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Barcelona: 3 Day Itinerary

Modern buildings in Barcelona are expertly combined with the eccentric works of art of Antoni Gaudí, such Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia. From the svelte Torre Glòries to the ancient Passeig de Gracia, the city is a canvas of structural invention. Upmarket restaurants are full of culinary wonders where classic Catalan tastes blend with cutting-edge inventiveness. Barcelona's vibrant combination of culinary delights and architectural genius will enthrall you on this three-day luxury tour.

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Luxe Barcelona Absolute Musts

Cañete - fresh local products, a vibrant atmosphere, and traditional tapas make this restaurant a must-visit.

Park Güell - cheerful gardens with a view of Barcelona surround eccentric structures created by Gaudí.

Passeig de Gracia - exhibition of Modernisme, the masterworks of Gaudí, and tasteful architectural styles.

Luxe Barcelona Itinerary & Map 

Navigate your way through Barcelona with our recommended itinerary and map. View Google Maps with color-coded areas in interactive mode and access our scheduled list of spots.

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Daily Plan Summary

Serras Barcelona

Stay

Day 1

Visit 

Park Güell

Visit

Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

Visit 

La Sagrada Familia

Explore

Torre Glòries

Explore

Mercat dels Encants de Barcelona

Lunch

Visit 

Batea

Casa Batlló

Visit 

La Pedrera-Casa Milà

Visit 

Relax

Casa Vicens Gaudí

Slow Spa Barcelona

Dine

Cañete

Day 2

Explore 

El Peix d'Or Frank Gehry

Visit

Dipòsit de les Aigües

Visit 

Moco Museum Barcelona

Explore

Mercat de Santa Caterina

Lunch

Brugarol Barcelona

Visit

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Relax

Aire de Barcelona

Dine

Restaurante Informal

Day 3

Visit

Joan Miró Foundation

Visit

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

Visit 

CaixaForum Barcelona

Explore

 La Monumental

Lunch

Slow & Low

Relax

Spa Hammam Rituels d'Orient

Dine

Restaurant La Flauta

Explore

Torre de Comunicacions de Montjuïc

Park Güell Chair
A painting inside Moco Museum
Shrimp Dish from Slow&Low

Barcelona Day 1: Gràcia, Example & Glòries

Mural of the Kiss
"The World Begins with Every Kiss", Plaza Isidre Nonell

Luxurious boutique hotel Serras Hotel Barcelona is situated right in the center of the city. Its stylish rooms, rooftop terrace with breathtaking views, Michelin-starred restaurant and individualized service guarantee an amazing stay in this energetic Catalan capital. Its flawless fusion of modern design and historic architecture.

Built by Antoni Gaudí, Park Güell provides evidence of his inventive and unique style. There are bizarre sculptures, swaying seats covered in colorful mosaics, and wacky constructions that appear to defy physics. Because Gaudí clearly loved natural forms, it is both an architectural wonder and a sanctuary for art lovers.

Catalan Modernisme architecture is brilliantly demonstrated by Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau. Lluís Domènech i Montaner created the complex, which is richly detailed with mosaics, stained glass, and sculptures. UNESCO World Heritage site and architectural masterpiece, the series of pavilions are linked by subterranean tunnels that highlight the unity of form and function.

Masterwork of Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia is a well-known emblem of Barcelona. Combining Gothic and Art Nouveau styles, the basilica is well-known for its ornate interior columns that resemble trees, tall spires, and complex facades. Visitors are drawn in by the liberal use of color and natural light. Its magnificent architecture has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site even though it was built only in 1882.

Known as Torre Agbar until recently, Torre Glòries is a unique skyscraper with a bullet-shaped profile. Over 4,000 vivid LED lights cover its façade, which was designed by architect Jean Nouvel, producing an enthralling nighttime show. Inspired by the mountains and geysers of Catalonia, the tower's avant-garde design gives the city's skyline a contemporary feel.

Close to Torre Glòries lies the remarkable modernist market, Mercat dels Encants. Its recognizable reflecting canopy, created by Fermín Vázquez, hovers above a hive of booths. Unique shopping experience is provided by the dynamic environment created by the inventive building, which combines tradition with modern design. See the canopy on your way to lunch.

At the upscale restaurant Batea, Chef Ferran Brufau creates really good food. Distinguished by its ability to turn regional ingredients into inventive, contemporary cuisine, the restaurant provides a cozy dining experience. Chef Brufau's creative cuisine is perfectly complemented by Batea's beautiful yet comfortable atmosphere.

Three recognizable Antoni Gaudi homes in the Passeig de Gracia neighborhood—Casa Batlló, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), and Casa Vicens—stand as monuments to his architectural brilliance. With their swooping façade, colorful ceramic tiles, and wacky wrought-iron balconies, these marvels display Gaudí's unique Modernisme style. They together provide an engrossing window into Gaudí's creative and inventive universe.

At Slow Spa, wellness and relaxation are the main priorities in a calm haven. With its inspiration in Asian philosophy, the spa provides a selection of therapies meant to revitalise the body and mind. After today's walk, the peaceful atmosphere, enhanced by natural features and calming décor, makes the ideal haven.

Situated in the busy Raval area of Barcelona, Bar Cañete is a boisterous tapas restaurant renowned for its real Spanish food. Fresh seafood and classic tapas are only two of the well prepared dishes that you may enjoy in this friendly setting with an open kitchen. The appeal of Bar Cañete is in its exquisite fusion of regional cuisine and chic presentation.

