What to Do, for a Day in Port

If you find yourself with a day in Barcelona during a cruise stop or as an embarkation/disembarkation port, we can help you make the most of your time by selecting the attractions to visit. This is especially important information for first-timers to the city!

Start here with our recommended activities:

  • Explore landmarks; Spend your day in Barcelona discovering sites such as Sagrada Familia (Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona) Park Güell (Carrer d’Olot 13 08024 Barcelona), and Casa Batlló (Passeig de Gràcia, 43 08007 Barcelona).
  • Join a guided tour; Opt for a guided tour to skip queues and delve deeper into the history and architecture of these landmarks. Consider options, like the Park Güell Guided Tour or the Casa Batlló Self Audioguide Tour.
  • Discover the city; Opt, for a Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour to explore the landscape and check out sights such as Montjuïc Cable Car (Avinguda de Miramar, 30 08038 Barcelona) and La Pedrera Casa Milà (Passeig de Gràcia, 92, 08008 Barcelona)

An important tip; Remember that it takes around 20 minutes to get to the Barcelona Cruise Port from most parts of the city. Keep track of the time!

I refer to this section as “Barcelona On Your Own”

You can fully experience the city without splurging on cruise excursions or organized tours especially if it’s your first visit to Barcelona. There’s plenty to uncover independently without a guide or a set schedule.

Top Things to Do

  • Art appreciation; Immerse yourself in the art of Gaudí, Picasso, and Miró by visiting must-see museums like Sagrada Familia Museum, Picasso Museum, and Joan Miró Museum.
  • Guided exploration; Engage in guided tours (free & paid) that showcase landmarks such as Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and La Pedrera.
  • Outdoor pursuits; Discover Barcelonas beaches, parks, and gardens. Take a walk along La Rambla.
  • Culinary delights; Indulge in Catalan dishes and wines at local eateries and tapas joints.
  • Thrill-seeking adventures; Experience a cable car journey up, to Montjuïc Castle or opt for hiking trails in the mountains.

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Top Activities & Attractions On Your Own

You won’t want to miss these must-visit attractions. From the iconic Sagrada Familia to the mosaic Park Güell, these spots are sure to leave you in awe. I’ve you’ve been here many times before, we’ll go into more off-the-beaten-path things to do in Barcelona further down the article.

Self-Guided Tours

Most of our recommended activities offer guided tours and self-guided (audio) tours. Immersive experiences await on self-guided tours, which allow you to explore these locations at your own pace. There are plenty of popular options that provide in-depth information about these iconic landmarks.

IMPORTANT: It’s likely you won’t be able to visit all of these on a single day, so do some research and pick the top 2 that interest you the most.

Sagrada Familia:

Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

sagrada familia barcelona summer

One of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona, it is a must-visit attraction. This UNESCO-listed structure is a testament to Gaudí’s innovative approach to architecture, featuring a unique blend of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. With its impressive facades and intricate interior, the Sagrada Familia is a true marvel that will leave you awestruck. Be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid long queues.

Recommended tour: The Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Entry Ticket with Audio Guide and the Barcelona

There is a dress code!

When visiting the Sagrada Familia, it’s important to dress appropriately:

  • Shirts and Tops: Wear clothing with sleeves that fully cover your shoulders. Consider bringing shawls or jackets to ensure your shoulders remain covered.
  • Bottoms: Choose skirts or trousers that extend below the mid-thigh. Full-length trousers or jeans are ideal, but light cotton trousers are recommended for the summer.
  • Footwear: Expect to do a lot of walking inside the Sagrada Familia, so wear proper flat shoes. Barefoot visitors, as well as those wearing open sandals or flip-flops, are not permitted.

Park Güell

Carrer d’Olot, 13, 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

Park Güell, sprawling across Carmel Hill in Barcelona, Spain, is a public park that showcases the genius of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Initially intended as a residential community, the park eventually evolved into a municipal garden and architectural masterpiece. It stands as one of Gaudí’s most significant works and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The park beautifully merges natural elements with Gaudí’s unique style, blending modernist design with organic shapes and vibrant colors. Visitors are immediately captivated by the intricate mosaics, flowing forms, and the harmonious integration of nature into the architecture. A highlight of the park is the Serpentine Bench, which snakes around the main terrace, offering stunning panoramic views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.

As you enter Park Güell, you’re greeted by the Dragon Stairway, featuring a striking mosaic-tiled salamander statue known as “El Drac.” This stairway leads up to the Hypostyle Room, supported by 86 Doric columns that evoke the feeling of a forest canopy. Above this area is the Greek Theatre or Nature Square, an open space perfect for gatherings and offering breathtaking city views.

