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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
  • May 4, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    Clara
    Hello, what a great website! We (4 mums and 4 16 year old daughters) are staying at the Aspasios Rambla Catalunya Suites for 2 nights/3 days Sat-Mon in June. We have booked a bike tour for the Saturday afternoon 4pm, which will show us quite a few of the sights, and a restaurant for the Saturday night. We want to do some relatively relaxing sightseeing-maybe the Guell Park or Picasso Musee, maybe on Sunday when most shops are closed? We also want to shop-the girls like Brandy Melville and similar stores-I wasn't sure which area to head to? I like the look of the food market. We'd like to have cocktails/dinner with a view on Sunday night-I spotted the Barcelo Raval but wasn't sure? We'd like to have lunch (possibly paella) and a wander by the beach on either Sunday or Monday. I wasn't sure whether Poblenou or Barcelonata would be better? Many thanks for all your tips regarding our possible ideas.
    • May 4, 2019 at 2:03 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Clara, Thanks so much for the kind words :) Let's see... Park Guell and pretty much every museum is a great option on Sundays as most every shopping option will be closed so you may as well plan the most attractions for that day. I'm not familiar with Brandy Melville but the two shops are located on the streets I'd recommend: Passeig de Gracia and Portal del Angel... these are the places you'll find all these types of shops. I explain it more in depth in my article on shopping in Barcelona. Barcelo Raval is a great option for a view... you may also want to consider Restaurante Martinez. As for the lunch and wander I think Barceloneta will be far superior for your teens because it's more vibrant, better for people watching, and just gives you so many more eating options. Cheers, Ash
  • May 1, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    CM
    Your website is a gem - one of the best locally-written city sites I've ever seen! Brava. My family of 3 (2 adults, one energetic 8 year old boy) have three days in Barcelona at the end of the month. I'm trying to balance activities he'll like with some of the 'must see's' for my husband and me. Besides Sagrada Famiglia, which Gaudi attractions do you think are most kid-friendly and interesting for him? We are staying in Gracia - Carrer de Pere Serafí, 1 and also hope to do an activity at the chocolate museum and visit the science museum. Gracias!
    • May 2, 2019 at 11:06 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi CM, Thank you so much for the high praise, it makes my work here worthwhile :) As for Gaudi attractions and children I would have to say that the best one would be Park Guell... not only because it's a big open space that kids love to explore, bur because there is a lot of very interesting architecture and the famous mosaic lizard which is a huge hit with people of all ages. If I had to pick a second it would be Casa Batllo... the façade is other-worldly and so colourful and the augmented reality video guide is something I think kids would really love. Even seeing both of these and mixing in the chocolate and science over a few days, I don't think he'd get bored at all :) Ash
      • May 2, 2019 at 3:06 pm
        CM
        Thank you!
        • May 2, 2019 at 3:09 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          no problem :)
  • April 24, 2019 at 5:35 pm
    Kat
    Hello! We plan to visit Laberint d'Horta Park - where is the best place to squeeze this in the itinerary? Thank you! Best, Kat
    • April 25, 2019 at 9:08 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Kat, This park is definitely a bit out of the way, however it is in the vicinity to Park Guell so I'd try and squeeze it in before or after (depending on time/priorities)... you can reach it from the Mundet metro stop which is one the green line, 4 stops after Vallcarca which is one of the metro stops serving Park Guell. There's also the option to take the 26 bus... either way it involves a bit of walking. I've got the options here on Google Maps. Regards, Ash
  • April 23, 2019 at 9:50 pm
    Lisa
    Hi Ash, Your site is extremely helpful! My husband and I, along with our two sons who are in their 20s, will be arriving in Barcelona on May 19th for a 7 day cruise and then spending 3 days after the cruise in the city. We are staying at Aspasios Rambla Catalunya Suites in the Eixample neighborhood. I haven't booked anything yet and I'm wondering if it makes sense for us to purchase Barcelona City Passes or to book attractions individually since we would only take advantage of the airport transportation for 1 way? Does the Hop on Hop Off bus that's included make sense for us given our location?
