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A three-day visit is perfect for a short but intense introduction to the Barcelona lifestyle. This guide is full of the same advice I give to friends when they visit, and it will help you to really make most out of your time in town.

Good for
  • History enthusiast
  • Food lover
  • Peace and quiet seeker
  • Beach goer
  • Budget traveller
  • Hidden gem seeker

13 Places

11 City Tips

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13 Places

Day 1

Passeig de Gracia

Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighbourhoods

Casa Batllo

Architectural Buildings

Cerveceria Catalana

Restaurants (Spanish)

El Born

Neighbourhoods

Day 2

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals

Camp Nou

Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields

Las Ramblas

Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

Flea/ Street Markets

Barri de Gracia

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

Day 3

Parc del Laberint d'Horta

Parks

Bogatell Beach

Montjuic Castle

Castles

Magic Fountain (Font Magica)

Fountains, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Performances

Matt K's City Tips

  • The easiest way to get around Barcelona is by metro and bus. For 3 days I recommend the T10 multi-trip ticket - cheaper than buying individual tickets.
  • Experienced in driving a scooter? This is by far the fastest way to get around the city for confident drivers.
  • If it's your first time in Barcelona, I recommend a bike tour, offered by numerous companies. If you like cycling, you can also rent bikes by the day.
  • The metro runs until midnight every day except for Friday (until 2am) and Saturday (24 hours).
  • Taxis in Barcelona are cheap compared to those in other major European cities. They're easy to flag down in the street.
  • A tip of around 10% is recommended in restaurants. If you just have a drink, leave the small change on the table.
  • Take a bottle of water out with you - in summer it can get very warm.
  • Remember your suncream in summer! Bring it with you from home if possible, as suncream is quite expensive in Barcelona.
  • Downtown Barcelona is known for its pickpockets. Be careful with your belongings.
  • Enjoy a caña (small beer) with lunch - this is a common local custom when eating with friends.
  • Local people speak Catalan primarily, although they also speak Spanish. Greet locals with "Bon día" as a nice conversation starter.
    Day 1
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    Passeig de Gracia
    Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighbourhoods
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    Matt K Says:

    Passeig de Gracia is the ´shopping mile´ of Barcelona - filled with international chains and brands from around the world. As it's also lined with stunning modernist buildings, it's a great area to wander around for shopaholics and architecture fans alike.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Trendy traveller
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • At the very end of Passeig de Gracia, to the left, is a small garden called ´Jardins del Palau Robert´. Entrance is free and it's a nice spot to relax in for a while.
    • This street is beautiful to walk down at night, when both the streetlights and the buildings are illuminated.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    • Hours of Entertainment 31/10/2014
    • Grand! 31/10/2014
    • Passeig de Gracia
    Address:
    Passeig de Gracia, Eixample
    Barcelona
    Spain
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    Casa Batllo
    Architectural Buildings
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    Matt K Says:

    This colorful modernist building is one of Barcelona's most recognizable sites. My favorite time to pass by Casa Batllo is at night, just before 10 pm, when its facade is illuminated and its colors are even more impressive than during the day - try both and see which you prefer!

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Luxury traveller
    • Trendy traveller
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • If you want to go inside, buy tickets online in advance. There is always a big line outside if you don't.
    • Check out the modernist buildings on the left - Casa Amatller and Casa Lleó Morera are also very impressive, and they're cheaper to enter and tend to be less crowded.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow! 31/10/2014
    • Unlike anything... 31/10/2014
    • Casa Batllo
    Address:
    Passeig de Gracia, 43
    Barcelona 08007
    Spain
    Phone:
    0034932160306
    Other:
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    Cerveceria Catalana
    Restaurants (Spanish)
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    Matt K Says:

    A meal of delicious tapas is the best way to end any day in Barcelona and Cerveceria Catalana is one of the best places in the city to taste tapas! This restaurant is always crowded, so you need to be patient, but the wide range of yummy dishes to choose from makes up for the wait.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Local favourite
    Tips
    • Arrive by 7 or 8 pm to avoid the big crowds at peak dinner time.
    • Sometimes they do accept reservations. Give it a try and call ahead.
    • Try as many tapas as possible - you will not regret it!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #178 of 4,996 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Had to go Back! 31/10/2014
    • Best tapas in Barcelona 31/10/2014
    • Cerveceria Catalana
    Address:
    Carrer de Mallorca, 236
    Barcelona 08008
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 160 368
    Price range:
    $0 - $20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 5:30
    Other:
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    El Born
    Neighbourhoods
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    Matt K Says:

    El Born is my favorite neighborhood in the city center for having drinks with friends. This area offers a great choice of cozy bars where you can enjoy delicious cocktails and small beers (called ´caña´).

