The Ultimate 3 Days Itinerary Barcelona – See Barcelona in 3 Days like a local

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I have lived in Barcelona for more than five years now and have probably seen all the famous tourist attractions here (more than once). But since travelers usually don’t have two years to explore the city, I decided to create you an Ultimate 3 Days Itinerary Barcelona. (So, you know what to do in Barcelona for 3 days + some Extra-attractions in case you stay longer ).

Anyway, before taking you on our Ultimate Barcelona Itinerary to see Barcelona in 3 days, let’s check some basic facts about the sunny Catalan capital.


Where to stay in Barcelona: Hotel Santa Marta (Great hotel in the center near attractions & beach) or W Barcelona (Luxury option directly at the beach)

The most popular activities & tours in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia Ticket – Skip the Line

Camp Nou – Barça Museum und Tour

Barcelona Card – More than 25 Attractions

Park Güell – Skip the Line

La Pedrera – Skip the Line

Getting there: Make sure to check for the best flight deals on Flight comparison-Sites like Skyscanner

Transport: T-Casual Ticket (10-trips-Ticket) or Hola BCN Day Ticket

Want to rent a car? You can find great deals on RentalCars. It gets cheaper from El Prat Airport.

Barcelona Must-Have: Practical Spanish Travel Dictionary or Catalan Travel Dictionary and Barcelona-Guide

Barcelona Transport

From the Airport (El Prat) to the City Center

There are several options in order to get from the airport in Barcelona to the city center.

Clearly, the cheapest option is to go by train. The price for a single trip is € 2.40 and you can even get it cheaper by using the T-Casual-Ticket (€ 1.35 per trip as of 2022). The train usually leaves two times per hour.

The big drawback is that the train is only leaving from Terminal 2. There is a shuttle bus between Terminal 1 and 2, which you can use free of charge, but it might take around 15 – 20 minutes.

The fastest option is probably the bus. The Aerobus is operating between both terminals and the city center several times an hour. It takes about 35 minutes to get to the city. The price for one trip is € 5.90 (10.20 Roundtrip).

Another option is to go by Metro. You can take the Metro from both Terminals. A Billet Aeroport costs 4.60 € one-way. (Please note that you can’t use the T-Casual Ticket to go to or from the airport by metro.

The last option is to go by taxi, which should cost you around € 25 – 30 going to the city center.

For more details be sure to check our detailed Barcelona Airport to the City Center Guide with all Transport Options from all airports.

How to get around during your Barcelona 3 day itinerary

Depending on how long you are going to stay it might be worth it buying a T-Casual Ticket (10 trips ticket) for € 11.35. (It’s already worth it starting from 6 trips!)

You can use it in the Metro, Busses, and trains in the city during your 3-day itinerary Barcelona. You can buy the T-Casual Ticket at the airport and at any train- or Metro Station.

There are also Day-Passes, but since you can walk almost everywhere, it’s not really necessary most of the time. (Many visitors told me they regret having purchased this ticket). Anyway, if you don’t have much time or can’t walk long distances for any reason, a day-pass might be useful. You can purchase them online here.

Best time to visit Barcelona

High Season

June – August


  • Warm weather and sunny


  • Crowded – many tourists

Low Season

April – May; September – November


  • Fewer tourists
  • Different kinds of festivals (Sant Jordi, Mercè …)


  • The weather might not always be suitable for the beach

Winter Season

December – March


  • Way fewer tourists
  • cheaper accommodation prices


  • Colder weather
  • Might be cloudy or rainy

The Ultimate 3 Days Itinerary Barcelona

Barcelona Attractions – Day 1

Plaça Catalunya

Placa Catalunya in Barcelona, center of Barcelona, tree

Opening hours Plaça Catalunya: 24 hrs

Entrance fee Plaça Catalunya: free of charge

Getting there: Metro Catalunya (L1 or L3)

Plaça Catalunya is the center of Barcelona because it connects the old town with the new town (Eixample). Here, we will begin our tour through one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Plaça Catalunya is famous for its fountains and the large number of pigeons that walk around here because many people feed them.

Placa Catalunya, Fountain, Barcelona in 3 days

Surrounding Plaça Catalunya, you can find many opportunities for shopping or snacks.

