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One Day In Barcelona Itinerary: How To Make the Most Out of 1 Day

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Wondering how to spend one perfect day in Barcelona? I’ve got you covered with this detailed itinerary for spending one efficient day in Barcelona.

Placa Catalunya, Barcelona’s iconic main square

A city like no other, Barcelona is a non-stop feast for the eyes. Barcelona is rich in historic sites and boasts some of the world’s most unique and fantastical architecture.

If the buildings by Antoni Gaudi don’t make your jaw drop, you need to get your eyes tested!

The city is bordered on one side by mountains and the other by golden sand beaches. Barcelona has a whopping 9 UNESCO sites and the food is fantastic.

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Ideally, Barcelona deserves more than just one day, as you would expect from Spain’s most popular culture-rich city.

But sometimes that’s all the time you have, if you’re on a layover, business trip, cruise ship stop, or simply rushed.

If so, fear not, this one day Barcelona itinerary tells you how to make the most of a day in Barcelona.

the Nativity facade of Sagrada Familia

You should expect a mad scramble. But it will be an unforgettable and magical experience. I know, I’ve done it before.

This Barcelona itinerary tells what to see, do, and eat in one day. Because there is so much to choose from, I give you plenty of options for each part of the day.

You can pick what sites and destinations appeal most. You’ll get a quick taste of Barcelona, create postcard memories, and begin plotting a return trip.

Placa Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square

One Day In Barcelona Itinerary

Here’s my step-by-step itinerary for spending one day in Barcelona.


Gothic Quarter

Wake up early and head to Las Ramblas and the evocative Gothic Quarter, or Barrio Gotic.

There’s a lot to see in this magical quarter of history-steeped back streets and charming squares. It’s the most architecturally beautiful area of Barcelona.

You could spend days of atmospheric wandering and investigation. But in this one day Barcelona itinerary, you just have the morning. In light of that, for top efficiency, you may want to book a guided walking tour of the Gothic Quarter.

the Barcelona History Museum in Placa del Rei

Here’s what to see in a few hours:

1. Placa Catalunya

Begin in Placa Catalunya, Barcelona’s elegant main square at the top of Las Ramblas. It’s smack in the center of Barcelona.

There’s a tourist office there if you want to pick up maps or brochures. Take time to admire the plaza’s interesting sculptures and fountains before moving on.

2. Las Ramblas

If you didn’t eat at your hotel, grab a quick breakfast at Bar Lobo, 1 block from Las Ramblas (also known as La Rambla). Or get a pastry at Escriba Patisseries.

Bridge Carrer del Bisbe in the Gothic Quarter

Then, stroll down the teeming maze-like Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most celebrated central artery. It’s an almost one mile walk from Placa Catalunya to the old port.

This walk will take you past historic sights in a sensory free fall with a dash of carnival atmospherics. The Spanish poet Garcia Lorcas described Las Ramblas as “the only street in the world that I wish would never end.”

Las Ramblas is a home to a plethora of cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops. You will also find private artists selling their art work. Don’t forget to look up at the beautiful buildings as you stroll.

aerial view of Las Ramblas

At Pia de l’Os, you’ll walk across Joan Miro’s circular mosaic. Be sure to wind down the side streets as well.

3. La Boqueria

About halfway down Las Ramblas is the legendary 19th century food market, La Boqueria.

It is Barcelona’s beating heart, evolving from a rough and tumble purveyor of goods to a bona fide foodie destination.

You’ll find meats, cheeses, sweets, eggs, fish, and fresh juices. You can inspect its myriad wine bodegas and take home a quaffable souvenir.

You can also book a food and market tour, which includes Boqueria.

the ornate Barcelona Cathedral

4. Barcelona Cathedral

The jewel of the Gothic quarter is the 14th century Barcelona Cathedral, officially called the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. The magnificent Gothic cathedral is a grand monument dating from the 13-15th centuries.

The cathedral’s facade is stunning, even featuring some elephant and unicorn gargoyles.

READ: Complete Guide To the Gothic Quarter

Gothic arches in Barcelona Cathedral

Sit by the steps and absorb the cathedral’s grandiosity. You can visit it for free from 8:00 am to 12:45 pm and 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm. Otherwise, entry is by donation.

Inside, the cathedral has 28 richly decorated chapels, an ornate finely carved choir, and a peaceful cloister with bubbling fountains.

Behind the high altar is the Bishop’s chair. You’ll also find the crypt of Saint Eulalia, to whom the cathedral is dedicated.

Pro Tip: Just behind the cathedral is Chocolatería Valor. This is a great place to grab chocolate and churros.

The World Begins With Every Kiss mural

The cloisters are the highlight. Arcaded walkways surround a central courtyard filled with tropical trees. A short (3 euros) elevator ride takes you to the top of the cathedral for stunning city views.

For the best view of cathedral itself, take the elevator to the rooftop of the next door Hotel Colón.

Be sure to see the 26 foot long The World Begins With Every Kiss mural near the cathedral in Placa d’Isidre Nonell. Created by Catalan artist and photographer Joan Fontcubertat, the mural was unveiled in 2014.

It commemorates the 300 year anniversary of the Catalan surrender in the Spanish War of Succession.

Gaudi-designed lamppost in Placa Reial in the Gothic Quarter

The photographer asked locals to send in photographs that expressed a moment of freedom. The photographs were placed on tiles and arranged in a mural.

From afar, the arrangement looks like a poignant (or perhaps erotic) kiss. Up close, you see a world in each image.

5. Placa Reial

The 19th century Place Reial is one of Barcelona’s most ancient and beautifully designed squares. It has charming Neo-Classical pillars and archways, iron lampposts, and even palm trees.

In the center is the Fountain of Three Graces. The lampposts were Gaudi’s first government sponsored project.

the Picasso Museum

6. Picasso Museum

If you’re a Picasso fan, head to the well-curated Picasso Museum in El Born. Founded in 1963, the museum was launched with a donation of 574 works by Picasso’s secretary, Jaime Sabartes.

In 1970, Picasso himself donated 800 more pieces. Picasso’s widow, Jacqueline Roque, also donated 41 ceramic pieces and the early Picasso painting Woman with Bonnet.

For Picasso, Barcelona was where it all began. At the museum, you can enjoy an extensive collection of Picasso’s work, certainly the best collection in Spain.

gallery in the Picasso Museum

There’s over 4,000 pieces, mostly from Picasso’s formative years. They include Blue Period pieces and his reworking of Velazquez’s Las Meninas (in the Prado).

READ: Complete Guide to Madrid’s Prado Museum

By experiencing his precocious youthful works, you can better understand Picasso’s later abstract pieces and how he became the greatest artist of the 20th century.

The setting of his namesake museum is stunning. It’s lodged in five interlinked medieval stone mansions in Barcelona’s funky-chic El Born neighborhood, with a gorgeous terrace.

Click here for a skip the line 1.5 hour guided tour of the Picasso Museum. If you love Picasso, you can also book a Picasso-themed tour of the city.

READ: Guide To all the Picasso Museums in Europe

the concert hall in Palau de la Musica

7. Palau de la Musica

If you didn’t visit the Picasso Museum, just 10 minutes away you’ll find one of Barcelona’s most beautiful and photogenic spots — Palau de la Música Catalana.

Palau de la Musica is a gaudy rose-covered wonderland. It’s a magnificent concert hall designed in 1905-08 by Lluis Domenech i Montaner — an architect who was just as famous as Gaudi at the time and a tutor/mentor to Gaudi.

