Things To Do

3 Days in Barcelona

Guest post by Laura & Alexander of the expert travel blog, Lost Between Oceans.

The Catalan capital has everything if you crave luxury and leisure in equal measure, from the fantastical creations of Antonio Gaudí to the historic alleys of the Gothic Quarter. If you’re excited to explore the finer side of Barcelona, this carefully drafted 3-day itinerary is perfect for you. This is how best to spend 3 days in Barcelona.

Day 1: Sagrada Familia & Shopping


Start your Barcelona adventure with a sumptuous breakfast at the Bracafe, where the finest local ingredients meet culinary artistry. Sip on a perfectly brewed coffee and enjoy an array of pastries in an elegant setting.

Following breakfast, make your way to the iconic La Sagrada Familia for a private guided tour. Witness the stunning interiors and learn about Gaudí’s vision for this architectural masterpiece. Close to the amazing Sagrada Familia is Santa Maria del Mar, another beautiful church worth a visit!


Savour Michelin-starred cuisine at Moments, where tradition is served with imaginative flair. Enjoy a lunch that stimulates your palate with inventive Catalan dishes.

Spend your afternoon in the luxurious Passeig de Gràcia, the go-to destination for high-end shopping. Revel in the splendour of flagship stores from the world’s premier fashion houses.


Indulge in a sensational dinner at ABaC, another gem on Barcelona’s crown of Michelin-starred establishments. Let your taste buds embark on an unforgettable journey through contemporary haute cuisine.

Day 2: Picasso & Parks


Experience breakfast the Catalan way at Botafumeiro, a culinary landmark known for its fresh seafood and impeccable service.

Next, dive into the art world with a private tour of the Picasso Museum, showcasing the formative years of this influential artist.


Enjoy an artful lunch at Lasarte, a sleek and modern restaurant where the plates are as impressive as the paintings in a gallery.

Walk off your lunch with a leisurely stroll through Park Güell, admiring the mosaic artistry and lush gardens, all while basking in the Mediterranean sun. Make sure to book your tickets on time!


Conclude day two with dinner at Enoteca Paco Perez, a seaside pearl with two Michelin stars that promises a dining experience close to the waves — both fresh and full of flavour.

Day 3: Helicopter Tour & Ancient Baths


Begin your day with a sumptuous breakfast at Caelis, where refined elegance sets the tone for the gastronomic delights.

Elevate your experience with a helicopter tour, capturing panoramic views of Barcelona’s coastline and a unique perspective of its world-renowned architecture.


After landing back on solid ground, it’s time to enjoy lunch at Cocina Hermanos Torres, a gastronomic space where creativity and flavour are at the forefront.

After lunch, take some time to unwind at the Aire Ancient Baths for an afternoon of relaxation in luxurious Roman-inspired baths.


For your final dinner following 3 days in Barcelona, visit Oria, a Mediterranean-themed establishment fusing tradition with the avant-garde, nestled within the luxurious Monument Hotel.


Attractions outside Barcelona:

There are many attractions close to Barcelona that are worth a visit if you still have time! Here are our selection:

Setenil de las Bodegas: Marvel at whitewashed houses built into rocky cliffs, offering a unique experience with meandering streets under protruding rock.

Catalan Coast: Experience a different side of Spain’s rich cultural tapestry, not too far from the coast.

Montserrat Monastery: Escape the city for a day and visit the Montserrat Monastery, perched high on a mountain top and home to the famous Black Madonna. Enjoy a scenic train ride followed by a cable car ascent for breathtaking views.

Costa Brava: Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Costa Brava, explore hidden coves, and enjoy the exquisite seafood cuisine that the region is famous for.

Cava Winery Tour: Indulge in a day of sparkling wine tasting on a guided tour of the Penedès region, where you can learn about the cava-making process and savour some of Spain’s finest bubbly.


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