If you go to Barcelona, you can't miss Sagrada Familia and this park across the street. Make sure to get tickets early to see the incredible interior. Sunrise and sunset are best to see the perfect lighting inside. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona!

A Guide to the Most Instagrammable Places in Barcelona in 3 Days

Barcelona is a popular city to visit in Europe, and for good reason. When we found round trip flights from Orlando for $550 with Next Vacay, we decided to go to Spain and Portugal in November. We ended up spending one of those days in Andorra, an easy day trip from Barcelona. Barcelona in November is perfect as most of the summer crowds are gone. Plus, the weather is cooler and makes it perfect for walking all over the city.

With the three days in Barcelona we had, we found all the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona. Since most of the best things to do in Barcelona are easy to access and located pretty close to each other, having three days or a weekend in Barcelona  is enough to see most of the best spots. Below you can find the practical information like where to stay in Barcelona and where to eat in Barcelona as well as a full three day itinerary for Barcelona and the best times to visit the most popular spots to avoid the crowds and get the best photos.

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MAP OF THE MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN BARCELONA

The different layers on this map show the places we stayed and ate in Barcelona as well as the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona broken down by day. You can view them all at once or one layer at a time. You can save this map to your own Google maps to be able to add to it to plan your perfect trip.

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DAY 1: Arc de Triumf, Sagrada Familia & Bunkers Del Carmel

We actually visited these three places on three partial days, but you could visit all three in one day. We had one evening in Barcelona when we first arrived before flying to Lisbon, and then we arrived back in Barcelona from Portugal with an afternoon to explore. Then we had an early morning before going to Andorra for the day, so we took advantage and visited the Barcelona Cathedral and the Arco de Triunfo before the crowds arrived.

The Passion Facade of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona and all the best Instagram photo spots here.
Passion Facade of Sagrada Familia

VISITING BARCELONA’S ARC DE TRIUMF IN THE MORNING

The Arc de Triumf or Arco de Triunfo in Barcelona is similar to the more well known Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This one is made of red brick and is at the entrance to a park. We visited Barcelona Cathedral at sunrise (around 8 a.m. in winter – more info later) and then walked over to the Arc de Triumf. It is about 3/4 of a mile or 1200 meters. It would make sense to visit Park de la Ciutadella at the same time as it is only a few minutes walk from this area, but we did not have time and visited later instead.

While it is beautiful from both sides, the better side for pictures is the street side. Then you get the park and the path lined with palm trees through the middle of the arch. If you go in the summer at sunrise, you probably have a better chance of not having people around. However, even around 9:30 a.m. in the winter on a Saturday, we were able to get some pictures without many people around.

If you wait until later in the day, the area is crowded. Look at the location tag on Instagram, and you will see crowds of people in most of the shots. If you get there and find it crowded, you can stand closer to the camera to stand out from the crowd.

Arc de Triumf in Barcelona is one of the most popular Instagram photo spots in Barcelona. Find out what time to go to get it to yourself along with a 3 day itinerary for Barcelona here.
Arc de Triumf in Barcelona at 9:30 on a Saturday morning in November

VISITING SAGRADA FAMILIA & GETTING THE BEST PICTURES

If you plan to visit Sagrada Familia in the summer especially, make sure to get tickets ahead of time. When we went in November, the lines for tickets were not long, but in the summer they sometimes sell out ahead of time. You do not want to miss this architectural marvel, so it is better to be safe than sorry with these tickets.

Make sure you are in the area early as you only have a 15 minute window to go inside if you purchase your tickets early. There is a park across the street from each side, but the more well known side is on the Nativity side. You can wander through the park while you are there to enjoy the views and get some pictures while you wait to go inside. The entrance we used is on this side as well.

People line up at times next to the pond to get the shot of Sagrada Familia through the trees with the pond. However, if you walk along the edge of the pond, there are several spots for good pictures. You do not have to wait in line for the spot everyone else wants for their picture. This park is one of the most famous Instagram photo spots in Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia from the park across the street - one of the most famous Instagrammable places in Barcelona. Make sure to get our full guide to Barcelona here.
View of Sagrada Familia from the park across the street

When it is time to go inside, you will pass through security first. There are metal detectors, and there is a dress code. Your shoulders and midriff must be covered to go inside. Of course, I happened to be wearing a sweater that had the shoulders open, but no one said anything.

