  • January 30, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    Shelley
    Hi Ash, Thank you for crazy good website, it is very helpful! One in our party of four is gluten-free, your ideas are invaluable. We arrive in October for three nights before departing on a 12 night cruise. We have booked a full-day tour thru Barcelona Day Tours, which includes so many places, including Montserrat and so many sites in Barcelona We are staying at NH Collection Gran. Your thoughts on the area of the hotel and any other comments you may have. We booked the hotel thru CostcoTravel. Thank you!
    • January 31, 2020 at 10:52 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Shelley, Thanks so much for the kind words! Always glad to help :) I'm not sure if you were asking about gluten free or simply complimenting me on the advice? But yeah, if you haven't seen already please take a look at my post of the best gluten free restaurants in Barcelona. It'll also give some tips on what to choose that's traditional at normal restaurants but still staying GF. As for your hotel area: you couldn't be any more central. You'll be walking distance to tons of things and near the best restaurants and bars in the city. I recommend walking up to El Nacional for a great overview of all the best there is to eat in the Iberian Peninsula. Also, make sure you see Casa Batllo and La Pedrera which are two top attractions just minutes away. Cheers, Ash
  • January 29, 2020 at 1:06 am
    Tina
    Hi Ash! We arrive in Barcelona at 5:00pm on a Sunday in mid-September from San Francisco and will have Sunday evening, all day Monday, and then leave for Palma Tuesday after lunch for a week. We want to eat, drink, and see everything in our limited time. We are staying at the AC Hotel Irla. Can you recommend some dinner options in the area of the hotel for our first night? Planning on following your itinerary for our one day, however, based on our location, should we mix up the order? And lastly, what can we squeeze in Tuesday morning before our flight at 2pm to Palma? Seeing some museums- Picasso, Miro, etc. is important to me as well as the cathedrals! Thanks for you advice!
    • January 29, 2020 at 10:25 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Tina, The area where you're staying is a bit outside, still central, but not near most of the things I typically recommend. In that area I can recommend Arroseria Xativa' or Bambarol. Also close but not terribly close is the Dry Martini cocktail bar which would be a good shout for a night cap :) I don't see any need to mix up the itinerary too much based on your location... you can walk down to Entença metro station (about 12-15 min) and grab the blue line of the metro and be at Sagrada quite quickly. For the morning you could get down to Plaça Espanya and head up to the roof top of Las Arenas for a nice view... then if you had time and wanted you could hit up the MNAC - the national Catalonian art museum. Also, it wouldn't be that much further to go to the Joan Miro museum on Montjuic... so if you're up and at 'em early this is totally doable. It wouldn't take you that much to get back to the hotel, grab your bags, and get to the airport. Cheers, Ash
  • January 24, 2020 at 11:04 am
    Nicole
    my boyfriend and I are traveling to Madrid and Barcelona(it is our first international trip, we are so excited but a little nervous & want to try to see as much as we can as we only really have like 2.5 days in each city), arriving in Barcelona on 2/29 in the afternoon. We are staying at the Leonardo Boutigue Hotel near to Sagrada Familia. I would absolutely love some of your resturant recomendations around our hotel! Thanks so much!
    • January 24, 2020 at 5:37 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Nicole, Great to hear! Exciting :) I'll try my best to help... I used to live right there and so there are a few options which I'd consider: La Paradeta (seafood), El Singular (modern tapas with a French twist), or El Celler del Vermut (traditional Spanish). Can't go wrong with any of them :) Ash
    • January 24, 2020 at 11:06 am
      Nicole
      oh ! also, I really wanted to try to do a half day trip to Montserrat but feel that I might be being too ambituos...would you recomend we do that & do you think we should purchase a separate tour or could we manage to venture there on our own by taking a train? Thanks in advance Nicole
      • January 24, 2020 at 5:39 pm
        ashley
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        Ash
        If you've only got 2.5 days I wouldn't push it because you may end up skipping a lot of Barcelona. Unless it had some particular religious significance to the two of you or you really, really love mountain escapes I'd save it for the next time ;) If you do decide to do it however I always recommend getting the package just to be safe.
