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A woman exploring Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a unique and beautiful city that must be explored during a trip to Spain. Located in the Catalonia region of Spain, on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is the capital of the region and is known for its fascinating Art Nouveau architecture, mouthwatering cuisine and beautiful beaches. Even though you can spend as much time as you want to in Spain’s second largest city, it is best to explore Barcelona in 3 Days during a European trip.

Known to be older than Rome, Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain. Even though the capital city of Madrid is the largest, Barcelona is the biggest city on the Mediterranean Sea, bringing in over 27 million tourists annually from all over the world. (Discover the best places to see with 3 days in Madrid.)

Enjoying sangria at Hotel Colon - a rooftop overlooking Barcelona Cathedral

In addition, Barcelona is the only recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture. Thanks to the talented Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona features architecture you won’t see anywhere else in the world! The people of Barcelona also speak two languages – Spanish and Catalan.

During June 2022, I did a big Europe trip for my 31st birthday with a few travel bloggers. I started my trip visiting Barcelona, Spain for the first time. From there, I also got to enjoy wine tasting in the Priorat wine region of Catalonia and savored delicious paella from its birthplace of Valencia.

Two women wine tasting in the Priorat Wine Region during 3 days in Barcelona, Spain

After Spain, I made my way to the small country of Andorra, which is situated in the Pyrenees Mountains, between Spain and France. Then, I spent a full week exploring the French Riviera before ending my trip in Northern Italy.

In this article, discover all the best things to do with 3 days in Barcelona, Spain!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. My trip to Barcelona, Spain was in partnership with Level Airlines and Well Traveled ClubClick here to sign up and use code TAYLOR to skip the waitlist! I was also hosted at Terra Dominicata in the Priorat wine region.


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3 Days in Barcelona, Spain

Traveling to Barcelona to Visit:

La Sagrada Familia

No matter where you are traveling from, Barcelona, Spain is easy to visit via a flight or public transportation. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

My Barcelona itinerary started by taking a non-stop, direct flight with Level from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona – El Prat Airport, otherwise known as Barcelona Airport.

Because my Level flight was nonstop from JFK to Barcelona, I was able to get in at a decent time on my first day. There is nothing worse than losing a day at a specific destination due to a late arrival. Also, with zero layovers, it’s less likely you’ll run into obstacles such as flight delays, cancellations, being stuck at a stopover destination, losing luggage, etc. Because I got into Barcelona later in the morning, I was able to savor delicious tapas right away and see iconic landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia!

Flying Level Airlines from JFK to Barcelona

In addition to New York City, Level Airlines also has non-stop flights to Barcelona from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston in the United States as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile!

During my overnight flight, I was able to enjoy a delicious chicken curry meal and some Spanish wine before I watched House of Gucci and fell asleep. I slept well and woke up to a bright blue sky! From there, I was ready to explore Barcelona!

Another reason why Level is a great airline to fly is because they offer affordable prices, even during high season. There are also different rates with various services. Level Airlines goes by the motto of your flight, your rules. You can reserve your seat, enjoy a meal, check luggage and have a comfort kit on board. You can also fly in Premium cabin on Level.  

Level Airlines flies with the Airbus A330-200, which is the world’s most reliable, long-haul aircraft.

A woman on a Level flight to Barcelona.

Once you’re in Barcelona, the best way to get around the city is by walking or hauling a taxi through the Cabify app. It is Spain’s version of Uber/Lyft! You can also get a taxi by standing at one of the stands in the city. You can find a lot of them on Las Ramblas, which is the most popular street in Barcelona.

During my 3 days in Barcelona, Caitlin from My Darling Passport joined me and we rented a car for the day to visit both Valencia and the Priorat wine region. If you plan to do day trips from Barcelona, then you will need to rent a car! Depending on where you plan to explore in Spain, you can also take public transportation from Barcelona.

(One thing to note about renting a car in Europe is that you will need to have an international driver’s permit in addition to your regular license. I don’t know how the process works for other countries out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office.)

Where to Stay during Three Days in Barcelona:

A woman enjoying an ice coffee by the pool at Kimpton Vivadora during her 3 days in Barcelona

Throughout my long weekend in Barcelona, Spain, I stayed at the beautiful Kimpton Vividora that is situated in between Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter.

Well Traveled Club is the best luxury travel club and they organized our stay at the Kimpton in Barcelona. This female-owned, member-only community connects like-minded travelers who share their favorite spots when they visit a specific destination like Barcelona, the French Riviera, Croatia, Palm Springs, New York City, etc. It also allows you to share your own recommendations.

You can save time planning your dream getaway by signing up for Well Traveled Club today. There is usually a waitlist to join, but if you use code TAYLOR, you can get in right away!

A woman staying at Kimpton Barcelona during 3 days in Barcelona

Kimpton Vividora in Barcelona City Centre is a five-star, luxury boutique hotel with a Mediterranean restaurant called Fauna, a coffee and cocktail bar as well as a fun rooftop terrace with a pool.

During our 3-day Barcelona itinerary, I stayed in the King Bed Premium Room that came with a balcony that overlooked the beautiful buildings and architecture of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.

