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One Day in Barcelona

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Barcelona is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and there are numerous things to see and discover here. 24 hours to explore this pearl of the Mediterranean sea is not much time, so it's important to play your cards right - follow this simple One Day Guide and you're sure to get the most out of your quick visit.

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

13 Places

9 City Tips

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13 Places

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Passeig de Gracia

Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Casa Mila - La Pedrera

Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Lizarran

Restaurants

Casa Batllo

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Casa Lleo i Morera

Architectural Buildings

Plaza de Cataluna

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Las Ramblas

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mercat de la Boqueria

Farmers Markets

Columbus Monument

Monuments & Statues

Barcelona Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

El Rey de la Gamba 1

Restaurants

Barceloneta Beach

Beaches

Matt K's City Tips

  • You can get around easily by public transport: Metro and bus.
  • Keep your wallet, phone and other valuables concealed, especially on public transport.
  • Instead of buying single tickets, compare prices at the vending machine. If you take public transport more than 5 times, a multi-trip T-10 ticket is more economical.
  • Do not stand at the exit door of the metro. Thieves may take advantage of this by taking your things at the very last moment before the doors close.
  • Metro tickets are also valid for public buses.
  • Taxis are cheap and easy to flag down in the street.
  • You can only buy single-journey tickets on the bus.
  • In Barcelona, you usually pay the food/drink bill first, and then leave a separate tip of about 10% on the table.
  • Take a bottle of water with you on your tour of the city.
  • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Churches & Cathedrals, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    Matt K Says:

    Visiting the most famous building in the whole of Barcelona is sure to get your day of sightseeing off to a great start! Although the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia has been undergoing extensive construction for several years (more than 100, actually!), even unfinished it's undeniably one of the most impressive churches on the planet.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online to skip the 1-3 hour lines outside. Then go straight to the main entrance and show your ticket (printed or on your mobile phone) to enter.
    • I recommend visiting one of the towers if possible (add this when buying your tickets online). The views inside Sagrada Familia and over Barcelona are beautiful.
    • I highly recommend the audio guide tour - it's of great quality and available in numerous languages.
    • Fancy shopping? From here, take the metro to Diagonal Station - the fastest way to get to Passeig de Gracia, a great shopping area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    • Birthday visit 23/10/2018
    • Simply crazy building but A MUST SEE!!! 23/10/2018
    • Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
    Address:
    Carrer de Mallorca, 401
    08013 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 08 04 14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Passeig de Gracia
    Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Matt K Says:

    Passeig de Gracia is a dream for shopping lovers and architecture fans alike. On this street, some of the most famous modernist buildings are located alongside the most famous fashion brands in the world.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • See how many impressive buildings you can spot on this street - there's a huge mix of modernist architecture and other modern styles on display.
    • Start at Diagonal Metro Station and walk down Passeig de Gracia all the way to the very heart of Barcelona, Placa Catalunya.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice 23/10/2018
    • Barcelona 21/10/2018
    • Passeig de Gracia
    Phone:
    +34 932 17 64 79
    Other:
  • Casa Mila - La Pedrera
    Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Matt K Says:

    Walking down the beautiful mile of Passeig de Gracia, you cannot fail to notice this building. Built by Antoni Gaudi in 1910, Casa Mila is one of the most visited sites in Barcelona. Besides visiting its stunning rooftop terrace, with soldier-like statues and monuments, you can also enter its old flats and get a feeling of how living-quarters were designed at the beginning of the 20th century.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If time is limited, stick to admiring the exterior views, and carry on walking to discover more of Barcelona's iconic sights.
    • Occasionally there are exhibitions on the ground floor, which you can visit for free.
    • To take photos of the full building, cross the street and stand on the opposite side.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Paid a short visit which turned in to a long one 23/10/2018
    • Fascinating 22/10/2018
    • Casa Mila - La Pedrera
    Address:
    Passeig de Gracia, 92
    08008 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 902 20 21 38
    Price range:
    US$26 - US$26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Lizarran
    Restaurants (Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    Matt K Says:

    Passeig de Gracia is in general an expensive choice for lunch, but Lizarran bucks this trend. Here you can enjoy delicious Pintxos (a typical tapa from the Basque country) for very little money - and there's a wide selection to choose from, including vegetarian, meat and fresh fish.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are special offers and discounts on Pintxos and drinks every Tuesday evening.
    • The restaurant offers free WiFi - just ask the server for the code.
    • Servers constantly circulate with freshly-prepared Pintxos, and will stop by your table often -it's delicious but dangerous at the same time!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,163 of 8,747 restaurants in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great stop 20/10/2018
    • Good montaditos and friendly place 19/10/2018
    • Lizarran
    Address:
    Carrer de Mallorca
    08008 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 87 26 02
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Casa Batllo
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Matt K Says:

    You will find an image of the colorful and impressive Casa Batllo on every other postcard sent from Barcelona. Inspired by some of the many different elements found in nature, the design is so complex that you can spend hours and hours in front of Casa Batllo and still spot new elements.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If time is tight, skip visiting the interior of Casa Batllo - it takes too much time to buy the tickets and explore.
    • To the left of Casa Batllo is another impressive modernist building, often ignored by tourists. You can even enter its lobby to have a quick look inside.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Must-See!! 23/10/2018
    • A masterpiece! 23/10/2018
    • Casa Batllo
    Address:
    Passeig de Gracia, 43
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 16 03 06
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Casa Lleo i Morera
    Architectural Buildings
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    Matt K Says:

    Another famous modernist building designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Casa Lleo i Morera is a sight that many tourists inexplicably skip over - be smarter than them! This building was created as a result of a competition between several architects - including Antoni Gaudí and Josep Puig i Cadafalch - who were trying to build the most beautiful and impressive building in the district of Eixample. It's well worth seeing what they came up with.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This building is also open to visits of its interior.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • View from street 20/10/2018
    • Another of Gaudi's buildings 29/08/2018
    • Casa Lleo i Morera
    Address:
    Passeig de Gracia, 35
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 936 76 27 33
    Other:
  • Plaza de Cataluna
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Matt K Says:

    The very heart and commercial center of Barcelona, this square was built in the 19th century and is today the meeting point between Barcelona's old town and the newer neighborhood of Eixample. From here, you can start your exploration of the city's most popular streets - Passeig de Gracia and La Rambla both lead off Placa de Catalunya.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Fancy a free map of Barcelona? Visit the tourist office, located in front of Corte Ingles.
    • Do not buy anything at the square - it will be overpriced.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive fountain 21/10/2018
    • Impressive fountains 21/10/2018
    • Plaza de Cataluna
    Other:
  • Las Ramblas
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Matt K Says:

    Although this street is a tourist magnet and its wares are hugely overpriced, you simply cannot miss Las Ramblas with just one day in Barcelona. Enjoy its atmosphere just as it is, filled with street artists, street markets, and art - but stick to browsing only.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Keep your belongings safely in sight at all times.
    • Fancy a fresh fruit smoothie? Head to the most famous food market in Barcelona: Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    • It's a busy street 23/10/2018
    • Crowded 23/10/2018
    • Las Ramblas
    Address:
    La Rambla
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34602186169
    Other:
  • Mercat de la Boqueria
    Farmers Markets
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    Matt K Says:

    Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is the most famous food market in Barcelona. Take a photo at the entrance and then simply walk around, browsing the range of fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious smoothies, aromatic herbs and more.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Do not buy anything near the entrance - it will be overpriced. To the left or right of the main entrance, you can find the same produce for half the price.
    • A fresh fruit box is a bargain here, and great for a picnic.
    • Ask for the prices before buying to avoid any kind of misunderstanding.
    • In the very center of the market you can buy fresh fish for a very reasonable price.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No seat 22/10/2018
    • So much to tempt you 22/10/2018
    • Mercat de la Boqueria
    Address:
    La Rambla, 91
    08001 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 18 25 84
    Other:
  • Columbus Monument
    Monuments & Statues
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    Matt K Says:

    Located at the end of the famous Las Ramblas, and just up from the harbor, the "Mirador de Colon" is the perfect spot for a panoramic view over Barcelona. Simply grab a ticket and take the elevator up the 51 meters to the top of the Cristobal Columbus statue - with few other tourists around, you might even get the fantastic views all to yourself!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online to save money and skip the line.
    • The elevator is tiny and not recommended if you suffer from claustrophobia.
    • Due to high winds at times, you may feel the monument moving a little - don't worry, it's nothing dangerous.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Smallest lift? 18/10/2018
    • Amazing 09/10/2018
    • Columbus Monument
    Address:
    Plaza Portal de la Pau
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 85 38 32
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Barcelona Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Matt K Says:

    Beautiful both outside and in, The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is located in the heart of the Gothic quarter and makes for an impressive yet peaceful visit. The views from its rooftop are amazing, and the garden, complete with pond and white geese, is an enchanting outside space to explore.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Every Sunday morning, locals meet here to celebrate the local dance of Sardanes. You can even participate!
    • The square in front of the Cathedral hosts local markets during the week and several local celebrations throughout the year.
    • The gardens are to the right of the Cathedral. There may be a small entrance fee.
    • Women must cover their shoulders to enter the Cathedral.
    • Free to enter after 5 pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Classic Gothic Architecture 22/10/2018
    • Beautiful 21/10/2018
    • Barcelona Cathedral
    Address:
    Pla de la Seu, s/n
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 42 82 62
    Other:
  • El Rey de la Gamba 1
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    Matt K Says:

    At the end of a great day of sightseeing, nothing beats a delicious paella! El Rey de la Gamba may be famous for its fresh fish dishes, but its fish, meat and vegetarian paellas are just as tasty.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you are a fan of fresh fish, this is the place to try a wide range of dishes.
    • Reserve in advance to avoid queuing for a table.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3,281 of 8,747 restaurants in Barcelona
    • Not bad 22/10/2018
    • Good food, nice atmosphere, slightly over priced 13/10/2018
    • El Rey de la Gamba 1
    Address:
    Passeig de Joan de Borbon, 53
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 25 64 01
    Price range:
    US$29 - US$57
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Barceloneta Beach
    Beaches
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    Matt K Says:

    End your day in Barcelona with a walk along its most well-known beach. Simply sit on the sand for some quiet time, or enjoy a drink at one of the many well-designed beach bars.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Never leave your belongings unattended at the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 727 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beach right in the city 23/10/2018
    • The weather can’t be toooo good 22/10/2018
    • Barceloneta Beach
    Address:
    Carrer Andrea Doria 45
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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