Once inside, we marveled at the beautiful architecture and the years of work that so many have already spent on this place. Take your time walking around the inside. It is likely to be crowded most of the time. We went around sunset, but either sunrise or sunset tend to be better. The sunlight shines through better at those times, lighting up the stained glass windows. While we visited, the organ also played. This only added to the magic of the church.

Go to Sagrada Familia when the sun is lower in the sky for the best photos. Get a full guide to a weekend in Barcelona and all the best photo spots here!
Inside Sagrada Familia
Make sure to look up at the ceiling inside Sagrada Familia to take it all in. Find all the best things to do in Barcelona in 3 days here!
The ceiling of Sagrada Familia
The ceiling inside Sagrada Familia is an impressive sight to see. Click here for all the best things to do in Barcelona in 3 days.
Look up when you are inside Sagrada Familia

You can climb the towers, but we did not because we visited with family with young children. Children must be 6 years old to go up in the towers. Instead of leaving our family to climb the towers, we decided to just enjoy the main parts of the church.

We exited the side with the Passion facade, and I liked this side more. While both sides are impressive, I really loved the symbolism found on this side and the more modern look. You must see both sides if you visit, whether you decide to go inside or not.

At Christmas, there is a Christmas market across from Sagrada Familia on the Nativity side. It opened the night before we left, so we went the first night it opened. While we enjoyed seeing another Christmas market, it did not live up to the hype after visiting London, Scotland, Belgium, and France the year before. I think it got better after we left as there was only a handful of food stalls and many open spaces for more stalls.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is a must. Make sure to get tickets early and try to go at sunrise and sunset for the best lighting inside. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona here!
Inside Sagrada Familia
Taking in the interior of Sagrada Familia in the evening - the perfect time to visit (make sure to get tickets ahead of time!). Get our full Barcelona travel guide and itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona here.
Inside Sagrada Familia
The Nativity Facade of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Get a full itinerary with all the best things to do in Barcelona in 3 days here.
The Nativity Facade of Sagrada Familia

BUNKERS DEL CARMEL FOR THE BEST SUNSET IN BARCELONA

If you visit Sagrada Familia during the day, you can make it over to Bunkers del Carmel for sunset. If you visit Sagrada Familia at night, make sure to go to Bunkers del Carmel another night for sunset. It was my favorite view of the city and the best place to watch the sunset in Barcelona.

To get to Bunkers del Carmel, you have a few options. Due to time, we took an Uber. However, the road had a blockade partway up to the top of the hill, so we walked the last quarter mile or so (400 meters). It was not a bad walk, but it saved time to take the Uber. You can also take the subway (Guinardo – L4, yellow) and then walk the 30 minutes uphill. Another option is the bus. Take bus 22 to the last stop (Pl Mitja Lluna) and then walk the last 8 – 10 minutes. This is basically the path we walked from where the Uber dropped us off.

Bunkers del Carmel is the perfect spot to watch the sunset (there is sometimes a line for this spot). See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona!
The famous view from Bunkers del Carmel
The best spot for sunset in Barcelona is Bunkers del Carmel, but make sure to look out from the other side too. Click here for the perfect 3 day Barcelona itinerary including all the best photo spots in Barcelona
The view from the other side of the Bunkers del Carmel

We walked down after the sunset to find dinner, and the stairs and path are easy to follow, even in the dark. They are spray painted with messages mostly telling tourists to go home, but that just lets you know you are in the right place to get to the Bunkers. You may want to take a flashlight, but most of it was light enough to see.

You want to get to the Bunkers del Carmel about 30 minutes to an hour before sunset. There will be others there, but many are locals. Some bring blankets and food and drinks to enjoy as the sun sets. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view, so make sure to wander around and not just take the first spot. Make sure to stay after the sun sets to watch the city light up.

The most popular spot to take pictures is a rock outcropping that looks over the city from the edge of the bunkers. We had to wait our turn for that spot, but there was only one group ahead of us and no one behind us. You will need someone else to take pictures of you there as there is not a great place nearby to put a tripod. You have to climb a small rock wall to get up to the spot, but there are some spots to put your hands and feet that make it easy. This is on the northeast side of the Bunkers. We entered from this side, so we found it easily as soon as we arrived.

The view of Barcelona at night with the city lights on from the Bunkers del Carmel. Get a map along with our 3 day Barcelona itinerary here!
Barcelona at night from the Bunkers del Carmel

DAY 2: Tibidabo, Cathedrals, Palau de la Musica, Casa Batllo

Day two of our three days in Barcelona was packed with lots of walking and exploring the city along with getting outside the city to Mount Tibidabo.

