Barcelona

Explore The City Of Barcelona in 3 Days

The real essence of Barcelona is ensconced between the cobbled alleyways of old Barcelona and structures of Gaudi's marvels speckled around the city. This 3 day itinerary of Barcelona takes you through this very essence with a concretely crafted plan that ticks off all the prime attractions and the lesser known gems of Barcelona in just 3 days! If you plan to stay in Barcelona for 4 days, we have you backed then as well.

3-4 Days in Barcelona

Day 1

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3 days in Barcelona

• Gothic Quarter
• La Rambla & La Boquería
• Poble Espanyol
• La Barceloneta Beach

Day 2

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3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

• Park Guell
• Sagrada Familia
• Gaudi's Architecture Walk
• Barcelona Zoo
• Barcelona Aquarium
• Camp Nou

Day 3

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3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

• Tibidabo Amusement Park
• Articket Museum Trail
• Palau de la Música Catalana
• Las Golondrinas De Barcelona Cruise

Day 4

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3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

• Day trip to Montserrat

Day 1 - Gothic Quarter, La Rambla, Poble Espanyol, La Barceloneta Beach

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Gothic Quarter

Neighbourhood

#4 of 743 things to do in Barcelona

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3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

Popularly known as the Barrio Gótico, this quaint neighborhood is part of the old city (Cituat Vella) and unfolds from La Rambla to the Via Laietana in a labyrinth of meandering cobbled streets with colourful walls. This charming part of the city nestled in a bohemian aura is exactly where you should start your Barcelona holiday and you’ll know why we say so once you are strolling the streets of Barrio Gótico. While you’re here , you are bound to stumble upon history drenched alleyways around the La Seu cathedral, artsy cafes tucked away in cosy nooks,peppy bars overflowing with cocktails, human-castling in Plaça Jaume, the ancient synagogue at El Call and a lot more that will have you wandering about aimlessly ( in awe however) for at least 3 hours. We say, turn off your GPS and get lost on your very first day in Barcelona! Grab a meal while you’re and smear some gelato on your upper lip too.

While you're at Barri Gothic, watch out for :

Touring the Barrio Gótico on a bamboo cycle is a highly recommended experience. This is a guided tour which takes you through the old soul of the city, around the best of Barrio Gótico with special attention to discover the unseen street arts and murals of Barcelona. Click here to know more about the Street Art Tour On a Bicycle

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Family

Couples

Must See

Walking Tours

Tips :

  • Comfortable shoes and casual clothing is recommended to avoid discomfort while walking
  • Grab a local suis (hot chocolate with cream) at Barrio Gotico
  • If you're in Barcelona during the La Mercé Festival in September, watch the human castle-building — Castellers at Barrio Gotico.
  • Taking a bike tour through the Barrio Gotico is highly recommended to cover more ground
  • If you're looking to visit the Museums and Galleries in Barrio Gotico, The Barcelona Museum Pass and iVenture Pass will come handy.

Recommended Experiences
Barcelona All Inclusive Card: Museums & Transportation
Barcelona iVenture Multi Attraction Pass
Barcelona City Tour by Bike
Street Art Tour On a Bicycle

Plan to stay
2-3 hours

2

La Rambla & La Boquería

Street

#33 of 743 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

Make your way out of the Gothic Quarter and find your way to the famous La Rambla which happens to be just a stone’s throw away. Undoubtedly the most touristy street in Barcelona, this tourist magnet is bustling for a worthy reason. This beautiful boulevard is flanked by greenery and offers a sneak peak into the rich Catalan culture through its inspiring architecture. La Ramblas is mostly famous for its street performers and human statues. These human statues do an amazing job with their costumes and look so real that you may pass them without realising they are human! Hop into one of the many chilled café terraces here and lull yourself into a calm amongst the chaos. Shoppers are in for a treat here as the market stalls selling countless everythings and nothings are a good pastime.

After sauntering through La Rambla, head to the La Boqueria. You may not want to buy groceries on your first day in Barcelona, but you surely want to feast your eyes on the freshest local produce ever. Sip on some homemade wine from the tiny stalls around and walk through an assortment of meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, flowers and just about everything your kitchen would ever require to whip up a delicious meal.

