Simple Itinerary Guide to 3 Days in Barcelona, Spain
We actually went for 4 days in Barcelona, however the 4th day, is just taking our flight back to Paris. Hence this is our itinerary guide to 3 days in Barcelona.
We have always wanted to visit Spain as well as Barcelona. The only thing we know about Barcelona is the beautiful Cathedral, Sagrada Familia and of course the Football Club that Lionel Messi is in, FC Barcelona and Camp Nou.
And this is also the first time we took a flight to the region. We have been driving for most of our trips. Driving to Barcelona from Sens will take us 10 hours. So logically, flying there is better.
Itinerary Guide to 3 Days in Barcelona
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Itinerary Guide to 3 Days in Barcelona - Day 1
Our flight is super early - 6.40am. Means, we need to check in at 4.40am, leave house at 2.40am.
Parking @ Orly Airport
Similar to Charles De Gaulle Airport Carpark, Orly Airport also offers certain promotional rates for parking at Orly Airport.
The weekend parking rate is €49 starts anytime from Friday 00:00 hours to Monday 22:59 hours.
Somehow, very good deal!
Location: Located within 10mins of shuttle bus ride from the carpark to Orly airport. The shuttle is free and comes at an interval of 15-20mins.
Entry / Exit: Entry and exit are very simple and straightforward. When you book online, they will give a 6 digit pin. Key in when you are at the entry. Do not take their ticket at the gantry.
Value: I would say pretty good value for 3 days parking at the carpark. And you have shuttle service. When we came back, the car is still in 1 piece.
Flight: From Paris to Barcelona
Service: Service was pretty pleasant, but the journey to board the plane was pretty long. From Orly south carpark, to the terminal, then to the boarding security gate. And from to the boarding gate, you need to take a bus to the boarding area to board the plane. Like super long journey sia..
Comfort: Onboard the plane was good, as our carry on luggage was told to check in. Which also means that there is space above to put our bags and jackets. So we have a comfortable ride for the 1 hrs 45 mins to Barcelona. Legroom was just nice and not too narrow.
Value for Money: We paid €103 per person for the flight ticket with Transavia as it is the most valued for money flight at that time. Ryanair is the cheapest but hor, they have a lot of flight cancellations at that time. So don't risk better.
Transport: Airport Metro
From the airport to our stay, we can take the bus which is cheaper or take the Airport Metro (€4.50).
However, because our stay is just next to the Metro, hence taking the Metro is more convenient.
At the same time, the Metro stations at the airport do not sell the T10 billets.
This T10 billet is a ticket that allows you to take 10 times public transport (including transfer within 75 mins) in Barcelona. This T10 Billet cost only €9.95 and is also recommended by our accommodation host.
Stay: Airbnb @ Les Corts
We are so lucky to book a stay near the Metro and this Metro is the one nearest to Camp Nou. Hence, travelling everywhere by public or Metro is very convenient here.
For 3 days in Barcelona and our itinerary, this accommodation is very suitable.
Location: This stay is located steps of the Metro - Les Corts. If you are travelling via public transport, this is very suitable.
And if you are catching at Match at Camp Nou, you will appreciate staying here because imagine after the soccer match. Half of the spectators are taking the public transport - That equates to 35,000 ! 10mins way from Camp Nou, 40mins away from Barcelona Airport by Metro.
Check In/Out: Checking in is seamless, we were early that day, 10am and the host is kind enough to let us check in early. She explains to us the amenities in the house and where to get good Tapas, seafood restaurants and the attractions.
Communication: Communication is close to perfect. She is fairly conversational in English but we can understand her well. Her response is fast as well.
Value: Very valued stay, because the price is afforabable, near to Metro Station. What can you ask more?
Good For: Couples, Catching a Match at Camp Nou.
Cons: The only thing, is the walls are thin. And at late night like 11pm, the neighbours will be practising pianos or having parties. But we are so dead tired, it does not affect much.
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See: Montjuïc Castle
Our first attraction of the day is Montjuïc Castle. Because we woke up at 2am plus, and been awake for the whole day, (except an hour Nap at the stay). So for the evening, we like to do something that is more relaxing.
Catching the sunset, looking at the Skyline of Barcelona city from a height. This place will be the best for you liao.
The ticket cost €5 to enter. From there, it will be free and easy and you can roam around the place.
Recommended Duration: You can finish explore the castle in 1 hour, but if you want to view the sunset. Be there 30mins - 1 Hour before sunset, grab the best location for the sunset picture taking.
Location: Because this castle is located on the hill, hence getting here is not that easy. You can take bus #150 from the Arenas, or if you want a good view, you can take the cable car up from mid way.
Worth To Go: For €5, this is an excellent value to explore the castle and also the panoramic view of Barcelona city. Yes, worthy to go especially during the evening.
