What to see in Barcellona in three days? In this article you will find my travel itinerary, I would recommend it to those who have only one weekend of few days to visit it.
My arrival was in the evening. I took the chance to visit Plaça de Catalunya, got dinner in Las Ramblas area, and had a first quick tour of the city centre. If you go straight along the Rambla, you’ll see the statue of Christopher Columbus at Port Vell, the impressive old port which is usually lively during the summer evenings.
If you want, you can pick a detailed city map at the tourist information desk in Plaça de Catalunya and ask for some advices on what to see. In the morning (quite early to avoid long queues), you may opt for a visit to Sagrada Familia for a first dip in the world of Gaudì, the genius who gave Barcelona its original and unusual character, designing its most distinctive monuments.
Sagrada Familia is still under construction, so you’ll see cranes in action and will hear all the typical noises of a building site. Its gothic charm is a little bit ‘disquieting’: the dark colour of its decorated surface, the presence of many symbolic and sacred sculpted images creating a mix of historic and modern parts. All of this will give you the chance to experience strong and unusual emotions.
During the afternoon, you can visit the eccentric casa Batllò!
It has a soft and rounded shape, its interiors are full of light, colours, mosaics, there are light slots that provide natural illumination using the external sources as much as possible, there is an innovative and clever ventilation system: nothing is left to chance. The sensation you can feel here is really strange, it seems that the house has a life of its own!
You can spend the morning shopping and looking for some souvenirs, and then you can go to the great Boqueria Market. An explosion of colors, sounds, smells, you cannot miss it!
I would recommend you to buy your lunch here and then move to Parc Guell, where you can have a great time surrounded by the architecture of Gaudì.
In the afternoon, if the weather allows it, don’t forget to spend some time at Barceloneta beach. A nice mojito on the seaside (but also two or three ..) is priceless!
Where to eat?
There really is plenty of choice! I would only suggest to avoid touristic restaurants on Las Ramblas: the food is cheesy and quite expensive. I would recommend to taste the Tapas (if you like strong flavours) and to choose Les Quinzes Nits in Plaça Reial for dinner: there is always a line outside, but the location is sophisticated and the paella is really good! For a light meal you can go to Mas Q Menos, all at reasonable prices.
There are lots of the restaurants in Barceloneta, here we had more and more paellas! Play attention to cappuccino at the cafés.. check the price if you don’t want to have any unpleasant surprise (up to 2.55 euro in a coffee bar in Sagrada Familia area).