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How to Spend 1 Day in Barcelona

How to Spend 1 Day in Barcelona

The mix of Art Nouveau architecture, Catalan culture, sparkling sea, and a thrumming nightlife make Barcelona one of Europe’s most irresistible cities. You could easily spend weeks and still not see everything the city has to offer. But, if you only have a single day, here’s how to make the most of the time you have.

 

Morning: Works of Gaudí

There’s one landmark you must see when in Barcelona: the Sagrada Familia. Save time with skip-the-line tickets booked ahead of your trip, get an early start, and take in views of the Catalan capital with a tour of the cathedral’s towers. Then, head to nearby Park Güell, another Gaudí masterpiece, for more city views and quirky, colorful tile work. It’s possible to pack in even more of the architect’s work with a Gaudí-themed tour that includes entrance to both Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, plus a walk down Passeig de Gracia to see Casa Batlló and La Pedrera from the outside.


Afternoon: Barcelona’s Old City

After lunch, head into the labyrinthine old city to soak up the atmosphere that keeps travelers coming back. If you want to be sure not to miss anything, opt for a walking, cycling, or Segway tour through the Gothic Quarter, El Born, and Raval neighborhoods. Another option that’ll help you see more in less time is to board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Grab an outdoor seat and tour the city with audio commentary about what you’re seeing.

 

Night: Tapas Tastings

No trip to Barcelona would be complete without treating your taste buds to some Spanish cuisine. As a first-time visitor, it can be hard to tell the good stuff from the bad, so enlist a local’s help during an evening tapas tour through the old city to taste some of the best bites around La Rambla, La Boqueria market, and the Gothic Quarter. Those interested in the Spanish art of flamenco can grab a table at the legendary Tablao Cordobes for a paella dinner and an evening of dancing, singing, and Spanish guitar.

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Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia

Priority Access: Best of Barcelona Tour Including Sagrada Familia

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Delve into the architectural beauty and rich history of Barcelona on a comprehensive full- or half-day tour of the Catalonian capital. With an expert guide, visit some of the city’s most iconic sights and enjoy skip-the-line access to Gaudi’s modernist masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Ascend to Montjuïc Hill to enjoy sweeping vistas of Barcelona’s metropolitan sprawl and stroll the streets of the Gothic Quarter on a guided tour. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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Sagrada Familia First Morning Tour with Skip the Line and Optional Tower Access

Sagrada Familia First Morning Tour with Skip the Line and Optional Tower Access

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Be the first to step inside La Sagrada Familia just before the crowds arrive on this morning tour in Barcelona. This tour allows you inside the unfinished church before it is open to the general public. Learn from your guide about the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Stroll among the columns as large as trees, admire the lavish decoration, and view the colorful stained glass windows that make this structure a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and upgrade to include access to the Tower. Afterwards, take a walk through nearby Parca de Gaudi if you wish.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover the best of Barcelona on this convenient City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. Choose from a 1- or 2-day pass, relax on the open-top, double-decker bus, and enjoy your own sightseeing itinerary as you travel multiple routes and learn about the landmarks via the onboard commentary. Stay aboard to enjoy 360-degree views of the sights, and hop on and off at any of the stops at leisure to explore top Barcelona attractions such as La Sagrada Familia, the medieval Gothic Quarter, the colorful Las Ramblas and more.
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Skip the Line: Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes Ticket

Skip the Line: Flamenco Night at Tablao Cordobes Ticket

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Experience an exhilarating flamenco performance at Barcelona’s legendary Tablao Cordobes. Cheer on a talented troupe of flamenco dancers as a unique display of agility, passion and energy is demonstrated on stage. Take in the lively atmosphere of one of Spain’s most famous flamenco venues and opt to enjoy a traditional Spanish buffet or refreshing drink while watching the show.
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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

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Experience the architectural and artistic majesty of Barcelona on a half-day bike tour of the city. Energize and enjoy yourself on this exciting excursion with a knowledgeable and experienced guide; see all of the city’s significant sights such as the La Catedral and Placa del Rei as you gently cycle between magnificent monuments. Capture fabulous photographs at each stop and gain insight into the city’s fascinating history with informative commentary. A moderate level of fitness is not required on this tour due to the gentle nature of the route.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Barcelona Card. 72,96 or 120h.

Barcelona Card. 72,96 or 120h.

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Make the most of Barcelona for less with the great-value Barcelona Card. Choose a 3-, 4-, or 5-day Barcelona city pass, and enjoy money-saving deals on a host of sights and activities. Gain free or discounted entry to more than 20 top visitor attractions, including the National Art Museum of Catalonia and Picasso Museum; enjoy savings at other attractions; and get free travel on Barcelona transport services, including the metro and buses. Plus, get a free city metro map and over 80 special offers at select shops, restaurants, and outlets.
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Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting

Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting

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Experience the culture and cuisine of Barcelona on this electric bike, tapas, and wine tour. Follow your knowledgeable guide through the atmospheric streets of the Catalonia's capital in search of landmarks such as the El Born Cultural Centre and Frank Gehry’s Golden Fish sculpture. Absorb the botanical beauty of Parc de la Ciutadella, and admire the picturesque charm of La Barceloneta port. Appease an appetite for authenticity by visiting a local bar to feast on up to four tapas dishes and three drinks in a convivial atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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The Best of Barcelona in One Day

The Best of Barcelona in One Day

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Combine two of Barcelona’s most popular tours and gain a comprehensive picture of the Catalonian capital with this combo package. In the morning, delve into the remarkable architecture of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) and enjoy sweeping city vistas from the summit of Montjuic Hill while visiting the ancient Montjuic Castle. Complete the day with an afternoon tour of Antoni Gaudi’s modernist masterpieces; marvel at the architectural eccentricity of UNESCO-listed La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and Park Güell and hear the story behind the artist whose work is so prevalent in Barcelona.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Barcelona Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Private Tour: Barcelona Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Take private Barcelona tour with this easily-customized, half-day excursion led by an expert guide. Pick the time of day and Barcelona sights that you find most interesting, as your guide helps arrange a personalized experience based on your request. Move easily through the city via vehicle and by walking with your guide. During your visit you may stop by such iconic sites as Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia cathedral, ancient Gothic quarter or the gorgeous hill-top attraction of Montjuic - it's up to you. This private tour of Barcelona also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel.
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Fast Entry Sagrada Família Guided Tour

Fast Entry Sagrada Família Guided Tour

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See one of Gaudi’s most famous pieces of work, with this skip-the-line, guided tour of the Sagrada Familia. Follow your English-speaking guide inside the basilica, one of Barcelona’s most iconic landmarks. During your tour, listen as your guide shares stories about Gaudi, and the history of this unfinished structure.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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