Ash
Written by Ash

3 Days in Barcelona: An Ideal Itinerary with Local Help

| 471 comments

I think you’ll agree that having time for yourself is the reason you’re on holiday in the first place.

So why spend hours and hours planning the thing? That’s why I’m here. In 10 minutes I’m going to show you the places to visit in Barcelona in 3 days from the main attractions to local secrets.

And just how exactly do I know?

Well, for starters I’ve been in the city six years. So if you need extra advice please leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you with custom local advice within 24 hours.

Before You Arrive in Barcelona

When spending 3 days in Barcelona there is some essential information to know first.

You’re going to be inundated with options and there’s also a very good chance you’ll be standing in long lines and paying premium prices: with my links below you’ll make sure you get the best prices and skip lines.

Make sure you read:

Barcelona Itinerary Map

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

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

Still have any questions? Fire away below in the comments.

3 Days in Barcelona – Day 1

Sagrada Familia

What itinerary doesn’t have it? If you had just one day in Barcelona the world-famous Basilica of the Sagrada Familia would be the first stop.

This art nouveau behemoth is called ‘the most extraordinary interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages’. I can’t disagree. Get there for 9:00 am since the average tour lasts an hour and a half.

Long lines? Most tourists on a 3 day itinerary get tickets as part of the Barcelona City Pass discount card. It includes skip-the-line access to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, airport transport, the Bus Turistic, and 20% discount codes to almost every other city attraction.

SAGRADA FAMILIA
Book my tickets now!

Snack

Time is of the essence so it’s great to hit up a place just a few steps from the Sagrada Familia at Enrique Tomas in Carrer Marina 261.

Here we try my favourite Spanish tapas dish: jamon iberico (Serrano ham/prosciutto). I recommend going for the Jamon Bellota Premium which is top of the line stuff. They’ll cut it right off the leg at the moment.

The best part? Spend 10 euros or more and mention Barcelonahacks.com for a free coffee!

Casa Batllò

Continuing our homage to master architect Antoni Gaudi we take the purple line (L2) and a few short minutes later get off at Passeig de Gracia.

Here we find the beautifully eccentric mansion called Casa Batllo and revel in its visceral, skeletal qualities. The tour takes an hour. This is my dream house and by the time you’re done with it it’ll be yours too.

CASA BATLLO BLUE TICKET
Save €4.00 on my ticket

Lunch

We’re in tourist trap hell and will need to dodge a few bullets here.

For this reason I suggest lunch at El Nacional (24 Passeig de Gràcia). This multi-zone culinary space serves traditional recipes from nearly every region in Spain.

Fish lovers can’t go wrong at La Paradeta (318 Consell de Cent). Here chefs cook fresh fish that you’ve selected yourself from a market counter. Wash it down with a Blanc Pescador white wine.

La Pedrera (also called Casa Milà)

We’ve barely scratched the surface of things to see when we head to another gem in Barcelona’s architectural crown.

La Pedrera is another Gaudi work and is arguably his best.

You’ll see this wobbling limestone apartment block on all the postcards but don’t miss the view from the incredible rooftop. Get a photo of yourself and the haunting chimneys standing on guard.

CASA MILA
Save €3.00 on my ticket

Casa Vicens

I want to get you in great position for a late afternoon stroll and an amazing local dinner so we walk up about 15 minutes to the picturesque, bohemian 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 buying tickets for Casa Batllo or La Pedrera then this would be the best way to experience Gaudi’s home architecture expertise up close.

CASA VICENS
Buy my ticket now!

Dinner

Let’s do this properly – leave a comment with where you’re staying and I’ll recommend you some of the best restaurants in Barcelona.

I would go for the paella tasting menu at nearby Bodega Joan since my readers get a pretty healthy discount 🙂

sagrada familia passion façade under construction sagrada familia passion façade under construction
Saving 20% on attractions is just the beginning!

3 Days in Barcelona – Day 2

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 head to the market’s Bar Pinotxo – the classic breakfast here is blood sausage and garbanzo beans.

Get this breakfast in the earlier the better.

