We all love travelling and discovering new places and cultures. But sometimes we don’t have all the time we would like to do it. This is why today we suggest an express tour to discover Barcelona in three days.
Of course, there are many special places and secret corners in Barcelona that we won’t be able to visit if we are staying for a few days in the Catalan capital. Nevertheless, with this tour you will know most of the important monuments and neighbourhoods of the city.
So, leave your luggage in your apartment to rent in Barcelona and get ready to discover the unique charm of Barcelona. We guarantee that once you know this city, you will fall in love with it!
Barcelona in three days
Day 1: Gothic Quarter, El Born and La Barceloneta
We start our first day visiting one of the most iconic neighbourhoods of Barcelona: Gothic Quarter.
Gothic Quarter has many majestic gothic monuments, but with no doubt, the greatest of them is Barcelona’s Cathedral.
Another peculiar characteristic of this magical neighborhood is the wide range of squares we find there. This way, we will visit Plaça de Sant Jaume, where the city hall and government of Catalonia are located. Plaça de Sant Felip Neri is a small square with tones of history. This place suffered a bomb attack during Spanish Civil war in 1938. In fact, still nowadays we can see evidence of that in the damaged walls of the church. Plaça del Rei (King’s square) is located just behind the Cathedral, and the astonishing buildings surrounding it are part of Royal Palace, where Barcelona’s Counts and Kings of Aragon used to live. Finally, we can also visit Plaça Reial (Royal square), which is one of the most beautiful squares of the city. It has a precious fountain and it is surrounded by tens of palms.
Once we have visited Gothic Quarter, we cross to the other side of Via Laietana to discover El Born. El Born is a neighborhood of the city of Barcelona that stretches around the Passeig del Born, the Mercat del Born and the church of Santa Maria del Mar. It is delimited by the Paseo de Picasso, Carrer de la Princesa to Carrer del Rec, Passeig del Born, Santa Maria del Mar, Pla de Palau and Avinguda del Marquès de l’Argentera.
El Born is an area considered as contrasting, since the historic Barcelona coexists with shops of risky, innovative tendencies with fashion, art and gastronomy proposals.
We can easily visit both Gothic Quarter and El Born from this bohemian apartment in El Born.
In the afternoon, we will go to Barceloneta area. This is Barcelona’s traditional maritime neighbourhood par excellence. Nowadays, it combines traditional houses and some of the most modern buildings of the city.
One of its major attractions are its big and beaches: Barceloneta, Somorrostro, Sant Sebastià and Sant Miquel.
Day 2: Gaudí tour
In Barcelona we find eleven works of Antonio Gaudí, all of them with his personal and unique firm: modernistic buildings with impossible shapes inspired by nature and full of symbolism related to religion and catalan culture and politics.
Some of them such as Sagrada Familia and Park Güell are known all around the world and they are one of the biggest claims for tourism in Barcelona. In fact, six of his works located around Barcelona were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, Sagrada Familia, Casa Vicens and Casa Batlló.
This way, we will start our personal Gaudí tour visiting Sagrada Familia. After that, we will walk to Passeig de Gràcia, an avenue where we will find several modernistic houses such as Casa Batlló or Casa Milà (both designed by Gaudí).
To complete this tour around the wonders of Gaudí, we will take the metro to visit the most magical garden in Barcelona: Park Güell.
Day 3: Las Ramblas, El Raval and Montjuic
The Ramblas of Barcelona are one of the most iconic areas not only in Barcelona, but also in Europe. Ramblas are a long promenade from Plaza Catalunya, the heart of the city of Barcelona, to the port area. Among this beautiful walk you can find atypical museums, glamourous theatres, charming squares…
Just next to the Ramblas we find El Raval, a neighbourhood full of personality and street art. Botero’s Cat, Güell Palace (designed by Gaudí) or MACBA (Contemporaneous Art Museum of Barcelona) are some examples of the cultural heritage of this area.
After visiting El Raval, we will take a walk to our last stop. This time, we will visit one of the most well-known hills of Barcelona: Montjuïc. One of its sides is located just next to the sea, while the other one is next to Plaza España, a beautiful square where you can find a shopping centre built in an old bull-fighting square, a great classic fountain and two big towers inspired by St. Marco’s Tower in Venice.
In Montjuic, we find magical fountain and several museums such as Catalan National Art Museum, Miró Foundation, Ethnologic Museum, Archeological Museum or CaixaForum. There are also plenty of sportive facilities, because Montjuic was the central hub of Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. Additionally, at the top of the mountain there’s a fortress built in 1751 to control the boats that sail close to the city and to avoid naval attacks.
As you see, visiting Barcelona in three days means non-stop activity!