Barcelona what to visit in three days

If you do not have much free time but you want to go to Barcelona and you are wondering: in just three days in Barcelona what I could see, then this article is what you are looking for.

Scroll to the bottom if you want to see the MINI GUIDE that we have created for you, very useful to take on the road if it is your first time in this city of the thousand shapes and colors.

Three days in Barcelona are enough to visit the main attractions and enjoy the holiday with some romantic gems, we reveal you here how and what to see in detail.

Tre giorni a Barcellona cosa vedere?

If you are wondering who we are to tell you were to go, you are right, we are a simple couple of photography, architecture and good food lovers but above all we love to travel and discover small gems not to be missed. This is not why you should actually listen to us, but for the fact that what we suggest has been recommended by those who know the city really well: the locals!

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Then proceed with order.

Cumulative ticket transport yes or no?

As soon as you leave the Barcelona airport you will doubt whether to take the 12,24 or 36 hour metro pass.

Consider that a trip from the airport to the city center by metro costs 4.50 €, so if you plan to use it 2 times a day (in addition to the outward and return journey to the airport), you have already equalized the price of the hourly ticket. Precisely for this reason we bought it. Take care that it is worthwhile especially if the places you want to reach are well connected by the metro and if your hotel is slightly outside the central districts.

If your goal is to enjoy the city as much as possible and you are willing to walk, then you should visit it by foot. Nothing pays more than to wander through the streets, watching the buildings, the people and enjoying the atmosphere of the individual neighborhoods. In this case the choice of accommodation will be fundamental. The district of Eixample and Gracia are the right compromise between the central area and the moderate price. We have chosen the Casa Gracia hostel, also equipped with single rooms. The common areas are cool and well furnished and the rooms are small but functional.

What you can’t loose

For architecture lovers the unmissable Barcelona is absolutely:

  • La Sagrada Familia. It does not need descriptions as soon as you enter it you will be amazed, assured. Our advice is: if you do not want to spend more buying the ticket online, go around 3 pm, it’s the time when you will find less queue and after about twenty minutes you will already be inside.

Le attrazioni da non perdere a Barcellona

  • Casa Battló: it deserves a visit for sure and the guides are very well done, making you also virtually explore the various rooms of the house. Our advice to avoid the queue, always very long, and to be able to enjoy all the rooms in peace, without having to jostle among the people is to book the visit directly on the official website:

Be the first is the ticket we recommend, being among the first twenty to enter is a truly priceless experience and you can make the most of the day starting your visit at 8.30 and then dedicate to other attractions.

Casa Batlló

  • Parc Güell: the park is formed by a free area and one accessible only wit the ticket. We advise you to go directly to the ticket one in the morning, checking the timetable and the turnout in real time on the website: as so you can predict the queue. Once you enter the area you can stay inside as much as you want but be careful: when you leave it you can not go back!

Parc Guell

  • Padiglione Tedesco of the 29th expo of Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, rebuilt in ’68. It is slightly hidden but as soon as you see it you will be able to admire its lines and reflections for a while, looking for the best angle from which to observe it.

Padiglione tedesco

Panoramic areas and places not to be missed

If you also adore walking around the city and savour the atmosphere, our advice is not to loose:

  • Jardins de Rubio i LLuch: for photography enthusiasts above all, it is a magical place. We advise you to go there in the period of oranges when the trees around the garden are dotted with orange.

Jardins de Rubio i lluch da non perdere

  • Bunkers del Carmel: one of the most scenic places in Barcelona. From here you can admire the beautiful sunset observing the city at your feet. You should bring something hot to drink if you go there in winter so you can resist the cool wind and watch the city when all the lights come on.

Bunkers del Carmel vista mozzafiato

  • Barrio del Born: a neighborhood with fascinating shops, special places, a thousand colors and a magical atmosphere.


  • Arc de Triomf: walking along the district of the Born you can walk until you reach the triumphal arch with its avenue full of palms and colors.
  • La Rambla: you can not miss a walk along La Rambla and then come out into the side alleys. You will find a beautiful covered market where you can taste the tasty jamon serrano, called the Boqueria and a square of the bohemian atmosphere: Placa Reial where you can enjoy a good coffee.


Restaurants that we absolutely recommend

As you will have discovered, we are not only avid travelers but also very good gregs and here are the places that we recommend for your meals.

  • Guell Tapas Restaurant: a small restaurant but do not be fooled by the appearance. The paella is really tasty and plentiful and we advise you to taste the sangria, according to us one of the best in the city, full of colorful fruits.

Guell tapas restaurant

  • 9 Granados: a tapas bar with a wide selection of wines and particular tapas suggestions: one that is better than the other, not to be missed!

Must dei Locals

  • A vocados: a design restaurant with dishes based on Avocado and pizzas. The dishes are very tasty, the portions small and the staff not always attentive but anyway nice. Overall a good experience.

A vocados ristorante Barcellona

For suggestions of a good beer you can’t miss this article:

Bier cab migliore birreria Barcellona

The itinerary for your first time in Barcelona

To make the most of your time, retrace your itinerary during your three days in Barcelona, your first time will be unforgettable.