Things to watch out for at La Ramblas :

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Family

Couples

Walking Tours

Tips

  • Beware of the seedy parts to this neighbourhood and steer clear of these areas once the night falls.
  • If you're shopping at La Rambla, make sure you buy at half the quoted price.
  • La Rambla is known for an alarming instances of pickpocketing, thefts and con artists.
  • Tickets to the El Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum is available at a discount on the Barcelona Museum Pass

Recommended Experiences
Gran Teatre del Liceu Guided Tour
Barcelona All Inclusive Card: Museums & Transportation
Barcelona iVenture Multi Attraction Pass
Barcelona City Tour by Bike
Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Plan to stay
4 hours

3

Poble Espanyol

Neighbourhood

#217 of 743 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

Poble Espanyol which translates to Spanish Village, is a unique combination of architecture, contemporary art, traditional crafts, artisan shops, and authentic culinary delights, in a pleasant setting free from the hordes of Barcelona.It cashes in 1,300,000 visitors a year, is open on all 365 days and is the perfect place to consume a copious gulp of Spain’s diverse cultural sangria. A charming space with over 20 craft shops spanning from pottery, leather, jewellery, glass and display of over 300 contemporary pieces by Picasso, Dalí, and Miró, the Poble Espanyol is a rewarding stroll all in all.

To know more about Poble Espanyol and what to do while you're there, read this detailed blog on Discovering the Spanish Village in Barcelona – Poble Espanyol

On your way back from the Poble Espanyol, catch a sprightly light and sound show at the ornamental Montjuïc Magic Fountain which displays a wondrous melody of music, water acrobatics and lights in over 50 shades and hues.

Good for

Walking Tours

Family

Kids

Couple

Tips

Recommended Experiences

Poble Espanyol Tickets
Barcelona iVenture Multi Attraction Pass
Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour
Barcelona Night Card: Entry to Top Clubs

Plan to stay
1-2 hours

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4

La Barceloneta Beach

Beach

#106 of 743 things to do in Barcelona

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a day in Barcelona
a day in Barcelona

Barceloneta, the city’s classy neighbourhood by the Mediterranean sea stretch with clean boardwalks and course golden sand speckled with pebbles is sure to pull you for an night stroll by the beach.The shacks turn into night clubs after sunset with soothing music to which you can groove and shake a leg. Dine under the moon and starlit sky and dip your feet in the cold waters of the Mediterranean.It's the perfect way to end your day in Barcelona.

Good for

Family

Beach lovers

Couples

Late Night Strolls

Tips

  • Nights in the beach are free from pestering vendors, hence this is the best time to enjoy solace under the stars.
  • If you want to enjoy the balmy sun, you can visit the beach in the morning. Afternoons can get very hot, hence not recommended.
  • Strolling by the beach promenade on a bicycle is a recommended experience too.

Recommended Experiences
Street Art Tour On a Bicycle
Bike Rental

Plan to stay
2 hours

Day 2 - Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's Architecture Walk, Barcelona Zoo, Barcelona Aquarium, Camp Nou

1

Park Guell

Nature & Parks

#15 of 742 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

Barcelona is synonymous to Antoni Gaudí and to kick start your sampling of Gaudi’s architectural wonders, nothing like the Park Güell. A UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, the Park Güell is an enchanting space where Gaudi tried his hands at landscape gardening. The Park Guell clocks in over 4 million visitors each year despite the fact that they allow only 400 people into the park every 30 minutes.

While you’re here, make sure to visit the Casa-Museu Gaudí, a slender house converted into a museum where Gaudi lived for 20 years ( 1906-1926). It contains the furniture used by him and many other memboralias.Before leaving, gently touch the ceramic dragon. It is said to bring you luck!

To know more about Park Guell, read this detailed blog post on Discover the Brilliance of Antoni Gaudi With These Park Guell Skip The Line Tickets

Good for

Family

Kids

Sightseeing

Couples

Tips

  • If you have booked your tickets online, make sure you reach at least 15 minutes before the slot you have booked to pick up your tickets.
  • There are 3 entrances to Park Guell. Figure out which entrance is closest from your hotel beforehand so that you don’t waste time and money on travel.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended because of the walking involved.