The Secrets of the Old City: Gothic Quarter Tour

From either breakfast spot we’re just a 15 minute walk to the meeting point of one of the most informative and fun walking tours going.

There’s no better way to learn about the current political situation, Gaudi, the city’s origins, and the future of Barcelona than with a 2.5 hour Gothic Quarter tour with a pro (video preview here).

That pro is one of the best guides in the business: local Texan Alvaro.

Prepare to be ‘edu-tained‘ with secrets of the old city at La Rambla, Boqueria Market, Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça Sant Felipe Neri, Augustus Temple, the Jewish Quarter, and much more.

You’ll also get an old Picasso cafe haunt, one of Barcelona’s sweetest snack stops, and street art galore.

Tours run daily at 10:00 am and last around 2.5 hours.

GOTHIC QUARTER TOUR
Book my tour now!

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 (9 Carrer de Petritxol).

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

I disagree, sort of.

Another option for more of an elaborate Spanish meal is La Fonda (10 Carrer dels Escudellers) which is a great place to get some of the best paella in the city at outskirts prices.

Park Guell

Every Barcelona itinerary has to include 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 metro line to Alfons X and grab the free shuttle (with Park Guell tickets only).

Our reward at the end is 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.

Park Guell
Book my tickets now!

Aperitivo

Locals always have a drink in the early afternoon so… when in Rome.

In particular your travel tipple should involve either un 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 (21 Plaça del Sol) as they have a massive terrace to soak up the sun. Casa Lopez (Carrer del Topazi 11) is another great option.

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

Dinner

We go back to the hotel and put our feet up for a bit – Spaniards don’t typically eat dinner until at least 8 pm so this is a great time to recharge the batteries after our biggest walking day of the itinerary.

We’re likely staying central and have to ninja our way around a ton of tourist traps but luckily I’ve found the only authentic place 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? Some of the best original cocktails in the city like the legendary blackberry mojito.

You’ll also get a free glass of cava per diner by reserving no money down via the form below:

LOURO
Book my table now

A Night on the Town?

I won’t pretend to know what kind of music you like but if you’re looking for a big night out I suggest checking out my list of the best clubs in Barcelona.

My first choice is Razzmatazz, a massive five room club. If this is the case we’ll be ‘pre gaming’ at Ovella Negra at 78 Carrer Zamora. It’s the ideal pub for all sorts of revelry and it’s easy to get to know locals playing a game of Spanish billiards.

The second choice is Sala Apolo, a former theater that’s been transformed into one of Barcelona’s most famous clubs! We take the green metro line to Parallel.

Pre-drinks in the area go down at Bar Marsella, a dusty ol’ bar that served Hemingway and Salvador Dali in the not so distant past. It’s located at 65 Carrer de Sant Pau. People go here for the absinthe, but if you’re not in the mood for the green fairy they have enough beer to get you through the night.

When we finish we head to bed: the metro opens at 5:00 am (though it runs all night on Saturday).

the barcelona hop on hop off bus at the bottom of la rambla the barcelona hop on hop off bus at the bottom of la rambla
Discover Barcelona in complete comfort

3 days in Barcelona – Day 3

Sleep In

Part of us came on holiday to relax, am I right?

We’re going to do just that after all that walking on day two – we 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.

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 Catalunya, Las Ramblas and Portal del Angel.

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 Messi and 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.

CAMP NOU EXPERIENCE
Save €3.50 on my ticket

Beach at La Barceloneta

When talking about Barcelona in 3 days you don’t think we’d leave out the beach did you? We get the metro from wherever we are and grab the yellow line for the Barceloneta stop.

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 not one of the best beaches in Barcelona but we’ve only got a couple days so let’s be time-effective. For the early afternoon (like locals) you’ll want to work on that tan to make your colleagues jealous so lay down a towel and take it in!

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 flamenco and live Spanish guitar is the name of the game!

Bar Leo is at 34 Carrer Sant Carles.

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) at 1 Carrer Balboa.

There’s also the ridiculously cheap wine bar La Champagneria at 7 Reina Cristina. 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 a little closer to home? One of Barcelona’s best burgers is just what the doctor ordered. Kiosko Burger (Avinguda del Marquès de l’Argentera, 1 bis) is great place to start and it’s no tourist sin! Get the one with traditional manchego cheese.

