It’s kind of difficult to recommend visit Barcelona in one day: this city has so many places worth a visit! We suggest you a stroll throughout Barcelona in just one day, but we want something in return… That you come to visit us again soon.
Visit Barcelona in one day!
During the morning
Our walk starts at the exit of Catalunya L3 Metro station, facing La Rambla, the city’s most famous street. You’ll realise that, as you go downwards to the sea line, the avenue changes. You can visit La Boqueria market; stare at the facade of El Liceu, the city’s opera house, and admire Gaudi’s Palau (palace) Güell, at carrer Nou de la Rambla. We also recommend you to enter Plaça Reial and do not miss its lampposts, which are also a work of Antoni Gaudí.
We leave Plaça Reial on Carrer Ferran, that takes us to Plaça Sant Jaume. There you’ll see the Palau de la Generalitat (Catalan Goverment) and, across the square, the building of Barcelona’s City Council. Let’s follow to Baixada de la Llibreteria, a pedestrian street wihch goes prallel to carrer Ferran and walk until the corner with carrer del Veguer. There you’ll find the building of MUHBA (Barcelona’s History Museum). Follow that street and you’ll drop into Plaça del Rei, a square from the gothic period.
We continue our promenade trough Baixada de Santa Clara before we reach the back of Barcelona’s cathedral. Follow then carrer de la Pietat to carrer del Bisbe. On that street, on the left hand side, you can take a look to the famous Pont del Bisbe (Bishop’s bridge). Before getting to Plaça de la Catedral, we recommend you two essential points on your day visit to Barcelona.
The first one is plaça Sant Felip Neri, reachable trough carrer Monjuïc del Bisbe. The other one is Casa de l’Ardiaca (Archdeacon’s House). Its highlights are the art deco mailbox right at the entrance (which has a turtle on it) and the beautiful patio, open to visitors all year long.
Carrer de Santa Llúcia will take you right to the cathedral’s main doors. Remember that you can entre for free during al day but from 1 to 5 PM, during this period you must pay an entrance fee.
During the afternoon
Two options to follow with our visit: (1) Parc Güell or (2) Sagrada Família. Both of them finish at Passeig de Gràcia.
Option 1: Parc Güell
Take the Metro at Catalunya station(L3. Green Line) towards Lesseps (L3). In that station you can buy your tickets to the Parc Güell (the Park is only free for the neighbourhood residents). From the Metro stop follow the street signs to reach the park, you can’t get lost!
Option 2: la Sagrada Família
Hop on the Metro at Jaume I station (L4. Yellow Line) placed at Plaça dels Àngels. Ride to Verdaguer station and switch to L5 (Blue Line) pointing to Sagrada Família stop (L5). There you can contemplate Gaudi’s most famous building and one of the city icons. Remember: if you want to go inside the temple, you MUST book in advance!
El Passeig de Gràcia
Passeig de Gràcia
Whichever your decision was, you have to take the Metro towards Diagonal stop (L3/L5). From Parc Güell take the Metro at Vallcarca or Lesseps (L3. Green Line) or from Sagrada Famíla take L5 (Blue Line). You’ll appear at the top side of Passeig de Gràcia. On this boulevard you’ll find iconic Modernisme (art deco) buildings such as Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller, Casa Mulleras… Discover this wonderful avenue as you walk down to Plaça Catalunya.
At night: Poble Sec/Parlament
A good area to go out and know about Barcelona’s night life is El Poble Sec quarter. Reachable by Metro, you must stop at Poble Sec (L3. Green Line). We suggest you to go to carrer Blai or carrer de Vila i Vilà. Both streets are full of bars and terraces where you can eat or have a drink.
Another option is carrer Parlament –Barcelona’s most hipster street– in Sant Antoni neighbourhood. A street full of bars, wine houses and restaurants where you can have a well deserved dinner.