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24 Hours in the Center of Barcelona: What to See, Where to Walk, and What to Choose for Eating and Drinking

Do you only have 24 hours to visit Barcelona, and you don't want to miss anything? We offer you a comprehensive plan, from morning to night, to give you an overview of everything this city has to offer. Remember, you'll have to come back.

 

Its narrow, history-filled streets, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture make Barcelona a must-visit destination for art, gastronomy, and history enthusiasts. If you only have 24 hours to explore this Mediterranean-imbued city, this itinerary will take you through the most iconic spots and hidden treasures without leaving the city center. And, of course, we'll also tell you where to find the best options to savor delicious Catalan cuisine and its local wines.

 

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9:00 am - Visit the Sagrada Familia

Head north on foot (or by metro) to the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, designed by the architectural genius Antoni Gaudí. It is the most visited and iconic building in the city, so you can't miss it. Although this unfinished masterpiece is still under construction, its beauty and almost surreal architecture are breathtaking. Don't forget to buy your tickets in advance on the official website.

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11:00 am - Explore the Gothic Quarter and El Born District

If Stendhal Syndrome allows you after visiting the Sagrada Familia, it's time to take the metro again and get off at Jaume I station to immerse yourself in two adjacent areas, the Gothic Quarter and El Born. Its narrow cobbled streets will lead you to treasures like the Barcelona Cathedral, the Picasso Museum, or one of those well-kept secrets, the charming Plaça Sant Felip Neri.

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Noon: 1:00 pm - Have lunch at La Boqueria Market

There's nothing more authentic and typical in Barcelona than making a stop at La Boqueria Market to see why Catalonia is a gastronomic paradise. You'll find a lot of people there, but don't despair. Be patient and try the fresh dishes you can find there: tapas, seafood, local charcuterie, the best vegetables in the country... There's something for every taste. And everything is better with a glass of wine or sangria, of course.

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2:30 pm - Discover the best of contemporary art at the MACBA.

With your batteries charged after the delights of La Boqueria, it's time to feed your spirit. Walk to the Raval, and in less than ten minutes, you'll come face to face with the gleaming façade of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), designed by the award-winning American architect Richard Meier. Beyond its exterior and the dozens of skaters who gather in the museum's square, artistic avant-garde awaits you inside with the city's most cutting-edge exhibitions in a multitude of disciplines.

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Afternoon: 4:30 pm - Some tranquility in Ciutadella Park

To get here from Raval, we recommend using public transportation. Not because it's far, but because we're covering the entire city in a single day. Ciutadella Park is one of Barcelona's green lungs and also the perfect place to see it from a different perspective, in absolute tranquility. Lakes, fountains, and sculptures populate its lush corners where you can lie down to rest. A must-see: don't miss the monumental waterfall designed by Josep Fontserè and the young Antoni Gaudí.

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6.00 pm - Shopping at Passeig de Gràcia

There's always time for some shopping, and Passeig de Gràcia is the perfect place for it. It's the avenue of luxury stores, and even if you don't intend to spend money, it's worth it to admire the shop windows and, most importantly, the stunning modernist architecture. Chanel and Gucci in conversation with Gaudí – things that only happen in Barcelona.

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Evening 9:00 pm - Traditional dinner at Els Quatre Gats

Exactly, we're eating again. Let's make sure we've tried everything!

We delve back, as many times as necessary, into the Gothic Quarter to discover a restaurant with a lot of history: Els Quatre Gats. This well-known spot in the city was a meeting place for artists like Picasso. Enjoy local dishes like "bacalao a la llauna" or "crema catalana" while immersing yourself in its bohemian and artistic atmosphere.

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11:30 pm - Drinks and nightlife in El Raval

We return to the edgier part of the city, but this time with a more festive attitude. It's time to explore the many bars and clubs that line the streets of El Raval to enjoy its charming mix of cultures. If you want to keep the night going, the Apolo nightclub always offers the best lineup for electronic and urban music enthusiasts. Plus, it's just a short walk from this fun neighborhood.