With almost a year to plan and do research, my MLK weekend in Barcelona was one of the most off the beaten path trips ever. I love looking at architecture when traveling; in Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi and architecture go hand in hand. Even though I visited during the winter, the weather was beautiful and I had a great time exploring the city. From visiting the Gothic Quarter to strolling down Passeig de Gràcia, there were so many things to see in Barcelona, and views around the city were breathtaking. If you’re in the planning stages of your trip, are ten things to see in Barcelona in 3 days to add to your Barcelona weekend itinerary.
Traveling to Barcelona from NYC
Finding a great flight deal for under $300, I booked my flight to Barcelona a few weeks after my solo trip to Cartagena. It was my first time flying via TAP Air Portugal and I had a pleasant experience with the food and entertainment options. I didn’t know at the time, but a benefit of flying with TAP Air Portugal is getting a potential two-in-one trip. If your long-haul flight goes through Portugal, you can stay up to 3 days in Lisbon or Porto at no extra cost.
How to Get around Barcelona
A lot of the exploring during my 3 days in Barcelona was done via train. After purchasing a two-day Hola Barcelona card, I took the metro and walked to each site. Downloading an offline version of google maps is a great way to get around the city if you don’t have Internet access on your phone. If needed, there was also free public WiFi available in the city center and other popular areas.
Where to Stay in Barcelona
Since I booked the trip so far in advance, I almost forgot to book a hotel. Luckily my extended weekend in Barcelona was offseason, so I booked a stay at Ofelias Hotel. Ofelias Hotel is a luxury-boutique hotel walking distance to the metro station, bars, and restaurants. I absolutely fell in love with the lobby and “book nook” and reading area.
Best Places to Visit in Barcelona in 3 days
If you’re limited with time, here are ten popular places to visit in Barcelona in three days. You can easily access these sites via bus, train, taking a hop-on-hop-off bus, or walking.
Palau de la Música Catalana
Completed in 1908 to house the Orfeo Catala (Catalan Choral Society), Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a concert hall and UNESCO Site. More than half a million people a visit to see performances that range from symphonic and chamber music to jazz and Cançó.
Carrer del Palau de la Musica, 4-6 Telephone: +34 932 95 7200Nearest Metro: Urquinaona (Yellow Line, L4) Bus: Via Laietana / Comtal: 45, V15, V17 or Plaça Urquinaona: 39, 42, 55, H16
The Palau de la Música Cost
- Individual Rate: €20
- Advance Purchase: €16
- Senior Rate: €16 (box office only)
- Catalonia Resident Rate: €10
- Free: Children under 10 years inclusive, accompanied by a family
- Students: €11
Hours of Operation
Tours run daily every 30 minutes from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Easter and July: from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. August: from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Top Tips for visiting The Palau de la Música Catalana
Get there on time. Once the tour starts, you are not able to catch up. The Palau de la Música is still a current concert hall. On occasion, tourists are able to see a concert from the local choir.
Catedral de Barcelona – Barcelona Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia also known as Barcelona Cathedral. The cathedral was constructed from the 13th to 15th centuries, with the principal work done in the 14th century. The site where the church stands was previously the location of a Roman temple, a mosque and later a 1st-century church which was destroyed by the Moors.
Pla de la Seu s/n 08002 Barcelona Telephone: +34 933.428.262Nearest Metro: Jaume I (yellow line L4) or Liceu (Green Line, L3) Bus: Via Laietana / Comtal: 45, V15, V17 or Plaça Urquinaona: 39, 42, 55, H16
Barcelona Cathedral Cost
- Choir Entrance: €3
- Cathedral Visit (includes the elevator to the roof): €7
- Audio Guide: €11
Hours of Operation
- Opening hours for worship and prayer: from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
- Cultural and tourist visit hours: from 12:30 p.m. at 7:45 p.m. (access will be closed at 7:15 p.m.)
Top Tips for visiting Barcelona Cathedral
Get the fast track ticket for a visit between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm. There are fewer crowds and you can get the audio guide for €7 less.
Casa Lleo i Morera
Location: Passeig de Gràcia, 35
The Magic Fountain – (Font màgica de Montjuïc)
Located on the former site of The Four Columns which were a symbol of Catalanism, the Magic Fountain was created as part of the attractions for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition. It is the main feature of a complex of fountains, cascades, and pools on Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, the street running from the Palau Nacional to Plaça d’Espanya in Montjuïc. Performances take place at half-hour intervals every weekend, with weekends extended during the summer season.
Pl. Carles Buïgas, 1, 28080 Barcelona, Spain Telephone: +34 934 02 70 00Nearest Metro: Plaça Espanya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)
Magic Fountain Cost – FREE
Hours of Operation
- November 1- Jan 6 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 8-9 PM
- CLOSED Jan 7 – Feb 28 for annual maintenance
- March 1-31 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8-9 PM
- April 1 to May 31 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9-10 PM
- June 1 September 30 – Wednesday to Sunday – 9:30 – 10:30 PM
- October 1 to 31 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 8-9 PM
Top Tips for visiting the Magic Fountain
Get there at least a half-hour before the first performance.
You can’t visit Barcelona and NOT see any of Antoni Gaudí’s work. Visit these sites on your own or book a walking tour with a guide.
Location: Carrer d’Olot+34 934 091 831
Location: 401 Carrer de Mallorca+34 932 080 414
Casa Amatller & Casa Batllo
Location: 41-43, Passeig de GràciaBarcelona, Spain 08008
Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
Location: 92, Passeig de GràciaBarcelona, Spain 08008
Take a Day trip to Montserrat
On my last day, I took the train to Montserrat and even took a hike up to Sant Jeroni. If you’re into hiking, seeing beautiful countryside views, and learning a little more about the monastery, it’s a great experience.
View highlights of my 3 days in Barcelona below
I had a great MLK weekend in Barcelona, but there are more sights I would like to visit like the Picasso Museum. I hope this travel guide to visiting Barcelona in 3 days was helpful with your trip planning. If you’re adding these sites to your Barcelona itinerary, make sure to pin this post for future reference or share it with your social community.