3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary

Planning to spend 3 days in Barcelona?  I’ve created this 3 day Barcelona itinerary so you can enjoy the very best of Barcelona, visiting top attractions, discovering some hidden gems and enjoying some of the more unusual things to do in Barcelona with the time you have!   Read on to discover my top tips and detailed Barcelona 3 day itinerary.

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Before travelling to Barcelona, make sure you book accommodation and popular attractions ASAP as hotels and tickets can sell out.

⭐ TOP 3 BARCELONA ACTIVITIES TO BOOK IN ADVANCE:

1: Sagrada Familia Skip the Line Ticket - a must-see in Barcelona!

2: Park Guell Admission Ticket - colourful mosaic terraces and gorgeous views

3: Casa Batlló Entry with Self-Audioguide Tour - stunning Modernist Building & rooftop

🛌 MY FAVOURITE HOTELS IN BARCELONA:

$$: Sercotel Hotel Rosellon - Incredible view of the Sagrada Familia from some rooms and the terrace

$$: H10 Madison 4* Sup - top location with rooftop pool & view of the Gothic Cathedral

$: Chic & Basic Lemon Boutique Hotel - great value hotel near Plaça Catalunya

❗BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS❗

Although Barcelona is a safe city, pickpockets are a problem here, particularly in popular tourist areas and on the metro.  Use a theft-proof backpack and consider getting some hidden-pocket clothing to keep your belongings safe.

Is 3 Days Too Long in Barcelona?

Absolutely not!  While you could quite easily follow my Barcelona two-day itinerary and then spend your third day exploring more of Catalonia on a day trip from Barcelona, there are more than enough things to do in Barcelona to keep you busy for three whole days in the city itself.

This three-day Barcelona itinerary focuses solely on things to do in Barcelona itself, so if you want to know exactly how to spend three days in Barcelona you’re in the right place!

If you are lucky and have even more time in Barcelona, then check out my advice for how long to spend in Barcelona, and add some day trips to your itinerary too.

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How to Get Around Barcelona

Public transport is the cheapest way to get around Barcelona, and you can buy tickets for the metro or bus at the machines at any metro station.

Depending on how often you plan to use public transport in Barcelona, the T-Casual 10 journey tickets might be the best value for you, or the Hola Barcelona Transport Card which you can buy online here or from the metro ticket machines.

The Hola Barcelona Travel Card includes public transport for the duration of validity, so if you choose a 72 hour card, you can use the buses, metro, tram and local train throughout your stay in Barcelona.  Read more about the Hola Barcelona Travel Card here.

If you plan on visiting several museums and attractions then a Barcelona city card like the Barcelona Card could be better for you as that includes entry to some of the top museums in Barcelona as well as all public transport for the duration of the ticket. Check out my full review of The Barcelona Card to see if it is worth it for you.

Check out this article for more tips on how to get around Barcelona.

The Best Things to Do in Barcelona in 3 Days

For the purposes of this Barcelona itinerary, I’ve assumed that you will be spending a long weekend in Barcelona and planned the activities to suit a stay from Friday to Sunday.

If you come to Barcelona on different days of the week then be sure to check opening times as places like the Boqueria Market are closed on Sundays and most of the museums in Barcelona are closed on Mondays.

I’ve tried to mix up this itinerary to include some of the more typical Barcelona attractions, while still exploring the different neighbourhoods in Barcelona and finding some hidden gems that go beyond the obvious.

You’ll notice that I haven’t included many museums in this itinerary – for your first trip to Barcelona, I’d recommend spending as much time as you can outside on the streets and soaking up the atmosphere.

Football fans may also be horrified by no mention of Nou Camp, so feel free to chop and change my suggested Barcelona 3 day itinerary to best suit your tastes!

Barcelona 3-Day Itinerary: Day 1

For your first day in Barcelona, it’s all about getting your bearings and learning the basics.

