What to do in Barcelona in one day

Barcelona is a city of color and vibrancy and now you get to discover it all for yourself. Stay in the elegantly cozy Hotel Praktik Rambla, which will set an authentically Spanish tone to your Barcelona day trip. Next you’ll walk through the classic Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria to enjoy the eye-catching fruits, vegetables and nuts, among other things. Have a cup of coffee at the delightfully trendy Satan’s Coffee Corner before wandering through the Picasso Museum to discover the life and art of Pablo Picasso. You will love your delicious lunch at the lovely La Plata and of course, you will have to take a tour of the famous architectural triumphs of Antoni Gaudi and explore the magical Casa Batllo & Casa Mila

Stop for a quick break at the wonderful Creyon Café for some sweets and then head back out to see another Gaudi masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. You will be completely awestruck by this magnificent church that is an essential part of any trip to Barcelona. Top it off with an exploration of Park Guell. Sit on the eclectic mosaic terrace and take in an amazing view of Barcelona. At La Alcoba Azul, you will be in for a real treat with their incredible tapas and Sangria. After this, head to the Palau de la Musica Catalana, an enchanting concert hall to see and hear some of the greatest traditional music performances in Spain. Cozy up in Numeronueve for drinks and then get ready to party the night away at Opium Club. Barcelona is magic and this Barcelona day trip has conjured up the best of it for you to enjoy

09:00 – Stay in Beautiful and Antique Hotel Praktik Rambla

Hotel Praktik Rambla is the authentic and beautiful Barcelona hotel that you’ve dreamed about. Right in the center of the city, Praktik Rambla offers a unique sort of charm only found here in this beloved city in southern Spain. As you walk up to the hotel, you’ll immediately notice the charming and interesting neighborhood surrounding it. This hotel is located in a gorgeous 19th-century baroque-style building with lovely columns and mosaic-tiled floors. Allow yourself to be drawn into the history and beauty of Barcelona simply by entering the doors of Hotel Praktik Rambla

The receptionist is friendly and welcoming and will greet you in Spanish as soon as you walk in. The lobby is beautiful and offers a preview of the quaint loveliness that you will find in the rest of the hotel. There is a gorgeous outdoor lounge surrounded by blooming plants. The floor is painted green and white checkered and adds to the ambience of the space. There are plenty of places to sit and read a book or bask in the warm Spanish sun. There is also a very nice sunroom with windows that look out to the courtyard. Give yourself a little time to explore the details of this old-style Barcelona Hotel

When you make your way to your room, you will find colorful mosaic floors that make you feel as if you are walking on art. Many of the rooms have beautiful white doors opening up to a balcony looking out over the courtyard or the street. The sunlight pouring through your window will highlight all the incredible details that you’ll find in your hotel room here at Praktik Rambla. This is a beautiful and authentic introduction to Barcelona. Hotel Praktik Rambla is filled with Spanish charm and you’ll soon find yourself lost in the unique splendor of you Barcelona day trip  // Hotel Praktik Rambla – Rambla de Catalunya, 27, 08007 Barcelona

09:30 – Wander through the Colorful Stands at Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

Now it’s time to have a truly wonderful and authentic Barcelona experience. Walk over to Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria. This traditional street market is filled to the brim with color. This is a 19th century covered market that features various foods for you to purchase. You’ll be pulled in right away to this lovely corner of Barcelona, and you will feel just like a local as you peruse through the many stalls of this wonderful street market

At la Boqueria, you can find a wide array of interesting and eye-catching foods. There are stalls filled with brightly colored candies like Swedish fish, blue gummy sharks, and sugary peach rings. Then there are others that sell whole fish laid out in front of you on ice or still others selling the dried meats that are hanging down from the ceiling. There are plenty of stands selling fresh vegetables stacked into the red, green, orange, and yellow mountains before you. Delicious fruit can also be found everywhere you look, so grab some bright red strawberries to take with you

Enter into the busyness of a day at the market. La Boqueria is filled with Barcelona locals selling their goods. They’ll call out their prices in Spanish, enticing you to purchase some of their appealing items. You can find roasted nuts or sweet dried fruits to take back home with you as a souvenir. Anything you choose is sure to be delicious. There are so many colors, scents, and sounds to take in at Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria. Stroll leisurely through the many food-filled aisles and be a part of the exciting atmosphere of this classic Barcelona establishment  // Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria – Las Ramblas, 91, 08001 Barcelona

