Barcelona is a cosmopolitan Mediterranean city, which attracts millions of tourists from all over the world, in summer, autumn, and spring, for its architecture, its sunshine, its vibrant life, and because it has so many interesting sites to visit. Here is a list of some of the most popular places to visit in Barcelona in a single day:

1º Sagrada Familia:

This impressive basilica was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. It is one of the most visited places in Barcelona.

The Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia began to be built in 1882 and although it is still surrounded by cranes and workers you will be amazed by its scale. The completion of the work is scheduled for 2026.

The most striking aspect of its architecture is its originality: Gaudí designed a church that looks a lot like a huge sand castle growing towards the sky, at the edge of collapse.

He also wanted to integrate shapes of nature in its design, so when you step inside, it will make you feel like you are inside an enchanted world, with columns that transform into a forest of trees, curves, and colours. 

Sagrada Familia Subway

Price: 26€ ( 36€ with a visit to the towers included )

Book a guided tour of the Sagrada Familia here.

2º Parc Güell:

A public park, designed by Gaudí, full of sculptures, mosaics, and modernist architecture, surrounded by nature.

The grounds of Parc Güell consist of several gardens, paths, and buildings, although there are three elements that stand out above the rest. The first is the dragon that greets us from the main staircase, a symbol of the park.

The second is the Hypostyle Hall, a huge space with 86 gigantic fluted columns and small vaulted ceilings. And finally, just above it, the Greek Theater, a harmonious esplanade surrounded by undulating seats, decorated with thousands of colourful tiles. From there the views of the city are absolutely magnificent, and with Gaudí’s two porter houses down below, it seems like a scene from a Disney Fairytale. 

Where: Vallcarca Subway

Price: 10€ (free for residents)

Book a private guided tour of Parc Güell with entrance included. 

3º Casa Batlló:

A modernist building designed by Gaudí, located in Passeig de Gràcia, one of the main avenues of Barcelona. It has a distinctive wavy and colourful facade. And perhaps the most striking and spectacular element of the whole house is the roof, which resembles the scales of a dragon. And once you walk through the door you will find yourself in a magical, peculiar, and wonderful universe.

The façade of the Batlló House is covered with mosaics that are reminiscent of fish scales. The small tower on the roof with the cross could represent the sword of Saint George stabbing the dragon.

In addition, several of its spaces have recently been used to create new interactive exhibits, which allows for a complete sensory experience.

Where: Diagonal Subway

Price: 35€

4º Casa Milà (La Pedrera):

Another modernist building designed by Gaudí, known for its unique and organic architectural style. It bears the name of the businessman who had it built but popularly became known as La Pedrera (not without some criticism), by the appearance of its undulating facade, reminiscent of a quarry.  It is known for its unique and organic architectural style.

A visit to La Pedrera Esencial ( including an audio guide) lasts approximately 1 hour to an hour and a half.

What is striking about its interior is that there are no sharp corners or right angles. In this way, the wavy design of the facade is also transferred to the interior of the building,

Casa Milà is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction.

Early mornings (from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and afternoons (from 4 p.m. onwards) are the least crowded and the most comfortable times to visit. It should be noted that the schedules vary throughout the year.

Where: Diagonal Subway

Price: 25€

La Pedrera Night Experience: 38€

5º Ciutat Vella:

Barcelona’s old town is full of narrow winding streets, historic squares, and medieval buildings. Hidden in its labyrinth of cobbled streets, you will discover many little corners that will make you fall in love with Barcelona.

In the surroundings of Ciutat Vella are some of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Barcelona as El Raval, the Gothic Quarter, El Born, or Barceloneta.

Here are our 10 essential tourist spots in the above mentioned neighbourhoods (many of them included in the free tour of Barcelona),

take note:

  • Las Ramblas: A famous pedestrian street full of stores, restaurants, and street artists.
  • La Boqueria Market: A colorful and lively food market, where you can find fresh and local products.
  • Rambla del Raval (with Botero’s Cat sculpture)
  •  Barcelona Cathedral
  • The Pont del Bisbe
  • Palau de la Música Catalana
  • Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
  • Church of Santa Maria del Pi
  • Barceloneta Beach
  • Hotel W

Where (Metro Stops) : Barceloneta , Jaume I  , Liceu 

6º Passeig de Sant Joan, Arc de Triomf and Parc de la Ciutadella:

The Arc de Triomf was built as the main entrance gateway to the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition. Interestingly, its architect, Josep Vilaseca, decided to use a neo-Mudejar style and build it with red bricks and white stone friezes.

It is located at the end of the Passeig de Sant Joan which was declared by Time Out as the second-best street in the world (after Smith Street in Melbourne). We recommend taking a leisurely walk along this street and stopping to recharge your batteries in one of its many bars.

And finally, you’ll arrive in Ciutadella Park, the perfect place to unwind. It’s definitely worth a visit – especially for it’s gorgeous sculpture waterfall and lake.

Where:  Arc de Triomf Metro Stop

7 Tibidabo:

If you are looking for the best views of Barcelona, or at least the most mind-blowing panoramic points, you should not miss Tibidabo Hill. It is the highest point around the city, rising more than 500 meters above sea level.

At the top, in addition to the incredible views, you can visit the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and spend a few hours entertained in the vintage attractions of the Tibidabo Amusement Park.

Where: Vallvidrera Funicular + bus 111, Tranvia Blau

Price: free, amusement park 35€.

There are many more things to see and do in Barcelona. Also remember not to miss out on day excursions to nearby places like Montserrat or Girona.

Getting a map of the most important sights in Barcelona can be useful to plan your visits and make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

And of course, do not forget to indulge in the local food in a restaurant or to try some traditional vermouth and tapas. Believe us once you’ve tasted the flavours of Barcelona, you’ll be coming back for more!