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How to Spend a Perfect Day in Barcelona

Beach in Barcelona, Spain
Beach in Barcelona, Spain | © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip
Catalonia’s enchanting capital is perfect for those with a creative streak. Spend a day exploring the city’s incredible art and architecture, from the winding alleyways of Carrer del Bisbe to Gaudí’s nature-inspired facades and Modernisme masterpieces.

Morning

Start the morning by walking around the Gothic Quarter, through narrow streets that twist and turn like tributaries, and eventually lead to sprawling squares lined with cute Mediterranean cafés.

Gothic street quarter, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip
Gothic quarter, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip

Make sure to stop at the Neo-Gothic Bishop’s Bridge on Carrer del Bisbe and the Sant Felip Neri Church. The latter’s walls are riddled with bullet holes – scars of the bloody civil war that raged on the streets of Barcelona less than a century ago.

Carrer de Bisbe, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip
Església de Sant Felip Neri church, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip
Església de Sant Felip Neri church, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip

Afternoon

Head to Barcelona Cathedral, a 14th-century Gothic masterpiece. Take time to walk through the cathedral’s courtyard and admire the amazing craftsmanship that has stood the test of time.

Cathedral of Barcelona © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip
Cathedral of Barcelona's courtyard © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip

After you’ve worked up an appetite walking around the Gothic Quarter, head to one of Barcelona’s famous markets. Santa Caterina is a great alternative to the busy Boqueria Market and offers some mouthwatering locally caught seafood.

Santa Cantarina Market, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip
Local Seafood, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip

The people of Barcelona are known for their laid-back attitude and love affair with food. An easy way to bond with the locals is to head down to a tapas bar and effuse about the city’s local football heavyweights – you might have heard of them.

A Barcelona local © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip

It might be cliché and a tourist trap but La Rambla, the beating jugular of the city, is still a sight worth seeing.

Las Ramblas Street © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip

Pla de l’Os in the centre of La Rambla is marked by a colourful mosaic from Joan Miró, one of Barcelona’s most prodigious talents.

Las Ramblas street, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip
Mosaic de Joan Miró © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip

Evening

Catalonia’s capital is characterised by its relationship with the water, and there’s nothing that says living the Barcelona life than walking along the promenade and stopping for a cold drink and a light dinner by the beach.

The Beach, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip
The Beach, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip
The Beach at Sunset, Barcelona, Spain © Helene Giansily / Culture Trip

Looking for the perfect place to start and end your day?

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

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The Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona is a summertime paradise with rooftop pool surrounded with lush decking and only a short walk from the beach. Located towards the north of the city, not far from Sant Martí and El Poblenou, it’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Barcelona and offers guests every luxury from their sea-view rooms.
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