In addition to the Kimpton, Barcelona offers a lot of other great hotel and rental options to suit all budgets. There are also a lot of great hostels to choose from!

Here are other hotel options in Barcelona based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Barcelona Edition

Boutique Accommodation: Hotel Sofia Barcelona – in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel Brummell

Budget Accommodation: St. Christopher’s Inn

3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary:

A woman at the Palace of Catalan Music

From sightseeing to grub, Barcelona offers something for everyone to enjoy! If you’re wondering what to do in Barcelona in 3 days, I listed the best things that you cannot miss out on in this Catalan city.

Explore Gaudí’s Masterpieces:

Inside of La Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudí is recognized as creating the most unique architectural wonders in Barcelona, Spain. In fact, Gaudí’s work has influenced the entire face of Barcelona architecture. It is the greatest representation of Catalan Modernism through Art Nouveau and Gothic Revival architecture.

The majority of Gaudí’s work that you’ll see in Barcelona was influenced through nature. Gaudí wanted his work to have an organic look and you can see that at La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Vicens, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Casa Calvet, Torre Bellsguard and Collegi de les Teresianes. (Most of these landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.)

Below are the top landmarks to see Gaudí’s work in Barcelona, Spain:

La Sagrada Familia:

A woman at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

The outstanding La Sagrada Familia is a beautiful, Roman Catholic cathedral that became the most prominent symbol of Gaudí’s work. With the church, Gaudí wanted to combine Christian speech and biblical allegories with natural-looking symbols like geometric shapes and colorful stained-glass windows. Gaudí took on the Sagrada Familia project at 31 years old and devoted his last 12 years to it.

During a visit to La Sagrada Familia, you can enjoy a guided or self-guided tour where you can learn all about the history of this beautiful Catholic church, the life of Antoni Gaudí and the biblical meaning behind the Art Nouveau architecture. (Gaudí died tragically in 1926 by a tram.)

A woman admiring Gaudi's architecture at La Sagrada Familia

Overall, La Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited monuments in Spain and it’s one of the best things to see in Barcelona in 3 days. Nearly 5 million people visit this beautiful cathedral every year. It’s also important to note that La Sagrada Familia is not completed. There is still construction going on when you visit this breathtaking cathedral and it is expected to be finished in 2026!

It costs €26 for an individual ticket. With that price, you also get an audio guide, but you’ll need to download the Sagrada Familia Official app to do the self-guided tour. Guided tours cost €30 with a specialized guide. You can also enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral and towers for €40. La Sagrada Familia is open every day from 9am to 8pm.

Park Güell:

A woman enjoying a sunny day at Park Guell in Barcelona

A breathtaking spot you cannot miss out on during your 3 days in Barcelona is Park Güell. Eusebi Güell gave Antoni Gaudí the assignment of designing Park Güell for wealthy families to enjoy.

Nowadays, Park Güell is one of the most extraordinary public parks in the world. Even though it was never completed, this beautiful park is a great place to visit and stroll around during a lovely day in Barcelona.

It costs €13.50 for an adult ticket (ages 13-64); €9.33 for a children’s ticket (ages 7-12); €9.33 for a senior citizen ticket (ages 65 and older) and it’s free for young children (ages 6 and under). The park is open every day from 9:30am to 7:30pm.

Casa Batlló:

Exploring Gaudi's architecture during 3 days in Barcelona

Another Gaudí masterpiece that you cannot miss out on visiting during your 3 days in Barcelona is the Casa Batlló. It is a stunning art gallery and museum that provides visitors with an interactive experience.

At Casa Batlló, you can learn all about Gaudí himself; experience the architectural wonders of early 20th Century Barcelona; listen to the beautiful music made by British composer, Dani Howard and enjoy beautiful views on the rooftop.

Casa Batlló is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and during a trip to Barcelona, Spain, I suggest experiencing one of the Magic Nights during your 3 day itinerary for Barcelona. During Magic Nights, you can enjoy musical performances, great drinks and food as well as a dreamy atmosphere on the iconic rooftop of Casa Batlló.

Visit a Vermouth Bar:

Enjoying Vermouth at Morro Fi in Barcelona

Barcelona is known for vermouth. It is a fortified wine that is flavored with botanical. When you plan your itinerary for Barcelona, you cannot skip out on visiting an authentic vermouth bar in the city.

Caitlin and I visited Morro Fi in Barcelona and it is one of the most authentic and exciting vermouth bars in the Catalan city. Personally, vermouth tastes like a cold version of gluhwein (mulled wine) that you would usually get at a German Christmas market. I found it to be flavorful and refreshing!

Vermouth from Barcelona, Spain

If you decide to spend 4 days in Barcelona (or more), other great vermouth bars to check out, that my friend Alex of East Coast Contessa recommended, are Bar Electricitat and La Vermutería del Tano.

A lot of vermouth bars also sell tapas to enjoy with your drink. Some of my favorite tapas from Morro Fi were the chips with their special sauce as well as the sardines.

Savor Delicious Spanish Food:

Eating paella during 3 days in Barcelona

One of my favorite aspects of Barcelona is the food! You can find a lot of great restaurants that serve delicious tapas and paella as well as drink spots in this beautiful city. Click here to book an authentic cooking class in Barcelona.

