03 Nov What to do in Barcelona in three days (Day 3)
We finish our overview of what to do in Barcelona in three days (find here day 1 and day 2 ) with a final day full of strong emotions, in which you will visit some of the most iconic venues of the city.
We will leave the hotel and take the Metro Line 4, which will drop you at the gates of Hospital de Sant Pau, one of the most representative symbols of the Modernist route of Barcelona, designed by the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner.
This former hospital can be visited and its guided tour will allow you to discover the secrets of this place which seem out of a fairy tale. You’ll find beautiful gardens, sculptures, stained glass, mosaics and all kinds of applied arts.
Besides being the largest Modernist Ensemble in the World (In 1997 it was declared a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO), Hospital de Sant Pau is also a center for research and knowledge dissemination which hosts different International organizations in the areas of health and education.
From there you can take a nice walk along Avenida Gaudí to the real icon of Barcelona and the modernism: La Sagrada Familia.
The beauty and infinite wealth of its decorative, architectural and symbolic elements are such that you could spend a whole day contemplating and discovering his incredible story.
The building represents different symbols of the Christian faith through a dazzling combination of artistic disciplines.
The exterior has three facades. The Nativity dedicated to the birth of Jesus, is ostentatiously decorated and full of life. The Passion, a bit more austere, reflects the suffering of Jesus during the crucifixion. For its part, the Glory facade represents Death, Judgement, Hell and Glory.
When the construction will be completed, the temple will be crowned with eighteen Spires (eight of them have been built as of today). Twelve are dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists and one to the Virgin Mary. The last one, dedicated to Jesus Christ, will touch the sky from Barcelona with its 172’5 and will turn Sagrada Familia in the tallest building in Barcelona.
The interior is no less impressive, the decoration of the basilica is inspired by natural forms, imitating a large stone forest.
After more than a century under construction (the works started in 1882), Gaudí’s masterpiece is expected to be finished in 2026, coinciding with the anniversary of the death of the Catalan architect.
A park that is a work of art
If you’re not convinced by now with the legacy of Gaudi in the city, the next stop will take you to Park Güell (you can take the metro line 4 or 5). It is a magical place where the Catalan architect let their creativity flow to create a perfect symbiosis between architecture and nature.
Among its spectacular terraces, mosaics and sculptures it highlights the multicolored mosaic Dragon on the main entrance, which has become one of the icons of Barcelona.
In addition, the park offers great views of the city and has many quiet places to rest, relax or picnic.
If you still have time and some energy left, you cannot miss Parque del Tibidabo (which can be accessed by the funicular).
Fun is guaranteed by the attractions of the Amusement Park, but you will also be able to enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the city as the perfect end to a perfect city break.
This is only a suggestion of what to do in Barcelona in three days, on a journey that can be adapted according to your tastes, passions and preferences. Do not hesitate to ask our staff if you have any doubt, we’ll be happy to give you any information as well as our personal recommendations!!