It’s well worth dedicating a few days to visit Barcelona‘s many beaches, endless historical monuments, neighbourhoods, famous architecture and cultural offerings. But not everyone has as much time as they would like to do these things, and some of us have just one day.
With World Experience you will be able to discover Barcelona’s unmissable places in just one day by reserving a place on our Barcelona Express City Tour. The tour covers the Catalan capital’s most important attractions, and we will tell you all about them in this article.
What to do in Barcelona in a day
The church of Sant Felip Neri
Built in the 18th century, this is one of the few Baroque style buildings left in the city. It’s hidden inside the Barrio Gótico neighbourhood, more specifically in the square of the same name. It was the scene of a bloody bombing from Franco’s forces, killing the Republicans who sheltered inside, and leaving just the facade and some parts of the original building standing.
The holes made by the shrapnel can still be seen today in the church door and walls. It’s one of the city’s great historical sites and a favourite romantic place for locals to visit.
Its construction started on 1 May 1298 and unfolded in three phases over more than 150 years. The main facade was completed at the end of the 19th century and has recently been restored, although work is not yet finished.
The cathedral gets more than three million visitors a year and it is also located in the Barrio Gótico area.
The work of Antoni Gaudi
The most famous architect of the modern era and his works attract millions of tourists to the city every year. The Catalan artist’s three most famous works are Casa Batllo, La Pedrera and the Sagrada Familia.
Casa Batllo, bought by Josep Battló i Casanovas in 1903, is found in the famous Passeig de Gracia street, number 43. The entrepreneur from the textile industry gave Gaudi complete creative liberty to carry out integral reforms, the latter then dismissed the original idea of demolishing the building.
The artistic facet of the work meant that the building’s great feature, which was ahead of its time, could be left alone. Not far from Casa Batlló is La Pedrera, which is the other name for Casa Milà.
La Pedrera was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and opened to the public in 1996. In 1905, Pere Milà and his wife Roser Segimon bought the area located on Paseo de Gracia and entrusted Antoni Gaudi with the construction of their new home, with the ground floor designed for the recently married couple, whilst the other floors would be put up for rent.
Its construction was surrounded by both legal and financial problems, increasing Gaudi’s desire to change his project in the middle of its construction.
Last but not least, Gaudi’s most famous monument, and indeed probably the most famous monument of modernism and of the whole of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia. Work started in 1866 and is scheduled to finish in 2026, which will be the centenary of Gaudi’s death.
This is a majestic religious temple, and every minor detail bears extracts from the bible told in the way Gaudi himself interpreted them. Every day, more than 15 thousand people visit this icon of the city.
All this and more can be enjoyed in just a day by taking our World Experience Express City Tour.