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Planning a trip to Barcelona? It can be tough deciding what to do on your 3 days in Barcelona. There are so many things that you want to see and do, but how will you fit it all into just three days? That’s why we created this Barcelona itinerary 3 days for you.

It covers everything from top attractions and activities to day trip ideas, and essential planning tips for an epic Spanish vacation. This guide is perfect for anyone traveling solo or as a couple who wants an action-packed yet relaxing vacation in Spain’s second-largest city.

Barcelona Itinerary 3 days: Planning & Sightseeing Guide

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Planning Tips for Barcelona for 3 days

Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The city has a rich history that spans more than 2,000 years.

In a nutshell, here is how your 3 days in Barcelona will look like,

  • Day 1 of Barcelona Itinerary 3 days: Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, Camp Nou or Montjuic/MNAC Musuem, Parc Guell 
  • Day 2 of Barcelona Itinerary 3 days: Gothic Quarter, Port Vell, Barceloneta Beach, La Ramblas 
  • Day 3 of Barcelona Itinerary 3 days: Montserrat day trip, and Bunkers del Carmel in the evening

Barcelona is located in northern Spain, and it uses Euros as currency (Spain is a European Union member). Passport holders of the USA, and Canada can travel to Spain visa-free for up to 90 days. For those who require a tourist visa, you have to apply for a Schengen visa from the country of your residence. 

Barcelona Airport, also known as El Prat Airport serves the city and you can reach your hotel or the centre using the metro or airport shuttle buses. Airport buses stop at Place de Catalunya and then you can make further connections from here. 

Plaza de Catalunya
Plaza de Catalunya

We took the Aerobus, which connects to Place de Catalunya or the centre from the airport (Terminals 1 and 2) in about 35 minutes.

If you prefer a private transfer, you can book one here

For your 3 day Barcelona itinerary, our travel guide has the city’s highlights covered, along with relaxation time on each day. During your trip for three days, we recommend not renting a car, instead, opt for a hop-on and hop-off bus tour for 48 hours, or use public transportation.

Barcelona as a city is huge, and for navigation, you will need to use some sort of transportation.

Book a hop on and hop off bus tour here

For accommodation, staying near the city centre helps to see much of the city (La Ramblas, Port Vell, Gothic Quarter) on foot, plus there are plenty of restaurants nearby. The only thing is it will be pricey. 

La Ramblas
Popular La Ramblas boulevard

To save money on hotels, you can always stay further away from the centre. Barcelona has a good public transportation system, with metro lines cutting through the city, so you can easily find yourself at the centre.

Travel time is usually 30-45 minutes for most popular areas with hotels. Here are our hotel recommendations,

  • Hotel Miramar Barcelona – This is an upscale 5-star hotel housed in a former palace, and offers amazing city views in Barcelona. It is located in the Montjuïc area with sightseeing attractions nearby. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, 2 pools, and a spa on-site. Find out more about this city view hotel Barcelona Miramar
  • Hotel Grabi MilenniGrabi Milenni hotel is located near the main sightseeing attractions at the centre.  From here, it is very convenient to reach Las Ramblas and the metro station. We stayed here on one of our visits. It is a 4-star hotel, with spacious rooms and modern amenities. Book your stay here.
  • Hotel Alimara – This is another hotel we stayed in in Barcelona. Although it is located away from the center, Hotel Alimara is close to a metro station. The nearest station is Mundet, and from here to the city center took us about 35-40 minutes. Book your stay here. 

Lastly, being a popular attraction you can expect touristy places to be busy almost all year round. We have a detailed guide to Barcelona tips and tricks here and summarized some of the essential hacks at the end of the itinerary. 

Day 1 of Barcelona Itinerary 3 days: Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Camp Nou or Montjuic/MNAC Musuem, Parc Guell 

On day one of your Barcelona itinerary, check off the iconic landmarks of Catalonian hero, Antoni Gaudi. He was a leader in the art nouveau or Catalan Modernism movement in Spain. 

The touristy sites of Gaudi are a must-visit, and keep in mind they will be crowded – so we recommend booking tickets ahead of time, and online. 

Also, these sites are not located close to each other, so public transportation will be needed. Or a 24 or 48-hour hop-on and hop-off bus tour is a good idea. 

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s greatest masterpiece, and you can easily see why. It has a unique design and it looks very much like a building made out of bones! 

