Barcelona can not be seen in a single day…. nor in two or three! But this guide will help you to have a first contact with the Catalan capital and you will surely want to come back a few more days to continue discovering it. Follow our route from the sea to the mountain. Ready to go? You have a day and a lot to visit!
The route starts in Barceloneta, an old sailors’ quarter (Barceloneta metro station). Enjoy the views and browse the harbor, where you can probably see impressive and imposing boats. Follow the coast until you see the emblematic monument in honor of the navigator Christopher Columbus. From there, looking towards the mountain, you will find La Rambla: 1,200 meters of ritual to be performed to soak up what Barcelona is, its atmosphere and its way of being. Each facade of each building hides a few peculiarities. Don’t forget to enter the Boqueria market to have a delicious freshly made fruit juice and let yourself be surprised by the spectacular Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona.
Next stop? The largest open-air museum of modernism: L’Eixample Dreta. In the central area of the district, you will find some of the most famous architectural gems such as La Pedrera, Casa Ametller or La Casa Batlló. We don’t have to tell you that you must visit the Sagrada Familia temple, one of the symbols of Barcelona (you can buy tickets in advance, you’ll save yourself a long queuing time).
And to close the afternoon, stroll through the Gràcia district, give yourself the pleasure of savoring its more than fifteen seats. Gràcia is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity, again, a must for any visitor. We don’t have to tell you that you’re going to find a thousand great places to have a recovered vermouth along with a good barvas.
Book the night for the Gothic Quarter and the Born. There are a lot of places to visit: the Plaça Reial, one of the busiest squares in the city; the Plaça Sant Felip Neri, with a surprising history; or the church of Santa María del Pí, where there was a pine forest a long time ago. But that’s not all, the Gothic is also the district where the Cathedral of Barcelona is located. It was built over six centuries and is the perfect reflection of the passage of time in the city. Following our route, cross the Via Laietana to enter the Born district. You’ll love visiting the Palau de la Música Catalana, one of the unique symbols of Barcelona’s Modernism. It was built in the early 20th century by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Lose yourself in the narrow streets and eat at one of the charming restaurants in the area.
If you liked reading this route about Barcelona, imagine what it will feel like when you visit it!