29 January 2019
Combining the very best of the Mediterranean with striking architecture, a relaxed pace, months of sunshine and phenomenal food, Barcelona is one of the best places to spend a long weekend or short break in Europe. Whether you’re an avid foodie, sports fan, culture vulture or you’re just looking to explore somewhere a little different, Barcelona will welcome you with open arms. Here’s what you can get up to in just three days in the Catalan city.
Morning: Head straight for the iconic Barcelona strip Las Ramblas. Built over an ancient riverbed, it is now a wide semi-pedestrian street that trails down to the port, where all sorts of stalls, shops and street performers line the way.
Afternoon: The Mercat de la Boqueria, a colourful marketplace along Las Ramblas, is perfect for a lunchtime pitstop. Whether you want a little midday tapas, a fruity pick-me-up smoothie or some of the city’s freshest seafood, you’ll leave satisfied and ready for the rest of the day.
Make a beeline for the Gothic Quarter, which is full of charm and captivating history. Here you can stop for a drink or snack at Can Culleretes, Barcelona’s oldest restaurant, visit the stunning Gothic Cathedral and go shopping down Portal d’Angel.
Evening: Combine a visit to another of the city’s most stunning architectural gems with an evening of live performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana. Designed by the architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, this stunning concert hall regularly hosts live performances of opera, classical dance and flamenco, and is, without a doubt, one of the finest music venues in the city.
If you’re feeling a little peckish, head to the outdoor deck at the top of Arenas de Barcelona. An old bullring converted into a shopping centre, the top floor is home to a multitude of fantastic restaurants where you can feast and enjoy city views as the sun goes down.
Morning: Every visitor to Barcelona should see at least one Gaudí masterpiece, so make your second day a Gaudí day and kick things off with a trip to global landmark Sagrada Família, a monolithic basilica that has been under construction since 1882 and is expected to be completed in eight years on the centenary of Gaudí’s death. If you wish to explore the forest-like interior, your Travel Counsellor can pre-book your ticket to ensure you don’t miss out.
Afternoon: Tour the beautiful Park Güell and enjoy panoramic views across Barcelona as take in the beautiful gardens and Gaudí’s mosaic work. Take the Metro back into the centre and walk to Casa Battló, one of two great Gaudí-designed buildings on Passeig de Gràcia.
Evening: Head to El Raval where there are a number of fantastic tapas spots, from traditional Spanish fare to vegetarian dishes. Finish the night with an El Raval live performance, whether jazz or flamenco, at Robadors 23.
Morning: Day three is an active one, so get your skates on and beat the crowds to Camp Nou, home of the city’s biggest football team FC Barcelona. Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’ll be able to appreciate this palace-like structure. Discover the club’s history from humble beginnings to the global powerhouse of today, and get the chance to go into the stands, walk out of the players’ tunnel and sit in the dugout.
Afternoon: Treat yourself to paella at one of the city’s great restaurants such as Martinez on Montjuïc mountain, which is reachable via cable car. Savour this tasty traditional dish while soaking up the views before walking over to the nearby Olympic Park, which played host to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. You can look around the main Olympic Stadium and pay a visit to the Olympic and Sports Museum.
Evening: Finish off your trip by going pintxos bar-hopping on Carrer Blai. Pintxos are small bites of food served spiked on a skewer. Take a look at what’s on offer as the pintxos are laid out on the bar and pick a restaurant that takes your fancy. Jump from bar to bar sampling different delicious bites and eat your way through the evening.
If you would like to book three days in Barcelona, contact your Travel Counsellor.