Perfect 3 Days In Barcelona Itinerary, For First Timers

Barcelona is rich in historic sites, with some of the world’s most unique and surrealistic architecture. The city is bordered on one side by mountains and the other by miles of golden sand beaches.

Barcelona’s heritage ranges from Roman ruins to state of the art contemporary architecture to a good dose of Gothic and Art Nouveau.

You can study the works of Picasso, Miro, and Dali. Or pose with Antoni Gaudi’s fantastical Seussian architecture and fairytale houses.

aerial cityscape of Barcelona
aerial cityscape of Barcelona

Barcelona has an impressive diversity of neighborhoods. Architecturally and culturally, the city lends itself to endless discovery. And the tapas is to die for!

My 3 days in Barcelona itinerary takes you to all of Barcelona’s must visit attractions, world class museums, and vaunted landmarks.

Overview Of 3 Days In Barcelona Itinerary

Here’s a snapshot glance of what you’ll see and do in with 3 days in Barcelona:

  • Day 1: Gothic Quarter, La Rambla, La Boqueria, Barcelona Cathedral, Picasso Museum, Sagrada Familia, Bunkers del Carmel, El Born
  • Day 2: Casa Battlo, La Pedrera, Palau Guell, Park Guell, Raval
  • Day 3: Palau de la Musica, Casa Vicens, Montjuic or Tibidabo
Miro mosaics on La Rambla

Day 1 Morning: La Rambla & the Gothic Quarter

On your first day in Barcelona, head to the Gothic Quarter. Grab some breakfast at Bar Lobo, 1 block from La Rambla.

Then, stroll down the maze-like La Rambla, Barcelona’s most famous street. It’s a .75 mile walk from the beautiful main square of Placa Catalunya to the old port.

La Rambla is a lovely (but very crowded) boulevard with a plethora of cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops.

Don’t forget to look up at the beautiful buildings. At Pia de l’Os, you’ll walk across Joan Miro’s circular mosaic.

crowds at La Boqueria
crowds at La Boqueria

La Boqueria

About halfway down La Rambla is the legendary 19th century food market, La Boqueria. It’s Barcelona’s beating heart, evolving from a rough and tumble purveyor of goods to a bona fide foodie destination.

The market is well worth checking out, especially if you need fresh fruit juice or a smoothie. Inspect its myriad wine bodegas and take home a quaffable souvenir.

You can also book a food and market tour, which includes Boqueria.

Bridge Carrer del Bisbe in the Gothic Quarter
Bridge Carrer del Bisbe

Barcelona Cathedral

The jewel of the Gothic quarter is the 14th century Barcelona Cathedral, known as La Seu. It’s a grand monument dating from the 13-15th centuries.

The cathedral’s facade is stunning. Sit by the steps and absorb its grandiosity.

You can visit the church for free from 8:00 am to 12:45 pm and 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm. Otherwise, entry is by donation.

Inside, the cathedral has 29 richly decorated side chapels, an ornate finely carved choir, and a peaceful cloister with bubbling fountains and geese.

me about to visit the cathedral
interior of Barcelona Cathedral
interior of Barcelona Cathedral

Behind the high altar is the Bishop’s chair. You’ll also find the crypt of Saint Eulalia, to whom the cathedral is dedicated.

The cloisters are the highlight. Arcaded walkways and chapels surround a central courtyard filled with tropical trees. You’ll see a gaggle of geese.

A short elevator ride takes you to the top of the cathedral for stunning city views. For the best view of cathedral itself, take the elevator to the rooftop of the next door Hotel Colón.

Click here to book a skip the line ticket.

the romantically-named Kiss mural near Barcelona Cathedral
the romantically-named Kiss mural

3. Kiss Mural

Be sure to see the 26 foot long The World Begins With Every Kiss mural near the cathedral in Placa d’Isidre Nonell. It was created by Catalan artist and photographer Joan Fontcubertat.

The mural was unveiled in 2014. It commemorates the 300 year anniversary of the Catalan surrender in the Spanish War of Succession.

The photographer asked locals to send in photographs that expressed a moment of freedom. The photographs were placed on tiles and arranged in a mural.

From afar, the arrangement looks like a poignant (or perhaps erotic) kiss. Up close, you see a world in each image.

Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

4. Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

This beautiful Basilica of St. Mary of the Sea is tucked away in the heart of the El Born neighborhood. It’s one of the jewels of the historic center.

With roots tracing back to Roman times, the church is one of the finest surviving examples of Catalan Gothic architecture.

