Wednesday, 2 November 2016

24 Hours In Barcelona

Barcelona… the city full of architecture, tapas and beaches! You might be thinking “How would I be able to spend 24 hours in Barcelona”. Personally, I don´t blame you! I was enamoured and overwhelmed over how much this marvellous cosmopolitan city has to offer!

Now I have lived here for over 5 months and as a tourist in my first week here I understand what people would want to see here, especially in 24 hours!

Whether you are here on a layover for a connecting flight or here on business, don´t waste your time in a hotel and discover the beauty that Barcelona has to offer! 

Classic architecture like Parc Guell and the famous Camp Nou may take too much of your time in Barcelona but you can still experience everything in the centre of this city!

Just make sure you don´t go on a Sunday as nothing is open!


Start your day off right with a morning stroll around Barri Gotic also known as the Gothic Quarter. Part of the Ciutat Vella district is stretches all the way down from the famous La Rambla to the beautiful seafront. The Gothic Quarter is where you can find the most characteristic streets and buildings. What is amazing about this area is that there are still remains from Roman Temples, which allows us to discover modern Barcelona and authentic and historic Barcelona. The most historic and mesmerising part is the Plaça del Rei. A medieval public square built in the 14th century! Barri Gotic is the perfect place for a slow stroll whilst discovering the gorgeous shops and landmarks this city has.


Now is the perfect time to get a metro and visit La Sagrada Familia; one of the many beautiful pieces of work by Antoni Gaudi. Located in a calm and quiet area of Sagrada Familia you can appreciate the wonderful Roman Cathedral in a park nearby or in one of the café´s nearby. The masterpiece is unfinished however local architects aim to have it built by 2026. If you want to take a look inside tickets range from 15 euros to 29 euros but it is worth it for the details and the design you can explore inside! All year around this landmark is surrounded by busy crowds so it is best to book online to avoid those long queues!


This is the time you can take a nice walk around to Passeig de Gracia. One of Barcelona´s most famous streets, with an array of shops, restaurants and architecture it is a captivating street with lots to discover. Here you can discover the beautiful workings Casa Battlo and Casa Mila by Antoni Gaudi whilst also exploring the high end shops like Valentino and Cartier! If you are also feeling peckish make sure to head into one of the many cafes and restaurants and tuck into some traditional Catalan dishes or head down to the top of La Rambla and treat yourself in the Hard Rock Café!


After taking a nice break for a spot of lunch its time to get back on your feet and walk down the famous La Rambla! It´s tree lined street leads you from Plaça de Catalunya all the way down to Port Vell which distance is at 1.2km! Or you could just save time and get the metro but you wouldn´t want to miss what there is to see at La Rambla! You especially would not want to miss La Boqueria! The famous market filled with Catalan food, fresh fruit, sweet treats and local seafood! Busy throughout the year and filled with delicious food for you to enjoy! Also down La Rambla you will find a variety of shops, Gelato stores and museums!


The first thing I noticed when I first moved here was how late everyone eats over here! I went to Granada for a college trip and we had our dinner at 9pm and in England 6pm is considered late let alone 9pm! I would suggest heading down to Barceloneta which has a lovely amount of restaurants for you to choose from. Before that take a walk from the bottom of Plaça de Catalunya and follow the Christopher Columbus Monument and follow the Port to the left and you will come across Barceloneta! It was built as part of an urban renewal program for Barcelona and you can see why! You will be impressed by the stunning boats and the shopping centre built right on the front! This sophisticated area of Barcelona will leave you amazed! 

Now is the time to discover the beautiful food that Barcelona is known for! The best thing about Barcelona is the variety of food it has. There is traditional Catalan Food and Spanish Tapas of course, but you will find a selection of other international restaurants like Italian or typical American burgers from my personal favourite Maka Maka Burger Bar. You will also have access to the beautiful stretch of beach that has a selection of bars to help quench your thirst! 

So there we have it! My top tips for spending a day in Barcelona! You get to see everything from medieval squares to sophisticated marinas!

Make the most of your time in this great city!

Let me know where else in Barcelona is good to discover!

Mol xo


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