One Day in Barcelona?

Only here for 1 day? This is what we recommend you do

First Day

1. Walk down La Rambla and visit the ‘Gothic Quarter’

First of all, you have to walk down La Rambla when you visit Barcelona. This is the main street and popular among tourists and locals. The street connects Plaça de Catalunya and the Columbus monument. Whenever you turn left from La Rambla, you will walk straight into the Gothic Quarter.

The Gothic area is the oldest part of Barcelona and as such looks pretty different to the rest of the city. It is what’s left from the roman invasion from the 2nd century. Now it’s a great area just to wander around in. You will get lost easily, but that is the fun part of the walk and it’s the best way to discover the neighbourhood. While you are walking around in the Gothic Quarter you should look out for the Church of Santa Maria del Pi, this church contains one of the oldest rose windows in Europe. Another place you should visit when you’re in Barri Gotic is the Cathedral of Barcelona, also called the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. This neighbourhood will make you feel like you’re going back in time!

2. Visit the artistic area, El Born and Mercat Santa Caterina

Next to the Gothic Quarter you can find the El Born Quarter. This medieval area has a lot of bars and restaurants where you can find good quality food and drinks. this area is not only one of the most recommended neighbourhoods to visit for its nightlife, but also for the culture you can find there. The Picasso Museum and the textile museum are both located in the same street, Carrer Montcada. If you keep wandering around El Born, you can also visit the Santa Maria Del Mar Church. This area is only 5 minutes away from the Mercat of Santa Caterina, a fresh food market. It’s a little less famous than Mercat de la Boqueria, but it’s still worth it.

Once you get here you are also very close to the beach!

3. Visit the buildings of Gaudi

Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and last but definitely not least La Sagrada Familia.

These building are all in Antoni Gaudi’s own style. The best name we can give to his style is Modernism or Art Nouveau. Some people love his style, some people hate it. But isn’t this always the case with art? You can go inside each of these buildings, but if you are only here for one day, you should definitely check out La Pedrera and La Sagrada Familia.  Atthe top of La Pedrera you’ll also have an amazing view of Barcelona.

If you can do this all in one day, you can tell people that you really visited Barcelona.

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