On the exterior, it has three facades and two symmetrical towers. Because the area is rather claustrophobic, it’s hard to get a full view. Inside, the church has a light and airy feel, with many stained glass windows.

The church is free for self-guided visits. If you spend a few euros for a guided tour, you’ll have access to the church’s amazing terraces, with breathtaking views.

Picasso Museum

5. Picasso Museum

Then, head to the Picasso Museum. Founded in 1963, the museum was launched with a donation of 574 works by Picasso’s secretary, Jaime Sabartes.

In 1970, Picasso himself donated 800 more pieces. Picasso’s widow, Jacqueline Roque, also donated 41 ceramic pieces and the early Picasso painting Woman with Bonnet.

For Picasso, Barcelona was where it all began. At the museum, you can enjoy an extensive collection of Picasso’s work, certainly the best collection in Spain.

The setting of this museum is stunning. It’s lodged in five adjoining medieval stone mansions in Barcelona’s funky-chic El Born neighborhood, with a gorgeous terrace.

Click here for a skip the line 1.5 hour guided tour of the Picasso Museum. If you love Picasso, you can also book a Picasso-themed tour of the city.

gallery in the MEAM museum
gallery in the MEAM museum

6. Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM) – European Modern Art

Right near the Picasso Museum is one of Barcelona’s newer attractions, MEAM. It’s an intimate museum housed in the beautiful 18th century Palau Gomis.

The exciting museum houses a trove of art works from classical 20th century Catalan sculpture to 21st century contemporary figurative paintings.

MEAM also offer concert on Friday and Saturday evenings, so keep that in mind when planning your evening activities.

Friday concerts are blues and jazz. Saturday concerts are classical or opera.

Gaudi-designed lampposts in the Placa Reial of the Gothic Quarter
Gaudi-designed lampposts in Placa Reial

6. Placa Reial

The 19th century Place Reial is one of Barcelona’s ancient beautifully designed squares. It has charming Neo-Classical pillars and archways, iron lampposts, and even palm trees.

In the center is the Fountain of Three Graces. The lampposts were Gaudi’s first government sponsored project.

READ: Guide to Modernist Architecture in the Eixample Neighborhood

Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia

Day 1 Afternoon: Sagrada Familia

In the late afternoon, it’s time to visit Gaudi’s wildly creative masterpiece, Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia is the undisputed crown jewel of Barcelona. Despite being under continuous construction, Sagrada Familia is a place of superlatives both inside and out.

Entry is timed, and tickets sell out quickly. You will definitely want to book a timed entry skip the line ticket in advance.

Try to reserve a slot for the late afternoon when the sun flows in through the stained glass windows.

The interior is entirely sublime. Gaudi intended it to be a retreat into nature. And, indeed, you could be standing in a majestic star-lit white forest.

starry ceiling
tree columns in the nave

It’s an astonishing space, an alternative reality full of detail. You’ll gasp when you enter.

Be prepared to crane your neck skyward at the starry ceiling. For a long time. The ceiling and stained glass are aboslutely mesmerizing. You’ll can’t help but be slack jawed.

As you can see, there’s so much to see at Sagrada Familia that you might want to 3 hour skip the line private tour.

If you want to avoid the daytime crowds, you can even book a private guided evening tour of the the basilica.

Day 1 Evening: Bunkers del Carmel & El Born

At sunset, head to Bunkers del Carmel. Bunkers was formerly an anti-aircraft base set up during the Spanish Civil War.

When it was abandoned, Barcleonians adopted it as a hangout space and lookout terrace. Bunkers used to be a secret spot, but these days it gets pretty crowded at sunset.

There are a few ways to get to the Bunkers. You can hike up from the El Carmel, Hospital de Sant Pau, or Alfons X metro stops.

You can also take bus #24 from Passeig de Gracia. Alternatively, hop in a taxi.

view from Bunkers del Carmel

For dinner, head to the El Born neighborhood. It’s a fun neighborhood with lively restaurants and bars. Try the excellent tapas bar, El Xampanyet, or Cal Pep.

This is also where you’ll find art galleries and design and fashion shops.

You can also book a guided walking tour of El Born that includes the Picasso Museum.

In lieu of a specific restaurant for dinner, you may want to go on an evening tapas tasting tour in the Gothic Quarter or take a gourmet food tour with an architectural historian.

