Author: Anna MacDonald
Stay U-nique have created this blog post to show you how to have a perfect day in Barcelona! Read on if you want some help with planning your days for your next trip to Barcelona.
Start the day with a relaxed breakfast on the lovely terrace of our Marina apartment! The views span all the way from the sea to Tibidabo and you can spot most of Barcelona’s main sights and attractions from here.
Once you are stocked up with enough energy for a day of exploring the beautiful city, head out to Parc de la Ciutadella which is only a five minute walk from the apartment! There is so much to do in this peaceful oasis, from renting boats to row around the lake to admiring La Cascada, the popular fountain that Gaudi helped to design.
Once you have made your way through Parc de la Ciutadella, you can head down Passeig de Colom until you reach Mirador del Colón. The large bronze statue built in honour of Christopher Columbus actually has a lift inside and if you choose to go to the top you will be rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views of Barcelona! You can see sights such as Montjuïc, the gothic quarter and you can get an aerial view of Parc de la Ciutadella which you just walked through!
You are now at the port end of Las Ramblas and about to make your way up the most famous chain of streets in Barcelona! The reputation Las Ramblas has as being a prime location for pick-pockets is well deserved so make sure you’re aware of your belongings. Here you can marvel at the street performers and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the popular street. Why not stop for lunch at one of the restaurants in the picturesque Plaça Reial? After this, be sure to explore the streets leading off of Las Ramblas and make your way around Barri Gotic, particularly to La Catedral! From Las Ramblas you will pass La Boqueria market on your left which is worth wondering around and making the most of the free samples that some vendors give out!
From the top of Las Ramblas you can walk up Passeig de Gracia, the famous shopping street of Barcelona! Here you can view the two amazing Gaudi houses; Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, and maybe do some shopping. Casa Milà is also known as “La Pedrera” and is a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site because of its exceptional universal value, the same goes for Casa Batlló. Casa Batlló is a fantasy building, with many of its features linking to nature, specifically the marine world.
Once you reach Diagonal metro station it’s time to ride the metro for two stops until you get to Sagrada Familia. You will be blown away by the intricacy that goes into this unfinished masterpiece and by the time you reach this Gaudi wonder it should be evening time which means two things, firstly that the light will be pouring through the stained glass windows creating a ‘light show’ that is well worth witnessing. Secondly, that it is time to eat dinner at one of the many lovely restaurants around La Sagrada Familia. Watch out for tourist traps though as a lot of the restaurants are just taking advantage of the amount of tourists in the area and the food is not very nice or traditional at these restaurants. Some good places to eat nearby include ‘Can Josep’, ‘Caldeni’, ‘Chill bar and grill’ (which has a terrace from where you can see La Sagrada Familia) or ‘Anauco’.
What better way to finish off a perfect day in Barcelona than with an amazing view over the whole city? You can take the V21 bus from right by La Sagrada Familia to ‘Rambla del Carmel’ and from here you can walk down to the bunkers. As you can see from the photo, the view is unmissable! This is the perfect spot to take some drinks and friends and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as not many tourists know of it, meaning it isn’t too crowded.
Here is the travel itinerary laid out in map form!