Palau de la Musica is located along a claustrophobic, densely packed street in the Gothic Quarter. Montaner countered the claustrophobia with color and levity.

mosaic columns of Palau de la Musica

The arches and intricate mosaic columns draw your eye up to the roofline. Stained glass windows bring in the natural light.

The auditorium is almost overwhelming. The piece de resistance is the intricate stained glass ceiling by Antoni Rigalt.

Iron and glass chandeliers create a starry night effect. And sculptures curve up the sides of the stage, including a glowering Beethoven and Valkeries from Richard Wagner’s operas.

Click here to book a guided tour of this magnificent attraction.

the facade of Gaudi’s Casa Batllo

Early Afternoon

This is the time to jump on the hop on hop off bus or take a taxi to your next destination. Hop on the blue HOHO route at Place Catalunya and head to Passeig de Gracia. Or it’s a 20 minute walk from Barcelona Cathedral .

You can’t leave Barcelona without visiting two of Gaudi’s most famous masterpieces — Casa Batllo and La Pedrera. They’re only minutes apart on the the Passeig de Gracia.

It’s essential to book skip the line tickets for each site well in advance. You can’t miss these two Gaudi gems, which still seem startlingly modern. Click here for skip the lines tickets to Casa Batllo and click here for tickets to La Pedrera.

Once you arrive in the area, eat an early lunch at El Nacional. It’s a quick and delicious option close to the Gaudi landmarks.

ceiling in the interior of Casa Batllo

1. Casa Batllo

After fueling up, head to Casa Batllo at your designated time. Casa Batllo is one of the world’s most unique buildings. It’s Antoni Gaudi at his hallucinatory, dreamlike best.

Casa Batllo is divine and operatic. A mature Gaudi conjured a building in the image of a dragon. The strange bone-like facade is studded with skull mask balconies and capped by a sinuously scaled roof.

Casa Batllo’s mosaicked facade is a kaleidoscope of blue, mauve, and green tiles. Though it’s a bit hard to see, the facade is actually uneven and slightly wavy, like a calm sea. Its marine-like surface doubles as a dragon’s skin.

interior courtyard of Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo’s interior is filled with beautiful tiles, curved wood, and stained glass — all in organic forms and curvy shapes. The motif is an undersea grotto lit by skylights shaped like tortoise shells. The ceiling droops and swerves poetically.

The rooftop adds to the surrealistic feel of Casa Batllo. It’s deliberately scaly, like the back of a dragon or dinosaur with iridescent skin and visible raised spines.

The riotously colored Trencadis tiles represent the blood of its victims. The rooftop spire represents the sword of St. George being plunged into the dragon.

Here’s my complete guide to Casa Batllo. Click here to purchase a skip the line ticket. You can also book a 2 hour guided tour to see this beauty.

the Star Wars style roof of La Pedrera

2. La Pedrera

La Pedrera, also known as Casa Mila, is on the same street as Casa Batllo. It’s a building that’s pure art inside and out.

In terms of ingenuity, architectural design, and style, it was even more revolutionary than Casa Batllo. The sinuous rough hewn building was nicknamed “The Quarry” because of its jagged, rocky facade and weird undulating shape.

But La Pedrera is considered one of the crown jewels of the Art Nouveau movement. It’s been used in 15 movies.

In classic Gaudi fashion, La Pedrera was heavily influenced by nature — by air, sea, and water. The building ripples and waves like a burbling ocean.

the rather eerie gate that greets you at La Pedrera

As soon as you enter the building, La Pedrera will intrigue you. From the ground floor courtyard, look up for an incredible view of the inside of the building. Light pours in from the roof to the interior apartments.

The iconic sculptural rooftop has winding pathways and a spiky forest of 30 chimneys. It almost resembles a moon landscape. You have a nice view of Sagrada Familia.

Here’s my complete guide To La Pedrera. Click here to purchase a skip the line ticket for La Pedrera. You can also book a 3 hour guided tour of both la Pedrera and Casa Battlo.

In the evenings, a spectacular audiovisual show takes place on the terrace. If you want to explore Gaudi’s main architectural sites in Barcelona, click for a 3 hour tour.

Gaudi’s opus, the unfinished Sagrada Familia

Late Afternoon

Now, it’s time for Barcelona’s #1 site, the awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia. Be sure you’re appropriately dressed — no bare shoulders or shorts/skirts above the knee or you’ll be denied entry.

It’s a 5 minute taxi ride from La Pedrera. Or, take the blue route on the hop on hop off bus from La Pedrera. You can also just hoof it 25 minutes to this stunning site.

Entry to Sagrada Familia is timed, and tickets sell out quickly. Definitely buy your skip the line ticket online in advance. Try to reserve a slot for the late afternoon when the sun flows in through the stained glass windows.

aerial view of Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s wildy creative and vertigo-inspiring masterpiece. It’s the undisputed jewel of Barcelona and you will be transfixed by it.

The basilica has beige-pink spires that culminate in glitter. Despite being under continuous construction, Sagrada Familia is a place of superlatives both inside and out.

After 136 years of construction, Sagrada Familia is still unfinished. It’s the world’s longest running architectural project and expected to be completed in 2026.

Tourists don’t care. They flock in droves to see one of the most visited landmarks in Spain.

READ: 25 Landmarks in Spain

the Nativity Facade of Sagrada Familia

The exterior of the basilica is audacious and “gaudy” in appearance, a mountain (or termite hill) almost. It’s dramatically designed, with three jarringly different facades.

They’re themed for three chapters in Christ’s life. Some would call the Sagrada Familia strange looking. Salvador Dali called it a “terrifying and edible beauty.”

READ: The Gaudi Trail in Barcelona

But the interior is entirely sublime. Gaudi intended it to be a retreat into nature. And, indeed, you could be standing in a majestic star-lit white forest. It’s an astonishing space, an alternative reality full of detail. You’ll gasp when you enter.

beautiful nave of Sagrada Familia

The interior is effectively a spiritual sculpture, reinvented as architecture. The nave has shimmering gold tiles on the floor. It’s lined with 36 pale columns in different heights and widths. The columns form a forest, branching out like trees.

If you want to go up one the towers of Sagrada Familia, you need to buy a ticket that includes the tower. You have to choose between inspecting the Nativity or Passion Facade. You can get a gargoyle’s eye view of the basilica up close.

Here’s my complete guide to Sagrada Familia. There’s so much to see at Sagrada Familia that you might want to book a guided tour. There are several options you can choose from:

  • 1.5 hour skip the line guided tour
  • 2 hour skip the line guided tour
  • 2 hour skip the line private tour
  • 3 hour skip the line private tour
  • 1.5 hour guided tour with tower access

Park Guell, a Gaudi wonderland

Early Evening Options

You have three options for your early evening sunset views.

Head to another Gaudi wonderland, Park Güell. Or, take a taxi (or cable car) to Montjuic or Tibidabo. You have beautiful sunset views from all three spots.

On balance, I think Montjuic is the best experience with only one day in Barcelona. The almost make believe Park Guell can be incredibly mobbed.

And Tibidabo, while lovely, doesn’t offer much to do besides views. But we’ll explore all options so you can make an informed choice for your early evening activity.

1. Park Güell

Park Guell might be Gaudi’s most fantastical and hyperactive creation. It’s a gorgeous 30 acre public park and bejeweled garden complex, with stunning mosaic art.

entrance to Park Guelldragon fountainHypostyle Roomlaundry portico

The park is located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona’s Gracia neighborhood. Gaudi and his mentor, Eusebio Guell, initially envisioned it as a complete community with 60 homes.

