Best Things To Do in Barcelona (Travel Guide) Best Things To Do in Barcelona (Travel Guide)

Best Things To Do in Barcelona (Travel Guide)

Barcelona is the perfect getaway in Europe. It offers great public transport, beautiful architecture, city life, and the best part: a beautiful beach. A city trip of about 3-4 days should be enough to cover most of the highlights. These are the things you can do in Barcelona.

Day 1 – A Stroll Around Barcelona

Start off slowly and take some time to relax from the flight you just had (you can find flights to Barcelona here).

Take the subway, bus, or taxi to the Arc de Triomf of Barcelona; this is where we start the walk.

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Palau de la Música

Continue to Palau de la Música Catalana, this is about a 10-minute walk through the popular neighborhood called El Born. A district inside the historic center of Barcelona, with small streets, art galleries, and boutique shops.

Barcelona Cathedral

From Palau de la Música, make your way to the Cathedral of Barcelona. You will enter the Gothic Quarter district, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful districts in Barcelona. It is home to lots of little bars, restaurants, and shops.

On day one of this Barcelona Citytrip Guide, you’ve seen Arc de Triomf, Palau de la Musica Catalana, El Born, the Gothic Quarter, and the Cathedral of Barcelona.

Day 2 – A Gaudí Walk – Best Thing to do in Barcelona

Today it’s all about the creative mind of Antoni Gaudi. In the last decade, he was the architect behind sights in Barcelona, which are now famous worldwide. Parc Guell is even named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Parc Guell

Start the day at Parc Guell, which may be the most creative park in the world. Get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds.

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You can buy tickets in advance via their website for 10 EUR (11 USD) per ticket. It is recommended to do this since they only allow a certain amount of people per time block. But you don’t need to enter the park. It is possible to take photos of Gaudi’s work without buying a ticket.

You can get here easily by bus. Google Maps will help you to get the correct bus number from the place you’re staying. You will need 1-2 hours in the park.

Continue by getting on bus 24 back to the city center and get out at Casa Batllo. You will be near Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. Visiting both can be quite expensive. Both houses are designed by the creative mastermind Gaudi.

Inside you can learn everything about how it was built, its architecture and the view from the top is pretty good too. The entrance fee for a single house visit is about 35 EUR (37 USD). See tickets and availability for Casa Batllo here.

Sagrada Familia

The last and probably best part of the day: The Sagrada Familia. It has been under construction since 1882, and they say it’s almost done. The cathedral was one of Gaudi’s latest projects, and he worked on this until his death.

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Tickets for the church will cost about 38 EUR (40 USD), but you can also admire it from the outside. Stroll through the little park in front of the Sagrada for the perfect photo spot or just a little cover from the sun.

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Day 3 – Barcelona Beach Area

Let’s follow a slower pace on your last day or the day before leaving. Start off at one of the Cable Car stations at the port. This will take you to the top of Montjuic, which is a hill in Barcelona overlooking the Barcelona harbor.

Jardin de Mossen Costa

Once on top, you will have a beautiful view over the entire city and can visit the picturesque garden called Jardin de Mossen Costa. Besides the garden, check out the Montjuic Castle!

Make your way down and start a small walk through the beautiful Barceloneta neighborhood. From there, head towards the beach and relax for a few hours!

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Restaurants in Barcelona

There are many great restaurants in Barcelona. We’ve rated them by yummy (♥️) rating.

  • Flax & Kale – ♥️♥️♥️♥️
  • Surf House Barcelona – ♥️♥️♥️♥️
  • Carabela Cafe – ♥️♥️♥️
  • Set de Born– ♥️♥️
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Where to Stay in Barcelona

This city offers some beautiful places to stay. Cheap or luxurious, they have it all. When you’re on a budget, choose a hostel located near the bus stop or subway station.

Getting Around Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the easiest cities to get around. Public transport is very good; buses and the subway always seem to connect. You can buy a 10-trip ticket at one of the subway stations. You can take the bus or subway 10 times which should be just enough for 3 or 4 days.

Use Google Maps to see which lines you should take to get to a certain location. You can also rent a bike but don’t forget Barcelona is located on a hill so you will have to climb up.

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  • Sam

    Hello! Friendly suggestion to update the prices of tickets to these places mentioned. After doing outside research, the prices mentioned for the Sagrada Familia and Casa Battlo have both gone up about 10 euros each. Thanks for the awesome itinerary tips!

    • Salt in our Hair

      Thanks Sam! We’ve made the changes now – appreciate the update :) Enjoy your trip to Barcelona!

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