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Barcelona is more than just a Spanish city. The uniquely Catalan atmosphere, rich history and delicious food all combine for an experience that is rich with colour, flavour and texture. Even if you've only got one day in this marvellous city there’s still plenty to see and do. Discover how to make the most of 24 hours in Barcelona.
In the heart of Barri Gòtic you'll find the charming square of Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol. Breakfast in Barcelona is a simple affair. Avoid the temptation to go all out and settle for a delicious pastry with cafè amb llet (coffee and milk) while people watching in the square. Soak up the atmosphere for a few minutes and prepare yourself for the day ahead.
It's easy to get lost in the winding alleyways of the Gothic Quarter, where old meets new fascinating and humble ways. As you pass eateries and bars, stay on the lookout for tokens of the area’s history, and marvel at the unique architecture and sense of place.
The Museu d'Història de Barcelona is in the Gothic Quarter, and a must see on your one day visit in the Catalan capital. Head back two millennia as you are led underground through an excavated Roman Barcino. The museum also includes other architectural Marvel's like the Saló del Tinell, a grand Gothic hall.
Just a short walk from the History Museum, The Gothic Cathedral boasts breathtaking rooftop views of the quarter. If you're there at the right time, nearby Museu Frederic Marès hosts a zany collection of the bric-a-brac dating back to the medieval period. If not, the open air cafe is still a wonderful place to recharge the batteries.
Showcasing the master’s early years, the Museu Picasso is another must see on your list. First head across the busy Via Laietana and witness what is arguably the city’s most strikingly beautiful building, the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar. The Picasso Museum is just behind it, housed in a series of townhouses on Carrer de Montcada.
Barcelona's seafood cuisine can be had a mere 20 minutes from the Museu Picasso. La Barceloneta is a waterfront district littered with seafood restaurants and eateries. It's hard to go wrong here, so pull up a chair and take your time recharging the batteries.
The metro from La Barceloneta to Passeig de Gràcia will put you front and centre with two of the Spanish architect's most famous works, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.
La Pedrera's almost science fiction aesthetic is a pleasing, otherworldly experience that's a must see. While Casa Batllò’s splashes of colour are synonymous with the Gaudi experience, with intricate interiors that act as the perfect introduction to the architect’s work.
Complete the Gaudi trifecta with a visit to the master’s final work-in-progress, the grand basilica of La Sagrada Família. With twisting towers, nature inspired curves and breathtaking views from the top, you’ll feel both inspired and in awe of the uniquely Catalan experience that a day in Barcelona has to offer.
Barcelona's most famous street, Las Ramblas is a bustling cluster of cafes, restaurants and stores. You'll find plenty of opportunities to pick out a choice memento, or just be content with soaking up the atmosphere of this unique of the quintessentially Catalan experience.
Dinner in Barcelona isn't until late in the evening, so quench your hunger with tapas before heading to the Gaudi designed Casa Calvet for a Catalan Feast.
The sun may have set but your one day in Barcelona isn't over yet. Head above Avinguda Diagonal and check out a few of the hotspots including the bustling bar “Berlin”, popular club “Luz de gas” or trek halfway up Tibidabo mountain to “Mirablau” for the best nighttime view of the city.
Even if you've only got one day, when travelling in Barcelona, it pays to be prepared. You need:
El Prat airport is a mere 12 kilometres southwest of Barcelona. Spain’s busiest airport after Madrid, it serves both continental and intercontinental flights. Taxis service the airport and will cost you around 30 euros.
Next time you’re in Spain, be sure to make the most of your short break. ExecuJet can provide you with easy and stylish transport to Barcelona today in one of our private charter jets. Contact us now to find out how we can help you visit this beautiful city and experience the wonders of Catalan culture.