THE CHURCH AND AMUSEMENT PARK ON MOUNT TIBIDABO

I first saw the Tibidabo Cathedral del Sagrat Cor (Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) on Instagram and added it to my list of photo spots in Barcelona. We decided to head up to the top of Mount Tibidabo for sunrise. It is a ways outside of town, and the best way to get there was with an Uber. We spent about $25 to get there from the Diagonal area.

This view is from the road to the top of Mount Tibidabo. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona!
The view from Mount Tibidabo at sunrise
The view from the top of Mount Tibidabo. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona!
Looking out from Mount Tibidabo at sunrise

At the top of the hill is also an amusement park. The amusement park and church have different opening hours although you can still climb the stairs to the crypt any time of day. The crypt typically opens before the church which did not open until 10 a.m. the day we were there. The crypt opened an hour or two earlier. The hours are not easy to find, and we were told different hours for the church by an employee at the amusement park and the employee who opened the crypt.

If you want to get the view from above Tibidabo that is commonly shown online, you have to pay to go to the amusement park. Make sure you visit at the right hours and on a clear day though. When we went in the morning, the amusement park was closed (it did not open until 11 a.m. that day). In the afternoon when we came back with family, the wind and clouds forced them to shut down early. You have to ride the Ferris wheel to get the view of Tibidabo from above that I wanted to take. With the clouds, you could not even see the Ferris wheel from outside the amusement park that afternoon.

This church at the top of Mount Tibidabo is beautiful and worth a visit. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona and all the best photo spots in Barcelona here.
The crypt of the church on Mount Tibidabo
The view of Barcelona from the top of Mount Tibidabo. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona and the best things to do in Barcelona here
The view of Barcelona from the top of Mount Tibidabo
The view of the city of Barcelona from Mount Tibidabo at sunrise. Click here to find the best views and photo spots in Barcelona and an itinerary to see them all in 3 days.
The view of Barcelona from the top of Mount Tibidabo

It was a good spot to watch the sunrise, but it is not worth the trip just for the sunrise. Because we could not find hours online (or get a straight answer once we got there for the church’s hours), we were hoping to do everything at once. We came back in the afternoon with family and saw the sunset from there as well. The sunset was a better view, and typically the amusement park would still be open then.

When we came back in the evening, you could not see the top of the church because of the clouds. We ended up being in the clouds at the top of the church which actually made it one of my favorite parts of the trip. The clouds cleared out off and on, allowing the sun to shine through and light up the clouds around us. It was beautiful. No matter the weather, I recommend a visit to the church. The inside is not all that impressive, but the outside is beautiful. In the clouds, it has an otherworldly feel. Without the clouds, you get amazing views of the city, making it one of the best photo spots in Barcelona no matter the weather.

The crype of the Tempt of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Mount Tibidabo in Barcelona. Get a full 3 day Barcelona itinerary and travel guide here!
The crypt at the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Mount Tibidabo
The Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Barcelona on Mount Tibidabo. Find all the best photo spots in Barcelona in this 3 day itinerary
Outside of the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on top of Mount Tibidabo
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At the top of the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

When we went in the morning for sunrise, we planned to take an Uber to Palau de la Musica afterwards. We walked back down to where our Uber dropped us off and ordered an Uber. It said he would be there in 15 minutes. We watched him get closer to us, then turn around and drive away. As we watched, we tried to reach out to him, but we struggled with the language barrier. We continued watching him get closer and then turn around and go further away.

After waiting for 45 minutes, a taxi came by (the first we had seen), so we flagged him down. We cancelled the Uber, but it caused us problems at our next stop that we had waited so long. Be aware that your Uber may not be able to figure out how to get up to where you are. You may want to have someone at the amusement park direct you to a spot they are more familiar with or call you a taxi.

The sunset from the top of Mount Tibidabo when the clouds rolled in. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona!
Sunset on Mount Tibidabo in the clouds
Sunset from the Temple of the Sacred Heard of Jesus in the clouds on top of Mount Tibidabo. Check out this 3 day Barcelona itinerary for all the best things to do in Barcelona (with a free map!)
The sunset view from the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the clouds surrounding us
Sunset from the church at the top of Mount Tibidabo in Barcelona. Find all the best photo spots in Barcelona with a free map in this 3 day Barcelona itinerary.
Looking out from the top of the church at sunset as the clouds surrounded us
PALAU DE LA MUSICA

To visit Palau de la Musica without a tour, you have to go early in the morning. We looked at the hours on their website, but we arrived near the end of the times listed thanks to the Uber problems we had at Mount Tibidabo. They told us those times were wrong and that we could not go in. My brother-in-law and his family were already inside on an English speaking tour that had started 10 minutes before we made it there. We explained this to the lady at the ticket booth and asked to join the tour. By the time she understood us, the tour had started 15 minutes prior which is the cutoff for joining a tour. Because of that, she would not let us join.