Plaza Cataluna, Center of Barcelona, kids playing

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas, Barcelona
View on Las Ramblas from the harbor

Opening hours Las Ramblas: 24 hrs

Entrance fee Las Ramblas: free of charge

Getting there: Metro Catalunya (L1 or L3), Drassanes (L3), Liceu (L3)

Las Ramblas is also known as Les Rambles (Catalan) and La Rambla (Spanish). This ca. 1 ½ km long Promenade in the center of Barcelona connects Plaça Catalunya with the old harbor (Port Vell). Las Ramblas is one of THE sightseeing hotspots in Barcelona and is always full of people.

Besides many bars and restaurants (be careful: Tourist cams ahead!), you can find many souvenirs, ice cream, and flower stores. While walking through Las Ramblas, you can as well enjoy many street artists. But keep your eyes open, this street is also full of pickpockets.

Mercat de la Boqueria

Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona, Las Ramblas, fruits

Opening hours Mercado Boqueria: 08.00 am – 08.30 pm

Entrance fee Mercado Boqueria: free of charge

Getting there: Metro Liceu (L3) or Catalunya (Rambla Exit – L3)

When you walk around Las Ramblas, you shouldn’t miss the Mercat de la Boqueria. This market is one of the oldest in Barcelona, and they have sold food and other things here since the 13th Century. Nowadays, you can find here many fresh products, such as fruits, fish, and meat.

But the first thing you see when entering is probably the huge range of candies and chocolates. My favorite product in the market is freshly pressed juice for 1 – €1,50. Why don’t you try the flavors Mango-Strawberry or Pineapple-Coconut? In the back of the market, you can also find stalls with food for a little snack or a refreshing Spanish drink in between.

Plaça Reial

Placa Reial, Plaza Real, Barcelona, Barrio Gotico, Barcelona itinerary

Opening hours Plaça Reial: 08.00 am – 08.30 pm

Entrance fee Plaça Reial: free of charge

Getting there: Metro Liceu (L3) or Catalunya (Rambla Exit – L3)

The Plaza Real (Catalan: Plaça Reial) is located directly next to Las Ramblas. When having a walk through the busy streets of Barcelona, this is the perfect place to relax a little. Moreover, Plaça Reial is one of the most beautiful squares in Barcelona.

Around this square, you can find different kinds of cafés, bars, and restaurants, and especially on warm nights, you will often find live music.

Columbus Statue

Columbus Statue on Las Ramblas, Barcelona port

Opening Hours Columbus Column: 08.30 am – 08.30 pm

Entrance Fee Columbus Column: 8 €

Getting there: Metro Drassanes (L3) (Las Ramblas)

At the exit of Las Ramblas, you can find the Columbus statue in front of the old harbor. If you feel like it, you can enter and go up to a viewpoint from which you have a great view over the harbor and the surrounding area while enjoying a nice glass of cava or wine.

But even if you don’t enter, the statue is impressive. The arm of Columbus points in the direction of Majorca. In this direction, Colombus once started his trip on which he found the “new world.” On the other hand, the bronze Colombus holds a sea map.

Harbor – Port Vell

Port Vell, Harbor, Barcelona, Montjuic, seagull

Even Port Vell, Barcelona’s Harbor, offers another great walk opportunity.

To be exact, the harbor of Barcelona is divided into two parts. One on each side of the beach. One is the old part, Port Vell and the other one is called Port Olímpic.

Port Vell doesn’t only offer the Maremagnum Mall, but also different restaurants, the aquarium and as mentioned above the possibility to have a nice walk. And if you are lucky, you can see the bridge opening for boats to enter the harbor.

El Gòtic (Barrio Gótico)

Cathedral Barcelona, Barrio Gotico

Getting there: Metro Liceu (L3) or Bus V15 to Via Laietana – Correus

The Barrio Gótico (in Catalan also called Barri Gòtic or El Gòtic) is the oldest neighborhood in Barcelona.

With its narrow streets built in the gothic style, this area of Barcelona offers another perfect opportunity for a walk. There is much to explore, and even locals find new things here all the time.

The probably most popular part of the Barrio Gótico is the cathedral (La Catedral). Often, you can find Opera Singers here showing their talent. And due to the echo of the stone walls, it gets even more powerful.

Plaza San Felipe Neri, Barrio Gotico, Tourists, Barcelona

My personal highlight in El Gòtic is the Plaza de San Felipe Neri (Catalan: Plaça de Sant Felip Neri). Besides its dark history, this square is super quiet and peaceful and you can get some quick rest here.

By the way, in this square, they filmed many scenes of the video clip of My Immortal by Evanescence.

Option: Born

Born Neighborhood in 3 days in Barcelona

The neighborhood El Born is perfect for discovering the nightlife of Barcelona. Moreover, you can find great Tapas-Restaurants where the locals go to. If you aren’t too tired, you should definitely have a look.

