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One Day in Barcelona, Spain - Travel Itinerary

When planning a visit to Spain, chances are Barcelona is at the top of your list – and for good reason! While it’s only the 2nd largest city in Spain, it receives more foreign visitors than any other city in the country due to its breathtaking architecture, rich Catalan culture, beautiful beaches, and delicious cuisine! And while one day is nowhere near enough time to see even just the highlights of Barcelona, we believe that it’s better to see something once – even if only for a moment – than to hear about it a thousand times! So, if you’re a time-crunched traveler like us and only have one day to explore, we’re here to help you get the most out of your sweet, albeit short, visit to this incredible city!

For a closer look at our time in Barcelona then check out our “One Day in Barcelona” vlog!

If you are fortunate to have more than a single day to spend in the city and are in need of accommodations, these properties come highly recommended…

Or you can view a full list of properties below…

And if you’re interested in booking the best tours/experience in the city, then be sure to check out these experiences from GetYourGuide!

Now, let's get into the itinerary!


8:30am: Light Breakfast

  • SlowMov (Carrer de Luis Antúnez, 18, 08006)

  • Syra Coffee - Gràcia (Carrer de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, 8, 08012)

  • La Cherry Coffee Co. (Carrer de Lepant, 330, 08025)

  • Cafes Caracas ( C/ de Provença, 481, 08025)

9:15am: Visit La Sagrada Familia - Book your tickets HERE!

La Sagrada Família is an unfinished church in the Eixample district of Barcelona designed by Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí and is considered by many to be the symbol of Barcelona. Construction started in 1882 making it the longest-running active construction project and the largest unfinished Catholic church in the world. The combination of Late Spanish Gothic, Catalan Modernism, and Art Nouveau architectural styling makes for quite a unique experience and should not be missed!