    Good for
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Trendy traveller
    • Adventure seeker
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • There are a lot of cool bars close to the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, in the lower part of El Born.
    • If you're in El Born around 10 pm, make sure you order a tapa with your drink - this is what all locals do, as it is dinner time.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 464 activities in Barcelona
    • Great neighborhood to experience Barcelona 23/10/2014
    • Right by the Basilica of Santa Maria 11/10/2014
    • El Born
    Address:
    La Ribera, Ciutat Vella
    Barcelona 08003
    Spain
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
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    Matt K Says:

    The most fantastic church I've ever seen, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is an icon of Barcelona. No visit is complete without seeing this impressive, still-in-construction structure, a Gaudi masterpiece.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • The audio guide is high quality, and I would definitely recommend it. It explains the entire history of La Sagrada Familia in an easy and understandable way.
    • When you're buying your entrance ticket, spring for a ticket to the tower too - the views over Barcelona are amazing.
    • There are less people in the morning, between 8-9 am, giving you more space to explore.
    • Buy tickets online to skip the huge queue, which can sometimes be up to 2 hours long.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    • Fascinating Building 31/10/2014
    • The most wonderful experience... 31/10/2014
    • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Address:
    Carrer de Mallorca, 401
    Barcelona 08013
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 935 13 20 60
    Other:
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    Camp Nou
    Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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    Matt K Says:

    This stadium is a breathtaking experience. Players like Maradonna, Messi, and Ronaldo have played and scored at here, representing the Catalans' favorite football club, FC Barcelona. Camp Nou is a must-see for every football fan, whichever your home team is!

    Good for
    • Local favourite
    • Trendy traveller
    Tips
    • Do not buy match tickets from a street vendor - they may be fake and you won't be able to enter the stadium.
    • If you have the chance to see a live match, buy tickets as soon as possible online via the official FC Barcelona website.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    • Fab trip for any football lover - merch is expensive!! 31/10/2014
    • A great morning 31/10/2014
    • Camp Nou
    Address:
    Avinguda Aristides Maillol
    Barcelona 08028
    Spain
    Phone:
    (+34) 93 496 36 00
    Other:
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    Las Ramblas
    Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    Matt K Says:

    An iconic landmark and the most famous street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas cannot be missed on any visit to the city. Jump into its vibrant atmosphere as you walk down the mile, and finish your stroll with a fresh juicy smoothie at delicious market, La Boqueria.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • The bottom part of Las Ramblas is the most beautiful - here you'll find small street markets, street artists and, of course, the harbor.
    • This street is overpriced, so stick to browsing and treat yourself to a cheap juice at La Boqueria market when you finish your walk.
    • There are dozens of small churches and buildings you can visit when walking down Las Ramblas. Keep your eyes open!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    • Tourist Area 31/10/2014
    • Overpriced 31/10/2014
    • Las Ramblas
    Address:
    La Rambla, Ciutat Vella
    Barcelona 08002
    Spain
    Other:
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    Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
    Flea/ Street Markets
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    Matt K Says:

    This huge, fresh produce market is a tourist magnet, but don't be put off - the further you explore inside Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, the smaller the crowds and the cheaper the prices!