La Rambla

A walk down the Rambla is a must for first-timers; it is the most famous street in Barcelona but it gets extremely busy, so make this your first stop in the morning before the crowds get too crazy.  It is also a popular street for pickpockets in Barcelona, so watch your belongings at any time of day!

However, first thing in the morning La Rambla is usually the quietest, and you can grab some breakfast at the wonderful Boqueria Market.  Later on in the day, La Rambla fills with stalls, living statues and a lot of people, so if you stay in the market for a while you are bound to see it getting more lively!

Start off at Plaça Catalunya and walk down towards the sea.  Look out for the Joan Miro mural, the uniquely decorated Casa Bruno Cuadros and the Liceu Theatre as you wander.

The Joan Miro Mural on La Rambla - What to Do in Barcelona in 3 Days
The Joan Miro Mural on La Rambla – What to Do in Barcelona in 3 Days

La Boqueria Market & Cooking Class

This market is firmly on the tourist trail for good reason and one of the best free things to do in Barcelona.  There are still local residents doing their shopping here, but they do have to fight their way through the crowds of tourists!

Before you take photographs of the stalls, it is polite to ask or to buy something from the stall owners.  Make sure you explore away from the main walkways as the market stretches way beyond the first two rows!  You could pick up some food for breakfast or a picnic-style lunch here or at least some fruit for a snack.

If you want to learn more about the food and markets in Barcelona then consider a guided tour of the market followed by a cooking class – they are great fun and delicious too!  Check the times of the tours as they aren’t always available in the mornings, this one starts at 11am so you have time to wander before the class.

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Port Vell & the Columbus Monument

At the bottom of La Rambla is the statue of Christopher Columbus, pointing out to sea – not towards the Americas.  You can go up to the top of the monument for €6 to enjoy lovely views of the city, or simply stroll by it.  From here, cross over the road to walk towards the water then turn left and walk along the port front.

Port Vell means Old Port, and the Port’s history can be traced back to medieval times when it served as the city’s main harbour, playing a crucial role in Barcelona’s maritime trade and prosperity during the Middle Ages.

The Port Vell we see today was built for the 1992 Olympic Games, when the whole of the beach and waterfront was redesigned.  Now you can admire the boats docked here, including some insanely big super-yachts!

Keep an eye open for the giant lobster sculpture, and The Barcelona’s Head sculpture further down, which was designed by American Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein for the 1992 Olympics.

The Lobster Sculpture in Port Vell Barcelona - 3 Day Barcelona Itinerary
The Lobster Sculpture in Port Vell Barcelona – 3 Day Barcelona Itinerary

Lunch at La Xampaneria or in El Born

If you didn’t have lunch as part of a cooking class, my favourite lunch spot in this area is Can Paixano, affectionately known as La Xampanyeria thanks to the delicious cava they sell.  It is always stuffed to the brim with locals and tourists who come here for the tasty and cheap food and drink.

You can pop in here just for a glass of cava if it’s too early for lunch, but order 2 glasses or more and you need to get some food too.  If it is too early for that too then you could wander around El Born and come back here – it is worth it I promise!

As well as sandwiches there are also plates of tapas such as cheese, morcilla black pudding and croquetas (cheese and ham potato croquettes). All the tapas are served in generous portions, and a meal works out at around 15 euros for a bottle of cava and 2 tapas.

If that sounds like too much, our next stop is El Born, which is home to Puertecillo Born – one of the best and cheapest seafood restaurants in the city and I LOVE IT!

They have a counter like you might find at the market where you point at what you want – prawns, calamari, mussels, crab, lobster etc, as well as incredible tuna steaks and monkfish.  They cook it simply and quickly and call out your number for you to pick it up at the counter.  Not classy but amazing as long as you like seafood!

If not then try one of the many tapas bars in El Born.  Bormuth is a decent option, I love El Xampanyet but it’s always busy so you will have to wait for a table.

