What to see in Barcelona in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Colors, atmospheres and flavors. Barcelona is a mix of all this, a perfect combination of art and culture, between sensations and ideas. There capital of Catalonia presents itself as a precious opportunity to discover timeless places with indisputable charm, to find the fun you are looking for in a trip at any age, but also to get to know the art that Barcelona has always been nourished by. In the beating heart of the city there are beaches, marinas, a suggestive promenade, restaurants and clubs from which you can hear the sound of the waves, right there in a place you would not think.
A trip here is a unique experience, that's why you can't miss some corners. Here what to see in Barcelona in one day.


  1. One day itinerary in Barcelona: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Barcelona: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Barcelona: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Barcelona: Morning

1 - Gothic Quarter

The morning can begin with a visit to the Barrio Gotico (the Barri Gòtic), a district that contains the medieval history of the city and where there are monuments, streets and squares that are absolutely worth a visit because they embody its important past linked above all to the presence of Romans.
Before setting out it is good to consume agreat breakfast at Artisa, in Carrer de Colom 2, where you can taste sweets and ciccolata or coffee at prices not different from the Italian ones (about 5 euros) in a refined and welcoming place. Don't miss its churros.

2 - Cathedral and Museum

After breakfast, the visit begins with Cathedral of Sant'Eulalia, in Pla de la Seu, which stands on the highest point of the old city, is the expression of the typical Gothic style of the country. The garden and the cloister that houses the Museum, guardian of a few remaining elements of the Romanesque cathedral as well as some Spanish paintings of the 400 and 500.

3 - Royal Palace and Museum of History of the Ciutat

From here you can switch to Placa Del Rei, one of the most evocative places in Barcelona where the Royal Palace and the Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat stand inside the headquarters of the Cloriana-Padellas house.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 km / 13 min
  • Places visited: Barrio Gotico, Cathedral of Sant'Eulalia and annexed Museum (the church is free, € 2,50 to go up to the terraces), Placa del Rei (free), Palazzo Reale (€ 7,00 adults, € 5,00 children under 25 years old) and over 65), Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat (€ 7,00 adults, € 5,00 children under 25 and over 65)
  • Useful tickets: Barcelona Card
  • Where to have breakfast: Artisa, in Carrer de Colom, 2

One day itinerary in Barcelona: Afternoon

1 - Palau Guell

After we stopped for lunch from Good crumbs, focacceria in Baixada de Santa Clara 2, where for about 10 euros you can eat a delicious one cake perhaps accompanied by an excellent one craft beer, we resume the journey to stop in appeases Reial, a small and charming square that hosts markets and in which it is possible to admire the lampposts of Antonio Gaudì, undisputed icon of the Spanish city, as well as the fountain of the three graces Palau Guell, a building designed by the genius Gaudì of which you cannot miss a visit to the terrace.

2 - Rambla, La Boqueria market, Raval district

From here to La Rambla there is very little to walk, we find it parallel to the square. 2 kilometers long, connects placa Catalunya to the sea and is certainly one of the most famous streets in Barcelona. La Rambla is often spoken of in the plural, precisely because it consists of five streets each with its own name, all of which are certainly worth discovering. Here do not miss the Boqueria market, which stands on the remains of an ancient Carmelite convent.
On foot you can reach what is one of the 4 districts, together with the Gothic, the Born and La Barceloneta, which constitutes the ancient Barcelona, that of the past. Until the early 900s it was considered a degraded neighborhood mainly due to the strong presence of oriental immigrants, today its strength is precisely the presence of different ethnic groups. Redeveloped and modernized, it is in the neighborhood that deserves to be visited, but better during the day.

3 - Sagrada Familia and Casa Battló

With the metro (n ° 5) you arrive and in about 15/20 minutes in front of the Sagrada Familia, in Carrer de Mallorca 401, the symbol of Barcelona, ​​designed by Gaudì and immediately became one of the most famous attractions of the city. Ticket: Skip the Line: Sagrada Familia skip-the-line tour
With the L4 metro you arrive at another milestone in the city, Casa Battló, an original and extravagant residential building. Symbol of Catalan capitalism, it was created by Gaudì. Its facade is curious with the balconies that bring to mind skulls and the roof which, with its colored scales, looks like the back of a dragon.

