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3 Days in Barcelona: An Ideal Itinerary with Local Help

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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!

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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.

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).

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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 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!

471 comments
  • August 2, 2019 at 12:54 am
    Megan
    Hi Ash! Your site is awesome and full of info. Thank you so much!!! Based on what we've read here, my husband and I are staying in El Born. We have 2.5 days (31/8-2/9 arriving mid day Saturday) and want to see the following: Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Las Ranblas, Picasso Museum, and maybe Casa Vicens. How would you recommend we split it up? I wasn't sure if we should try and do Park Guell/Sagrada Familia together, or follow the guide above. We prefer timed pre-purchased tickets. We didn't want to go to the Picasso Museum on free Sunday due to crowds? Are Sundays ok for the Sagrada Familia? Whats the best way to get around? I appreciate any advice, and thank you!
    • August 2, 2019 at 10:25 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Megan, Thanks so much for the kind words! Glad to help :) In general I recommend following the itinerary above as it maximizes time at attractions and minimizes travel, though if you like it's certainly possible to swap Casa Vicens (day 1) and Park Guell (day 2) so you can finish with a sunset up in the hills! Your choice :) As for the Picasso Museum... I have been during free days and also during paid time slots and honestly didn't feel that big of a difference. There are still time slots that are allocated so the visits are staggered to avoid over crowding. I didn't feel it was all that chaotic, but then again I went in March for the free one. Maybe July might be a bit more packed. Sundays are fine for Sagrada... most time slots are all sold out in the summer anywhere so there will hardly be a difference between than and say a Tuesday. Best way to get around for me other than walking in the sunshine is the metro... it covers the entire city, is super convenient, and air conditioned :) Ash
  • July 30, 2019 at 12:28 am
    Sue Kolasinski
    4 seniors with two days in Barcelona. I like the first two days of your 3 day tour. Since most of the tickets require a time can you give me some advice for the times to schedule each stop that would make seeing the day 1 sights moderately easy? I REALLY appreciated finding this blog as it was so confusing trying the plan out these sites. The only site we were thinking about that is not on the tour plan is Palau Guell. Is there a good place to fit that in?
    • July 30, 2019 at 11:36 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Sue, Thanks for writing in :) For day one I'd try and do something like Sagrada at 9:30, Casa Batllo at 12:00, lunch at 1:30, then La Pedrera at 3:30 and Casa Vicens for around 5:00. If you wanted to fit in Palau Guell you should put it between Casa Batllo and lunch and then push back the other visits about 90 minutes. That's how I would do it :) Cheers, Ash
    • July 30, 2019 at 12:29 am
      Sue Kolasinski
      The days were have available are 9/15 and 9/16 2019.
  • July 16, 2019 at 7:06 pm
    Angele
    Hi :) I would like to take a day trip to Girona from Barcelona, to visit the medieval part and spend some time on the Bayonales lake to enjoy the view and take a boat ride. Is that possible pls? How can i make it happen? Thanks
    • July 17, 2019 at 11:19 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Angele, It is totally possible! Just make sure you get an early start. I outline how to get to Girona in my article on visiting Girona. As for the Bayonales lake portion... you can grab the bus at the Girona train station with the Teisa company and be there shortly. Cheers, Ash
      • August 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm
        angele
        Thank you so much for your help and guidance. we are staying in carrer d'arago', where would you suggest we have breakfast please? thanks again
        • August 8, 2019 at 8:29 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hello! Carrer d'Arago stretches on for kilometers and kilometers across the entire city centre... can you give me a number? :) Cheers, Ash
          • August 8, 2019 at 8:57 am
            Angele
            92 :)
            • August 8, 2019 at 9:25 am
              ashley
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              Ash
              Great! :) They won't be right around the corner, but within 20 minutes walking you've got some of my favourites: Dual Cafe, Federal Cafe, or Brunch and Cake. Please let me know how you get on! Ash
  • July 10, 2019 at 11:50 pm
    Pghtraveler
    My sister is hiking the Camino in late August into early October for her 60th birthday. She is going to meet up with our entire family and several friends (18 of us total) to celebrate in a beautiful villa on the beach in Sitges for a week. We will be splitting up during the day to do various things -- sightseeing, beaching, eating, water activities, etc. based on different people's interests. Pretty laid back as far as doing things together and what each person will want to do. My question with Barcelona -- I anticipate throughout the week that people will be traveling up to Barcelona for a day here and there to take in the sites. Are there passes you recommend that can be used on different days or do they all have to be used on consecutive days? Or are we better off just buying tickets to attractions and tours without the passes? I looked at your 3 day itinerary and can easily see adapting it to our interests. Would you suggest we take the train in from Sitges or try and drive (we will have several rental cars). Is it expensive and difficult to drive in the city? Finally, do you have any suggestions for sites and activities in Sitges or outside of that area? I know -- lot's of questions, just trying to figure out how the week will work without being in Barcelona city center (no large places for 18 people to stay!). Any advice would be helpful.
