The Perfect 24 Hours in Barcelona
I could barely sleep on my 10-hour flight! I was thrilled that my adventure to Spain was finally starting. My first stop would be Barcelona. The Cheetah Girls movie inspired this trip (along with a $390 RT ticket). I, like most girls, watched the movie with curiosity and adventure in my eyes about having a Spanish adventure in Barcelona. The city was better than what I anticipated it would be; however, I was not given the opportunity to randomly break out into song and dance while being serenaded by a Spanish stranger. But the trip was still perfect.
Without a long draw out introduction, let’s just get to the content!
Checked into my Airbnb at 4:30PM, which was in the Gothic Quarters. After showering and dropping off my luggage, I was off. I mostly wandered around the Gothic Quarters obsessing over the medieval streets and narrow alley ways. I wandered into the El Born neighborhood. I wandered into several small shops and Caelum for pastries.
Address (Carrer de la Palla, 8, 08002)
I woke up at sunrise and got my day started! First stop was the Arc de Trimof which was a 15-minute walk from my Airbnb.
11-minute bus ride from the Arc.
Casa Batillo a building was designed by Antoni Gaudi. The Casa Batillo is currently being restored, and it will be completed in June 2019. The building is pet-friendly if they are supervised and on a leash.
Tickets: Adults 25,00 and Student 22,00
3 Minute Walk to
Casa Milla, another building designed by Gaudi, located on the same street as Casa Batillo. Go visit the iconic roof and skylights. Tickets: General 22 E and student 16.50
6-minute walk to
Breakfast at Brunch & Cake. A small family owned restaurant with great brunch selection. The cool hipster restaurant serves dreams on a platter! I had the French toast of my dreams there. DO not let the line discourage you, it is worth the wait.
Address Carrer d’Enric Granados, 19, 08007
30-minute metro ride to
What is a trip to Barcelona without visiting the Park Guell. The famous architectural town of art designed by Gaudi, is one of the MUST see of Barcelona. It is currently under restoration, but you can still enjoy the art. I mean, did you really go to Barcelona if you did not get a picture there?!
30-minute metro ride to
La Sagrada Familia is without a doubt one of the most iconic must see places in all of Spain. It is 135-years-old basilica created by Gaudi. I might be noticing a theme of his work all over Barcelona. I would warn you that Sagrada is a tourist trap so try and get there early or right at sunset for pictures. The hours vary by month so check the website here.
Ticket prices: General 32,00 E and Student 30, 00 E
24-minute metro ride to
Cathedral of Barcelona is often overlooked because of the La Sagrada Familia, but this church still impressive. This gothic style church is beautifully decorated. The exterior features majestic bell towers and gargoyles. The exterior welcomes people to come inside and observe the perfection in the detail. The inside is just as impressive as the outside. I was astonished at how beautiful the inside was. The Cathedral is located right in the charming Gothic Quarters.
Budo Born Pastry Shop with all this walking and hopping on/off the metro I am sure you have worked up a small appetite. This pastry shop I walked into by accident, but the chocolate filled croissant made me stay!
7-minute walk to
Go appreciate some of the beautiful work created by Pablo Picasso at the Picasso Museum. Inside the museum, you can view some of his most famous paintings, sculptors and ceramics. Picasso lived and studied art several years in Barcelona, and the museum was placed there by his wishes.
Free admission on Thursday after 6PM
Tickets: General admission 12, 00
Students: 7, 00
12-minute walk to
Take a long stroll down La Rambla. Yes, it can get a little “touristy”, I am a tourist! I enjoyed checking out the buildings that lined the avenue. Take the time and smell the flowers at one of the little shops or enjoy a meal at one of the sidewalk cafes. I enjoyed getting entertained by the many street entertainers.
Getting Around Barcelona
The public transportation is very easy to navigate with Google Maps app. I mostly used the metro vs. the tram & bus. I purchased one of the Travel cards and used it to get around for my two-day trip and paid 15,50. The travel cards offer 2-5 day passes and use can use them on any method of public transportation.
Purchase Travel Cards with this link
I could not get my Uber app to load drivers. I am not sure if Barcelona participates in the service, but taxis are all around. My Airbnb host told me that taxis are really cheap compared to other cities (she travels a lot, too!).
I love Barcelona because
It was an adventure I have dreaming of for years and it exceeded my expectations. Yes, I do think it was a little touristy but who cares! There is a reason why so many people visit the beautiful city every year. The building structures are truly breath-taking and cannot be described, you just have to go and see them for yourself. I fell in love with wine and sangrias all over again. Barcelona was my travel dream and I accomplished it!