Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and attracts millions and millions of visitors every year. So why is it so popular? Well, it has almost everything any tourist would want. Easy access, great weather, attractive beaches and surrounding mountains, vibrant nightlife, tasty local cuisine steeped in culture and history.

If you are short on time or if it is your first day in Barcelona, here are some tourist attractions that a traveler should not miss…


Basilica de La Sagrada Familia

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The Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s best-known monument, the greatest exponent of the modernist architecture created by Antoni Gaudí. This masterpiece of modernism is the icon of the city par excellence. The construction of the temple began in 1882 in a neo-Gothic style, although the work has not yet been completed. It is inspiring to observe the attention that has been given to every detail, both inside and outside the basilica and, despite its many visitors, it continues to retain that magic that makes it unique. Each of the elements that make up its design contains a certain religious symbolism, so pay attention to details.

Hop on the metro and get off at the Sagrada Familia stop to dedicate a few hours to this work of art. Gaudí’s legacy remains palpable throughout the city, but is probably most apparent in the shadow of the towers that make the Sagrada Familia so special.

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La Rambla

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La Rambla, the liveliest street in the city with its flower stalls, human statues, the terraceo, a place where you can recharge your batteries in the morning and get into a good mood.

La Rambla, also known as Las Ramblas, is one of Barcelona’s main thoroughfares and one of the city’s best-known spots. It is a pleasant 1.3 kilometer promenade that connects Plaza de Cataluña to the old port of the city. The Ramblas are always bustling with tourists and street performers acting like human statues. The promenade has many terraces and it is pleasant to sit and watch the comings and goings of passers-by despite the fact that prices are raised as it is a very touristy area.



Barrio Gótico

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The Gothic Quarter is right in the center of the city. It is an area with labyrinthine medieval streets that will make you think you have gone back in time several years. If there is something you have to do in this area, it is to walk calmly, lose yourself in its streets and see the Gothic churches where the Roman remains of the city used to be. Don’t miss the Barcelona Cathedral, or Santa Eulalia Cathedral, Catalan Gothic architecture dating back to the 14th century.


Park Güell 

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Park Güell, together with the Sagrada Familia, is one of the most outstanding works of Gaudí and Catalan modernism. It is located in the upper part of the city and offers spectacular views of Barcelona. Unfortunately, due to the large influx of tourists, the entrance to the monumental area is limited. So it is highly recommended that you buy your tickets online so you don’t have to queue at the ticket office.



Passeig de Gràcia

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Passeig de Gràcia is to Barcelona what the Champs Elysées is to Paris or 5th Avenue to New York. It is the commercial avenue in the city, even if the vast majority of the windows are luxury.

Historically, it had a more residential function, where the Catalan bourgeoisie lived. In fact, you can still enjoy the modernist facades of the buildings. The avenue became famous at the beginning of the 20th century, when the most prestigious Catalan architects built modernist houses such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera or Casa Amatller. It is both a shopping center and an open-air museum. Without a doubt, an essential stop on your route through Barcelona.



La Barceloneta

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La Barceloneta is, without a doubt, one of the most popular beaches that is in Barcelona’s seafront, making it a good option if you want to have a good time on the shores of the Mediterranean. Take the metro and get off at the stop of the same name, although you can also get there on foot, since the central streets like La Rambla are only twenty minutes away on foot.

This vast sandbar is full with activity at any time of the day, whether it’s sunbathers wanting to hire a lounger or visitors choosing to cool off at one of the many beach bars that line the coast under the afternoon sun. From the sand, watch the comings and goings of street vendors offering drinks, food or beach items and more.


La Boquería

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This bustling food market on La Rambla is the biggest and most famous in the city. Here you can buy all sorts of fresh fruit and other food items, although its main appeal is the chance to try the various tapas bars spread across the different market stalls. Visit La Boqueria on an empty stomach so you can fill it with tasty portions of calamari, garlic prawns or cheese and sausage boards. And, of course, help all this down with a glass of cava.

The morning is the best time of day to visit the market, it is usually quieter and the atmosphere is more authentic. In any case, remember that this is not just another tourist attraction, as Barcelona’s people continue to come to this emblematic point of the city to stock up on food pantry.


La Pedrera

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La Pedrera or Casa Milà is one of the most emblematic buildings in Barcelona. Gaudí was inspired by the forms of nature to create his characteristic undulating facade crowned by a terrace with very creative chimneys. They are covered with Gaudi’s characteristic ceramic mosaic, called trencadís. If it catches your eye and the queues aren’t so bad, you can visit its interior. 




Casa Batlló

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Four blocks from La Pedrera you will come across the most colorful building on Paseo de Gracia. Casa Batlló is pure fantasy! Gaudí was inspired by the colors of sea life to create a wondrous facade with balconies and pillars that look like bones and skulls. The interior is very interesting: its interior patio, painted blue, will leave you speechless with its undulations and decorations.



Visiting Barcelona in one day is quite a challenge. And although it was very difficult to come up with a unique tour of such an amazing place, we hope it helps you to soak up the wonderful atmosphere of the city. And remember you could always book a Barcelona Segway Tour. It might help you save a bit of time so you can see some of the main sights more quickly than by foot!