    • July 11, 2019 at 10:59 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hola, 2 out of the 3 main passes I speak about on the site are time dependent and must be used consecutively (ie. not broken up on day 1, day 3 etc)... so in this case the Barcelona Card and the Hola BCN would not be beneficial to you. My favourite pass to recommend however... the City Pass... can be used at your leisure and you can book the city's top two sites Sagrada + Park Guell for whatever day you like, plus have open tickets for the Bus Turistic and the Aerobus (the best airport transport). You also get a 20% discount code for pretty much every other attraction in the city, to be used when you wish. If all these attractions are on your list I would definitely consider getting one. That said, if you're not planning on doing all of that there's no shame in buying the tickets individually. I wouldn't recommend taking cars into Barcelona as to me, a Canadian, it's pure chaos... so many one way streets, tiny avenues, limited parking, and many no-go zones for cars. It also costs a lot to park... the train from Sitges to Barcelona takes very little time and would eliminate car associated stress, tolls, missed turns etc. Once you're in Barcelona virtually every attraction is served by multiple metro lines which are reliable, quick, cheap, and air conditioned! I would only recommend renting a car for going up the coast to the Costa Brava or some trip outside the city. Inside the city, no way. I might know 100 people in the city and maybe 2-3 of them have cars. As for Sitges I haven't spent all that much time there but I've got a post on how to visit Sitges which encompasses my experience and subsequent suggestions :) If there's anything more specific you were looking at as far as things to see please let me know and I can look into it for you. Cheers, Ash
  • July 9, 2019 at 10:22 pm
    Kim Hobson
    Hi - This site is amazing! We are headed to Barcelona on Friday the 12th of July. Staying in Eixample in a maybe ok AirBnb. We'd love a great place to eat on Friday night. Doesn't have to be traditional or authentic. Just delicious...and would be great if it would accommodate grilled chicken or pork or something plain-ish for my picky 13 year old! Thank you! Kim
    • July 10, 2019 at 12:10 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hola Kim, Thanks for the kind words, glad to help :) Whenever I think of picky eaters (especially if they're children) I always think about pintxos because they're little bite sized snacks (that people often have for dinner in bunches of 7-8) and the average restaurant usually has 20-30 varieties of sweet and savory ones, some of them are mini burgers, kebabs, sausage, chicken... every grilled meat you could imagine. I have more info on them here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/pintxos-barcelona/ I recommend La Tasqueta De Blai :) If you just want basic grilled meat for great value with very flavourful sides I would recommend La Malandrina in Barceloneta. If you're looking for something a little less casual (pintxos are kind of a sit at the bar, serve yourself vibe) I would also recommend El Louro since it's amazing high quality modern tapas with great service. It's literally one of a kind on La Rambla because pretty much the rest of the restaurants there are tourist traps. I was so impressed when the owner came by to ask how my meal was (and showed a type of friendly service extended to foreigners rarely seen in Spain) that we got to chatting and I even asked him to help me set up a no money down reservation system for my blog readers... here is a link if you're interested: https://visitarebarcellona.typeform.com/to/rgus9G I should let you know that they give me a small commission per diner but that this money helps me pay for rising server costs and the time (which is now pushing 3-4 hours a day responding to requests! amazing) I invest. Again though, no pressure... any of the restaurants in this comment will be good! Cheers, Ash
      • July 18, 2019 at 3:55 am
        Sharon Zavodnick
        Hi I have been on your website a good part of the morning. Excellent I have a couple of things I need help with Going in September. First time Staying at Hilton Barcelona in I think Les Cortes neighborhood First question. Best way to get from airport to hotel. Arriving 6 am Planning to buy some tours from your site but these timed entries are causing a lot of anxiety Hop on hop off bus from nearest stop to hotel starting at 10 am What time do I book for Casa Batlló Casa Mila Pace Güell Thanks so much for help
        • July 18, 2019 at 12:56 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hi Sharon, Thanks so much for your kind words :) For the Hilton in Les Corts I would say to grab the airport metro to Zona Universitaria and then from here you can walk 15 minutes or either grab a quick taxi. The closest Bus Turistic stop to you would be the The Francesc Macià – Diagonal stop which should be about a 10-15 minute walk. If you're getting on at 10 am I would book Casa Batllo for 12:00 just to be sure. Then La Pedrera for around 1:30 (it's really close to Batllo). If you want to squeeze in lunch and some down time I'd then go for Park Guell around 5:00 just so it's comfortable. Cheers, Ash
  • July 8, 2019 at 11:44 am
    Victoria Reed
    Hi I am bringing my daughter (16) to Barcelona for the first time for 3 days - staying near Placa D'Espanya - could you recommend an itinerary and places to eat nearby....
    • July 9, 2019 at 5:44 pm
      Jenna
      Hi Ash! Thank you so much for a wonderful resource!! I have pulled lots of ideas, ticket websites, and restaurant recs from you! My husband and I will be visiting the first week of October and I already have us hitting the “highlights,” but we have an extra Wednesday morning before our train leaves around 15:30. Ideas to fill this morning? We’re staying at La Casa Gran in L’Eixample if that gives an idea of where we are in the city. Thank you!! Jenna
      • July 10, 2019 at 11:46 am
        ashley
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        Ash
        Hi Jenna, And thank you for your very kind words! :) Glad to help. OK, so you're hitting the highlights which is great... but I'd ask exactly which ones? For me there are 10-12 of them but I'll assume you're seeing Sagrada, Park Guell, and the Gaudi Mansions. Your hotel isn't near anything particularly "can't miss" however you could walk up to Casa Vicens for a little visit, and then blend in some of the amazing Gracia neighbourhood. Grab a coffee and some tapas in Plaça del Sol at Sol Soler. If you're tired of all the Gaudi stuff though you could also dip down into the Raval area and check out one of my two favourite modern museums: the MACBA or the CCCB. Otherwise I can say... what types of activities do you enjoy doing at home? Perhaps I could direct you in that way. Please let me know! Ash
    • July 9, 2019 at 9:07 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Victoria, I've got an entire itinerary above so I'm not sure what you mean... do you mean one that is more friendly to 16 year olds? In this case I would simply lighten it up a bit as they tend to get bored with so many attractions. Pick 3-4 of the main ones and spread them out. Then try and add something more fun like the Chocolate Museum, the MACBA modern art museum, the Tibidabo Amusement Park, and squeezing in some more beach time. What does she enjoy doing at home? Maybe with this info I could give you some better advice. For places to eat nearby I always recommend Plata Bistro, l'Amfora, Tasqueta del Blai, and Lolita Taperia :) Ash
  • July 6, 2019 at 7:51 pm
    Nicole
    Hi! Three of us are staying at Hostal Nilo for three days. Do you have any recommendations for food and bars nearby? We’d love to try more local spots and less tourist attraction areas:) Thank you!
    • July 7, 2019 at 11:14 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Nicole, In the Gothic Quarter (and the entire city centre really) it'll be almost impossible to find something undiscovered by tourists but when I'm there the most authentic and most of all tasty places to me are Tasca El Corral, Sensi, Sports Bar (for Italian), and Bitacora :) Cheers, Ash
  • July 5, 2019 at 10:16 am
    Lauren
    Hi Ash, This is fantastic!! We are staying at the Hotel Condal Mar By Melia, do you have any recommendations for food / drinks nearby? Thanks L :)
    • July 6, 2019 at 11:13 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola Lauren, Thanks so much for the kind words, YOU are fantastic! ;) Unfortunately you're a bit far out and away from most of the main bars and restaurants I recommend here... and if I'm not wrong it's kind of a residential/warehouse area. Most of the places I know will be at least 30 minutes' walking. But I would suggest Xiringuito Escriba, Madre Lievito, and Bitacora Tapas. For drinks, honestly I'd rather you take the metro a few stops to Barceloneta and walk up into the Born. There are some amazing places there like Paradiso or Cal Brut. Cheers, Ash
  • July 4, 2019 at 5:13 am
    Talia
    Hi!!! We are staying in Eixample. If we were to follow your 3 days in Barcelona schedule, which transportation card should we get? We would also like to visit the Nova Mar beach. Thank you!
    • July 4, 2019 at 11:51 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hola! If you're going to be doing some fairly heavy sightseeing (as my itinerary suggests!) I would grab the 72 hour Hola BCN card since it'll take care of your airport transport as well. Keep in mind Eixample is a massive area so it's tough for me to say how to get to Nova Mar... but in general you'll want to get on the yellow line of the metro and head down to the Poble Nou station. From here it's a short walk. Cheers, Ash
  • June 29, 2019 at 6:33 am
    Liz
    I am staying at Hotel Condes - any recommendations for food close by?
    • June 29, 2019 at 10:10 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      You're in a fantastic place for restaurants! I'd check out Ciudad Condal, Bodega Joan, Out of China, El Nacional, or Viet Kitchen. Enjoy :) Ash
      • June 29, 2019 at 7:37 pm
        Elizabeth Larson
        Thanks so much! Is there any place in the city that is a to Die for restaurant(s) that we absolutely need to go to even if we have to take a bus or taxi to get there.
        • June 30, 2019 at 11:05 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Elizabeth, If you don't have any budgeting issues I'd suggest Tickets since it's a culinary experience not from this world! That said, if you do then some of the restaurants I always make sure I go to at least once a year are Arume, Louro, Tasqueta del Blai, Sports Bar, and Xiringiuto Escriba! :) Ash
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