Throughout the park, Gaudí’s architectural brilliance is evident in features like the Viaducts—pathways supported by columns that resemble tree trunks, seamlessly blending into the surrounding landscape.

Casa Batlló

Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

The house that will leave you fascinated and bewildered, wondering how something so fantastical could exist. This iconic Barcelona landmark is the brainchild of the visionary Antoni Gaudí, who took an ordinary apartment building and transformed it into a kaleidoscope of color, texture, and whimsy. As you stand before its facade, you’ll be struck by the shimmering scales of blue and green tiles that seem to ripple like the Mediterranean Sea itself. The roofline resembles the back of a mythical dragon and appears to be in motion as if the house is alive and breathing.

Batlló’s innovative design and whimsical artistry will leave you awestruck. Inside, you’ll discover seemingly impossible volumetric projections, binaural sound, motion sensors, and even tastes and smells. Don’t miss the opportunity to access Lord Batlló’s Bedroom (if you opt for the gold option) and enjoy an immersive room, the Gaudí Cube, and more.

Casa Batlló is a testament to the city’s rich cultural heritage and its boundless creativity. Whether you’re an architecture aficionado, a lover of art, or simply a curious wanderer, this enchanting casa will capture your imagination and leave you under its spell.

Tip: Don’t miss the impressive staircase and the breathtaking views of the city from the rooftop.

Recommended tour: Casa Batllo Admission Ticket with Intelligent Audio Guide

Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Passeig de Gràcia, 92, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera showcases Antoni Gaudí’s brilliance, in the heart of Barcelona along Passeig de Gràcia. Constructed in 1912 this UNESCO World Heritage Site reflects Gaudís designs and artistic vision. The exterior features a stone facade and intricate wrought iron balconies reminiscent of a quarry earning it the nickname “La Pedrera” or “The Stone Quarry.”

Exploring the interior reveals sections, including the Espai Gaudí in the attic, where visitors can delve into models, photos and videos detailing Gaudís works and architectural principles. The attic itself stands out with its series of brick catenary arches that convey a sense of motion and fluidity.

The Pedrera Apartment offers a glimpse into life in 20th-century Barcelona with period furniture and decor. This immersive encounter provides insights into the cultural milieu of that era. The building’s inner courtyards are ingeniously designed to allow light into the living spaces fostering a feeling of openness and harmony, with nature—a core aspect of Gaudís design philosophy.

Outdoor Adventures

Tour the scenic Montjuïc Hill with the Montjuïc Cable Car, offering breathtaking views of the city from 270 feet above. Alternatively, take a stroll through the beautiful Austria Gardens in Park Güell or enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the Nature Square (Nature Square: Carrer d’Olot, 13, 08024 Barcelona, Spain).

Cruise passengers can use the cable car with one of the 3 stops conveniently located at the entry of the cruise port.

The Beaches of La Barceloneta

For beach lovers, head towards La Barceloneta, a neighborhood that has remained true to its roots as a fishing quarter. It’s classic without being overrun by tourism and the beach is beautiful and rarely crowded.

Read more about Barceloneta here

A Sample 8-Hour Itinerary in Barcelona For Cruise Passengers

1. La Sagrada Família (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

Description: Begin your day in Barcelona with a visit to La Sagrada Família, the iconic basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí. This masterpiece of Modernist architecture, still under construction since 1882, features Gothic and Art Nouveau elements. Admire the intricate facades and towering interior columns resembling trees, and experience the vibrant play of light from the stained-glass windows. This is a must-see for any tourist visiting Barcelona.

Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

Website: La Sagrada Família

2. Park Güell (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

Description: Next on your Barcelona itinerary, explore Park Güell, another of Gaudí’s creations. This colorful parc is filled with mosaics, organic shapes, and whimsical architecture. Originally intended as a housing development, it now offers stunning views of the city. Key highlights include the dragon staircase, the serpentine bench, and the Hypostyle Room with its mosaic-tiled roof. This park is an essential part of any day trip to Barcelona.

Address: Carrer d’Olot, s/n, 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Website: Park Güell

3. La Boqueria Market (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM)

Description: For lunch, head to La Boqueria, or Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, located along La Rambla. This bustling market is one of the top things to do in Barcelona, offering a variety of fresh produce, seafood, meats, cheeses, and local Catalan delicacies. Enjoy a tapa or a full meal while soaking in the vibrant atmosphere.

