Tourist city guide for 72 hours in Barcelona

What to do on a 3 days trip

City trips become more and more popular. A lot of people fly to big cities of the world for only 3 days. In such a short time span, every hour at every day has to be used fully to get the most out of this vacation. Barcelona has a lot to explore. Here is a city guide for 72 hours in Barcelona, so that you get the most out of your trip. Day one Morning:   barcelona beaches


The flight and your arrival certainly were exhausting. To don’t overcharge your energy, you should relax and enjoy your first day. Not in your room – no! The beach is the perfect surrounding to spend some recreational hours, to gain new energy. For sightseeing and shopping is more than enough time. Moreover, if you arrive within the week, the beach won't be that crowed as on the weekend. So you should use the chance. Barcelona offers varying, beautiful beaches. The most central one is Platja de la Barcelona, directly next to the Port Olimpic. The other 4 beaches are located easterly to Barceloneta. Platja de la Nova is the beach to right of the Port Olimpica. (Point of view to the sea) The next one is Bogatell beach, and the ones more to the east are Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella. Mar Bella has a nudist area on the beach. Another beach more to the outside of Barcelona is the Sitges beach. The location is a plus point for this beach, as it isn’t that overcrowded and very lovely. A train brings you there from Sants station in about 30 minutes. If you would like to stay within the city, it is recommendable to take the metro. There are perfect metro tickets available for tourists, who stay only 3 days – “Hola BCN!”. It costs 19,20€ to get an unlimited amount of journeys for three days. Public transport included: Metro, Tram, Urban railway, Bus and zone-one regional rail. You can use it as many times as you want to within these days and even change between different public transports systems. If you buy it online you get 10% off. Afternoon: Fresh air and water makes simply everybody hungry! If you stay at Barcelona beach, you have plenty of choices where to eat and drink. The prices of course reflect the location and the atmosphere with ocean view. But you will find everything you need there … Burger, Seafood, Tapas, Salad, Sushi and much more! After your opulent meal you should lay down at one of the couches at Carpe Diem. It’s a lounge bar and restaurant also located directly at the beach with delicious cocktails and a charming atmosphere. Barcelona carpe diem3


Evening: To finish off the evening calmly and to be prepared for the sightseeing tour tomorrow, one should look for a typical Spanish tapas bar. There’s nothing better than enjoying tapas and a glass of wine in a typical environment. A good location for you might be the tapas bar Cova Fumada in Barceloneta. The address is Carrer del Baluard, 56. From Monday until Wednesday it opens its door only from 9 a.m. until 3.20 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays however it is open again from 6 p.m. until 8.20 p.m. barcelona cova fumada Day two Morning & Afternoon: Now it’s time for some sightseeing! Barcelona has much monuments worth to see. A must are: Sagrada familia, Magic Fountains, Las ramblas, Tibidabo, Park Güell, Park Montjüic …There are just too many to numerate them all.

The famous Antoni Gaudi shaped the city with his visions and made it as beautiful and colorful as it is. The Park Güell in the heart of the city is a popular tourist destination and the best example for Gaudi’s work. La Sagrada Familia can also be visited from the insight, but you have to bring time and money to visit it.

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There is the perfect possibility to visit every important spot within the city by the touristic bus.  It’s a hop on hop off bus. Therefore, you can decide where you want to stay and where you want to go next. It starts from 23.40€ upwards and there are different routes available. You can simply spend the whole day for exploring all the 45 stops. You will get a headset for a guided audio-tour. The languages available are: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. There is even free Wi-fi at the bus.

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Evening: If you still have enough energy, you definitely should dive into Barcelona’s nightlife. There are plenty of clubs, bars and lounges. You can decide whether you want an elegant and chick evening at Opium, Sutton and co. or if you want to celebrate more typical surrounded by locals (e.g. en La Fira)

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If you go out on Friday, the metro will bring you back home until 2 o’clock in the night. Additionally, there are night busses available throughout the city. On Saturday, the metro drives the whole night. So you can dance until the sun rises. If you visit Barcelona within the week - don’t worry – there is a party next to you nearly every night. If you want to find out Barcelona’s top 5 bars, clubs and lounges, you should read this article. Day three Morning: After you recreated from an exciting party night, you should use the remaining time for La Boqueria, the famous market in Barcelona. If you stay until Friday you should of course vary these days, as the market isn’t open on Sunday. The opening hours are: Monday – Saturday, 08:00-20:30. A visit at this huge market will overwhelm all your senses. Meat, seafood, fruits and much more is available for buying there. The market even won prizes for the best market worldwide. barcelona la boqueria 2 barcelona la boqueria

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Afternoon: To keep your trip to Barcelona in good memory, everybody should do some shopping. It is not difficult to find something that suits you well, as this city is the shopping paradise per se; Shopping streets and shopping malls, wherever you will go! One famous street is the “Passeig de Gràcia”. The street is 1,5 kilometers long and is located on the zone Eixample. The buildings on the way are beautiful and pompous. Again, this area is dominated by Gaudi’s style. There are plenty of shops and bars. Passeig de gracia barcelona


Another option is to shop in one of the malls. One famous mall is “Glóries”. Bershka, Zara, H&M; again a lot of shops are available and there is even a very big Carrefour within the mall. Parking is available, and you can even park there 2 hours for free! The shops are usually open until 9 or 10 p.m. Barcelona glories

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The proposals can be varied in your days the way you want it. But one thing is clear: after these amazing three days, you will sit in the plane and will let the days pass by in your mind again. I am pretty sure; you will leave Barcelona with a happy and a sad face!
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