10:30 – Enjoy a Well Crafted Cup of Coffee at the hidden Satan’s Coffee Corner

The next stop on your Barcelona day trip is a great little café called Satan’s Coffee Corner. This hipster coffee paradise is filled with good vibes and even better drinks. It sits right on a trendy Barcelona street corner and the local young people make up the general crowd at this little café. The staff is funny and friendly and eager to help you decide on what to order if you are not sure what to try. Also, check out their nice chalkboard menu above the counter to see what they have offered today

You can order a classic cortado or be more adventurous and order an Aeropress or a cold brewed coffee. The people at Satan’s Coffee Corner know their coffee and it is sure to be delicious no matter what you get. They also have hot chocolate or hand-crafted sodas if coffee isn’t really your thing. Of course, there are also plenty of freshly made sweets to snack on if you’re hungry. Depending on the day, they could have peanut butter brownies, oatmeal cream pies, or chocolate chip cookies. This café will curb your hunger and treat you to something amazing

Satan’s Coffee Corner is a great mid-morning stop for its ambience as well as its coffee. This cozy café feels like a neighborhood hang-out spot, and you will be right at home. The baristas are carefully crafting your drinks right in front of you. Big wooden countertops with stools pulled up are a great place to spread out and enjoy your morning and your coffee. There are potted plants everywhere and large windows letting in the gorgeous sunlight, which gives the whole place a fresh and bright energy. Don’t be deterred by the name. Satan’s Coffee Corner is a little piece of Barcelona heaven  // Satan’s Coffee Corner – Carrer de l’Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11, 08002 Barcelona

11:00 – Witness the Legacy of One of Spain’s Greatest Artists at the Picasso Museum

Barcelona was home to one of the most famous and celebrated artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso. Picasso lived in this city as a child and spent a significant amount of his Blue Period living in Barcelona. The Picasso Museum is home to one of the most extensive collections of Picasso’s work. It was Picasso himself, upon hearing that there was to be a museum of his work in Spain, who suggested that Barcelona should be the museum’s location. Now you too can enter into the experience of his life and work, and through his art trace his footsteps through Barcelona

The Picasso Museum has 4,251 pieces of Pablo Picasso’s work. The museum prides itself in showing Picasso’s relationship with Barcelona. You are offered a unique look at what it was about this city, which so inspired the great artist. See his beautiful painting of Barcelona’s rooftops, and you will begin to understand what it was that made this city such an enchanting home for the young Picasso. The famous Las Meninas paintings are also here for you to see, which are a group of Picasso’s painting that are more well-known abstracts from his later work

One of the things that make The Picasso Museum so enchanting is that the museum itself is housed in five medieval palaces. There are beautiful Spanish courtyards to walk through and classic medieval architecture to admire in addition to the remarkable artwork inside. Don’t forget to check out the current exhibitions that the museum is hosting. In the past, they have featured exhibits that explore Picasso’s artistic relationships, such as his relationship with Salvador Dalí. The Picasso Museum is a wonderful place to get lost in the remarkable life and art of Pablo Picasso  // Picasso Museum – Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona

12:30 – Eat a Delicious Spanish Meal at Bar La Plata

Continue in the authenticity of Barcelona’s establishments, by heading over to Bar La Plata for lunch. This neighborhood hole-in-the-wall restaurant was opened in 1945 and still holds all of that old Barcelona charm. You will feel like a local at this friendly little place nestled in a classic Spanish building on an old street corner. The rustic La Plata is a typical Spanish tapas bar, and serves a carefully thought out selection of delicious tapas. Walk into to this cozy restaurant and join in with the neighborhood locals enjoying some afternoon tapas and wine

Bar La Plata’s Tapas selection is straightforward and enticing. They offer fish, freshly fried, and they are known for their fried whole sardines served alongside a colorful tomato salad. They also serve delicious grilled sausages with one of the most classic Catalan recipes, Pa amb Tomáquet or toasted bread with tomato and olive oil. There are also barrels of wine behind the counter, so definitely order a glass, because it is sure to be just as deliciously authentic as the rest of this wonderful little eatery

Enjoy the atmosphere and history of Bar La Plata. Neighbors come by for a quick bite and a glass of wine and then are off again to continue on with their day. Join in the bustle, you’ll love La Plata’s original décor. There are pictures on the wall of the staff from ten, twenty, and thirty years ago, as well as various drawings and art that all add to the general familiarity of the atmosphere. The sides of the counters, parts of the wall and the floor are all covered with beautiful and colorful tiles. You will feel like a part of the neighborhood having lunch at this perfect little Spanish tapas bar  // La Plata – Carrer de la Mercé, 28, 08002 Barcelona