  • January 23, 2020 at 4:51 pm
    Chris
    Hi Ash, Myself and my girlfriend are staying at Hotel Barcelona 1882 and have just arrived. Where is a nice modern place for us to have dinner tonight that is not too far away? We have no clue where we are going at the moment so any advice would be great! Thanks Chris
    • January 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Chris, The choices around here are mostly tourist traps or throwback Spanish places but if you're looking for modern and some quality then Restaurant Singular is a good place to start. If you're willing to travel a bit more (as in walking 25 minutes or simply taking a short metro) then I'd add El Nacional into the mix :) Cheers, Ash
  • January 22, 2020 at 8:39 pm
    Kristi Shelton
    So happy to have found your site! There is so much to do in Barcelona... I am overwhelmed. Any help for an itinerary for our family with 2 kids (ages 15 and 18)? We arrive in the afternoon on Tuesday June 23 and get on a cruise Sunday June 28. We are renting a VRBO in the Eixample district. Would love to hit the highlights and also have some time on the beautiful beaches. Thinking we need to see Park Guell, Segrada Familia, Monseratt, what else?? Any tips on order to see it in 4 full days? Not sure if should try to go for organized tours or figure it out on our own. Thanks!!
    • January 22, 2020 at 9:59 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kristi, Thanks so much for the kind words, happy to help :) I'm not sure what you mean by tips on seeing it the full four days? The entire post above is how to see it like a pro in four full days ;) Aside from the things you mentioned I would also consider Casa Batllo, Boqueria Market, and La Pedrera to be can't miss territory. The only thing I'd recommend for a guided tour would be Sagrada Familia as the information to soak up is immense. As for visiting with kids... it's nice to sprinkle in some more kid-friendly activities and I've got a whole list of them in my visiting Barcelona with kids article. Cheers, Ash
      • January 22, 2020 at 11:44 pm
        Kristin Shelton
        Thanks so much.. I am looking at your 3 or 4 day Barcelona guide. So much to see! It mentions the Barcelona City Pass for discounts to the various attractions. Does that include a skip the line pass to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell? Also which transportation card would be best for that itinerary? Your site is so helpful as we plan our June trip.
        • January 24, 2020 at 5:24 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hi Kristin, No problem at all! Yes, the City Pass includes skip the line to Sagrada and Park Guell. As for the transportation card I would use my 20% discount with this pass to purchase an Hola Barcelona card which gives you unlimited transport in the city and is perfect for full sightseeing itineraries. Cheers, Ash
  • January 20, 2020 at 7:39 pm
    Michelle Parnham
    Hi Ash What a fantastic site you have created! I am visiting Barcelona over Easter weekend arriving 9th April and departing 14th early morning I've bought "the Barcelona 3 day pass" we will have around 4.5 days in the city can you recommend the must dos? Also we are staying at Catalonia Avinyo Hotel can you recommend any restaurants i will be traveling with my husband and 12 year old son. TIA Michelle
    • January 21, 2020 at 2:25 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Michelle, Thanks so much! The must dos I have covered in depth in the article ;) I am not sure what more you'd like me to add... if I had to boil it down to 3 things I'd say Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Batllo. As for restaurants around your hotel I've got Sensi, Louro, La Fonda, or Sports Bar... all great food :) For ideas on visiting and eating with kids please consult the dedicated article. Cheers, Ash
  • January 19, 2020 at 9:37 pm
    Mona
    Wonderful, concise information; thank you. Can you assist with a 7 day out line for Barcelona. We want to make sure we are not bouncing from one area to another and back again. Thinking of staying in El Born or Garcia area. Married 37 years and still going. We like to walk but want to be able to get on a bus or metro. On day eight we will be going to Bilbao, hopefully by train. Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