    • April 24, 2019 at 11:47 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for the kind words :) First off let me say you're very central and it'll be super easy for you to use the Bus Turistic. Using only one of the airport transport tickets cuts down on the value though... so provided you're going to see Sagrada and Park Guell you'll have to ask yourself how many other attractions you're going to see with the 20% discount. If your answer is 'not many' then you're likely better off buying the tickets individually. If you're going to see 3, 4, or 5 things with the discount though I'd go for the passes. Even if you're breaking even the convenience factor is huge. Ash
  • April 21, 2019 at 2:13 am
    Julia
    We're (4 of us) arriving at 9:30am on 6/26 staying 3 night/4 days at Weflating Park Guell, 36 Garcia. then aborad a 7 day cruise. What's the best way to get to my apartment? Also, how do I get to cruise port? I'm planning to visit Sagrada Familia Park Guell Las Ramblas Mercat de la Boqueria Casa Batllo Casa Mila Recinte Modernista Sant Pau Montjuïc Castle Magic Fountain should I visit Park Guell on my first day? Is City Pass + T-10 good option? Thank you for your advice.
    • April 21, 2019 at 10:48 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Julia, To get to your apartment I'd take the Aerobus to Plaça Catalunya and then grab the green line of the metro up to Lesseps. From here it's just a quick walk. To get to the cruise port you'd take the same green line from Lesseps back down to Drassanes metro... then from here you'll take the Port Bus to your dock. As for Park Guell... it sounds like a great option for the first day since it's right near your apartment. If you want to take it easy after traveling it sounds perfect. Based on your plans it sounds like City Pass + T-10 is a good option... but only if you're interested in taking the Bus Turistic. If you're not there's no shame in buying the tickets individually as you still can skip lines. Ash
      • April 21, 2019 at 7:22 pm
        Julia
        Ash, Thank you so much for your advice. Since I'm staying near Park Guell, do you think I should get Hola BCN card for unlimted ride (72 hours each person) or T-10 is enough ? Do I pay Aerobus seperately? Here's what I'm thinking - do I need to reorder any place to visit? Day 1 - Park Güell, Gaudi Experience + something else? Day 2- Sagrada Familia, Recinte Modernista Sant Pau Day 3- Casa Batlló, Casa Mila, Las Ramblas,La Boqueria, Mirador de Colom (Columbus Monument) Day 4- I only have about half day becasue I have to get to port by 6:00pm Gothic Quarter,Parc de la Ciutadella,
        • April 22, 2019 at 9:30 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hi Julia, First off let me say that this itinerary is the perfect balance of low-stress but also seeing quite a few things... I like the way you've spaced them out and grouped the attractions which are close to each other on the same days. On the first day after Park Guell you may want to consider walking into the Gracia area because this is where you will find the real, local, chain-free Barcelona... just having a nice coffee and/or beer in its many picturesque squares is one of my favourite afternoon activities. I've got more info on this area in my Gracia article. For the transport if you're only going to be using 2-3 trips a day (as it seems) you should probably just stick with the T-10 since there's no quick expiry date, it's interpersonal and can be shared with family/friends, and you get 10 rides for €10.20 (bought at any metro station, including the airport). Ash
          • April 22, 2019 at 11:03 pm
            Julia
            Hi Ash- Your article is very helpful. Thank you so much! I also want to see Pedrera night show, do I skip Casa Mila during the day? I know my logding is not quite central, would I need to take metro a lot, or can I walk to everywhere? would it be worth it to spend more money on lodging to find some place to stay in Eixample instead? So easily available to walk to restaurants, cafes?
            • April 23, 2019 at 12:10 pm
              ashley
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              Ash
              Hi Julia, If you're doing one of the night tours of La Pedrera then there's no sense seeing it during the day as well... I would do one or the other, the night one obviously being the more spectacular of the two. If you're a big walker and like discovering places on foot then it's not a big deal to be where you are... the metro is also super convenient and so I don't see any big issues. Eixample is quite big and some places there can be just as far out as places around Park Guell. I wouldn't worry about it too much... in fact from where you are it's a nice walk down into Gracia for some of the best cafes and restaurants around. Ash
  • April 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm
    Brad
    Hello! Thank you for the great resource! I’m traveling to Barcelona in late July with my 14 year old daughter and we have 5 full days. She picked Barcelona based on things she learned in her Spanish classes. I have a couple questions: 1. I did get the City Pass. I’m confused if should I schedule SF and PG on different days or the same day. Any advice? 2. Do you have any specific advice for a 14 year old? She’s probably more about “experiences” over long afternoons at a museum if that makes sense. (Not that we can’t go to any museums). 3. Have you posted a 5 day itinerary somewhere? Or could you suggest one for us? We definitely want some beach time. Thanks again Ash!