Stroll along Passeig del Born, which is full of local restaurants, bars, and little shops and ends at the Born Market. With its medieval vibe and modern bars, it’s simply one of the best places to spend your night in the city.

Restaurant Tip in Born: Bar Celta Pulperia – Tapas

tapas restaurant Barcelona I Traditional Spanish food I Catalan food I Spain
Can’t get enough of Tapas

If you are looking for yummy traditional Spanish Tapas, this is your place.

Address: Carrer de Simó Oller, 3, 08002 Barcelona

Bus Station: Via Laietana – Correus (V15)

Barcelona 3 day itinerary – Day 2

Park Güell

Park Güell, Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi, buildings

Opening hours Park Güell: 09.30 am – 07.30 pm

Entrance fee Park Güell: from 10 €; rest of the park: free of charge

Tickets: You should definitely reserve your ticket in advance to avoid long queues. Tickets and tours for Park Güell online can be found here.

Getting there: Metro Lesseps (L3) or bus 24 (direction El Carmel) to Trav de Dalt.

Besides the famous Sagrada Família, Park Güell (pronounced: Park Guh-ey) is probably the main attraction of Barcelona. Both of them have the same architect: Antoni Gaudí. He created Park Güell (Spanish: Parque Güell) between 1900 and 1914 after being inspired by English Gardens he saw while traveling.

park Güell by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, Plants, Palm trees

And he created this place with success. Besides the magnificent constructions that you can find in the park, the location is just chosen amazingly. From here, you have another great view of Barcelona.

Bunkers del Carmel

Bunkers del Carmel, Barcelona, View Point

Opening hours Bunkers: Public place, can be visited anytime

Entrance fee Bunkers: free of charge

Getting there: Bus 119 to Marià Lavèrnia

There is one spot in Barcelona where I take all of my visitors, whether it is Couchsufers, friends, or family: Los Bunkers del Carmel. One of my absolute favorite spots in Barcelona. The Bunkers are located way above the roofs of Barcelona, and therefore, you have a perfect 360-degree Panorama view of Barcelona from up there. But just have a look yourself in my video…

During the Spanish Civil War, an air-raid shelter was built here in 1937. It was the perfect place, as from here you could see the attacker coming from every direction since you have a good view of the whole city.

Still today, you can have a look at this air-raid shelter free of charge.

Even though the Bunkers of Carmel are not that unknown anymore as they were some years back, they are still not as crowded as other tourist attractions and viewpoints in Barcelona and, therefore, still kind of an insider tip.

Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

Sant Pau Hospital, Museum, Barcelona, historical building

Opening hours Sant Pau: Mon – Fri: 10 am – 02 pm; Sat + Sun: 10 am – 05 pm

Entrance fee Sant Pau: from 15 €

Free Entrance Days Sant Pau: 23rd April., 24th September

Tickets: To avoid waiting in line, we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance, e.g. here.

Getting there: Metro Sant Pau I Dos de Maig (L5)

One always hopes not to have to visit a hospital while on vacation. Sant Pau is the big exception here. People are standing in line to enter this hospital. Because St. Pau nowadays is not used as a hospital anymore but you can have a look at the beauty of this historic building.

Sant Pau or Hospital de la Sant Creu i Sant Pau is much more than just boring hospital hallways. It actually feels more like a community with a wonderful yard filled with trees and flowers in the middle, which used to connect the almost 30 buildings of the hospital. The architecture of St. Pau is stunning, and even though the entrance fee is a little bit pricey, it’s surely worth a visit.

The Sagrada Família

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, basilica, catalonia

Opening Hours Sagrada Familia: 09.00 am – 06/07/08 pm (depending on the season)

Entrance Fee Sagrada Familia: from 30 €

Tickets: You may want to book your ticket online in advance to avoid sold-out tickets on the spot and hours of waiting in line. You can find tickets and tours online here.

Metro-Stop: Sagrada Familia (L5 or L2)

Surely, you can’t call the famous Sagrada Família an insider tip. Probably everyone has already heard of it, and every month thousands of visitors come here to see this famous basilica. Whether from the inside or the outside: The Sagrada Família (Holy Family) is simply impressive.

Inside of the sagrada Familia, Basilica in Barcelona, colums
Inside of the famous Sagrada Família

The constructions of this popular building have already started back in 1882 and still haven’t been finished up to the present time. While the constructions were rather slow until some years ago, you can tell that the building is being developed much faster now, and it is hard to see the Sagrada Família without any cranes or construction workers.