Girl at the Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia in 3 days in Barcelona Itinerary

This is Gaudi’s most famous project, and it continues to be under construction even today after more than 100 years. It is projected to be completed by 2024 (on Gaudi’s death anniversary). 

La Sagrada Familia must be a part of your Barcelona trip, and you must visit the church interiors. Plan to wake up early and take photos of the church from outside (there is a park, playground near it), and then join a guided tour to learn about it. Set aside 2-4 hours for a complete tour. 

The church’s design has been inspired by the natural world, with Gothic influences on the outside and Mediterranean features on the inside. 

Inside Sagrada Familia
Inside Sagrada Familia

The inside of La Sagrada Familia is equally as impressive with more stunning stained glass windows, hundreds of pillars that hold up the roof, lots of areas for meditation and prayer, plus Gaudi’s unique use of space and structure.

The huge church towers over Barcelona, and you can see it from all around the city!

Book: Sagrada Familia Guided tour with skip the line access

Casa Batlló

Casa Batllo is unlike any other building in Barcelona or even Spain. The facade has a modernist style, and it’s full of vibrant colors!  It was built in 1904 and its art-deco features make it stand out from the rest of the city.

Casa Batllo in Barcelona
Casa Batllo

On the inside, Casa Batllo has bright rooms filled with statues and sculptures. The dining room has a unique decor, with vibrant red walls full of paintings of Greek goddesses!

Spend 1-2 hours at the complex, before making your way to Casa Mila. 

Book: Casa Batllo ticket with 10D experience

Casa Milà aka La Pedrera or “the stone quarry”

Casa Mila is very similar to Casa Batllo but it’s even more impressive. It was designed by Gaudi, and it has a unique style that mixes Gothic influences with modernist elements. The building is full of spiral staircases, arches, and even a rooftop garden.

Casa Mila Exterior
Exterior of Casa Mila

The inside of Casa Mila was also influenced by Greek culture, with different floors representing each of the seven deadly sins. The building is a true masterpiece and it can’t fail to impress visitors from all over the world!

From Casa Batllo, Casa Mila is not far off. Casa Mila is located near Passeig de Gracia which is one of Barcelona’s main shopping streets, so you can visit this building and then pick up some nice souvenirs. Or go for lunch. 

You must not miss city views from the top of Casa Mila. This is a must-visit, it was Gaudi’s last private home project, and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Book: Casa Mila ticket with an audio guide

After lunch, continue on the hop-on and hop-off bus tour and head to a slightly different area. At this point, you can either continue taking a ride on the bus as it takes you through different areas including Camp Nou, Spanish Villages, and Mount Tibidabo. 

Or choose to get down at Camp Nou or MNAC for 1-2.50 hours for in-depth exploration. 

Camp Nou for football lovers

Camp Nou is one of Europe’s biggest football stadiums, and it has more than 99,000 seats. The FC Barcelona stadium was originally built in 1957 but after several renovations, it now looks very different. 

It’s the home of one of the world’s most popular football teams, and they play all their matches here.

The stadium is located near Barcelona’s main train station, so you can stop by after your visit to Casa Mila. You can even go to a football match while you’re in Barcelona, if interested. 

Without a football match, you can tour the stadium and also buy souvenirs and get photos clicked!

Book: Camp Nou Experience at the museum and tour

MNAC

Not into football? Switch the above for MNAC or Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is a museum located on Montjuic hill. It has a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, and other pieces of art from Spain’s history!

Steps of MNAC
MNAC

Inside the museum, there are many sculptures dedicated to famous Catalonian people, such as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.

MNAC has an excellent location overlooking the whole city, so you can take some incredible pictures of Barcelona when you are here! When you come back down, make sure you visit Montjuic hill which is filled with gardens and other museums.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is also located near several other museums, including the Fundacio Joan Miro (or Joan Miró Foundation).

Book: Entry tickets for MNAC here

(Note: If you prefer to explore more of Montjuic refer to the alternate 3 days in Barcelona itinerary below).

Park Güell

For sunset views, head to Parc Guell, another Gaudi masterpiece. 

Parc Guell is a historic garden, full of unique features, with bizarre-looking mosaics made out of vibrant tiles and stunning architectural structures.

Park Guell and Gaudi Museum
Park Guell and Gaudi Museum Barcelona 3 day itinerary

Inside this park, you will find buildings like the Gaudi House which is full of colorful features, tons of green space, and sitting areas. The Dragon Stairway, along with the monument located here is one of the most fascinating parts of Parc Guell because it looks so unusual!

