Day 1 Itinerary for Barcelona: Park Guell, Gaudi’s Houses & Sagrada Familia
This will be a busy day, and you can choose which one of your days best suits this itinerary. However, I believe you should do them together because they’re all relatively close together in the large city of Barcelona. Also, it’s cool to see all of Gaudi’s work in one day because it compels you to compare his various styles. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance for both Park Guell & Sagrada Familia in this itinerary. Book one for the morning and one in the afternoon. I suggest doing Park Guell in the morning, then going to the Sagrada around sunset if possible. The inside of the cathedral is beautiful with light shining through but it’s also different after the sun goes down. At lunchtime, check out Passeig de Gracia to see some of Gaudi’s other houses and find a bite to eat.
Day 2: Ciutadella Park, National Palace & Olympic Park at Montjuic
The best part about this itinerary for Barcelona is that this day doesn’t require you to spend any money! All of these areas are public unless you wanted to go into the National Palace Museum or the zoo near Ciutadella Park. You can also choose how much time you spend in each of these areas because they’re all relatively large. Moreover, Ciutadella Park is a nice area to walk around like an everyday citizen. Make sure you’re careful when purchasing various items from vendors in this park. Afterward, venture to Montjuic, but make sure you go from the side with the rotary using either the H16 bus or red line metro. Stand at the base of the National Palace and stare up at its grandeur. It’s a steep climb up, but luckily there are some escalators to help you. Sit at the top to rest before walking further up Montjuic. Here, you will find a deserted Olympic Park, used for the 1992 Olympics. There are also several other parks and gardens in this area to explore if you have extra time.
Day 3: Tibidabo
Tibidabo is a large hill overlooking Barcelona with a majestic church and great amusement park. The amusement park is the perfect way to unwind on the last day of your itinerary for Barcelona. Start early and take the cable car up the mountain. Both the park and church are open from 11 am to 6 pm, so decide which one you’d like to do first. If the time’s right, the view of the city will be amazing during sunset.
Remember if you would like to learn more about any of the places included in my 3-day itinerary for Barcelona, Spain, then you can visit my all-inclusive guide for free here!