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How to spend a day in Barcelona


Where is it?

North East of Spain.

Why should I visit?

Barcelona is fuuull of things to do – the list is never ending. I have been five times now and still feel like I have so much more to see and experience there.

It’s a city where I can honestly say, it is hard to get bored / feel like you’re not getting the most out of it – which tends to happen with short weekend-y breaks – there is just soooo much to see.

Ready to get stuck in? Here is my guide on how to spend a (jam packed) day in Barcelona…

p.s. This guide involves bringing a packed lunch/snacks…no time for stopping for lunch, this really is a busy itinerary.



Start your day with a good ol’ coffee or treat your self to a delicious sweet treat to fuel up – because why not? You’re on holiday, calories do not count.

In my opinion, the best cafes are located in Poble Sec and Sant Antoni – pretty central, but not right in the midst of it all, so not too crowded.


Cometa Cafe – scandi inspired
Federal Cafe – amazing smoothies
Taranna Cafe – brunch brunch brunch
La donuteria (Carrer del Parlement) – massive doughnuts
La Pala – pizza by the slice


Head on up to Parc De Montjuïc and start at Teatre Grec  – about a 10 min walk from Poble Sec.

Though it is right in the city, it feels like you have been transported away to a beautiful deserted garden, on the top of a hill.

Here you’ll stumble across  an open-air Greek theatre, Plaça de Catalunya and the Magic Fountain.


Travel Tip
It’s a bit of a trek, as the park sits on top of a hill – but the views are more than worth it…


The Olympic Swimming pool is just next to Parc De Montjuïc and rounds of the park walk pretty nicely!

If you’re in Barcelona between July and August, you’re in luck – this is when it is open to the public for swimming.

I would suggest stopping and grabbing a bite to eat here – the seats surrounding the pool offer THE 2nd BEST VIEW of the city…so enjoy that sarnie with a view…
Travel Tip
If youre visiting outside of July and August, you can still enter the pool area, and admire the view from the spectator seats and grab a drink from the pop-up bar – so still worth a visit. 


The Sagrada Familia is well worth a visit! I’m not going to say much on it as it has to be seen with your very own eyes – it’s beautiful.

Do make sure to pre book online – the ques look horrendous and I’m confident in saying that no one reading this would be happy to stand around for two or more hours with the sun beaming down on their heads, with no shade…

A visit here tends to last an hour or so…

There is also a student reduced price ticket option, which I was extremely pleased about, before realising you had to have a Spanish student ID – so don’t be fooled by this, just opt for the under 30 ticket which is still slightly cheaper than the standard.


Photo op
Set back just in front of the cathedral is a little park and lake – its the perfect photo op and away from the crowds.

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Tired yet…you can’t be!…Next stop Bunkers Del Carmel – note to self, this involves a full on hike but the view at the top is insane – you can see across the entire city, right out to sea.

This spot is a bit of a hidden gem of Barcelona. Its hidden past is now over – sorry – but more people need to know about this incredible, remote viewing platform.


Travel Tip
As you head up here, it is not obvious that you are on the right path (it’s all very underdeveloped) – so just trust Google Maps…you’ll make it!



Ok, now you can sit down and chillax – it’s beach time, and what a better way to spend your time at the beach than with a huge glass of sangria!

Pull up a chair at your chosen beach bar and rest your legs…I’m sure you’ll be feeling it at this point.


Surf House – burgers and burritos on the beach
Port Vell – 1/2 litre of sangria + a side salad + a huge paella = €18
7 Portes – tapas place highly recommended to us, but we did not make it


You’re on holiday, so why not just keep eating right?! Plus, this next stop takes you right back to where it all started – Poble Sec.

My favourite place for food in the entire city has to be Carrer de Blai – a street full of tapas restaurants. The road is pedestrianised and lined with tables full and bars full of delicious looking food (and tasting).

The tapas in Barcelona is self-service. So, you head on up to the bar, take your pick and pay at the end. Dishes cost as little as €1 each!


Foodie Tip
My fave tapas eateries are Esquinta de Blai and Calle Blai.



Want more, check out my Ultimate Guide to Barcelona…

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