Address: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Website: La Boqueria Market

4. Casa Batlló (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

Description: Continue your day with a visit to Casa Batlló on Passeig de Gràcia. This Gaudí masterpiece features a fantastical facade with colorful mosaics and dragon-like roof tiles. The interior is equally impressive, with undulating walls, stained glass, and an ethereal light well. Casa Batlló is a must-see on any Barcelona itinerary, showcasing Gaudí’s unique blend of art and nature.

Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Website: Casa Batlló

5. Gothic Quarter (4:30 PM – 6:00 PM)

Description: Spend the late afternoon exploring the Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic. This historic district is perfect for a walking tour, featuring narrow medieval streets, charming squares, and ancient Roman ruins. Highlights include the Cathedral of Barcelona, Plaça Reial, and remnants of the Roman wall. The Gothic Quarter offers a rich cultural experience, blending the past with the present.

Address: Carrer del Bisbe, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Website: Gothic Quarter

6. Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)

Description: End your 1 day in Barcelona at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. Located near Plaça d’Espanya, this spectacular display combines water, light, and music. Built for the 1929 International Exposition, the fountain’s choreographed shows feature dynamic water jets, colorful lights, and a variety of music genres. This captivating show is the perfect way to conclude your Barcelona itinerary.

Address: Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Note: The fountains may be off during times of drought.

Hidden Gems

Assuming you’ve already ticked off the main attractions, it’s time to explore some of Barcelona’s hidden gems. From the scenic views of Montjuïc Cable Car to the stunning architecture of Casa Mila, these lesser-known attractions offer a unique perspective on the city.

Bunkers del Carmel; An Enchanting Spot, for the Adventurous Explorer

Discovering Bunkers del Carmel in Barcelona is like finding a treasure offering panoramic views that showcase the city’s beauty. Perched above you can admire landmarks such as the Sagrada Família and the glistening Mediterranean Sea.

What sets Bunkers del Carmel apart is its history. Originally serving as an aircraft fortress during the Spanish Civil War it has evolved into a peaceful and picturesque location. The journey up the winding streets is an experience providing visitors with an awe-inspiring outlook of Barcelona that few get to witness.

The ambiance at Bunkers del Carmel is serene and laid back unlike the crowds found at popular attractions. It’s a tranquil haven where locals and a few adventurous travelers come together to enjoy picnics, drinks, and sunset views in tranquility.

As night falls the city lights below create a glow that enhances the scenery. For those craving a Barcelona adventure and a chance to forge a connection with the city in all aspects, Bunkers del Carmel should be, on your list of must-visit destinations off the beaten path.

Location; Carrer de la Gran Vista, 96 Horta Guinardó, 08032 Barcelona, Spain

The nearest metro station is Alfons X, on Line 4 (the line). You can then choose to either hop, on a bus or take a stroll to the bunkers.

The Chocolate Museum, known as Museu de la Xocolata

A spot for chocolate lovers and inquisitive travelers. Situated at C. Del Comerç, 36 in the Ciutat Vella neighborhood this museum offers a tantalizing journey into the history and art of chocolate production.

Unlike the tourist spots around the city, this museum remains a gem waiting to be discovered offering a unique and delightful escape. Showcasing chocolate sculptures and artifacts it highlights the craftsmanship and passion invested in creating these delectable works of art.

Interactive exhibits add an element to the visit allowing guests to immerse themselves in the captivating world of chocolate. Beyond savoring sweets the museum fosters an understanding of the cultural and historical importance of chocolate transforming it into more than just a culinary delight. With its atmosphere and educational displays appealing to all senses Museu de la Xocolata stands out as a treasure in Barcelona. A must for the adventurous chocoholic!

Location: C. del Comerç, 36, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

The nearest metro stop is the Jaume I station on Line 4 (the yellow line). From there, it’s just a quick walk to reach the museum.

La Pedrera – Casa Milà

The name, ‘Casa Milà’ comes from the fact that it was the new home of the Milà family. The couple occupied the main floor and rented out the other apartments.

Casa Mila (1906-1912) is Antoni Gaudi’s most iconic work of civic architecture due to both its constructional and functional innovations, as well as its ornamental and decorative solutions. It is a total work of art.

Location: Passeig de Gràcia, 92 – 08008 Barcelona

Line 3 & 5 to Station Diagonal

Explore the Raval area

This area, which is actually close to the cruise terminal, is one of my hands-down favorite areas in Barcelona. It used to be that tourists were warned about the area due to high crime (which is relative compared to other major US Cities). But it’s home to some of the most authentic tapas bars, coffee shops, cafes, and museums including the Museum of Contemporary Arts.

While it’s not inherently unsafe, it is a little “grittier” than most of the tourist areas in Barcelona, so just use common sense and enjoy the uniqueness of the neighborhood.

