No trip to Spain is complete without a tour of bustling Barcelona. Even if you are short in time or you have planned just a getaway to Barcelona, you could still get a great deal accomplished and take the most of your visit to Barcelona in 1 Day! Anyone who only has one day to spare in the Catalonian capital must read this article. Below, we’ll provide you with a well-rounded plan to get the most out of Barcelona in 1 Day.
Before you leave, you must come up with a thorough travel itinerary if you only have 1 day to visit Barcelona. Also, plan on waking up at the crack of dawn to avoid huge crowds in tourist hotspots. The only way you’ll get to see the most of Barcelona in 1 day is if you plan ahead and get an early start.
The first attraction you should plan on visiting in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia Basilica. While you could just plan on admiring architect Antoni Gaudí’s masterful façades around the outside of the church, it’s highly recommended you pre-book tickets to enter this basilica at 9AM. By going inside the Sagrada Familia just as the doors open, you’ll get to enjoy the basilica’s soaring architecture and glorious stained glass windows in relative privacy.
After admiring Barcelona’s celebrated basilica, it’s a great idea to visit the historic Barrio Gótico. The best way to get from the Sagrada Familia to the Gothic Quarter is to take a taxi. Don’t worry about the price; taxis in Barcelona are surprisingly affordable by American standards. While you’re walking around this old section of Barcelona, be sure to take some pictures by the well-preserved Roman wall. Whenever you feel hungry, be sure to make a stop at La Boqueria Market for great local food.
Once you’ve finished touring the Barrio Gótico, take a 20-minute walk or hail a cab to the grand Paseo de Gràcia, one of Spain’s best boulevards and it boasts numerous iconic works of Modernist architecture. One of the most famous houses on the Paseo de Gràcia is Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batlló. Interestingly, many art critics believe the Casa Batlló was designed to resemble a dragon being stabbed by the sword of Catalonia’s St. George. Yet another example of Gaudí’s architectural genius on Paseo de Gràcia is the Casa Milà. Sometimes called “La Pedrera”, Casa Milà is made of a distinctive rolling stone façade and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
After you’re done admiring the architecture on Paseo de Gràcia, it should be getting close to afternoon. The two best places to admire Barcelona’s sunset include the Park Güell or the Barceloneta. Park Güell is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Gaudì in an area known as Gràcia. Some of Barcelona’s finest panoramic views can be found at the top of Park Güell, and you’ll find plenty of splendid Catalan restaurants all around you. For exquisite food near Park Güell, check out restaurants like Restaurante Parc Güel, La Torreta del Parc Güell, and Guelly Sandwichpark. Barceloneta, on the other hand, is in Barcelona’s Old City and was initially built as a fortress for King Felipe V. Due to its location by the Balearic Sea, Barceloneta was traditionally home to many fishermen and has some of the city’s finest seafood restaurants. If you want to have dinner at Barceloneta, check out these wonderful restaurants: La Peninsular, La Deliciosa, and Bro.
Believe it or not, Barcelona is the only city in the world to have been awarded a Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. As you walk around this incredible city, you’ll instantly see why Barcelona deserves its lofty status in the art world. So, what are you waiting for? Barcelona beckons!