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Quick Itinerary: 3 Days in Barcelona

Before getting into this 3-day Barcelona itinerary, here are a couple warnings and personal thoughts:

Warnings:
– The subway stops running at midnight but the buses run (not as frequently) 24 hours. If you plan to be out at night, learn which buses and routes take you to your hostel. Most buses go to Plaça Catalunya. If you’re ever lost, find a bus that goes there and then figure out the bus that’ll take you to your hostel.
Pick-pocketing is very common. Beware.
– The most dangerous part of the city is called “La Raval,” which is near the tourist area called La Rambla. It’s okay in the daytime but just be careful at night.

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Tips/Thoughts:
– Catalan is my favorite language. Take it all in.
– Marvel at the works of the genius Antoni Gaudí. Get lost in the alleys and be okay with it. You’ll find your way back out.
– There are market places everywhere where ingredients aren’t too expensive so don’t worry about spending too much on food.
– Barcelonins like their simple sandwiches (bread and jamón).
– A lot of restaurants have their “menu del día” lunch specials where you pay a flat fee and choose an entrée, appetizer, and dessert.
– Make sure you eat paella and xurros amb xocolata.
– Buy the T10 metro pass.
– There are Bicing bikes all over the city (but I don’t know how to ride a bike so I’m not sure exactly how the bike rental system works).
– Ask your hotel/hostel for a Barcelona city map!

DAY 1

dsc_2682Parc Güell
Carrer d’Olot 13, 08024 Barcelona
Park with famous works by Antoni Gaudí. Also, ANTM.
Good for: daytime things to do

dsc_4038La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca 40, 108013 Barcelona
One of Gaudí’s famous churches. It is BEAUTIFUL inside.
13.50 euro admission or 15 for a tour with an audioguide.
Open 9am-8pm.
Good for: daytime things to do

Txapela
Passeig de Gràcia 8-10, 08007 Barcelona
I’m not a huge fan of tapas but I really liked this place. Just get a couple and share with a friend. Get patatas bravas! They’re amazing.
Good for: daytime treat

Grania M. Viader
Carrer d’en Xulcà 4-6, 08001 Barcelona
This place is ancient – open since the 19th century. I recommend the xurros amb xocolata (churros and chocolate). If you can’t go to this place in particular then don’t worry too much. Go earlier in the day because some places stop making churros later and/or have stale churros in the afternoon/evening.
Good for: things to eat

DAY 2

IMG_3560La Boqueria
La Rambla 91, 08001 Barcelona
My absolute favorite market. Nearest metro stop is Liceau (green). The market has everything.
Opens at 8am.
Good for: daytime things to do

There are free Barcelona walking tours that are offered daily at 11am and 4:30pm and go for about 2.5 hours. There are multiple tours, but the ones that I’d recommend are Old City and Gaudí. Info here.

The Gaudí one starts at Liceu (near La Boqueria, the market) and ends at Sagrada Familia. The Old City one starts at Plaça Reial (near La Boqueria, the market) and ends closer to the port.

La Fonda
Carrer des Escudellers 10, 08002 Barcelona
The paella here is SO cheap but good. Get the sangria!
Good for: lunch/dinner

dsc_3943Font Màgica
Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina 40, 08004 Barcelona
I believe they have this fountain show on Thurs-Sun nights from 7-9pm. It’s colorful and sometimes they play Disney music in Spanish! It’s beautiful.
Good for: nighttime things to do

DAY 3

Bó de B
Carrer de la Fusteria 14, 08002 Barcelona
Amazing sandwiches – I regret not trying them. Almost every single person I know recommended it.
Good for: lunch/simple dinner
(Afterwards, walk along the port.)

OTHER (if you have time):

Museums
I can’t recommend any because I’m not a huge museum person. See this link for more information. The first two (Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya or MNAC and Picasso Museum) are the most famous.
Good for: daytime things to do

dsc_3727Beach (Barceloneta)
Be warned. You may see a naked, wrinkly man – or two.
Good for: daytime things to do

dsc_2002Arc de Triomf
Passeig de Sant Joan, 08010 Barcelona
A beautiful arch that was walking-distance from where I used to live!
Good for: daytime things to see

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