Visit Barcelona in 3 Days – Discover the City

The city of Barcelona, a popular holiday destination for travellers around the world, has the total package and everyone should visit this place at least ones in their life. Besides the pleasant weather, and countless shopping facilities the city offers many cultural sights and a relaxing atmosphere. If your stay here is only for a short amount of time this 3-day guide will provide an amazing Barcelona experience whereby you will not miss out on the best of this capital city of Catalonia.


Day 1

The first morning will start at a central place which is very popular for tourists, Plaça de Catalunya. A square where all the big shopping facilities are nearby. From here you can walk to La Rambla, while enjoying the many shops and big shopping centres. La Rambla, a busy but very characteristic boulevard where besides the shops many street performances are making this street worthwhile visiting.  Attached to this tree-lined avenue you will find oneof Europe´s largest food market, Mercat de la Boquería. This colourful market offers all kinds of fresh fruit and locally produced delights. These sights are often very crowded and it is therefore recommended to visit these places in the morning when there are not so many people yet. Further transportation can also be done by the metro. Barcelona offers a large underground metro system that can take you all around the city.

Hospital de la Sant Pau in Barcelona

The afternoon can be spent enjoying the little streets of the old Raval quarters of the Gótico located in the old part of Barcelona called Ciutat Vela. In Raval the famous statue called Estatua del Gato or the beautiful building of the Hospital de la Sant Pau can be visited. Here is also the most popular market of the city, Mercado de Sant Antoni. Walking through the El Gótic, also known as Barrio Gótico, brings you to many cultural buildings such as the Cathedral de Santa Eulàlia and the Cathedral de Barcelona. In the many smalls streets, interesting shops can be found and you can stop at one of the many coffee places.

The day can be ended walking towards the beach, to the harbour and through the streets of Barceloneta. Another separate district where a lot of small Spanish cafes can be found. Along the beach and the harbour you can grab a bite in one of the many fish restaurants. If you are interested in the nightlife of Barcelona you can have a look at the big clubs along the boulevard.

Arc de Triomf

Day 2

The second day takes you on a tour to see Barcelona’s most interesting monuments and work of arts. The tour starts at the Arc de Triomf, an impressive triumphal arch. Close to here is the Mercat Santa Caterina with its impressive multi-coloured ceramic roof, with the shape of a wave, and the museum of Picasso. From here, the tour brings you to the University of Barcelona with its stunning courtyard. Going along the big shopping street Passeig de Gràcia, you can not only look at the impressive stores but have a look at the work from the innovative artist Gaudí, who has devised several buildings such as Casa Battlo and Casa Milà. When turning right you will come to the most impressive basilica named the Sagrada Familia. The construction of this giant building of Gaudi was started in 1882 but is still not finished. An interesting fact is that the construction is only dependent on the donations of visitors. Going up the mountain you will find the beautiful Parc Güell composed by Gaudí with lots of benches of colored mosaic tiles.

Camp Nou

The day can be closed by a popular sight for sport fans: Camp Nou, the football stadium of FC Barcelona. This stadium is the biggest in Europe and is known to be one of the most impressive in the world. Definitely worthwhile to see during your visit in Barcelona.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Day 3

At this last day the nature, atmosphere and some impressive buildings will be enjoyed.  Walking from the Plaça España, the first stop will be at the Font Màgica. A large amount of fountains give you an amazing view. The day will be continued at Poble Espanyol. This small village within Barcelona is a unique space where you can find small squares and streets. From here you walk into the large Parc of Montjuïc. This beautiful park enables people to relax and play sports. From a distance, you can see the enormous building of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya which is known for its beauty. The end stop will be the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, the impressive Olympic stadium. For further relaxation and enjoyment of the nature this parc is the best place to end your Barcelona adventure.


This article was written by Sanne, a travel writer for, providers of short stay apartments in Barcelona and Barcelona accommodation.

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