A city renowned for its vibrant nightlife and unique architectural style, Barcelona is filled with light, colour, and fun. From the shaded alleyways of the Gothic quarter to the beachside promenades of La Barceloneta, check out our ultimate 3-day itinerary, and plan your next trip to Spain’s liveliest destination.
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Begin your Barcelona trip by losing yourself in the labyrinthine streets of its celebrated Gothic quarter, browsing the tiny boutiques and stopping at Black Remedy for a coffee. In the evening, enjoy a glass of sangria in the unusual Plaça George Orwell before heading for dinner at Bormuth. Later, try a signature mojito in Rubi Bar or Sangria.
After brunch at Flax & Kale, head towards the imposing Mountjuic from Plaça d’Espanya, and climb the steps towards the iconic Museu Nacional. From here, wander past the eerily beautiful Olympic stadium and up towards the Piscina Municipal, where you can spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool, absorbing the breathtaking view across Barcelona. For dinner, head to El Poble-Sec and sample delicious, traditional pinchos on the Carrer de Blai.
If you’re feeling adventurous, drag yourself out of bed before sunrise and head to Park Güell, designed by esteemed artist Antoni Gaudi. Although the park officially opens at 9:30am, a little-known tip is that access is actually free before opening hours – the already-spectacular colours of this unusual park become even more stunning as the sun rises. In the afternoon, head to the beach at La Barceloneta, or roller-skate along the promenade. The evening should be spent at speakeasy cocktail bar Paradiso, whose quirky décor and even quirkier exterior makes this haunt one of the city’s most coveted locations.
Abi Prowse – Zaftyg Contributing Author
A contributing writer and translator at Zaftyg & Onus Social, Abi works whilst traveling the world, documenting her experiences and stories through articles, blogs, and photographs. Born in France and based in Treviso, Italy, Abi is also the founder of Linguamore and Viaggio Magazine. She is a graduate from The University of Edinburgh. Connect with her via Instagram.