    • January 21, 2020 at 2:00 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Mona, You're very welcome! I've got the first 4 days mapped out here. What I would do is add a couple of day trips for further days... one of these would be to Montserrat and another would be to Girona. On other days I would definitely try and fit in some of Barcelona's top museums. Also, are you football fans? There may be an FC Barcelona match while you're around so I'd try and include that. What time of year are you coming anyway? If it's in spring/summer I'd have some more suggestions on how to fill up another day. Please let me now as well as some of your interests and I can make something a bit more custom for you. Cheers, Ash
      • January 21, 2020 at 6:46 pm
        Mona
        Thank you for your quick reply! No, football is not going to be a part of this trip but we are definately going to go to Picasso, Miro and Sagrada Familia museums. Can you recommend a delux hotel in the El Born and Gracia (can you clarify: If your deep into Gracia its not very accessible except on foot) areas that are the most central to transportation and sightseeing. Thank you for sharing your Barcelona, Mona
        • January 21, 2020 at 11:17 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hola again Mona, No worries about the football... are you coming in spring or summer by any chance? If so I'd recommend a trip up to the Costa Brava. Since you have so much time this a wonderful way to jazz up your trip and get some relax in as well. Gracia is a bit further away from things than El Born but it's still doable. Two deluxe hotels in El Born that I'd recommend are the H10 Port Vell and the Duquesa Suites. As for Gracia I recommend Hotel 1882. Cheers, Ash
        • January 21, 2020 at 6:49 pm
          Mona
          P.S. Is there a map with neighborhoods and attractions marked on it?
          • January 21, 2020 at 11:18 pm
            ashley
            Team Member
            Ash
            And yes of course! ;) https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-map/
  • January 15, 2020 at 10:15 pm
    Urska
    Hi there! I must admit your itinrerary and all tips and tricks were the most useful I found, so thank you! With a friend we are coming to Barcelona for the first time, so we could use some help. I hope you don't mind few questions and comment on my itinerary made with your help. 1st day We arrive to the airport on January 30th at 11.30. As we only travel with our backpack, I thought we would first go visit Camp Nou, which is on our way to the hotel (check in is possible after 2 pm, so we have some time). I would appreciate the information which bus or metro to take to Camp Nou, and then from there to our Aneto Hotel? How long does the transport take from airport to Camp Nou and then to our hotel? Later in the afternoon we will check in to the hotel and spend the evening at La Rambla, which is very close (probably a walk to Gothic Quarter and dinner somewhere nearby). 2nd day (we will go around with bikes which can be rented for free in hotel, so I think we will not need public transport anymore) 9.00 from hotel to Casa Batllo 11.00 Casa Milla (a quick visit) around 12.00 Mercado de la Boqueria at La Rambla and lunch 15.00 Aquarium Dinner and free evening 3rd day 9.00 from hotel to Casa Vicens (quick visit on the way) 10.00 Park Guell around 13.00 sigtseeing at Gracia and lunch 16.00 Sagrada Familia 18.00 on our way back an obligatory stop at Hard rock Cafe :) back to hotel and free evening at La Rambla with dinner 4th day early flight back home :( I would appreciate information which transport to take from hotel to the airport - we need to be at the airport at 5.30 already, so I am afraid we would be too late with bus (it leaves at 5.00, right?). I am thinking to take taxi just to be safe and sure. By your oppinion, do you think we should take any card/city pass for those sightseeing tours or should we just buy tickets online before visit? Those cards really make me confused and different people suggest me different things, to make me even more confused, so I will take your advice :) I hope that my plan isn't too much to handle in 2 and a half days :) I am really looking forward to our visit and thank you in advance for all comments and your help! Kindest regards from Slovenia, Urska
