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3 Days Around Barcelona, Spain

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

View from Parc Guell, Barcelona Spain

Barcelona was the last city we visited on this trip which was part of my 30th birthday trip celebration. The architecture that can be seen in the city is incredible; from the gothic quarter to the iconic buildings of Antoni Gaudi and much more.

I had an itinerary but unfortunately, we had a problem with the Airbnb we booked and because of this we lost a day and a half of our time in the city. My mom almost had a heart attack with the situation and the place in which we were, but we resolved it. Due to the Airbnb issue, we had to look for a new place to stay, and most of the places were fully booked. We found hotels in which we had to stay per night and this led to additional expenses.

Once we resolve the situation of the stay we continue with our trip around the city.

There is so much to do and see in this city. I need to go back soon but in the meantime here is the information about the places we visite in Barcelona, Spain.

About the transportation

The metro was our best transportation method, the easiest, and budget-friendly.

Day 1

My mom, bestie, and I flew early in the morning from Seville City.

Our first stop was: Arc de Triomf, Parc de la Ciutadella, and Platja de la Barceloneta (which is the beach).

Parc de la Ciutadella

A lush 19th-century park was built over the previous site of a military citadel. What you'll find along the way: a waterfall, a museum, a lake for rowing boats, numerous sculptures, and plants.

Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain
Arc de Triomf

Parc de la Ciutadella

The Beach - La Barceloneta

La Pedrera - Casa Mila

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 by UNESCO.

The outside and inside structure of this building it is so impressive. Each detail is perfection, the mind behind it and the work was brilliant. The rooftop of Casa Mila is a major attraction thanks to the amazing city views, you can spot La Sagrada Familia from one of the corners.

To skip the long lines which are also typical for this place, I strongly recommend booking your tickets in advance.

Day 2

Park Güell

This park is another creation of Antoni Gaudi, all the details, the mosaics, gardens, and columns, every detail so well done and thought. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Exploring Park Guell takes about 2 hours.

From the waving balcony, you can appreciate the Barcelona skyline. The mosaics adds color to Gaudi creation along the park.

Get your tickets in advance. Here is the link.

Make sure to be on time by the entrance gate, you have 30 min after the time marked on your booked ticket.

Gothic Quarter or Barri Gotic

The Gothic Quarter is the historic center and oldest part of Barcelona city. Here, you'll find beautiful examples of Roman and medieval-era architecture. There are many shops, restaurants, alfresco cafes (coffee shops), bars, and clubs around this neighborhood. It has narrow roads and picturesque plazas.

Be aware and careful when going around because this area is known for pickpocketing.

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas is a pedestrian pathway situated in the middle of the city, right by the Gothic Quarter.

It is one of the most popular and busy streets/pathways in Barcelona.

Las Ramblas

Day 3

La Sagrada Familia

This masterpiece is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is one of the most visited Gaudi buildings in Barcelona.

Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance otherwise, you won't be able to access this spectacular basilica.

Here is the link for the tickets.

Montjuic Castle

Located on a mountain by the coast.

The castle can be accessed by "the best way for me" through the funicular, the cable cars. Enjoy the cable car ride with one of the best views of Barcelona.

It was used as a military fortress and a prison, then became a museum and now is a municipal facility.

We also enjoyed shopping around for clothing, accessories, shoes, perfume, make-up, and so on.

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