Barcelona! One of Spain’s most iconic, most visited, and second largest city. A great city to experience Catalan culture, stunning architecture, and devour traditional delicacies. Barcelona is one of those cities with endless “things to do” and will require a lifetime to do it all. As a tourist/traveler, you just might not have a lifetime to spend in one city. With this 3-day itinerary, however, you should be able to experience the best of Barcelona in a few days. Without further ado, pack your bags, grab your passport, and let’s roam Barcelona😉
DAY ONE: GAUDI’s DAY
TIP: BUY YOUR TICKET(S) ONLINE BEFORE YOU GO(WEEKS IN ADVANCE IF POSSIBLE)!!!!(yes I’m screaming lol). There are only a few tickets available for sale at the ticket booth and are sold for a specific time slot. You could end up in extremely long lines waiting to purchase a ticket or worse not able to get in.
Morning: Stroll around Passeig de GráciaKick off your first day by taking a stroll around the beautiful street Passeig de Grácia; home to two of Gaudi’s most popular creations Casa Batlló, and Casa Milå. This street is well-known for its high-end shopping boutiques(“shop till ya drop”), business area, and considered one of Barcelona’s most expensive street. If you love architecture or a huge fan of Gaudi’s creations, you should book a ticket to tour the inside of Casa Batlló (€23.50) and/or Casa Mila (€22).
Early Afternoon: Sagrada Família
If you’re on a budget and can only choose one of Gaudi’s masterpiece to tour, Sagrada Familia should be your pick. The basilica is one of the most celestial buildings I ever graced my eyes on. It’s Barcelona’s most iconic attraction that draws millions of visitor across the globe each year, and for this reason, tickets sell out fast and aren’t cheap (starting price is around €15). Plan on staying for about 1.5 – 2.5 hours exploring.
Mid-Afternoon: Refuel your energyAfter spending half the day exploring and sightseeing, your energy level is bound to be low and yearning for water(I mean beer😋). The good news is, tapas (a variety of small dishes served as a snack with a drink) bars and kitchens are either starting to open or already opened between 1-4pm. Again, if you’re on a budget, tapas are the way to go. Prices typically start at €2-3 but expect to pay as high as €4-6 in more “touristy” areas. My favorite tapas bars are the ones that offer free tapas with a purchase of beer(€2-3) or vino(€3-4).
Late Afternoon: Park Güell
I cannot recommend visiting Park Güell enough. A famous public park composed of gardens, beautiful architectures and a scenic view of Barcelona city. The park itself is free(score!) during the hours it’s open but to visit the monumental zone(highly recommend) you need to purchase a ticket (€7 online).
Evening: Watch the Sunset and Night-Life
Watching the sunset is one of my favorite things to do. Aside from the pretty vibrant colors, its pretty damn relaxing to watch. There are a lot of places to experience the sunset in Barcelona. Some of my favorite(free entrance) spots are Bunkers del Carmel, Park Güell, and W Barcelona Hotel Terrace (Open to the public from 8 pm). You can bring a snack and drink to enjoy whilst watching. After that, go back to your hotel, hostel, Airbnb etc to relax/freshen up for the nightlife experience. If bar/club hopping isn’t your thing, you could go see a flamenco performance or simply call it a night.
DAY TWO: LANDMARK TOURS
TIP: WEAR VERY COMFORTABLE SHOES AND BRING A WATER BOTTLE AND SUNSCREEN.
Morning: Las Ramblas/La Boqueria
Kick off your day by heading down to the city most famous market La Boqueria. Treat yourself to some freshly squeezed juice, smoothie, snack, fish, meat, etc whatever it is you are craving, you will most likely find at the market. Then, head past Placa de Catalunya into the city most famous street Las Ramblas where La Boqueria market is located(it’s really close). Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona’s most visited/touristy spot. Stroll along the street for some sightseeing and get the feel of why it’s so famous.
Afternoon: Lunch/Camp Nou/Gothic Quarter After all that sight-seeing, you’re probably hungry. Food is such a big part of the Catalan culture and if there’s one thing you want to make sure you indulge in, it’s feasting in Barcelona. This can be done on any budget. Paella(pictured) is a very popular dish in Catalonia and can be found in most restaurants. If rice is not your thing, Catalonia has an array of traditional cuisine that is just(if not more) as mouth-watering.
TIP: If you’re on a budget, dine at less “touristy areas”. You could ask a local for a recommendation and they are always more than happy to suggest a place to dine(for the low-low).
After lunch, depending on how much more you want to explore and if you’re a Fütbol (Soccer) fan, stop by Camp Nou; the FC Barcelona fütbol team home stadium. Tickets are around €25.
Fun Facts: Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in the whole of Europe.
If you’re not a fütbol fan and up for more sight-seeing, the gothic quarter is an old beautiful town in Barcelona to wander about and probably get lost lol, which can be a good thing because you might just stumble upon some of the hidden gems in this oldest part of the city.
TIP: Bring a map or seek for almighty Google(map) for help!
Evening: Grab Dinner and a Drink (Café maybe!)
I wasn’t a coffee drinker until I arrived in Spain. This is probably because Spain has an outstanding quality coffee that even the least coffee enthusiast will love. Most bars and restaurant serve coffee any time of the day and they come in a variety. Café con leche (coffee with steamed milk) being one of the most popular(also my personal favorite).
DAY THREE: BEACH, CHOCOLATE MUSEUM, AND SOUVENIR SHOPPING
TIP: Bring your swimsuit, towel and do not forget your sunscreen.
Morning: Beach (Barceloneta)
You want to spend the last day of your trip relaxing. Barceloneta beach is a great spot for that. Bring a drink, some snacks, perhaps a book, and lay up on the beach to soak in all that adventures. You should also check out the surf shop for some water activities.
Afternoon: Museu de la Xocolata
What better way to end your trip than with chocolate? Museu de la Xocolata is a treat (pun intended) and tickets to the museum are as low as €6. You could skip the museum and head straight to the pastry shop and sample as many chocolates as your heart pleases and don’t forget to order a cup of hot chocolate; it is hands-down the richest I’ve had.
Evening: Souvenir Shopping
It’s time to start packing up your suitcase and getting ready for your flight home, before that, you need something that will remind you of your adventurous trip to Barcelona. There are many souvenir stores scattered around the city and many souvenir items you could pick up. Some of my favorite souvenirs are postcards, refrigerator magnets, mugs, and shot glasses.
I hope this itinerary was helpful in planning your trip to Barcelona! Comment down below on some of the things you like to collect during your travels:-)