During your 3 days in Barcelona, you must add the below spots to your itinerary:

Terraza Martinez:

Paella and sangria from Terrazza Martinez in Barcelona, Spain

When you visit Barcelona, Spain, you must savor the delicious and crunchy paella with a view at Terraza Martinez. Located in Parc de Montjuïc, Terraza Martinez has some of the most delicious paella in the city, plus, you can enjoy incredible views of Barcelona and the nearby beaches!

At Terraza Martinez, we had the langoustine paella with croquettes, pan con tomate and fresh sangria. Everything was delicious!

Bar Cañete:

Sangria from Bar Canete near Las Ramblas

Whenever I travel to Spain, I always love savoring mouthwatering tapas. In fact, tapas are one of my favorite things about this beautiful country! Some of the best tapas I ever had were in Sevilla, but I also loved the ones I enjoyed in Barcelona.

Pescado Frito from Bar Canete in Barcelona, Spain
Razor clams tapas
Grilled octopus from Bar Canete

Located right off the famous Las Ramblas is one of the best tapas bars in Barcelona. Everything on Bar Cañete’s menu is delicious! If you’re pondering on what to order at this authentic spot, I suggest the pescado frito, Galician razor clams, jamón Ibérico and the octopus with potatoes and spicy tomato sauce.

Can Fisher:

Can Fisher in Barcelona, Spain

If you make it to the beach during your 3 days in Barcelona, Spain, you must enjoy a nice seafood dinner at Can Fisher, which is located at Platja del Bogatell.

Seafood paella from Can Fisher

This wonderful restaurant has delicious paellas, grilled fish and fresh seafood tapas. Caitlin and I loved the seafood paella along with the cod croquettes! Even our drinks were incredible.

Rocambolesc:

Ice cream from Rocambolesc

Even though Spain is known for its mouthwatering helado, you can find delicious soft serve ice cream in Barcelona that you’d normally come across in the United States.

Situated along the popular Las Ramblas, Rocambolesc has a vibe that is similar to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory! Michelin pastry chef Jordi Roca created a colorful, soft serve gelateria where you can enjoy over 34 gourmet toppings.

Overall, Rocambolesc’ ice cream is made with milk instead of cream and it is the perfect snack to take with you as you stroll through the Gothic Quarter. Some of the best flavors to get at Rocambolesc are the baked apple and panettone.

Terraza de Vivi:

Staying at Kimpton Vivadora during 3 days in Barcelona

Located at the Kimpton Vividora rooftop, Terraza de Vivi is an intimate urban oasis that overlooks Barcelona along with the Mediterranean Sea from a distance!

At this lovely spot, not only can you enjoy the rooftop pool, but you can also get crafted cocktails, tapas and enjoy daily brunch from noon to 4pm every day.

Tour the Palau de la Música Catalana:

A woman enjoying 3 days in Barcelona

Built in the early 1900s by Lluís Domènech i Monataner, the Palau de la Música Catalana (or the Palace of Catalan Music) is the most beautiful concert hall in Barcelona, Spain. Also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palau de la Música Catalana is considered an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau.

From its tile work to stained glass and mosaics to design, the Palau de la Música is something to admire. It costs €15 to do a self-guided tour and €19 for a guided tour. The concert hall is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 9pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, it is open from 9:30am to 1pm and two hours before a concert.

Enjoy a Barcelona Rooftop Bar:

Two women enjoying sangria at Hotel Colon's rooftop bar

Barcelona is a stunning city and one of the best ways to truly enjoy its beauty is by visiting a scenic rooftop.

Throughout our 3 days in Barcelona, Caitlin and I made our way to Hotel Colón’s Panoramic Terrace that overlooks the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona. The sangria and specialty cocktails at this spot do not disappoint!

Another awesome rooftop bar that you must add to your 3-day Barcelona itinerary is Terraza Ayre at the Ayre Rosellón Hotel. Not only can you snack on tapas and sip some Spanish wine, but you can also admire breathtaking views of the majestic Sagrada Familia.

Have a Relaxing Beach Day:

The beach in Barcelona

Since Barcelona is located along the Mediterranean coast, it is a must to visit the beach during your 3-day itinerary.

One thing to know about the beaches in Barcelona is that they weren’t always there. The beaches of Barcelona were created for the 1992 Olympic Games. In fact, the cleanup of Barcelona and the creation of the beaches were the most important project for the Summer Olympics that year.

The most famous beach in Barcelona that you must visit is Barceloneta Beach. It includes a seaside promenade, the most popular beach bars in the city and stunning white sand beach!

Hike and Explore Muntanya del Tibidabo:

If you’re looking to stay active during your time in Barcelona and also enjoy nature, I recommend hiking Muntanya del Tibidabo.

This 3.8-mile, easy loop trail leads to the highest point in Barcelona. At the top, you can enjoy beautiful views of the city and sea as well as the Pyrenees Mountains from a distance.

Situated at Muntanya del Tibidabo is one of the oldest amusement parks in Spain. It opened in 1905 and features 30 attractions. Also located on this mountain is the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart, which can be seen from the heart of the city at night.

Stroll through Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter:

The beautiful city streets of Barcelona, Spain

Not only does Barcelona have incredible sites and eats, but the shopping is also something travelers shouldn’t miss out on.