Recommended Experiences
Skip the Line Entry Tickets to Park Guell
Park Guell Guided Walking Tour with Skip the Line Entrance
Guided Tour of Park Güell and Sagrada Familia with Skip the Line Entry
Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia, Towers and Park Güell
Barcelona iVenture Multi Attraction Pass
Barcelona Express 2 Day Card

Plan to stay
1-2 hours

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Park Güell Timed Entry Ticket
from
€10
Park Guell Guided Tour with No Wait Entrance
from
€24
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia and Park Güell with...
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€69
Fast Track Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia, Towers ...
from
€84

2

Sagrada Familia

Churches & Cathedrals

#1 of 742 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

The captivating Sagrada Família is the most iconic attraction in Barcelona and is undoubtedly the magnum opus of the world renowned architect Antoni Gaudí. I would go to the extent of saying that your trip to Barcelona is pointless without a visit to the Sagrada Familia and there are many reason why. Ranked the #1 thing to do in Barcelona by Tripadvisor, this modernist masterpiece is Gaudi’s best work ( read lifelong obsession) and it has earned this status without being completed! It has been under construction since 1882 ( completing 136 years in 2018) and despite the end not remotely in sight, it amasses tourists like no other place in Barcelona.

You can read more about the Sagrada Familia, its history, tickets, tip, tours and more on this detailed blog post on why Why Skip The Line Sagrada Familia Tickets Are A Must

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Family

Couples

Shows

Tips

  • Queues outside Sagrada Familia can take upto 80 - 90 minutes, hence grab skip the line tickets coupled with a guided tour online.
  • Reach 30 minutes before the slot.
  • Sagrada Familia is wheel chair accessible, but the Towers are not.
  • The mass at Sagrada Familia starts 09:00 AM on Sunday morning.
  • The crypt is open only from 09:00 to 10:00 in the morning and from 18:00 to 21:00 in the evening.

Recommended Experiences
Fast Track Tickets to the Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia Skip the line tickets with Tower Access and Audio Guide
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia with Skip the Line Access
Skip The Line: Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia with Tower Access
Barcelona City Tour by Bike
Best of Barcelona Tour including Skip the Line Entry to Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia & Torres Bellesguard Small Group Tour with Brunch

Plan to stay
2-3 hours

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Fast Track Tickets to Sagrada Familia
from
€17
Sagrada Familia Skip the Line Guided Tour
from
€25
Fast Track Bilingual Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia
from
€41
Sagrada Familia Fast Track Tickets with Tower Acce...
from
€32
Fast Track Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia
from
€40
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia and Park Güell with...
from
€69
Fast Track Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia with Tow...
from
€51
Fast Track Guided Tour to Sagrada Familia with Tow...
from
€51

3

Barcelona Zoo

Zoos & Aquarium

#184 of 742 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

With more than 7000 animals from over 400 species, the Barcelona Zoo is one of the biggest and best equipped zoos in Europe. This zoo was opened in 1892 in the green lung of old Barcelona and over the years it has faithfully reproduced the natural habitat of the animals it houses. The Barcelona Zoo was also the house to the only ever albino gorilla in the world , Snowflake who lived here since 1966 for 37 years until his death in 2003.

In the Barcelona Zoo you can see a host of animals - leopards, tropical birds, reptiles, sea lions,flamingos, giraffes, elephants, kangaroos, Komodo dragons, Muntjac deers, Brazza monkey hippos and a whole lot of animals you may never have seen or heard of! With restaurants, bars, miniature railways, electric cars, souvenir shops and a picnic spot, the zoo is perfect for a day out, regardless of your age. To know more about Barcelona Zoo, read this detailed blog post on A Day Out at the Barcelona Zoo

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Family

Couples

Kids

Animals Lovers

Tips

  • The Dolphin Show happens thrice a day - 11.30, 13.00 and 16.30
  • You can feed and pet ponies, rabbits and donkeys in the Children’s Zoo
  • The ticket window closes 30 minutes before the zoo closing time everday
  • The queues during peak season can get pretty long and if you're traveling with kids,hence,Fast track tickets are recommended.
  • The zoo is wheelchair accessible

Recommended Experiences
Fast Track Tickets to Barcelona Zoo
Barcelona iVenture Multi Attraction Pass
Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Plan to stay
2 hours

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4

Barcelona Aquarium

Zoos & Aquarium

#204 of 743 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

L’Aquàrium de Barcelona located in Port Vell is Europe’s only Oceanarium with over 11,000 water dwelling animals from over 450 different species along with an ocean tank for sharks, rays and other large fishes. If you’re travelling with kids or are a fan of aquariums yourself, going to L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is an assured fascinating visit.

You can even scuba dive ( only certified scuba divers ) in the 4-million-litre oceanarium surrounded by sharks and fishes! If you’re not qualified to scuba dive with them, you can walk beneath the Oceanarium through a transparent moving tunnel for a unique perspective on the marine life. Watch out for gilt heads, moray eels, ocean sunfishes, Nautilus,sand tiger sharks and sandbar sharks during your walk.

