Day 1: From the Ramblas to Barceloneta Beach
Barcelona is a pedestrian city, so for the first day, we think you should enjoy the city walking through its beautiful streets like a local!
This is the most known street in the city. It extends from more than 1km to the Plaza Catalunya. As you probably know already it is a really touristic place but it´s worth it. There you may stroll all along the boulevard where you will find souvenirs, street artists, restaurants and many attractions.
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Mercado de La Boqueria:
Mercado de La Boqueria: In the middle of Las Ramblas, you will find the beautiful Mercado de La Boqueria. It is one of the biggest and most famous market in Europe. You will be able to get lost in the middle of a mountain of fruits, cheese, meats, seafood and lots of typical Catalan food.
Then, you can keep on walking on Las Ramblas until you find the Plaza Catalunya, the most well-known square in Barcelona. There you can shop in the famous mall “El Corte Ingles” and admire many fountains standing all in one place.
From Plaça Catalunya, you can walk to the old Gothic Quarter. This is a very pleasant quarter with a very beautiful architecture. It’s ideal to enjoy the downtown while taking the time to discover some of the most important touristic sites as the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia and the Roman and Medieval walls. You can even take a walk nice walk to the beach from there.
Walking on the sand of the Barceloneta Beach is a great way to end your day. It is a really friendly and lively area. You can even take a break and grab a drink in one of the many bars at the edge of the beach.
Day 2: Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell
For the second day, you have different options. You can walk, take the public transports or you can use the famous Barcelona City Tour which will bring you to the various place.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia:
This is probably one of the most iconic places of Barcelona. The Gaudi-designed landmark church is an architectural mystery. As the waiting line is always really long, we advise you to book your ticket in advance online. If you want to know everything about the cathedral, you may take a guided visit.
Barri de Gracia:
Then, you can walk in the Gracia neighbourhood until you arrive to the Parc Güell. It’s an Historic walking area, really artistic and alternative. This is less touristic and you will find some small squares to eat under the sun. You can also shop in the many thrift shops.
This parc is another success from Gaudi. It is also an architectural wonder. As there is also a lot of people, you should buy your tickets in advance. It is the best place to walk all the afternoon and discover all the originality of the parc.
Day 3: From Ciutadella to the top of Barcelona
This is the last day, but not the least. You’ll walk a lot but you can also use the public transports and even a cable-car and a funicular!
Parc de la Ciutadella:
To begin the day, you can go for a walk in the Ciutadella parc. Start at the Arc de Triomf, and take your time to discover the lungs of the city. You’ll find many interesting things like Barcelona Zoo, the giant “Cascada Monumental”, the Greenhouse and the Parliament de Catalunya.
Barri El Eixample:
You should walk in this district where there is a lot to see. You will continue to discover Gaudi’s architecture with la Casa Milà, or la Casa Battló. This district has something for everyone and you can eat your lunch in one of the diverse restaurants that contains the neighbourhood.
Then, you can to take the public transport to go to the famous Camp Nou. It will be the paradise of the football lovers. It is one of the biggest stadiums in the world and the official stadium of the FC Barcelona.
It is the perfect spot for the end of the day. Bring something to eat and something to drink and go take the funicular and the cable-car from Montjuïc. When you reach the top of the hill, you’ll be impressed by the breath-taking view on Barcelona. You can enjoy your last Catalan meal there while watching the sunset.