See? We’re doing Spanish things.

Montjuic

We get to Montjuic Hill by taking the Port Cable Car from the Barceloneta.

At the top of Barcelona’s tallest hill we find the 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.

The Magic Fountain

Always high on the list of things to do in Barcelona, 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 (21 Carrer de la Concordia) for some authentic Catalan fare. Here it’s all about rustic charm, cask wines, rabbit, squid, and cod.

For something a little more upscale that’s a modern take on Spanish classics we go to Plata Bistro (23 Carrer de Sepúlveda), which is just a short walk from the fountains. You can book your table with a simple message on their Facebook page.

Looking for something a little cheaper?

Head for Calle Blai and its endless supply of one euro tapas and beer bars. I recommend La Tasqueta de Blai (Carrer de Blai 17).

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 and is located at 14 Carrer Codols. 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!

tourists lining up outside casa batllo in barcelona spain tourists lining up outside casa batllo in barcelona spain
Skip lines and save money buying tickets online!

3 Days in Barcelona – Day 4!

Yes, you didn’t think I’d stop there did you? Barcelona has so many attractions that I couldn’t sum it up in just 3 days.

This Barcelona itinerary is heading to day 4.

Tibidabo

Let’s save some cash and grab the free breakfast at your hotel and get elevated!

Tibidabo (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 retro theme park counting 25 rides. The latter is truly unique for the antique rides like the airplane one from 1928.

This is a must for Barcelona travelers with kids.

We get there in 45 minutes from Plaça Catalunya with bus T2A.

If we don’t feel like the long bus ride we can just as easily spend a few hours in centrally-located Ciutadella Park. The city’s largest green space has a zoo, a lake for row-boating, and holds a ton of events throughout the year.

The Born

We get back to the city with the same bus T2A and disembark at Plaça Catalunya. From here it’s just a 15 minute walk to another of Barcelona’s most popular neighbourhoods.

Despite its history of jousting this area full of unique bars and boutique shops is one of Barcelona’s best neighborhoods. We get there by metro getting off at Jaume 1 (yellow line).

We can’t walk through without seeing Barcelona’s second Gothic behemoth: La Santa Maria del Mar.

We could also check out the more than 4000 pieces at the Picasso Museum (15-24 Carrer Montcada).

Lunch

When we get hungry we’ll fill up at one of my favourite tapas spots Bormuth (31 Carrer del Rec).

I haven’t mentioned it before but you should be drinking vermouth on your itinerary. This a red or white aromatised wine is a massive part of Barcelona’s drinking culture. We get a couple here with the tapas and boom!

This is so good, how can we ever go back home?

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 Bishmillah (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).

a flamenco dancer takes a dance step in barcelona spain two flamenco dancers take a dance step in barcelona spain
Don’t miss the city’s most exclusive shows!

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 flamenco shows at the Palacio del Flamenco 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 6:30, 8:30, and 10:30 and can include drinks and dinner.

PALACIO DEL FLAMENCO
Book my tickets now!

Fine Tune Your Itinerary in the Comments

We’ve done 3 days in Barcelona and it’s time to go home but wait! 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.

As I said earlier if you need any extra advice fire away! And please let me know how your Barcelona holiday went by leaving a comment below.

Also don’t be afraid to join the 3 day itinerary discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

471 comments
  • 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
      lucile
      Lucile
      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
          lucile
          Lucile
          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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Thanks so much Dom! Have a nice trip :)
    • February 22, 2020 at 10:57 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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 confused...do we book in Gracia or Vila de Gracia? We appreciate your help!
        • February 20, 2020 at 10:14 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          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
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Thanks so much Andy! And I appreciate you as well :)
  • February 16, 2020 at 4:07 am
    Cosy
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Michelle
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
        Michelle
        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
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Thanks so much! Have a wonderful day yourself :)
  • 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
      Team Member
      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
      Team Member
      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
      Team Member
      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
Load more comments
Leave a comment
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *