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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
  • June 27, 2019 at 10:10 pm
    Lauren
    Hello I am an 18 year old female solo traveller headed to Barcelona this July/aug for 5 days! I am staying at a hostel that is about a 5-10 min walk from Plaza Catalunya. I was just hoping for some recommendations on must go to restaurants in that area and the best in Barcelona!I am for sure planning on going to Sagrada Famailia, park Güell, La Boqueria, and Las Ramblas. I am wondering if it would be best to buy separate tickets for Sagrada and park güell then buy a metro ticket for the 5 days or would it be best to buy the city pass and just pay for metro tickets when I’m there? Also would a trip to Costa Brava be worth it or is there way to much to see and do in Barcelona? Since I am going alone I don’t want a totally fixed itinerary since I am hoping to meet some cool people and hopefully experience the city with them. Thankyou so so much!! This travel blog is fantastic and I seriously don’t know what I’d do without it!!
    • June 28, 2019 at 11:29 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Lauren, Thanks for writing in and your very kind words :) Near Plaça Catalunya you've got some amazing choices for food like Ciudad Condal, El Nacional, Bodega Joan, Louro, and many more! All of these will serve you top notch local fare :) As for the City Pass... keep in mind that if you're not utilizing the Bus Turistic and the Aerobus tickets (I simply don't know, maybe it was your intention?) it will be very hard to make up the value even buying with the 20% discounts. If you're not going to there's no shame buying the tickets individually and then getting a T-10 card to get around. If you're in Barcelona for 5 days you could take a day trip up the coast to an amazing place like Tossa del Mar. Do keep in mind however that it'll be a bit of a rush... I would prefer suggesting somebody do 2-3 days up the coast for the full experience and relaxing that is warranted. If you don't think you'll be back in the area any time soon I would say go for it... if you see yourself coming back, I'd plan for a full Costa Brava experience! Ash
      • July 3, 2019 at 10:07 pm
        Lauren
        Thankyou so much for the advice! I am thinking of buying attraction tickets separately then buying a t-10 card, do you think I could make the t-10 card work for the 5 days I'm there? also is it best to do the park güell and Sagrada Famillia in one day ?
        • July 4, 2019 at 11:49 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          Yes no problem at all :) Let's see... I would imagine you'd need more than one T-10 card but it's certainly reasonable to expect that you could do the entire 5 days using 2-3 if you're staying central. Simply buy another when you've used it up, it's very easy. I usually recommend doing them in the same day as they're kind of in the same part of the city... though it's best to do the park first, earlier in the morning, to avoid the heat and crowds and have better photography. Ash
  • June 22, 2019 at 3:59 pm
    Rachel
    We are so grateful for every detail you are churning out of this site (FB and Insta too). We are a family of 5 (kids 11, 9, 7) from Australia in Barcelona in early October. We have made notes of every place to eat and visit from your suggestions. Thanks!! I've done some calculations on the Barcelona City Pass and I'm just not sure it's worth it for us but can you tell me if I'm wrong? Our current expected itinerary is Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Battlo (and probably) Mila, Miro or Picasso Museum, Funicular to Montjuic (maybe not the fountain show) as well as the quintessential stuff in Gothic Qu and Las Ramblas, etc. We'd like to do a day to Montserrat as well. We arrive and leave by train so no airport transfer necessary. We are keen to skip the queue everywhere as time is of the essence and want to see as much as possible. Do you think we'd save any money by buying the BCPass? Thanks in advance, Rachel
    • June 23, 2019 at 10:11 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Rachel, Thanks so much for your kind words on the blog :) Your itinerary looks like you'll take advantage of tons of savings and normally I would suggest to purchase it... but one question... do you plan to use the Bus Turistic tickets? If you're not going to use these then it will be hard to make up the value, especially if you're not getting the Aerobus. If you are indeed interested, and you should be since the Bus Turistic is loved by kids especially... then I would say for sure go for the passes, provided you'll be buying tickets to everything you've mentioned. If not... do keep in mind that you can still get skip the line access by buying the tickets individually. Cheers, Ash
  • June 21, 2019 at 8:47 am
    Donna
    I’m currently staying and Barceló Raval, please give me a good local place to eat . Also a cheaper place to drink would be good, the bar here is very expensive.
    • June 21, 2019 at 11:58 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Donna, Near your hotel I would walk up to Carrer Joaquin Costa which has a ton of reasonably priced bars... I like Betty Fords or 33/45 Bar & Gallery. As for restaurants the best around there in my opinion is Arume. You may also want to try Bar Cañete or Lolita Taperia :) Ash
      • June 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm
        Donna
        Thank you very much for your quick response! We are visiting the familia Sagrada later this afternoon but will try your suggestions tomorrow x
  • June 18, 2019 at 2:06 pm
    Coleen Zoller
    I'm staying at Petit Palace Boqueria Garden. I would love your suggestions for food nearby or anything else you would recommend to see/do in that area. Thank you for your terrific website!
    • June 18, 2019 at 4:54 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Coleen, Thanks so much for the kind words! Nearby you'll have a great selection of places (within 20 minutes) but careful about the tourist traps on the La Rambla and in and around the Gothic Quarter. I would take a look at La Fonda for a value lunch, Ciudad Condal and Cerveceria Catalana for some great Spanish food, and El Nacional for a special, higher class treat. I would also really recommend El Louro since it's amazing high quality modern tapas with great service. 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 because you can't go wrong with any of these choices :) For sightseeing there's La Boqueria Market, the Barcelona Cathedral, Palau Guell, and a few amazing museums like the CCCB right near you. This should keep you busy :) Ash
  • June 17, 2019 at 6:23 am
    Bec Edwards
    Hi Ash, Thank you so much for your tips! We are staying in Barcelona for 3 nights so your guide has come in very handy! I am travelling with a small group of girls and boys (aged 24) We are staying at The Apartment Rambla 102. Can you recommend the best restaurants and bars near here? Thanks, Bec
  • June 13, 2019 at 10:53 pm
    Cait
    Hi there! We arrive in BCN in one week. Inspired by your above "Day 1" plan (thank you!), we plan to visit Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, Casa Mila and Park Guell next Saturday. If we purchase the City Pass, do we also need to book the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell online (to have our preferred times)? Also, does the City Pass give you guided tours of the SF/PG, or just free roaming access? Thank you. Cait
    • June 14, 2019 at 11:58 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Cait, Yes, once you've booked the City Pass you'll be emailed by Ticketbar asking for a time slot to book for both Sagrada and Park Guell (this is mandatory now on all channels)... there also is a City Pass guided tour option for Sagrada using this link here: https://visitenglish.barna.ticketbar.eu/en/discount-cards/barcelona-city-pass-with-audioguide-/ You can pick from two time slots for the guided tour. Cheers :) Ash
  • June 13, 2019 at 6:23 am
    Lynn
    Hello! Your guides are super super helpful, thank you so much for posting them! The following is our itinerary (arranged chronologically) for our 3day trip, can you please help us sort out a few things? I left my questions in caps below. Wednesday: Casa Batillo, Sagrada Familia [Q: THEY ONLY ALLOW BOOKINGS AFTER 6PM, SHOULD WE TRY TO GO EARLIER OR THE EVENING VISIT IS JUST AS GOOD?], Park Guell (Monumental) [Q: SUGGESTION FOR TIMES TO VISIT?], Aire de Barcelona [Q: DO YOU KNOW OF ANY CHEAPER SPA/MESSAGE EXPERIENCE?], rooftop bar: la isabela at the hotel 1998 or sky bar at hotel central, Razzmatazz, Sala Apolo Thursday, La Pedera [Q: IS THIS WORTH VISITING OR SHOULD WE FOCUS ON LAS RAMBLAS/GOTHIC QUARTER?], Las Ramblas (really long road), la boqueria market, Gothic Quarter -Barcelona Cathedral [Q: IS THIS INCLUDED THE BARCELONA CITY PASS DISCOUNT?], Museu d’Història de la Ciutat [Q: IS THIS WORTH VISITING AND IS THERE A DISCOUNT?], marta amb tu cuinem paella cooking class, Pedrera night tour [Q: IS THIS INCLUDED IN THE DISCOUNT FOR THE BARCELONA CITY PASS?] Friday, green line along the beach [Q: DO YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR BEACHES & ACTIVITIES ALONG THIS LINE?], aerobus to airport at 5pm Thank you in advance! :)
    • June 13, 2019 at 12:36 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Lynn, Thanks so much for the nice words, I am happy to help :) First of all... I am assuming you're visiting this summer? A lot of my advice will be based on this belief. 1) When you say they only allow bookings after 6 pm are you referring to Sagrada or Casa Batllo? It very well may be the case that in high season these are simply the only tickets left (many time slots are sold out). In summer I would simply say that visiting at any time is spectacular, there is hardly an ideal time to go because it's always busy, and that you should try and book whatever is convenient for you :) 2) I'd visit Park Guell either very early in the morning (like 9 am) or later on in the evening when the weather cools down, like 7 pm. 3) Unfortunately I am not familiar with many massage/spa places but I will ask around! 4) La Pedrera is definitely worth visiting... I say that if you really enjoy Casa Batllo, then maybe book La Pedrera on short notice. If you don't I'd go ahead with Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. 5) The Barcelona Cathedral is free during some parts of the day so I'd suggest visiting at these times. I have the info in my cathedral article. 6) The Barcelona History Museum is not included in the City Pass. 7) The Casa Mila Night Tour is included in the pass. Keep in mind this is the same thing as La Pedrera (it has two names) so don't be booking it twice! 8) I like Bogatell beach because it's close to a lot of bars, restaurants, the casino etc. I would wander around here and eventually wind back to the Barceloneta neighbourhood for a vermut at a bar like Bar Leo - this is what locals do! Will be about 40 minutes walking in total, but it's nice with the fresh sea air and promenade. Hope this clears it up :) Ash
  • June 7, 2019 at 5:39 am
    Margaret
    Hi Ash, Thank you for such an informative and helpful website. We are visiting mid August and staying in Eixample. We are a couple in our early 60's, moderately active but we cannot walk/sightsee continuously from morning until night. We arrive by train from Madrid on a Sunday at around 3 p.m. for 4 nights, leaving on the Thursday morning. We are thinking to book the Sagrada Familia for around 6.45 that evening (travelling by train is not exactly taxing). We are thinking Casa Batllo for Tuesday evening and La Pedrera for Wednesday evening. Our other must see places are Park Guell, Barceloneta and La Boqueria. We would also like to stroll around Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. We would have liked a visit to Montserrat but think this may be a bit ambitious. Could you please give us an idea of itinerary as we are concerned we are taking on too much. Many thanks for your help.
    • June 7, 2019 at 4:35 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Margaret, Thanks for the kind words and your in depth explanation of your needs, always helpful :) My first instinct was to tell you that you've done a good job spacing out the attractions... you could easily put La Pedrera and Casa Batllo on the same day since they're so close to each other... but if you're looking at taking it easy and not overextending this is fine. I would start out as early as possible at Park Guell perhaps on the Tuesday... the lighting is better and crowds smaller. Then you can take it easy and get back to the city for Casa Batllo. You could then on Wednesday go do all the Gothic Quarter stuff with Las Ramblas and La Boqueria and then fit in La Pedera on the evening. Seems like a really low stress itinerary that fits in the top sights without going to crazy... this is how I would do it! Please let me know if you have any more questions :) Ash
      • June 8, 2019 at 7:15 am
        Margaret
        Hi Ash, Thank you for considering our needs and advising accordingly. We will include La Pedrera before Casa Battlo on the same afternoon, we were working on the assumption that we could be at La Pedrera for the evening jazz concert but on looking into this properly (hmmm should have read your info better!!) we will be at Sagrada La Familia on the Sunday evening. We are therefore hoping we can go to the Casa Battlo concert instead (we will keep checking your website for upcoming dates, hopefully not too long). Would 2 hours between entry times to these 2 places be adequate? We will also go to La Boqueria first thing Monday so we can stock up on some food items as we are in a self-catering apartment and we love fresh food. Sorry to be so long winded. Thank you so much once again.
  • June 6, 2019 at 8:06 pm
    Charles
    Hi. Great site! We (2 couples mid thirties) arrive in Barcelona by train at 20:00 on a Tuesday night from Madrid. We then have the whole of Wednesday and Thursday available. On the Friday we collect our rental car at 12:00 noon and head to Paretallada. Staying In St Pau Please advise?
    • June 7, 2019 at 10:04 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Charles, Apologies... this blog is full of advice but I'm not sure exactly what advice you wanted? Did you have a specific question? This is an itinerary article and so I would simply say to follow the first two days of it and then cut and paste the things from day 3 or 4 depending on my tastes. At any rate though please let me know what you were wanting! Ash
  • May 31, 2019 at 4:06 am
    Anxhelina
    Hello Ash, Thank you for such a great website with wonderful information! I am trying to plan a 3 day trip in Barcelona, but not sure where to start as we arrive on Thursday around 2 and leave Sunday at 1PM. I was able to get ticket for the Park Guell in the morning and Familia Sagrada around 6PM. Saturday will be Gothic, Rambla, Barceloneta. What do you suggest we can do Thursday evening. Is Montjuic doable? We are staying near Mila house. Thank you so much for all your help!
    • June 1, 2019 at 11:53 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Anxhelina, Thanks a bunch for the nice words about the site :) From Mila House it will be fairly easy to get to Montjuic and after checking into the hotel and eating etc there's plenty of time... if you have your heart set on seeing this it would be the perfect time to do so. You could even throw in a flamenco show at Poble Espanyol as it's one of the best night time activities :) In all though this itinerary looks fine! Ash
      • June 1, 2019 at 4:11 pm
        Anxhelina
        Thank you! This is good to know, thought Mountjuic might need a more than just a couple of hours. Really appreciate your suggestions!
        • June 2, 2019 at 12:49 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem! Honestly you can do a pretty thorough job of visiting in about 2-3 hours depending on if you enter the castle or Poble Espanyol... it's all kind of close together so I wouldn't worry :)
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