Insider TipS

To make the most of your day in Barcelona, remember to buy tickets in advance for popular attractions like Sagrada Familia and Park Güell to avoid long queues. Also, consider purchasing a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour ticket to easily navigate the city and visit multiple sights. Don’t forget to try some delicious tapas at a local restaurant and explore the charming neighborhoods like El Born and Gothic Quarter. Any mistake you make will be an opportunity to learn and make your trip even more unforgettable!

Planning Essentials

Some of the most important things to consider when planning your day in Barcelona are the opening hours of attractions, travel times between locations, and weather conditions. Be sure to check the official websites of each attraction for up-to-date information and plan your itinerary accordingly.

Pay attention to holidays when attractions may be closed and know that on Mondays, there may be closures at certain museums. Check & Double Check the times for your day in port!

Our Most Recommended TOURS to Do in Barcelona

If you’re more into doing tours than exploring on your own, there’s no shortage of options in Barcelona.

If you are someone who wants more knowledge about the cities you visit, you may want to consider taking a guided or self-guided tour to probe deeper into the city’s history, architecture, and culture.

Guided Tours

Anyone visiting Barcelona can benefit from a guided tour, which provides valuable insights and commentary from a knowledgeable guide. For example, the Barcelona: Park Guell Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access takes you through one of Antoni Gaudi’s most enduring creations, while the Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car offers a comprehensive overview of the city’s history and landmarks.

Food Tours

The best way to get acquainted with local foods and customs is to get a guide to some of the popular Tapas bars in the city. It’s usually a hit with every type of traveler.

Try the Tapas Walking Tour with Food, Wine & History

Or try a foodie focused tour visiting places locals love

Barcelona Food & Wine Small-Group Tour with a Sommelier is a great option for those who love Cava and Spanish wine. This tour takes place in Sant Antoni and Poble Sec. Tour size is limited to 6 people making it very intimate and allowing the guide to answer questions and give detailed explanations without too many people around.

inexpensive (and FREE) tours in Barcelona?

Not breaking the bank doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the quality of your Barcelona experience. Here are some budget-friendly options to help you explore the city without emptying your wallet:

Budget-Friendly Options

Little expense doesn’t mean little excitement! Consider these affordable tours that won’t put a dent in your travel budget:

  • Barcelona: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour (from $27.92 per person)
  • Barcelona: Park Güell Admission Ticket (from $8.50 per person)
  • Barcelona: Montjuïc Cable Car Roundtrip Ticket (from $12.50 per person)

Free Attractions

The best things in life are free! Take advantage of these complimentary attractions to soak up the Barcelona atmosphere:

There are plenty of free attractions in Barcelona that are worth visiting, such as Barceloneta Beach, La Rambla, and Plaça Catalunya. These iconic spots offer a glimpse into the city’s vibrant culture and history without costing a fortune.

Another great option is to explore the city’s many markets, such as La Boqueria Market or Santa Caterina Market, which offer a taste of local cuisine and culture at no cost. Just be sure to respect the vendors and other visitors. Remember to always prioritize your safety and comfort while exploring the city, especially in crowded areas. Enjoy your time in Barcelona!

the best day trips and excursions from Barcelona?

To make the most of your time in Barcelona, consider taking a day trip or excursion to explore the surrounding region. There are plenty of options to choose from, each offering a unique experience.

TIP! While many of these cities are close, unless you have an exceptionally long port day, or are doing this in the days before or after your cruise, we recommend using ship-sponsored excursions. They guarantee your arrival back at the ship.

Nearby Cities

Any history buff will love visiting the charming towns of Girona and Figueres, both located just a short train ride from Barcelona. In Girona, stroll along the colorful riverside houses and explore the medieval Old Town, while in Figueres, discover the fascinating Dalí Theatre-Museum.

Natural Wonders Worth Exploring

Now, get ready to connect with nature on a day trip to the stunning Montserrat Mountains, located about an hour north of Barcelona. Take in the breathtaking views of the rugged landscape and visit the monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, home to the famous Black Virgin.

It’s important to know that the Montserrat Mountains are an extremely popular destination, so be prepared for crowds and long lines. However, the scenery and historical significance of the site make it well worth the visit. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water, as you’ll be doing some hiking and exploring.

For a guided experience to cover the area with all of the iconic destinations along the Costa Brava, try the tour titled: Montserrat, Girona & Costa Brava Guided Day Trip from Barcelona

MAKE SURE you have plenty of time in the city on your stop. Or take advantage of this tour if you are in Barcelona for a day on either side of your cruise. It’s 8 hours long!

the best tours to do in Barcelona with kids

Not all tours are created equal when it comes to keeping kids engaged and entertained. Fortunately, Barcelona offers a range of family-friendly tours and activities that are perfect for families with kids.

