Can you spend 3 days in Barcelona and sidestep overtourism? Armed with the right knowledge, of course you can! Here are some tips by Barcelona locals to enjoy an extended weekend off the beaten path and away from tourist traps. All rolled into an easy to follow Barcelona itinerary.
How to Use this Barcelona Itinerary
A few notes from Abi
Avoiding the crowds in Barcelona doesn't just mean heading out to the suburbs and hiding from the key attractions. Day one of this Barcelona itinerary, for example, starts right next to the central Rambla. Later, you'll pass right by the Sagrada Familia.
As is often the case, tourist crowds stay in very small areas. You don't have to venture too far to have an authentic experience.
And if you do want to peel off and see some of the world famous sites like Casa Batlló or the Gothic Quarter? We won't judge! The whole point is to enjoy and explore the world, whichever way works for you.
Now, over to the Spotted by Locals team…
Day 1 in Barcelona
On the first day, you’ll stay more or less in the centre of the city.
You can begin your Barcelona adventure by veering off the famous, overcrowded central Rambla and getting a suizo at La Pallaresa: a cup of thick, hot, sticky chocolate with a small mountain of cream.
This very traditional granja has been serving up locals since 1940. Local Bill likes coming here after a visit to the well known art gallery Sala Parés nearby.
La Nostra Ciutat
It’s never too early to start looking for souvenirs and gifts. Local Gina recommends La Nostra Ciutat, where everything is made by talented local designers and artists.
Here you can get something engraved with the maps of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods, a funny motif or a panot, the ubiquitous, iconic flower patterns found around the city. Gina likes shopping here even for herself!
Plaça Sant Felip Neri
Next: a very small, picturesque square full of good street music that has also served as a filming location for movies such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona: enter Plaça Sant Felip Neri.
It has a dark history that goes back to 1938 and the Spanish Civil War, when a bomb that exploded here dropped by one of Franco’s bombers killed 30 children. It is said that even Gaudí frequented the church here.
Hungry yet? Local Bill recommends Elisabets, which…