Eat: La Paradeta - Sants
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We were recommended by our Airbnb host to try out La Paradeta. She says is one of the favourite local food that the tourist should try. In fact, there are several La Paradeta restaurants in Barcelona.
This La Paradeta - Sants is in between Castle De Montjuic and our stay.
Service: The staffs are polite and speaks English and patiently explain to you how it works. You select your seafood, and cooking style, mainly Grilled or Fried. The seafood is charged by their weight. They will weigh in front of you, and key into the system. Then you order your drink and make payment.
The kitchen will call for your number whenever your dish is ready. This is like Singapore Tze Char style but you self-service only.
Food: The food are cooked in 2 styles, grilled and fried. And the grilled method is more to Garlic butter condiments. And it tastes delicious!
Value: This is a cafe style seafood restaurant. The seat and tables are made of wood. Some soft music, but most of the time you will hear the counter calling for your number (in Spanish). I would say is a pretty good value. The seafood prices are not very high. Must try when you are in Barcelona.
The Grilled Squid, Prawn and Fish.
Deep Fried Calamari.
Ps: Ask for the Romesco Sauce - Cost €0.80
Itinerary Guide to 3 Days in Barcelona - Day 2
After a shag day, we were energised and recharged for the Day 2! After checking out the places for breakfast, eventually we decided to just have simple breakfast outside of our stay.
Nothing fantastic, just simple breakfast. They have pretty good selections as well. And coffee was cheap too! €1.70 for Cappuccino!
See: Park Guell
This is the highlight of the first half of the day. Park Guell is located at some very out of the way place at some hilly top. We followed the directions according to Google map although it is mentioned that you can walk 15 mins from the train station.
However, if you point your destination to Park Guell, it directs you to the middle of Park Guell itself. And we were led to take a bus. We missed the main bus #24 because it is full and had to take an alternate bus #V17 that alights us at the hilltop, behind Park Guell.
Actually, we are quite Heng (Lucky), because, if you are coming from the Entrance, this is the park behind Park Guell that you need to climb up. So if you are lazy, then you take the bus and alight behind Park Guell. It's like 15mins descend from the top to Park Guell.
So since we are at the top, we just have to make our way down.
Park Guell is a creation by Antoni Gaudi, and the famous icon is that colourful lizard. We got to know it when we are about to leave the place. And some visitors who want to visit Park Guell (at 3pm), was turned away because the booking for tickets is full!
And inside the Park, there is a cafe where you can chill and get a coffee after a tiring afternoon. The price is not too costly, it cost €8 for a Nachos cheese Chips, but the serving is huge!
Recommended Duration: 2-3 Hours You can finish exploring this Park, if you are more adventurous, you can explore the hill behind the Park and see the city skyline from above too.
Location: Some ulu location that you gotta either walk uphill from the station, or walk downhill from where we alight.
Nearest Station: 20mins walk from Lesseps Metro Station.
Worth To Go?: Yes, this Park although the location is not very conveniently, however the architecture is very interesting inside. It looks like
Park Guell only allows up to 400 guests in the park every half an hour. Hence, to have a guaranteed ticket, please book in advance.
See: La Boqueria Food Market
La Boqueria is one of the biggest food markets in Europe. You will find many varieties of food in this market. Hearsay, you must try their cured meat. I did not try there because I was full from the Nachos Chips earlier.
From the Entrance of the market, you will see a stall cured meat hanging on their stall front. Further in, you see a stall selling a different kind of chocolates and candies. On the right, is stalls selling fruits and many of them!
Initially, we were tempted to try out their seafood, oyster. However, I look at the way their shuck the oyster and handling money, I got turned off and walked away. I will still prefer the London Oyster.
Recommended Duration: Within 1 Hour, you should be able to finish this market, unless you are sitting down at the bar for some meals.
Location: Nearest Station - Liceu (L3). Located along Ramblas Street, the food market is very prominent.
Worth To Go?: Yes, please go with an empty stomach. There is so much local delicacies to try out.
The best time to go is before 3pm when most of the stalls are starting to close. Best is during the noon time when you have all the stalls open in full swing!
See: Catalonia Protest
While walking up north along Ramblas Street, we walked into a sea of protestors. They are peaceful protestors, and most of them carry the Catalan flags and some banners.
There are also helicopters flying above, which I guess should be the medias, many protesters show them middle finger to, even kids as well.
I guess they are furious about something.
And while on our way to Mi Casa, this is where the parade begins. The whole street was blocked, and the protest is in full swing.
Of course, us being Singaporeans, we have never seen such significant scale protesters, took some pictures/videos and left the area via the Metro.
Go: FC Barcelona @ Camp Nou
Actually we were quite lucky to leave early (To rest before the match) . Because we realise that line we were taking will take us to the Metro at Les Corts which is also where we stay.
