Barcelona is a city that you can enjoy for days, months and all the time you need without be bored. Overflowing plans and places where you can enjoy every moment but imagine that you only have 24 hours to enjoy the Catalan capital, what result essential to see and do?
Preparing a comfortable journey for 24 hours
Providing only 24 hours, we need to combine comfort and price, so the best option is to book a room in bed and breakfast in Barcelona center, where having covered the needs of hosting and start the day with the battery charged.
About how we move around the city, there is a one-day tourist ticket that will allow us to use public transport in every moment, something that is vital to see the SagradaFamilia and Park Guell for example. In addition, with this ticket, we can have discounts at museums and shops. Ask for it at the airport or Sants station and be sure of all the options and conditions upon arriving in the city.
Finally for a complete experience, we recommend eating “tapas” in a bar or place away from the tourist influence (forget the Ramblas) and a more relaxed dining in a restaurant to taste the local food more calmly (remember: the paella is typical of Valencia and the gazpacho from Andalusia, so look at more Catalan products that are just as excellent as the aubergines, anchovies from L’Escala, coques, mar imuntanya, fideuáampurdanés style etc.
What to see in Barcelona in one day
There is a word that is essential when deciding what to see in Barcelona in one day: Gaudí. But don’t be in a hurry to jump into the search for some of its architectural gems. Take advantage of the morning light and the proximity to your apartment to visit the Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter before its results crowded.
Mandatory stops are the Boqueria market, Miró mosaic in front of the Liceo, Town Hall, the gothic bridge situated in the Carrer del Bisbe,the cathedral, the church of Santa Maria del Pi and the Columbus monument. The last is a good place to stop at this point of your route to take a nice walk along the Mediterranean in the old port and ending in the neighbourhood of Barceloneta in lunch time, a site more than adequate for tapas (but steer clear of the restaurants located on the promenade, go into the neighbourhood).
Once you face the afternoon, is a good time to visit monuments and avoid the heat. Now you can ask to yourself what Gaudí architectural gems enjoy also with the SagradaFamilia, which is a must.
By proximity it would be nice that once you visit the temple, you continue the walk to the north to see the magnificent modernist complex of Sant Pau Hospital and broach the Park Güell, very lively at this time of the afternoon and with spectacular views particularly at sunset. La Pedrera and Casa Batlló can be saw them back home watching their impressive facades.
Finally, a good plan to address the evening, would move from the Park Güell in green subway line (L3) to Montjuïc from the stop of Plaza de España to appreciate the great show involving the Font Màgica, and have another views of Barcelona from the excellent facade of the National Art Museum (MNAC).