Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia is a city that effortlessly combines rich history, architectural marvels, and a lively atmosphere. In this blog post, I’ll share our own amazing 3-day itinerary that will immerse you in the best of Barcelona! From iconic landmarks to delectable cuisine and cultural experiences, get ready to discover the essence of this captivating city.
I hope you enjoy MammaMode’s 3-day itinerary for exploring the culture, cuisine, and architecture of Barcelona! If you are traveling with kids, I would pick just a couple of things to do per day from these lists!
Day 1: Icons and Gaudí’s Masterpieces
- Begin your journey at the heart of Barcelona, La Rambla. Stroll along this bustling boulevard, taking in the lively atmosphere and street performers.
- Visit the architectural wonder, Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece. Marvel at the intricate details and breathtaking stained glass windows. Make sure to buy tickets online well in advance and print or have the QR ticket code on your phone. The tower access tickets sell out quickly.
- Explore Park Güell, another Gaudí gem, where whimsical structures and vibrant mosaic tiles create a surreal atmosphere. Definitely book your tickets in advance for this one. Park Güell is popular any time of the year.
- Experience the vibrant skateboarding culture while exploring the vintage shops and visiting the renowned Macba Contemporary Art Museum. It’s an exhilarating sight to watch skaters in action right in front of Macba. There’s a great place to sit and get drinks outside.
- In the evening, head to the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), the city’s oldest district. Lose yourself in its maze of narrow streets, discover charming plazas, and indulge in tapas at traditional bars.
Day 2: Art, Beaches, and Culinary Delights
- Start your day at the Picasso Museum, dedicated to the iconic Spanish artist. Admire a collection that spans Picasso’s early works to his masterpieces.
- Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Barceloneta Beach, soak up the sun, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Explore the vibrant neighborhood of El Born. Discover its boutique shops, trendy cafes, and the gothic Santa Maria del Mar church.
- Indulge in a delightful seafood lunch at one of the beachside restaurants, savoring fresh paella and local delicacies. I loved the Gambas al Ajillo (garlic prawns)
- In the evening, experience the vibrant nightlife of Barcelona. Head to the trendy district of El Raval for live music, cocktails, and a lively atmosphere.
Day 3: Modernism, Parks, and Views
- Visit Casa Batlló, another architectural gem by Gaudí, renowned for its curved lines and colorful façade.
- Discover the enchanting oasis of Park de la Ciutadella. Rent a rowboat on the lake, wander through the lush gardens, and admire the stunning Cascada Monumental.
- Ascend to the top of Montjuïc Hill for panoramic views of the city. Visit Montjuïc Castle, explore the Olympic Stadium, and marvel at the Magic Fountain’s captivating evening light show.
- End your Barcelona adventure with a memorable dinner at a rooftop restaurant, relishing the city’s skyline as you savor delicious Catalan cuisine.
Drinks & Music
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind Barcelona adventure as you ascend to the top of one of Gaudí’s architectural wonders. The Dragon Roof Terrace at Casa Batlló is a mesmerizing rooftop terrace that promises an enchanting journey, complete with refreshing drinks, live music, whimsical art, and breathtaking sunset vistas overlooking the city.
Don’t miss the “Magic Nights at Casa Batlló” event, running until late autumn. It’s a sublime summer evening escape that guarantees an unforgettable time in Barcelona.
Where to Eat
We loved eating in little spots around the city, but if you are up for a spurge dinner dine at La Dolce Vitae! The upscale rooftop terrace of Barcelona’s renowned Majestic Hotel & Spa. Indulge in the sophisticated ambiance of this enchanting outdoor haven, where a serene baby-blue pool is surrounded by stylish outdoor furnishings. Prepare for an extraordinary Spanish culinary journey featuring contemporary Catalan delights crafted by Michelin-starred chef Nandu Jubany. Relish in the breathtaking panoramic views that stretch from the cityscape to the majestic Montjuïc.
If you need a break from Papas Bravas, get ready to uncover one of the most exquisite treasures in Barcelona’s international gastronomic scene – welcome to Rincon Persia. This hidden gem will take you on a culinary journey like no other. This is arguably the best Persian food in town. If you’re looking for an amazing dining experience, then this is the place to be!
Where to Stay
Eric Vökel Gran Vía Suites! This modernist building has spacious apartments and is located on the Gran Vía, one of the main arteries within the city of Barcelona, also known as “Ciudad Condal”. In a lively neighborhood, full of life, it has a huge variety of shops, as well as really authentic restaurants and bars. On top of this, Barcelona’s main interest sites, such as Plaza Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, and Montjuïc are just a short walk away, and the subway is right on the corner. Danish-designed and super comfortable for a family traveling with 3 kids, this was the perfect, relaxing spot for us!
Barcelona is a city that embraces you with its unique blend of history, art, and culinary delights. With this 3-day itinerary, you can immerse yourself in the must-see attractions, savor the flavors of local cuisine, and delve into the vibrant culture that makes Barcelona truly extraordinary. Let this guide be your companion as you embark on a memorable journey through the captivating streets of Barcelona!