On the first day, walk around the Gracia district, then head to the Sagrada Familia and finally fall in love with the colors of the city by stopping at sunset at the Bunkers del Carmel.

l'itinerario per la vostra prima volta a barcellona

On the second day you can go in the morning to visit Casa Battlo, then continue towards the Rambla, walk around and immerse yourself in the Boqueria market. Then go towards Placa Reial and from there continue exploring the Barri Gotic up to the cathedral. Afterwards you can continue your itinerary in the nearby Barrio del Born until the triumphal arch with a visit to the Picasso Museum.

Itinerario da scoprire

On the third day, go to the west of Barcelona. Go down to Barceloneta and then, if you want to see the whole city under your feet, take the cableway that takes you from the coast to Montjuic. Once at the top you can go down to the city via the Poble Espanol and finally visiting the German pavilion of the expo.

What do you think of this itineriary discovering Barcelona?

If you want to know more, do not hesitate to write to us.

And finally here is our MINI GUIDE of Barcelona to always carry with you a small map and our unmissable. Created exclusively for you!

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Comments (31)

Barcellona è una città fantastica! Ci sono stata 2 volte ed ancora mi mancano delle cose da vedere! Sicuramente riempirei un terzo viaggio.

Sì, sono pienamente d’accordo. Barcellona é una città ricca di luoghi da scoprire e noi non vediamo l’ora di tornarci. 🙂

sono stata a Barcellona tati anni fa, mi piacerebbe tornare e il tuo articolo mi harinfrescato le idee su cosa fare e vedere

Ne sono proprio contenta Konsuelo, spero tu ci possa tornare presto 🙂

Barcellona è una di quelle città che regala scorci nuovi ogni volta che la si visita. Complimenti per la foto di Casa Batllò di sera…è stupenda!

Grazie mille Laura! Sì sono d’accordo infatti non vediamo l’ora di tornarci e scoprirne ancora un po’. 🙂

Barcellona è sempre bella e non ci si stanca mai di tornare. Questa guida è perfetta per chi non ci è mai stato, ma anche per me che mi sono segnata due indirizzi di ristoranti 😉

Grazie mille Raf! 🙂 Spero possa essere utile, soprattutto per chi é la prima volta che va a Barcellona.

Consigli super utili! Vi ringrazio e vi faccio i complimenti per le foto, mi piacciono! Devo tornare a Barcellona essendoci stata in gita al liceo……assolutamente non ricordo niente, come se non ci fossi stata diciamo!!

Grazie mille Rocio! 🙂 Anche io ero andata al liceo e ricordavo le attrazioni principali ma in questo viaggio ho potuto visitare quello che preferivo creando il nostro itinerario.. spero anche tu ci possa tornare presto!

Sono stata a Barcellona per accompagnare mio marito, insegnante, e i suoi alunni. Ho visto molti posti ma giravamo spesso con l’autobus. Credo che andare a piedi è la soluzione perfetta per godersi la città.

Sono d’accordo con te Maria, girandola a piedi riesci a capirla, a godere veramente della sua atmosfera.

Ottimi consigli… Vivo a Barcellona da un anno e mezzo. L’ho amata prima come turista e ora come local. 😍😍😍

Caspita che bello Alessia, grazie mille! Allora la prossima volta contatto anche te come local 🙂

Mi piace molto la vostra mappa! Bella idea e realizzata con cura! Sono innamorata di Barcellona, non vedo l’ora di tornare. 🙂

Grazie mille, vorrei realizzarne anche per le altre nostre mete in modo tale da agevolare i viaggiatori che ci vanno per la prima volta 🙂

Molto bella ed interessante questa guida! Trovo che abbiate citato moltissimi posticini interessanti😊 mi piace un sacco anche la mini guida finale! Bella idea!

Grazie infinite Vale, vogliamo provare a fare queste piccole guide per le città che visitiamo così da aiutare chi vede la città per la prima volta.

Vi faccio i complimenti per l’articolo e per le foto che fanno venire voglia di partire all’istante! L’idea della miniguida scaricabile mi piace moltissimo!

Grazie mille! 🙂 Spero possa essere d’aiuto.

È sempre un tuffo al cuore, per me, leggere di Barcellona. Città che amo tantissimo e dove vado non appena possibile. La tua guida è ottima, specie la parte gastronomica….quante cose buone!

Grazie mille Daniela! Sono la parte che amiamo di più, da buoni golosoni! 🙂

Questa guida di Barcellona è carinissima, ci sono stata ormai qualche anno fa e non l’o visitata come volevo. Vorrei assolutamente tornarci e incorporare anche tutti i vostri consigli per gli angolini più particolari 😀

Grazie mille, spero ti possano essere utili per assaporare l’appassionante Barcellona!

L’idea di una mini guida scaricabile ci piace davvero tanto!
Adoriamo Barcellona ed ogni dritta e consiglio che avete dato le rendono giustizia.
Bravi ragazzi!

Grazie mille Angelica e Christian per le bellissime parole! 🙂

Grazie per questa guida! Parto per Barcellona dopodomani e non vedo l’ora! Seguirò i tuoi consigli!

Ne sono molto felice, sono sicura che ti divertirai tantissimo! Buon viaggio Elisa!

Che dire di Barcellona? Io l’ho adorata! Ci ho passato 3 giorni la scorsa primavera, ma vorrei già tornarci!

A chi lo dici.. hai proprio ragione Dani, non vediamo l’ora di tornarci anche noi!

Veramente bella, mi avete fatto venir voglia di partire, grazie

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