As one of the most popular destinations in the world, Barcelona has something for everyone. There are no bad times of the year to visit this cultural epicenter, and whether you’re there in the warmer or colder months, your 24-hours of exploration can be as packed as you like.
From unique and spectacular architecture to a robust and inspirational cultural scene, travelers will certainly never run out of things to do in this Spanish destination. If you only have one day in Barcelona, here are the things that you should prioritize if you want to get the most from your Barcelona vacation.
First things first
You’re going to want to fill up on breakfast, and you won’t go far wrong by picking up some churros con chocolate at La Pallaresa. Take the time to wander and explore while the streets are quieter, and remember to put aside a little time to check out the Catedral de Barcelona. From there, it’s easy to head to the world-famous street known as La Rambla. This has been called the liveliest street in the city and is the ideal route for making your way to the market.
The Mercat de Boqueria is perfect for those that fancy checking out some more of the local foods available.
For art lovers, Barcelona is rife with examples from some of the most well-known artists in the world, but Gaudi, in particular, is well represented. Once leaving the market, head to the Passeig de Gràci, where you’ll be able to have a look at the La Casa Batlló and La Casa Milà, which are absolutely unmissable for those that like their Gaudi.
At this point, you might be starting to feel the ache in your feet, so it’s worth remembering that one of the best ways to get around Barcelona is by bicycle. You can rent a bike from any number of outlets, and midday is the perfect time to do so. If you’re still interested in seeing some more beautiful architecture, then you don’t want to miss seeing the biggest project that Gaudi ever tackled. It might be incomplete, but La Sagrada Familia is a stunning blend of the classical gothic with a touch of modernity. If you only have one day in Barcelona, however, you might want to miss seeing the inside, as the queues can get very long.
Time to Eat
Midday is the ideal time to grab a drink and a snack, and to rest your feet. Ideally, you want to head to Sagrades Tannine, where you can enjoy some traditional tapas with a delicious vermouth to finish your meal off. You know that this is the place to go, as it’s always packed with locals, which is always a good sign that your trip to Barcelona is on the right track.
If you’re not a fan of tapas, or you’re thinking that your proximity to the Mediterranean means you really ought to try some fresh fish, then try La Paradeta. This is a more casual environment, but you do get to pick your seafood options and watch as the amazing chefs cook it.
You might be starting to feel some aching in your legs, and combined with a belly full of food, it might be time to have a rest. Make your way to El Parc de la Ciutadella for some lazy chilling out on the grass, and spend an hour people-watching. There’s plenty of activity going on in this busy park, but try to avoid taking a quick siesta in the shade.
If you’re still full of energy, then avoid the park and head to the Picasso Museum. This museum has more than 4,000 works of art by the famous artist, and you could very easily spend the rest of your day just exploring his genius.
Choose your Evening
For party animals, there should be no set destination when it comes to the nightlife. Barcelona has a thriving party scene, and where you end up will depend on the kind of evening you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something more sophisticated and classy then you need to get to the El Born area, where there are a huge variety of cafes and bars to check out. Edgier types might prefer to experience El Raval, where younger residents tend to flock. Try one of the street vendors if you’re feeling the need to refuel, or head back to La Rambla for something more elegant (if a little more costly).
Of course, you could spend your entire Barcelona vacation just relaxing on the beautiful Mediterranean beach. However you prefer to spend your time, Barcelona will not leave you feeling like you’ve wasted your day. It truly has something for everyone. Plan your one day in Barcelona right, and you’ll get to see the major sights without the hassle of panicked rushing.