Las Ramblas is considered one of the most touristy areas of Barcelona, Spain, but you can find incredible shops from high-end designer retailers to boutiques. It also boasts the iconic Boquería market where you can find fresh produce, plants and handicrafts.

A few famous landmarks to check out along Las Ramblas are Palau Güell, which is a mansion built by Gaudí; Gran Teatre del Liceau, which is the oldest Opera House in Barcelona and the Mirador de Colom, which is the Christopher Columbus Monument.

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain

(One thing to note about Las Ramblas is that it is also a big pick pocketing area. Always be aware of your surroundings; don’t leave anything in your back pockets; try not to show off your valuables; zipper your purse/backpack and carry your belongings in front of you. In case an unfortunate event happens during your travels, discover what to do if your phone gets stolen.)

Do a Day Trip to Valencia:

Exploring Valencia during a day trip from Barcelona

Valencia is the birthplace of paella, the National Dish of Spain that is made with rice, saffron, vegetables and is either added with meat or seafood. It is usually served in one pan and is made for two people to enjoy.

Some of the best things to do in Valencia during a day trip from Barcelona is to stroll around the Old Town and admire the beautiful Gothic buildings and orange trees. Don’t forget to stop at the Central Market for fresh produce, baked goods and a café con leche (coffee with milk).

Another popular thing to do in Valencia is to explore the City of Arts and Sciences! During the summer, this epic museum is open everyday from 10am to 9pm. Click here for the rates.

City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain

Oceanographic is the biggest aquarium in Europe; Hemisferic is a 3D digital cinema that plays educational documentaries for all ages to enjoy; the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum pays homage to science and technology; the Umbracle is a massive green house to explore and the Ágora and Assut D’or Bridge is an iconic bridge that connects two sides of Valencia.

Since Valencia is located on the coast, I also recommend visiting one of the posh beach clubs if you have time. One of the most renowned beach clubs in the city is Marina Beach Club. In addition to the beach itself, the beach club also has a pool, two restaurants onsite and a stage that draws international DJs year-round!

A woman enjoying paella and sangria during a day trip to Valencia

Just like I mentioned above, Valencia is where paella originated. Even though you can find delicious paella all over Spain, there is nothing more authentic and fresher than what you’d get in Valencia!

The number one restaurant to eat paella at in Valencia is Restaurante Levante. Please note that you will need to make reservations way in advance if you want to eat here. It is situated well off the beaten path in Valencia and everything is delicious!

Unfortunately, Caitlin and I couldn’t eat at Restaurante Levante since we didn’t make reservations ahead of time, so we ate at Taberna Alkazar, which is also a great spot to savor this amazing Spanish staple! Another awesome restaurant to savor paella in Valencia is La Pepica.

Taste Spanish Wine in the Priorat Region:

A woman enjoying wine tasting at Terra Dominicata in the Priorat Wine Region

Another incredible day trip to take from Barcelona during your 3 days in the city is to the Priorat wine region. The Priorat region of Catalonia is west of the city of Tarragona. One of the best places to stay in the area, and also wine taste, is at Terra Dominicata. It is around a two-hour drive from Barcelona.

Terra Dominicata was the first winery I’ve ever visited in Spain and I was impressed! I’m a red wine lover and Priorat is recognized for its intensely flavored red wines. The house red at Terra Dominicata was incredible!

A woman visiting the Priorat Wine Region during her 3 days in Barcelona

Priorat is in a secluded mountainous location in Catalonia, which made the wine region undiscovered for years. It’s become more popular over the past couple decades and now more people from around the world are traveling here to experience some of Spain’s best wines!

During our time at Terra Dominicata, Caitlin and I loved spending time at the dreamy property that overlooks the beautiful mountainside vineyards. We also did a lovely wine tasting and enjoyed a delicious Catalan dinner at Mater Terrae Restaurant. I had the grilled langoustines as my meal and Caitlin enjoyed the roasted vegetable lasagna. We both savored the “Crema Catalana” that came with cinnamon toffee, almonds and citrus aroma.

Langoustines from Catalonia
A Catalan dessert with coffee

Visiting the Priorat wine region was a dream and it was the best way to conclude our 3 days in Barcelona, Spain.


Inside of the Sagrada Familia

Love Barcelona? Check out these other awesome destinations in Spain:

Segovia, Toledo and Madrid

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Spain’s Pyrenees Mountains

Planning an epic European vacation? Find more Europe travel tips here.

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the 10 best things to do in Barcelona in 3 days. If you have any questions, please email info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of Spain:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Madrid, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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Nannybag is also insured against theft, loss and breakage. It’s a convenient way to store your bags when you are traveling from one city to the next in Europe.

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on July 21, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Awesome blog on Barcelona Taylor ~ enjoyed all the stunning photos of the buildings by architect Gaudi ~ Well Travelled Club sounds like a great membership program to be a part of since they can make your vacation extra special ~ they seem to create the perfect trip! They did such a nice job with your time in Barcelona. I really enjoyed learning more about Barcelona ~ definitely on my list of future Spain cities to visit!