    • April 19, 2019 at 10:18 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Brad, Thanks for writing in! :) Let's see... I always recommend Sagrada and Park Guell on the same day since they're (kind of) in the same area of town and they're fairly well connected. Just make sure to schedule about 90 minutes for each attraction and maybe 90 minutes in between so you can do it properly, without rush, and leaving room for transport mistakes and coffees/ice cream etc. I've got a post on visiting Barcelona with kids though it's more aimed at kids maybe between 4-12 than teenagers, but you may find some ideas there. She might also like going up to the Bunkers of Carmel or maybe even Montserrat because these are great experiences. You'll see above that I've basically got 4 days mapped out for you but if you want to add another day I would seriously consider a day trip like Montserrat or perhaps a beachside town like Sitges. If you've really got a lot of time you could also consider the Costa Brava... these are the best beach experiences and far superior to the city. Ash
  • April 15, 2019 at 3:50 am
    Susie
    What a great site! My husband and I will be in town from 4/18-4/24. What is the best bet to get reasonably priced tickets to the soccer game on Easter Sunday? They are super expensive right now. Also, we are thinking of taking a side trip for 2-3 days and would love some suggestions. Right now we are considering: Monserrat, Girona, Costa Brava ( Portbou- maybe). It seems everyone we ask has different ideas based on what they have done. We’d love to get out of the city and maybe do a little hiking and/or beach time. I know this is a lot- thank you for any advice! Susie
    • April 15, 2019 at 12:18 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Susie, So many people have asked me about tickets for the match and everybody has the same unfortunate story... too expensive! Unfortunately after looking and asking all over myself I've come to the conclusion that it's a big match late in the season and as such there's no trick - only that you'll probably be having to pay a premium :( I would ask at your hotel when you arrive or check back on the official Barça website daily to see if any are released... otherwise I'm not sure what to say. The resellers online are ridiculously expensive due to the market. For day trips I would ask you first which you truly want... mountain or beach? I'm more of a beach person and love the Costa Brava... of course, it won't QUITE be beach season but if you catch some sun it can be beautiful to see this part of the world before it gets spoiled by the influx of tourists. I particularily like Tossa de Mar and Cadaques... though even a place like Lloret de Mar offers great hotel value, a beautiful coast, and even has seaside hiking opportunities as it's a great spot to start walking the famous Caminos de Ronda hiking path. I would lean towards the beach if the forecast was right. Ash
  • April 15, 2019 at 1:43 am
    Erin
    Hi! My fiance are going to Barcelona for 3 days in July (thank you for all these recommendations)! We are staying at Alexandra Barcelona Hotel -- are there any restaurants nearby that hotel you recommend we try (particularly for dinner)? Or do you recommend we go to Barceloneta or Gracia for a couple nice dinners? We love all types of food and are not picky. We definitely love our seafood and tapas too. :) We have a majority of the things on your list planned already - tour of Sagrada Familia & Parc Guell, Casa Battlo, Las Ramblas, La Boqueria, will also try to make it to Gracia! Erin
    • April 15, 2019 at 12:08 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Erin, The good news is you're right in the middle of so many good restaurants I can hardly contain my excitement for you ;) I recommend going to all the neighbourhoods if time permits but around you there is El Nacional, Bodega Joan, and Ciudad Condal... what I really recommend for couples, especially those looking for Spanish food but a bit more refined and (dare I say?) Instagram-worthy is to try out a new restaurant on La Rambla called El Louro. I've got a form where you can book (recommended) your own table and the info as well as some great photos of the food is on a recent Facebook post of mine here. For seafood I'd recommend Somorrostro in Barceloneta or La Paradeta (multiple locations). Hope this helps! Ash
  • April 12, 2019 at 10:29 pm
    Julie Block
    Hi Ash, We will be arriving around 10:45am at the airport on June 27th and leaving for Sevilla on the morning of June 29th. That gives us a day and half. We are staying at Calle Arago 281 in the a Dreta de l'Eixample area of Barcelona. We will be coming straight from the airport to the apartment to drop off our personal things. I asked you earlier if the Barcelona city pass would be worth it and now with having a better idea of what we want to do and the exact address of where we are staying am asking for your thoughts again. I am usually super organized and know what I want to do and see, but am having trouble grouping the things together in a way that makes geographic sense. We are 6 active adults who love good local food, history and exploring what makes each place we visit special. I had previously asked you a few questions and it has helped me narrow down things a little bit. Things we definitely want to do: Familia Sagrada guided tour Parc Guell Casa Batllo Las Ramblas Market La Pedrera *** great coffee and authentic spanish food What is the best way to group these in the time that we have so we are not constantly backtracking? I was thinking of getting tickets for Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell on Ticket bar for Friday (our only full day) seeing Parc Guell at 9:00am but not sure how long to allow. Then purchase tickets for Sagrada Familia after. The only options for the guided tour are noon and 2:00pm. I would appreciate your thoughts and can we walk from Parc Guell to Sagrada? Is there somewhere to stop and eat along the way? A place for breakfast that opens early near our apartment? etc. Am I being too ambitious with all of the things I have listed or have I left off anything you would highly recommend? Lots of questions :) Thank you so much in advance.