The project was never completed. Funds ran out.

Despite that, Gaudi created a freewheeling Gaudi created a plaza, two Hansel and Gretel gatehouses, viaducts, a serpentine bench, colonnaded walkways, and a mosaic stairway.

Gaudi purchased one of the homes and lived there for almost 20 years. Then, he moved into Sagrada Familia for good.

serpentine bench in Park Guell

Park Guell is rich in ornamentation, inspired by dragons, the sun, flowers, and even vegetables. Moorish and Spanish Gothic elements are included.

The serpentine bench is a cheery patchwork of color. Tiled stairs connect the two levels of the plaza.

The most famous icon at Park Guell is the ebulliently multicolored mosaic lizard known as “El Drac,” or the dragon. Most of the Park Guell is free to visit and you’ll have some nice views over the city.

But you’ll need a ticket for the central Monumental Zone. You may also want to take a 2 hour guided tour of the park.

Pro Tip: Park Guell is at the bottom of a steep hill. But there are escalators to take you up.

view of Montjuic

2. Montjuic

To expedite things, take a taxi or glass cable car up to the hilly Montjuic area.

Montjuic literally translates to “Jewish Mountain.” Montjuic is located in the southwest part of Barcelona, almost 75 meters above sea level.

There’s a lot to see on Montjuic. Take a leisurely walk around the botanical gardens. Peak into the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, created in 1929 as part of the International Exposition in Barcelona. This is truly one of the greatest building of the 20th century.

Watch the Magic Fountain illuminated technicolor water display. You’ll have to time this right. Click here to check the schedule.

views from MontjuicJoan Miro MuseumMagic FountainMies van der Rohe Pavilion

Head to Placa Espanya and visit the grand domed Neo-Baroque Palau Montjuic, which houses the National Museum of Catalan Art. The building itself is a sight to behold.

Or visit the Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona’s most emblematic gallery, housing seminal works of the great Surrealist artist.

3. Tibidabo

Some would say no trip to Barcelona is complete without a trip to Tibidabo. Tibidabo is the highest mountain in Barcelona.

It’s the highest point in the city and offers sweeping panoramic views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s also home to an amusement park and a fairytale church, the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Built in 1806, this Neo-Gothic church is the handiwork of architect Josep Maria Sagnier i Vidal. It’s a mix of styles, but evokes a Neo-Byzantine feeling.

the Neo-Gothic church on Mount Tibidabo

For even higher views of Barcelona, you can take an elevator to the top of the church. When you’re done admiring the views, have a cocktail at the beautiful Gran Hotel la Florida.

Late Evening

I give you five fantastic options for spending the rest of your one day in Barcelona. The city stays up late.

Don’t expect dinner before 9:00 pm. If you love seafood, you will adore the food in Barcelona. To get a well-rounded sampling, you may want to book a guide food tour.

1. Montjuic

If you want to stay put in Montjuic (possibly to see the Magic Fountain), this area has a fantastic selections of restaurants and bars to end your evening.

view from Montjuic

For a break from traditional tapas, pop into Bangkok Cafe. For seafood, try Abrassame. For the best views over Barcelona, reserve at El Valet, which boasts a panoramic terrace.

But, if you’re still fired up to see more of Barcelona, I’d say it’s time to head to one of Barcelona’s trendy neighborhoods for cocktails, dinner, and more strolling — El Born, El Raval, for Gracia.

2. El Born

The El Born neighborhood is a fun neighborhood with shops, restaurants, and bars. Try the excellent tapas bar, El Xampanyet, or Cal Pep.

Be sure to stroll by the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, an ancient church that has been around in some form or another since the 10th century.

the Paint Wall in Barcelona’s El Born neighborhoodstreet in El Raval

3. El Raval

El Raval is a historic neighborhood west of Las Rambla. It’s becoming one of Barcelona’s trendiest and most colorful neighborhoods.

Raval even has its own Rambla, with plenty of street art and sculptures, along with narrow winding streets. You may meet a giant cat sculpture.

In Raval, you’ll find one of Barcelona’s hotspots — the tapas restaurant, Tickets. You must make reservations 2 months in advance to score this trendy eatery. If you can’t get a reservation there, try El Rincon de Aragon.

Click here to book a guided walking tour of El Raval.

facade of La Pedrera

4. La Pedrera Night Show

In the evenings at 6:40 pm, there’s also a spectacular audiovisual show that takes place at La Pedrera.

The rooftop terrace and stairwells are illuminated with projections set to music. You can enjoy this performance with a glass of cava in hand, which comes with your ticket.

Then go to dinner in Eixample, Barcelona’s tony neighborhood loaded with architecture.

There are plenty of good restaurants including La Esquina (seasonal menu), Bar Mut (tapas), Caelis (Michelin-starred), or Cinc Sentis (Michlein-starred).

Revolution Square in Barcelona’s racial neighborhood

5. Gracia

If you opted for Park Guell earlier, you may want to stay and have dinner in the Gracia neighborhood. The hipster Gracia district is one of Barcelona’s best kept secrets, with a totally unique vibe. You can meander from square to square at your leisure.

The central meeting point is the Placa de la Vila de Gracia. There’s pretty blue buildings and a 19th century clock tower. Placa Virreina and Placa del Sol are also neighborhood hang out places.

Walk down the Carrer de Verdi, which crosses the whole neighborhood. It’s a beautiful tree-lined street with boutique shops, cafes, and tapas bars.

Gracia is packed with fantastic restaurants and independent art galleries. Click here for a guide to Gracia’s restaurants.

Casa Vicens, a hidden gem Gaudi building in Barcelona

Tips For Spending One Day In Barcelona

Here are some most know tips for spending one efficient day in Barcelona.

1. How To Get To Barcelona

Barcelona has an international airport, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona – El Prat (BCN). It’s the second busiest airport in Spain.

To reach the city center, you can take the Aerobus bus or the train. Both take about 40 minutes. You can also book a private transfer, which is the quickest method.

2. How To Get Around Barcelona

Barcelona is a fairly big city. Yet, you can still walk to many of the main attractions.

But, with only one day in Barcelona, you’ll probably need to take public transport. You can use the metro or take taxis.

The metro is relatively painless and easy to understand. You can buy a multi-day or multi-journey ticket that suits your needs. Also, Uber isn’t yet fully operational in Barcelona.

The hop on hop off bus is quicker and easier than using the metro. You’ll be whisked between every key site in Barcelona with commentary along the way. This was what I used the last time I spent one day in Barcelona.

There are 3 routes and 44 stops. The sites on this itinerary are on the blue route.

Gaudi-designed crypt at Colonia Guell

Bus frequencies vary from 5-25 minutes. 25 minutes is a long time to wait for a ride. That’s why taxis may help you see more of Barcelona.

If you use the hop on hop off option, you might consider purchasing the Barcelona Card. You get tickets discounts, hop on hop off bus and metro access, and free entry to both Sagrada Familia (after 2:00 pm) and Park Guell — which fits perfectly with this one day Barcelona itinerary.

You can also take taxis in Barcelona. The official ones are black and yellow.

There are plenty of other funs ways to explore Barcelona in one day, for every type of interest. You might enjoy some of these tours:

  • half day Segway tour
  • an e-bike + tapas tour
  • bike+ history tour
  • Gaudi themed bike tour
  • an e-bike tour that includes Sagrada Familia entry
  • small group catamaran tour

Montjuic cable car passing in from of the Christopher Columbus statue

3. Where To Stay In Barcelona

Wondering where to stay in Barcelona? For a splurge, try the Mandarin OrientalCotton House, or the Hotel Arts.

