Barcelona is a very large city, with endless cultural and leisure options. If you are thinking about enjoying a day in the big city, it is crucial to carefully plan your visit in order to be able to at least go around its most popular sights of interest. Actually, by only walking down its streets you will discover thousands of little wonders to enjoy. Because of this, we have prepared this One Day Barcelona Guide so that you can make the most of your visit and your time in this unique city.
Whether you are in one of the campsites in Tarragona, in a hotel or any other kind of accommodation, we strongly recommend starting your journey early in the morning so that you can make the most of your day. The journey by car takes about an hour and a quarter approximately, whereas it will take an hour and a half or two hours by bus or train. Although it is tough to get up early in the morning during holidays, we can assure you that the effort will be absolutely worth it without any doubt!
One of the sights of interest in Barcelona is, undoubtedly, the Sagrada Familia Temple, envisioned by the famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. The tour shall start with this incredible and unique monument, which opens its doors at 9am in the morning. Take into account that leaving this visit for later may imply having to deal with long queues.
Having visited the Sagrada Familia, our next stop should be Casa Batlló, another of Gaudí’s most acclaimed modernist creations. It can be reached on foot which should only take you about 20min, or you can take the underground (L2 line from Sagrada Familia to Casa Batlló). After visiting this marvellous sight, we absolutely recommend you walking down Paseo de Gracia Promenade until you reach Plaza Cataluña (Cataluña Square), where you will be able to take photos of one of the most important squares in the city.
After, you can carry on on foot towards Portal de l’Àngel until you reach the gothic district, where there is the beautifully astounding Santa Cruz and Santa Eulalia Cathedral. Closer to the sea, there is also the famous Santa María del Mar Basilica. This area of the city has a wide variety of restaurants where you can take a break and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Barcelona.
After lunch, a bit of relaxing is more than welcome. The ideal place for this is certainly the old harbour of Barcelona. There, you will find resting areas right in front of the sea and, once you are rested, we recommend walking your way back to Cataluña Square along the Rambla of Barcelona, one of the most touristic streets in the city.
A bit further on, after the view point of the Mirador of Colón –a monument dedicated to Cristobel Columbus from where there are astounding views of the city– you will find the human figures of The Ramblas, a characteristic and very popular element of the place. Here, you may also find the Wax Museum of Barcelona and Güell Palace. Another location a bit further on is the Boquería Market, where, apart from admiring the presentation of the appetizing food sold, you will be able to savour freshly made juice of whichever fruit you can imagine.
At the end of this thorough visit around the city of Barcelona, we are certain you will feel rather tired. As we mentioned at the beginning, the touristic offer of Barcelona is endless. Because of this, if you feel in need of visiting the city again, we absolutely recommend you going to the Barcelona Football Club Stadium and Park Güell, another of Gaudí’s most famous architectural creations.
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