Another fun thing to do is take a paella cooking class that includes a 5 course meal and wine. Or take a guided tour that combines tapas and a flamenco show.

the mosaicked facade of Casa Battlo, a must visit attraction on your 4 days in Barcelona itinerary
the mosaicked facade of Casa Battlo

Day 2 In Barcelona, Morning: Gaudi Sites

Casa Batllo

After fueling up, start day 2 of your 3 days in Barcelonaby heading to Passeig de Gracia in the architecture-rich Eixample district. It’s one of Barcelon’s toniest neighborhoods.

This area has some of Barcelona’s most iconic architecture, including UNESCO-listed structures created by Antoni Gaudi.

Casa Batllo is one of the world’s most unique buildings. It’s Antoni Gaudi at his hallucinatory, dreamlike best. The exterior is spellbinding, divine and operatic.

Gaudi conjured a building in the image of a dragon. The strange bone-like facade commands your attention. It’s studded with skull mask balconies and capped by a sinuously scaled roof.

Casa Batllo’s facade is a vibrant mix of blue, mauve, and green tiles, forming a pattern that’s both uneven and slightly wavy, resembling a calm sea or a dragon’s skin.

Inside, you’ll find a stunning display of curved wood, stained glass, and tiles that mimic natural, flowing shapes. The interior evokes an undersea grotto, complete with skylights shaped like tortoise shells and a ceiling that dips and curves gracefully.

On the rooftop, the surrealistic theme continues with a scaly design reminiscent of a dragon’s back, complete with iridescent skin and pronounced spines.

Here’s my complete guide to Casa Batllo. Click here to purchase a must have skip the line ticket. You can also book a 2 hour guided tour of this magnificent Gaudi attraction.

the sinuous facade of Gaudi's La Pedrera
the sinuous facade of Gaudi’s La Pedrera

La Pedrera | Casa Mila

La Pedrera, also known as Casa Mila, stands out as another one of Gaudi’s masterpieces in the area.

This building is an artistic marvel both inside and out. With its innovative architectural design and style, it’s considered even more revolutionary than Casa Batllo.

The structure’s unique, rough-hewn appearance has earned it the nickname “The Quarry,” thanks to its rugged facade and unusual, wavy shape.

Despite this, La Pedrera is celebrated as one of the prime examples of the Art Nouveau movement and has even featured in 15 movies.

True to Gaudi’s style, which is heavily influenced by elements of nature like air, sea, and water, La Pedrera seems to ripple and wave as if it were an ocean itself, showcasing the fluidity and dynamism of the natural world.

As soon as you enter the building, it will intrigue you.

From the two ground floor courtyards, look up for an incredible view of the inside of the building. Light pours in from the roof to the interior apartments.

The iconic rooftop has winding pathways and a spiky forest of 30 chimneys. You have a nice view of Sagrada Familia.

Gaudi sculpture on the roof of La Pedrera
Gaudi sculpture on the roof of La Pedrera

In the evenings, a spectacular audiovisual show takes place on the terrace. Casa Mila’s rooftop terrace and stairwells are illuminated with projections set to music.

Click here to purchase a skip the line ticket for La Pedrera. If you want to explore Gaudi’s main architectural sites in Barcelona, click here for a 3 hour tour.

Casa Lleo Morera & Casa Amatller

You should also walk by Casa Lleo Morera, one of Barcelona’s best preserved Modernista buildings. Casa Lleo Morera was revolutionary in its day for the different forms of artistry on the exterior.

The most striking detail is the beautiful curved balconies with ornate floral designs and lions. The ones on the second floor are elongated.

The ones on the third floor are rounded. The fourth floor has a set of gallery windows. The overall effect evokes a convent cloister.

facade of Casa Lleo Morera
facade of Casa Lleo Morera

When your visit is complete, consider taking a guided tour of Casa Amatller.

Designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this building combines Gothic and Flemish styles to create a striking facade. Its distinctive stepped gable roof is an unusual feature in Spanish architecture!

Inside, the blend of sculptures, stained glass, and ceramics transforms the space into a vivid work of art.

If you don’t want to take a tour, you could pop into chocolate shop inside Casa Amatller. It’s been selling artisanal chocolates for over 200 years.

Day 2 Afternoon: More Gaudi Architecture

It’s time to break for lunch on day 2. The Eixample neighborhood has loads of good options.

Try 9 Reinas (Argentinian food), Oval (gourmet burgers), Alba Granadois (Basque), or El Nacional (multi-zone culinary space).