Park Guell Views
Park Guell – Protected monument area

Note that the park is free to enter and explore. But to visit the Gaudi museum, and the Monumental Area of Park Güell there is an entry fee.

The Monumental Area of Park Güell has amazing views and mosaics areas. When you visit during sunset the views are beautiful, and it is slightly less crowded (as compared to mid-day). 

Book: Entry ticket to Park Guell Monumental Area

Day 2 of Barcelona Itinerary 3 days: Gothic Quarter, Port Vell, Barceloneta Beach, La Ramblas 

Day two of the Barcelona itinerary is all about the city centre area. You can make this day as relaxing as you want or explore many museums, and go on walking tours to stay active!

Gothic Quarter Lanes in One week in Spain
Gothic Quarter Lanes

Start at the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is a popular area in Barcelona and one that features in both guide books. This area is touristy, and we loved the vibe! 

The Gothic Quarter is best known for its medieval architecture. Here you will find many cobbled streets that lead to romantic plazas and quaint squares.

This quarter was originally established in the 12th century when Europeans were exploring new lands, with influences from the Mediterranean. 

In and around Gothic Quarter
In and around Gothic Quarter

You can join a 2-hour walking tour of the quarter, and follow a local guide. Visit the Plaça del Rei (or the King’s Square) and admire its medieval archways and windows, and learn about the city’s past. 

Sant Felip Neri Square located in the Gothic Quarter is a very small square next to the Church of Sant Felip Neri, and it has some incredible features inside.

Gothic Cathedral in Barcelona
Gothic Cathedral in Barcelona

Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi and Barcelona Cathedral are also located in the area.

Here you’ll also find shops selling traditional Catalan food in the Gothic Quarter! Being a touristy crowded area, you got to be very careful with your belongings as you navigate and walk the neighborhood. 

Book: 2 hour walking tour of the Gothic Quarter with a local guide 

After the Gothic quarter, take a wander through La Ramblas and then head to Port Vell. 

Port Vell and museums 

Port Vell is a beautiful harbor area in Barcelona. This marina is an important part of the city, and it’s full of interesting features like the Columbus Monument. 

Columbus Monument or Mirador de Colum is a 60 m tall monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the Americas. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona. You can head to the top of the tower and soak in city views from up there.

Cristobal Colon
Cristobal Colon near Port Vell

While walking around this port, you will get to see stunning views over the water and various boats as well as a few museums. The Maritime Museum is one of the most interesting places to visit, with exhibits that tell you more about local maritime history.

Another museum worth visiting is the Museum of History of Catalonia, which has free entry most days of the week. This place is filled with collections that showcase Catalan history and art over time – there are also some temporary exhibitions too!

Port Vell Museums
Museums in Port Vell

This marina is perfect for strolling along on a sunny day, but don’t forget to explore the museums if you like learning more about different cultures!

Barceloneta Beach

If you wish to visit a beach on a short trip to Barcelona, then Barceloneta Beach is an option. It is located about a 15-minute walk away from Port Vell.

This beach is very popular, and you will find lots of different types of watersports here from surfing to kite surfing. The beach can also get crowded with locals, so it’s a good spot for people watching too!

A great way to explore this part of Barcelona is by having a long walk along the beachfront, before making your way back to La Rambla. 

You can stay here until the sun goes down, and soak in the sunset views. La Ramblas and restaurants at the boulevard will be open till late at night, so you would find something to eat!

La Rambla

La Rambla is a very special street as it is not like other roads in the city. This famous street has many monuments and buildings on each side, with some of them dating back hundreds of years!

The most iconic spot here is La Boqueria Market, with vibrant food stalls, and the hustle-bustle corners. This colorful market is an attraction in itself, with many stalls selling delicious Catalan cuisine!  You can even find fresh fruit and vegetables here or pick up some tasty olives instead!

La Boqueria Market

La Rambla has many art installations dotted around, as well as many interesting buildings with unique designs. Eating out at La Rambla, especially tapas will be expensive, but we enjoyed the vibe anyway!

This is also the perfect spot for people watching or slowing down for a moment while walking around the city.

Other options for Barcelona activities in the evening

Day 3 of Barcelona Itinerary 3 days: Montserrat day trip, and Bunkers del Carmel in the evening

On your final day in Barcelona, book a day tour to Montserrat, and finish it with a picnic and sunsets at Bunkers del Carmel.

