A Perfect 3-Day Vacation in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city of fascination sited between the sea and the mountains. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Spain. Rich with art, architecture, and historical sites, a 3-day vacation in Barcelona has much to offer. Here are some of our favourite activities.

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Visitors from the United Kingdom, especially from London, travel to Barcelona every year. It has become one of the best getaways thanks to its vibrant food scene, nightlife, and one of the few cities with beaches in La Costa Brava in European. It’s also an excellent destination for couples looking for a romantic escape.

Barcelona is not a cheap city but like every other destination, requires some planning in advance. We recommend you hire the professional help of Travel Agency to book your accommodation and airline tickets.

Travelling within the city

The easiest, cheapest and most convenient way to travel around the city is through an R2 train, topping the metro. The city is filled with pickpockets, therefore, it is important to take extra precautions with your belongings. You may only be on a 3-day vacation in Barcelona but you don’t want your trip to be ruined by thieves!

Here is a 3-days itinerary to Barcelona which will help you discover the city so you make the most of your time there. Now, we know 3 days in the city may not be enough time to see everything, but you can still do a lot in that time.

Day 1

You might be a little overwhelmed by the vastness of this city on your first day. Relax! You are going to love it here. Start your tour with a visit to some of the most beautiful masterpieces here. The Sagrada Familia or Carrer de Mallorca is Gaudí’s work of genius. The construction began in 1882 and won’t be complete until 2026 and we can only wonder what the final product will look like.

Your next stop will be the gigantic art nouveau complex known as the Recinte Modernista Sant Pau. The stunning mosaics add to the charm of the building that previously served as a hospital. You can take a walk in the fairytale-like garden.

From there you can head to the nearby Park Guell, which is another Gaudí masterpiece. Originally built as an upper-class housing development, the idea was never approved. Instead, it became a breathtakingly beautiful park which looks stunning any time of the day.

5 minutes from Park Guell, home-chefs Bego and Iván offer paella, iconic rice and seafood dish.

Day 2

Start off your second day with a visit to the iconic and vibrant Boquería Market. There you can grab breakfast from a vendor as you roam around the market. After your market visit, complete the remaining two of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture tour. Casa Batlló is Gaudí’s most famous house in Barcelona.

Second, head to Casa Milá, Gaudí’s last major piece. It has a beautifully unique stone exterior, an exquisite interior, and a spectacular rooftop terrace. From there head to the beautiful Gracia neighbourhood and explore its narrow streets and small houses.

Head to the Carmel Bunkers to have a look at the amazing 1930’s abandoned military structures left over from Spain’s Civil War. Sunset looks amazingly good from there.

End your day by having dinner at Cera 23, a reasonably priced restaurant that offers a fusion of Galician and Mediterranean cuisines.

Day 3

Your amazing trip to Barcelona is about to end and you have to make the most of your last day here. Start it by visiting the Gothic Quarter, which is full of over 2,000 years of history. The streets of old Jewish Quarter, plazas and work of Picasso and Gaudí are some awestruck things to see there. Explore some of the most fascinating museums of Barcelona such as the Chocolate Museum, the Picasso Museum where you can pay tribute to Spain’s most iconic artist, the Gaudí Exhibition Center, Joan Miró Foundation and the National Museum of Catalan Art which will be a treat for art lovers!

No trip to Barcelona is complete without watching the remarkable Magic Fountain Show. The show is a manifestation of light, water, and sound altogether.

The stunning Gothic cathedral is a sight that will definitely blow your mind away.

You must be hungry by now. End the first day in Barcelona with a fascinating Tapas, Taverns & History Tour where you can have great food and drink or you can taste your way through the amazing vineyards on our Gourmet Tapas & Wine Tour.

Next, explore the majestic Montjuïc Castle. Known for its fortress and stand as a reflection of Barcelona’s wild history and have an amazing final view of the city from the top.

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