Alternatively, eat lunch back in the in the Gothic Quarter, at El Pintxo del Petrixol or La Boqueria’s Bar Pinotxo.

curvaceous entrance to Palau Güell
curvaceous entrance to Palau Güell

Then, continue down Las Ramblas to Palau Güell in Raval. It’s a dazzling mansion that reopened in 2011 after a massive renovation. It’s still a bit of a hidden gem in Barcelona.

Inside, the building doesn’t scream Gaudi. Palau Guell is traditional and dark, almost like a luxurious Venetian palace.

It has a creepy Gothic vibe. And I mean that in a good way. Don’t miss this wondrous building.

The home centers on a main room that was used to entertain wealthy high society guests. It has a 17 meter high ceiling crowned by a parabolic dome.

Small holes are perforated near the top, where lanterns were hung at night to give the appearance of a starlit sky. It’s almost like a planetarium experience.

dining room in Palau Guell
dining room in Palau Guell
rooftop of Palau Guell
rooftop of Palau Guell

The roof, like many Gaudi creations, also features colorful ceramic shapes and 20 chimneys. One conical chimney looks like a stack of green olives smooshed together.

>>> Click to pre-book a ticket to avoid lines

From Palau Guell, continue your journey south along La Rambla until you get to the end.

There, you’ll be greeted by the sight of a large column with a statue of Christopher Columbus, the famed Italian explorer who opened up the Americas to European exploration.

Day 2 Evening: Park Guell

In the evening, head to the wonderland of Park Guell at sunset. Park Guell might be Gaudi’s most fantastical creation.

view from Parc Guell
view from Parc Guell

It’s a 45 acre public park and garden complex, with stunning mosaic art, located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona. Enjoy a gorgeous sunset experience and stroll in Barcelona’s finest park.

At Park Guell, Gaudi created a plaza, two fairytale frosted gatehouses, a serpentine bench, colonnaded walkways, and steps.

He purchased one of the homes and lived there for almost 20 years before he moved into Sagrada Familia for good.

His home is now the Gaudi House Museum. The most famous icon at Park Guell is the multicolored mosaic lizard known as “El Drac,” or the dragon.

the Hypostyle Room in Park Guell
the Hypostyle Room in Park Guell

Most of the Park Guell is free to visit and you’ll have some nice views over the city. But you’ll need a ticket for the central Monumental Zone. You may also want to take a 2 hour guided tour of the park.

If you want to visit Gaudi’s home, the house-museum is located just outside the Monumental Zone in the park’s free section.

Day 2 Dinner Options:

Cap off your day with dinner in another Gaudi-designed building, Casa Calvet. It’s a hidden gem among the other modernist standouts in Passage de Gracia.

In 1900, the Barcelona City Council voted Casa Calvet the best building of the year — the only time Gaudi won such an honor.

Casa Calvet
Casa Calvet

Casa Calvet is privately owned. It’s not open to the public. But to the right of the private door is the entrance to the elegant restaurant, Casa Calvet Restaurant. You can dine amidst Gaudi decor for the full Gaudi-Barcelona experience.

Alternatively, to see another area of Barcelona, you could head to Barcelona’s El Raval neighborhood.

Raval is becoming one of Barcelona’s trendiest and most colorful neighborhoods. It even has its own Rambla, with plenty of street art.

In Raval, you’ll find one of Barcelona’s hotspots — the tapas restaurant, Tickets. You must make reservations well in advance to score this trendy eatery.

If you can’t get a reservation there, try El Rincon de Aragon.

the El Raval neighborhood in Barcelona
the El Raval neighborhood

Day 3 Morning: Hidden Gems

On day 3 in Barcelona, spend your morning exploring one or two of Barcelona’s hidden gems, where you can escape the ever present tourist siege.

I think the best two hidden gems options are Palau de la Musica and Casa Vicens.

Start your day early and have an early lunch in preparation for an action packed last afternoon in Montjuic.

sculptural group on the facade corner that seems almost to fly off the wall of Palau de la Musica
sculptural group on Palau de la Musica

1. Palau de la Musica

Perhaps Barcelona’s most beautiful and photogenic spot is Palau de la Música Catalana. Palau de la Musica is a gaudy rose-covered wonderland.

It’s a magnificent concert hall designed in 1905-08 by Lluis Domenech i Montaner — an architect who was just as famous as Gaudi at the time.

You have to see it to believe it. Musicians love its acoustics.

Tourists love its unique design. It’s a veritable symphony of stained glass, mosaics, and sculptures.

