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.
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.
- 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: https://www.casabatllo.es/it/vendita-biglietti/
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.
- 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: https://www.parkguell.cat/compra-dentrades/disponibilitat/ 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!
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Barrio del Born: a neighborhood with fascinating shops, special places, a thousand colors and a magical atmosphere.
- Barceloneta: la spiaggia é una zona di Barcellona da non perdere anche nel periodo invernale. I localini sulla spiaggia, la scultura Marc e la vista dell’hotel W sono luoghi da immortalare nella vostra mente.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
For suggestions of a good beer you can’t miss this article: https://mappando.eu/en/le-migliori-birrerie-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.
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.
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.
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