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Holders of the Barcelona City Pass can also pre-book their timed entry to Parc Guell online, and entry is also included as part of this card. And that sums up our second day of exploration in Barcelona!
But first, we start with the:. What better way to start the day than with chocolate? Barcelona was one of the major ports for chocolate to arrive into Europe, and it played a key role in the economy of the city. Also fun are the many chocolate statues and displays made of chocolate. Definitely a fun way to start a full day of exploration in Barcelona! This is the oldest part of the city, and has some of the highlights of Barcelona tucked away.
Whilst wandering the Gothic Quarter is an experience of itself, there are a number of attractions within that you should check out. First of these, coming from the Chocolate Museum, is the excellent Picasso Museum , which celebrates the early part of the artists life and work, as well as housing some of his later work. A must for fans. This is free to enter, and worth popping into. Depending on your interests and how much time you have, you will probably want to pick a few of these rather than try to rush around all of them.
This huge fortress has played a key role in the history of the city over the last few hundred years, serving as a Spanish control over the potentially unruly Catalan city, as well as a prison and execution centre. Today the castle is open to visitors and you can wander the huge walls, take in the views across the city skyline, and think back to darker times. This is a huge open air architectural museum, built in , which consists of full-size buildings representing fifteen different regions of Spain, many of which are replicas of actual buildings.
Again, you could spend a few hours just wandering around here as there is a lot to see and do. It also regularly hosts concerts, gastronomic festivals and other events. An imposing building with a spectacular view over the city, the National Museum of Catalan Art MNAC is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in the art of the Catalonia region. It has art of various styles from across the centuries, including an impressive collection of romanesque church paintings.
You can also take the lift to the top floor to wander on the roof, which offers excellent views of the city. The last entry on our final day of our three day Barcelona itinerary is the Magic Fountain , which you can see from the steps in front of the National Museum of Catalan Art.
This fountains runs a spectacular sound and light show in the evenings which is a real treat to watch as the water displays synchronise with the sound and light. The schedule depends on the time of year — you can see it here. If you have a bit more time in Barcelona, or simply want to swap a few things around in the itinerary, the below items should definitely be in your list. We took advantage of the free walking tour, and chose a three hour tour around the highlights of the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas.
This was an excellent way to learn a bit about the history of the city and see some of the main attractions with a local. These were designed to be large enough to accommodate a horse drawn carriage, with one door being for entering the building, and the other for exiting. This latter place is a popular spot to see the sunset, depending on when you visit. You can even sit in the seats the coach sits in during the game! Jess and I actually really enjoyed this visit, despite neither of us being huge football fans.
If you do decide to visit, we definitely advise coming early as it gets very popular. Although fans may want to also catch a game here. Camp Nou is free for holders of the Barcelona Pass, and there is a small discount for holders of the Barcelona Card. Dating from the 19th century, and the earliest green space in the city, this acre park has plenty of green space — perfect for a picnic, or to grab a breather from all your exploring.
Built for a private owner between and , the home is still occupied by a private owner, so only certain parts of the property can be visited, although this does include the spectacular attic and roof areas which were the highlights in my mind.
I particularly enjoyed visiting the roof terrace, which has spectacular views over the city, with the bonus that the whole roof is designed to look like a dragon. Guided tours currently run on weekends, and there are also audio guided tours available. See times and languages on the official site here. The only part of the church to be completed was the crypt area, although this feels more like a church than a crypt, with a full nave, altar and pews.
Entry is free with the Barcelona Pass, and you get the audioguide as part of your entry too. And that sums up our suggested itinerary for three days in Barcelona! These work a little differently, and depending on what you want to visit, you might find one works better for you than the other. If you plan to visit everything on the main itinerary above, the Barcelona Pass is a must.
This is a cheaper option, and whilst it does offer free admission to a number of attractions, the majority of its benefit comes in the form of free public transport including the airport train and a range of discounts on popular attractions.
Click here for Park Guell tickets , and here for Sagrada Familia tickets. This pass includes both the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, and it lets you pre-book a timeslot for both of these, which is essential to a smooth queue free visit. It also includes the airport bus transfer, hop on hop off bus, and discounted admission at the majority of the sites in this post.
So, which card to go for? Barcelona is easy to get around, with an extensive bus, metro and light rail network. If you are going to use public transport, the most cost effective way to do so is the ten ticket T10 card, which lets multiple travellers use the same card. This is much cheaper than buying individual tickets and also lets you change transport options within an hour and fifteen minutes of starting your journey.
First, if you purchase a Barcelona Card or a Barcelona Card Express , you get free travel on the metro, buses, trams and trains for the duration of the card. This includes the airport metro and train. Our preferred option when booking accommodation is booking.
They list everything from hotels to apartments to hostels, and we find they usually have the widest range at the most competiive prices. In particular, there has been a crackdown on city centre AirBnB accommodation, as well as a restriction on new hotel builds in the city centre. Short term rental properties, such as those found on sites like AirBnB, need to be registered with the city, and will have been issued a license number.
If you want to stay in a vacation rental, then we recommend picking one which has the license number on the listing to be sure you are not bothered whilst you stay. Unfortunately, this will really limit your options on apartments, as most of the listings with a license are outside of the gothic quarter and immediate surrounds.