If you like boutique hotels (I know I do), check out the h20 Madison, the Hotel Neri, or the Hotel Pulitzer.

Gothic Quarter

4. Is Barcelona Safe?

Barcelona is generally a safe city. But like other large cities, it has its share of pickpockets. They especially congregate around Las Ramblas.

If you’re a tourist, you’re a prime target. So safeguard your possessions with a money belt and avoid anyone approaching you who might create a distraction.

5. When To Visit Barcelona

Like many popular destinations in Europe, it’s best to visit Barcelona in shoulder season, spring or fall. Spring is especially lovely.

Summer will be incredibly hot. Conversely, because of Barcelona’s unpredictable weather and northern location, winter can be quite cold.

street performer on Las Ramblas

6. Is One Day In Barcelona Enough?

One day in Barcelona is not enough to see the city. It takes time to see all the city’s UNESCO sites and ramble down the picturesque streets.

Still, if you have the chance to spend a day in Barcelona, you should grab it.

7. More Than One Day In Barcelona?

Have more time in Barcelona? If so, check out my 3 day itinerary for Barcelona and my guide to hidden gems in Barcelona.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my one day in Barcelona itinerary. You may enjoy these other Spain travel guides and resources:

  • 10 Day Itinerary for Andalusia
  • Six 1 Week Itineraries for Spain
  • 10 Day Road Trip From Madrid To Seville
  • 10-14 Day itinerary for Spain’s Major Cities
  • 3 Day Itinerary for Seville
  • 2 Day Itinerary for Madrid
  • Famous Landmarks in Spain
  • 1 Week Itinerary for Northern Spain
  • Guide To Bilbao Spain
  • Guide to Granada Spain

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How to Spend One Awesome Day in Barcelona

Is there any other city throughout the whole of Europe that offers visitors a more diverse range of things to do than Barcelona? Barcelona city boasts a rich cultural heritage, a 4km long sandy beach, fabled UNESCO architectural gems, a culinary scene the envy of the world, and all the attractions of a modern global city alongside historic districts such as the Gothic quarter.

In our Barcelona travel guide, you’ll find a complete itinerary of all the most important must see Barcelona attractions, with an interactive map, organised to make the best use of your time.

We also share recommendations for central places to stay, ideas about where to eat local food, and tips about how to make the most of your 24 hours in Barcelona.

When to Visit Barcelona

Barcelona is blessed with a Mediterranean climate consisting of mild winters and warm to hot summers. With average daily temperatures between 20˚c and 30˚c, the most pleasant time of year for a Barcelona one day tour is from the beginning of May to the end of July. 

Visit earlier in late March or April, or later in September and into winter for better deals on car hire, tours and hotel deals, plus quieter attractions and fewer queues.

During the traditional holiday season of August, Barcelona sees temperatures in the mid 30˚s and long periods of increased humidity.  Such conditions will inevitably make your 1 day in Barcelona less comfortable, especially with all the other people who throng there in the height of summer!

Is this your first time visiting Spain Get all the information you need in our Spain Travel Guide, including what to pack, the best time of year to go, getting there and practical tips to help you have the best trip!


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The international airport in Barcelona is called El Prat de Llobregat and is located 13km south of the city. You can also fly into Girona or Reus Airports, however, they are over 100km away, and whilst they will have cheaper flights, it will cost a bit more and take much longer to get to Barcelona.

From Barcelona airport the easiest and cheapest way to get to the city is by train, the train station is located in Terminal 2, and if you happen to arrive in Terminal 1 you can take an airport shuttle bus to Terminal 2. The Renfe R2 Nord Line trains run every 30 minutes to Barcelona Sants, the main train station, and take about 17 minutes. You can purchase tickets at the ticket machines at the airport train station.

The Metro is also another good option, you can take the L9 south line directly from the airport, it stops at both terminals and leaves every 7 minutes. You will need to change to either Metro lines 1, 3 or 5 depending on where you want to go in the city – check out the Barcelona metro map to help you plan the journey takes around 30 mins. Find more information here on timetables and tickets.

You can also choose to go by bus, there is an Aerobus stop outside each of the terminals the buses run 24/7 365 days a year, and leave every 5-10 minutes. Buses from both terminals go to Placa Catalunya, which is at the top of La Rambla and not far from the Gothic Quarter. The journey takes 30-35 minutes, you can buy your tickets in advance here.

If you do decide to fly into Girona, there is a bus directly from the airport to Barcelona Estacio del Nord, close to the Arc de Triomf, they leave every 20 to 25 minutes after each Ryan Air flight arrival and take 75 minutes to get to Barcelona. You can also travel by train, but you will either need to take a bus or taxi to the train station in Girona.

From Rues Airport you can also take a direct bus to Barcelona Sants Station, they leave after every arrival and take around 1 1/2 hrs, you can buy tickets at the ticket machines at the bus station in the airport. You can also travel by train, but you will either need to take a bus or taxi to the train station in Rues.

You can also book a private transfer from the airport with Klook directly to your accommodation in the city. Klook works with a large range of local operators to bring the the best options and prices for your transfer.

Where to

Stay in Barcelona

Luxury:Casa Bonay – | Agoda

Mid-Range:h20 Metropolitan Hotel – | Agoda

Budget:Musik Boutique Hotel | Agoda

Hostel: Kabul Party Hostel – | Agoda

What to See & Do in Barcelona

Getting Around Barcelona

Barcelona is packed full of interest and we have picked the most iconic and important sights that you should see during your Barcelona trip.

This one day Barcelona itinerary is around 11km long and you will be walking for well over two hours – you may prefer to speed things up a little by using transport between attractions.

Public Transport

Public transport in Barcelona is a great way to get around. A T-dia card allows you to make unlimited journeys by bus and metroaround Barcelona in a day for €10. 50.

You can by the ticket from automatic vending machines at bus and metro stations, and the TMB app.

Barcelona Bus Turístic

Another option is the Barcelona hop-on hop-off bus, although this is does not offer the value for money that the public transport system does. If you do decide to use the bus, make sure you pick the route that works best for your plans.

Blue Line – From Plaça de Catalunya to FC Barcelona’s stadium Camp Nou via Passeig de Gràcia, Sagrada Família, Gràcia, Park Güell, Tibidabo and Pedralbes.

Red Line – From Plaça de Catalunya to Ciutadella Park via Passeig de Gràcia, Avinguda Diagonal, Sants railway station, Montjuïc and Port Vell.

Green Line – From the Olympic Port to the Fòrum via Poblenou and Parc Diagonal.


Interactive Map of Your Barcelona Itinerary

How to use this map – Use your fingers (or computer mouse) to zoom in and out. Click or touch the icons to get more info about a place, and click the arrow in the box top left to open the index. To add to your own Google Maps account, click the star next to the title of the map.


La Sagrada FamÍlia

The first attraction to see during a day in Barcelona must be the Sagrada Familia church, the yet to be completed architectural masterpiece of Barcelona’s own Antoni Gaudi. 

You do not need to be an architecture buff to appreciate his unique and distinctive style, heavily influenced by nature and its widely agreed that Gaudi carried the Art Nouveau style far beyond its usual application as a form of decoration, into the structural design of the building itself.

Gaudi’s design is so complex that whilst the foundation stone was laid as far back as 1882, Sagrada Familia is not expected to be completed until 2026, some 100 years after his death. 

