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24 Hours in Barcelona


After recently purchasing the George Ezra album and listening to his song ‘Barcelona’ on repeat, I’ve spent much of my time reminiscing about the many days I’ve enjoyed exploring the beautiful, enchanting city.

Barcelona has always had a special place in my heart. I’ve visited on a couple of short city breaks from home back in the UK and I’ve also been lucky enough to live just north of the city for six months; which meant every day I had off, I’d catch the train and spend a day soaking up the culture of beautiful Barca. I hope to one day learn Catalan and move to one of the stunning gothic apartments with the corner balconies that overlook the busy streets of Plaça de Catalunya. ← Life goal, right there.

I thought I’d help you guys out by A) telling you to jump on a Spain-bound flight RIGHT NOW and B) let you know my highlights and recommendations for a day very well spent.


Sam’s 24 Hours in Barcelona

 

7am – 8am
Wake up sleepy head, it’s Barcelona time!


8am – 9am
Head down to Plaça de Catalunya and grab some breakfast in one of the trendy cafes, sit outside if you can, it’s a great place to people watch. Make sure you also check out the famous Gaudi architecture down Passeig de Gràcia.


9am – 10am
Burn off your breakfast by getting lost down some of the side streets. Admire the old buildings, dried out water fountains and peruse the boutique shops around the area.

 

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10am – 2pm
Get yourself a hop on hop off bus ticket and jump on the East Route. Enjoy the commentary and start to get a feel for the city. First stop to get off is the breathtaking Sagrada Familia, which is still not complete but will fully give you goosebumps! Have a wander and jump back on the bus when you’re ready. Enjoy the scenery and jump off again when you get to Parc Guell. This park is the perfect place to relax (especially after the hike up the hill to get to it!) It boasts stunning views and bright colours and is a wonderful spot for a walk or choose to simply find a seat and watch the world go by. The art is Gaudi’s work and is truly unique to Barcelona. Once you’re done chilling in the park/feeling a bit hungry, hop back on the bus and follow the route back to where you got on at Plaça de Catalunya.

 

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2pm – 3pm
Stroll down the world renowned La Rambla and duck into the fruit market. This market is one of my most favourite markets in the entire world; a rainbow of coloured fresh fruit and juices on sale for cheap prices. The perfect pre-lunch snack. On your way toward the port, you will find laneways on your left that lead to the gothic quarter. It’s charming, don’t miss out! Grab lunch anywhere along the way, I can assure you wherever you choose the food will be incredible!

 

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3pm – 6pm
At the bottom of La Rambla there’s a bus stop that travels the West route. Get your beautiful butt on that and enjoy some new commentary and learn more about Barcelona. You’ll drive right past the impressive Montjuïc and the majestic Palau Nacional. Don’t worry, you’ll visit them later. Right now, you’re on way to the Camp Nou. When you get off at Barcelona FC’s home ground you can almost hear the cheering fans. You can sense the excitement and imagine being a fan on match day! I’d recommend taking a tour around the stadium. You get a real insight into the game and get to see the stadium from a whole new perspective. Camp Nou holds almost 100,000 people and the blue seats inside the stadium read ‘Mes Que Un Club’ which means more than a club. Once you’re done spending all your money in the gift shop, you can follow the rest of the loop around back to the start.

 

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6pm – 7:30pm
Freshen up, put on your glad rags and go get yourself a nice big glass of Sangria. You deserve it.


7:00pm – 9:30pm
Get yourself back on the West bus route and stop at Montjuïc. Walk up the stairs and find yourself a space overlooking the ‘Magic Fountains’. Every half hour they will have a dancing fountain show, with traditional music and coloured lights. It sounds a bit cheesy, but trust me, it’s great. The warm buzz in the atmosphere is what Barcelona is all about. An evening performance at Montjuïc is magical, and may I add, rather romantic. (if you like that kind of thing!)

 

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9:30pm – 11:30pm
Feeling very full of love but rather food deprived, it will probably be time to head back to La Rambla and find yourself a nice outside table. Tapas, followed by Paella would be my choice, washed down of course with a heavenly Spanish Sangria. Dinner comes with front seats to watching the world go by with a side of contentment, complemented with the best ambience you’ve ever had.
The rest of the night is yours to do whatever you wish. Hit the sack or party all night long. Whatever you fancy doing, Barcelona will offer it to you.

One comment

  1. I love Barcelona too Sam! La Sagrada Familia is definitely one of my favourite places in the world 🙂

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