    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful experiences ~ Love you, Mom xoxo <3

    • Taylor Deer on July 23, 2022 at 10:18 am

      Thank you mom! It was a beautiful trip. Love you too! <3

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A woman exploring Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a unique and beautiful city that must be explored during a trip to Spain. Located in the Catalonia region of Spain, on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is the capital of the region and is known for its fascinating Art Nouveau architecture, mouthwatering cuisine and beautiful beaches. Even though you can spend as much time as you want to in Spain’s second largest city, it is best to explore Barcelona in 3 Days during a European trip.

Known to be older than Rome, Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain. Even though the capital city of Madrid is the largest, Barcelona is the biggest city on the Mediterranean Sea, bringing in over 27 million tourists annually from all over the world. (Discover the best places to see with 3 days in Madrid.)

Enjoying sangria at Hotel Colon - a rooftop overlooking Barcelona Cathedral

In addition, Barcelona is the only recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture. Thanks to the talented Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona features architecture you won’t see anywhere else in the world! The people of Barcelona also speak two languages – Spanish and Catalan.

During June 2022, I did a big Europe trip for my 31st birthday with a few travel bloggers. I started my trip visiting Barcelona, Spain for the first time. From there, I also got to enjoy wine tasting in the Priorat wine region of Catalonia and savored delicious paella from its birthplace of Valencia.

Two women wine tasting in the Priorat Wine Region during 3 days in Barcelona, Spain

After Spain, I made my way to the small country of Andorra, which is situated in the Pyrenees Mountains, between Spain and France. Then, I spent a full week exploring the French Riviera before ending my trip in Northern Italy.

In this article, discover all the best things to do with 3 days in Barcelona, Spain!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. My trip to Barcelona, Spain was in partnership with Level Airlines and Well Traveled ClubClick here to sign up and use code TAYLOR to skip the waitlist! I was also hosted at Terra Dominicata in the Priorat wine region.


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3 Days in Barcelona, Spain

Traveling to Barcelona to Visit:

La Sagrada Familia

No matter where you are traveling from, Barcelona, Spain is easy to visit via a flight or public transportation. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

My Barcelona itinerary started by taking a non-stop, direct flight with Level from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona – El Prat Airport, otherwise known as Barcelona Airport.

Because my Level flight was nonstop from JFK to Barcelona, I was able to get in at a decent time on my first day. There is nothing worse than losing a day at a specific destination due to a late arrival. Also, with zero layovers, it’s less likely you’ll run into obstacles such as flight delays, cancellations, being stuck at a stopover destination, losing luggage, etc. Because I got into Barcelona later in the morning, I was able to savor delicious tapas right away and see iconic landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia!

Flying Level Airlines from JFK to Barcelona

In addition to New York City, Level Airlines also has non-stop flights to Barcelona from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston in the United States as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile!

During my overnight flight, I was able to enjoy a delicious chicken curry meal and some Spanish wine before I watched House of Gucci and fell asleep. I slept well and woke up to a bright blue sky! From there, I was ready to explore Barcelona!

Another reason why Level is a great airline to fly is because they offer affordable prices, even during high season. There are also different rates with various services. Level Airlines goes by the motto of your flight, your rules. You can reserve your seat, enjoy a meal, check luggage and have a comfort kit on board. You can also fly in Premium cabin on Level.  

Level Airlines flies with the Airbus A330-200, which is the world’s most reliable, long-haul aircraft.

A woman on a Level flight to Barcelona.

Once you’re in Barcelona, the best way to get around the city is by walking or hauling a taxi through the Cabify app. It is Spain’s version of Uber/Lyft! You can also get a taxi by standing at one of the stands in the city. You can find a lot of them on Las Ramblas, which is the most popular street in Barcelona.

During my 3 days in Barcelona, Caitlin from My Darling Passport joined me and we rented a car for the day to visit both Valencia and the Priorat wine region. If you plan to do day trips from Barcelona, then you will need to rent a car! Depending on where you plan to explore in Spain, you can also take public transportation from Barcelona.

(One thing to note about renting a car in Europe is that you will need to have an international driver’s permit in addition to your regular license. I don’t know how the process works for other countries out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office.)

Where to Stay during Three Days in Barcelona:

A woman enjoying an ice coffee by the pool at Kimpton Vivadora during her 3 days in Barcelona

Throughout my long weekend in Barcelona, Spain, I stayed at the beautiful Kimpton Vividora that is situated in between Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter.

Well Traveled Club is the best luxury travel club and they organized our stay at the Kimpton in Barcelona. This female-owned, member-only community connects like-minded travelers who share their favorite spots when they visit a specific destination like Barcelona, the French Riviera, Croatia, Palm Springs, New York City, etc. It also allows you to share your own recommendations.

You can save time planning your dream getaway by signing up for Well Traveled Club today. There is usually a waitlist to join, but if you use code TAYLOR, you can get in right away!

A woman staying at Kimpton Barcelona during 3 days in Barcelona

Kimpton Vividora in Barcelona City Centre is a five-star, luxury boutique hotel with a Mediterranean restaurant called Fauna, a coffee and cocktail bar as well as a fun rooftop terrace with a pool.

During our 3-day Barcelona itinerary, I stayed in the King Bed Premium Room that came with a balcony that overlooked the beautiful buildings and architecture of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.

