Explore Barcelona in 72 hours

Barcelona city

Barcelona is a fascinating city to just wander around as you take in all the Gaudi architecture, beautiful streets, joyful people, and vibrant nightlife. But if you only have 72 hours, why not try something different during your stay here? Get your camera ready to get beautiful photos and enjoy the city.

What to do in Barcelona?

1. Sagrada Familia

The iconic house of God, still under construction by Gaudi himself, is an absolute must for any trip to Barcelona. The intricate detail that went into the design is just mind-blowing – it’s typical of what you can expect from this city! Make sure you go inside too. Its beauty will leave you out of breath. The world-famous building is a stop you can’t miss. 

Sagrada Familia Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401
Hours: 9AM to 8PM (April to October) / 9AM to 6PM (November to March).
Admission price: 5.50e.

2. Park Güell

Another of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, Park Güell is one of the most visited attractions in Barcelona. Even though it’s a bit out of the way, it’s worth it to visit both for its views and what you can find inside. A view of the city from the top is like seeing Barcelona through a window. 

Park Guell Address: Carrer d’Olot 7

Hours: 9AM to 8PM (April to October) / 9AM to 6PM (November to March)

Admission price:3.80e (might vary)

3. Gothic Quarter – Barri Gotic

This area is a UNESCO world heritage site, so it’s entirely appropriate to spend a morning or afternoon exploring the buildings and streets of this old quarter. The Gothic is a great place to grab brunch or have a coffee. 

Barri Gotic Address: Carrer de Ferran 13

4. La Rambla

The long and winding strip of Rambla that makes a path from the sea to Placa de Catalunya is always vibrantly filled with people, vendors, tourists, and performers. It’s a great place to just sit back and relax for a bit as you take it all in. Make sure to stop by el Mercat de la Boqueria, they have fresh products, exotic fruits, and fun spices. 

Rambla Address: Carrer de la Riera de Gallecs, 31

5. Montjuic 

Even if you don’t have time to visit the stunning Montjuic castle ruins, this is another great place to see some of the best views of Barcelona as well as a spectacular free light show every night at 9 PM.

Montjuic Fountains Address: Carrer del Dr. Font i Quer 1

6. Barceloneta Beach

A visit to Barcelona isn’t complete without taking a stroll along the boardwalk of Las Ramblas, but even better than that is heading down to the beach. A great place with chiringuitos to have lunch or just sit and relax. Make sure to check it out at night too, because the boardwalk’s lights make for some beautiful views!

Barcelona Beach Address: Carrer del Mar, 14 Hours: 8 AM to

2 AM (April to October) / 7 AM to midnight (November to March).

7. Gaudi’s Casa Batllo

Even if you aren’t a fan of architecture, make sure to check out this building which has been called one of the most beautiful houses in Barcelona. It’s one of Gaudi’s best-known works and well worth it to see. Get your camera ready to shoot some spectacular photos. 

Casa Batlló Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43

Hours: 9AM to 8PM (April to October) / 9AM to 6PM (November to March)

8. Casa Milla – Gaudi’s Hidden Gem

In a quiet corner of Barcelona is this lesser-known but creative marvel by the great Gaudi. Even though it’s not as well known as some of his other works, it’s absolutely worth the trip to check out the inside. 

Casa Milà Address: Provença, 261

Hours: 10AM to 8PM (April to October) / 10AM to 6PM (November to March)

Admission price: 8e.

10. Joan Miro Park  – Barcelona Sculpture Park

A short walk from Montjuic is this little park filled with sculptures of all types and sizes. It’s a perfect place to get out for some fresh air and to see pieces that reflect Barcelona’s history with sculptures and artistic vibes. 

Parc de Joan Miro Address: Carrer de Tarragona

Hours: 24 hours daily. 

Admission price: free.

Other plans to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has nice weather all year round, outdoor activities are a great way to enjoy the city. Renting a bike is a great way to get around Barcelona, and also allows you to see many more attractions than just these highlights. It’s only 9 or 10 euros for one day, it is something to consider. 

With just 72  hours in Barcelona, it’s not possible to see everything on offer in this fascinating city. But remember that for every “must-see”, there are hundreds of hidden gems waiting to be discovered! You never know what you might find if you just wander about. This is just a snapshot of all that there is to do and see in the city. Barcelona will always hold something new for you to discover!