Once complete, the imposing building will boast three facades, eighteen spires and, at 172m, will be the world’s tallest church building.

In case you’re wondering, La Sagrada Familia is no longer a cathedral. When construction first began, it was understood to be a simple Roman Catholic church. Later on, it was designated as a cathedral, and then in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI declared it a basilica.

Be warned though, with over three million annual visitors, Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s most visited attraction. 

Queues to enter one of the world’s most famous and unmissable landmarks may take anything up to three hours, unless you beat the crowds and book in advance Sagrada Familia tickets for one of these highly rated skip the line tours. As well as not having to queue, you’ll have a local guide who can help you understand the history and intricacies of this fascinating building.

Gaudi Architecture

Gaudí’s influence on the city of Barcelona can be seen all around you. Significant examples and attractions you may want to include within your Barcelona itinerary are Casa Batlló and Casa Mila.

Both within one hundred metres and a minutes walk of each other on Passeig de Gracia.  Try this skip the line guided tour of Casa Mila and Casa Batllo to find out more information about the structures and the architect himself.

La Rambla

To the west of the Gothic Quarter lies La Rambla, the 1.2km pedestrian route through the heart of the city from Placa de Catalunya to the seafront and the Christopher Colombus monument to the south. 

You may also hear the street being called Las Ramblas, this refers to the five original and distinct streets, which joined together form Las Ramblas.

Joining the throngs ambling along La Rambla you will come across countless stalls, street performers, bars and restaurants as well as the splendid Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona Opera Theatre), one of the most popular opera houses in Europe.


The Gothic Quarter

Walking through the charming Gothic Quarter with its labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets and historic buildings, you’ll be whisked you away from the modernity of the surrounding city to its medieval period.  

As well as the site for more stunning architecture such as the Catalan Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, and the elegent 14th century The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, or simply Barcelona Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter is home to numerous charming stores and grand squares such as Placa Reial.  

Here you can see more of Gaudi’s influence with his fine street lamp design. Unsurprisingly, given its mysterious corners and sometimes eerie atmosphere, the Gothic quarter plays a central part in Barcelona’s cultural heritage. 

Picasso lived and worked here at the beginning of the 20th century and the area was also home to the sculptor and ceramicist, Joan Miró.  

A walking tour of the Barri Gotic with a local guide will bring this ancient part of the city to life, and the guide will also share insider tips on other attractions and where to enjoy the best tapas.



Montjuïc is not just one attraction but a district in the south west of the city offering many possible destinations of interest.  Centred around Montjuic Hill this district also provides visitors with fabulous views over the city below, sprawling port district and the Mediterranean.  

The best way to get to Montjuic is to walk up from Placa d’Espanya. Head through the dual towers of Torres Venecianes, past the magic fountain and onto the Placa de les Cascades, a huge series of waterfalls, to the grand and ornate Palacio Nacional, site of the 1929 International Exhibition. From here you can easily walk to all the main attractions of Montjuic.

For the best views of the city, take the Teleferico del Puerto (Port Cable Car) from Miramar on Montjuic down to the old port and beaches. Expect to queue in summer, you cannot pre-book tickets.

Don’t mistake the port cable car for the Teleferic de Montjuïc (Barcelona Cable Car) which departs from a station higher up the hill and takes you around Montjuic. This is also a great way to see views of Barcelona, but doesn’t quite have the drama of the port cable car, or the added bonus of delivering you back to sea level!

Alongside the attractions of Montjuic Castle, the botanical gardens, Joan Miro Foundation, the Mies van der Rohe El Pabellón (The Barcelona Pavilion) and the beautiful magic fountain with its nightly light and music displays, Montjuïc itself could be a 24 hour destination.


Learn How to Cook Paella & Make Tapas

Paella is the national dish of Spain and learning to cook this dish, with market-fresh ingredients and a local Spanish chef is a great way to spend an evening in Barcelona. Learn all the secrets and source local ingredients from Boqueria market to create paella whilst enjoying tapas and sangria, another Spanish favourite! 

Did you know that Sangria is a drink typically made by Spaniards at home, by mixing red wine in a large pitcher with carbonated lemonade or soda water, fruit (any fruit will do, our Spanish friends even use bananas!) and lots of ice?

Sangria is not a drink any self-respecting Spanish person would order in a bar or restaurant, but something to be enjoyed on a hot afternoon or evening at home – but you’re on holiday so that doesn’t matter!


La Pedrera Night Experience

Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera) is one of the best examples in Barcelona of Gaudi’s famous architecture and visiting at night is the perfect way to experience the intriguing interior and roof-terrace at it’s best.

Visit the house during the evening, for a semi-guided night tour of the casa, followed by a unique audiovisual light show and glass of cava on the mansion’s famous roof terrace, an experience about as surreal as Antoni GaudÍ himself.

This is a really cool way to see the casa, which you may well have visited anyway, with lots of extras for only a few euros more than a regular ticket – definately one of the best things to do in Barcelona at night!


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Where to Eat in Barcelona

Mercado de La Boqueria

The Boqueria Market on La Rambla is a vibrant public market filled with colourful fresh produce and the ideal destination for lunch or a quick pit stop. Regularly voted the best market in the world, La Boqueria is a central part of daily life in Barcelona. 

The grand iron entrance leads to a celebration of fresh quality produce and heaven for any foodie. Here you’ll find everything from delicious fruit and vegetables, olives, artisan breads, dried and smoked meats such as jamon Iberico and chorizo, seafood and amazing cheeses, including the typical Spanish manchego.

La Boqueria is ideal for a quick snack to re-energise you during your day in Barcelona, or a longer lunch at one of the many small and friendly stalls. Just find a stool and tuck in. 

These are our top picks of places to eat in La Boqueria; 

  • Bar Remblero is known for its seafood selection.
  • El Quim de La Boqueria does the best huevos rotos (broken or scrambled eggs) in town.
  • Pinotxo Bar for Juanito, the owner who has been cooking here for over 50 years!

El Chigre 1769

El Born, adjacent the Gothic quarter in the centre of the city, is one of Barcelona’s most fashionable districts. For a more lively and culinary end to your 24 hours in Barcelona, head to one or perhaps a few of the area’s vibrant bars and charming restaurants.

Our own particular favourite is El Chigre, a cider and vermouth bar on Carrer dels Sombrerers serving a fine selection of incredible tapas and delicious herby Spanish vermut.

Top Five Barcelona Travel Tips

  1. Don’t buy a Barcelona Pass if you’re planning in seeing Barcelona in one day. The cost of €80 is much more than you will spend following our Barcelona 1 day itinerary.
  1. Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain and sadly attracts thieves and pickpockets. Keep your belongings close, don’t leave your phone hanging out of your back pocket and carry your bag on your front. Leave your passport and any other valuables in the hotel safe and make sure you have good travel insurance – we recommend World Nomads.
  1. For incredible city skyline views, head for Bunkers del Carmel. It’s one of the best places to get those panoramic images of Barcelona that you see all over Instagram. Take a blanket and enjoy the moment.
  1. Churros y chocolate are a staple breakfast in northern Spain. You’ll find them served in cafes and on street corners around the city. The churros are long doughnuts (you may also see porros which are bigger) and freshly fried, then covered with sugar. Dip them into the seriously gloopy, thick chocolate and you’ll be in breakfast heaven.
  1. Don’t spend too long on Las Ramblas – it’s probably the worst representation of Barcelona you can find in the city. 

