Written by Ash

3 Days in Barcelona: An Ideal Itinerary with Local Help


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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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3 Days in Barcelona – Day 2


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.

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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
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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.


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:

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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).

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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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!

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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.


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).


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?


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).

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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 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.

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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!

  • January 24, 2020 at 11:04 am
    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
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      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
      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
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        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
    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
      Team Member
      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
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      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
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          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
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      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
    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
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      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
        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
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          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
          P.S. Is there a map with neighborhoods and attractions marked on it?
          • January 21, 2020 at 11:18 pm
            Team Member
            And yes of course! ;)
  • January 15, 2020 at 10:15 pm
    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
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      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 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
        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
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          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: Again though, no pressure to do so! Just worry about enjoying your holiday :) Cheers, Ash
  • January 14, 2020 at 3:45 am
    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
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      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
        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
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          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
            Dear Ash, Thank you so much for your kind advised. Kind regards, Nengsi
            • January 16, 2020 at 9:51 am
              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
  • January 7, 2020 at 10:49 am
    Wonderful! I was wondering though, aside from La Boqueria, what is a more “local” market that we can visit? Thank you in advance!!
    • January 7, 2020 at 11:03 am
      Team Member
      Hi Jela, There is the Santa Caterina market which is found at the top of El Born. Even more local would be the Mercat de la Concepció which has many of the same products but hardly any tourists :) Cheers, Ash
      • January 10, 2020 at 9:50 am
        Extremely grateful for you! Here in Barcelona already and loving this place!!!
        • January 10, 2020 at 10:23 pm
          Team Member
          Wow! Thanks so much :) Please let me know if you need any more help exploring.
  • December 16, 2019 at 10:46 pm
    Amy Snell
    Hello - I echo the thanks for such a wonderful planning site, it is extremely useful and greatly appreciated. I am planning a trip with my 2 adult kids in late March. We will be in Barcelona for 3 1/2 days. I just ordered the Barcelona City Pass with 1 day bus touristic. I need to choose my time slot for Sagrada Familia, and am wondering it the below plan would work, or if I should schedule it differently. We are staying at the Cotton House Hotel. We arrive late on Wednesday. I thought on Thursday we would plan the following: 9:00 am Walk to Casa Batllo do tour 60-90 minutes - 10 minute walk to: 10:30 am Walk to Casa Mila do tour, 60-90 minutes - 20 minute walk to Casa Vicens 12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch - lots of good places for lunch in Gracia neighborhood 2:00 pm - 15 minute walk to Casa Vicens - do tour, about an hour Find transportation to Sagrada Familia Book tour at 4:00 pm Explore that area, go back near hotel have dinner and wander Would this be a good time to visit Sagrada Familia, or should I flip the schedule and go there first, and then make our way back to the other sites? I'm sure I'll have a few more questions as I go, but want to get the visit to Sagrada Familia set. Thank you! Amy
    • December 17, 2019 at 12:41 pm
      Hola Amy, Thanks for you kind words! Your itinerary seems good ;) Which type of Sagrada Familia's ticket did you choose with your City Pass? If it's the basic ticket, you can only visit it during the last two hours of the day (from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm depending on the season), so maybe you can't even visit it first. In March the natural light is still very good at 4pm! Let me know if you have any further questions. Cheers, Lucile
      • December 19, 2019 at 3:52 pm
        Amy K Snell
        We booked the Sagrada Familia ticket with tower and audioguide. Would you schedule the visit to Park Guell on the day we are doing the Hop-on Hop-off bus? What is the best time of day to visit the Park? Thank you! Amy
        • December 19, 2019 at 4:52 pm
          Visiting Park Guell on the same day as the Hop-on Hop-off bus could be a good idea, but if I were you I'd probably do it another day if you have time. The ticket of the Park includes a round trip shuttle from/to Alfons X station, so it's easy to reach the park :) Also, the blue line of the Bus Turistic, after the Park Guell stop, doesn't include the main attractions of the City (FYI: it only runs in one way). So, I would say it depends on what you really want to see during your day on the Hop-on Hop-off bus and organize things to lose no time. The best time of the day to visit the Park Guell, I advise the earlier the better ;) Cheers, Lucile
          • January 22, 2020 at 10:59 pm
            Amy Snell
            Hello, I have a few more questions on our itinerary, hoping you don't mind offering some advise. We have our 1st day laid out quite well as above. I have 2 1/2 days more to fill. We want to see Las Ramblas and the La Bouqueria Market, the waterfront, the Gothic Quarter, Poble Espanyol, Magic Fountain and of course Park Guell. We booked our Park Guell tickets for Sunday, March 29, but I am not sure the best way to lay out the rest of our time, here are my thoughts: Friday, March 27 Walk from Cotton House Hotel to Las Ramblas, stroll shops, visit La Boqueria, stroll down to waterfront. Get on hop-on hop-off bus by 1400 and get off at Poble Espanyol. After that go to see magic fountain. Saturday, March 28 - We are doing a day trip to either Stiges or Girona, which do you recommend? Sunday March 29 Visit Park Guell (tickets at 11:00 am) then go do some shopping along Passeig de Gracia and visit the Gothic Quarter Monday March 30 Flight leaves at 16:15 hr for Madrid. What time should we get to the airport by? What can we do for the first part of this day before heading to the airport? Questions - What time is Poble Espanyol open until? Can we walk to the magic fountain from there? I see that the magic fountain is closed now for annual maintenance, should it be open again at the end of March? Is there anything else up in that area worth visiting? Will the hop on hop off bus still be running after the magic fountain? Is there a better way to schedule our time? Is there anything I'm missing that we really should see? Thank you for all of your help!
  • December 11, 2019 at 5:43 am
    Hi Ash, Finally, our Barcelona trip will be in a few days and have been pouring over your very helpful site. For our last day in Barcelona on Dec. 24, we would like to visit the Abbey of Montserrat and would appreciate your advice. Is there any guided tour you recommend ? I thought it may just make it easy on us and not get lost going to this place or going there is easy? Ash, is Uber in Barcelona ok? For our last 3 days in Barcelona, we will be staying at Hotel 1882, can you advise me how do we take the Aerobus back to the airport? My flight back to Canada is on Christmas day - Will there be Aerobus on Christmas day ? Thank you so much, mary
    • December 11, 2019 at 11:45 am
      Team Member
      Hi Mary, There are indeed full guided tour packages departing from Barcelona but unfortunately, the one I have done and thus promote, only runs on Mondays and Fridays and so the 24th isn't available. It's also very likely that many will not be running on Christmas Eve. I would suggest going to one of the big tour mediaries like Viator and searching through there. You may be able to find something. Going on your own is totally doable following my instructions in my Montserrat article but yes, being not from Barcelona, it's a bit of a challenge. Doable, but not exactly a walk in the park. Uber does not run in Barcelona. You can go for a company like Cabify but I use the Free Now taxi app which utilizes the yellow and black city taxi fleet. If you follow my instructions in my taxi article you'll get €5.00 off your first trip. From Hotel 1882 you'll need to walk to the metro station Verdaguer. From here you'll take the yellow line down to Urquinaona anf from here you can walk the 200 meters to Plaça Catalunya where you'll grab the bus. Aerobus runs 365 days a year. For more info on Christmas hours please consult my dedicated article here: Cheers, Ash
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