3 Day Barcelona Itinerary
Bike Tour, Parc de La Cuitadella, Born District
Grab a quick coffee at Satans and head to Fat Tire Bike Tours in the heart of old Barcelona. At fat tire all of the guides speak English and they are great at working with families. Enjoy an easy ride for 3-4 hours as you learn the history, see some of the major sites and get an idea of things you might like to come back to later. After your tour is over head to Muack Arepa Bar for a bite to eat before taking some time to explore the Parc de La Ciutadella.
In the afternoon, continue on across the street to the Born CCM for a cool look into a part of the city that was covered in the 1700's. Conveniently, they have a great gift shop and really nice (free) bathrooms.
Spend the rest of your afternoon and early evening exploring the streets of the Passeig del Born where you will find galleries, boutiques and the Basilica Of Santa Maria Del Mar. For dinner head to La Taverna Del Born to try a wide selection of Catalan regional specialties (the Born-style cod is incredible!). Finally, finish off your evening with dessert and a nice cup of coffee outside in front of the Basilica at Bubo.
La Boqueria Market, Park Güell, Santa Eulalia
Get your day started by grabbing some cash (they don't take cards at the market) and heading to La Boqueria Market. This giant, covered food market is a crazy but a fun way to try some tapas and get your hands on some fresh fruits, nuts, candies and cured meats. Stock up on some picnic foods for your next stop, Park Güell. This hilltop park is one of the city's proudest examples of their favorite architect Antoni Gaudi's work. The park is quite expansive and includes far more than just the colorful Gaudi-Centric area. Entrance into the Gaudi area is timed so be sure to get your tickets in advance or as soon as you arrive in the park. When you get in, be sure to try out the curved stone benches, they are surprisingly comfortable and great for people watching. Take some time to explore the rest of the park as well. If you keep walking, up near the top there is a tall stone monument of three crosses on the hill. From there you can see the entire city of Barcelona and the sea.
When you get back down to the city center, turn your thoughts to heaven inside the Santa Eulalia Cathedral. For something a little bit different, follow the cathedral wall around to the right side of the building, you'll find a small door to enter the cathedral cloister (garden) where the guard geese live as well as a lovely fountain and some religious artwork.
Grab a quick bite or better yet, stop by the Churreria Laietana to try the Spanish favorite of churros dipped in hot chocolate. It's an excellent snack that is true to the region and is so so tasty. Finish your day at the historic and opulent Palau de la Música Orfeó Català. The Palau is an architectural gem in the Art Nouveau style and has been named a UNESCO heritage site. Enjoy one of the variety of musical performances available each week. If you can't make it to one of the evening performances be sure to stop by for a tour of the theatre as it is an essential landmark in Catalonian history.
Gaudi, Gaudi, Gaudi
Begin your morning with a hot bombón(also sometimes referred to as a biberón) at a street side cafe before heading over to one of Antoni Gaudí's most unique architectural creations, Casa Batlló. Inside you will find a quirky, modernist dream home with a delightful array of beautiful, unexpected architectural details. Don't forget to take a look at the other three homes adjacent to the Casa Batlló in a row called the Bone of Contention.
After a leisurely home tour, follow the Ruta Del Modernisme (marked by red tiles on the sidewalk) as you continue along the Passeig de Gracia to El Nacional for lunch. At El Nacional you'll find a wide variety of locally sourced foods cooked into dishes that are specific to the Iberian Peninsula. For a more entertaining eating experience, take seat at the Tapería.
Once you've satisfied your stomach take a walk to Le Segrada Familia Cathedral, the highlight of any trip to Barcelona. Designing the cathedral was what Gaudi considered to be his purpose in life. It is filled with light and symbolism everywhere you turn and is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. If you don't want to wait in line, be sure to purchase your tickets online before you go. Arrange to go near the end of their opening hours to catch the breathtaking light show through the stained glass that sunset provides. There is a great playground just across the street (on the Passion side) for little ones who need a chance to run around.
Have you been to Barcelona? Let us know in the comments if there is something you loved that we might have missed.