24 hours in Barcelona

24 hours in Barcelona

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

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Barcelona is a beautiful Spanish city with many architectural highlights boasting creativity. However, with only 24 hours, how do you enjoy your time? Whether you’ve found a cheap flight with a budget airline, are docked on a cruise or are making a pit-stop on your Spain road trip, enjoying Barcelona can be done in a day. Check the itinerary below to make the most of your day and create the best memories. After all, it’s quality, not quantity.  


Buenos Dias! Start your morning off right with breakfast at Citizen Café, a cozy café that is home to delicious eggs and fluffy pancakes.  

After you’ve fed your stomach, take a five minutes’ walk to Placa de Catalunya, a large square considered to be the city center where many important street venues are held.   

From there, walk to Passeig de Gràcia where you can shop till you drop and marvel at all the celebrated pieces of architecture. 

Next, check out the Sagrada Familia, Spain’s most famous church, in the morning to avoid crowds. Fact: This unfinished masterpiece is scheduled for completion in 2026. Remember to dress appropriately to enter. To save time, book tickets online in advance.  

Photo by Valery Egorov 


If all that sightseeing and walking has you feeling parched and hungry, Visit Mercat la Boqueria, a famous market that houses the freshest homegrown fruits and vegetables. Sip on a freshly squeezed juice for one euro a cup! 

Once your body is replenished again, head to Park Gϋell, a must-see enchanting park blanketed in a colorful mosaic garden. Buy tickets through their website to save time.  

Tip: It’s hard to get around Barcelona by foot when your time is limited so public transportation is best. Buy the travel card “Hola BCN,” valid for 2-5 days for unlimited journeys on all platforms of public transport. 

Visit the Picasso Museum which houses over 4,000 of the artists’ work.  

A seven minutes’ walk from the museum will take you to the Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter. This web of medieval streets is the center of Barcelona’s old city.   

If you haven’t gotten tangled in the medieval streets of Barri Gòtic, head to Placa Reial, a square packed with lamp posts and lush palm trees.  

Las Ramblas, a walkway stretching one kilometer adorned with historic buildings, will also be a great way to take in the culture of Barcelona.  

Photo by jackmalipan 

Tip: Rent a bike as another alternative way to discover Barcelona. Along with public transportation, it’s the fastest way to explore this city.   


If you’re up for a different kind of museum, check out the CaixaForum. This former brick factory features a forever-changing collection of art. The museum closes at 8 p.m. so be sure to head there early in the evening.  

Had your fill of museums? Head to Barceloneta Beach instead. This popular beach provides heavenly seafood eateries along the shore. Tip: Head out in the early evening to avoid crowds. It’s also the perfect time to catch a beautiful sunset.  

Photo by nito500

Top off the day with tapas at El Vaso De Oro, just two minutes from the beach, because is a trip to Spain really complete without tapas? Clink your glasses to a sangria and a memorable trip! 

Just because you have a short time to explore Barcelona doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. If you’ve liked what you’ve seen and want to explore this city some more, you can always go back! 

Check back tomorrow for day three of our Countdown to Summer!  

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