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
Where to Eat in Barcelona
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
Where To Get Coffee In Barcelona
Satan’s Coffee Corner
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
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
Have you been to Barcelona? Is it on your bucket list of places to go? Let me know in the comments!