Here is a 3-day Barcelona Itinerary for first time visitors to this great city, but before anything else, here are very important tips:
1. Hold on to your bags and wallet, BCN as any other big city is notorious for pickpockets.
2. Get a Tourist Map from your hotel. If they don’t have it, you can gather them (brochures, maps, booklets) from the Tourist Office which is in the underground of Plaza Catalunya. This plaza is at the end of Passeig de Gracia, towards the Ramblas
3. Book a Flamenco Show for any of the nights you will be in Barcelona. If possible, book online so you don’t have to queue up or assured of seats because these shows are very popular.
Here is the link: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.c…barcelona.html
If your plane arrives late afternoon, you can still do an Evening walk in the Ramblas. This famous pedestrian street is very vibrant day and night and you must see it in the dark as well as at daytime.
If you can still walk, explore Barrio Gotico at night. It is also great to see it at daytime, so you need a map and a guide to make sure that you see the most important attractions:
Here is the link to the map:
DAY ONE –
Start your sightseeing from the comfort of your seat by taking the Sightseeing Bus tour. It is a double-decker Bus Turistic with 3 itineraries on offer – the red, blue and green itineraries which you can all ride on to using just one ticket. You can hop on, hop out all day long.
Here’s the Itinerary map of the tourist bus:
– the Sagrada Familia. Slowly walk around it and marvel at the majesty and bizarreness of Gaudi’s masterpiece.
– Park Guell, another masterpiece which is a network of roads, walkways, steps and plazas with tiled benches curving around them, fascinating building, colonnades, viaducts, grottos, etc
– Catch the cable car (Teleferico) from Torre de San Sebastia in Barceloneta (across the harbour when standing from the monument of Christopher Columbus) to the hillside of Montjuic. Here you get a breathtaking view of Barcelona, its monuments, harbour and the Mediterranean sea.
– Tibidado up the hill
DAY TWO –
Early Morning (except Sunday): Go to Boqueria Market along the Ramblas. You can buy fruits, stuffed olives (delicious!), ham and cheese and portions of Spanish dishes to eat in your journey
Before lunch: Take a trip to Montserrat
For more details, Barcelona to Montserrat by Train
DAY THREE –
Daytime exploring of Las Ramblas and its side streets, proceed to the beach, then wander around the 18th century neighbourhood of Barceloneta
If you are into bars, BCN has a great bar scene. You can start hopping from one bar to another starting from 5pm up to the wee hours of the morning (3-5am)! But don’t go with an empty stomach and drink moderately.
While on the tour bus or just plain walking, take note of the Gaudi buildings:
– Food: Tapas of all kinds, paella
– Buy Spanish cookbook in English. I did! and am still following the recipes up to now!
– Barcelona fridge magnet
– postcard and mail it to your address in the States. You can buy stamps from the store, I think
The Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is a must-see site when you go to Barcelona.
Walk around it, very very slowly, and you will be amazed – dumbfounded – by its magnanimity …. it’s like…. you are in a different universe! there is simply nothing like it!!!!!
Each side of the Basilica comes with an entirely different design – one side will be gothic, then another will be Art Nouveau, etc..
The construction started in late 19th century and is continuing until now.
another Gaudi inspired architecture
View from Tibidado
TAPAS, TAPAS and TAPAS!
A trip to Barcelona is not complete without trying their tapas. You sit at the counter and choose from the many small plates of food displayed in front of you – patatas bravas (fried cubed potatoes), bocarones (fried small fish), calamares (fried squid), chorizo..awesome!
Boqueria Market (along las Ramblas)
Mind-blowing! a gastronomic paradise! even if you do not have cooking facilities, you are bound to find something you can eat in your hotel room! you can also buy cooked food (like our carinderia) and they all taste deelicious!