For the 100th anniversary of the death of Gaudí, the Sagrada Família is planned to be finally finished. That would be in the year 2026. We are highly curious about whether this is actually happening.

Restaurant tip around Sagrada Família: El Felino – Italienisches Restaurant

The pizza here is simply amazing!

Address: Carrer de la Marina, 269, 08025 Barcelona

Metro Station: Sagrada Familia (L2)

Casa Batlló

casa battlo, antoni Gaudi, building in Barcelona

Opening Hours Casa Battló: 09.00 am – 06.30 pm; Noches mágicas: 06.30 pm – 08 pm

Entrance Fee Casa Batlló: 35 € Standard // 49 € Noches Mágicas

Tickets Casa Batlló: Book your ticket online here.

Metro-Stop: Passeig de Gràca (L2, L3 or L4)

Even though this building was constructed already in 1877, it has been rebuilt between 1904 and 1906 by Antoni Gaudí for Josep Batlló i Casanovas in the modern style. The constructions included some modern sculptors of that time as well.

The building is supposed to represent the story of the patron saint of Catalonia: Saint George, or how they call him in Catalonia: Sant Jordi. Regarding the famous legend of Sant Jordi, the rooftop of this majestic building is formed like the back of a dragon. With a little bit of imagination, you can even recognize the lance of Sant Jordi. Too bad that it’s difficult to see this unique architectured rooftop from the street.

Since 2005, this building belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage.

La Pedrera – Casa Milà

Casa Mila, La Pedrera, Barcelona, building

Opening Hours: 09 am – 06.30 pm; Night tour: 08.40 pm – 10 pm

Entrance Fee: from 24 €

Tickets: Check tickets and tours on GetYourGuide here

Metro-Stop: Diagonal (L3 or L5)

This building which has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1984, was designed by the popular designer and architect Antoni Gaudí, as well. Family Milà gave the assignment for this building, and the construction took place between 1906 and 1910. On the top floor of this unique building, you can find a museum dedicated to the works of Gaudí.

You can visit this unique building either during the daytime or nighttime with live music and a drink. Especially if you have read the newest novel by Dan Brown (I’m a big fan!) Origin, you might want to visit this place even more.

Fun Fact: While today many travelers visit this important building in Barcelona, the actual client, the couple Milà, was not quite so happy with the result of the construction. Thus, they even ended up in court, as they refused to pay the architect’s final bill. In the end, Gaudí won the trial, and the bill was settled.

Option: Gràcia

How to get there: Metro Lesseps (L3) or Fontana (L3)

Gràcia is the trendy neighborhood of Barcelona and is known to be one of the quietest and most modern neighborhoods in the city. Many artists and authors live here, trying to get inspired by Gràcia’s creative atmosphere.

Here are many peaceful cafés and restaurants, in which you can relax and have a coffee, beer or wine.

Gràcia seems to be a little different from the other neighborhoods of Barcelona, which can be caused by the fact that actually, Gràcia used to be another city. Until it became a part of Barcelona in the 19th Century.

Neighboorhood Gràcia in Barcelona, trendy neighboorhood

A visit to Gràcia is especially worth it around August when the neighborhood festival of  Gràcia takes place. Every part of this area builds its own decoration for a given topic. Afterward, visitors can vote for their favorite.

Attractions in Barcelona – Day 3

Arc de Triomf

arc de triomf, triumpf arche in Barcelona, catalonia

Opening hours Arc de Triomf: 24 hrs

Entrance fee Arc de Triomf: free of charge

Getting there: Metro Arc de Triomf (L1)

This triumphal arch of Barcelona is located in the China-Town-like area of the city, near the South Bus Station. This arch which is around 30 meters high, has been used as the entrance to the world exhibition, which took place in Barcelona in 1888.

While this impressive Triumphal Arc has been equipped with the arms of Barcelona in the middle, it shows the arms of all the other Spanish provinces on its left and right side and is therefore seen as a tribute to all the nations and provinces that joined the world exhibition. It was built in Moorish architecture, which was modern during that time throughout Spain which stands in contrast to the Gotic architecture which dominates the streets of Barcelona.

From here, you can easily walk to the Ciutadella-Park through the Promenade which is usually filled with street artists.

