Oh, Barcelona. One of my favorite cities in the world! In college, I studied abroad in this amazing city for 3 months. This past January, I finally got the chance to return. Sadly only for 3 days instead of 3 months. However, this time I was able to bring my mom with me . I was so excited at the opportunity to show her all of my favorite places in Barcelona. Since it was my mom’s first time in the city, I wanted to make the most out of our 3 days in Barcelona and be sure she saw everything there was to see.
Day 1: Gothic Quarter, Barcelona Cathedral, Parc De La Ciutadella, Arc De Triomf
Our 3 day weekend began by dropping our luggage off at our hotel, freshening up a bit and then venturing out into the gothic quarter of Barcelona. The gothic quarter is an older and more historical district of Barcelona. It is home to some of the most beautiful side streets, great restaurants and bars, and of course the Cathedral de Barcelona.
After stopping to admire the cathedral, we continued to explore through various side streets and eventually came out by Citadel Park. This park is one of the most beautiful and one of my favorite spots in the city. I passed by this park everyday on my walk to class, which probably contributed to being constantly late.
Also a part of my previous walk to class and our last stop of the day was the Arc de Triomf. A long walkway lines the path from Citadel park to the Arch de Triomf.
PArc De La Ciutadella
Arc De Triomf
Day 2: Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia & Montjuic
Our second day started early as I wanted to get to Park Guell before the crowds did. We choose to do all the major tourist spots in one day. Our first stop on the list was Park Guell, one of the more beautiful spots in Barcelona, not only for Gaudi’s architecture but also for the view it offers of the entire city below.
After touring through the park and of course getting a signature photo on the benches, we made our way down to the next stop on our list, La Sagrada Familia. It was an unseasonably warm day for January, so we decided to walk. We stopped for lunch at a place right outside La Sagrada Familia and took in the incredible views. After straining our necks to take in all the amazing views inside and outside La Sagrada Familia we made our way up to Montjuic.
Montjuic is a large hill just above Barcelona. At the bottom of the hill is a fountain called the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. Usually at night the fountain comes alive with a light show. If you chose to make the trek up to the top of the hill you can find a castle, flower garden and the olympic stadium from when Barcelona hosted the summer olympics. There is a funicular railway you can take which gives you a view of the whole area along with that of the city. Sadly, this was under construction during our visit so we took the buses throughout the park.
La Sagrada Familia
Day 3: La Rambla, Passeig de Gràcia, Plaça de Catalunya & BUNKERS DEL CARMEL
Our last day in Barcelona was one of my favorite. We were exhausted from our two previously fully packed day and decided to take it a little easier. We went shopping around Catalunya and Gràcia and strolled down La Rambla. Some of the best shops line Passeig de Gràcia. We took our time strolling through this busy Barcelona street and eventually made our way back to the hotel. For our last night I planned for us to hike up to what we called “Bunker Hill” during study abroad. Bunkers Del Carmel is well worth the 20-30 minute hike and gives you by far the best view of the city. My favorite time to go up is just before sunset. Since my time abroad, this spot has become quite a well known and popular destination, so it did get a little busy at sunset. I recommend grabbing a bottle of wine and a few plastic cups to make the view that much sweeter.