Travel Guide: 3 Days In Barcelona

I spent three magnificent days in Barcelona. Barcelona is walkable, easy to travel in, feels like any US big city and most people speak a little English.

If you’re visiting to Barcelona, it’s an easy city to fall in love with. You’ll walk through the old city and find yourself staring up, instead of down. The architecture in Barcelona is one of its highlights, along with the food and energy. You’ll honestly just feel like you’re having a good time. And if you’re not, it’s a really pretty city so you can enjoy staring at buildings if you just can’t anymore (which happens to me sometimes when I travel).

In this post, I’ll take you through the three days I spent in Barcelona, then give you a list of food/things to do that I researched/vetted. You’re going to love Barcelona!

3 Day Barcelona Itinerary

Day 1: I flew into BCN with my sister R and husband G, we arrived early in the morning. We took a $40 cab ride to downtown Barcelona to our conveniently located Hotel Prakrit Bakery, a short walk to Gaudi’s La Pedrera (and from the luxury shopping district). From there, we were able to walk or Uber to most places. I ate a jamon sandwich within 30 mins of arriving.

For our first night, we made reservations at Disfrutar weeks in advanced; a molecular gastronomy tasting menu from former El Bulli chefs, which means they know their shit. The three owners were each head chefs at the former “best restaurant in the world,” so it comes as no surprise that Disfrutar has two Michelin stars. The meal was incredible; a combination of theater and dining. That night, we enjoyed an evening tour of La Pedrera, which concluded with a very awesome light show projected onto the rooftop monolith sculptures.

Day 2: Ate jamon for breakfast. We purchased tickets to see La Sagrada Familia online for an afternoon tour time. We went up into the towers (it’s a small elevator), which gives you an incredible look at the architecture of Gaudi and the view of the city; I liked it but if you’re claustrophobic, you won’t. Ate jamon for lunch. We found churros afterwards to calm down from the crowds of tourists. For dinner, we went to Bodega 1900 and had one of my Top 10 Best Meals Of All Time (still working on that blog post haha).

Day 3: Ate jamon for breakfast again (when in Spain!). Strolled through La Rambla, ate snacks all day. Ate jamon for lunch. Fell in love with the Gothic district. Fell in love with Barcelona streets. Fell in love with tapas. For sunset, we took an Uber to Park Guell for a view over Barcelona and out into the Mediterranean Sea. Ate jamon for dinner.

Where I Stayed In Barcelona

Hotel Prakrit Bakery

Where to Eat in Barcelona

Bodega 1900


Hoja Santa

La Boqueria: A giant open air market with vendor stalls and SO MANY SNACKS… eat your way through with small bites or grab a seat at Bar Pinotxo


Bodega 1900 in Barcelona, Spain

Where To Get Coffee In Barcelona

Satan’s Coffee Corner


Black Remedy

Latte At Satan’s Coffee Corner in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona

What To Do In Barcelona

See Antoni Gaudi’s architecture:

  • La Sagrada Familia Church (buy tickets online)
  • La Pedrera (go for their night exhibit)
  • Park Guell (go at sunset)
  • Cascasda Fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella

Get lost in the Gothic quarter

Drink absinthe

Eat jamon Iberico

Get Barcelona Card: free public transportation

Oldest district: Barri Gotic

Visit Gothic Cathedral: make sure to see the roof

Barcelona History Museum: free audio tour

Stroll along La Rambla

Go to the beach

Visit Placa d’Espanya on Thursday night

Harbor Cable Car: 1450 meter tram car to Montjuic Hils

View of Barcelona city
The view of Barcelona from one of the towers in La Sagrada Familia
Jamon Iberico come at La Boqueria in Barcelona
Model of Gaudi’s La Pedrera Casa Mila
Mini Model of Gaudi’s La Pedrera Casa Mila
Gaudi’s Park Güell in Barcelona
Park Güell
Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia
Detail of the carving work at La Sagrada Familia
Detail of La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia carved details (Barcelona, Spain)
Detail of the front of La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia carved details (Barcelona, Spain)
Look at these carved details
La Sagrada Familia Church by Antoni Gaudi (Barcelona, Spain)
Yeah, you should go

Have you been to Barcelona? Is it on your bucket list of places to go? Let me know in the comments!

Author: Becca Risa Luna

Seattle-based fashion writer and personal essayist. Likes designer handbags, glaring openness, and subtle vulgarity.

3 thoughts

  1. Hi, I just wanted to point out that the name is “La Pedrera” not the way you spelled it. I am glad you like jamón!!


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