Barcelona is a hub of culture, flavours and sights – and you can spend days there exploring everything this city has to offer. However, you can also spend a short amount of time exploring the best of the best in Barcelona – and when you are on a cruise that might be what you choose to do. Of course, we do offer the option to stay in certain cities and experience even more but if you are looking for what to do in Barcelona in less than 24 hours – here are our recommendations!
Start the Day at Park Güell
From Gaudi’s gardens you can see views over the entire city – what better way to start your day in Barcelona! Park Güell, or Parc Güell is a park system that features gardens and other architecture – located on Carmel Hill in Barcelona. You can visit parts of the park for free, however for full access you can purchase tickets.
We highly recommend purchasing a city pass if you are planning to visit a number of landmarks in Barcelona and see as much of the city as possible. With a Barcelona tourist pass you can get access Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia and the Hop-on Hop-off bus which makes travelling around the city much easier.
Lunch like a Local in Gracia
Park Güell is located in the Gracia region of Barcelona. This neighbourhood is full of hidden gems and allows tourists to discover local produce and food. Not only will you find amazing cuisine, but the incredible architecture and narrow streets are a sight to see. There is plenty of Catalan cuisine and some of the best tapas in Barcelona in the Gracia neighbourhood – whether you are looking for a big lunch to fuel your day of exploring or simply a light bite to see you through to dinner.
Visit La Sagrada Familia
The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, or Sagrada Familia is a large unfinished basilica designed by Barcelona’s famous architect, Gaudi. It is one of the most iconic examples of his work to date and exemplifies his architectural style and Spanish Late Gothic design. You can visit the outside of the basilica to take in the pure grandeur of the building, and even enter the building itself as well as the museum inside with the Barcelona pass.
Wander Down to Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is one of the main landmarks for tourists in Barcelona and is often thought of as the heart of the city. It is a large boulevard that runs through the main city district. It is approximately 1.2km in length and on one side you will find the Raval area and on the other the Gothic Quarter. We recommend heading to the Gothic Quarter to soak up history and culture – with plenty of stalls and street food vendors gathering here.
Dine in the Heart of the City
To end your day in Barcelona, you can soak up Catalan cuisine in the Gothic Quarter and dine before heading back to your ship. This area of Barcelona is filled with trendy bars and the best restaurants in Barcelona so perfect for a casual evening meal and a drink before wrapping up your day.
We’re sure like many before, Barcelona will capture your heart in less than 24 hours. So why not choose a cruise that leaves from Barcelona? That way you can explore the city even further and even stay a couple of extra nights to try even more delicacies and enjoy the history and culture.
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