Ciutadella Park

Cuitadella Park in Barcelona, Fountain, park

Opening hours Ciutadella Parl: 10 am – Sunset

Entrance fee Ciutadella Park: Free of charge; Renting a boat: 6 € for 30 min. for 2 people

Getting there: Metro Ciutadella I Vila Olímpica (L4)

With 30 hectares, Ciutadella is one of the most beautiful and popular parks in Barcelona. In summer, you can find activities taking place here on every corner, such as Yoga and Gymnastics. Many locals come here and enjoy the sun and use the green parts to just relax a little.

The most beautiful part of the park is arguably the fountain which you can see in the photo above. It’s called Cascada de Gaudí (Gaudi’s Waterfall) even though the famous Barcelona architect was only a helping hand in the design of this fountain while still being a student.

Parc de la Ciutadella I Ciutadella Park I Barcelona I Catalonia I Spain

Accompanied by ducks and geese, you can rent a boat and drive around the lake.

Another popular spot, you can find in this park is the Zoo of Barcelona which is an important highlight for Barcelona’s children and families since September 1892.


Barcelona Beach, Barcelona itinerary

Opening hours Barceloneta: 24 hrs

Entrance fee Barceloneta: free of charge

Getting there: Metro Barceloneta (L4)

Entrance Fee: free

How to get there: Metro Barceloneta (L4)

Before the Olympic Games in 1992, this part of Barcelona was mainly avoided by tourists due to their high crime rate. Today, this seems almost impossible.

The beach of Barceloneta is one of the main tourist attractions of the city.  Barceloneta simply offers a great opportunity to have a walk, relax in the sun, or have a swim.

You can also find many great bars, restaurants, and tapas places at and around the beach. But keep in mind that places with beach views might be a little bit pricier.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the sand that you can find at Barceloneta Beach was actually imported here from Egypt?

Barceloneta Top Tip: You will most likely find people walking along the beach selling self-made Mojitos and Sangrias. Even though I’ve never tried them myself, I’ve never seen anyone that wasn’t already drunk actually finishing them. So better stay away from them.


Garden in front of Montjuic castle, Barcelona

Opening hours: 01.11. – 31.03.: 10.00 am – 06 pm & 01.04. – 31.10.: 10.00 am – 08 pm

Entrance fee: 3 € (for people under 30) and 5 € (adults over 30)

Free entrance: First Sunday of the month & Sundays after 3 pm.

Getting there: Bus 150 to Castell or by cable car from the port or the foot of the mountain

Tickets: Tickets for Cable Car from Harbour can be found here, Tickets for Montjuïc Cable car can be found here.

The Montjuïc is one of 3 mountains in Barcelona. On the mountaintop, you can find an old castle that you can visit.

The entrance fee is worth it, as you have an amazing view from there over the city and the harbor of Barcelona.

The castle of Montjuïc was used to protect the harbor and is owned by the Catalan Government just since 2007.

Same as for the bunkers, the great view you have from here is not caused by coincidence but has strategic reasons as you can see enemies arriving by boat already from far away.

gondola Barcelona Montjuic

To get up to the top of the hill, you can either walk, take the bus, or cable car from the harbor. Of course, the cable car might be the most pricey and the most fun option.

Plaça d’Espanya

Placa d'espanya, square, museums, barcelona

Opening Hours Plaça d’Espanya: 24 hrs

Entrance Fee Plaça d’Espanya: free of charge

Metro-Stop: Espanya (L1)

Plaça d’Espanya is one of the most important squares in Barcelona. It was built for the International Exhibition, which took place in the Montjüic district in 1929. From here, you have access to different museums and exhibitions. The most important (and impressive) of those museums is the Palau Nacional, the Museum of Catalan Art.

Here you can also find the former bull-fighting stadium, Las Arenas (the big round building that you can see on the right on the picture above). Luckily, bullfighting has been banned in Catalonia for several years (the last bullfight took place in this stadium in 1977).

The Magic Fountains

Magic Fountains, Monjuic, Barcelona, Light show

Opening Hours Magic Fountains: Depending on the season. Check here for current Opening Hours

Entrance Fee Magic Fountains: free of charge

Metro-Stop: Espanya (L1)

As one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions, the Magic Fountains fascinate hundreds of visitors each week. This show is special because it magically combines water, light, and music. This mesmerizing light show takes place near Plaça Espanya, which is also a fantastic place to visit in Barcelona. Try to get there a little earlier as it usually gets pretty crowded. Especially if you want to take pictures, it’s better to find a place near the fountain.

Restaurant Tip near Plaça Espanya: Tapas of Poble Sec

Best Tapas and Pinchos in Barcelona, Poble Sec, Tapasbar

Not far from Plaça Espanya, you can find some of the best Tapas in Barcelona. To be exact, it’s so-called Pinchos. That means you have different kinds of tapas for one person displayed and can take as many of them as you like. In the end, the waiter counts the sticks that come with the Pinchos to see how much you have to pay. Each color of the stick has its own fixed price.

