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  • Writer's pictureKatrina Julia

One Day In Barcelona, Spain: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

You love to travel and have new experiences. You want to get away, recharge, and stay healthy while traveling. Traveling helps you get away, have new experiences, and gain a new perspective. Do you want to transform in more ways than one when you come to Spain? Maybe, you want to come with your family too? You want to transform and travel.

It's easy to see why Spain feeds your soul with the beauty, culture, and vibes. The country combines a rich history, experiences, and food in every way.

There's plenty to experience one day in Barcelona, Spain to transform and travel whether you come solo, with a group, or with family. After you read this, you may want to make sure you stay longer in Barcelona, Spain.

Follow this One Day in Barcelona, Spain: Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help you make your travels transformational even it's a short trip. These are my recommendations for the top experiences for your one day in Barcelona. My intention for you is that you choose freedom.

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

My Experiences With Barcelona, Spain

If you are connecting with me and us for the first time with FIT Life Creation, I traveled to Barcelona, Spain for the second time in 2018 and hosted a mastermind retreat.

Since I went there a day before the workshop, I thought it would be great to do a one day guide on Barcelona, Spain. The last time I visited Barcelona, Spain was with friends in 2013. Here are Angela and I, one of my best friends on one of the adventures during our time in Spain.

Hot Air Balloon Ride near Barcelona, Spain
Hot Air Balloon Ride near Barcelona, Spain

It was interesting visiting Barcelona, Spain 5+ years later with all the changes in my life. I reflected on how my health, wealth, business have transformed since then.

The last time I visited Spain, I went to Barcelona and Madrid. I experienced many incredible things like the double decker tour in Barcelona with all the spots like La Sagrada Familia.

We experienced St Joseph's Market, Tapas Tours, and the Hot Air Balloon ride among many other experiences.

The experience this time was healthy and happy in every way. If you didn't know, I haven't drunk alcohol for over 5 years now. I feel healthier than I did in High School.

This time, I experienced walking through Barcelona streets, St Josephs Market, and Gaudi architecture to name a few sites.

I stayed at an Airbnb near Barcelona with a garden and love it. I chose this Castelldefels Airbnb because of the beautiful garden for our mastermind.

Fun Facts About Barcelona, Spain

Travel makes my soul sing. My story includes being conceived in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in 4 countries by the time I was 2 (including a refugee camp in Italy.)

I love visiting Barcelona, Spain for many reasons.

Barcelona is known for Gaudi Architecture, beautiful beaches, and incredible food. You may have heard of Parc Montjuic or Parc Guell (one of my favorites in the world!) Among many others, paella and a trip to the beach are a must.

Barcelona is rich in history from Sagrada Familia to Tibidabo, easy to walk or take public transportation around the whole city, and enjoy an adventure like the Go car I did in 2013! There is something for everyone to experience.

One Day In Barcelona, Spain: Itinerary to Transform and Travel

So let's explore the experiences I recommend for one day in Barcelona, Spain. Depending on when you arrive in the city, and where you stay, feel free to modify your experiences!

I'm sharing here a full 24 hours for your one day in Barcelona. I'm giving you many reasons to stay longer. I may be biased.

Walk the Streets

The first thing I did was head to Las Ramblas to walk around. I love listening to the music, seeing the sites, and markets. At every corner, there is beautiful art work. I walked around for about an hour - two hours.

I took a train from my Airbnb to get near Las Ramblas.

On my way to my next spot, I stopped and filmed a video.

I shared insight into my trip and transformation. This buildingl, by the way, is right by Casa Batllo and La Pedrera.

Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Casa Mila is a great place to start after you walk around a bit. The first time you go, I recommend you go inside. It is well worth it. I experienced the inside in 2013. This time, I simply visited the outdoors.

Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most known avenues in Barcelona. It was here that iconic buildings began to spring up, and the finest theatres and cinemas, and the most exclusive shops, restaurants and cafés opened.

It was also the boulevard on which the wealthiest and most ambitious members of society decided to build their homes.

Casa Batlló,

Another incredible work of art by Antoni Gaudi, Casa Batlló is right across the street from La Pedrera. Recently, restoration of the facade happened in 2019. I love experiencing art with boldness and uniqueness like this UNESCO World Heritage building.

I recently learned that there are now noches magicas, or magical nights with musical performances on the roof of Casa Batlló, under the sky of Barcelona. I will explore experiencing a magical night the next time I visit.

St Joseph's Street Market

I love food markets. Anyone other foodies here? One of my favorites is St Joseph's Street Market or La Boqueria in Spain. The market is in the heart of the Ramblas with a maze of fruits, veggies, and seafood. The smells are amazing!

I drank the coconut, mango, and watermelon juices at this stand, and met a new friend from the Philippines!

Parc Guell

Parc Guell is a park for everyone surrounded by Gaudi's mosaics and beauty. I love the park for relaxation, rest and art. It's incredible, especially at sunset. That's how I ended my day before I headed back to my Airbnb.

I highly recommend you add Parc Guell to your itinerary if you haven't already. Parc Guell used to be free. Now, a ticket and reservation is required. It is very well worth it in every way. Make sure you keep your reservation and make it on time. I underestimated the time the bus would take.

I got there 30 minutes late. Luckily, they let me in during a slot 40 minutes late. It isn't too busy in September. In the summer, it may be a different story.

Photo by me - Katrina Julia with CanonEOSM100

Photo by me - Katrina Julia with CanonEOSM100

Photo by me - Katrina Julia with CanonEOSM100

Barcelona or Nearby Beaches

Barcelona or nearby beaches are incredible. The Airbnb I picked is 10 min walking distance from the beach. The morning before our mastermind event, I made it a point to spend 2+ hours at the beach to reflect and relax at Castalldefels (about 30 min outside of Barcelona).

In 2013, I went to the Barcelona beaches and took a boat ride. I recommend making time for both.

Photo by Enes on Unsplash

Reasons to Stay in Barcelona, Spain Longer than One Day

Depending on what is important to you, you may follow the itinerary or you may decide to stay longer. There are many reasons to stay longer. I've been twice and continue to experience new things each time.

Double Decker

I love taking double deckers my first time in a large city. In 2013, my first time in Barcelona, we took the Double Decker for the day and loved it. Taking a Double Decker in Spain helps you see the city easily. It helps you see where you may want to spend more time on another day.

Mount Tibidabo

Mount Tibidabo is Barcelona's tallest peak and home to sweeping city views, resorts, and an amusement park.

The phrase Tibi dabo, means I will give to you. It was supposedly said to Jesus by the devil as they looked down from a mountain on the kingdoms of the world.

I am going the next time I visit Spain. With all the activities at the park, it may easily be a full-day experience.

It's about 30 min or so outside of the city as well depending on the time of the year.

Photo by Biel Morro on Unsplash

Barcelona Visit

Barcelona is a great place to visit for many reasons from culture, views, and experiences. Whether you love art, or you are a foodie, or a beach lover, you will love Barcelona.

Have you visited Barcelona before? Is it on your radar to visit soon?

What are some of your favorite experiences?

If you haven't, what activity here interests you the most to do in One Day in Barcelona, Spain?

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