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Click here for instructions. Home News Sport Business. Sally Davies , Destination expert. Expert guide to Barcelona. Free things to do. See our collection of city breaks in Barcelona Discover more. When to go to Barcelona. The world's 50 most Instagrammable pools. The world's 27 most hipster neighbourhoods. Where is it and is it popular with the British? How the bucket lists of British travellers have changed in four years. Know before you go. An imposing building with a spectacular view over the city, the National Museum of Catalan Art MNAC is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in the art of the Catalonia region.
It has art of various styles from across the centuries, including an impressive collection of romanesque church paintings. You can also take the lift to the top floor to wander on the roof, which offers excellent views of the city. The last entry on our final day of our three day Barcelona itinerary is the Magic Fountain , which you can see from the steps in front of the National Museum of Catalan Art.
This fountains runs a spectacular sound and light show in the evenings which is a real treat to watch as the water displays synchronise with the sound and light.
The schedule depends on the time of year — you can see it here. If you have a bit more time in Barcelona, or simply want to swap a few things around in the itinerary, the below items should definitely be in your list. We took advantage of the free walking tour, and chose a three hour tour around the highlights of the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas.
This was an excellent way to learn a bit about the history of the city and see some of the main attractions with a local. These were designed to be large enough to accommodate a horse drawn carriage, with one door being for entering the building, and the other for exiting. This latter place is a popular spot to see the sunset, depending on when you visit.
You can even sit in the seats the coach sits in during the game! Jess and I actually really enjoyed this visit, despite neither of us being huge football fans. If you do decide to visit, we definitely advise coming early as it gets very popular. Although fans may want to also catch a game here. Camp Nou is free for holders of the Barcelona Pass, and there is a small discount for holders of the Barcelona Card. Dating from the 19th century, and the earliest green space in the city, this acre park has plenty of green space — perfect for a picnic, or to grab a breather from all your exploring.
Built for a private owner between and , the home is still occupied by a private owner, so only certain parts of the property can be visited, although this does include the spectacular attic and roof areas which were the highlights in my mind.
I particularly enjoyed visiting the roof terrace, which has spectacular views over the city, with the bonus that the whole roof is designed to look like a dragon. Guided tours currently run on weekends, and there are also audio guided tours available. See times and languages on the official site here. The only part of the church to be completed was the crypt area, although this feels more like a church than a crypt, with a full nave, altar and pews.
Entry is free with the Barcelona Pass, and you get the audioguide as part of your entry too. And that sums up our suggested itinerary for three days in Barcelona! These work a little differently, and depending on what you want to visit, you might find one works better for you than the other. If you plan to visit everything on the main itinerary above, the Barcelona Pass is a must.
This is a cheaper option, and whilst it does offer free admission to a number of attractions, the majority of its benefit comes in the form of free public transport including the airport train and a range of discounts on popular attractions.
Click here for Park Guell tickets , and here for Sagrada Familia tickets. This pass includes both the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, and it lets you pre-book a timeslot for both of these, which is essential to a smooth queue free visit.
It also includes the airport bus transfer, hop on hop off bus, and discounted admission at the majority of the sites in this post. So, which card to go for? Barcelona is easy to get around, with an extensive bus, metro and light rail network. If you are going to use public transport, the most cost effective way to do so is the ten ticket T10 card, which lets multiple travellers use the same card. This is much cheaper than buying individual tickets and also lets you change transport options within an hour and fifteen minutes of starting your journey.
First, if you purchase a Barcelona Card or a Barcelona Card Express , you get free travel on the metro, buses, trams and trains for the duration of the card. This includes the airport metro and train. Our preferred option when booking accommodation is booking. They list everything from hotels to apartments to hostels, and we find they usually have the widest range at the most competiive prices. In particular, there has been a crackdown on city centre AirBnB accommodation, as well as a restriction on new hotel builds in the city centre.
Short term rental properties, such as those found on sites like AirBnB, need to be registered with the city, and will have been issued a license number. If you want to stay in a vacation rental, then we recommend picking one which has the license number on the listing to be sure you are not bothered whilst you stay. Unfortunately, this will really limit your options on apartments, as most of the listings with a license are outside of the gothic quarter and immediate surrounds.
These are known to frequent tourist areas, especially Las Ramblas and the metro system. We believe that most crime is opportunistic in nature, so if you take basic precautions and are aware of some common Barcelona scams , you should be fine. Electricity is of the v standard, with the 2 pin European style plug. Travellers from countries like the UK and the US will need an adapter, and US travellers need to check their equipment supports the v standard — it will be written clearly on the power adapter.
Barcelona is part of the Eurozone, so the main currency is the Euro. You can also pick up local SIM cards if you have an unlocked phone. For more options on getting online when travelling, check out our guide to getting online when travelling to help you figure out the best options.
The water in the taps is safe to drink, but tastes heavily chlorinated. Well, that was a lot of content to help you plan your trip to Barcelona! Hopefully you find it useful. Between this post and these resources, you should be able to put together the perfect trip! And that sums up our idea of how to spend the perfect three days exploring Barcelona! We hope you found this itinerary useful. Are you planning a trip to Barcelona? What do you want to see when you do?
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