Famous for its art, food and beachside location, the fun you can have in Barcelona can easily fill a few weeks, if not MONTHS. Most people, however, only need to know what to do in Barcelona for 3 days. A long weekend in Catalonia’s capital – the perfect getaway from the UK. This is ok if you’re planning on going back. And if you’re not, you soon will be.

I think I’ve been to Barcelona, maybe, 9/10/11 times now. And I’m going back again in March. My bro lives there, but also, it’s the best city in Europe. And I’ve been to a lot of cities in Europe.

If you’ve never been before, and you need to know what to for 3 days in Barcelona, let me be your straight to-the-point guide.

1. The Sagrada Familia

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This church has been in progress for over 135 years and is an iconic building worldwide. Designed by the famous Antoni Gaudi, the church, in the east of the city, is as much a museum on him as it is a place of worship. Even if you’re not into architecture, the extreme detail on both the exterior and an interior with the light, colour and unique designs is incredible.

Standard tickets cost €15 and should be booked in advance to avoid lengthy queues. If you can splash out for the early morning pass before everyone gets there, it’ll be well worth it. Expect to spend about 3 hours here.

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2. Passeig de Gracia

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Shops like Jimmy Choo and Burberry et al are boring as, but, the streets they’re on are normally totally picturesque. And that definitely goes for Passeig de Gracia. This long, wide street runs from the district of Gracia down to Placa Catalunya, the city’s most famous square, and is home to some of the most impressive shop windows you’ll never be able to afford.

Along here you’ll also find two more of Gaudi’s buildings, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. Both are beautiful from the outside as well as in so make sure you give them the admiration they deserve as you wander on down.

You could spend anything from an hour to, probably three days here – depends how partial you are to a spot of shopping.

3. Las Ramblas

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Hands up who wants to get their wallet stolen? Yeah, well get those paws back in your pockets and your eye on your handbag if you’re exploring Las Ramblas. That’s definitely not to say you shouldn’t venture on down, but just be warned and wary – as a tourist you are prime pickings here.

Las Ramblas is classed as the heart of the city and it’s here you can get a real flavour of the vibrant nightlife, variety of food and artistic flair the city has. You’ll pass by pretty spots like the Gran Teatre de Liceu, the Placa Reial and Miró Mural and be able to see where the city dissects into the different neighbourhoods. Pick up the Las Ramblas trail at Placa Catalunya and walk the mile-long stretch of street running down to Port Vell and Colombus Monument.

4. Gothic Quarter

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The Gothic Quarter (Barrio Gotico) is so called thanks to the labyrinths of Gothic architecture laid out for you to explore. The buildings here are impressively designed and wind around small roads and narrow alleyways to form one of the most fascinating parts of the city. If you’re going to Barcelona for 3 days let yourself get lost here and you’ll be treated to pretty boutiques, hidden wine bars and old tapas restaurants.

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5. Barcelona Cathedral

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Look out for the Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter, also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. The impressive looming building juts right out of the narrow streets. Even if you don’t want to go inside, just sitting on the steps and taking in the life in the busy square below is great entertainment. And if you’re feeling that Barcelona heat, plonk yourself over the road for an iced coffee or Sangria to sit and admire the view.

6. Barceloneta Beach

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It may not be the biggest or most beautiful you’ve ever seen but Barcelona’s beach area is worth a visit, if not to just lie in the sunshine and soak up the social vibe of Barceloneta. The tall and narrow houses that used to belong to fisherman in this area create a quirky feel and add to that a mix of bars, burger joints and watersports and you have a cool area to chill your beans in.

7. Montjuic

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Barcelona is a one of Spain’s most beautiful cities and it’s good to get some perspective on that from the mountain of Montjuic. You can travel up here by funicular then a cable car from the Parallel Metro Station, or you could just walk up the steps. Once at the top, explore the castle and watchtower built back in the 1600s. They may once have been great spots for watching out for enemies but now serve as the perfect place to grab an ice cream and take in the 360 views of the city and sea below.

Make sure you come back for the fountains at night – they’re set to music and all lit up. Definitely one of my favourite things to do in the city.

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 More things to do in Barcelona for 3 days

Have a foodie experience

Go to La Boqueria Market

Time your trip for a music festival

Try doing a food tour

And a market tour

Go up in the cable cars

See the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Paul

Do the Hop On Hop Off Bus

Visit Parc Guell

Eat your way round El Born

Go to the Picasso Museum

Take a well-earned siesta (all part of the culture!)

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