Barcelona in 3 Days Travel Guide
Barcelona is a standout amongst the most dynamic and a la mode urban areas on the planet. The city sizzles with sustenance, design, style, music and great times lasting through the year.
The structures will stun you, the craftsmanship will make you jazzed all over and the sustenance will hold you returning for additional. To claim that you’ve “seen” Barcelona may not be conceivable. As consistent guests and occupants will let you know, this city offers something new on a step by step, and road by-road, premise. Yet, for those of you on a tight timetable, we’ve chosen to assemble our heads to endeavor the near on unthinkable undertaking of refining the best that Barcelona brings to the table into a 3-day agenda.
Take a brisk look at a guide of Barcelona and you’ll see how the city fans out towards the mountains from a core of caught roads. The region gives a perfect beginning stage to going to Barcelona, as it exhibits the starting points of the city, as well as overflowing with notorious sights.
A three-day visit is ideal for a short yet extraordinary prologue to the Barcelona way of life. This aide is loaded with the same guidance I provide for companions when they visit, and it will bail you to truly make most out of your time around the local area.
We are bringing you a very-well researched 72 hours travel itinerary through Barcelona with tips on what is a must to visit, buy and try in Barcelona and with all the costs, maps, tips and interesting information included.This guide has been created by local experts and travel bloggers who recently visited Barcelona and you can rely on our tips on where to stay, where and what to eat, what cultural heritage you shouldn’t miss, how to get around and much more!
For navigating easier in Barcelona, we have provided you with maps, which can be easily accessed via Google Maps in their online format. Barcelona is a city for everyone; students seeking for an adventure, couples on romantic travel or families with children.
Have fun in Barcelona and let’s start our guide!
General Tips on Barcelona:
- The least demanding approach to get around Barcelona is by metro and public transport. For 3 days we suggest the T10 multi-trip ticket – less expensive than purchasing individual tickets.
- Experienced in driving a bike? This is by a long shot the quickest approach to get around the city for sure drivers.
- In the event that it’s your first time in Barcelona, I prescribe a bicycle visit, offered by various organizations. On the off chance that you like cycling, you can likewise lease bicycles by the day.
- Downtown Barcelona is known for its pickpockets. Be cautious with your things.
- Appreciate a cane (little brew) with lunch – this is a typical nearby custom when eating with companions.
- Nearby individuals speak Catalan fundamentally, in spite of the fact that they likewise communicate in Spanish. Feel acquainted with local people with “Bon día” phrase since it is a pleasant friendly exchange.
- The metro keeps running until midnight consistently with the exception of Friday (until 2am) and Saturday (24 hours).
- Taxis in Barcelona are shoddy contrasted with those in other significant European urban areas. They’re anything but difficult to wave to in the road.
- A tip of around 11% is suggested in eateries. In the event that you simply have a beverage, leave the little change on the table.
- Take a container of water out with you – in summer it can get warm.
- Keep in mind your sun cream in summer! Carry it with you from home if conceivable, as sun cream is entirely costly in Barcelona.
Where to Stay in Barcelona
Our recommended hotel to stay is the Hotel: Royal Ramblas Barcelona
Hotel: Royal Ramblas Barcelona
Address: Les Rambles, 117, 08002 Barcelona
Website: Click Here to Book it
Price/night: 120 euros / person for double room
Tel: +34 933 01 94 00
Booking: Click to read reviews on Booking
Recommended: Yes. Comfortable rooms in the heart of the city
Photo: Booking.com has an 8.3 rating on our recommended hotel
Day 1 in Barcelona: Arrival, Gaudi’s Architecture and City Walk
Arrival at the Barcelona – El Prat airport- which is about a 20 minutes’ car drive to the city center, where our hotel is located
Take the luggage and pass the airport control
Since El Prat is a big airport, it will take you some time to pass through the passport control. It shouldn’t take you more than 25 minutes.
Get from the airport to the Hotel
The Hotel is located at about 15km south west of the El Prat airport and it will take you 15 minutes to get to the hotel, with a taxi. You can also take a mini bus, or use the public transport, which is the cheapest solution.