More Than One Day in Barcelona?

If you have another half a day in Barcelona or are looking for a Barcelona 2 day itinerary, check out these attractions;

Park Guell

If you enjoyed the Gaudi villas, take a day trip to the unique Park Guell for full-on Gaudi immersion in this fascinating park with amazing views.

Parc de la Ciutadella

Head for a stroll in Parc de la Ciutadella, a tranquil green space with ancient trees and interesting sculptures in the centre of Barcelona. Enjoy a row on the lake and see the Arco de Triunfo, built as the main entrance to the Universal Exhibition held here in 1888. At the weekends, there are quite often street food trucks lining the route into the park.

Hang at Barcelona Beach

Barcelona’s beachfront boardwalk stretches for miles and it will take at least an hour to walk north from La Barceloneta to Diagonal Mar. Sant Sebastia beach is busy but is backed by Barceloneta’s tangle of cool shops and bars, making this a great destination. If you prefer a more peaceful setting, head north of Port Olimpic for beaches frequented by locals.

Montserrat Tour with Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

If you take one day trip from Barcelona, take this highly rated and well organized trip from Barcelona to stunning Montserrat mountain range.

Explore Catalonia’s sacred mountain range by cogwheel train, visit the historic Benedictine Abbey monastery, and admire the dramatic St. Jerome’s peak.

With a professional guide to offer insights, an organized tour is the perfect opportunity to see more of Spain in less time!


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All Barcelona in one day 🧭 tour price €195, 122 reviews, schedule of tours in Barcelona

All Barcelona in one day 🧭 tour price €195, 122 reviews, tour schedule in Barcelona

Sightseeing tour of the most impressive places in the city

Tripster Tour in Barcelona

This excursion is ideal for those who are going to spend just one day in the Catalan capital. I will show you the most impressive places in the city.


  • You will see the Gothic Quarter and find out who founded Barcelona and how. With your own hands you can touch the wall that was built by the ancient Romans, and the columns that were erected under the supervision of Emperor Augustus – they are almost two thousand years old! You will walk along the square where the witches were burned by the servants of the Holy Inquisition. Find out why the inhabitants of the medieval city asked the executioner for the feet of the executed. Count the geese in the courtyard of the Cathedral – there should be exactly as many of them as the age of the girl who was tortured by the pagans (I will also tell you this story).
  • You will see the houses in which the townspeople live from the 10th century to the present day. Drink water from the magic fountain. Bargain with prostitutes (if you wish, of course) on the local “red light district”. See the bar where Hemingway and Picasso, Dali and Orwell got drunk. Touch the doors of the house where the Barcelona vampire lived, who kept a children’s brothel. You and I will walk around the courtyard of the hospital where the dying Antonio Gaudi was brought.
  • Then we will have lunch in a small but extraordinarily colorful tapas bar, where the feet of tourists usually do not reach, and where they prepare tapas “for their own”. After lunch, we are waiting for the most beautiful views of the city from the observation deck, located on Mount Montjuic. We will pass by the Museum of National Art of Catalonia and past the magical fountains to the no less magical beauty of Plaza de España.
  • Next – by metro (after all, this is also a local color!) – we will again arrive in the city center. Let’s walk along the famous Passeig de Gracia past the most beautiful houses that were built by the best architects of the modernist period.
  • We’ll have coffee at a bar where Hollywood stars like to sit and maybe see Woody Allen or Justin Timberlake. And then we will head to the main symbol of the city, the great long-term construction – the Sagrada Familia temple. Let’s look at all its facades and I will tell you why visitors still see the ghost of Antonio Gaudi inside the temple.
  • Then we – again by metro – will get to the Arc de Triomphe, pass through the Ciutadella Park and go to the Born district, where I will help you buy delicious souvenirs.
    Further on our way – the port, the fishing area of ​​Barceloneta and the promenade with beaches.

Organizational details

  • Our entire walk will take from 4 to 6 hours, depending on your desire
  • Additional expenses: metro travel and lunch at a tapas bar

Meeting point

Meeting point by agreement with the guide, you can discuss it when ordering an excursion.

Still have questions?

Ask questions to the guideYou can chat with the guide before paying for the order and get answers to all your questions

Book an excursion on any of the available days in the calendar companies.

  • On the site you pay 23% of the cost, and the rest of the money – to the guide on the spot. You can ask the guide any questions before paying.
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    122 traveler reviews

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    The presentation of information is very good: slow enough to be interesting for all ages (I was with children 14 and 16 years old), without overloading with dates, but nevertheless with interesting details and stories.
    I really liked that Eugene chooses places where you can relax and take in information while sitting.
    Traveling by metro is an additional plus for excursions
    We divided our 6-hour excursion into days, which gave an additional positive effect for relaxation and assimilation. Children who speak Russian as a second native, however, are delighted.


    Eugene is an excellent guide. Thanks to him, we discovered Barcelona in its entirety.
    I am very glad that we were able to meet.


    I am very glad that Eugene introduced us to Barcelona! 6 hours flew by in one breath. Eugene tells the history of Catalonia in a very interesting way, we learned both historical facts and legends of this city. The route was perfect. Also Eugene gave us a lot of additional information on restaurants and shopping and informed us about events in Barcelona. We were very pleased, Eugene opened Barcelona to us from the best side!!!


    Evgeny thought over the route to the smallest detail and constantly told stories and legends about the city, plunging into which we were able to get a lot of unforgettable impressions. We will definitely recommend to friends and family!


    Eugene is trying very hard. The tour was good.
    On the day when the tour was, it was a holiday-day of the city and in the evening after the festivities there was a grand fireworks display, which we did not know about, of course. We returned home, and we rented apartments in the area on the sea, and we only heard the fireworks! And Eugene didn’t tell us anything about it. I got the impression that I worked out my work, and the rest doesn’t bother me. It’s very unpleasant when they give you the feeling that you are here so that I can earn money, and nothing more. Business baby!
    Of course, we will no longer order a tour with Evgeny, because for us, a guide is not a person who tells a memorized text, but a person who will open the soul of the city to you, initiate you into its life.
    Good luck Evgeny.
    We have with whom and with what to compare.


    It is a great luck to meet an interesting and literate guide from God, travelers will understand us. We are very lucky – Eugene is just like that, knowing the answer to any question, he reveals the topic in a very interesting way, he is well prepared and punctual. Thanks to his professionalism, the impressions of the city and its history are just wonderful. Many thanks and highly recommend


    Chic and amazing walk and tour of Barca. Everything is great.

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    Great tour. Eugene is a knowledgeable, interesting, understandable guide. Everyone was very pleased!


    Eugene is simply an amazing guide, the best of all with whom we had to get to know new cities closer! Fascinated, not tired, captured us with the history and legends of Barcelona! Recommended to all travelers and tourists. Bravo


    excellent tour of the main places in Barcelona. Very interesting to listen to, interesting presentation of the material, and, most importantly, there was no awkward silence during the transitions between the sights. In general, I highly recommend!


    1005 responses to other offers of the organizer

    Many thanks to Evgeny for a wonderful informative tour, we will be happy to return for new impressions.


    We had a great time, Eugene is a great storyteller, two children looked into his mouth for two hours. Highly recommend!


    Wonderful tour!!! We were a family with children aged 18 and 8. It was interesting for everyone, the younger listened with his mouth open, the next morning he retold the stories told by Eugene, and there were many of them) We walked around the Gothic quarter, saw a lot, learned a lot! Many thanks to the wonderful guide!!!