Palau de la Musica in Barcelona is a must. You can take a tour or tour it on your own if you go at the right time. Make sure to get tickets early. Get our full guide to Barcelona and 3 day itinerary here.
The interior of the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona
The beautiful architecture of Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. Get a free map and 3 day itinerary for Barcelona here.
Looking up at the ceiling in Palau de la Musica

Since the next English tour was an hour later and already almost full, we opted to take a Catalan tour. We only had four others with us on the tour which was perfect for pictures. Our family filled us in on the information we missed on the tour. Taking an English tour (or tour in a language you can understand) is better if you want to learn about the history. Because of the scheduling conflict, we opted for the smallest tour starting soon to at least go in and see it and get pictures without fighting a large group. It worked out, and another girl on the tour spoke English. She also kept us informed, and we took some pictures for her throughout the tour as well.

The music hall is one of the prettiest buildings in Barcelona, and I loved seeing all the colors used in the architecture. There are performances here regularly, and I heard from others that it is worth it if you have the time.

The balcony and beautiful tiled columns at Palau de la Musica in Barcelona is a perfect spot for photos. Get our full guide to Barcelona's most Instagrammable places with a 3 day itinerary here.
The balcony at Palau de la Musica
Palau de la Musica's main stairway leading to the theater. Get a full guide to the best things to do in Barcelona with this 3 day itinerary.
The stairway inside Palau de la Musica
Balcony view of Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. Get a full guide to Barcelona's best things to do in this 3 day itinerary.
The theater inside Palau de la Musica

VISITING THE CATHEDRAL DE BARCELONA

If you want pictures outside the Cathedral de Barcelona, go early in the morning. The only others around were a few locals and the workers setting up the Christmas market. At Christmas, the Christmas market is outside of the church and is the best in Barcelona supposedly. Unfortunately, it opened a week after we left.

We visited the Cathedral twice, once in the morning and once later in the day with family. The inside of the church is beautiful, and I enjoyed walking through it. There is an area at the exit that houses some geese, and you can feed them if you have food for them or buy food for them. We just watched, but one lady gave my niece and nephews some food to feed them.

There is also a beautiful Gothic bridge called Pont del Bisbe on Carrer del Bisbe. If you are facing the Cathedral, take the little street that is on the right of the Cathedral. You can wander along these streets and enjoy the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona or even take a walking tour if you have time.

Barcelona Cathedral is an impressive church inside and out. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona!
The Cathedral de Barcelona in the morning
This little alleyway behind Barcelona Cathedral leads through the Gothic Quarter. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona here
Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
The gothic bridge behind Barcelona Cathedral is a popular photo spot in the Gothic Quarter. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona and all the best photos spots (with a map!) here!
Pont del Bisbe, the famous gothic bridge in Barcelona
The interior of the Barcelona Cathedral is beautiful. Make sure to go inside and walk around. Check out this full guide to Barcelona's best things to do including a full 3 day itinerary and free map!
Inside the Barcelona Cathdral

GAUDI’S CASA BATLLO

If you go to Barcelona, you have to see Casa Batllo at least from the outside. Going inside is expensive. When we went in the afternoon, a line of people waited outside to get in. Because of how much it would cost for all seven of us to go in, we opted to skip this. I have heard it is worth the cost though. Tickets are €25 for adults ahead of time and €22 for kids (kids under 7 years old are free). It is a few euros more if you purchase at the door.

Casa Batllo in Barcelona is one of Gaudi's many designs you can't miss. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona here with a free map to all the best photo locations.
Exterior of Casa Batllo
Gaudi's Casa Batllo is a popular spot for photos and one of the top things to see in Barcelona. Get our full 3 day Barcelona itinerary with a free map here!
The exterior of Casa Batllo

DAY 3: Park Guell, Park de la Ciutadella, & Dinner by the Beach

We spent our last day in Barcelona on our own as family left to go back to Belgium that morning. We knew we had to visit Park Guell and spent the rest of the day wandering around the city.

