I will be staying at Barcelona with my wife from midday 18th April to midday 21st April.
I have done some shortlisting on the places we would like to visit (see later part of this mail). What I seek in this forum is travel advice to group-out places of interest at Barcelona and around, so that I can make the most use of the time during the stay. Local travel advice regarding the modes of transport to be used to visit these 'group of places' will also be very helpful.
Note that we are more interested in natural sites/regions (e.g. beaches, hills), architectures, etc. in that order and museums are our least priority.
Given below are my specifications.
Arrival @ Barcelona airport: 12:25 on 18th April
Bed and Beach Barcelona Guesthouse (Port Olimpic area)
Pasaje General Bassols, 26, 08005 Barcelona
Check-in: Friday, 18 April 2014 from 14:00
Check-out: Monday, 21 April 2014 until 11:00
Departure from Barcelona airport: 17:00 on 21st April
Shortlist of the places to see(divided into 2 parts):
1> Within the city (ignore my personal comments accompanying the places of interests):
a) Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
b) Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Musica Catalana) - Architecture
c) Columbus Monument - at the end of La Rambla, on the way to Port Vell.
d) Casa Batllo - jst see from outside!
e) St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral (Eglesia de Santa Maria del Mar)
f) La Pedrera - Mila House (Casa Mila) - visit to have a look from outside if renovation is complete, else skip!
g) Guell Palace - architecture & park!
h) Parc de Montjuic - from hill-top great view of Barcelona + free castle entrance!
i) Las Ramblas - shopping, walking
j) Placa Espanya - spot
k) Torre Agbar - tower for night view
l) Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) - If there is xtra time spend a few hrs walking!
m) Special interest-- Aeroteca - Flight simulator experience in cockpit. 30 eurosfor 1/2 hr!
Address- Carrer del Montseny 22, 08012 Barcelona (can cancel this if we are on short of time).
2> Something outside the city:
a) Montserrat - 1/2 a day trip (plan only if there is time)
b) Tibidabo Mountain
I have no idea if with our 3 day stay it is possible to cover all of these mentioned above. This is why I need the guidance & advise. If time doesn't permit them please tell me what places I can skip.
Since our flight is @ 17:00 on 21st, Monday, so we must only cover some of the local areas that morning (I'll request our hotel reception to keep our luggage till 15:00 hours).
Looking forward to your suggestions.