    I really liked the tour of Barcelona with Eugene! From the very first minutes it became clear that it would be interesting and definitely remembered.
    Eugene is an excellent guide, his story is well structured: the most important – and clearly on the shelves, so you remember many stories even a week after the tour. Especially about the suffering of St. Eulalia, Eugene told us as if he lived at that time and saw what was happening with his own eyes!


    It was with great pleasure that we went on a tour with Evgeny in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Two hours, full of interesting facts and stories, flew by like an instant. Everything was wonderfully organized and carried out


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    Where route starts?

    You will know the exact meeting place after making the prepayment.

    Can I ask a question before booking?

    Yes, the organizer will answer your questions within 30 minutes. You do not need to pay, just create an order with a question. If you are not satisfied with something later, you can cancel the order Ask a question

    When can a booking be cancelled?

    Only in case of unfavorable weather conditions, for example, if there is a boat trip, and according to the weather forecast there is an abnormally strong wind. In this case, the guide will warn you about the cancellation, and we will return the prepayment to the card. In all other cases, the tour will take place.

    Who else will be with me, group size?

    If the tour is private, the guide will hold a meeting just for you and your company. If it is a group tour, there will be other participants on the tour, the size depends on the conditions of a particular tour.

    How to pay for the tour?

    Create a booking for a convenient date and time, and make an advance payment as soon as possible to prevent other travelers from taking your seat. After that, the organizer’s contacts and the exact meeting point will become available to you. Pay the rest of the cost directly to the organizer.
    In rare cases, payment is made entirely on Tripster. Then you do not need to pay the organizer directly.

    If I cancel the booking, will the money be returned?

    If canceled 48 hours in advance or earlier, we will refund the entire deposit. The speed of the return will depend on your bank, usually it takes no more than 72 hours. All other refund cases are described in the refund policy.

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    Best day in Barcelona 🧭 tour price €360, 14 reviews, tour schedule in Barcelona

    Best day in Barcelona 🧭 tour price €360, 14 reviews, tour schedule in Barcelona

    9 hours to go to fall in love with the city forever

    Tripster Tour in Barcelona

    No matter how many times you visit Barcelona, ​​I will show you the city as I see it myself: filled with sun and love for life. You will hear interesting facts about famous sights, discover non-touristic and very atmospheric places, get acquainted with excellent local cuisine and see the Catalan capital from the most beautiful angles. The goal of this tour is to be the best part of your adventure in Spain!

    What to expect

    Barcelona-style morning meal
    We’ll meet at 9:00 to enjoy the best Catalan tradition from start to finish. Let’s start with breakfast in one very cozy place, away from the tourist trails, where you will be offered eggs Benedict, French toast and freshly brewed coffee. During the meal, I will tell you about Catalonia and the Catalans, traditions and family, about what values ​​​​and what goals are important for those to whom Barcelona has become dear and beloved.

    Promenade along the waterfront
    After breakfast, we will go for a walk along the promenades to be inspired by the atmosphere of the awakening city and wash in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. You will learn how the coastline has changed and how Barcelona’s ten blue flag beaches were born. Then we will visit the place where the Citadel Fortress was in the 18th century, and now there is a wonderful city park. On its territory there is also a wonderful Barcelona Zoo, where both locals and tourists like to spend their leisure time.

    Treasures of the Gothic Quarter
    In the historical part of the city you will find ancient monsters, the remains of the Roman Empire, Royal Squares and palaces, churches and the Patron Saints of Barcelona. You will surely recognize the places that you have seen before in numerous films and clips, touch the walls that are more than 2000 years old, and go down into real dungeons. On the way we will talk about the times of the Great Inquisition, I will show you the house where the Barcelona executioner lived and tell you what he sold after each execution.

    Coffee break
    After immersing yourself in the rich centuries-old history of the quarter, you can take a break with a cup of freshly brewed coffee in a coffee house, which is included in the 10 best coffee houses in the world.

    Bohemian district of Eixample
    Walking along Pasech de Gracia, you will visit Casa Battlo and Casa Mila, and get acquainted with the history of these outstanding creations of Catalan architects. And after that, we will head to the most visited monument in Europe and the hallmark of Barcelona – the Sagrada Familia. You will hear the history and legends of this famous building, and at the crypt of the great Antonio Gaudí you will be able to honor the memory of the famous architect.

    Lunch at a fisherman’s restaurant
    Another non-tourist establishment that will show you all the richness and splendor of Catalan dishes from the freshest seafood.

    Montjuïc Atmosphere and Royal Residence
    After refreshing and enjoying lunch, we will take the funicular up Mount Montjuïc for breathtaking views of Barcelona and the seaport. Here you will see the Medieval Fortress, learn about the history of the civil war, the siege of Barcelona and how the people of Barcelona fought for the independence of the region for many centuries. We will walk along the upper terrace, visit parks and recreation areas where the serenity of this city is so well felt. In addition, the program will include a real royal palace, the current residence of the Spanish King Philip VI, where you will see the palace ensemble and singing fountains.

    Cherry on the cake – Mount Tibidabo
    On a mountain 564 meters above sea level is the Temple of the Sacred Heart and the statue of Jesus Christ, as well as the oldest amusement park in Europe. From this spectacular location you will see the snow-capped peaks of Andorra and all the beauty of the Catalan capital, which will be the perfect end to your best day in Barcelona!

    Organizational details

    Breakfast, lunch, coffee, museum tickets are paid separately (which I will help you get with a 15% discount).

    Meeting point

    Tour starts by appointment. You will know the exact meeting point immediately after booking.

    Still have questions?

    Ask questions to the guideYou can chat with the guide before paying for the order and get answers to all your questions

    Book an excursion on any of the available days in the calendar companies.

  • On the site you pay 23% of the cost, and the rest of the money – to the guide on the spot. You can ask the guide any questions before paying.
  • Busy day

    Free day

    14 traveler reviews

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    In principle, we were satisfied) a good route, delicious places for breakfast and lunch, not a bad knowledge of the topic) thanks)) yes, even help in some matters not related to this excursion)!!

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    For the first time in our beloved Barcelona, ​​we took a guide and spent an amazing day with Vladimir, who is in love with this city. We looked at the familiar (with new eyes), and discovered something new
    Thank you


    Great tour! Learned a lot and visited many interesting places! Imbued with love for Barcelona and Spain in general! Thank you Vladimir for the best day in Barcelona!!!


    We chose the most expensive tour of Barça and did not fail – a great guide, a great route, everything was tailored for us (we are a couple), everything was in a comfortable rhythm for us. We highly recommend the Sagrada Familia tour. Thanks to Vladimir and Kirill for a great time.!))


    We highly recommend this tour and guide, Vladimir loves Spain very much, he knows a lot about it, he leads the tour in a fascinating way, he will show you interesting places that an ordinary tourist will not see.


    Quite a complete and interesting tour of Barcelona. Tired but great.


