A Great Day in Barcelona

A Great Day in Barcelona

"Sagrada Familia"Barcelona is a city that knows how to mix business with pleasure. It’s a city where football is on everyone’s mind, partying is a priority, and the strong Catalan flair flavors every experience. If you’ve only got 24 hours to spend in the city, you’d better make the most of them. To make sure you hit the highlights before you jet off to your next destination, here are my favorite spots for a great day in Barcelona.

Barcelona is a city that knows how to mix business with pleasure. It’s a city where football is on everyone’s mind, partying is a priority, and the strong Catalan flair flavors every experience. If you’ve only got 24 hours to spend in the city, you’d better make the most of them. To make sure you hit the highlights before you jet off to your next destination, here are my favorite spots for a great day in Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia

Obviously, you’ll have to visit the spot that dominates the Barcelonan skyline. La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudi’s true masterpieces, and has been under construction since 1882. The church is slated to be finished in 2026, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to see. With the bevy of architects that have contributed to the construction, the church is a brilliant collaboration of design and each part gives a glimpse into the thoughts of its designer.

Café d El’Opera

You’ll definitely get that old-world, nostalgic feeling sitting at this café. Its history dates back to the 18th century, and they sure know how to make a good cup of coffee. Enjoy a cup and a cake at this quaint piece of history while you take in the view of La Rambla.

La Rambla

After you’ve rested your feet and had some refreshments, you’ll find you’re in a prime spot for further sightseeing. La Rambla is the perfect pedestrian haven, so take a stroll down the avenue and take in the atmosphere. Stop and watch the street performers and human statues, stop in at La Boqueria to buy some fresh fruits, and just let your feet carry you as you take in the vibe of the bustling street.

The Picasso Museum

This hugely popular museum not only boasts the most extensive collection of works by Pablo Picasso, it’s also housed in 5 stunning medieval palaces – the castles being an experience on their own. Make sure you have plenty of time to browse the more than 3,500 works, including his old school “blue period” stuff.

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Tipple and Tapas

By now you may be ready for another round of refreshments, and there’s no better spot to get it than at “Boadas”, Barcelona’s oldest bar. This establishment has been in business just off La Rambla since 1933, and has played host to such great personages as Hemmingway and Juan Miro. It’s a tricky spot to find, marked by a little red door, but it’s definitely worth a visit. From there, move on for some excellent tapas at La Esquinicia. It’s off the touristic beaten path, but it’s a local favorite where you’ll find exceptional quality for a very reasonable price.

El Bosc de las Fades

Wind down by wandering through El Bosc de las Fades, set just off of the Wax Museum at the south end of La Rambla. You’ll feel like you’re walking through a fairy tale world with sleepy, drooping trees, waterfalls, caves, and a scattering of fairies. It’s a wonderful, whimsical spot to finish off a great day in Barcelona.

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