Rows of Rose Cava at La Xampaneria - The Best Place for Lunch in Barcelona
Rows of Rose Cava at La Xampaneria – The Best Place for Lunch in Barcelona

Explore El Born

The Born neighbourhood is a maze of streets, filled with boutique shops, eateries and bars and a lovely area to explore.

The old Mercat del Born is now a cultural centre since renovations uncovered 17th-century ruins beneath the foundations.  It’s free to enter and visit the archaeological site from the balcony, and free audio guides are available in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Russian and Japanese.

The Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar is a magnificent church that inspired the novel Cathedral of the Sea by author Ildefonso Falcones, and you can go up on the roof for wonderful views of the city.  If you need a break, have a glass of wine in one of the bars in front of the church.

If you want to visit the Picasso Museum or the Moco Museum, these are both on the same street in El Born.

The Picasso Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of artworks from the formative years of the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. It’s one of the most visited museums in Barcelona, and a must if you are an admirer of Picasso’s work.  Tickets do not include an audio guide unless you book one for €5.

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➡️Book a Guided Tour of the Picasso Museum

The Moco Museum has a nice collection of modern and contemporary art, including works by greats such as Warhol, Basquiat and Banksy as well as up-and-coming artists.  Many of the exhibitions are interactive so you can enjoy digital immersive art as well as more “traditional” pieces.

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Placa de Sant Felip Neri with a fountain in the centre, trees and the bomb-marked walls of the church - How to Spend 3 Days in Barcelona
Placa de Sant Felip Neri – How to Spend 3 Days in Barcelona

Wander the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is a great place to explore, with impressive buildings and lots of boutique shops, cool bars & restaurants.  I used to live there & it’s still my favourite part of town, although it does get busy!!

Gothic Cathedral & Surroundings

The cathedral is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture.  The square in front of the Cathedral often hosts special events such as wine tastings, a flea market or Christmas markets if you visit Barcelona in winter, or you can wander around here freely to explore the narrow streets.

Some of the places to look out for include:

Chocolate and Churros

After all that exploring, perhaps you’re in need of some sustenance – how about hot chocolate and churros?  Thick gloopy hot chocolate and finger-shaped donuts to dip are heavenly, and you’ll find some of the best in Barcelona on Carrer de Petrixol at La Pallaresa or Granja Dulcinea.

Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi

The nearby Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi is a beautiful 14th Century Gothic Basilica which you can take a look inside for €4.50, or just stroll around the square.  There is often a food market or artists selling paintings here too.

Bar del Pi does some great tapas, in particular the bomba (a kind of meat and potato croquette with spicy garlic sauce) but my favourite dinner place in the Gothic Quarter is La Vinateria del Call.

Una Bomba round potato and meat croquette topped with garlic sauce on a bed of spicy tomato sauce - What to do in Barcelona in 3 Days
A Tasty Bomba – What to do in Barcelona in 3 Days

Dinner at La Vinateria del Call

Let’s stay in the Gothic Quarter for dinner, one of my favourite tapas restaurants in Barcelona is the Vinateria del Call, hidden away in the old Jewish Quarter behind Plaça Sant Jaume.  It is a popular place for tourists and locals, so it’s best to book a table if you can.

Choose from a range of tapas dishes including local cheeses, Catalan specialities and morcilla blood sausage.  There aren’t too many options for vegetarians, but cheese and meat-lovers will be happy here.  The waiter will recommend a wine to go with each course and make sure you save room for dessert – the chocolate fondant is to die for!

If you’d like a drink afterwards, Ginger is a cozy cocktail bar not too far away, or walk down to Carrer Ample and Carrer de la Merce which both have several cool spots.  El Born neighbourhood is another great place to go for cocktails with lots of bars to choose from.

3-Day Barcelona Itinerary: Day 2

Your second day in Barcelona is all about Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona’s most famous architect.  Gaudi’s architectural style has left a lasting mark on the city, and his works have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

He’s not the only Catalan architect though, and this Barcelona itinerary will also give you a chance to see some of the other incredible Modernist buildings here.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s famous cathedral and is absolutely stunning inside & out.  You can just wander around the outside if you like – don’t miss the viewpoint from across the lake in Placa de Gaudi.

