• 9 April 2020

The Spanish seaside city of Barcelona is immensely popular with travellers from around the globe. And it’s very easy to see why! From festive cultures and traditions to world-renowned architecture, Barcelona has it all. It’s also home to some of the finest examples and tastes of Spanish cuisine.

There is so much to see and do in this Spanish hub! But what if you only have a day to spend here? We got in touch with a few Barcelona locals to get their take on it. We’ve gathered all the Barcelona highlights that need to be on your list:

La Rambla

La Rambla is Barcelona’s most popular outdoor shopping destination. This mile-long street runs from Barcelona Harbor to Placa de Catalunya. A favourite along the street is the Mercat de la Boqueria – a market that has been going strong since 1217! La Rambla is the best place to do your souvenir shopping, and sip on sangria as you watch the locals go about their daily lives.

La Rambla
La Rambla – the popular outdoor shopping area in Barcelona.
Street performers in Barcelona
Street performers in La Ramba street, Barcelona.
Barri Gòtic

Barcelona’s Gothic quarter is the best setting for a leisurely stroll! It consists of a labyrinth of streets and the only mode of transport allowed is your feet. Wander among town squares and some of the city’s renowned medieval buildings. Then, it’s a short walk to the Plaça del Rei and the Barcelona History Museum. Be sure not to miss the Barcelona Catédral, which was built between the 13th and 15th Centuries!

Barri Gothic
Beautiful medieval buildings in Barcelona’s gothic quarters.
The most spectacular view from Barcelona Cathedral.
Illa de la Discòrdia

A major architectural attraction is the Illa de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord). The Modernista architects of the early 20th Century, each made their own contribution. Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Antoni Gaudí were all independently commissioned to design buildings on this city block. The result? The visual chaos that gave the district its distinctive name!

Block of Discord
Illa de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord) features buildings designed by some of the most important Modernista architects of the early 20th century.
Sagrada Família

When most people think Barcelona, they also think Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The creative genius refused to travel and therefore built most of his masterpieces in or near the city. The large Roman Catholic Sagrada Família cathedral is his crowning achievement and is a must-see!

Did you know? Construction for the Sagrada Família began in 1882. It was interrupted by Gaudí’s death in 1926, as well as the Spanish Civil War. Building resumed in 1950, and in 2015 the final phase was set in motion. The hope is that it will be completed by 2026, to honour the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death!

The famous Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudi in 1882 and still being built today.

Travel tip: If you are really pressed for time, it’s best to enjoy historical buildings and architectural marvels from the outside only. During peak holiday seasons you can queue for hours to get inside.

Street food in Barcelona is an adventure of its own!

Another simple (and delicious!) way to save time is to have lunch on the go. Buy some tasty bocadillos, empanadas or rissoles from a street vendor. Then, wash it down with a refreshing sangria. Yum!

You are all set for a Spanish adventure! Start planning your next trip visiting Barcelona either by coach or by rail with our guided tours!

Questions & Comments

  1. I like this tour to Barcelona kindly email me the schedule date of the next date of tour.

  2. Hello i would like to know if you have a schedule for spring season tour spain thank you

  3. Please give me the details of this spain and portugal. I am coming from the Philippines

  4. Would like to see barcelona madrid and portugal. Is that possible ty

  5. Margaret Hajaree says:

    Barcelona is beautiful visted on june 22/2018 it was just fabulous would love to revisit

  6. Daniel du Plessis says:

    I wohld liketo travel Europe by rail.

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Thank you for reaching out.

      I will be sending you an email soon on how to book the Barcelona rail tour.

      Have a wonderful day further.

      See you soon on the next adventure.

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