If you want to come to Barcelona and only have three days to explore it, don’t be discouraged! It’s true that it’s a short amount of time, but with a little effort, you can see the most important things in the city and start preparing for a more leisurely visit to savor the magic of the Catalan capital at a slower pace.
If you want to make the most of your time, follow the itinerary we’ve prepared to discover Barcelona in 3 days. If you prefer a more relaxed trip, eliminate the options that interest you less from each day and allow yourself more time for those that remain. It’s up to you!
First Day in Barcelona
We start the day by visiting the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece that masterfully combines modernism with Gothic architecture. The exterior view is already worth it, but we recommend not missing its fascinating interior. You can get there by Metro, L2 and L5, Sagrada Familia station
Next, we head to the Hospital de la Santa Creu, which we will reach after a leisurely walk of about 20 minutes. The impressive modernist complex exudes pure tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city. You can also reach it by Metro L5, Sant Pau | Dos de Maig station.
It’s time to enjoy Catalan modernism outdoors with a must-visit to Parque Güell, Gaudí’s jewel that will transport you to a world of fantasy. It also offers priceless views of the Barcelona skyline. We recommend taking the Metro (L3, Vallcarca station) or bus 24.
The next stop is the Gràcia neighborhood, famous for its labyrinthine streets full of boutiques and squares with terraces where you can wander and take the opportunity to do some shopping or have a drink. Although there are several ways to get there, we recommend taking the metro, either Line 3, Fontana station, or Line 4, Joanic station.
Once you’ve made your stop in Gràcia, head to Plaza Cataluña, the heart of Barcelona, where the city’s main arteries converge. Since it’s one of the most central locations in the city, you have various options to get there, including metro lines L1, L3, L6, and L7.
From Plaça Catalunya, the most famous street in the city, Las Ramblas, begins—an ideal place to stroll and enjoy its vibrant energy. Take your time to explore some key points along this avenue, such as the Boquería Market or the Liceu Theater.
Las Ramblas ends at the Columbus Monument, an iconic statue just steps from the port. Here, we conclude the first day, next to the Drassanes metro station, from where you can return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Second day in Barcelona
If the first day was intense, the second will be no less so. We start at the well-known Casa Milá, La Pedrera, another brilliant design by Gaudí. You can reach it by Metro, L3 and L5, Diagonal station. Although the building is worth a visit inside, if you don’t want to spend too much time, you can enjoy the exterior design and admire the striking chimneys on the rooftop from the street.
Less than a 20-minute walk from La Pedrera is the second Gaudí work we will visit today, Casa Batlló, a building whose facade seems to be taken from a dream. Although you can get there by metro L2, L3, and L4, Passeig de Gràcia station, we recommend enjoying the walk: you are in one of the most beautiful areas of the city.
Now, take the metro (L1 and L4, Urquinaona station) and get ready to explore one of the most beautiful modernist buildings in Barcelona: the Palau de la Música Catalana, the headquarters of Orfeó Català and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you want to explore the interior of the building, uncover all its secrets, and enjoy the incredible majesty of its performances, don’t miss the Palau Experience. This initiative allows you to take a private tour of the Palau with a snack, enjoy a sneak peek at the rehearsals of the Gran Gala Flamenco company, and then attend the show. It will be the perfect ending to your visit to Barcelona.
To conclude the day, and before returning to the Palau to enjoy the best flamenco show in Barcelona, we recommend getting lost in the charming streets of the Born district (metro line 4, Jaume I station) before heading to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic (metro lines 1 and 3, Plaça Espanya station), where you can also take the opportunity to explore the impressive Plaza de España.
Third day in Barcelona
During the first two days, you’ve visited almost all the important attractions in the center of Barcelona (although don’t be fooled, the capital has so much to see that we could spend weeks), so let’s dedicate this day to the outskirts of the city.
To start, our first visit will be the Olympic Ring, where you can relive the 1992 Olympic Games, one of the most important events in recent Spanish history. Although accessible by bus 55, we recommend taking the funicular from Paral·lel, quite an experience in itself.
Next, we’ll head to Montjuic Castle, a delightful way to delve into the history of Barcelona and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view. Again, it’s possible to get there by Bus 150 or take the Montjuic Cable Car, our recommendation.
And you can’t leave Barcelona without spending a few hours on the beach: regardless of the time of year, the Barceloneta beach is a protagonist in the city’s life. Let yourself be pampered by the sea breeze, enjoy the gastronomy at one of the many restaurants and beach bars, and relax while watching the sea from the breakwater or the promenade.
Although, unfortunately, our visit ends here, Barcelona still has much more to offer you: Poblenou, the Horta Labyrinth, the Bunkers del Carmel, the Picasso Museum… We are sure that these 3 days have been just a taste of everything that the Catalan capital has to offer, and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as you have the opportunity to return.
Enjoy the purest flamenco show with Gran Gala Flamenco
Any day is a good day to enjoy the best flamenco show in Spain, which Barcelona offers you in two of the most historic venues in the capital: book your tickets now for the Palau de la Música or the Teatro Poliorama and let us add the finishing touch to your 3-day visit to Barcelona. You’ll love it!