However, inside is definitely worth seeing to fully appreciate the genius of the designs.  For me, the best time to visit La Sagrada Familia is first thing in the morning, when it is a little quieter and ideally on a sunny day so you get the full effect of the sunlight pouring through the stained glass windows.

You must book a ticket online for your preferred date – it is no longer possible to buy tickets at the cathedral.

I’d recommend booking tickets at least 2 weeks in advance as tickets can and do sell out and I’d hate for you to be disappointed!

Book your tickets here for a specific time and date or consider joining a guided tour for a more personalised experience.

Inside, you can see how nature influenced Gaudi’s work.  From the soaring tree-like pillars to the rainbow of stained glass windows there are carefully planned details everywhere.

A downloadable audio guide is included with the ticket price.  Children under 11 go free, and discounts are available for students and seniors.

You could also consider a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia, where the guide will share more information and insight into the cathedral.  After the tour, you can spend as much time as you like inside to take pictures and explore at your own pace.

➡️Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

➡️Sagrada Familia: Fast-Track Access Guided Tour

➡️Fast-Track Sagrada Familia and Towers Guided Tour

Stained Glass Windows Light Up the Interior of the Sagrada Familia
Stained Glass Windows Light Up the Interior of the Sagrada Familia
The Stunning Ceiling of the Sagrada Familia Interior
The Stunning Ceiling of the Sagrada Familia Interior

Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera

From La Sagrada Familia, it’s a 20 minute walk to Passeig de Gracia, or you can hop on the L5 blue line metro to Diagonal, where you can stroll down Passeig de Gracia and head down towards Plaça Catalunya.

Passeig de Gracia is one of the most exclusive streets in Barcelona and a great place to shop for designer brands.  It is also home to two of the most famous Gaudi houses in Barcelona – Casa Batlló and La Pedrera-Casa Milà.

First, you’ll come to Casa Milà on your left, also known as La Pedrera, which means ‘the stone quarry’.  It is famous for its wrought-iron balconies, undulating stone facade and rooftop terrace, and it was the final work Gaudi completed before his death.

➡️La Pedrera Entry with Self-Audioguide Tour

La Pedrera - Casa Mila Barcelona - 3 Day Barcelona Itinerary
La Pedrera – Casa Mila Barcelona – 3 Day Barcelona Itinerary

A few blocks further down on the right is my favourite building in Barcelona – the glorious Casa Batlló.

You can admire Casa Batlló from the outside for free, where you can see the different colours on the façade.  Casa Batlló is often decorated with a light show or other unique decorations like roses for the Sant Jordi festival on 23rd April, so at the very least I’d recommend coming here to see it.

However, going inside is well worth it, when you can see how Gaudí worked his magic on the interior as well.  Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long queues or missing out entirely!

➡️Casa Batlló Entry with Self-Audioguide Tour

➡️Fast Track Casa Batlló Guided Tour

Casa Batllo Decorated with Roses for Sant Jordi
Casa Batllo Decorated with Roses for Sant Jordi

Casa Batlló is one of a trio of buildings that make up the ‘Block of Discord’, as each building was designed by a different Modernist architect.  You can see the contrasting styles in each building, so take time to compare Casa Amatller next door, and Casa Lleó Morera on the next corner.

Lunch at El Nacional

It must be time for lunch by now, so book a table at El Nacional, a kind of upmarket food court with several different bars and restaurants to choose from.

Alternatively, there are some excellent restaurants on nearby Rambla de Catalunya – Ciutat Comtal is one of my favourite tapas restaurants but it does get extremely busy so expect to wait if you haven’t made a reservation.

Plaça de Catalunya

Arguably the centre of Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya is a main transport hub with two metro lines, local rail connections and the Aerobus stops so you will probably pass through it at some point!