Imagine if we were to take the Metro with the crowd!
We were quite lucky to purchase ticket for FC Barcelona match. Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe. And we got the tickets for €79 and a very centralized and unblocked seating. Woooo!
Location: Camp Nou is located near Les Corts Metro, which you need to walk 10-15mins to get to the entrance. Along the way, you can purchase sandwiches, drinks that you can bring into the stadium.
Worth to Go: For sure! This is Europe or the world largest stadium, with a seating capacity of 99,354. The atmosphere was splendid. And we get to see Lionel Messi playing.
FC Barcelona 2:0 Malaga CF
We felt so good that our stay is just walking distance. Imagine half the crowd is taking the Metro. That is like 45000 people queuing for the Metro.
And then we realise, the cafe which we had for breakfast was overwhelmed with customers!
Itinerary Guide to 3 Days in Barcelona - Day 3
We are supposed to do more attractions today, but I guess our legs are still aching from the walks. So we decided to do some relaxed stuffs for today.
Go: Arenas De Barcelona
We were recommended by our host to visit this Arena because they have a 360 rooftop that you can view the city from a height.
This used to be a bull fighting pit, and was converted to a shopping mall. As per usual, most retail outlets are not open on Sunday in Europe. Guess it is the same for Barcelona.
Location: Arenas de Barcelona is located just beside the Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona. This is like the interchange if you want to go anywhere in Barcelona. Numerous bus services, and 3 Metro lines here.
Worth to Go: Well, you will need to pass by here somehow to the places that you want to visit, Example - Castle Montjuic, Sagrada Familia. So, might as well go up to see the view. And it is free!
Lunch: La Paradeta - Sagrada Familia
We are back here again for lunch at La Paradeta, a different location. This outlet seems to be more popular as when we were there at 2pm.
This time round we orderd
See: Sagrada Familia
The super highlight of the entire Barcelona.
We have been to many Cathedrals in Europe, and was initially thinking, ahh, not another Cathedral.
But this is not your average and usual Cathedrals. This Cathedral is still under-construction, expected to be completed in 2026. (Wonder how come they took so long to build).
Why is this so special and rated #1 in our opinion
But Hor! Don't waste money on the Tower
Recommended Duration: 1-2 Hours. Opt for the audio self guide tour. It gives you insight to structures and explanation.
Location: Located at Sagrada Familia Metro Station. Convenient.
Worth To Go?: Yes, by far the best Cathedral we have been to. You will be impressed by the works of Antoni Gaudi. No need to go up the towers.
We were quite lucky to find this shopping mall opened on Sunday. In fact, this is the unique selling point of this mall. They are open 365 days and even on holidays.
Alaaaa, they should do that for all shopping malls in Europe mah!
And so while my wife does her shopping, I am seated nicely at a cafe and sipping my cafe.
Recommended Duration: Depends what are you there for. We stayed there for like 2 hours, with some shopping, coffee and snacks.
Location: Located near to the famous beach of Barcelona, no Metro that is nearby. But you can take bus V17 that alight you at its doorstep.
Worth To Go?: Well yes! If you want to do some shopping. Clean and spacious mall. And toilet is FREEEEE!
Dinner: Tapas @ Bodega Biarritz 1881
From day 1 we wanted to try out Tapas, but did not have a chance to try because the location is not convenient for us.
This time round, we are determined to try out as it is not far from our previous location.
When we were there, there is a queue of 6-8 people in the line. So while searching for other alternatives, we concluded why not try this out.
We queued for like 45mins - 1 hour, because they only have limited seating capacity inside.
And to serve the customer faster, they encourage you to make your mind before you order.
A tapa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtapa]) is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine. It may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid).
In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. In Spain, patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal.
Service: The service is good, and the experience was great too. The staffs speak English and they will explain to you how it works too.
Basically, you can choose 2 types of menu. The mystery one and Ala Carte. We went for the Ala Carte because we wanted to choose what we want to eat.
Food: I would say the food is pretty average. I would not queue 1 hour for this again.
Value: Pretty average value, because food is average, La Paradeta is nicer. But the staffs service and experience overwhelm the average food here.
You can find better dim sum in Singapore for sure!
Overall for Barcelona
We were very impressed by how Barcelona had progressed. We have seen stories of pickpockets, scammers around in Barcelona. But for this entire trip, we only noticed illegal street vendors around Sagrada Familia.
We missed out on quite a lot of attractions, but we only have limited time in Barcelona. But the itinerary for this 3 days in Barcelona gave us good experience.
I probably think that a 5 - 7 days will be sufficient to cover most of Barcelona. But at our pace, we perhaps need 2 weeks.
You can also check here for another weekend itinerary at Barcelona.