Visit the Highlights of the City!
Barcelona is world famous for its architecture, particularly through the work created by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí, who can be considered to be the main contributor to the Barcelona brand. So during the first part of the day you absolutely must go and discover the modernist wonders of Gaudí! The most ideal place to stay to catch all of these attractions is in the Sagrada Familia Neighbourhood, you can even make a tour of the area. A lot of these attractions have long queues to get in, so if you hope to see it all in just one day, then you'll need to learn how to skip the queues in Barcelona.
1. The Sagrada Familia
Every famous city has its own iconic monument, London has the Houses of Parliament, New York has the Statue of Liberty, Paris the Eiffel Tower, and Barcelona... The Sagrada Familia, a cathedral designed by Gaudí, and the construction of which continues even today. This unique structure with meticulous attention to detail attracts millions of visitors each year. So begin your exploration of the city with a visit to the Sagrada Familia! It's highly recommend taht you buy tickets in advance through their website, as to not to waste valuable time queuing!
When you purchase the tickets, get the set that includes the towers and go up with the elevator to the top of the cathedral. The view of the city from the top of the cathedral is just amazing and impressive. You can use the audio guide, otherwise simply read the basic information on specially numbered accompanying media.
2. Park Güell
Once you're finished at the temple, catch the Metro to Lesseps or Vallcarca and head to Park Güell, another great work by Gaudí. Walk the narrow pathways, visit the Gaudí House-Museum, take some classic tourist photos near the fountain that's crowned by a dragon monument and, of course, spend some unforgettable moments on the balcony, while enjoying spectacular views of the city.
3. Casa Batlló
Carrying on, the final Gaudí work you'll visit is Casa Batlló. Don't bother looking for a straight line here, because you certainly won't find one! Almost everything from the interior to the façade is formed in a wavy shape. It's hard not to love this unusual modernist bourgeois residence.
Time to take a break and head to a restaurant! Why not grab some tapas, or if you prefer, some local Catalan cuisine. So hard to choose...
After a light lunch, hop on the cable car, which is located near the Barceloneta metro station (Metro Yellow Line, L4). With this, you can get up to half of Montjuic (Avinguda Miramar), where they give you the option to either climb further in a second cable car up to the old castle, or visit one or two of the local attractions: The Botanical Garden, Miró Museum (Joan Miró Foundation), wander around the Olympic ring , lost yourself in the Spanish Village, or visit the National Palace.
If your visit to Barcelona falls on a weekend and you still have enough strength, then after the sun sets you cannot fail to enjoy the spectacle that is the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, a truly fascinating show! A choreography of water, music, and colors that will not leave anyone indifferent.
And that brings an end to your day out in Barcelona. If you have your own interesting route, then feel free to share it with us in the comments!