So you only have 3 days in this amazing city, and you have to leave time to get back to the airport so how to prioritise? We have some great suggestions on those “must see” attractions in Barcelona that will give you a varied experience and leave you wanting more. As we all know, there’s a lot more to Barcelona than La Rambla…enjoy!
If you are staying in a self catering apartment in Barcelona then you will want to stock up on groceries. Where better to start than the mouth watering La Boqueria market. Located just off La Rambla this covered market offers a sumptuous selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, seafood and more. You can break for lunch at one of the stalls selling food, and enjoy a glass of wine whilst shopping. It is such a civilised way of shopping!
You have done your food shopping so how about immersing yourself in some of the best, most unusual architecture in the World? In that case make your way to the Eixample district to explore Gaudi’s Casa Batlo and Casa Mila (La Pedrera), both located on the prestigious Passeig de Gracia. Gaudi worked on these before he embarked on the Sagrada Familia. They are both extraordinary buildings and well worth exploring.
For something fun and different how about taking the tram and then funicular railway from the city up to the historic amusement park Tibidabo. Opened way back in 1908, and renovated in the 1980’s this is such a charming fun park – really popular and it also has newer rides for those with a strong constitution! Being perched up high on the hills above Barcelona only adds to the thrill.
Coming back down to earth, but not for long, take a visit to the still under construction Sagrada Familia. This amazing building is probably the most unusual church you will have ever seen – you could spend all day exploring it. Some of the best features are the Nativity facade, the Crypt (where Antoni Gaudi is buried) and the Passion Facade. For those with strong legs you can climb the steep spiral stairs all the way up to the towers and upper galleries which offer stunning views.
To complete your trip, (as long as you are staying on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday in Summer) why not make your way to Monjuic and the Font Magica at the Palau Nacional. The Palau Nacional was built for the 1929 International Exhibition, and today the fountains and cascades that descend in terraces produce a multi coloured watery dance to music which is stunning to watch. The jets of water, the lights, and the music will certainly impress and leave you with some magical memories of a wonderful trip to Barcelona.