The beautiful city of Barcelona is a place where history, culture and a party atmosphere go hand in hand. This is also where the Catalan pride flows through everything. Spending 24 hours in Barcelona can be an intense experience, but it is one to be savored. For more detailed information, you can visit the Alpharooms travel guide to Barcelona. But for now, here are just some of the many things you can do during your brief stay…
Admire the architecture of Gucci and Gaudi
Start your morning off by gazing at some of the wonderful architecture along Passeig de Grácia. While steeped in history, this is also the major shopping street in the city. It is quite expensive here, but you will find some great places to buy presents or mementoes (if you can afford them). The shops have really modern designs which nonetheless blend in well with the historic surroundings.
Have lunch at the Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is right in the centre of Barcelona. With a wealth of restaurants, cafes and local cuisine on offer, it is the perfect place to wander through and find somewhere to have lunch. We recommend that you try the seafood paella, which is to die for! Many of the buildings in the Gothic Quarter date back to medieval times.
The Picasso museum (Museu Picasso in Spanish) is the most popular museum in Barcelona – and with good reason. It is home to the most extensive collection of Pablo Picasso art, while the museum itself is made up of five medieval palaces. Here, you will find over 3, 500 works from the famous artist.
Another popular building among tourists and an absolute must for any 24 hour visit to Barcelona is Casa Mila. The architectural masterpiece from Gaudi was built in the early 20th century.
Barcelona Stadium Tour
The Barcelona Stadium Tour lets you go behind the scenes at the world famous Camp Nou football stadium. At a cost of just 23 Euros for a ‘skip-the-line ticket’, you can retrace the footsteps of legendary FC Barcelona players from past and present as you tour this magnificent 100,000-seater stadium. Visit the changing room before making your way along the imposing tunnel and stepping out onto the grass.
You can then visit the chapel, before making your way to the presidential box, press and TV rooms. Your ticket also includes access to the FC Barcelona Museum, where you can get up close to the club’s marvelous collection of trophies from the distant and recent past.
Tapas at La Esquinica
At around 8pm, it is time to sample more local cuisine. We highly recommend that you try some tapas at La Esquinica, which is a favourite of the locals. This restaurant serves amazing food at a great price. Arrive before 9pm if you want to avoid standing in a long queue as you wait for a table.