14:00 – Stop by two of the famous Gaudi buildings Casa Batllo and Casa Mila

Barcelona is the home to many incredible buildings by the famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. You can’t have an authentic Barcelona day trip without having a proper tour of Gaudi’s most famous architectural works of art. The first places to stop are the fascinating buildings of Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. These two structures are a few minutes walk from one another and are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Be prepared to be blown away by the intricacy of these unique structures

Casa Batllo has been nicknamed casa dels ossos (house of the bones) by locals because of its intricate skeletal quality. The front of the building is covered with colorful and glittering mosaics interrupted by skull-like balconies and gorgeous glowing windows, and that’s just the outside. The interior has stunning wooden doorways, large white arching hallways, and curving staircases that look like something out of Alice and Wonderland. You can also head up to the rooftop to see the interesting sculptures and mosaics sticking up out of the roof. Casa Batllo is a fascinating piece of architecture that you should not miss

Casa Mila (or La Pedrera as it is commonly known) is just down the street, so head over to see this other Gaudi masterpiece. Though the outside is less overwhelming than Casa Batllo, it’s the interior that makes Casa Mila so extraordinary to see. There are fascinating colors and mosaic patterns, and the courtyard is particularly stunning. With its fascinating staircase and oval telescope view of the sky, the courtyard is a favorite spot for visitors. Look up to the top and enjoy the clouds floating by as you stand in this marvelous Barcelona gem. Casas Batllo and Mila are two of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces that you cannot miss. Wander through the magical world that he created here in Barcelona  // Casa Batllo & Casa Mila – Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona

16:00 – Doodle About Your Day as You Nibble on Sweets at the lovely Creyon Café

By now you are probably ready for a cup of coffee, so head over to Creyon Café. This lovely place is a cozy spot that will feel like home in an instant. The staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating, so they will be happy to help you choose from their excellent selection of pastries or delicious coffee. There is seating indoors and out, so whether you want to nestle into one of their couches for a chat with your friends, or sit outside and people-watch, Creyon Café will give you what you need

There are several delicious sweet options if you’re in the mood for a snack. The churros are especially delicious and if you’re in the mood for it, you can get them with chocolate a la Taza, which is basically a cup of chocolate for you to dip your churros into. They also have cronuts, brownies, ice cream, and plenty of other freshly made sweets that change daily. Creyon Café has plenty of warm or cold drinks to go along with your sweets. Choose from various coffee options, a wide selection of teas, hot chocolate, or fresh juice

When you sit down with your drinks you’ll find a pad of paper and pencils at your table. This is for guests to doodle on. The Creyon Café is decorated with dozens of these drawings and sketches, and the café invites you to participate in this tradition as well. While you enjoy your food and drinks, take a moment to sketch a little picture of your Barcelona day trip so far. Maybe you’ll want to draw a picture of Casa Batllo, the courtyard at Hotel Praktik Rambla, or the food that’s on your plate at this very moment. The charming Creyon Café encourages you to relish in the moment  // Creyon Café – Carrer de València, 349, 08009 Barcelona

17:00 – Be Awestruck by the Beauty of La Sagrada Familia

Now it’s time to make your way over to Barcelona’s most interesting and notorious location, La Sagrada Familia. This is another spot on the tour of incredible Antoni Gaudi architecture, and it is certainly the most famous of all of his intricate structures. Sagrada Familia is famously unfinished because Gaudi died before he could complete this Roman Catholic church and construction continues to this day. The basilica is truly stunning and one of Barcelona’s crowning glories. Walk up to the front of this church and be prepared to have your breath taken away

The basilica’s spires ascend well beyond the rooftops of the surrounding buildings, and you will feel tiny beneath their shadow. The façade of the building is elaborately designed with depictions of the life of Jesus. There is one side of Sagrada Familia that faces the setting sun and features Christ’s crucifixion and still another, which elaborately depicts the nativity. There are so many beautiful details on the outside of the church that it would take a lifetime to absorb it all, so take in what you can before heading inside to see more of the glory

The inside of Sagrada Familia is a world of color, various geometric forms, and tall tree-like columns. There is so much to see in this church. While in the nave, don’t forget to look up. Gaudi designed the rising columns to give the effect of trees and branches, and you will feel like you’ve entered a colorful enchanted forest. Light streams in from a variety of angles, and green, blue, purple and orange stained glass add to the magic of the building. There is nothing on earth quite like Sagrada Familia. You are sure to leave completely awestruck  // La Sagrada Familia – Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona

18:30 – Enjoy the unique architecture and views over Barcelona at Park Guell

Park Guell is one of the most photogenic spots in Barcelona. It a beautiful location to hang out with your friends, and it is yet another of Antoni Gaudi’s architectural gems. He truly created magic within Barcelona, and it will be a privilege to experience this for yourself. This park is filled with mosaics, sculptures, archways, and staircases all unique and fascinating to see. Up on a hilltop looking out over Barcelona, Park Guell offers a colorful space from which to take in the wonderful view of the city. Enter into the wonderland of Park Guell and be enchanted

Entering into the park, you’ll be greeted by two houses with interesting modernist designs and uniquely colorful roofs. Gaudi’s famous mosaic salamander “El Drac”, will also greet you as you wander through this iconic space. A regal curving staircase leads to the columns holding up the famous mosaic terrace. Walk through the archways and appreciate the interesting shapes and colors of the park. There are beautiful palm trees, flowering bushes, and lots of other types of plants in this mystical garden. Real salamanders, lizards and birds will peek out of the bushes and trees and explore the incredible Park Guell with you

Of course, the famous mosaic terrace is a must-see and an essential of your Barcelona day trip. The famous curving terrace is designed in the form of a sea serpent, and it is covered with amazing mosaics of all colors and patterns. Each curve has a built-in bench for you to sit in and take in the view. Look over the park, the Barcelona rooftops, and out to the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona is truly a beautiful city. This view and this park will confirm that fact. Enjoy this perfect and quintessential Barcelona moment  // Park Guell – Carrer d’Olot, s/n, 08024 Barcelona

19:30 – Indulge in Traditional Tapas and Sangria at the Lovely Restaurant La Alcoba Azul

After taking in some of Barcelona’s best sights, it’s time to participate in another classic Barcelona activity: eating. La Alcoba Azul is the perfect restaurant to indulge in some of the best Spanish food in the city and soak up the amazing atmosphere at this beautifully antiquated restaurant. With fantastic food, good music, and even better vibes, La Alcoba Azul is exactly the place where you want to have dinner. The warmth of the dim lights pulls you in, and the glasses hanging down by the window foreshadow the wine you’re about to drink. It’s going to be a beautiful night

Find a table up against the old stone walls, and cozy up for an incredible traditional dinner. They serve a wide selection of deliciously prepared tapas. Try the goat cheese salad, stuffed peppers, beef Carpaccio or of course, the delicious toasted bread with tomatoes. Order several different dishes and you and your friends can all share in the incredible flavors of La Alcoba Azul’s tapas. Don’t forget the Sangria! La Alcoba Azul makes delicious vermouth so go ahead and try out the tinta vermouth, a delicious take on traditional Sangria. This meal will fulfill all your Spanish food dreams, so indulge yourself with their incredible tasty food

Besides the food, another thing that makes La Alcoba Azul so special are the historic details within the beautiful restaurant. Many of the walls are the original old bricks, and in several of the floors, there are glass-covered holes where you can peek down into the remains of the ancient Jewish neighborhood. Interesting wallpaper and dripping wax candle sticks all add to the mysterious ambience of the restaurant. There is a lot to take in at La Alcoba Azul and it is an amazing place to spend an evening  // La Alcoba Azul – Carrer Sant Domeneq del Call, 14, 08002 Barcelona

21:00 – Attend a Splendid Performance at the Glittering Palau de la Musica Catalana

Barcelona is located in the Catalan part of Spain and an essential part of Catalan culture is the music. Palau de la Musica Catalana is a historic location to listen to some of the best performances of Catalan music. The building itself is a work of art and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the early 1900s and it is lavish, beautiful and full of that magical color you have come to expect from Barcelona. The ornate exterior will get you excited and ready for all of the music and magic that you will experience at Palau de la Musica Catalana

When you enter the concert hall you will have to catch your breath. It radiates and sparkles with light and beauty. The walls consist mainly of gorgeous stained glass and sparkling chandeliers hang down from the ceiling above you. A beautiful stained-glass skylight is right in the center of the elaborate and colorful ceiling, and you’ll find yourself staring up for a while as you sit waiting for the show to begin. Every single thing in the Palau de la Musica Catalana works to catch your eye and put you in the mood for whatever it is that is about to enter your ears

Palau de la Musica Catalana has featured some of the greatest Catalan singers, musicians and performers in the world. They host a wide variety of performers like string quartets, classical guitarists, pianists, and full orchestras. They do not only host musicians though, they also feature many traditional dance companies that are sure to give an incredible and unforgettable show. Watch a classical ballet, traditional Spanish flamenco, or even the occasional swing dance performance. There is always something amazing to see at this historic performance venue  // Palau de la Musica Catalana – Carrer del Palau de la Música, 4-6 08003 Barcelona