VISITING PARK GUELL FOR FREE

You can visit Park Guell for free anytime. Most of the day you need tickets for the Monumental Zone, but you can visit it for free outside of those hours. Check out our complete guide to visiting Park Guell for free and what to see in Park Guell here.

Park Guell’s Monumental Zone is perfect for sunrise. We took an Uber to make sure we got there in time. The Uber dropped us off right at the gate, and we walked right in without a problem. I worried we would have problems getting in and that it wouldn’t be that easy to get in for free. It turns out that it is.

You can't miss a sunrise in Park Guell - plus, you can get in for free and have the area to yourself if you know the right time to go. Find out more and get our 3 day Barcelona itinerary.
Sunrise in Park Guell in Barcelona
Park Guell is one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona - go early to beat the crowds. Click here for a full 3 day Barcelona itinerary with all the best photo spots.
The columns at sunrise in Park Guell in Barcelona
Sunrise view of Barcelona from Park Guell in Barcelona in the fall. Get a full travel guide to Barcelona including a 3 day itinerary with all the best photo spots here!
The view of Barcelona from Park Guell at sunrise in the fall

The sunrise lit up the sky in vibrant colors that morning. It made for a perfect start to the day to watch the sunrise and have the park so empty. About 30 or 40 other people were in the park for sunrise, but everyone stayed out of each other’s way. The bonus of going at sunrise is that it is the least amount of people you will find inside. During the winter, the opening hours when they charge take up most of the hours you have sunlight. In the summer, you have a little longer before the park opens and after the park closes with daylight.

Make sure to see everything inside the paid area before you leave. If you walk out of the paid area after it opens, you will have to pay to come back in. Make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time if you plan to visit during the open hours. If you wait to buy them at the gate, you may have to wait an hour or two to come in (it happened to my brother-in-law when they tried to visit before their flight home).

The famous columns in Park Guell in Barcelona make for a perfect photo spot. Get all the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona in this 3 day itinerary.
Walking among the columns at Park Guell
This curved walkway in Park Guell is a popular Instagram photo spot. Keep walking a little further to get it to yourself instead of waiting in line. Get all the best Barcelona travel tips for photo locations in this 3 day itinerary.
The curved walkway in Park Guell
The Instafamous curved walkway from above in Park Guell in Barcelona. Click here for Barcelona's most Instagrammable spots and a full 3 day Barcelona itinerary.
Looking down on the curved walkway in Park Guell

Once you have seen the paid area, you can leave and wander around the rest of the park. There are plenty of things worth seeing outside of the paid area.The area around Casa Museu Gaudi is a popular area with rock arches similar to those inside the Monumental Zone. We did not go inside the Casa Museu Gaudi which requires tickets. It sometimes sells out ahead of time if you plan to walk in.

We did stop by the outside of La Casa Trias for the view of the city and Turo de Les Tres Creus for another city view. Looking back, the view from Tres Creus is the better of the two. You look out over the city from the top of the monument and can see the beautiful church at the top of Mount Tibidabo from here as well. For more information on Park Guell, check out our full guide to visiting Park Guell.

The free part of Park Guell includes this area near the Casa Museu Gaudi. Find more Barcelona travel tips in our 3 day itinerary here.
The area near Casa Museu Gaudi in Park Guell in Barcelona
A view of Barcelona from Turo de Les Tres Creus in Park Guell. Find a full 3 day Barcelona itinerary and lots of Barcelona travel tips here.
The view of Barcelona from Turo de Les Tres Creus in Park Guell

THE FOUNTAIN IN PARK DE LA CIUTADELLA

With the rest of our afternoon free to wander the city, we headed back over to Park de la Ciutadella. While it makes more sense to visit when visiting the Arc de Triumf, we did not have time then. I expected the park to be crowded in the afternoon, but it was fairly empty. The main attraction is Cascada Monumental, a beautiful fountain at the north corner of the park. Make sure to walk up and around this fountain to enjoy the views from every angle.

You can also go for a boat ride on the lake, but that was not an attractive option in the cooler air in winter. Instead we just walked around the park some before heading back towards Sagrada Familia.

Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona has a beautiful fountain and makes for a beautiful photo spot. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona here!
Cascada Monumental
In Park de la Ciutadella, make sure to see Cascada Monumental, an Instagrammable spot in Barcelona. Get more of the best Instagram photo locations here in this 3 day Barcelona itinerary.
Cascada Monumental in Parc de la Ciutadella
Make sure to walk up and around Cascada Monumental for view of Park de la Ciutadella. Find our full Barcelona 3 day interary here.
At the top of Cascada Monumental in Park de la Ciutadella

SUNSET ON THE BEACH IN BARCELONA

I did not have high expectations for the beaches in Barcelona for some reason. I guess I never thought of it as a beach city, but the beach we visited impressed me. We ended up at Playa Ciutadella Olimpica since it was the closest to Sagrada Familia (where we ended up after the park to get more pictures from the outside). We watched the last light of the day fade from the beach and felt the cold water before finding dinner.