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    Tips
    • Get a fruit juice or at least some fresh fruits to snack on during the rest of your day - they are the tastiest in the city and very low priced.
    • Do not buy anything from stalls right next to the entrance - it will be more expensive.
    • Get the freshest fish right in the heart of the market - simply walk straight forward from the main entrance.
    • Great tapas are available at the very end of the market but they're pricey (although normal for this area of the city).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 146 shopping in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It's busy but a feast for the senses. 30/10/2014
    • Go, you must see this!!! 30/10/2014
    • Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
    Address:
    Plaza de la Boqueria
    Ramblas
    Barcelona 08001
    Spain
    Phone:
    93 31 82 584
    Other:
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    Barri de Gracia
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    Matt K Says:

    The alternative and artistic neighborhood of Barri de Gracia is my favorite area for delicious Mediterranean food or drinks. Here, you can also find local designer boutiques selling their latest collections for very reasonable prices, making it a great place to explore day and night.

    Good for
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • The nightlife here is highly recommended - walk around and enjoy the local atmosphere.
    • There are numerous small squares in Gracia - pick one you like, and enjoy a drink outside.
    • There are lots of street events in Gracia. Ask at your accommodation or the tourist office to see if anything's happening while you're in town.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love this place!!! 21/10/2014
    • Where we lived 06/10/2014
    • Barri de Gracia
    Address:
    Barri de Gracia
    Gracia
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Parc del Laberint d'Horta
    Parks
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    Matt K Says:

    My favorite park in the whole of Barcelona is Parc del Laberint d'Horta - a large green area with its own labyrinth, a small waterfall, and plenty of places to relax.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Hidden gem
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Check the map before you go, as the park is a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station, ´Mundet´.
    • There is a small entrance fee.
    • Bring your camera! You will get amazing photo opportunities, especially around the labyrinth.
    • There are no queues and few, if any, other tourists.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place to rest from crowd 24/10/2014
    • Genuinely beautiful park 22/09/2014
    • Parc del Laberint d'Horta
    Address:
    Passeig dels Castanyers 1, Horta
    carrer de l'Arquitectura
    Barcelona 08035
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 93 285 3034
    Other:
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    Bogatell Beach
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    Matt K Says:

    For a real local experience, head to the best beach in the city. Bogatell Beach is a great place to rest and chill, or join locals and expats for a game of volleyball or rugby.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Beach goer
    Tips
    • Don't forget suncream and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
    • There are a few chiringuitos (beach bars) down on the beach that sell coffee and other drinks at very reasonable prices.
    • Leave valuable belongings at your accommodation.
    • Love volleyball? Don't be shy - ask the locals if you can join them.
    • The bus stops right in front of the beach. If you choose the metro, get off at Vila Olímpica Station, and the beach is a 5-minute walk away.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    • Nice beach, more locals than tourists. Good cafes 30/10/2014
    • family beach 09/10/2014
    • Bogatell Beach
    Address:
    Avinguda del Litoral
    Barcelona
    Spain
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    Montjuic Castle
    Castles
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    Matt K Says:

    From Montjuic Castle you can enjoy beautiful views over Barcelona. Plus it's the best spot in the city to watch the sunset.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Hidden gem
    • Local favourite
    Tips
    • Bring snacks and drinks with you to enjoy during the sunset.
    • The castle usually closes at 9 pm - enter in time to watch the sunset.
    • You can get there by bus, cable car (overpriced!) or on foot. The walk up, passing through green parks, is very scenic.
    • There is an entrance fee, but it's worth it. It also includes the museum, which explains the history of the castle and shouldn't be missed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Good TIme 29/10/2014
    • Fabulous views over Barcelona 28/10/2014
    • Montjuic Castle
    Address:
    Carretera de Montjuic, 66
    Barcelona 08038
    Spain
    Phone:
    932 564 445
    Other:
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    Magic Fountain (Font Magica)
    Fountains, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Performances
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    Matt K Says:

    By far the most beautiful way to end your Barcelona trip is a visit to the Magic Fountain at Plaza España - a night-time spectacular of water, color and music.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Trendy traveller
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • You can get here easily by taking the metro to Placa España Station. From here you will see the fountains directly in front of you when you exit.
    • Check the official website for current event times - they always change depending on the month and the season.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 345 attractions in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Water, Light and Sound ... a spectacular sight. 31/10/2014
    • 30 mins of free entertainment 31/10/2014
    • Magic Fountain (Font Magica)
    Address:
    Av Maria Cristina
    Barcelona 08004
    Spain
    Other:
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