You can choose any of the Tapas Restaurant in the street. So far, all of them served us amazing tapas.

More Things to do in Barcelona

Camp Nou

Camp Nou, Les Corts, Barcelona 3 days itinerary

Opening Hours Camp Nou: Depending on the Season and matches. Get all the information on their official website.

Entrance Fee Camp Nou: from 26 €

Tickets: Make sure to make a reservation for your tour online in advance.

Metro-Stop: Palau Reial (L3), Les Corts (L3), Collblanc (L5), Badal (L5)

For all kinds of soccer fans, this is the true highlight during their three days in Barcelona: The stadium of FC Barcelona, the biggest soccer stadium in the world. The name Camp Nou can be translated with New Field.

Camp Nou is located in the Les Corts area, a little bit outside of the city center, but anyway easy to reach. Especially if you have tickets for a Barca game, simply follow the people with the soccer shirts.

A Day at Tibidabo

tibidabo Church I Barcelona I View points I Theme Park I Catalonia I Spain

Opening Hours Amusement Park Tibidabo: You can check the current opening hours here.

Entrance Fee Amusement Park Tibidabo: 28,50 € (Only Panorama-Area 12,70 €)

Tickets Amusement Park Tibidabo: Check tickets online here.

Opening Hours Sagrat Cor: 11 am – 07 pm (Check recent Opening Hours here)

Entrance Fee Sagrat Cor (Tower): 4 €

Getting to Tibidabo: Bus T2A and T2B or Bus 196 and Cable Car (4,10 € per Person)

Tibidabo is not only a great option to see the city from above but also helps you to awaken your inner child together. Even perfect for families traveling with children.

You can either visit the famous church Sagrat Cor, which looks like a fairytale castle from the foot of the mountain or spend the day in the Tibidabo Amusement Park.

Tibidabo Barcelona I Mountain I Amusement Park I View I Wheel I Catalonia I Spain

There, you can find anything a child could ask for. A Ferris Wheel, a White-Water Ride, a hall of mirrors, and many more attractions for young and old. It’s easy to spend a whole day at Tibidabo as there are many attractions. Simply make sure to get there early to avoid waiting in line in front of every attraction.

A Day Trip to Sitges

Sidges Beach I Day trip from Barcelona I Catalonia I Beach I Romantic I Spain

How to get there: R2S St. Vicenc de Calders (From Barcelona Sants Station)

Duration: 34 Minutes

Sitges is a small dreamy town on the coast around half an hour train ride away from Barcelona.

It is a popular destination for tourists, locals, and ex-pats coming from the Catalonian capital.

Sitges is perfect for a relaxed walk through the narrow streets of this little town. Afterward, you can have a refreshing swim in the Mediterranian Sea.

Parque del Laberinto de Horta

Parque del Laberinto del Horta I Barcelona I Park I Labyrinth Park Barcelona I Catalonia I Spain

Opening Hours Horta: 10.00 am – 07.00 pm

Entrance Fee Sagrada Familia: 2,23 €, Sundays free

Metro-Stop: Mundet (L3)

Who has never secretly wanted to be in a Labyrinth and check whether you’d find the way out? That’s possible in the Parque de la Horta (Catalan name: Parc del Laberint d’Horta) in Barcelona.

You can try to find the way out and have a little break when reaching the middle of the maze while deciding which way to take from there.

By the way, a scene for Perfume: The story of a murderer was filmed in this park.

Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol, Barcelona

Opening Hours Poble Espanyol: Mon: 10 am – 08 pm; Tue – Sun: 10 am – 12 am

Entrance Fee Poble Espanyol: from 11,20 €

Tickets: You may want to book your ticket online in advance to avoid sold-out tickets on the spot and hours of waiting in line. You can find tickets and tours online here.

Metro-Stop: Espanya (L1 or L3)

Poble Espanyol (“Spanish Village“) is the largest open-air museum in the city. Covering an area of 49,000 square meters, as the name implies, this is a whole village representing 33 different regions of Spain with 117 buildings without leaving Barcelona. The Spanish Village was built for the 1929 World’s Fair in just 13 months to guide visitors through the different architectural features of Spain. And still today, you can stroll through the various streets of Poble Espanyol and feel like you are being transported to different places in Spain.