Barcelona Day 2: Barrì Gòtic & Raval

Moco Barcelona
MOCO Museum

Architect Frank Gehry created Barcelona's eye-catching fish sculpture, El Peix. Made of entwining metal plates, this shining, golden construction—also referred to as Gehry's Fish or the Fish Sculpture—creates a sensation of fluidity and movement. It is now a famous landmark, close to the beach.

Originally intended to be a water reservoir, the architectural wonder that is the Dipòsit de les Aigües. Within the building, which has a neo-classical façade, is a vast network of brick-arched chambers. Converted to a university library, its elegant fusion of form and function presents a classic illustration of adaptive reuse in architecture.

Building on its success in Amsterdam, Moco Museum introduces its distinctive art experience to the 16th-century Cervelló Palace in Barcelona. Featuring well-known painters such as Basquiat, Warhol, and Banksy, Moco blends modern and contemporary art with a rich architectural past. With about 2 million visitors annually, the museum is still dedicated to educating and inspiring a broad audience about art.

The colourful mosaic roof of Mercat de Santa Caterina is very striking. The market, which was designed by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue, offers a lively and useful area that revitalises traditional market architecture while blending in perfectly with the historical background of the city.

With a weekly changing menu that emphasizes ecological, fresh, and seasonal products, Brugarol provides a vibrant dining experience. Reputable for delivering some of the best modern tapas in the city, specialties include lacquered quail, tuna blue fin tataki, and patatas bravas prepared in the Japanese style. Lunch during the day is ideal in this very modern and rustic restaurant.

Modern culture and artistic expression are centred in Barcelona's Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). Situated in the Raval neighborhood, architect Richard Meier's eminently minimalistic design holds an amazing collection of post-1945 artwork. The lively and dynamic attitude of the city is now symbolized by MACBA.

Aire Ancient Baths provides a calm haven inside a painstakingly renovated medieval structure. Through a sequence of thermal baths each situated in illuminated, stone-clad rooms, guests are taken to a realm of peace. Aire combines contemporary elegance with old bathing customs to offer an opulent and revitalising experience.

Under Chef Marc Gascons' direction, Restaurante Informal provides a delicious dining experience. Emphasizing locally produced, fresh ingredients, the cuisine offers classic Catalan tastes with a contemporary touch. The relaxed yet elegant setting makes for a warm place where visitors can enjoy fine cuisine and take in the spirit of Barcelona's thriving restaurant culture.

Barcelona Day 3: Montjuïc & La Font de la Guattla

Montjuic Tower
Torre de Comunicacions de Montjuïc

The surrealist painter Joan Miró is honored by the Joan Miró Foundation. The modernist structure, created by Josep Lluís Sert, is tucked away on Montjuïc Hill and houses an extensive collection of Miró's textiles, sculptures and paintings. Offering guests an immersed cultural experience, the area exquisitely complements Miró's avant-garde masterpieces.

Designing the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is a pioneer of modernist architecture. Elegantly designed with spacious rooms and opulent materials, the pavilion is a classic example of 20th-century architectural innovation.

Beautifully fusing modern and antique architecture is the CaixaForum. Located in a converted factory created by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the area is modernized with a sleek glass and steel entry. The art center is an engaging center of culture because it skillfully combines the past and current.

Famous bullring La Monumental has a blend of Byzantine and Moorish architectural influences. The elaborate façade of this early 20th-century building is covered with vivid ceramic mosaics and elaborate sculptures. Bullfighting ended in 2011, but La Monumental's arresting architecture still stands as evidence of the city's rich architectural legacy.

At Barcelona's Olympic Park stands the towering modern structure known as the Torre Calatrava, or Torre de Comunicacions de Montjuïc. The tower, which Santiago Calatrava designed for the 1992 Olympics, takes its fluid, sculptural shape from an athlete clutching the Olympic Flame. Its creative design combines elegant symbolics with practicality.

Michelin-starred local favorite Slow & Low provides a distinctive, informal eating experience in a contemporary, metropolitan setting. From his travels, head chef Francesc Beltri blends the dishes with Asian, Mediterranean, and Mexican cuisines. Bright food, shared table service, and an open kitchen make for a lively environment. The laid-back atmosphere and hipster personnel break with the conventions of tasting menus, highlighting a fun and carefree gastronomic adventure.

The classic Turkish hammams evoke a world of tranquility for visitors to Spa Hammam Rituels d'Orient. With its selection of decadent therapies, which include anything from calming massages to purifying rituals, the spa offers a haven in the middle of the city. It is a revitalising getaway because of the calm environment and opulent pleasures.

Renowned for its delicious tapas and lively ambiance is La Flauta. Chef David Agüero oversees the restaurant, which offers a range of well prepared cuisine that guarantee an unforgettable dining experience. With its freshly made bread and well cooked seafood, La Flauta is a monument to Barcelona's thriving culinary scene.

Luxe Barcelona Extensions

Southeast Spain's Valencia is a thriving metropolis well-known for its sandy beaches, contemporary architecture, and rich past. Its principal attractions include the ancient Old Town, the Turia River Gardens, and the City of Arts and Sciences. Taste paella, take in vibrant celebrations, and enjoy the Mediterranean vibe.

Art lovers find paradise on the French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur. Its landscapes and light enthralled well-known painters like Chagall, Matisse and Picasso. Art aficionados should not miss the area because it now has so many museums and galleries, ranging from the Picasso Museum in Antibes to the Matisse Museum in Nice.

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