These are known to frequent tourist areas, especially Las Ramblas and the metro system. We believe that most crime is opportunistic in nature, so if you take basic precautions and are aware of some common Barcelona scams , you should be fine. Electricity is of the v standard, with the 2 pin European style plug.
Travellers from countries like the UK and the US will need an adapter, and US travellers need to check their equipment supports the v standard — it will be written clearly on the power adapter. Barcelona is part of the Eurozone, so the main currency is the Euro.
You can also pick up local SIM cards if you have an unlocked phone. For more options on getting online when travelling, check out our guide to getting online when travelling to help you figure out the best options.
The water in the taps is safe to drink, but tastes heavily chlorinated. Well, that was a lot of content to help you plan your trip to Barcelona! Hopefully you find it useful. Between this post and these resources, you should be able to put together the perfect trip! And that sums up our idea of how to spend the perfect three days exploring Barcelona! We hope you found this itinerary useful.
Are you planning a trip to Barcelona? What do you want to see when you do? Let us know in the comments below!
We received free entry as press or through free entry arranged by Barcelona Turisme for some of the sites listed in this article. We covered our own accommodation, meals and Barcelona Pass purchase, as well as all other travel expenses.
As always, this article contains only our own honest thoughts and opinions. You can read more in our Ethics Code about how we accept work. I want to confirm what sights are free with the Barcelona card, but cannot find the information online. The Barcelona card website lists the Picasso museum, but not some of the others we want to see. Are you able to reserve times for visits via the Barcelona card rather than each individual sight? Also what does ICOM stand for?
The full list of museums and attractions included are here: The only sights that require advance reservations to secure a spot are Parc Guell and the Sagrada Familia. You can book tickets for those directly online. Definitely worth the entry fee. This one is a bit of a stretch, being in a suburb of Barcelona rather than the city itself. Built as a workers village, there are a number of interesting buildings here, and an informative self-guided tour.
The real highlight though is the unfinished church. An excellent place to end our tour of the best photography locations in Barcelona! Barcelona is a very popular destination with tourists from all over the world visiting. The best time to visit is in the off-peak season — we visited most recently in January, when queues were short.
We were also lucky with the weather — it was sunny most days, even if it was fairly cold 5 — 10 degrees above freezing most days. Of course, I appreciate not everyone can or wants to visit in January. My advice would be to avoid the summer months of July and August if you can, when it will be hot and incredibly crowded. In August in particular, many locals take holidays and so many shops and restaurants may be closed or have erratic hours.
Finally, Barcelona hosts a number of major conferences each year — the largest being the Mobile World Congress in February. These are known to frequent tourist areas, especially Las Ramblas and the metro system. A friend of mine also had his photography gear stolen from a park bench whilst he was taking a shot the bag was behind him on a park bench , so be mindful of your stuff.
I believe that most crime is opportunistic in nature, so if you take basic precautions and are aware of some common Barcelona scams , you should be fine. There are a lot of accommodation options in Barcelona, however, you have to be aware that Barcelona is a city which is a little overwhelmed by tourism, and as such, is taking measures to ensure that residents are able to afford to live in the city. These measures include a crackdown on city centre AirBnB, as well as a restriction on new hotel builds in the city centre.
AirBnB and sites like AirBnB need to be registered with the city, and will then be issued a license number. If you want to stay in an AirBnB, then we recommend picking one which has the license number on the listing. Unfortunately, this will really limit your options on apartments, as most of the listings with a license are outside of the gothic quarter and immediate surrounds.
Barcelona has an excellent public transport system, with regular metro, bus, and train options around the city. We found the metro to generally be the easiest and most convenient way to travel. Tickets can be purchased either individually per ride, or you can buy a card valid for 10 rides.
If you are taking more than four rides, a card is much better value. The card allow multiple people to travel just put it through the ticket reader for each person and unlike the single ticket allows you to change transport modes, say from a metro to bus within an hour and 15 minutes of starting your journey for Zone 1 cards.
From the airport, there are multiple ways to get into the city. You can take a metro, a train or a bus, all of which are reasonably priced. Depending on where you want to go in the city you should pick the best option for you. Taxis are also available, but are more expensive.
This includes the airport metro and train. You also have the option to add on a Barcelona Travelcard , which covers regional travel on all public transport networks in Barcelona, including the airport. First, the Barcelona Card. This is the official city card from the Barcelona Tourist Office , which is available in a standard version, and an express version.
The normal version can be purchased for 3, 4 or 5 consecutive days, whilst the Express version is valid for two days. The normal version includes free access to a range of attractions, as well as discounted admission to a number of other attractions. It also includes free public transport. However, it is very competitively priced. Newly launched at the end of , the Barcelona Pass is from the same people who make the London Pass that we love.
It also comes with a day of free hop on hop off bus transport , a free Barcelona Walking tour , a free Bike tour , a free boat tour , and a number of other attractions. If you are planning on visiting the attractions covered by the Barcelona Pass , it can quickly save you money. The answer to this question very much depends on what you want to see!
Overall though, you can save a lot of money with the Barcelona Pass , especially the three day version. For a detailed comparison of the various cards available in Barcelona to help you decide which is best for you, check out our Barcelona card comparison post , and also see our full review of the Barcelona Pass.
And that sums up our guide to the best photography locations in Barcelona! Got a question, or a favourite spot that we missed? Let us know in the comments! Your email address will not be published.
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