If you want to do some shopping El Corte Inglés department store is on one side of the square (with free bathrooms on most levels if you get caught short), and there is a large Primark, Hard Rock Cafe and other big-name stores here too.

Me Inside the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona
Me Inside the Palau de la Musica Catalana – 3 days in Barcelona

Palau de la Música Catalana

Not far from Plaça Catalunya is a stunning Modernist concert hall and another UNESCO World Heritage site, this time designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.  It was built between 1905 and 1908 and has an incredible stained glass roof inside, as well as beautiful details throughout.

A self-guided tour is €18 and you can explore at your own pace – with plenty of time to take photos of this stunning place which is definitely one of the most instagrammable places in Barcelona!

If you prefer, a guided tour is €22 per person and lasts for just under an hour, and is well worth the money.  The last tour of the day is at 3pm (check the times and availability) so be careful not to miss your slot.

You could also buy tickets for evening performances if they match your travel dates, check the schedule here.

The Colourful Mosaic Bench on the Terrace of Park Guell
The Colourful Mosaic Bench on the Terrace of Park Guell

Park Güell

Parc Güell is one of Gaudi’s masterpieces and has gorgeous views of the city from the mosaic terrace.  It is best to come here in the late afternoon, once most of the tour groups have left, and the sun has moved around so it isn’t glaring down over the sea view.

Originally designed as a kind of magical housing estate commissioned by Gaudi’s patron Eusebi Güell.  Only three of the houses were built, yet the gardens surrounding them are beautiful and include some stunning mosaics, the famous Gaudi dragon statue and the terrace.

It costs 13 euros to enter the park (discounts for children and senior citizens are available), and you will need to reserve a time slot in advance as tickets sell out.

Don’t miss exploring the rest of the park as there is lots to explore here, and head up as high as you can go for the best views of Barcelona.

➡️Book tickets online here.

➡️Park Guell Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

Sunset at the Carmel Bunkers

Park Guell closes before it gets dark, so from here head to the Bunkers del Carmel to watch the sunset. It’s a former anti-aircraft defence point with some of the best views in Barcelona. A few years ago it was a hidden gem, but it’s now the secret is out and it is a popular spot so it can get busy.

If you still have the energy to walk, it’s around 30 minutes on foot from Park Guell if you leave the park from one of the exits at the top of the park, or hail a cab to save your weary feet!

The View from the Bunkers at El Carmel -Barcelona in 3 Days
The View from the Bunkers at El Carmel -Barcelona in 3 Days

Dinner and Drinks in Gracia

Gracia was its own town before it got swallowed up in the “expansion” and was joined to Barcelona by the Eixample district.  It still has its own personality and has much more of a local atmosphere than the areas closer to the centre.

There are various Plaças where you can have a drink and a bite to eat, but if you want to try something typically Catalan, head to La Vermu for an aperitivo drink of local vermouth then to my favourite place for traditional Catalan food – El Glop.

Choose from a wide menu including grilled meats and a variety of rice dishes but I suggest you skip the paella and go for the Black Rice – a rich rice dish made with squid ink, cuttlefish, clams and prawns.  Order it with a side of aioli garlic sauce and a starter of bread with tomato and you will not regret it!  Booking in advance is recommended.

Delicious Black Rice - Arros Negre from El Glop Catalan Restaurant
Delicious Black Rice – Arros Negre from El Glop Catalan Restaurant

Afterwards, if you still have the energy for a cocktail, try El Ciclista or Bobby Gin for a Barcelona-style huge gin and tonic.  I’ve got a busy day planned for tomorrow, so don’t overdo it – you want to be up early and ready to go for the rest of your Barcelona itinerary!

Barcelona in 3 Days – Day 3

If you think you’ve already seen the best of the city, make sure you keep some energy for our third day in Barcelona!

Visit the Arc de Triomf

Start the day at the Arc de Triomf.  It isn’t quite as iconic as the Parisian version, but I love the red brick of this one.

