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3 Days in Barcelona

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One of Europe’s most vibrant cities, brought to life with color and culture and built with unique charm and timeless architecture; Barcelona is a place that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Whether you are a building enthusiast, a die-hard party goer or just someone chasing the sunshine, Barcelona has something to offer to everyone. So if you find yourself with three days in this magnificent city, we have the perfect plan for you to make the most out of your stay!

DAY 1

Start your day by having breakfast at the biggest food market in Catalonia, La Boqueria in La Rambla! A foodies dream; you will not be disappointed. After your stomach is full and energy levels ready to go (you’re gonna need it!), make your way to Ciutat Vella, AKA Old Town Barcelona. The best way to see this side of town is by taking the free guided ‘Gothic’ walking tour (leaving everyday from Placa Reial at 10:30am). Walking tours usually take a couple of hours and will take you through the three unique neighbourhoods that make up Ciutat Vella – The Gothic Quarter, La Ribera (El Born) and Raval.

TIP: Don’t miss –

The Gothic Quarter

  1. Plaça Reial
  2. Barcelona Cathedral
  3. Roman’s Wall
  4. Plaça Reial
  5. Palacio Real Mayor de Barcelona
  6. Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
  7. Ancient Synagogue of Barcelona
  8. Plaça Sant Jaume
  9. La Rambla de Catalunya
  10. Carrer D’Avinyo

La Ribera (El Born)

  1. Catedral Santa María del Mar
  2. Ciutadella Park
  3. Arc de Triumf
  4. Mercar del Born
  5. Picasso Musseum
  6. Palau de la Musica Catalana

El Raval

  1. Palau Güell
  2. La Boquería
  3. Botero’s Cat
  4. Rambla del Raval
  5. MACBA (Musseum Contemporary Art of Barcelona)
  6. Hospital de la Santa Creu

Finally, if your feet aren’t too tired and you’re keen to check out Barcelona’s crazy and diverse nightlife, why not join a guided Pub Crawl/Party Tour? Not only will you be taken to some of the best places in town, you will also skip long queues and make some amazing new friends (maybe you can team up for your next few days of exploring!?).

DAY 2

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Wake up, brush off that hangover from last night’s partying and get your camera ready; it’s time to see the most famous architecture in Spain! Meet your new friends (or get ready to meet some others!) for the free Gaudi walking tour (leaving everyday from Placa Reial at 10:30am). This walking tour will take you to see four or five of Antoni Gaudi’s most important buildings, including the incredibly famous Sagrada Familia.

The tour takes around two hours, so if you would like to visit inside any of the buildings, you will have plenty of time in the afternoon to do so. Book tickets for these attractions in advance for around 2pm so you have plenty of time to refill your stomach after the walking tour!

If you have enough time, jump on the Metro to visit the most used background for Instagram snaps in Barcelona, the Park Guell. The park entry is free, but to enter the monuments and Gaudi Houses you will need to book tickets in advance.

Is it sunset yet, or close to it? Jump on the bus from the park and make your way to Bunkers del Carmel – the best view in the city! You will enjoy a magical sunset accompanied by 360 degree views of Barcelona!

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If all this exploring hasn’t knocked you off your feet and you are still buzzing for more, why not join another guided Pub Crawl/Party Tour? There is no shortage of nightlife to experience in Barcelona and lucky for you the Pub Crawl/Party Tours don’t always stick to the same plan, so there’s a good chance you’ll be mixing it up for your second night!

DAY 3

Rent a bike or scooter and head towards the stunning Montjuic. Along the way, you can see Olympic sites such as Montjuic Stadium, the Olympic Torcg, Palau Sant Jordi, Poble Espanyol, Palau Nacional, Placa Espanya and if time allows, Monjuic Castle. Try to get out as early as your hangover (or feet) allow you to so you can spend the afternoon lounging around at the beach.

Barceloneta Beach is the oldest of the city and provides the perfect escape for both tourists and locals alike. Have lunch (or afternoon tea!) by the beach and chill out – you deserve it! Whatever the day, whatever the weather, the beach is always beautiful in Barcelona.

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Of course, there is just too much to see and experience in this beautiful city in just three days, from museums to hidden gems on corner streets, but our 3 day guide will help you get the absolute best from your stay!

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Article Written and Created by Rebecca Jenkins

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