Barcelona offers endless experiences for visitors. Here, art, architecture, and gastronomy intertwine, making it a very popular travel destination in Europe.

If you’re only visiting for a few days, it’s crucial to plan your itinerary to make the most of every moment. In this blog post, we’ve created a 3-day itinerary in Barcelona that covers the best things to do in the city. We even included an extra day trip idea for those of you with more time!

Day 1: Exploring Barcelona’s Architectural Marvels

Morning – Park Güell: A Colourful World

The Porter House in Park Güell as seen from the serpentine benches

View from the Trencadís mosaic serpentine bench in Park Güell.

Kickstart your day with a visit to Park Güell, one of Barcelona’s most visited attractions by the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí.

See the park’s vibrant mosaic-covered benches, stunning gardens, and colourful buildings and take in the breathtaking views of Barcelona.

Afternoon – Sagrada Família: Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece

LAa Sagrada Família in Barcelona

La Sagrada Família, still under construction, as seen from Plaça de Gaudí

In the afternoon, head to Sagrada Família, another one of Gaudí’s mind-blowing creations and an ongoing work-in-progress. Marvel at its towering spires, intricate façades, and amazing stained glass windows.

Consider booking a Skip-the-line Sagrada Família & Park Güell guided tour to avoid long queues and the hassle of arranging transport. We suggest visiting with a local guide because it will provide you with a deeper understanding of the symbolism and design of Gaudí’s incredible architecture.

In case you didn’t know, a visit to La Sagrada Família is essential to any Barcelona itinerary!

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Day 2: Gothic Quarter Delights

Morning – Tapas and Wines in the Gothic Quarter

Pinxtos, a typical bite sized tapa traditionally eaten in Spain

Pinxtos, bite-sized tapas from the Basque country, served at a restaurant in the Gothic Quarter.

Start the day by embracing the local flavours of Barcelona by indulging in traditional tapas and wines in the charming Gothic Quarter.

Wander through narrow streets lined with cozy bars and eateries to try a variety of local tapas. For example, you can savor dishes like patatas bravas, pintxos, and jamón ibérico. Additionally, sip on regional wines such as Cava or Rioja. Trust us, there are hidden gems around every corner in this neighborhood!

For the foodies: This 3-Hour Tapas & Wine tour in the Gothic Quarter will take you to 4 local restaurants in the Old Town of Barcelona.

Afternoon – Dive into a world of art at the Picasso Museum

After a satisfying lunch, visit the Picasso Museum, located in the Gothic Quarter. This museum showcases a collection of Picasso’s early works, which will allow you to see the artistic evolution of one of the world’s greatest painters.

Alternatively, you can visit the Moco Museum, next door, which features the works of many famous modern artists. From Banksy to Warhol, the Moco has something for everyone.

Day 3: Sun, Sand, and Paella

Morning – Barceloneta Beach Bliss

Rise and shine beach lovers! Let’s embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle at one of Barcelona’s popular beaches.

Head to Barceloneta Beach, for sunrise paddle surfing. Feel the warm sand between your toes as you relax under the sun, and take a refreshing dip in the sea after two busy days of sightseeing.

Afternoon – Traditional Paella Experience

After working up an appetite at the beach, it’s time to indulge in a quintessential local dish – paella.

Barceloneta has many excellent restaurants where you can try this delicious rice dish. Make your way to our favourite local joint, Can Sole, for a delicious seafood paella bursting with flavours. Pair it with a local wine and you’ve got a match made in heaven!

How to spend your evenings in Barcelona:

Take a stroll along the beach promenade for sunset, and then explore the trendy beachfront bars. Perhaps, you can also enjoy a glass of vermouth with a view of the sea.

For a truly authentic experience, head to Bar Marsella, one of Barcelona’s most legendary bars. This historic absinthe bar has been serving patrons since 1820, attracting famous artists and writers over the years. You can sip on a traditional absinthe or enjoy a classic cocktail while immersing yourself in the ambiance of a bygone era.

Alternatively, if you prefer a more modern setting, head into the El Born neighborhood and discover hidden gems like Paradiso, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar with a secret entrance disguised as a pastrami shop – it was recently ranked as the best bar in the world, so it’s worth a visit!

TRAVEL TIP: We highly recommend reading this post featuring 7 of the Best Barcelona City Tours to help you plan your itinerary.

Montserrat Day Trip (BONUS)

The Monastery of Montserrat in Barcelona

The Monastery of Montserrat, one hour outside of Barcelona.

For those of you with an extra day, we suggest taking a day trip to Monastery Montserrat. This stunning abbey is tucked away on a mountain located just outside Barcelona. Explore the breathtaking natural landscapes, visit the legendary Black Madonna statue, and take in panoramic views of Catalonia.

Book a Half-day trip to Montserrat with tickets to see La Moreneta, the Virgin of Montserrat.

With this fun 3 days itinerary in Barcelona you will soak up the best of Barcelona. So, pack your sunscreen, bring your appetite, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!