It was built as the main entrance for the 1888 Universal Exhibition hosted by the City, and now stands tall – usually surrounded by people taking photographs, human statues and a street musician or two.

The Arc de Triomf Monument
The Arc de Triomf Monument

Stroll Through Ciutadella Park

This large park is one of the few green expanses in Barcelona, and is a short walk from the Arc de Triomf.  The park’s name comes from the large citadel and prison built here by Philip V of Spain after the War of Spanish Succession.

A large area of the city was demolished to make space for the citadel, designed to stop the Catalans from rebelling against Spanish rule (you can see some of the ruins from that period in the Born Cultural Centre we visited on our first day in Barcelona).

Now this large green space is filled with picnicking families and groups of friends, and if you’re lucky you might catch some live music or a street performance of some kind.  The park’s bandstand, Glorieta de la Transsexual Sònia, is dedicated to a transsexual woman, Sonia Rescalvo Zafra, who was murdered there on 6 October 1991.

Make sure you walk through the recently restored Hivernacle, a beautiful glass and iron structure built in 1883. It was designed by Josep Amargós i Samaranch and was originally intended to be a greenhouse for exotic plants.  The wooden Umbracle nearby is just as impressive.

Stroll around to the lake and the Cascada Monumental Fountain, keeping an eye out for some unusual statues like that of a woolly mammoth.  You could hire a boat to row around the boating lake or take a rest on one of the benches in the shade.

The park is also home to the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona and the Barcelona Zoo.  From here it is a short walk to Barceloneta.

Rowing Boats on the Lake in Ciutadella Park
Rowing Boats on the Lake in Ciutadella Park

Hit the Beach at Barceloneta

Barceloneta is the old fishermen’s neighbourhood, with straight narrow streets and blocks of small apartments.  You can visit the market here which is less crowded than La Boqueria or walk through the streets to the beachfront.

The sail-shaped W Hotel is an iconic Barcelona landmark that stands at the end of Barceloneta beach and makes for a great photo spot.

I love to just look at the sea, although there are plenty of beaches here in Barcelona, the water isn’t that clean, and as you’re only in Barcelona for three days I would suggest leaving the sunbathing for another time, but sitting for a while on one of the benches to enjoy the sunshine is very pleasant indeed.

The W Hotel in Barceloneta
The W Hotel in Barceloneta

Lunch in Barceloneta

There are several bars and restaurants on the Barceloneta seafront to enjoy a drink while you admire the view.  For delicious tapas, go off the main streets to try La Bombeta or Bar Jai-Ca, or enjoy some seafood paella at a restaurant like Can Ros or Can Ramonet.

If the weather is fine and you feel like a longer walk along the beach, the paella at Xiringuito Escribà is also delicious – and they even serve paella for one if you’re in Barcelona alone!  It’s best to book a table for lunch if you can, or expect to wait a while for a table.

Montjuic Cable Car

From Barceloneta you can take the cable car up to Montjuic to enjoy more fabulous views, and for a shortcut to Montjuic Mountain.  If you’re not a fan of heights you might want to take a cab or the metro and funicular instead!

Explore Montjuic

Montjuïc, the hill overlooking Barcelona and the coastline, is a lovely area to explore on a sunny day, with gardens, museums and various other attractions.

For history buffs, Montjuïc Castle is a historic fortress perched on the summit that dates back to the 17th century and showcases Barcelona’s military history as well as panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.

If you prefer green spaces, Barcelona Botanic Garden is home to a variety of Mediterranean plants, the Miramar Gardens offers a tranquil green space where you can unwind with more scenic views, or walk along the many pathways cross-crossing the hillside.

Keep an eye open for El Teatre Grec, a stone amphitheatre which hosts festivals and live performances.

There is plenty to see and do for art lovers too, with the Fundació Joan Miró, and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) housed in the impressive Palau Nacional which are both well worth a visit, and the view from the Palau Nacional of the Magic Fountain, Plaça Espanya and Tibidabo beyond should not be missed.

