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What to see in Barcelona in one day

Barcelona needs no introductions. Instead, a desire to walk through its historic districts that house dozens of modernist edifications filled with fantasy will suffice. Some of the most popular landmarks are the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Park Güell. With its pleasant climate, this beautiful Mediterranean city is an excellent destination any time of year. If you only have one day, you must choose from some of the most renowned landmarks. However, this is more than enough time to fall in love with the atmosphere in Gràcia, the Passeig de Gràcia open-air museum and the Gothic Quarter. If you plan accordingly, you can even find time to visit La Boquería Market and try some of its delicacies. Are you counting down the days for your arrival?

Day 1

Itinerary day 1

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Park Güell

Start off the day at this fantasy universe created by Antoni Gaudí and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This project was named after the developer behind the initiative, Eusebi Güell. The most photogenic spots are the dragon staircase and the Hall of 100 Columns, but be sure to explore its every nook and corner.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site and Hospital Santa Creu

This space declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 is well worth a visit. This modernist site was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and served as a public hospital for a hundred years. Hospital Santa Creu was moved to this location in the late nineteenth century.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Sagrada Familia

Barcelona’s emblem is its most popular monument. Visit this temple for a chance to step into Gaudí’s world. Take note of the façades inspired by nature, with large columns reminiscent of a stone forest.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Lasarte restaurant

This restaurant combines the expertise of Chef Martín Berasategui and the skills of Paolo Casagrande, the head chef. It is one of the best alternatives where you can be amazed by its creative and innovative cuisine.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Passeig de Gràcia

The majestic Passeig de Gràcia, which begins at the district it is named after and ends at Plaça de Catalunya, is like an open-air museum lined with the city’s best modernist buildings. At the very least, be sure to visit La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Gothic Quarter

A stroll through Barcelona’s oldest neighbourhood will help you understand its history, from the Roman era to medieval times. Start at Plaça de Sant Jaume and visit the cathedral, Plaça del Rei and the lively Rambla.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

La Boquería Market

Dating back to 1840, not only is this Barcelona’s oldest market, it is also the most beloved by locals and visitors alike. In addition to selling fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, it also has a dining area and fun events bursting with colour.

9:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Dinner at Els 4 Gats

This historical restaurant was popular with artists searching for inspiration. Regulars included Hemingway, Picasso and Dalí. Aside from these famous customers, it also has an interesting menu. You will need to reserve in advance.

11:30 PM - As long as your body holds out

A night out in El Born

Barcelona’s nightlife scene is spread out across several neighbourhoods, each with its own vibe. This district is rather eclectic and tends to attract those in search of trendy hotspots and sophisticated cocktail bars.

Day 1