There is so much to love about Barcelona, a vibrant city offering a laid back day to day lifestyle whilst also providing incredible architecture, beaches, history and of course wonderful local food.
But if time is of the essence and you are looking to cram as much of it as you can into a single day, in as we could before the dreaded flight home. So if you’re looking to maximise your time there, why not follow our tried and tested 24 hour itinerary for visiting Barcelona.
9:00am – 10:00 am
A good way to start to the day is by visiting some of Gaudi’s wonderful buildings, and first on the list is La Sagrada Familia. You can buy advanced tickets online, and not only will you beat the masses by getting there early, the morning light will give you the best looking photographs of the place too!
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Park Güell is up next and is where Gaudi turned his hand to landscape gardening. The park is huge, and also contains the Gaudi house museum which allows you to tour around the place the famous architect and his family once lived.
12:00 – 14:00 pm
Heading back into the centre of Barcelona presents the opportunity to admire the amazing architecture along Passeig de Gràcia, which also happens to be the major shopping district of the city. Gucci, Tiffany and Armani all in one place, what’s not to love?
14:00 – 15:00 pm
Next it’s time to grab some lunch at Mercat de La Boqueriea, Barcelona’s most central produce market. Here there are lots of unassuming and reasonably priced places to eat some incredible fresh food and the local specialities such as Jabugo ham, cheeses and sea food cannot be recommended highly enough.
15:00 – 16:00 pm
Heading out after lunch and it’s here we stroll down La Rambla, Barcelona’s principle boulevard which by now will be teeming with street performers, buskers and pavement artists. Joan Miro’s signed circular mosaic embedded in the ground near the Gran Teatre del Liceu must not be missed, while legend has it that taking a drink from the Canaletes Fountain means you are certain tol return to Barcelona more than once.
16:00 – 17:00 pm
Upon reaching the end of La Rambla, grab an ice cream and walk along the harbour to bask in the afternoon sun. Views of the water and boats will lead to you either taking a dip or a siesta…. This is the ideal time!
17:00 – 19:00 pm
After waking up, the Gothic Quarter is next and you can wander around the cobbled streets to shop in the variety of interesting boutiques while soaking up the best of old Barcelona. The famous cathedral dominates the landscape, and you almost certainly pay it a visit.
19:00 – 21:00 pm
You need to book in advance again here, but just a short walk from the Picasso Museum you’ll find Tast-Ller, which is the best place to share tapas for dinner. It’s great value for money, the food is remarkable and the service is almost always superb.
21:00 – 23:30 pm
After dark, head to the Magic Fountain for one of Barcelona’s most amazing spectacles. Not only is it free, but the display of colour, light and music is somewhat soothing after your hectic schedule!
23:30 – 6:30am
From there, the harbour and beach are lined with bars which always allow you to enjoy the night until as late as you choose, so sit back and unwind or party the hours away.