Poble Espanyol, which translates to “Spanish Village” in English, is an architectural open-air museum located in Barcelona, Spain. It was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exposition as a showcase of the diverse architectural styles and cultures across Spain and has some interesting shops and areas to explore.

I also like going to the Olympic Stadium to get some peace and quiet, it’s rarely busy and has some interesting features – you can also visit the Olympic and Sport Museum there to learn about the history of the Olympic Games.

Unfortunately, the Magic Fountain is currently closed due to drought restrictions, but under normal circumstances has a spectacular evening light and music show which is worth sticking around for.

The Montjuic Communications Tower near the Olympic Stadium at Montjuic - 3 Day Barcelona Itinerary
The Montjuic Communications Tower near the Olympic Stadium at Montjuic – 3 Day Barcelona Itinerary

What you do next depends on how long you spend in Montjuic.  You could easily spend a whole afternoon there if you go into some of the museums or find a sunny spot to enjoy the views.

Whenever you’re ready you could take the funicular down to Paral.lel and head to Carrer Blai for some food and drinks, or explore the area a bit more. Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies

Go Bar Hopping on Carrer de Blai

This is one of my favourite places to have a few drinks and some tasty snacks.  Carrer Blai in Poble Sec is a whole street that is full of pincho bars.  Pinchos are a traditional type of tapas originally from the Basque Country, which are chunks of bread with a variety of tasty toppings that cost around 2 euros each.

Here you can move from bar to bar where you order a drink and a couple of pinchos in each place.  My personal favourite pincho bars are La Tasqueta de Blai and Taberna Blai Tonight, but Blai 9 and L’Atelier de Blai are also excellent.

A Pincho Bar on Carrer de Blai
A Pincho Bar on Carrer de Blai – 3 Day Barcelona Itinerary

If you’re looking for more nightlife in the area, El Molino and Teatre Apolo have various kinds of performances, or Sala Apolo is the late-night club with DJs to dance the night away.

For more cocktail bars I also love Eixample neighbourhood – there are three excellent cocktail bars within a block of each other – Sips (recently voted the best bar in the world), Hemingway Gin & Cocktail Bar, and Tandem Cocktail Bar which all have different vibes and delicious cocktails.

Extras for Your Barcelona Itinerary

Well, that’s it!  I hope this Barcelona 3 day itinerary has helped you to plan your trip to Barcelona with all of my favourite activities.  There are so many wonderful things to do in Barcelona I tried my best to cram in all of my top tips for you, but understand you might want to chop and change it to suit your personal preferences.

You might also like these ideas for more things to do in Barcelona:

Where to Stay in Barcelona

For the purposes of this Barcelona itinerary, it doesn’t really matter where you decide to stay in Barcelona as you’ll be moving around quite a bit.  Somewhere close to a metro line would be ideal if you plan to use public transport, or if you prefer to use taxis then the Eixample neighbourhood is a great choice as there are more passing taxis here.

Some of my recommended hotels include:

  • Chic & Basic Lemon Boutique Hotel which is a nice budget hotel in a great location close to Plaça Catalunya.
  • H10 Madison is a 4* hotel with rooftop terrace and swimming pool overlooking the Gothic Cathedral.
  • Serras Barcelona is a 5* hotel in the Gothic Quarter overlooking Port Vell. It’s a beautiful historic building and also has a rooftop pool.

If you’re visiting Barcelona on a budget, Use Hostelworld to find the best prices for hostels in Barcelona.  A few of my favourites include:

  • Hostel One Batllo is short walk from Plaça Catalunya and gets great reviews for the sociable atmosphere and friendly staff.
  • TOC Hostel Barcelona is close to Plaça Universitat, a couple of minutes’ walk from La Rambla. Its sunny rooftop terrace and pool is a great place to hang out and you can choose from dorms or private rooms
  • Fabrizzio’s Petit Hostel I love this hostel! Fabrizzio’s is one of those hostels that really does feel like home.  It is small but sociable, without being a party hostel.