24 Hours in Barcelona

24 Hours in Barcelona

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

Barcelona is a beautiful Spanish city with many architectural highlights boasting creativity. 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 24 hours. Check the itinerary below to make the most of your day and create the best memories.

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 5 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. Remember to dress appropriately to enter. To save time, book tickets online in advance.  

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. 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.  

Be sure to visit the Picasso Museum which houses over 4,000 of the artist’s work. After, head 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 1-kilometer adorned with historic buildings, will also be a great way to take in the culture of Barcelona.  

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. Had your fill of museums? Head to Barceloneta Beach instead. This popular beach provides heavenly seafood eateries along the shore. 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 with sangria to 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! 

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