In addition to the Kimpton, Barcelona offers a lot of other great hotel and rental options to suit all budgets. There are also a lot of great hostels to choose from!

Here are other hotel options in Barcelona based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Barcelona Edition

Boutique Accommodation: Hotel Sofia Barcelona – in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel Brummell

Budget Accommodation: St. Christopher’s Inn

3 Days in Barcelona Itinerary:

A woman at the Palace of Catalan Music

From sightseeing to grub, Barcelona offers something for everyone to enjoy! If you’re wondering what to do in Barcelona in 3 days, I listed the best things that you cannot miss out on in this Catalan city.

Explore Gaudí’s Masterpieces:

Inside of La Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudí is recognized as creating the most unique architectural wonders in Barcelona, Spain. In fact, Gaudí’s work has influenced the entire face of Barcelona architecture. It is the greatest representation of Catalan Modernism through Art Nouveau and Gothic Revival architecture.

The majority of Gaudí’s work that you’ll see in Barcelona was influenced through nature. Gaudí wanted his work to have an organic look and you can see that at La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Vicens, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Casa Calvet, Torre Bellsguard and Collegi de les Teresianes. (Most of these landmarks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.)

Below are the top landmarks to see Gaudí’s work in Barcelona, Spain:

La Sagrada Familia:

A woman at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

The outstanding La Sagrada Familia is a beautiful, Roman Catholic cathedral that became the most prominent symbol of Gaudí’s work. With the church, Gaudí wanted to combine Christian speech and biblical allegories with natural-looking symbols like geometric shapes and colorful stained-glass windows. Gaudí took on the Sagrada Familia project at 31 years old and devoted his last 12 years to it.

During a visit to La Sagrada Familia, you can enjoy a guided or self-guided tour where you can learn all about the history of this beautiful Catholic church, the life of Antoni Gaudí and the biblical meaning behind the Art Nouveau architecture. (Gaudí died tragically in 1926 by a tram.)

A woman admiring Gaudi's architecture at La Sagrada Familia

Overall, La Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited monuments in Spain and it’s one of the best things to see in Barcelona in 3 days. Nearly 5 million people visit this beautiful cathedral every year. It’s also important to note that La Sagrada Familia is not completed. There is still construction going on when you visit this breathtaking cathedral and it is expected to be finished in 2026!

It costs €26 for an individual ticket. With that price, you also get an audio guide, but you’ll need to download the Sagrada Familia Official app to do the self-guided tour. Guided tours cost €30 with a specialized guide. You can also enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral and towers for €40. La Sagrada Familia is open every day from 9am to 8pm.

Park Güell:

A woman enjoying a sunny day at Park Guell in Barcelona

A breathtaking spot you cannot miss out on during your 3 days in Barcelona is Park Güell. Eusebi Güell gave Antoni Gaudí the assignment of designing Park Güell for wealthy families to enjoy.

Nowadays, Park Güell is one of the most extraordinary public parks in the world. Even though it was never completed, this beautiful park is a great place to visit and stroll around during a lovely day in Barcelona.

It costs €13.50 for an adult ticket (ages 13-64); €9.33 for a children’s ticket (ages 7-12); €9.33 for a senior citizen ticket (ages 65 and older) and it’s free for young children (ages 6 and under). The park is open every day from 9:30am to 7:30pm.

Casa Batlló:

Exploring Gaudi's architecture during 3 days in Barcelona

Another Gaudí masterpiece that you cannot miss out on visiting during your 3 days in Barcelona is the Casa Batlló. It is a stunning art gallery and museum that provides visitors with an interactive experience.

At Casa Batlló, you can learn all about Gaudí himself; experience the architectural wonders of early 20th Century Barcelona; listen to the beautiful music made by British composer, Dani Howard and enjoy beautiful views on the rooftop.

Casa Batlló is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and during a trip to Barcelona, Spain, I suggest experiencing one of the Magic Nights during your 3 day itinerary for Barcelona. During Magic Nights, you can enjoy musical performances, great drinks and food as well as a dreamy atmosphere on the iconic rooftop of Casa Batlló.

Visit a Vermouth Bar:

Enjoying Vermouth at Morro Fi in Barcelona

Barcelona is known for vermouth. It is a fortified wine that is flavored with botanical. When you plan your itinerary for Barcelona, you cannot skip out on visiting an authentic vermouth bar in the city.

Caitlin and I visited Morro Fi in Barcelona and it is one of the most authentic and exciting vermouth bars in the Catalan city. Personally, vermouth tastes like a cold version of gluhwein (mulled wine) that you would usually get at a German Christmas market. I found it to be flavorful and refreshing!

Vermouth from Barcelona, Spain

If you decide to spend 4 days in Barcelona (or more), other great vermouth bars to check out, that my friend Alex of East Coast Contessa recommended, are Bar Electricitat and La Vermutería del Tano.

A lot of vermouth bars also sell tapas to enjoy with your drink. Some of my favorite tapas from Morro Fi were the chips with their special sauce as well as the sardines.

Savor Delicious Spanish Food:

Eating paella during 3 days in Barcelona

One of my favorite aspects of Barcelona is the food! You can find a lot of great restaurants that serve delicious tapas and paella as well as drink spots in this beautiful city. Click here to book an authentic cooking class in Barcelona.

During your 3 days in Barcelona, you must add the below spots to your itinerary:

Terraza Martinez:

Paella and sangria from Terrazza Martinez in Barcelona, Spain

When you visit Barcelona, Spain, you must savor the delicious and crunchy paella with a view at Terraza Martinez. Located in Parc de Montjuïc, Terraza Martinez has some of the most delicious paella in the city, plus, you can enjoy incredible views of Barcelona and the nearby beaches!

At Terraza Martinez, we had the langoustine paella with croquettes, pan con tomate and fresh sangria. Everything was delicious!

Bar Cañete:

Sangria from Bar Canete near Las Ramblas

Whenever I travel to Spain, I always love savoring mouthwatering tapas. In fact, tapas are one of my favorite things about this beautiful country! Some of the best tapas I ever had were in Sevilla, but I also loved the ones I enjoyed in Barcelona.

Pescado Frito from Bar Canete in Barcelona, Spain
Razor clams tapas
Grilled octopus from Bar Canete

Located right off the famous Las Ramblas is one of the best tapas bars in Barcelona. Everything on Bar Cañete’s menu is delicious! If you’re pondering on what to order at this authentic spot, I suggest the pescado frito, Galician razor clams, jamón Ibérico and the octopus with potatoes and spicy tomato sauce.

Can Fisher:

Can Fisher in Barcelona, Spain

If you make it to the beach during your 3 days in Barcelona, Spain, you must enjoy a nice seafood dinner at Can Fisher, which is located at Platja del Bogatell.

Seafood paella from Can Fisher

This wonderful restaurant has delicious paellas, grilled fish and fresh seafood tapas. Caitlin and I loved the seafood paella along with the cod croquettes! Even our drinks were incredible.

Rocambolesc:

Ice cream from Rocambolesc

Even though Spain is known for its mouthwatering helado, you can find delicious soft serve ice cream in Barcelona that you’d normally come across in the United States.

Situated along the popular Las Ramblas, Rocambolesc has a vibe that is similar to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory! Michelin pastry chef Jordi Roca created a colorful, soft serve gelateria where you can enjoy over 34 gourmet toppings.

Overall, Rocambolesc’ ice cream is made with milk instead of cream and it is the perfect snack to take with you as you stroll through the Gothic Quarter. Some of the best flavors to get at Rocambolesc are the baked apple and panettone.

Terraza de Vivi:

Staying at Kimpton Vivadora during 3 days in Barcelona

Located at the Kimpton Vividora rooftop, Terraza de Vivi is an intimate urban oasis that overlooks Barcelona along with the Mediterranean Sea from a distance!

At this lovely spot, not only can you enjoy the rooftop pool, but you can also get crafted cocktails, tapas and enjoy daily brunch from noon to 4pm every day.

Tour the Palau de la Música Catalana:

A woman enjoying 3 days in Barcelona

Built in the early 1900s by Lluís Domènech i Monataner, the Palau de la Música Catalana (or the Palace of Catalan Music) is the most beautiful concert hall in Barcelona, Spain. Also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palau de la Música Catalana is considered an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau.

From its tile work to stained glass and mosaics to design, the Palau de la Música is something to admire. It costs €15 to do a self-guided tour and €19 for a guided tour. The concert hall is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 9pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, it is open from 9:30am to 1pm and two hours before a concert.

Enjoy a Barcelona Rooftop Bar:

Two women enjoying sangria at Hotel Colon's rooftop bar

Barcelona is a stunning city and one of the best ways to truly enjoy its beauty is by visiting a scenic rooftop.

Throughout our 3 days in Barcelona, Caitlin and I made our way to Hotel Colón’s Panoramic Terrace that overlooks the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona. The sangria and specialty cocktails at this spot do not disappoint!

Another awesome rooftop bar that you must add to your 3-day Barcelona itinerary is Terraza Ayre at the Ayre Rosellón Hotel. Not only can you snack on tapas and sip some Spanish wine, but you can also admire breathtaking views of the majestic Sagrada Familia.

Have a Relaxing Beach Day:

The beach in Barcelona

Since Barcelona is located along the Mediterranean coast, it is a must to visit the beach during your 3-day itinerary.

One thing to know about the beaches in Barcelona is that they weren’t always there. The beaches of Barcelona were created for the 1992 Olympic Games. In fact, the cleanup of Barcelona and the creation of the beaches were the most important project for the Summer Olympics that year.

The most famous beach in Barcelona that you must visit is Barceloneta Beach. It includes a seaside promenade, the most popular beach bars in the city and stunning white sand beach!

Hike and Explore Muntanya del Tibidabo:

If you’re looking to stay active during your time in Barcelona and also enjoy nature, I recommend hiking Muntanya del Tibidabo.

This 3.8-mile, easy loop trail leads to the highest point in Barcelona. At the top, you can enjoy beautiful views of the city and sea as well as the Pyrenees Mountains from a distance.

Situated at Muntanya del Tibidabo is one of the oldest amusement parks in Spain. It opened in 1905 and features 30 attractions. Also located on this mountain is the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart, which can be seen from the heart of the city at night.

Stroll through Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter:

The beautiful city streets of Barcelona, Spain

Not only does Barcelona have incredible sites and eats, but the shopping is also something travelers shouldn’t miss out on.

Las Ramblas is considered one of the most touristy areas of Barcelona, Spain, but you can find incredible shops from high-end designer retailers to boutiques. It also boasts the iconic Boquería market where you can find fresh produce, plants and handicrafts.

A few famous landmarks to check out along Las Ramblas are Palau Güell, which is a mansion built by Gaudí; Gran Teatre del Liceau, which is the oldest Opera House in Barcelona and the Mirador de Colom, which is the Christopher Columbus Monument.

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain

(One thing to note about Las Ramblas is that it is also a big pick pocketing area. Always be aware of your surroundings; don’t leave anything in your back pockets; try not to show off your valuables; zipper your purse/backpack and carry your belongings in front of you. In case an unfortunate event happens during your travels, discover what to do if your phone gets stolen.)

Do a Day Trip to Valencia:

Exploring Valencia during a day trip from Barcelona

Valencia is the birthplace of paella, the National Dish of Spain that is made with rice, saffron, vegetables and is either added with meat or seafood. It is usually served in one pan and is made for two people to enjoy.

Some of the best things to do in Valencia during a day trip from Barcelona is to stroll around the Old Town and admire the beautiful Gothic buildings and orange trees. Don’t forget to stop at the Central Market for fresh produce, baked goods and a café con leche (coffee with milk).

Another popular thing to do in Valencia is to explore the City of Arts and Sciences! During the summer, this epic museum is open everyday from 10am to 9pm. Click here for the rates.

City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain

Oceanographic is the biggest aquarium in Europe; Hemisferic is a 3D digital cinema that plays educational documentaries for all ages to enjoy; the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum pays homage to science and technology; the Umbracle is a massive green house to explore and the Ágora and Assut D’or Bridge is an iconic bridge that connects two sides of Valencia.

Since Valencia is located on the coast, I also recommend visiting one of the posh beach clubs if you have time. One of the most renowned beach clubs in the city is Marina Beach Club. In addition to the beach itself, the beach club also has a pool, two restaurants onsite and a stage that draws international DJs year-round!

A woman enjoying paella and sangria during a day trip to Valencia

Just like I mentioned above, Valencia is where paella originated. Even though you can find delicious paella all over Spain, there is nothing more authentic and fresher than what you’d get in Valencia!

The number one restaurant to eat paella at in Valencia is Restaurante Levante. Please note that you will need to make reservations way in advance if you want to eat here. It is situated well off the beaten path in Valencia and everything is delicious!

Unfortunately, Caitlin and I couldn’t eat at Restaurante Levante since we didn’t make reservations ahead of time, so we ate at Taberna Alkazar, which is also a great spot to savor this amazing Spanish staple! Another awesome restaurant to savor paella in Valencia is La Pepica.

Taste Spanish Wine in the Priorat Region:

A woman enjoying wine tasting at Terra Dominicata in the Priorat Wine Region

Another incredible day trip to take from Barcelona during your 3 days in the city is to the Priorat wine region. The Priorat region of Catalonia is west of the city of Tarragona. One of the best places to stay in the area, and also wine taste, is at Terra Dominicata. It is around a two-hour drive from Barcelona.

Terra Dominicata was the first winery I’ve ever visited in Spain and I was impressed! I’m a red wine lover and Priorat is recognized for its intensely flavored red wines. The house red at Terra Dominicata was incredible!

A woman visiting the Priorat Wine Region during her 3 days in Barcelona

Priorat is in a secluded mountainous location in Catalonia, which made the wine region undiscovered for years. It’s become more popular over the past couple decades and now more people from around the world are traveling here to experience some of Spain’s best wines!

During our time at Terra Dominicata, Caitlin and I loved spending time at the dreamy property that overlooks the beautiful mountainside vineyards. We also did a lovely wine tasting and enjoyed a delicious Catalan dinner at Mater Terrae Restaurant. I had the grilled langoustines as my meal and Caitlin enjoyed the roasted vegetable lasagna. We both savored the “Crema Catalana” that came with cinnamon toffee, almonds and citrus aroma.

Langoustines from Catalonia
A Catalan dessert with coffee

Visiting the Priorat wine region was a dream and it was the best way to conclude our 3 days in Barcelona, Spain.


Inside of the Sagrada Familia

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I hope you all enjoyed discovering the 10 best things to do in Barcelona in 3 days. If you have any questions, please email info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of Spain:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Madrid, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on July 21, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Awesome blog on Barcelona Taylor ~ enjoyed all the stunning photos of the buildings by architect Gaudi ~ Well Travelled Club sounds like a great membership program to be a part of since they can make your vacation extra special ~ they seem to create the perfect trip! They did such a nice job with your time in Barcelona. I really enjoyed learning more about Barcelona ~ definitely on my list of future Spain cities to visit!

    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful experiences ~ Love you, Mom xoxo <3

    • Taylor Deer on July 23, 2022 at 10:18 am

      Thank you mom! It was a beautiful trip. Love you too! <3

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