Barcelona is a huge city where you discover new things day by day. However, with 3 days we can enjoy all its streets and explore the best corners of the city to fall in love with it and return whenever we want.
Most of Barcelona’s routes are centered in neighborhoods such as Gracia or El Born, or on city themes, such as our specialized route in the Modernism of the city. However, if you mark an itinerary, you can enjoy every place that the city hiddes.
If you are thinking of spending a weekend or 3 days in the city of Barcelona, check out our tips.
The essentials of Barcelona
Barcelona is summed up in three words: Sea, History and Gaudí. Any tourist has to be able to enjoy these three characteristics if they visit the city.
The famous beaches of Barcelona, the incredible medieval history of the city and the works that the architect Gaudí left us in the city are three things that you can not miss on your 3-day trip in Barcelona. If you prefer, you can book our 3-day Tour in Barcelona to make sure you don’t miss any hidden places in the city.
Here we leave some of the sites and monuments that you can not miss:
What to see in Barcelona
Without a doubt, the most representative of Barcelona: Las Ramblas. It is the most famous street in Barcelona that connects Plaza Catalunya and Plaza Colón, full of tourists, street performers and restaurants. Las Ramblas has a length of 1.3 km and is divided into different sections recognized by several monuments such as: La Fuente de Canaletas, flower stalls, the parish of Santa Monica or the exit to the sea.
In this street you will find the greatest variety of cultures from different countries, so it is interesting to sit down for a coffee in one of its multiple terraces and contemplate visitors who walk the street from top to bottom.
La Sagrada Familia
It is the emblematic symbol of Barcelona, designed by Gaudí in 1882. It is a Catholic basilica with a neo–Gothic architecture that will become the tallest church in the world with 170m high. Construction is estimated to be completed in 2026.
La Catedral del Mar
The square of the Catedral del Mar is one of the essentials of Barcelona. It is a quiet area, where it is worth losing yourself around its streets to eat something and enjoy street music.
In this same square is where the famous Santa Llúcia Fair is held in December, where you can find many Christmas items and enjoy the Christmas air that surrounds it.
It is the most recognized beach in Barcelona. It was a fishing district in its origin and continues to maintain its aesthetics, so it is a very pleasant visit that we recommend.
It is the ideal place to see the sunrise, since the sun rises from the center. However, if you have more time, we recommend visiting the amazing beaches offered by the Costa Brava, near Barcelona.
El Port Vell
One of the perfect areas to stroll and enjoy the sunset at its best. Although it is usually crowded with tourists, it is very interesting to see the different boats of the port and enjoy the views of the sea from here.
The port area has a shopping center called Maremagnum that houses the Aquarium of Barcelona, where you can also spend the day.
The best known garden in Barcelona. It is a park with architectural elements designed by Gaudí that opened in 1922, becoming one of the main tourist attractions of Barcelona.
The huge garden has 17 hectares and different wavy shapes, animal figures and mosaics made with the famous technique of “Trencadís“, which consists of working with pieces of colored ceramics. The architect was inspired by the forms of nature, giving a color and a political and religious symbolism to the entire park, which is undoubtedly worth contemplating.
It is one of Gaudí’s masterpieces in the city. Located on the Paseo de Gracia, it has several guided tours that show the original rooms designed by Antoni Gaudí. The facade of the building is a significant sample of what you can find inside. However, we recommend seeing this and other modernist buildings on the same street with luxury brand stores.
If you are still not sure which route you want to follow, you can book our 3-day Tour with which you will enjoy the best things to do in Barcelona.