    Excursion from a man who is sincerely and wholeheartedly in love with Barcelona. Vladimir generously shared his euphoria with us 🙂 we visited many key points of Barcelona, ​​learned a lot of interesting facts about the city, were blown away by the beauty of the Sagrada Familia… The day flies by and we don’t want it to end 🙂


    Thanks to Vladimir for a great day spent with him in beautiful Barcelona. There was no feeling of an “official” tour. It was a walk with a friend who knows places, events, dates and names. Vladimir also told a lot about the ordinary, everyday life of the country, city and people. The places for coffee and lunch offered by Vladimir are not touristy, but “local” and tasty. Vladimir is a very easy and pleasant person to communicate with, he gave us recommendations, offered his help and advice for the rest of the time in the city. Do not be afraid of the duration of the walk at nine o’clock – time flies almost imperceptibly and with pleasure. To be honest, we would have walked more)))
    Vladimir, THANK YOU!!! We look forward to future meetings)))
    Dmitry and Irina


    I liked everything very much. But it takes time to digest. The main impressions after returning. I liked Vladimir’s love for this city. Thanks to Vladimir, the city of Barcelona for the impressions


    My husband and I really had the best day in Barcelona!!! We are very grateful to Vladimir for the vivid impressions of getting to know Barcelona. Despite the fact that the tour lasted 9 hours, we were not tired. Not a hasty walk around the city, without fuss, the route is thought out. Vladimir is a wonderful interlocutor. And his presentation of the material is not like that of a historian or journalist, he tells us not only historical facts, but also expresses his opinion, and also talks about ordinary life in Spain. He shares with us what he himself likes and what he himself admires. We were able not only to look outside the houses of Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, but also to see the interior decoration of these houses. We were also able to enter the Sagrada Familia, as Vladimir ordered tickets for us. Even with such issues as transfer and luggage, Vladimir helped us. We are very satisfied and grateful to Vladimir for this Best day – the name of the tour speaks for itself!!!
    Sincerely, Svetlana and Valery from Priozersk, Leningrad Region.


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    1. The method itself – cycling in Barcelona is cool, there are many bike paths, a special pleasure is along the promenade.
    2. Beautiful route!
    3. Flexibility in solving difficulties: the brake does not work for the bike – they brought a new one, if you need a stop-respite – you can do it, you need a pharmacy – you can call in.
    4. At the end, Vladimir recommended a good fish restaurant, thanks, we both liked it.
    What did not like:
    1 . There were no children’s/teenager’s bicycles, their 11-year-old son simply lowered the seat on an adult heavy rental bicycle.
    2. This bike for a child to drag 5 escalators, of course, is difficult and dangerous, it was difficult for me at first. Of course, at first, out of habit, I scolded my son, but then I turned on my head. It’s dangerous and hard (a big heavy adult bike on an escalator!), and you also scolded him for being ungrateful.
    3. Instead of 6 hours, we rode a maximum of 4. I understand that the child looked tired and cranky, but it would be better to discuss with us the options, whether we agree to a reduction / change in the route.
    5. We did not go up the funicular, there was no breakfast (and we love cafes so much!). When we asked for a stop, it was, but it was clearly not planned.


    Olga, thank you for your feedback.
    1. Your son was offered two models of bicycles: one urban, lightweight, quite comfortable model, with a comfortable fit and easy ride. And the second sports model that your son wanted. But this bike is more suitable for cross-country, and it is professional.
    Neither the first nor the second your son liked.
    As a result, we lost about 30 minutes on choosing a bike.
    The escalator ride was just so you don’t have to pay the extra 36 euros for the funicular ride.
    And I shouldn’t have taken the responsibility of lifting your son’s bike, he’s a big enough guy and physically fit. I will keep this in mind in the future.
    We cut the very last part of the climb short because your son repeatedly asked when we would start going down the mountain.
    Therefore, I also drew a conclusion from this for the future, thank you.
    After the end of the tour, I took you to a restaurant in the neighboring area, it took us about 25-30 minutes.
    Thanks to your feedback, my tour has been improved.


    The unique pearl of Andorra, hidden in the depths of the Pyrenees – fascinating and informative. Vladimir is in love with this country with all his heart and is happy to share these emotions with travelers, thank you!


    The tour with Vladimir was the best in Barcelona. He tells interesting things. My husband knows history and religion very well. Was a bit skeptical when I suggested this guided tour. He planned to go there on his own. But even he was impressed and was very pleased. And visiting the local tavern after the tour is a separate tour) We learned about how the locals cook leek on an open fire and serve it with a breathtaking sauce, and it’s insanely delicious. We ate 25 onions for two and probably would have eaten more, but we had to leave room for other culinary delights. Ooooo highly recommended. Worth the money for sure!


    An amazing trip to the spiritual center of Catalonia. Vladimir led us through all the secret places, arranged for us to get to the famous choir of Benedictine boys in the first rows. After we stopped at an incredibly delicious restaurant of Catalan cuisine, where only locals dine. The best experience!


    I wanted to comment on our tour of the cheese dairies of Catalonia. The guide’s name is Vladimir, it was clear that the person came to this tour for the first time, just like us, there was no knowledge of the cheese-making craft, we visited three cheese factories, none of them knew this person, there was no knowledge about farming at all, there was practically no translation , the impression is as if he came on a tour and not us. The dinner completely spoiled the tour, where I had to pay for Vladimir, although this is not included in the price of the tour, as a human being it is simply low. The impressions were very negative, such guides should be kept away. I DO NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE!!!


    Konstantin, good afternoon!
    I’m sorry you didn’t like the tour. I would like to comment on your comments. The tour to the cheese dairy was organized on 02/18/2023.
    In preliminary correspondence, Konstantin indicated that he, his wife and two children of 13 years old would go on an excursion. I indicated in the letter that for two children the payment is 50% of the cost. In addition, Konstantin asked to combine wine and cheese tours on the same day. I advised not to mix these two tours, since the program of each is quite rich, and there are enough impressions. In addition, the duration of one tour is more than 6 hours, which in general is more than enough for one day. The visit program included three cheese factories located in different parts of Catalonia, but the most combined in distance. These were cheese farms that produce cheese from goat, sheep and cow milk. Konstantin was surprised to learn that we will visit three cheese factories instead of one. I called for tourists at 9-00 am Saturday, to the hotel and we hit the road. On the way, I talked about Catalonia, Barcelona, ​​Spanish cuisine, traditions, cheese production and, in general, about the agricultural country. The first visit to the cheese factory was at the foot of Montserrat, where cheeses are made from sheep’s milk. The tour started at 10-00. There was no flock of sheep at this cheese factory, because the herd was in the field on grazing. We were told in detail the methodology, showed the cheeses, production, and of course everything was translated into Russian. After that, Konstantin bought several different cheeses and a bottle of cava. After that, we went to a large farm in the Granolers area, where cheeses are made from cow, sheep and goat milk. I want to mention that a tasting of 10 different cheeses was organized for us, a tour of the farm was held, where tourists took pictures with calves, sheep and other inhabitants of this farm, and they didn’t take money for an internal tour and tasting, although it usually costs 12-15 € per adult visitor. After that, Konstantin bought about 7 different cheeses and we went to the third farm near the city of Girona. At this cheese factory, we were met by the owner of the farm, Juan, who conducted an excellent internal tour, showed calves, cows, the operation of equipment and the process of milking cows. I have photos and videos. After that, an excellent cheese tasting was held, after which Konstantin bought a whole wooden box, decorated and packed by Juan. For this internal tour and cheese tasting, Konstantin paid 12 € for himself and his spouse, for children took. Based on the above facts, you can understand if Konstantin would buy cheese at every cheese factory if there were no translation, tastings and stories about types of cheese. At each cheese factory, they were waiting for us, all visits were agreed and scheduled in advance. Translation from Spanish into Russian was made in full. After that, we went to Barcelona, ​​and after about 1 hour, we arrived at the hotel from which our tour began. There was no joint dinner, since we returned around 15 o’clock and a family dinner was waiting for me at home. When I go to restaurants together, I always pay my bill separately. Thanks for the feedback!


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