Montserrat Day Trip

The best way to enjoy a day trip from Barcelona is by going up in the mountains to the Montserrat Abbey. This is a beautiful place that has been important for Catalan culture since it was built in 1025!

Montserrat
Montserrat

During the 12th and 13th centuries, a Romanesque church was also built in Montserrat containing a carving of the image of the Mother of God –  Our Lady of Montserrat, popularly known as La Moreneta (or Black Madonna). 

The entire area around this abbey is filled with stunning views, and you’ll have plenty of chances to take some great photographs while you’re here. 

There are also lots of other activities to try if you don’t want to just admire the view from a distance and this includes going on mountain biking or hiking trails!

A great way to get up into the mountains is by taking a train from Barcelona. Trains take about an hour to get to the top. There are two trains – Barcelona Plaça España station towards Cremallera Rack Railway at Monistrol de Montserrat station, which finally takes you to Monsterrat Mountain.

Alternately, you can also hop on a cable car to reach Montserrat. 

Montserrat Views
Montserrat Views

Without public transportation, a guided tour is a great way to explore the Abbey of Montserrat. This route is perfect if you do not wish to hike, and just wish to check out the abbey and the area. 

Tours depart from La Rambla, and the entire trip is done inside an AC bus or van to the hill of Montserrat, with amazing views along the way. A local guide will also share the history of Montserrat, and will provide free time for photos and to grab a bite to eat. 

This Montserrat Mountain and Monastery Tour are for 4 hours. 

After the tour, you can chill out at Passeig de Gracia, or La Ramblas. 

Bunkers del Carmel

In the evening, head to the Bunkers del Carmel for sunset views and a picnic. 

Bunkers del Carmel

The Bunkers, as the locals call it, is located on top of the hill – Turó de la Rovira, in the district of El Carmel. Originally, this site was home to an underground military bunker that was built during the Spanish Civil War.

This spot had large 105 mm cannons mounted on the concrete, and from here it offered an uninterrupted city view. The years after the Spanish Civil War led to the complete abandonment of the Bunkers site. In fact, economic struggles lead to petty crimes, and it earned a bad reputation for the Bunkers. 

With the 1992 Olympic Games, there was a major facelift of the Bunkers, and a museum – Museu D’Historia De Barcelona MUHBA was also set up (in 2011). 

When you visit in the evening, the museum may not be open, so plan to head there before it closes. 

Bunkers at sunset

If you are in for the sunset views, then no worries as it is open 24 hours. 

Bring a picnic mat, and some food (and drinks) to hang out and watch the sun go down. Do stay there until the very end to watch the city of Barcelona glow in the night lights.  

To get to the Bunkers follow this guide

In short, if you are the Passeig de Gracia, shopping, you can take a bus (24), and then arrive at the Parc del Guinardó entrance, and follow signs to lead to the Bunkers. 

From La Ramblas, take the metro to arrive at the Guinardo or Alfons X station and then walk to the top of the Bunkers. 

Alternate 3 days in Barcelona Itinerary (without a day trip)

Barcelona is a fairly large city, and it has tons of things to do. Because we stayed in Barcelona for more than 3 days and visited it more than once, we have an alternate Barcelona itinerary for three days for you. 

Sagrada Familia - One week in Spain Itinerary
Sagrada Familia

This itinerary focuses on the city itself, without a day trip. It follows a similar route as above but has additional sightseeing time clubbing neighborhoods and landmarks together. 

Day 1 of 3 days in Barcelona Itinerary: Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Hop on and Hop off tour, Montjuic/MNAC Museum, Montjuic Magic Fountain Show

For one day in Barcelona itinerary, utilize the hop-on and hop-off bus tour as listed above.  

Start with the iconic Sagrada Familia (and spend 2 to 4 hours). 

After this continue the sightseeing bus tour, and get down at 3-5 spots that you wish to explore at length. 

Top attractions for day one, include Casa Battlo, Casa Mila, followed by Montjuic/MNAC. MNAC is located in Montjuic. 

Montjuic is located on a hill far from the centre of Barcelona, but it’s definitely worth visiting. The park itself has plenty of trees and flowers, with a large fountain at its base.