Good for

Family

Kids

Animal lovers

Tips

  • Scuba diving with the sharks takes place only thrice a week - Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Though the queues outside the Barcelona Aquarium aren't exceptionally long, buying tickets online help save a few euros and earn cashback offers.
  • The Barcelona Express 2 day card gives a 20% discount on L’Aquàrium de Barcelona tickets

Recommended Experiences
Fast Track Tickets to Barcelona Aquarium
Barcelona Express 2 Day Card

Plan to stay
2 hours

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5

Camp Nou

Football Stadium

#10 of 743 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

The Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona is one of the most historic and renowned football stadiums in the world. If you’re a football fanatic or a mere football viewer, a visit to this decorated stadium which also happens to be the largest football stadium in Europe and the second largest in the world, is an absolute must! A visit to Camp Nou is will give you a glimpse of the Catalonian culture because it is safe to say that football is a very important element ingrained in their culture. If you can catch a football match during your visit here, nothing like it. If not, a tour of the stadium which takes you through the trophies, players, museum, the locker room where legends from Maradona and Messi have stepped foot in and the impressive football pitch is an inspiring walk through. You can grab a few original FCB merchandise to commemorate this visit on your way out too! To know more about Camp Nou and why a visit here should be on your Barcelona itinerary, read this detailed blog post on Discovering The Home Of FC Barcelona With An Exclusive Camp Nou Tour

Good for

Family

Kids

Couples

Football fans

Tips

  • If you're watching a match at Camp Nou, make sure you reach well in advance to collect your tickets to avoid the long redemption lines.
  • For experience the victory celebrations after the match, head to Canaletas fountain at Las Ramblas to celebrate with the fans
  • Smoking and consumption of alcohol inside Camp Nou is strictly prohibited.

Recommended Experiences
Camp Nou Experience- Open Dated Ticket
Camp Nou Experience- Timed Entry Ticket
Barcelona iVenture Multi Attraction Pass

Plan to stay
45 minutes

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FC Barcelona: Camp Nou Tour
from
€26
FC Barcelona: Camp Nou Experience - Anytime Entry
from
€30
FC Barcelona Camp Nou Guided Tour with Brunch
from
€50
Camp Nou Tour with Interactive Virtual Experience ...
from
€35
Camp Nou Bilingual Guided Tour
from
€55
Camp Nou Players Experience Tour
from
€139

Day 3 - Articket Museum Trail, Tibidabo, Palau de la Música Catalana, Las Golondrinas De Barcelona Cruise

1

Articket Barcelona

Museums

#438 of 743 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

Art Museums have a way to walking you down the history of a country in a creatively beautiful manner. The Articket Museum Pass which offers you Skip the Line Access to the top 6 art museums in Barcelona is a fabulous choice for those who want to spend a day getting to understand the cultural and artistic heritage of Barcelona. Spend the day going through paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, posters, coins, silver and goldsmithing, coins and exhibitions with the Articket Museum Pass that offers great savings (45% savings) and consume generous amounts of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies and many other pieces of traditional and contemporary art.

With the Articket Museum Pass, you gain access to the following museums:

Good for

Family

Kids

Museum Lovers

Walking Tours

Tips

  • The Articket is valid for 1 year after the first use.
  • The lines to Picasso, Miro, and Catalunya can get quite long ( 1- 2 hours during peak season) hence this economical pass comes handy then.
  • If you book a ticket to the Picasso museum individually,you are required to specify an entry slot at the time of booking. However, with Articket pass, you gain jump the queue access to any time of the day.
  • Recommended Experiences
    Articket Barcelona Museum Pass

    Plan to stay
    Upto 1 hour in each museum

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Tibidabo Amusement Park

Amusement Park

#69 of 742 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

With a history of over 100 years, Tibidabo Amusement Park is one of the oldest theme parks in Spain and is a merry blend of tradition and modernity. This compact amusement park built in 1899 with a selection of 30 adrenaline pumping rides has been designed for kids, teenagers and adults alike. Perched on top of the Tibidabo Mountain, this mountain is 512 meters (1680 ft) above sea level and boasts of splendid views of the city from each and every ride. Tibidabo Amusement Park has an array of shows, street theatre, picnic spots, restaurants and cafes, indoor dining making it the ideal spot for a day out with the family, especially those with kids and teenagers.