4 - Montjuic

You arrive by bus 150 on this hill 173 meters high, Montjuic is a splendid green space that frames the city. It takes its name from the presence of a medieval Jewish cemetery. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the harbor.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 10,9 km / 2 h 17 min
  • Places visited: Placa Reial (free), Palau Guell (€ 10,00 full, € 8,00 reduced), La Rambla (free), La Boqueria market (free), Raval (free), Sagrada Familia (€ 15,00 single visit , € 21,00 more complete visit), Casa Battló (€ 23,50, free for children up to 6 years), Montjuic (free).
  • Useful tickets: Skip the Line: Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line Tour, Camp Nou Tour + FC Barcelona Museum
  • Where to have lunch: Buenas Migas, Baixada de Santa Clara, 2

One day itinerary in Barcelona: Evening

2 - Barceloneta and Museo de Historia de la Catalunya

Moving by metro or bus, for the evening the perfect neighborhood to find nightlife and entertainment in a suggestive location is that of La Barceloneta, a real jewel that reflects the cheerful and lively character of the city. Its beach is beautiful as well as its alleys made of colorful houses. We arrive on foot so as not to lose the charm of the Spanish streets. Before stopping for dinner we cannot miss the Museu d'historia de la Catalunya which traces the Catalan history from prehistoric times to today.

3 - Dinner and after dinner

At this point we will be ready to have a tasty dinner based on typical dishes, in particular fish a The Peninsular, C / del Mar, 29, traditional and welcoming restaurant where for around 25-30 euros you can taste a fish dish with a good bottle of wine. After dinner you can spend in one of the many clubs and bars directly with your feet on the sand where there will also be good music to keep us company. As an alternative to dinner, you can choose a happy hour at the Blue Beach Bar, in Carrer de Guítert, 61 where you can taste excellent drinks, the bravas potato and the typical tapas with a cost of about 15 euros.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 17 min
  • Places visited: Picasso Museum (full € 11,00, reduced € 7,50), Ciutadella Park (free), La Barceloneta (free), Museu d'historia de la Catalunya (€ 6,50 adults, € 4,50 reduced)
  • Useful tickets: Barcelona pub crawl with local guide, Zoo admission
  • Where to dine: La Peninsular, C / del Mar, 29, Barceloneta

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Get the Barcelona Card if you love visiting museums. With a cost of about 45 euros you have free admission to more than twenty city museums and the discount to enter others, discounts on restaurants, means of transport and other affiliated entities. It is possible to buy it directly online and collect it at various points once you arrive at your destination;
  • Opt for i tickets online of everything you want to visit, possibly with the "skip the line" formula, so you don't have to waste time with queues (usually long!);
  • Always have an Italian-Spanish vocabulary with you if you don't know the language well;
  • Beware of pickpockets especially in the busiest areas of the city. Better not to walk the southern part of the Ramblas at night or when there is little light;
  • If you decide to travel by subway, you will not have to wear bags or backpacks on your back to avoid being robbed;
  • Raval. It is advisable not to go to this characteristic district at night because it is not frequented by recommendable people.
  • If you decide to extend your stay to make the most of the nightlife in the Barceloneta district, you can consult our accommodation offers in Barcelona.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Like any other place in the world, Barcelona is also one of the cities where you have to stand in line to visit museums, but there are some possible, others, especially if you have little time available, which are exhausting and therefore avoidable. :

  1. Picasso Museum. It is one of the attractions to see, but having only one day available is not recommended, considering that it is one of the museums with the most row ever.
  2. Interior of the Sagrada Familia. The queue here is almost always exhausting, especially in the summer sun.
  3. Montjuic Castle. Certainly interesting, but there is too much line, better to focus on the other attractions of the hill.
  4. Milà house. Beautiful but in just one day we suggest you see Casa Batllò
  5. Camp nou: with its 99 thousand seats it is the largest stadium in Europe. Its magnificence is not in doubt but if you only have 24 hours we advise you to give priority to other attractions. Ticket: Camp Nou Tour + FC Barcelona Museum

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