The most impressive thing about Montjuic is its castle. This fortress was built in the 18th century, and it looks great with beautiful gardens surrounding it. You can also join a walking tour, and /or enjoy a cable car ride to the top. Book a tour and ride here

Evenings in Barcelona

Once you have explored MNAC, head to the Joan Miró Foundation for an hour, and then attend the free Montjuic Magic Fountain show for free. 

Day 2 of 3 days in Barcelona Itinerary: Mount Tibibado, Camp Nou Experience, Spanish Village, and Park Guell

For day 2 in Barcelona, use the 48-hour hop-on and hop-off bus tour, and cover some of the other attractions not covered on day 1 like the Mount Tibibado/Tibidabo Amusement Park, Camp Nou, Barcelona Zoo, El Born Museum, Arc de Triomf, and head to the Park Guell in the evening. 

Mount Tibibado is the highest point in Barcelona, and from here you will love the city views. There are hiking trails to soak in the stunning views over the city and port. 

Tibidabo mountain is also home to an amusement park with lots of rides for people of all ages, so it’s perfect for a family day out!

Tibidabo Amusement Park has an iconic carousel, which was set up in 1910. It’s surrounded by fun rides that will keep you entertained for hours on end!

From the amusement park, set aside 1-3 hours at the Camp Nou experience and tour. If football is not your thing, then opt for the Spanish Village (along the same route). 

Camp Nou entrance
Camp Nou Entrance

Spanish Village or Poble Espanyol is an open-air architectural museum, located about 400 metres away from the Fountains of Montjuïc. Originally built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, there are 117 replicas of buildings and it looks like a nice small Spanish town. 

You can shop, and eat at restaurants located there. Book tickets for the Spanish Village here

Other options that you can swap for Camp Nou or Spanish Village include Barcelona Zoo or El Born Museum. 

El Born Cultural Center and Museum offer an immersive experience of Barcelona from the 1700s. The complex is also stunning, with its imposing market hall in cast-iron architecture (designed in modernist style). 

A series of excavations in the early 21st century led to the discovery of more sites in and around this area. Today there are walk-in exhibition spaces, halls, and a museum shop that visitors can enjoy. You can also enjoy cultural events, concerts, and theater here. 

Arc de Triumphe
Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf makes for a nice photo spot in Barcelona. It was built as the gateway to the 1888 Universal Exhibition Fair and features an archway. 

Finally, end the evening at the Parc Guell. 

Day 3 of 3 days in Barcelona Itinerary: Gothic Quarter, Port Vell, Barceloneta Beach, and Bunkers del Carmel for later in the evening

Spend 3 days in Barcelona by taking a guided tour of the Gothic Quarter, followed by Port Vell and Barceloneta Beach. 

For this itinerary, you can follow the activities listed above. And then at 05:00 pm or so, head to the Bunkers del Carmel – for picnic and city views (for free). 

Port Vell - Barcelona Spain and Portugal Itinerary
Port Vell – Barcelona Spain Itinerary

From Port Vell, reach La Ramblas, and then take the metro to arrive at the Guinardo or Alfons X station and then walk to the top of the Bunkers. 

Other sightseeing stops to consider

  • Casa Vicens Gaudí: This is Gaudi’s first home design, created in a unique modernistic design. It is a Unesco World Heritage today
  • Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar: Santa Maria del Mar is a church in the Ribera district of Barcelona
  • Picasso Museum: Home to one of the largest artworks of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso
  • Hospital de Sant Pau: This hospital is one of Barcelona’s best examples of Catalan architecture, influenced by art nouveau styles. The hospital was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, which means that you can visit this building for free!
  • Food tour
  • Cataraman Sunset Cruise

Read: Things to do in Barcelona in September

Day trips from Barcelona

If you are extending your stay in Barcelona beyond 3 days, you can add one of the following day trips,

Town of Baga
Day trips from Barcelona on a 3 day tour

Getting around in Barcelona: Sightseeing passes 

Barcelona is best explored using a mix of public transportation, walking and attractions tours, and on foot. There are many tourists passes available that will save you money, and make it easy to explore Barcelona. Here are some options to consider,

Lanes and commuting in Barcelona
Commuting in Barcelona

Barcelona Pass

Barcelona Pass offers free entry at various attractions, along with the hop-on and hop-off tour. 

