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What to see in Barcelona in one day: The Perfect Route!


Imagine it: you decide to go to the city of Barcelona to spend the day, and you only have one day for sightseeing. What route should you follow to make the most of your time? Take note of everything you can see in Barcelona in one day by following the route we indicate!

Start at Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is one of the most important monuments, if not the most, in the whole city. So it’s not surprising that the starting point is here.

Our advice is to go there first thing in the morning (they open at 9:00), because very soon queues start to form and the number of daily tickets is limited. Do you know what else you will see starting here? The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, a complex of hospital buildings that were designed by Lluis Domènech i Montaner.

Continue your way to the Parc Güell

After your visit to Sagrada Família, how about a walk in one of the city’s most emblematic parks? Indeed, we are talking about Parc Güell, which is located in the upper part of the city.

As you know, this park was one of Antoni Gaudí’s designs for the city, creating sculptures, buildings, and fountains with quite striking designs. You can go up the Dragon Staircase, visit the Hypostyle Room or the Guards’ House and even the Laundry Woman’s Portico. Now, if you feel like getting in touch with nature, go straight to the Gardens of Austria.

The Gracia district, a town within the city

Travel to the center of Barcelona, to reach one of the most popular places in the city: the Gracia district. A corner of Barcelona with a unique charm, as it looks like a village within the city; low-rise houses and narrow streets full of shops and bars.

You will probably be hungry by now, so you can stay in one of the bars in the area and try some of the classic local tapas. You won’t regret it.

Follow your way to Plaça de Catalunya


After you have eaten, you will need to walk a bit to digest. And what better way is there than to walk along the ‘Paseo de Gracia’ (Gracia Street) which will take you straight to the Plaza de Catalunya (Catalunya Square)?

The charm of this route is that you will be able to walk along an avenue full of modernist buildings, several shops of national and international brands and several restaurants, where you can eat if you have not already done so.

If you have time, take it easy to visit the Casa Milá, another of Gaudí’s works that will not leave you indifferent. Is there a long queue? There are other places to visit like Casa Enric Batlló, Casa Bonaventura Ferrer or Palau Malagrida.

It’s time to visit the Gothic Quarter

From Plaça de Catalunya you will reach one of the city’s most commercial streets, Portal de l`Angel. But don’t stop here. Follow your path to reach the Gothic Quarter, which dates back to Roman times.

Of all the things you can see in Barcelona in one day, this is one of the best; narrow streets, buildings and palaces in the Gothic style… Not to mention the many monuments such as the Cathedral of Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Carrer del Bisbe or the Plaça del Rei, which houses the Museum of the History of the City.

End the journey with a walk along La Rambla

How do you finish your route of what to see in Barcelona in one day? By walking along La Rambla, the most famous street in Barcelona. It is the perfect place to walk at sunset, with a mile long.

It is a place full of life with a lot of stalls, bar terraces, painters and street artists… And from which you can reach the market of La Boqueria, or see the great facade of the theater of El Liceo.

As you will see for yourself, following this route we recommend you will be able to see a lot of Barcelona in just one day.