    • April 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm
      Carrie
      Thank you so much for all the information! We are a family of 4 (kids are 14 and 10) and are arriving the evening of June 4 and leaving on a cruise on June 8, so we have 3 full days to explore! We are staying at Hotel Petit Palace Boqueria. There are so many eating options near our hotel that I'm having a hard time choosing! So, any suggestions would be great! My 14 year old is kind of picky, although he's getting better. As far as sites, Camp Nou is a must as my son is a HUGE fan. We also want to see: Sagrada Familia Park Guell Las Ramblas Mercat de la Boqueria Casa Batllo Park Guell Tibidabo Montjuic and possibly Gaudi Experience and Museu d’Historia de Barcelona (for the underground ruins) if there's time. Is this doable with also having some "down time" to relax a bit? And which discount card do you recommend? I've been going crazy researching the card options and trying to decide if we need the transport option... Help! Thank you!!
      • April 15, 2019 at 5:12 pm
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Hi Carrie, Thanks for writing in :) Let's see, first of let me say that you're SUPER central and so there will be a lot of walking and the transport won't be as urgent for you as others staying further out. I would rather you focus on the discount card for attractions than looking at the unlimited transport passes. My original feeling was to tell you to get the City Pass because it'll get you into Sagrada and Park Guell and then give you 20% discounts on tons of other stuff, including many of the things listed. But this is only if the Bus Turistic is something that interests you... if it doesn't you'll be throwing away €30 of value and it'll be hard to make up. The Barcelona Card also won't help you much as this is mostly for museum discounts and of course the unlimited transport. If you're not into the Bus Turistic keep in mind there's no shame in booking the attractions individually using the links here since they also will get you skip the line access. As for restaurants you're unfortunately in tourist trap hell... but luckily an amazing restaurant has opened up on La Rambla called El Louro. I went there myself for a sampling and it was so good and so central (usually what my readers want) that I asked them to set up a no money down reservation form for my readers. I have more info about it in this Facebook post. Other options nearby which I love are Sports Bar (crap name, amazing authentic Naples pizza), El Nacional, and Quinze Nits. Also, you're right near La Boqueria Market so it's a great place to get traditional savory Spanish breakfasts. As for the feasibility this is totally fine for 3 days... I would just schedule them so you're visiting stuff in the same area (Sagrada-Park Guell, Ramblas-Boqueria-Batllo, Camp Nou-Montjuic... try and get these done as early as possible so you can squeeze in Tibidabo on one of the days. Easy peasy in my opinion ;) Ash
    • April 13, 2019 at 1:51 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Julie, Given your attractions, the possibility of using the discounts at other places, your hotel's location near the Aerobus stop... I would say getting the City Pass would be a great and convenient option. But only if the Bus Turistic is something that interests you. If you don't want that then I'd just by the tickets individually. As for grouping the attractions you've got good instincts... I usually leave 90 minutes to do Park Guell properly and then at least an hour in between for coffee, direction hiccups etc... getting the tour at 2 am would be the best option so you're not rushed. You could walk it in about an hour or so... if you're big walkers there's no shame! Best of all it's downhill ;) For a place to eat near Sagrada I always recommend El Celler del Vermut since it's a really local place with all the classic tapas (and vermouth!) that somehow maintains a local vibe even though it's right around the corner from Sagrada. I used to live right up the street and went quite often. I would do these (Sagrada + park) on one day and then do another day with Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, and Boqueria Market... I'd start at La Pedrera and work my way down hill walking and it can all be done without transport. Super easy as they're all about 10-15 minutes' walk apart. A great and popular lunch spot near you is Brunch & Cake :) And no... you're not being too ambitious! This is super standard and not too heavy, totally doable in my opinion. Ash
  • April 4, 2019 at 6:15 am
    Xiomaris
    Hi, this is a great itinerary and very helpful! I'll be in arriving in Barcelona Sat, Apr 27th noon and leaving Tue, Apr 30th morning, so I have 2.5 days, is there an optimal way to re-arrange this itinerary to start with a half day first? Should I do "day 3" first? Thanks in advance for the advise!
