Barcelona city is a museum in itself and no doubt it is impossible to see everything in one day. Barcelona is the most international city in Spain, with its diversity and vividness in attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. For a quick take on what is a perfect day in this Catalan city read this article and discover what Barcelona can offer you.
It would be better to start day earlier so you could have more time to explore the city. Start by strolling around the famous Barri Gòtic– the center of the old city of Barcelona. This area is a charming labyrinth of twisting narrow cobblestone streets where you can get a touch of the city’s old time. Here you can feel the city as it is just waking up and it is an ideal place to have a breakfast. Head towards the Plaza Real and then walk until Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol – one of the prettiest squares in the Gothic quarter. Here you can observe the striking 14th-century church – Església de Santa Maria del Pi, various artists and just enjoy the surroundings and the atmosphere.
Next, make your way to the Sagrada Familia which is absolutely a MUST-SEE in Barcelona. The church is remarkable from outside but it is even more impressive from inside. It is better to buy the entrance ticket in advance in the Internet so you can skip the line and save your time. Gaudi started to work on this masterpiece in 1882 and it is still under construction today. Only this fact is imposing as it means what a miraculous craftsmanship it is.
After seeing the Sagrada Familia you can walk through Passeig de Gràcia and take a glance on other Gaudi’s creations: La Pedrera, also known as Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, one of his most beautiful buildings. These are Barcelona’s icons, where you can also go inside.
If you are still not tired, head towards the Park Güell. Here, as in all the others Gaudi’s works, you can notice his great love of nature, which was a source of inspiration to him. Antoni Gaudi was ordered by his patron, the count Guell, to construct a residential area where inhabitants could enjoy a vast gardened area. The Catalan artist expressed his personal style through applying mosaic trencadis – a technique that uses irregularly shaped ceramic fragments. The park is very colourful and affords a spectacular view over Barcelona city. You can spend some time exploring the park and see Gaudi-designed fairytale homes. Again, it is recommended to buy entrance tickets in advance in the Internet.
After such a long day, now it is time to really taste some delicious Catalan food. You have plenty of choice: paellas, tapas, and variety of sea food, salads, meat and many other elaborate dishes of food. Barcelona has many bars, restaurants and clubs. Many of them have a terrace as in Barcelona eating outside is very popular. If you want to visit some old authentic bars, check out these: Pinotxo Bar, El Xampanyet, Els Quatre Gats, and Restaurante Can Culleretes.
Don’t forget to stroll through La Rambla until Barceloneta beach, where you can also find places to grab some artisanal beer or a glass of wine. Remember that dinner here starts later than in other countries, so probably you will want to have a dinner after 8pm.