    • January 16, 2020 at 7:35 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hello Urska, Thanks for writing in with your very kind words :) First of all you can grab the airport metro line to Collblanc and from here it's just a 6-7 minute walk to Camp Nou. From the stadium you'll need to walk to Les Corts metro station and grab the green line from there. It'll take you to Liceu. From here the hotel is just a 6-7 minute walk. Both trips should be about 30-35 minutes. For 5:00 am the safest bet is a taxi...it may be more expensive but the security is nice. It's a shame you'll miss the Aerobus by not long. At any rate though... since you won't need the Aerobus and you haven't expressed interest in the Bus Turistic I'm not going to recommend getting a City Pass, or any pass for that matter (given you don't have a lot of museums on the list). I would simply book all my attractions individually. Cheers, Ash
      • January 16, 2020 at 10:48 pm
        Urska
        Dear Ash! Thank you so much, you are the best! Do you suggest to use Taxileader app to order taxi? I checked the price and yeah... Too bad we can't use Aerobus (unless we risk, as the gate closes at 6.30). Taxi will cost us more than flight ticket If you will have time, you are welcome to join us for a drink just to pay off somehow for your help Regards, Urska
        • January 17, 2020 at 9:50 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Urska, No problem at all, always happy to help :) I think you're referring to FreeNow? This taxi app utilizes the city's black and yellow cabs. If you sign up using the instructions in my taxi post you'll even get €5.00 off your first trip. Anyway, I love meeting up with readers but unfortunately I won't be back in the city until mid February as I'm back in Canada visiting family. I by no means expect anything but for those offering me drinks in exchange for the time I put in I usually direct them to my page on Buymeacoffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/barcelonahacks Again though, no pressure to do so! Just worry about enjoying your holiday :) Cheers, Ash
  • January 14, 2020 at 3:45 am
    Nengsi
    Hi Ash, Great 3 days itinerary out there.... I am arriving Barcelona at 06:35am most likely will drop off luggage and will start our first day of Barcelona trip. If our trip start at 09:00am, will that be possible we just follow your itinerary thru out ? And for the Sagrada Familia which time slot should I choose while getting the city pass ? I am getting City Pass for 2 days, is there any metro pass available for tourist ? Thank you in advance. Kind Regards, Nengsi
    • January 14, 2020 at 9:06 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Nengsi, Starting at 9:00 is perfectly fine, in fact unless I was really a morning person or maybe trying to see the sunrise at Park Guell I wouldn't recommend anything any earlier. Booking for 9:00 or shortly after is fine. As for the metro pass there isn't one specifically for the metro. You'll get 20% off the Hola Barcelona Card which gives you unlimited transport not just on the metro but buses, trams, funicular etc. I would grab this using the City Pass and you're good to go. Cheers, Ash
      • January 15, 2020 at 6:59 am
        Nengsi
        Dear Ash, Thank you so much for your info. I will proceed to my Barcelona city pass. One more thing, we are staying at Acta Splendid Hotel, is that location convenience for us to travel around ? Or is there any similar hotel but more centralize ? Thank you. Best regards, Nengsi
        • January 15, 2020 at 8:32 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Nengsi, No problem at all :) You're super central so I wouldn't worry a bit! You'll be walking distance to plenty of things not to mention quite close to 4 different metro lines. It couldn't be any better really. Don't sweat it, just go out and enjoy your holiday :) Cheers, Ash
          • January 16, 2020 at 2:01 am
            Nengsi
            Dear Ash, Thank you so much for your kind advised. Kind regards, Nengsi
            • January 16, 2020 at 9:51 am
              Nengsi
              Dear Ash, One more question, if I would compare Eurail Global Pass with Barcelona city pass for travel around Barcelona, which is more convenient ? Why I am asking, I m traveling across few countries, will start from Barcelona, Paris, Italy. Not sure whether Eurail Global Pass can be use conveniently in the city as well. Hope my question not too much... Kind regards, Nengsi
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