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Cost: The private car transfer costs 38€ and you’ll have to book it online. When you book it, the driver will be waiting for you at the airport, holding a sign with your name on it.
Hotel Check-in and Gaudi’s Monuments Sightseeing
After you check in to the hotel, your adventure in Barcelona begins! Since Royal Rambla is located in the center of the city, you can go to the nearest Gaudi’s monument on foot- first you will have to go south towards the Guell Palace, which is an 8 minutes’ leisure walk from your hotel. Then you head towards the north to enjoy the rest of Gaudi’s masterpieces: Casa Calvet, Casa Batlo and Casa Milla, in that order. All monuments can be seen from their outside and if you want to enter the buildings (Casas) you will have to pay the fee given below, except for the case of Casa Calvet, which is closed for visits. We suggest that you just choose and enter one of the buildings, not all of them. We like the Casa Batlo the most.
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Cost: Guell Palace: 12€, Casa Batlo: 22,5€, Casa Milla: 27€
Lunch at “La Paradeta” Restaurant
Address: Passatge Simó 18 08013 Barcelona
Tip: The reservations are not possible in this restaurant. Almost every restaurant in Barcelona works from 12:00-16:00 and reopens again on 20:00, so you don’t want to be late and continue your tour with an empty stomach. Try the sea food.
Cost: Between 11-20€ per person meal
Working hours: 1pm to 4pm; 8pm to 11.30pm
Visit the “Great Sagrada Familia”
Located only a 10 minutes’ walk from our restaurant, the Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited monuments in the world. You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to enter this famous cathedral. The queues are long and to buy the ticket you’ll have to wait but it worths it.
Cost: 15€ per person
Go to one of the Barcelona beaches- we recommend Barceloneta, since it’s near to the Sagrada Familia.
Tip: Relax yourself and enjoy a beautiful sunset at the Barceloneta beach. Take a shoot with your fellow traveler or a selfie- it will be a great memory.
How to Get There: You can either walk, which will take you about 35 minutes or take the bus- 51 line- just in front of the Sagrada Familia.
Dinner at “Taps” Restaurant
Address: Carrer de Mare de Deu del Remei, 53 08004 Barcelona
Cost: 10-15€ per person
How to Get There: Take the D20 bus line from Barceloneta bus station. Exit at Parallel-Floridablanca station and walk a bit towards the Taps. The ride is 30 minutes long.
Working hours: 5.30pm to 12am
Font Magica the Montjuic
Enjoy an amazing film, classic and modern music performance with accompanying light show.
The show is free of charge for everyone.
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Return to the Hotel
Recharge your batteries for the next day- you will need it because you will be on foot almost the whole day.
Day 1 in Barcelona: Get the Map
Below you can see the Map with the suggested activities for your first day in Barcelona. This map is accessible online in a Google Maps format, which will help you to navigate easily on foot, on bus, tram and car, when you are in the city.
You can get it here: Click to See the 1st Day in Barcelona Map in Google Maps Format
ZoomTip 1.1:Transportation and ATM
There are various ways to get from the airport to the hotel, in the center of Barcelona:
– Barcelona Airport Private Transfer: This is a private car that will take you to the wanted destination; there will be someone waiting for you at the time agreed with a sign with your name on it. It will take you about 15 minutes to get to the hotel. The booking can be conducted online and the cost is 38€ per car.
– Minibus – reserve a minibus transport service that will take you direct to your hotel at any time between 07.00 and 00.00. It will take you a bit more time to get to the hotel, because there are other passengers that also need to be transported to their hotels; also you might wait for the minibus to get full; the maximum waiting time for the minibus is 45 minutes and if the minibus is not full with people by that time, it just leaves. This way of transport will cost you 11.25 euros per person.
– Bus Transfer: the cheapest way to get to the Hotel is by using the TMB Barcelona buses. It will take you 2.15€ per ticket. The bus usually runs every 12 minutes on average, so you won’t have to wait too long if you decide to use this kind of transport.
Where can I find Currency Exchange and Cash Machines (ATMs)?
