24 hours in Barcelona. Things to see and do in only 1 day in Barcelona.

We are lucky enough to live in Barcelona and enjoy every place as many times we want and have time to do. But, you know, when you have it every day, you don’t appreciate as if you come for the first time.

On a previous post we share top things to do for a 4 days stay in Barcelona. But, what if you don’t have the luxury of multiple days in the city? What if you’re just passing through, and only have a day in Barcelona? Well, fear not. We think you can squeeze a lot of adventure and sightseeing into one day, from magic fountains to spectacular churches.

But before you jump into reading we think you would like to have some more information about Barcelona:





  1. Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia is an iconic place to visit in Barcelona. So if you have few hours in Barcelona, then you just must see this place. A Gaudi masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and undoubtedly Barcelona’s most famed landmark. In fact, if you don’t see anything else, just visit this building.

The queue is really large to get inside, and specially in summer time. So, we advise you to get your tickets online and to get faster inside. The entry price is quite expensive, but it worth it.

After checking this church inside, go to the park, and you will have spectacular views over it and gorgeous pictures taken from this place.

  1. Park Guell.

Park Guell is a big garden complex slightly north of central Barcelona, originally planned as a garden housing development. This park remarks Gaudi’s talents and ideas and how great masterpieces he created. It’s worth a visit, but it is likely to be very crowded. It also offers splendid views across Barcelona.

  1. Passeig de Gracia.

La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. Both houses are Gaudi creations, and are very beautiful architectures, that worth to be visited once there.

Both architectures are very close to each other, only 4 streets apart, but both on Passeig de Gracia. Take a time to get a tour to both of those and you will love those.

  1. Placa de Catalunya.

The Placa de Catalunya is a big plaza in the middle of Barcelona, and a good place to enjoy some quality time during the day. It is very touristy as any other places, but you will always find your little space there.

  1. Gothic Quarter.

Gothic Quarter is amazing due to all the old buildings you will find there. Some of those are more than 2000 thousands years. Every corner will be just spectacular to take a shot.

But, be careful with your pockets, stealers know that there are many tourists here and they look for some relaxed tourists.

Here you can enjoy some quality time at Cathedral of Barcelona. Another priceless church, that every tourist has to see it.

  1. Castell Montjuic and Grounds.

If you are keen to enjoy much more of the city, then we can recommend heading up above the city and and go to the Castle Montjuic and surrounding gardens, followed by a visit to the Magic Fountain.

Castell Montjuic is perched 180 metres above the city, and will give you a great evening view as the sun starts to lower herself down. It’s free to enter, and is open fairly late.

The views over the city are just amazing, and you will enjoy every minute of your stay there.

  1. Plaza España and magic fountains.

If you still have time and wish to enjoy the city even more, then we really recommend to finish your day at Plaza España and enjoy magic fountains. Right before magic fountains, enjoy the views and the sunset across the city.

Check Magic Fountains opening times, as those are different on winter and summer time. If you get your timings right you will finish your evening off in style, with the streets of Barcelona below ready to envelop you in an evening of food, music, and good times.

All the places mentioned above are meant to be discovered in metro. As each of those are not really close to each other.

Barcelona is notorious for pickpockets. Keep your belongings secure and locked up. Pay particular attention in busy tourist areas, and on public transport.

If you feel you want to squeeze even more into your day, or you want to change any of the proposed places here are a few optional places you could do on your day in Barcelona check our previous posts. Sharing is caring.

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  1. Monica
    March 21, 2019 / 3:41 pm

    The architecture is amazing! I’d love to visit one day.

    • Travel Family Blog
      March 21, 2019 / 3:43 pm

      I am sure you will be amazed of this city. Barcelona is really beautiful.

  2. March 22, 2019 / 12:27 am

    I’ve never been to Europe, and Barcelona sounds like it would be a great place to visit. We like finding places that have a lot of things to see.

    • Travel Family Blog
      March 22, 2019 / 1:15 pm

      And it is very family friendly city. So, once here in Europe, we advice you to come with your kids.

  3. March 22, 2019 / 2:07 pm

    Barcelona looks so beautiful, I would love to visit one day!

    • Travel Family Blog
      March 22, 2019 / 2:28 pm

      This city is really beautiful, we love living in it.

  4. Tiffani
    March 25, 2019 / 1:59 pm

    Oh wow, this looks like such an amazing trip!! I would love to travel there one day 😉

    • Travel Family Blog
      April 15, 2019 / 11:23 am

      We actually live here, but we love to share tips with those who come for only 1 day here.

  5. March 25, 2019 / 5:11 pm

    Wow! The Sagrada Familia looks magnificent. I would love to see this up close. We still do not have a planned trip yet to Europe but will definitely consider Barcelona in our future plans. Thank you for sharing these brilliant ideas on what to see and do.

    • Travel Family Blog
      April 15, 2019 / 11:23 am

      Barcelona is an amazing city, indeed you have to put it on your list when you come.

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