The restaurants right along the beach here are expensive. There are restaurants, bars, shops, and casinos in this area. The restaurants near Port Olimpic are more reasonable in price, so that is where we went for our last dinner in Barcelona.

The beaches in Barcelona make for a perfect place to watch the sunset. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona here!
Sunset on the beach in Barcelona

WHERE TO STAY IN BARCELONA

Because we stopped in Barcelona for an afternoon before flying out to Portugal, we needed a hotel for one night. We chose to stay near the airport at Barcelona Airport Hotel. The hotel included breakfast and is only a few minutes from the airport. The interior of the hotel is beautiful and the rooms are spacious, especially for Europe. Check availability and see prices here on Agoda and Booking.com.

When we came back for the rest of our three days in Barcelona, we stayed at Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal. This hotel is centrally located, and we could walk many places. There is a large shopping center nearby which made it easy to find food anytime we needed it. It is easy to find taxis, get an Uber, or take public transportation from this area. Our room had a view of Tibidabo and Sagrada Familia which made it even better. Check availability and see prices here on Agoda and Booking.com.

Our room at Barcelona Airport Hotel. This hotel is conveniently located 5 minutes from the airport but not too far out of town either. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona!
Barcelona Airport Hotel
The bathroom in our hotel room at Barcelona Airport Hotel. Get a full guide to Barcelona in this 3 day itinerary.
Barcelona Airport Hotel
Our room at Four Points Barcelona Diagonal overlooked the city and had a view of Sagrada Familia. Find our full Barcelona 3 day itinerary here.
Our room at Four Points Barcelona Diagonal
The view from Four Points Diagonal in Barcelona. It is central located, making it easy to find transportation or walk to most major sites in Barcelona. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona!
View from Four Points Barcelona Diagonal
The lobby at Four Points Barcelona Diagonal, a centrally located hotel in Barcelona. Get our full Barcelona travel guide here!
Lobby at Four Points Barcelona Diagonal

WHERE TO EAT

While we ate at more places than those listed here, these are the ones that stood out the most to us. We would highly recommend eating at any of these places during your visit to Barcelona.

CASA ALFONSO

The concierge at the hotel recommended Casa Alfonso as one of his favorite restaurants in town, so we headed there for dinner later that evening. I highly recommend the croquettes there (and pretty much everywhere in Barcelona), and we loved everything we tried. I especially loved the “Flowing Warm Chocolate With Vanilla Ice Cream” which ended up being similar to what we call a lava cake in the US.

STORE CAFE

This restaurant is located at the bottom of the road we took leaving Park Guell. After spending the morning walking around Park Guell, we built up an appetite. Store Cafe’s menu featured lots of options including a bakery full of amazing desserts. It made for a perfect spot to sit and relax after being on our feet all morning.

BARNABIER

On our last evening, we wanted to eat near the water. While the weather was a little too cold for us to eat outdoors, we opted to eat inside at Barnabier by Port Olimpic. My husband enjoyed a plate full of seafood, and I enjoyed my last croquettes of the trip. The staff was friendly, and it was the perfect last meal in Barcelona.

A door in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona behind the Barcelona Cathedral. The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is a great area to walk around and see what you can find. See the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Barcelona here!
A door in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona behind the Barcelona Cathedral

HOW TO GET AROUND BARCELONA

Getting around Barcelona using public transportation is not as easy as other cities in Europe. The bus is the best option for getting around using public transportation. We did not take the metro at all because it was never convenient for where we needed to go.

My brother-in-law rented a van, so we used it to get to Tibidabo the second time. Parking was not easy to find near Tibidabo or near Park Guell. We did not use the van much in the city, mostly to get to Andorra and back.

Taxis and Uber were our main method of transportation. They cost about the same since there was a big battle between the two. In fact, Uber could not pick us up at our hotel near the airport because of it. We had to walk a little ways away to get an Uber. The front desk staff explained that it was part of the agreement reached between the taxi drivers and Uber. We typically found the taxis to be a slightly cheaper option, but both were about the same price.

The Passion Facade at Sagrada Familia near the entrance. Click here for a full guide to seeing Barcelona in 3 days.
The Passion Facade at Sagrada Familia

*****

If you plan to visit Barcelona in the future, you could easily spend more than three days in Barcelona. In three days though, you can still fit quite a bit into your trip. Combining Portugal and Spain made for the perfect trip for us. As a bonus, going in November meant we avoided most of the crowds.

For more of our trip to Spain and Portugal, check out our full guide to Park Guell + free entry and what to see in Park Guellour day trip itinerary for Sintra and our guide to the most Instagrammable places in Lisbon. If you like the edits on the photos in this post, check out my preset page to find out more.

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    1. I think 7 days would be perfect to visit such a city, with so many attractions to explore! But maybe that’s because I don’t like rushing… I visited almost all the places you’ve mentioned but I had no idea about PALAU DE LA MUSICA!!! The interiors are stunning! Well, I’ll put it on the list for the nex visit!

      1. I wish we had more time there, but we have a limited time to travel and want to see it all! We try to think of our travels now like samples – we are sampling everywhere and then can go back and spend more time there later if needed. We definitely want to go back to Spain and Barcelona.

    1. Oh my god, your photos are amazing. Love this guide! Haven’t been to Barcelona yet, but it’s definitely on my list. Will pin this one for later. Am I the only one who keep thinking about that scene from FRIENDS whenever I hear about Tibidabo? hahaha <3

      1. Thank you so much! I had never heard of the scene from Friends, but someone commented about it when I posted it on Instagram. I looked it up, and now I will always think of it when I see Tibidabo 🙂

    1. Looks like you had a busy 3 days and saw a lot. I spent 4 days in Barcelona last November, and still have so many more things to see. I didn’t get to some of the places you visited like Palau de la Musica. Definitely next time.

      1. We do stay busy when we travel. We have limited time, so we try to fit as much in as possible. There is so much to see in Barcelona that we could definitely go back. I’d love to road trip through Spain next time we go!

    1. First of all, your pictures are stunning! To be completely transparent, I didn’t love Barcelona the first time around, but this post has definitely made me consider giving it another go! There is so much I missed the first time around – thanks for sharing!

      1. Thank you so much! We’ve had a few places like that, so I’m curious to see if they change our mind. I see so many people who enjoy some of those places and feel like I have to give it another chance!

    1. Really cool post with amazing pictures! I have only been to Madrid and not Barcelona – would love to follow your itinerary for 3 days! Saving it for later 🙂

      1. I’d love to go to Madrid and see more of Spain! It’s such a beautiful country!

    1. You take beautiful photos! These would make a lovely Barcelona photo album too. You’ve seen all the best sights one can see in Barcelona, in my opinion. I want to go back also. Barcelona simply is such an interesting city that it makes you want to return.

      1. Thank you so much! It really is a beautiful city and unique from other European cities. I’d love to go back and see more of Spain too.

    1. This post is so useful! looking forward to visiting this city again and follow all your tips. Thanks

      1. Thank you so much! I hope you get to go one day soon!

    1. I just came back from Barcelona about 3 weeks ago and it was a dream. I only was able to stay for a day or so but I vowed to go back. The photos in this article are genuinely beautiful ????????

      1. Thank you so much! I’d love to go back and spend more time and road trip around Spain some next time. It’s a beautiful country!

    1. Really beautiful photos, I’ve been to Barcelona twice but I think you really knew what you wanted to visit in order to pack in so much in such a short time! Definitely inspires me for future trips 🙂

      1. Thank you! We usually go in with a list of things to see and then just try to see as much as possible. We were able to see a lot of it while we were there thankfully!

    1. Girl I am in love with your dreamy pictures. Barcelona is always worth a visit, I returned many times and I am still exploring.

      1. Thank you so much! I’d love to return one day!

    1. Ahhhhh Sagrada Familia!!!! One of my favorite places I’ve ever been. So so stunning, and I loveeee the music that plays. Wow, you did a lot in 3 days. I was there for the same amount of time and definitely didn’t do that much! Great job! Lovely photos 🙂

      1. We do try to see as much as we can in a place in the time we have. We were up early and stayed out past sunset every night to get the most in to the days. Thank you!

    1. Your pictures are GORGEOUS! I would love to see the Arc de Triumf in person. The Four Points hotel sounds incredible. I’m getting ready to look it up and get some prices.

    1. Love, love,love Barcelona! I’ve been many times only just on my last trip last year actually visited the Sagrada Familia which is amazing! Barcelona really can do no wrong in my book – food, scenery, markets, ah, I love it!