There are few Exchange Offices at the both arrival and departure area at the airport in Terminal 1 and 2. Spain’s currency is euro, so for the visitors from (most of the) European Union, this will not be necessary. But if you are outside the European Union, the best way is to exchange small amount of money until you check in and find an Exchange Office with a favorable exchange rate.
ZoomTip 1.2: Getting Around in Barcelona
The best way to get around in Barcelona is by using the public transport, preferably the metro. You can purchase Barcelona card and you will have free public transport for 3 days. Also, you will have a free entrance in some of the museums and also a discount in other sights.
You can book your ticket online and exchange it at the Barcelona Airport, there is one office in every terminal.
List of the discount booklet: link
See Barcelona Metro Map
ZoomTip 1.3: Information on the Monuments of Barcelona
Entrance: 27€ (21.6€ with the Barcelona card)
Working hours: Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Weekend: 10am-2pm
Probably the most famous Gaudi’s civil masterpiece of architecture, it is also called by the locals “La Pedrera”, which means ‘stone pit’, because of its white-stoned façade. This modernist building, is one of the last works by Antoni Gaudi and it was built in 1912 for the Mila family. It is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in addition to other Gaudi’s buildings in Barcelona. Inside the building you can see everything except for the private apartments. The façade of the building reminds us of the sea waves, with balustrades reminding us of sea algaes.
One of the early architectural works of Gaudi, when he still hadn’t created his recognizable style. Maybe it’s the most ordinary out of three buildings in the quarter Eshample. This building has an interesting façade decoration (balustrades, chimneys). This building is not opened for tour guides but you can find inside it a working restaurant in the ground floor, with the same name as the building. It is interesting to see how Gaudi’s style developed through the years.
Working hours: Tue-Sun 10am- 8pm (winter working hours* 10am- 5.30pm)
Guell was very important in Gaudi’s life, because he was Gaudi’s maecena and he funded most of his works. Therefore, Gaudi was in charge of creating Guell’s private residence. More than often, you will have the chance to enjoy the different concerts, poetry reading and performances that take place in Guell’s Palace.
Entrance: 22.5€ (19.5€ with the Barcelona card)
Working hours: Mon-Sun 9am- 9pm
This beautiful innovator building is one of Barcelona’s most unmistakable locales. My most loved time to go by Casa Batllo is around evening time, just before 10 pm, when its exterior is enlightened and its hues are considerably more amazing than amid the day – attempt both and see which you favor!
Tips while you are here;
on the off chance that you need to go inside, purchase tickets online ahead of time. There is dependably a major line outside in the event that you don’t.
Look at the pioneer structures on the left – Casa Amatller and Casa Lleó Morera are additionally exceptionally noteworthy, and they’re less expensive to enter and have a tendency to be less swarmed.
This is the most colorful and vivid building of Gaudi and it is called by the locals “Casa dels ossos” which means House of Bones, due to its bone-liked pillars on which the whole structure is being held. The roof is made of colorful ceramics pieces and is representing the back of the dragon. If you take a tour of the building and decide to pay for the entrance fee, you will be able to go up to the Roof Terrace and see it. The façade is also covered with colorful ceramic pieces which represent a calm sea. This masterpiece is in the style of catalan modernism; and it’s actually more than a building, it is an artistic legend.
Entrance: 15€ (or 14€ with the Barcelona card)
Working hours: 9am- 8pm; see complete list here
The most phenomenal church we have ever seen, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a symbol of Barcelona. No visit is finished without seeing this amazing, still-in-development structure, a Gaudi artful culmination.
Tips while you are here;
- Purchase tickets online to avoid the seriously enormous line, which can now and again be up to 2 to 3 hours in length.
- When you’re purchasing your passageway ticket, spring for a ticket to the tower as well – the perspectives over Barcelona are stunning.
- The sound aide is high caliber, and we would recommend it. It clarifies the whole history of La Sagrada Familia in a simple way.
- There are less individuals in the morning, between 8.30-9.30 am, giving you more space to investigate.