Palau de la Musica is located along a claustrophobic, densely packed street in the Gothic Quarter. Montaner countered the claustrophobia with color and levity.

the concert hall of Palau de la Musica
the concert hall of Palau de la Musica
the breathtaking ceiling of Palau de la Musica
the breathtaking ceiling of Palau de la Musica

The arches and intricate mosaic columns draw your eye up to the roofline. Stained glass windows bring in the natural light.

The auditorium is almost overwhelming. The piece de resistance is the intricate stained glass ceiling by Antoni Rigalt.

Iron and glass chandeliers create a starry night effect. And sculptures curve up the sides of the stage, including a glowering Beethoven and Valkeries from Richard Wagner’s operas.

Click here to pre-book a ticket to Palau de la Musica. Click here to book a 1 hour guided tour.

Casa Vicens

2. Casa Vicens

If you want to visit a Gaudi hidden gem, head to Casa Vicens.

North of the city center in the sleepy village of Gracia, Casa Vicens is one of Gaudi’s lesser-known works. It’s his first home and a UNESCO-listed site.

The vivacious Casa Vicens splashed onto the Gaudi tourist circuit in November 2017. After 130 years of private ownership and a massive renovation, Casa Vicens opened its Orientalist doors to the public.

The building’s exotic, an intense burst of vibrant color and marigold tiles.

Casa Vicens is a must see sight in Barcelona for those who love architecture and all things Gaudi. Even if you don’t love architecture, you’ll be hypnotized by the showy building.

Casa Vicens
Casa Vicens

It’s likely like nothing you’ve ever seen before. And it’s gloriously off radar because it’s so new. Click here to book a skip the line ticket.

When you’re done, wander around Gracia. It has a pretty central plaza lined with buildings in bright blues and pinks.

Carrer de Verdi is a tree-lined boulevard stuffed with boutiques and bookstores. For some chocolate and churros, head to Xurreria Trebol.

Day 3 Afternoon: Montjuic

After lunch, taxi or take a glass cable car up to the hilly Montjuic area.

Montjuic literally translates to “Jewish Mountain.” Montjuic is located in the southwest part of Barcelona, almost 75 meters above sea level.


You can book a guided walking tour of Montjuic that includes the cable car ride.

Take a leisurely walk around the botanical gardens.

Peak into the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, created in 1929 as part of the International Exposition in Barcelona. Its sleek design was considered a bridge to architectural modernism.

Here are the other things you should consider seeing on Montjuic:

1. National Museum of Catalan Art

Head to Placa Espanya and visit the grand domed Neo-Baroque Palau Montjuic, which houses the National Museum of Catalan Art. This museum is the largest in the whole of Catalonia.

You can easily wile away a couple of hours here, exploring the art and architecture.

views from Montjuic
views from Montjuic

The MNAC features the best Romanesque collection of mural paintings in the world, including art work gathered from churches, chapels, and monuments. To me, this was the highlight of the museum.

But the museum’s collection ranges all the way from Gothic art to modern art.

You’ll find works by El Greco, Velazquez, Gaudi, Ramon Casas, Julio Gonzalez, and Dali, among others.

Click here to book a skip the line ticket to the museum.

Magic Fountain light show at Placa Espanya
Magic Fountain light show at Placa Espanya

2. Magic Fountain

The MNAC balconies offer amazing views of the Plaza de Espanya and the Magic Fountain.

The Magic Fountain puts on mesmerizing water and light shows several nights a week throughout much of the year.

Click here to check the schedule, so you don’t miss it.

3. Joan Miro Foundation

The Joan Miro Foundation is Barcelona’s most emblematic gallery and one of Spain’s best museums. The museum is housed in a spectacular building, the perfect example of equilibrium between architecture and landscape.

The building in a light-filled gleaming white design from the 1970s, created by Miro’s friend, architect Josep Luis Sert.

Joan Miro, Bird in Space, 1976
Joan Miro, Bird in Space, 1976

In this fabulous single artist museum, you’ll find the world’s largest collection of Miro paintings. Miro founded the museum himself in 1975.

The museum is crammed with seminal Miró works, from his earliest sketches to his later years. There’s 220 paintings, 180 sculptures, and over 8,000 drawings.

Click here to pre-book a skip the line ticket.

4. Montjuic Castle

Montjuic Castle is a massive fortress has played a key role in the history of Barcelona over the last few hundred years. It served as a Spanish control over the unruly Catalan city, as well as a prison.

You can wander the walls and take in city views.

view of Barcelona from Montjuic
view of Barcelona from Montjuic

Day 3 Evening

The Montjuic area also has a fantastic selections of restaurants and bars to end your evening.