Fun Fact: Poble Espanyol was supposed to be demolished after the World Fair. However, due to the high level of popularity with the visitors, it was decided to keep it.

Fun Fact: 1,600 different Spanish towns and villages were visited by the designers before they decided which of them should be represented in the Poble Espanyol.

Museu Picasso

Fassade of Picasso Museum in Barcelona

Opening hours Picasso Museum: Tue – Sun: 10 am – 07 pm

Entrance fee Picasso Museum: 12 €

Free Entrance Picasso Museum: Thursdays after 04 pm, every first Sunday of the Month

Tickets: You can find several tickets and tour options for the Picasso Museum here

Getting there: Metro Jaume I (L4), Arc de Triomf (L1)

Barcelona is full of breathtaking attractions and architectural features. But art lovers will also love this treasure of Barcelona: the Picasso Museum. Here you will find works by the famous artist Pablo Picasso. In this museum, there is a big collection of the most diverse works of the artist. However, particular attention is placed on the youth works of Picasso, although works from his later creative period are exhibited as well. Already from the outside, the museum is a real highlight. It is made up of 5 gothic houses connected together to form one of the most popular museums in the city.

Is a Barcelona Tourist Pass worth it?

Depending on how much time you want to spend in the city, how much public transport you are going to use, and how much you want to see, a Barcelona Tourist Pass can be worth purchasing for your 3 days in Barcelona.

In the following, we give you a small overview of the different tickets available. In general, you can say, the more you want to see and the more trips you are going to take, the higher are the chances that a Barcelona Tourist Card can be worth it. For more information, make sure to check out our comprehensive Barcelona Pass comparison here.

Barcelona Card

From 46 €


  • Available for 3, 4 or 5 days
  • Unlimited transport in Barcelona’s means of transport
  • Train, bus, and metro to El Prat airport included
  • Free admission to various museums and attractions in the city
  • Various discounts


  • Pass must be picked up at the airport or in the center
  • Not available as 1 or 2-day ticket
  • No free admission to major attractions such as Sagrada Familia included

Is great for

  • Travelers who want to visit many museums
  • Travelers  who need many trips
  • or travelers who are poor on foot

Is not suitable for

  • Travelers who don’t want to visit sights and museums
  • Travelers staying less than 3 days

Check more information & prices of Barcelona Card

Barcelona iVenture Card

From 85 €


  • 7 days validity
  • at least 2 free entries to attractions of your choice (2, 5 or unlimited attractions depending on your choice)
  • various discounts throughout the city
  • Many important attractions such as Sagrada Família & La Pedrera included


  • No Transportation included

Is great for

  • Travelers who want to visit at least 2 or more attractions

Is not suitable for

  • Travelers who want to visit only a few or only free attractions and museums

Check more information & prices of Barcelona iVenture Card

Barcelona Art Ticket

From 35 €


  • 3 months validity
  • Entrance to 6 Art Museums


  • No transport included
  • Only art museums included
  • The ticket must be picked up at the airport or in the center

Is great for

  • Travelers interested in art
  • Travelers who have enough time to see the museums

Is not suitable for

  • Travelers with little time
  • Travelers who are not interested in art

Check information & prices of Barcelona Art Ticket

Hola BCN Card

From 15,20 €


  • Available for 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours
  • Unlimited transport in Barcelona’s means of transport (except at night)
  • Train, public bus, and metro to El Prat airport included


  • Pass must be picked up at the airport or in the center
  • Does not include discounts or admission to attractions
  • Not available as a 1-day ticket

Is great for

  • Travelers who want to visit a lot
  • Visitors who are poor on foot
  • Travelers who want to have unlimited trips

Is not suitable for

  • Travelers who are the city for only one day
  • Travelers who walk a lot

Check more information & prices of Hola BCN Card

FAQ about Barcelona

How many days do you need in Barcelona? Is 3 days enough time in Barcelona?

Try to stay as many days as you can. You should try to stay at least 3 days in Barcelona in order to see the most important sights of the city. I would recommend staying for 5 days in Barcelona or longer, though.

Can I call Barcelona Barça?

No, please don’t do that! Barça is the Football-Team of the Catalan capital and not the city. Locals might get upset if you call the city like that. If you want to use a shorter name, feel free to use Barna instead.

Is Barcelona a walkable city?

It absolutely is. You can walk almost everywhere. There are many pedestrian zones within the cities and all the important neighborhoods are connected with each other.

Do you tip in Barcelona?

Tipping is not mandatory in Spain. Anyway, if you experience good service, you can surely leave a couple of coins if you want to (but don’t feel forced to do so). However, if you take tours, you should tip your guide at the end of the tour.

