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Certainly, three days is not enough to know every secret of Barcelona. This city is full of picturesque corners, and there are new touristic attractions appearing every single day.
Anyway we will try to compress in 72 hours the essential of this seaside city that is crowned by mountains.
We recommend you to start your visit in the morning, because the day will be more profitable and you will be able to discover the awakening of a city that, actually, never sleeps.
We recommend you to start your route in Plaça Catalunya. There is the start of a well known Catalan avenue, called Las Ramblas. From there, you can have a walk enjoying the kiosks with flowers and local products, and also the human sculptures. In spite of the difficulty (because there is a large amount of tourists), we encourage you to look at the fabulous mosaics on the floor, made by the surrealist artist Joan Miró.
Further down, at right, there is the Market La Boqueria, a required stop where you can taste a fresh fruit juice or buy some locl products.
Walking a little bit more, you will get the Gran Teatre del Liceu, one of the most important European theatres, built at the XIX century and totally restored some years ago: there was a devastating fire in 1994.
In front of the theatre, on the other side of Las Ramblas, you will see the Royal Square, a neoclassic jewel with the first work in Barcelona of Antoni Gaudí inside. It is the lamppost next to the central fountain. Over there you can enjoy this unforgettable square, full of life, having a drink in one of its terraces.
Going out of the Royal Square you have two options. You could stroll around the Gothic Quarter and discover its most curious details. Or you could also have a walk in Ferran Street, enjoying its numerous storefronts until the historic Sant Jaume Square, where are both of the most important civic buildings: the Generalitat Palace, headquarter of the Catalan government, and, in front of it, the Council of Barcelona.
The next stop is the Cathedral and also the Cloister, an obligatory visit. The Cathedral was built in the XIII century, and its complete name is Catedral de la Santa Creu I Santa Eulàlia. It is considered the most important gothic building in the entire city. There are 13 ducks living into the Cloister, one for every year of life of Santa Eulàlia, the martyr that gave his name to the church.
The lunchtime is approaching. The best option is to cross the Via Laietana and go into the Born, with less tourist and a large amount of economic restaurants.
After your satisfaction tasting some menus with the local citizens, we suggest you the first stop in the Church of Santa Maria del Mar in the Passeig del Born. This church is more austere than the first one, but it is a majestic work of gothic architecture. Moreover, its history was an inspiration for a novel that is known worldwide.
After having a walk through the pedestrian streets of the Born, with its little bars and shops, you will arrive to the Palau de la Música. The modernist crane of this sanctuary of the Catalan culture is magnificent and it is amazing to admire it for a long time. We suggest you to book some tickets in advance to enjoy one of its unforgettable concerts.
To finish a perfect day, we recommend you to go until the maritime quarter of La Barceloneta. You can get in by walk or by Metro (L4). Over there, you could have a quite walk on the seaside, admire the little houses of fishermen of yesteryear and have dinner with a fabulous paella or shellfish.
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