What To Do In Barcelona For 3 Days

We loved our trip to Barcelona. We spent 3 nights there in September 2016 which was a great time of year to visit. The sun was shining every day and the summer heat was warm but not too much which was perfect for us doing lots of walking and exploring. Here’s how we spent our time there ..

Day 1

We arrived in Barcelona late morning and got a taxi from the airport to our hotel, H10 Montcada Boutique Hotel. This was such a beautiful hotel. We’d definitely recommend it. It’s based in the gothic quarter and within walking distance of the beach and all the main attractions. It has a rooftop bar which serves delicious cocktails and has unreal views of Barcelona!! There is also a jacuzzi on the rooftop and lots of seating for sunbathing and relaxing in the day. This was a highlight of the hotel for us.

Our first day was spent mostly at Barceloneta beach. When you go to a large city you don’t really expect to have beach days but this is what makes Barcelona so special! We found it kind of strange going from the city element with the high rise buildings to sunbathing and relaxing on the beach but it’s nice to have the best of both worlds.

That evening we went for the most beautiful Italian meal at Rossini restaurant in Plaza Real. It was about an 8 minute walk from our hotel. The food and settings were just the perfect end to our first day in Barcelona.

Day 2

The morning of our second day was spent at the Camp Nou Barcelona Football Stadium. This is a really fun trip and we’d definitely recommend it to anybody visiting Barcelona. There is an indoor museum with facts about the history of the football club and lots of trophies on show and then the outside stadium part. We pre booked our tickets for the stadium tour before our trip which we were happy we did as it was very busy.

Camp Nou

After our tour we headed to Park Guell. We caught a taxi outside of the stadium which took about 15 minutes. Park Guell is an amazing experience and one of the major works of Gaudi in Barcelona. The colours and the architecture are just stunning, we spent hours just wondering around taking it all in. We particularly loved the wall of mosaics which is so beautiful and has amazing views of Barcelona. You can visit the park without a ticket but you do not get to see all parts of it. We pre booked our tickets for Park Guell also and again would recommend doing this to guarantee getting in.

park guell

park guell

After Park Guell we jumped in a taxi and headed to La Rambla which was about 20 mins away. This is a really long street in Central Barcelona which is lined with shops/markets/restaurants, so much to be seen. The famous Casa Batlo building is also not far from here and is well worth going to see. Barcelona has some unbelievable architecture!

casa batlo

After heading back to our hotel to freshen up for some dinner we of course chose Barcelona’s Hard Rock Cafe for our second evening meal!

Day 3

Our third and final day in Barcelona started with a trip to go and see La Sagrada Familia. This was about a 30 minute walk from our hotel. Although there is a lot of construction work being carried out on the building as it is STILL unfinished it’s so worth going to see! Again it is designed by Gaudi.

We then headed to Park De La Ciutadella for a wonder around. Barcelona Zoo is actually based there too. It’s a beautiful park and we actually enjoyed it way more than we thought. This was due to discovering a boating lake which was so cute! There were toitoise in the water which you could see as you were rowing your boat around, we found this so much fun and would definitely recommend doing it if you visit the park. There is also a giant elephant statue which is a great photo opportunity!

Park De La Ciutadella

Park De La Ciutadella

Our final evening was spent eating tapas and enjoying cocktails on the rooftop bar of our hotel whilst taking in the stunning views of Barcelona for one final time.


Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post, we hope you take something from it for your trip to Barcelona but don’t forget we used our Monzo travel card and we couldn’t recommend this enough to people traveling out of the UK to keep your money safe and easy to use top-up card.

Let us know what you thought about Barcelona in the comments below. x

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