You have planned a weekend in Catalonia or a holiday in Spain and want to visit Barcelona in 1 day. So if you are looking for an itinerary to discover the must-see places of Barcelona in 1 day, here is my walking tour to discover the most beautiful places in Barcelona!
Indeed, my walking tour (itinerary map below) will allow you to see the most beautiful monuments of the city while enjoying my good little gourmet addresses… Because yes, I have a friend in Barcelona (a real Catalan) who knew how to make me discover something else than churros and tapas!
Barcelona 1 day tour – My must-see list
It’s hard to choose among all the beautiful places in Barcelona, the sites that are the most interesting to visit in 1 day. It is also difficult to organize them to make a nice tour on foot but not under running…
For this day of discovery, I have therefore eliminated the visits of museums and some churches. The majority of the sites are to be seen from outside because to visit them completely, it would be necessary to spend at least 2 days in Barcelona. It’s because there are a lot of interminable queues and this even with a pass or a queue cutter. The circuit that I propose you is thus made quietly to be able to benefit well without being super speed!
Here is the list of my Barcelona must-see places that I have selected for my 1 day walking city tour:
- Mirador de Colom,
- las Ramblas,
- Palacio Güell,
- Boqueria Market,
- Plaça Sant Jaume,
- Plaça del Rei,
- Barri Gotic,
- Carrer del Bisbe,
- Casa de l’Ardiaca,
- Barcelona Cathedral,
- Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi,
- Plaça de Catalunya,
- Catalan Music Palace,
- Passeig de Gràcia,
- Casa Batlló,
- la Pedrera or Casa Mila,
- Sagrada Familia.
Barcelona 1 day city tour – Morning itinerary map
Barcelona 1 day city tour – Afternoon itinerary map
1 day Barcelona city tour – Stages of my morning tour
Departure from the Mirador of Colom (seaside monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus) to go up the famous Ramblas to the Güell Palace (1st monument of Antoni Gaudí of my tour).
The itinerary continues going up the famous Ramblas for 5 minutes to reach the Market of Boqueria. Here, I recommend that you take the time to stroll among the Iberian ham, fish and colourful fruit stands. Taste a fruit juice while soaking up the atmosphere and the daily life of the Catalans.
Then you will take the Ramblas again and turn right onto Carrer d’Avinyó and left onto Carrer de Ferran. Continuing on, you will come to the magnificent Plaça Sant Jaume. Here you will find the two monuments that best symbolize the power of the city and that of Catalonia: the Municipal Hall and the Palace of the Generalitat.
Then, you have to go to Carrer de la Ciutat and continue on to Carrer de Jaume. Turn left on Carrer Trompetes de Jaume I and head towards Carrer del Veguer and then Plaça del Rei. There you will be in the heart of the Barri Gotic. You will find yourself in the historic Roman and medieval part of Barcelona.
Next, turn right onto Baixada de Santa Clara and continue along Carrer de la Pietat, towards Carrer del Bisbe. This street, which is just behind the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, is very popular with tourists who come to see the pretty balcony that crosses the street forming a small bridge . Simply MAGNIFICENT !!!
Continuing towards Plaça de Garriga i Bachs and turning right onto Carrer de Santa Llúcia, you will come to the Casa de l’Ardiaca (12th century church residence). The route continues along Carrer de Santa Llúcia towards Pla de la Seu to reach Barcelona Cathedral. It’s good to go there in the morning because the visit is free while in the afternoon the entrance costs 7 Euros.
After the visit, follow the signs for Carrer de Santa Llúcia towards Carrer del Bisbe, then go straight on to Plaça Nova and turn left onto Carrer de la Palla. Continue on Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol and turn left to stay on Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol. There you can admire the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi (14th century basilica remarkable for its large rose window and 2 unfinished towers).
To finish my morning tour, you will take the direction of Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol towards Plaça del Pi and turn right onto Carrer de Petritxol. Turning left on Carrer de la Portaferrissa you will then join Las Ramblas de Catalunya on the right. Here you just have to continue up the hill to reach the famous Plaça de Catalunya. You will be in a huge square which is one of the meeting points of the people of Barcelona and the link between the old town and the Eixample district (more modern, very commercial and residential).
1 day Barcelona city tour – Stages of my afternoon tour
Departure from the Plaça de Catalunya to go to the Avinguda del Portal de l’Àngel and turn left onto Carrer Comtal, then right onto Via Laietana and finally left onto Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt.
You will arrive at the Palacio de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) which is a little gem from the Catalan Modernism of the 1900s! It is absolutely necessary to visit it inside to admire its majestic organ, its magnificent inverted dome all in stained glass and the sculptures and mosaics of the stage. I advise you to book in advance on the internet, otherwise you might have to wait 30 minutes to 1 hour!
After the visit, take the south-east direction on Carrer d’Amadeu Vives towards Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt dg to the right on Via Laietana. You will then turn left onto Ronda de Sant Pere and turn right onto Passeig de Gràcia.
At number 43 you will be able to admire the Casa Batlló (a masterpiece by Gaudí built between 1904 and 1906, part of the Illa de la Discòrdia, still in the purest modernist style. There, if you want to visit it, I advise you to book tickets in advance because the waiting girl is usually very long!
Take the Passeig de Gràcia to go to number 92 where you will find La Pedrera or Casa Mila. This mansion built by Gaudi between 1906 and 1910 is classified as a monumental work of Catalan modernism. You can visit it and climb on its roof between the incredibly shaped chimneys and enjoy the view of Barcelona.
In order to continue my tour, you have to take the Passeig de Gràcia towards Carrer de Provença, then turn left on the Avinguda Diagonal and immediately left on Carrer de Girona. You will then turn right into Carrer de Provença and 1 km later right onto Carrer de la Marina.
After a little more than 15 minutes walk you will be in the Sagrada Família district. There, if you have enough time, you can visit the largest and best known of all Spanish cathedrals: the famous Sagrada Família, the greatest and still unfinished masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí.
Holiday in Barcelona – Hotel recommended
For a short weekend or a holiday in Barcelona, I recommend a well-placed hotel so that you don’t lose time in transport.
My good plan is the Gran Medinaceli. This hotel is magnificent because it occupies the walls of the former palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli and is classified as a historical monument.
But it is especially its geographical location that is interesting because it is quiet, close to the port of Barcelona and only 200 meters from the famous Ramblas! Moreover, you will be only 1 km walking distance from the beaches. In short, an ideal location at an unbeatable price for Barcelona!
And if you want to visit the Catalan capital with your doggie: Barcelona with a dog
Holiday in Barcelona – Recommended Restaurants
Here are my good Gourmet addresses that I have been able to test thanks to the good advice of Mat, my Catalan friend …
- To eat good cheap tapas: Cerveseria Catalana – 236 Mallorca (metro Diagonal)
- To taste the best hot chocolate in Barcelona: la Granja Viader – 4-6 Xucla (metro Luceu)
- To eat well like the Barcelonians (elaborate meals but not at “tourist” prices):
- Restaurant in the Hotel Granados – 83 Enric Granados
- The Coton House restaurant – 670 Gran VÍA on the Catalan Corts (go there for lunch for lower prices).
- Quixote – 314 Conseil de Cent
- The Flamingo – 23 Enric Granados
Barcelona 1 Day Tour – Transportation
Although I recommend that you do everything on foot, you may need or want to take the subway. However, there are no maps in the stations. Here’s the Barcelona metro map that might be useful for you.
You were dreaming of visiting the Güell Park, the San Pau Hospital, Mount Tjuic or of going for a walk on the beach… So here is my 2nd day of visiting Barcelona!