3 Days in Barcelona – What to see

Spending 3 days in Barcelona was one of the most incredible trips we’ve ever had. We were 4 people at this road trip that started in Porto and took us to the cultural capital of Spain. We’ve experienced a lot of joy at this family trip. A trip we definitely recommend and here are the places you should go!

We’re going to show you:

  1. Batlló House
  2. Gothic Neighbourhood
  3. Getting lost at night
  4. La Sagrada Familia
  5. La Boqueria
  6. Barcelona Cathedral
  7. Tibidabo

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Batlló House – 3 days in Barcelona

One of the main attractions of the city of Barcelona are the art works by Gaudí, a very famous and very creative architect who made his art shared in several places in this incredible city.

The first we visited was Batlló House, located in a modernist neighborhood of the city, it was a property built in 1875, which Antoni Gaudí was given the task of remodelling and putting his identity to the rich Batlló family’s house. He focused on such changes in the facade, the main floor, the courtyard of lights and the roof.

The house is in the naturalist context of Gaudí, who tries to emulate a marine environment. The colors of the tiles are mostly blue, which brings a lot of comfort. In the words of those who gave an opinion at the time that the project was ready, it was as if the troubled citizen of a busy day, entered his sea cave after a day of work.

For us it was incredible, the architecture inspired us and made us think about the way we photograph, identifying us with the naturalism that Gaudi brings to his works, a way of seeing imperfect, natural things. Also the way the light came in through the windows and illuminated, made us delirious. We started on the right foot in Barcelona!

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Casa Batllo
Batllo House
Inside Batllo House
Batllo House
Batllo House Vitral

Gothic Neighborhood – 3 days in Barcelona

Leaving Batlló House we walked towards one of the destinations we most wanted to visit, it was not specifically an attraction, but a walk breathing the Catalonian air, seeing and admiring every detail, from the people, the architecture until we reach the center of the Gothic Neighborhood.

Born on the ruins of roman Barcelona, and marking the beginning of Medieval Barcelona, this neighborhood produces an air completely different from what we are used to in any city in the world, the narrow and labyrinthine streets are a charm and walking around we can find churches and palaces Gothic, marked the end of the romantic era.

For us, photographers, at a certain time of day when the sunlight is in the gap between the tall buildings of the Gothic Neighborhood, we are delirious! A magical light, hard to find around.

Barcelona Street
Barcelona Street
Barcelona Street
Gothic neighborhood
Gothic neighborhood lights
Gothic neighborhood
Gothic neighborhood

Get lost during the night – 3 days in Barcelona

One of the tips we most like to give is get lost!! Let go of any kind of fear, or uncertainty, or control. Traveling is the moment when we open ourselves to the new in the way that it presents itself. So set aside a day or a few hours of your day to get lost in the city you are visiting, we promise you will have great surprises!

We decided to get lost in the streets of the Gothic Neighborhood at night, we were looking for a place to eat and ended up getting carried away by the lights, the sounds and smells. We found street artists, very extravagant bars and a very different and interesting nightlife.

Gothic neighborhood during the night
Gothic neighborhood during the night
Gothic neighborhood during the night
Gothic neighborhood during the night

La Sagrada Familia – 3 days in Barcelona

Our second day was reserved for the main attraction, the one we had the most expectations for and I tell you it was one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. It is at times like these, when we encounter our potential as human beings, La Sagrada Familia, for us it is the essence that we need to believe in our power to create beautiful things. What an incredible inspiration.

Construction began in 1882, La Sagrada Familia, a project by Gaudi, who died before finishing it. And in fact it is still unfinished. The project is expected to end in 2025, but it is very difficult to tell because each construction step depends on donations to be implemented.

In neo-Gothic style, until the moment 8 towers of the 18 designed by Gaudi were built. Full of religious symbolisms La Sagrada familia has three facades, one called the Fachada do Nascimento, which symbolizes the birth of Christ, the Facade of Passion, which symbolizes the suffering of Christ on the cross and the Facade of Glory, which is the main and which represents the Final Judgment, Glory and Hell.

Inside a light show made possible by the sunlight reflecting in the stained glass windows of the most varied colors. Simply wonderful and only photos can explain it better.

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia inside
Inside La Sagrada Familia
Inside La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia lights
La Sagrada Familia light
La Sagrada Familia
Couple in La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia

La Boqueria – 3 days in Barcelona

Our last day was dedicated to visiting the most popular market in Barcelona, our trips are always related to food (yes, we love to eat! haha) and we believe that knowing the fresh food of each place we visit is part of getting to know it better.

La Boqueria is located in a place where the Convento San Jose was founded in 1586. It is a very colorful municipal market, you can find products for all tastes, from an incredible variety of mushrooms (we are fascinated by them!), ice cream, sweets, fresh fruits, food from different countries and restaurants serving the famous paella, including good vegetarian options (for those like us :)). A must stop on your visit to Barcelona!

We are approaching the end of our 3 days in Barcelona and we went to a stunning place, see below.

La Boqueria
La Boqueria
La Boqueria
Barcelona street
Barcelona street

Small stop at Barcelona Cathedral

The Cathedral is sooo beautiful, surrounded by many street artists in a open space full of life! Restaurants, kids playing, stunning art galleries are what you should expect.

Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral

Tibidabo – 3 days in Barcelona

On our trips we are always looking for good places to see the sunset, since the light is different in every country we go. If you like to see the colors of the sunset, then you need this tip!! You can’t miss going to Tibidabo!

It’s like a hidden and secret spot in Barcelona that we accidentally found. The experience was amazing!

The name is given to the amusement park founded in 1899, but we didn’t go to any of the attractions, for us the main attraction was the view, the sun setting and the horizon. From up there we can see the whole city and the sea, a little bit of mountains. Truly a privilege.

Tibidabo sunset
Tibidabo sunset
Tibidabo sunset
Tibidabo sunset sunrise
Tibidabo sunset sunrise
Tibidabo sunset sunrise
Tibidabo sunset sunrise
Tibidabo sunset sunrise

After this 3 days in Barcelona we left for Zaragoza and we will tell this story in a next post.
See you soon!

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With Love,
Nathalia and Pedro

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  • Foi maravilhoso poder recordar desses lugares e dias maravilhosos em Barcelona! Nossa viagem foi perfeita!