For a break from traditional tapas, pop into Bangkok Cafe. For seafood, try Abrassame. For the best views over Barcelona, reserve at El Valet, which boasts a panoramic terrace.

You can also book a guided evening tour that includes a Magic Fountain show.

the church on mount Tibidabo in Barcelona
the church on mount Tibidabo

Alternatively, head up to Tibidabo. highest mountain in Barcelona. It offers sweeping panoramic views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s also home to an amusement park and a fairytale church, the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Built in 1806, this Neo-Gothic church is the handiwork of architect Josep Maria Sagnier i Vidal.

It’s a mix of styles, but evokes a Neo-Byzantine feeling. For even higher views of Barcelona, you can take an elevator to the top of the church.

Tips For Spending 3 Days In Barcelona

Here are some tips and things for visiting in Barcelona.

Ferris wheel in Tibidabo
Ferris wheel in Tibidabo

1. Barcelona Passes And Tickets

If you’re in Barcelona during high season, you should definitely pre-plan your itinerary and pre-book skip the line tickets to the main sites.

By booking in advance, you’ll get better prices and won’t have to waste your time in seemingly interminable queues. Even outside high season, the Gaudi sites will be busy.

Reserve early. Tickets sometimes sell out weeks in advance. If you can’t get a ticket, try booking a guided tour.

You may want to buy the Barcelona Museum Pass. It gives you skip the entry at the top six museum in Barcelona.

If you plan to visit everything on this 3 days in Barcelona itinerary, the Barcelona Go City Pass is what I recommend.

mosaic columns in Palau de la Musica
mosaic columns in Palau de la Musica

If you don’t think you’ll visit enough attractions to warrant the Go Barcelona Pass, then you might consider the Barcelona Card for your visit.

It may be slightly cheaper to book individual tickets by site, unless you want to do the hop on hop off bus tour.

I know these tours may seem cheesy, but they can be an efficient way to get around Barcelona. You won’t need to figure out directions or train routes.

2. How To Get To Barcelona

The RENFE train service runs about every 30 minutes from the Barcelona Airport to the city center.

You can also take a taxi. Taxi stands are right outside the terminal. It takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the city center.

You can also book a private transfer from the airport to your hotel.

enjoying the views of the city
enjoying the views of the city

3. How To Get Around Barcelona

Barcelona is a fairly big city. You can walk to many of the main attractions and three are chunks of the city that are now pedestrianized.

But, if you’re in Barcelona for 3 days, you’ll eventually find yourself in need of transport. Take the metro or taxis.

The metro is relatively painless and easy to understand. You can buy a multi-day or multi-journey ticket that suits your needs. Also, Uber isn’t yet fully operational in Barcelona.

If you want to use public transportation, the Barcelona Card Express gives you two day access to all modes of transportation. Or you can purchase a 1 or 2 day hop on hop off bus pass.

Christopher Columbus Monument
Christopher Columbus Monument

There are plenty of other funs ways to explore Barcelona, for every type of interest:

If you want someone to plan your day and guide you around, you can book a 10 hour best of Barcelona guided tour. Or book a private guided tour that you can customize.

Cotton House, one of the best places to stay in Barcelona
Cotton House

4. Where To Stay In Barcelona

Wondering where to stay in Barcelona? There are so many options.

For a splurge, try the Mandarin Oriental, Cotton House, or the Hotel Arts.

Other nice hotels include The Serras (urban chic hotel overlooking Port Vell), the Hotel Cataloinia Passeig de Gracia (luxury hotel with a sunny terrace), or Hotel Bagues (a sumptuous gem on La Rambla).

If you like boutique hotels (I know I do), check out the H10 Madison, the Hotel Neri, or the Hotel Pulitzer.

If you want something more moderately priced, I recently stayed in Hotel Granvía. It has a gorgeous lobby and library, and is very central, close to Passeig de Gràcia.

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2 thoughts on “Perfect 3 Days In Barcelona Itinerary, For First Timers”

  1. You’re bang on right – Palau de la Musica is an absolute hidden gem!

    Gaudí wasn’t the only architect responsible for Barcelona’s flamboyant good looks. There’s also Lluis Domenéch i Montaner…

    The Palau de la Música Catalana should be on everyone’s to-visit list. When we first laid eyes on it, we were mesmerised by its beauty and colour. It’s so good we’ve visited on twice, on different visits to Barcelona.


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