Although it is not finished yet (it is expected to be finished in 2026) – because of the exceptional wish of Gaudi to be built only with donations – this masterpiece is not only the most visited monument in Barcelona and Spain but it is one of the most visited cathedrals in the whole world.
By purchasing a ticket you are donating money for the cathedral’s construction. However, the queues are long and it might take up to an hour to buy your ticket. You can’t say you’ve been to Barcelona if you haven’t visited La Sagrada Familia. It is probably impossible to find a church building similar to it in the entire history; with its unique symbolism and interesting style, Sagrada Familia is a must-visit place in Barcelona.
Magic fountain of Montjuic
Musical displays from Thu-Sat at 21, 21.30, 22, 22.30, 23 (summer performances); see the complete list of the performances here
Designed on 1929 for the Barcelona International Exposition, Montjuic fountains have quickly become one of the main attractions in Barcelona, attracting almost 2.5 million of visitors per year. The show is free of charge to watch. Definitely a must see place where you can relax and enjoy some amazing film, classic and modern music performance with the accompanying light show.
Working hours: 8am- 9.30pm (in high season); see the complete list here
Another Gaudi’s project built for his Maecenas Eusebio Guell, with interesting religious and mythological symbolism, which is covering an area of 15 hectares. The world’s largest bank is operating inside, winding in the shape of a snake, colored with colorful ceramic pieces; another great thing to see is The Salamander (featured in the picture), among the other sculptures in the park.
Gaudi House Museum
Entrance: 5€ (4€ with the Barcelona card)
Opening hours: 10am- 8pm (summer working hours); 10am- 8pm (winter)
It is located in the Guell Park but you will have to purchase a separate ticket in order to see where Gaudi lived for the last years of his life. It holds a collection of the furniture and objects which have been designed by Gaudi.
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Palau Saint Jordi and Olympic Park
Working hours: 8am to 8pm (summer), 10am to 6 pm (winter)
The Stadium has been originally built in 1927 and was renovated in 1989 for the Summer Olympics of 1992 which were held in Barcelona. The Palau Sant Jordi is an indoor sports arena, which hosted many indoor competitions during the 1992 Olympics.
Working hours: 9am to 9pm (summer), 9am to 7pm (winter)
On the top of the hill of Montjuic, you will find this great fortress – built in the 17th century – standing for almost 4 centuries. Through its history, this castle has been a reason for Spaniards and Catalans to fight against each other; and it’s a standing symbol of the Catalans independence movement. During its long history it has been used as a prison, e.g. during the Spanish Civil War. However, today it’s a tourist attraction from where the great view at the sea is flaring.
Entrance: 12€ (free of charge with the Barcelona card)
Working hours: see complete list here
A surrealist painter and sculptor, Joan Miro, has gained world acclaim among the artists for his long life. Foundation Joan Miro is a modern art museum dedicated to this artist, established in 1975, 8 years before he died. The collection is including some of his most famous works, aside with other world famous artist- René Magritte, Rothko and Alexander Calder.
If you have purchased the Barcelona card, the ticket is free of charge.
Catedral de Barcelona
Entrance: free of charge
Working hours: see the complete list here
Barcelona Cathedral is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, dating since the 13th century, 90m high cathedral with its interesting roof decorated with gargoyles and other mythical animals. The cathedral is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, co-patron saint of Barcelona, a young virgin who, according to Catholic tradition, suffered martyrdom during Roman times in the city.
Entrance: 23€ (21.85€ with the Barcelona card)
Working hours: 9.30am to 7.30 pm (summer); 10am to 6.30pm (winter); note that the museum is not working on the days of FC Barcelona matches
Camp Nou is FC Barcelona’s home playground and it is currently the 3rd largest football stadium in the world and the largest in Europe. Visit the Trophy Museum, a room just dedicated to Leo Messi and his personal awards, the dressing rooms, the players’ tunnel, the playfield, and enjoy the great audiovisual projections on some of the best moments in FC Barcelona history. Believe it or not, the Camp Nou Museum is the most visited museum in Catalonia.
This is the end of the 1st day of the Guidora’s Travel Guide to Barcelona. We have built an excellent 3 days Travel Guide to Barcelona, which you can get here: