THE PERFECT ITINERARY FOR BARCELONA IN 3 DAYS
Tour in the morning, have time on your own in the afternoons
Are you in Barcelona for at least 3 days? Do you want to take the most out of your time in the city but don’t want to be overwhelmed? You don’t know how to organize your sightseeing to take the most out of your time, but still leave you some free time to relax and do other fun things besides touring?
Staying 3 days in town gives you the opportunity to cover all the must see in Barcelona, plus going a bit off the beaten path, and still have time for relaxing, shopping and other leisure activities… if you plan your time well. If you don’t have time to plan (or don’t want to spend your precious time doing it), leave it in our hands!We have selected for you the itineraries that combine best, so there is no overlapping/repeated sites and you don’t miss a thing while you explore the sites with us: 3 perfect days in Barcelona.
Our suggested tour combinations to see Barcelona in 3 days have been chosen for their high flexibility in order to match your interests, budget and energy levels. Plus since they are 4-hour tours, you’ll still have the afternoons on your own to enjoy everything else the city has to offer.
100% Private Tour
Skip the Lines
Walking & Taxis
Sagrada Familia Church
Tapas - OPTIONAL
WHY YOU'LL LOVE OUR 3 DAYS BARCELONA TOUR
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR FIRST DAY:
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR SECOND DAY:
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR THIRD DAY:
3 half days of 4 hours each.
Possibility of adding extra hours upon booking.
GAUDI TOUR: Available very day.
SOME SITES CLOSED – OLD TOWN TOUR:
Sunday: No visits allowed in the Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Boqueria Market is closed.
Monday: The Picasso Museum is closed (except May thru September, included) and the Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Tuesday thru Thursday after 4 PM: The Boqueria Market is only partially open.
SOME SITES CLOSED – MONTJUIC TOUR:
Monday: The Miró Foundation is closed.
Magic Fountain Show: Click here to see if the show is on on your tour date.
- To enter the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia you need to cover your shoulders and your skirt or pants must be long to your knee.
- The dress code at the Sagrada Familia Church isn't usually too strict, but they have occasionally banned access to people wearing short shorts (closer to their butts than to their knees), deep plunging necklines or open backs.
MONTJUIC MAGIC FOUNTAIN
This Tour of the Hill of Montjuïc can also be scheduled in the late afternoon and hook it up with the Magic Fountain show:
- End the tour there, so you can watch it right after.
- End at some nearby restaurant, so you can go on your own after dinner.
- Extend the tour and have the guide stay with you during the show.
Our tours only include the towers upon request. You need to know that:
It is not possible anymore to just climb the stairs: the way up is now only possible by elevator. However, the number of tickets available is restricted to just a few every hour, for an extra fee.
If there is availability, you are given a specific time to get in the line for the elevator (either the one in the Passion façade or the one in the Nativity façade, but not both), and after a 5 to 20 minute wait you finally get in the elevator that takes you to almost the top of the towers. From there you must walk down: it is not permitted to use the elevator to go down anymore. The whole process takes almost one hour, so unless you are OK shortening the rest of the tour itinerary, you should book one extra hour to be able to do the towers.
Do we recommend the towers, though? Only for the adventure of climbing spiral stairs, but not for the views as you’ll get better views from many other city sites. After all, those towers were designed to be bell towers, not vantage points. Also, the way down is narrow and occasionally claustrophobic, and it is definitely not for people scared of heights.
Tour operators like us are only allowed to book tickets for the Passion Façade towers – should you be interested in the Nativity Façade towers you’ll have to go back to Sagrada Familia on your own some other day as those tickets are only available for individual visitors.
THE TOWERS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS, AND NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG CONDITIONS, CLAUSTROPHOBIA OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS. CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE TOWERS.
INCLUSIONS, EXCLUSIONS & PRICING
TAILOR THIS TOUR TO YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS
These tours work great for anyone staying at least 3 days in Barcelona and wanting to see as much as possible but still have some time on their own.
If you are traveling with kids, 4 hours work usually fine. When booking, consider if they are early birds or late risers, and if they are likely to get hungry before the end of the tour make sure to bring some snacks. You’ll have the afternoon on your own to relax and do family activities that don’t require a tour guide.
If you have walking issues:
- OLD TOWN: This tour is 100% walking as it takes place in a pedestrian area. There are frequent stops and sometimes it’s possible to seat, and you can also ask the guide to make a coffee break. The area is relatively flat, so the tour can be done with a wheelchair or scooter. Using a driver is doable but it doesn’t save you much walking – it mostly gives you the opportunity to rest when moving from one area of the Old Town to the next (2 rides during the tour, plus the rides from and back to your hotel).
- GAUDI SITES: Transportation is needed at least to get to Park Güell and Sagrada Familia, but it’s equally time efficient to go by taxi than having a driver (unless you are 4 people or more and need more than one taxi, in which case the logistics are a bit slower compared to a minivan with private driver). The driver, though, provides more comfort. There are short sections of steps in Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, as well as Park Güell. Wheelchairs and people who can’t do stairs require an extra hour to cover the whole itinerary. The Sagrada Familia towers are not accessible for wheelchairs.
- MONTJUIC HILL: A driver will allow you to move around faster and therefore see more things in comfort. Walking instead allows you to enjoy more being outdoors. Wheelchairs are recommended to get the driver, unless it’s a motorized chair or scooter. People with walking issues are also recommended to get a driver, as otherwise the tour is mostly walking and uphill (with escalators in some areas).