22:30 – Get in the Barcelona mood and Cozy up with unique cocktails at Numeronueve

It’s been a full day in Barcelona, so now it’s time to sit back with some drinks and enjoy the lovely night. Numeronueve is just the place for a laid back evening enjoying the beauty and atmosphere of Barcelona. The dimly lit bar has an ambience that is a very inviting combination of cozy and chic, and it is exactly what you are looking for at this point of the night. Head up to the bar before you get too comfortable, grab a drink or two, relax and let this Barcelona night sweep you away

The interior of Numeronueve has exposed brick walls, hanging lanterns, and minimalistic decor style. The whole place has a cosy and stylish atmosphere that is immediately appealing and welcoming. Numeronueve also has a wonderful and friendly staff who will help you choose a drink. Chat them up, and find out more about the neighborhood as you decide which drink to start your night with. There are plenty of cocktails for you to consume as well as other artisan mixed drinks. At Numeronueve you will feel immediately welcomed

Once you’ve gotten your drink, sink into your seat and sit back to enjoy the whole Barcelona experience. There is nothing quite like sipping great cocktails in such place. Practice your Spanish with the locals as they come in for late night drinks. Watch as people come and go over the course of the charming night. This is a friendly bar where everyone who enters feels right at home. It’s a perfect evening here at Numeronueve, and Barcelona’s magic seems never ending  // Numeronueve – Carrer de la Vidrieria, 9, 08003 Barcelona

23:59 – Party the Night Away at the Seaside Opium Club

It’s time to end this dreamy Barcelona day trip with a bang. Opium Club is right on the beach and filled with the hottest local crowd. Get ready to dance the night away under the lights at this cool ocean side club. Spanish ladies throw on heels and their glamorous dresses, while the guys trade their beachy outfits for something a little more chic. Be sure to put on your nicest outfit so you can get past the bouncers at this elite club

Opium Club has incredible music for you to dance and party to. They host some of the greatest DJs in the world who will spin you some amazing beats and mixes. In the past, they have featured amazing musical artists like David Guetta, Avicii, and the Black Eyed Peas. The music will not disappoint you, and before you know it, you will be lost in the rhythm and dancing beneath the club’s colorful lights. Opium is one of the only clubs in the city to serve booze until 6 am. In Spain, the party lasts all night, so get ready to party with the best of them

If you need a break from dancing for a bit, hit the sand as Opium has access to the beach. Grab your friends and take the party seaside. Kick off your heels and dance barefoot in the sand or just sit down for a second and try to hear the waves over the sound of Opium Club’s vibrating music. Then head back in and join the party, the music and dancing will pull you back. This club is an amazing way to end your exciting day in Barcelona. From start to finish, it has been a day filled with color, magic and wonder  // Opium – Passeig Marítim, 34, 08003 Barcelona

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What you should absolutely know about Barcelona

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

Barcelona is a city that always has something going on. From its amazing food to live music and street fairs, visitors will never be bored during their Barcelona day trips. Come and immerse yourself in Barcelona’s rich culture and live vibrantly. Be sure to catch all of Barcelona’s highlights with a bus or walking tour and don’t forget to walk along the beautiful seafront. Learn about the city’s amazing architecture or enjoy fine dining along one of Barcelona’s busy streets. From vibrant street life to luxurious nightlife, everyone will enjoy a piece of Barcelona

Stroll down La Rambla, one of Barcelona’s most famous streets. Wonder at Picasso’s art creations at the Picasso Museum. Watch some futbol at the massive Camp Nou. Gaze at the Sagrada Família church, an amazing monument still under construction

The locals in Barcelona take food very seriously. While you’re there, try Paella, a superb rice dish, and tapas, bread piled high with a variety of toppings. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, a creamy crema catalana won’t steer you wrong

People in Barcelona love some special expressions, brush up on the few. “Cutre” (pronounced koo-trey) covers everything from uncool to an unfortunate situation. “Como Dios manda” translates to “As God sends”, which can mean “yes” or that you do something well

The weather year-round in Barcelona is relatively mild. Summer temperature can get into the mid-80s and bring lots of sunshine. Fall gets a little cooler and is very rainy. Winters are mild, with temperatures in the 50s. Spring brings sometimes overcast clouds

Taking the AeroBus (T1 or T2) from the airport to the city center is very convenient and inexpensive (6 Euros for single trip). Taxis are a bit pricier: expect to pay around 25 to 30 Euros for a trip into the city

Barcelona is very easy to get around. Travel around town on the metro, which runs frequently and is easy to use. Take a tram into the city or rent a taxi. Buses run from all over the city too

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