    • April 4, 2019 at 9:09 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Xiomaris, Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad to help :) I would simply do day 1 as planned above but cut Park Guell and move it to the next morning. If you do it really early (like 730, maybe too ambitious? haha) you can even get the Monumental Zone for free. Even if you're there for 9 am you can head into the Gothic Quarter a bit later and still be 'on time' to get it all done. Added bonus is that Park Guell is best visited in the morning! My two cents :)
      • April 14, 2019 at 6:38 am
        Xiomaris
        Hi Ash, Thank you for the suggestion, I'm a bit worry that arriving at 1pm is late for doing DAY 1 even if taking out the Park Guell, I love your current itineraty and would like to do most of the stuff suggested on it - my top or must places to visit are: Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, Parc Guell, Casa Batllo, the beach and food - since arriving mid-day on Saturday, does this itinerary makes sense or which adjustment could be made: SATURDAY - DAY 1 – ARRIVAL 13:00 LUNCH SHOPPING OR CAMP NOU? MONTJUIC THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN DINNER DOMINGO - DAY 2 SAGRADA FAMILIA SNACK CASA BATLLÒ LUNCH (El Nacional (24 Passeig de Gràcia) LA PEDRERA (ALSO CALLED CASA MILÀ) PARK GUELL DINNER/DRINKS (ANY REST SUGGESTION NEAR TRYPP APOLO? AFTER DINNER MONDAY - DAY 3 BREAKFAST LAS RAMBLAS AND THE GOTHIC QUARTER LUNCH LA BARCELONETA DINNER - are there any attractions close during weekends? - which one is best Barcelona PASS or Barcelona CITY PASS? apologies for all the questions! thanks for any help and light you can give me!
        • April 14, 2019 at 9:35 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Xiomaris, You've done very well here... your Day 1 itinerary is completely doable if you arrive to the city at 1 pm. This is a good idea and leaving the major sites until day 2 will no doubt save you some chaos haha. Day 2 looks perfect to me as well... if you're looking for some great food near Tryp Apolo you can walk up to Calle Blai with it's amazing pintxo bars like Tasqueta del Blai or you can walk over to Lolita Taperia for some amazing updated tapas classics. All of the attractions you mention are open on weekends so I wouldn't worry about that. As far as passes go it looks like you'd really benefit from the Barcelona City Pass since you'll be able to take full advantage of the discounts... that said, this would ONLY be if you're interested in the Bus Turistic as well. If you're not there's no shame in buying single tickets as they will also allow you to skip lines. Ash
          • April 16, 2019 at 5:31 am
            Xioma
            Hi Ash, thank you so much again! I got the Barcelona City Pass, and have to move things around as the Sagrada Familia entry was all days pass 4pm I'm still fine tuning the itinerary and trying to get the final tickets, could you check and let me know any suggestions? Thanks again for all this great help! SATURDAY - DAY 1 – ARRIVAL 1PM 1PM TRYP APOLO LUNCH BUS TOURISTIC 2hrs 6PM SAGRADA FAMILIA (how long does this takes?) MONTJUIC (is adding this one here too ambitious, should i move to next day) 9PM show THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN DINNER DOMINGO - DAY 2 9AM PARK GUELL CASA BATLLÒ (which times is good to make sure i can make it in time?) LUNCH LA PEDRERA (same what time is good to plan for commuting?) TOUR GATHERING 5pm to 7pm MONTJUIC (is this one better here?) DINNER/DRINKS MONDAY - DAY 3 BREAKFAST LAS RAMBLAS THE GOTHIC QUARTER LUNCH LA BARCELONETA DINNER
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