If you visit 2 attractions in Barcelona and hop on and hop off tour separately, then you will get the value of the Barcelona City Pass back (break even at $140 USD). Note that La Sagrada Familia tickets are not included. Click to check out the Barcelona Pass

Barcelona Card Transport

BCN transport card is a card meant for use on Barcelona’s public transportation networks like trains, trams, and buses. This card is cheaper than the previous one and includes unlimited transport rides. Click to book/read more about Barcelona Transport Card

Barcelona Card

Barcelona Card combines free public transportation, along with access to over 25 museums like Casa Mila, Casa Battlo, and El Born. (La Sagrada is not included). It also covers some flamenco shows and seasonal events in Barcelona. 

You can buy this pass for 3,4 or 5 days and can access free transportation rides during this time. Click to check out this savings card

Barcelona Travel Tips

Here are some essential travel tips to help plan your trip to Barcelona. 

Barcelona is located in northern Spain. Although it is not the capital city, it is one of the largest cities and a commercial hub of the country.

Girl at La Boquiera Market
Barcelona Travel Tips

Regionally and culturally, Barcelona belongs to Catalunya. 

  • Currency: Euro
  • Tourist Visa: Schengen Visa
Are 3 days enough in Barcelona?

3 days in Barcelona will give you enough time to check off the iconic attractions in the city. As you have seen in the itinerary above, you can explore sites and museums intimately based on your personal insights. Your three days in the city will surely be jam-packed with activities and tons of action – food, sights, and shopping!

How many days do I need in Barcelona?

Our recommendation – How many days in Barcelona is enough – 4 days. With 4 days you can add a day trip with ease, and also explore more city attractions intimately without being rushed.

What is the best month to go to Barcelona?

Barcelona has a temperate Mediterranean climate. So summers will be warm and sometimes hot. Summer is also humid. Plan to visit before prime summer months like May – June, or September- October.

In the winters Barcelona rarely gets colder temperatures or snow. 

When deciding the perfect time to visit Barcelona, you can also look at the festivals calendar and book your flights accordingly.

Is it expensive in Barcelona?

Barcelona is expensive just like any other European city like Paris, or Amsterdam. As compared to southern Spain, cities like Seville or Granada are cheaper (in terms of accommodation and food). 

You can make your trip affordable by booking early, staying in hostels or outside the city centre. Or visit during the off-season to keep costs low. Barcelona activities and hotels run specials that you can avail of. 

Barcelona is not generally considered expensive in comparison to cities like Zurich, or Scandinavian/Nordic destinations. 

Is La Rambla safe?

La Ramblas is a lively area. It is a nice visit with all the hustle-bustle, restaurants, colors, and more. We personally enjoyed walking the Ramblas and felt safe. We had explored the area late until 9:30 pm, and at various times during the day.

This leafy boulevard is always crowded so you have to be mindful of your belongings. Ensure you keep your purses, camera gear close to your body and keep the zipper closed.

Other than pickpocketing, you don’t have to worry about anything. Just like with any area, don’t venture to unknown quarters at night, and stay away from massive group flights/crowds. 

Is Barcelona a walking city? Is Barcelona pedestrian-friendly?

Barcelona is a walkable city. It has a ton of pedestrian-friendly boulevards. When planning your trip, consider clubbing attractions together that are in the same neighborhood, like La Ramblas, Gothic Quarter, and Port Vell (with beach time). 

You do need to wear comfortable walking shoes to enjoy the lanes of Barcelona. 

Other than these areas, many attractions like the Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, Camp Nou, Barcelona Cathedral, etc are very far away from each other. So you will need public transportation to access them. Or book tours to explore the same.

Do you tip in Barcelona?

Tipping is not expected in Barcelona. However, if you are happy with the service you can tip anywhere from 5% to 15 % for great service.

Is it worth renting a car in Barcelona?

Hiring a car in Barcelona is not necessary. The city has excellent bus, train, and tram networks to connect through various neighborhoods in Barcelona and beyond. 

If you are staying at the city centre, you can skip the car and head to attractions on foot, or take the metro and tour to explore outside of the area. Parking at the centre or a central hotel will be pricey and a hassle too. 

Is there Uber in Barcelona?

At the time of writing, Uber isn’t fully operating in Barcelona. You can however rent a taxi or a vehicle from various agencies in the city.

Are taxis expensive in Barcelona?

Taxis and cabs are expensive ways to explore a city, and Barcelona is no different. 

Barcelona does have a good taxi system, and you can book one fairly quickly without any wait time. However, traffic adds extra time (as compared to the metro).

That’s a wrap on our Barcelona itinerary 3 days. We hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful in planning yours!

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