Some of the timeless attractions to watch out for here are :
• Avió ( Airplane )
• Hurrakan
• Muntanya Russa
• Giradabo
• Talaia
• Diavolo

Good for

Family

Kids

Couples

Adventure

Tips

  • The ticket prices for children vary upon their height (for children under 1.2 m in height {10.30 €} and for children under 0.90 m height the tickets are free). Measure your child's height in advance to avoid confusion.
  • The most recommended way of reaching Tibidabo Amusement Park is the Tibidabo Funicular. This cable car ride is an experience in itself.

Recommended Experiences
Tibidabo Amusement Park

Plan to stay
3-4 hours

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3

Palau de la Música Catalana

Opera House

#2 of 743 things to do in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

Located in a cul-de-sac at Casc Antic, Palau De La Musica is a 100 year old ornate concert hall designed in ‘Catalan Modernista’ style by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. In 1997, the Palau de la Música Catalana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site putting it on the tourist radar of Barcelona , clocking in three million visitors each year.

This colourful explosion of rightly places mosaics is the only auditorium in Europe to be completely illuminated by natural light.The exteriors are a seamless blend of traditional Spanish and Arabic architecture with elements like stained glass, glazed tiles and mosaics used in abundance to allow natural light in from all sides, giving it an open and airy feel The most coveted space in Palau De La Musica is the 2146 glass roofed Art Nouveau Hall. The Petit Palau is a smaller hall with 538 seats and a more modern touch. This hall has been specially designed for chamber music concerts, with a keen attention to the acoustics and reverberation.

Good for

Family

Couples

Opera Lovers

Tips

  • The Barcelona Express Card allows a 20% discount on the Palau De La Musica ticket.
  • Buying your tickets advance online is strongly advised to ensure that you get your desired time slot and skip the 3 hour long queues.
  • There are only limited spots per day, hence you may have to wait for long or postpone your visit if there is a large influx of people during your visit.
  • The only way to visit Palau De La Musica is by booking a guided tour and buying tickets for a show inside. There is no concept of self guided tour here.

Recommended Experiences
Guided Tour of Palau De La Musica Catalana
Barcelona Express 2 Day Card

Plan to stay
Upto 1 hour

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4

Las Golondrinas De Barcelona Cruise

Boat Tours

#26 of 87 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

Sail out of the Port Vell harbour on the famous Las Golondrinas along the Barcelona coast and devour the Mediterranean flavour with the salty breeze kissing your face and flitting through your hair. Soak in the balmy weather under the comfort of your boat and experience Barcelona from the sea on this cruise. You will glide past Barcelona’s beach and indulge in captivating views of the World Trade Center, Porta d'Europa Bridge,Fisherman’s Quarter, International Cruise Terminal, Nova Bocana, Torre del Rellotge,Olympic Port, among others.

You can opt for the 40 minute seafront loop or the 1h’30m variant as per your appetite of gliding across the Mediterranean sea with unparalleled views. On the 40 minute Barcelona Port variant, you will hop on board a traditional Golondrina passenger boat and cruise until the breakwater. On the 1h’30m Barcelona Mar variant, you will cruise on a modern catamaran with glass bottoms so as to observe the underwater from your ride.

Good for

Kids

Family

Couple

Water Cruise

Directions
How to reach Las Golondrinas De Barcelona

Tips

  • There is no commentary onboard.
  • Refreshments are available onboard, however it is not included in the ticket price.
  • Washrooms are available onboard as well.

Recommended Experiences

Plan to stay
40-90 minutes

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Day 4 - Montserrat

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Day trip to Montserrat

Day Tour

#1 of 95 day trips from Barcelona

3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona
3 days in Barcelona

If you’re in Barcelona for over 3 days, taking a day trip to Montserrat is a great way to experience the rolling facet of Catalonia.Montserrat is around 60kms out of Barcelona and should take you anything between 1-2 hours depending on the mode of transport chosen. Montserrat has something for everyone - adventure enthusiasts, wine lovers and culture seekers ; all of these boasting splendid views of the valley and rugged mountains.

Taking a guided tour to Montserrat, coupled with a tour to a vineyard, Park Guell or so makes most sense as it helps avoid the hassle of planning your travel ( multiple modes of transport may need to be engaged ) and you get to travel with a tour guide who will make your journey all the more interesting.

A few popular things to see/do during your Day Trip To Montserrat are :

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Couples

Kids

Day Trips

Tips

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