    1. Your photos are stunning. I was in Barcelona years ago and I didn’t see half of what you saw. The photos from the amusement park were amazing. You have inspired me to try and go back!

      1. Thank you so much! Barcelona is such an incredible city, and we loved it there. I hope you can go back one day and that we can too!

    1. Beautiful photographs. I’ve only been to Barcelona once and as that was a business trip, I hardly saw anything. Definitely got to go back and explore a bit more thorough

      1. Thank you! Definitely worth a return trip to explore more of Barcelona!

    1. I always love reading your posts! And even that I was just in Barcelona last year your photos already make me want to go back! 😀

    1. I absolutely love your photos! You captured Barcelona quite beautifully. I would love to see all these spots especially Sagrada Familia and sunrise at Mount Tibidabo. I have a family member that I could stay with there so I really need to go! 🙂

      1. Thank you! You should definitely go visit your family member there and check it out!

    1. This has made me want to go back to Barcelona. Unfortunately I’ve not made it to Palau de la Musica any of the times I was in Barcelona – so I guess I just have to go back! We had issues with tour times too.

      1. I hope you can go back and see Palau de la Musica one day. It’s beautiful inside (even if you can’t understand the tour you are on!)

    1. Your pictures are amazing. The map is very helpful to get to all of the spot your recommend. Will be saving for later for our trip to Barcelona.

    1. Gosh, Barcelona looks gorgeous through your eyes! I visited this city years ago (I mean like 10 years ago) during a hot Summer day and I didn’t like it. But I am definitely giving it another chance because I think the timing was just wrong. And there seems to be so much to do :D. Thank you for sharing!

      1. Thank you so much! We’ve had that experience a few places where we didn’t enjoy it so much because of weather or timing. I hope you give Barcelona another chance and fall in love with it!

    1. Your pictures are gorgeous!! Barcelona is the city in Spain I most want to visit, I just love all of the architecture and colors. Thanks for the great tips!

      1. Thank you so much! Barcelona definitely has unique architecture that sets it apart from other European cities. We loved it there – hope you can go one day soon!

    1. That one photo of you under the Arc with the sun shining through – stunning! This is such a thorough and useful (not to mention inspiring) post. I can’t wait to go to Barcelona. It’ll be on my next Europe trip, and I’m going to be coming back to this post when I’m planning that visit!

    1. Great post, Christine. You have inspired me to get my tripod nd go around Barcelona to create a similar post. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now and this post was exactly the push I needed to get some new pictures. I am really liking to see your progress with your blogging too. Congrats on reaching 500k views reach on Pinterest! (saw i on your story today)

      1. Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me. You should definitely do a local’s guide to Barcelona. Those are my favorite types of guides 🙂

    1. Which boots are you wearing to go some of the places it looks like you walk more? They look SO comfy! You truly take gorgeous pictures Christine and Eric! You are truly making it where our family is now making a list of places we want to go!

      1. Thank you! I wear boots from Vasque that I bought a few years ago. They are warm, water proof, and super comfortable!

    1. Hi there,

      I love your list of what-to-do in Barcelona. You have some really good ideas about the city you did a great job. If you are ever back in Barcelona I would love to show you some amazing places to eat in the city. I run a food tour company called Eye on Food Tours drop me a line some time.

      all the best,

      -A

    1. Do you remember what filter or app you used on the picture in front of the fountain in the ciutadella parc?
      Greetings,
      Lavinia

      1. I used a preset from Aggie’s World Tour pack, but I don’t remember which one. You can find the link to it on my presets page (it’s an affiliate link)

    1. Barcelona is so beautiful at every turn you’re almost spoilt for choice when taking photos. Such an in-depth guide, thanks for sharing!

    1. Barcelona is so incredible. I haven’t been back since I was a teenager. I remember walking up the narrow spiral staircase of one of the towers in the Granada de Familia when it was still allowed. It was so windy and nerve wracking!

      1. It really is! Narrow spiral staircases definitely make me a little nervous…

    1. I traveled to Spain in my 20’s and I was so looking forward to sharing its beauty with my family this month. I hope we can reschedule for next year. Your images are beautiful and your information is super helpful. I had many of those sites on the list, but looks like I need to add a few for next time. Thank you so much for posting this today.

      1. Thank you! I’m so sorry you had to cancel. We had to cancel a trip too, and it’s no fun. I hope you are able to go to Spain next year and sohw your family how beautiful it is!

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