Is it safe to walk around Barcelona?

In general, I’d say Barcelona is not more dangerous than any other big city in Europe. However, Barcelona does have quite a lot of pickpockets. So stay wary of your belongings at all times, especially in crowded and very touristy places.
Anyway, in my four years of living in the city (with my blond hair clearly looking like a foreigner), I’ve never been robbed. Just try not to look too much like a tourist and make sure to follow our Safety in Barcelona Guide.

Is Barcelona expensive to visit?

Barcelona and the Spanish capital Madrid are the most expensive cities to visit in Spain. Anyway, compared to cities in Northern Europe, Barcelona is still quite affordable. Make sure to read our Barcelona Budget tips before you go in order to save some money on your trip.

Can you drink tap water in Barcelona?

The tap water in Barcelona is completely safe to drink. You can even refill your water bottle at the fountains you can find throughout the city. Anyway, the water doesn’t really taste great due to chlorine.

Do you need cash in Barcelona?

Barcelona’s locals pay for almost everything by credit card. However, I’d recommend bringing a little bit of cash with you just in case. Just remember not to carry too much cash with you while walking around the city.

Which currency is used in Barcelona?

Barcelona belongs to Spain, so you need Euros.

Can you use US-Dollars in Barcelona?

No. In general, only Euros are accepted throughout the whole of Spain.

What time do you eat dinner in Barcelona?

I have to admit we eat pretty late in Spain. Dinner time is usually between 9 and 10 pm. So don’t be surprised if some restaurants don’t open before 8 pm or later.

Does Barcelona do Siesta?

The Siesta time is a really typical Spanish thing. However, the typical afternoon nap happens more in the Southern part of the country. In Barcelona, little shops might close during the afternoon (between 2 and 5 pm). But the big shops in the center and tourist areas usually stay open for the whole day.

Do you have more questions about Barcelona?

Make sure to let us know your question in the comments below and I am trying to answer it as fast as possible.

How about some non-touristy things to do in Barcelona?

Make sure to check our Ultimate Local Guide to the best unusual things to do in Barcelona.

Day Trips from Barcelona

Not only Barcelona but also its surrounding Catalan towns are well worth a visit. We collected the best 26 day trips from Barcelona recommended by locals and professional travelers.

Accommodation in Barcelona

In the following, we present to you 3 popular accommodations in Barcelona for different Budgets. If you want to know which neighborhood is the best for you, make sure to check our comprehensive Barcelona Neighborhood and Accommodation Guide before booking.

Budget Accommodation in Barcelona

Safestay Barcelona Sea

Mid-range Accommodation in Barcelona

Hotel Santa Maria

Luxury Accommodation in Barcelona

Ciutat de Barcelona

Traveling as a couple?

Read about the most romantic things to do in Barcelona for couples here.

Where to next?

Make sure to check the best Spanish cities to add to your Spain Bucket List here. Or how about a Trip to Cordoba?


About the AuthorVicki

Hi, we are Vicki & Eduardo, an international travel couple on a mission to help you save money for priceless travel experience. Follow us through the miracles of this world and you will be rewarded with a bunch of practical travel tips.

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16 thoughts on The Ultimate 3 Days Itinerary Barcelona – See Barcelona in 3 Days like a local

  1. Love that your guides contain a lot of useful info and nice details 🙂 Still have Barcelona on that budget list! Thanks for sharing this article.

  2. Oh my gosh, this is fabulous! I have to get to Spain, and sooner rather than later! Thank you for a great share. I will be saving your post for future reference.

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I hope this post will help you to have an amazing time in Spain

  3. I’ve never been to Barcelona but am keen to visit after reading The Shadow of the Wind! I’m hoping to make it as a weekend trip soon so this will be very useful. The gothic architecture is breathtaking and I need to see it with my own eyes!

    • Hi Laura,

      thanks for your comment! I am sure you will love Barcelona. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  4. Hi there,

    I love your list of what-to-do in Barcelona. You have some really good ideas about the city, you did a great job. If you are ever back in Barcelona I would love to show you some amazing places to eat in the city. I run a food tour company called Eye on Food Tours drop me a line some time.

    all the best,


  5. 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. Local people speak Catalan primarily, although they also speak Spanish. Greet locals with “Bon dia” as a nice conversation starter.

    • Hi Amelia,

      Thanks a lot for your comment and your great tips 🙂 It’s true, it always feels nice when tourists can say some words in Catalan


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