Family-Friendly Attractions

You’ll find plenty of attractions in Barcelona that are designed with kids in mind. The Barcelona Aquarium, for example, is home to over 11,000 marine animals from around the world, while the Tibidabo Amusement Park offers thrilling rides and stunning views of the city.

Interactive Experiences

While exploring Barcelona’s iconic landmarks is a must, kids often enjoy interactive experiences that allow them to get hands-on and creative. The Casa Batlló, for instance, offers an immersive experience that combines artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and machine learning to bring Gaudí’s architecture to life.

The Barcelona Museum of Natural History offers a range of interactive exhibits and activities that allow kids to learn about science and nature in a fun and engaging way. Important: Be sure to check the age and height restrictions for each attraction and tour to ensure they’re suitable for your kids. Many tours and attractions in Barcelona offer discounts or special deals for families, so be sure to ask about these when booking.

the best outdoor activities to do in Barcelona?

Unlike other cities, Barcelona offers a unique blend of urban excitement and outdoor adventure. With its Mediterranean climate and stunning natural surroundings, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and enjoy the great outdoors.


Outdoor enthusiasts will love Barcelona’s beaches, such as Barceloneta, Nova Icària, and Mar Bella. These popular spots offer a range of activities, including swimming, sunbathing, and water sports like surfing and paddleboarding. You can also take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, enjoy the street performers, and sample some delicious seafood at one of the many beachside restaurants.

Parks and Gardens

Outdoor escapes don’t get much better than Barcelona’s parks and gardens. From the iconic Park Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudí, to the tranquil Parc de la Ciutadella, there are plenty of green spaces to explore. Take a leisurely walk, have a picnic, or simply sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Plus, many of these parks offer stunning views of the city, making them perfect spots to watch the sunset. For example, **Montjuïc Hill** offers breathtaking views of the city and is home to several parks, gardens, and even a castle. Don’t miss the **Jardins de Laribal**, a beautiful botanical garden with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and take breaks in the shade, especially during the summer months when the sun can be strong.

the best indoor activities in Barcelona for rainy days?

If your day in port happens to have bad weather, there are still ways to enjoy the city!


Days like these are perfect for exploring the rich cultural heritage of Barcelona through its numerous museums. Visit the Picasso Museum, which houses an extensive collection of the artist’s works, or the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), featuring an impressive array of modern and contemporary art. You can also explore the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), which showcases Catalan art from the 10th to the 20th centuries.

Shopping Centers

Museum-like shopping centers, such as La Roca Village, offer a unique shopping experience with over 140 boutiques and restaurants. Alternatively, head to Diagonal Mar Shopping Center, one of the largest shopping centers in Barcelona, featuring a wide range of stores, restaurants, and entertainment options.

A great way to spend a rainy day is by indulging in some retail therapy. From high-end designer boutiques to local markets and shopping centers, Barcelona has something for every style and budget. Be sure to check out the iconic La Boqueria Market, a world-famous market offering a wide variety of fresh produce, cheeses, and local specialties. Remember to check the opening hours and addresses of these locations before heading out: * Picasso Museum: Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona * Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA): Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona * National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC): Palau Nacional, Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003 Barcelona * La Roca Village: La Roca del Vallès, 08430 Barcelona * Diagonal Mar Shopping Center: Avinguda Diagonal, 3, 08019 Barcelona * La Boqueria Market: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona

deals and discounts on activities and attractions in Barcelona

Unlike other cities, Barcelona offers a plethora of discounts and deals on activities and attractions, making it easier for you to explore the city without breaking the bank. Here are some of the best deals and discounts you can take advantage of:

Online Discounts

On GetYourGuide, you can find exclusive online discounts on various activities and attractions in Barcelona. For instance, you can save up to 10% on tickets to Park Güell or Casa Batlló when you book online in advance.

Package Deals

Package deals are an excellent way to save money and time when exploring Barcelona. For example, you can book a combo ticket that includes entry to Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and Casa Batlló, which can save you up to 20% compared to buying individual tickets.

Understanding how package deals work is crucial to making the most of your savings. Look for deals that include multiple attractions or activities that you’re interested in, and make sure to read the fine print to ensure that the deal is valid for the dates and times you plan to visit. Some package deals may also include additional perks, such as skip-the-line access or guided tours, which can enhance your overall experience. Important: Be sure to check the validity and terms of each deal before booking, as they may change or expire without notice. Additionally, always read reviews and check the ratings of the attractions and activities before booking to ensure that you’re getting the best value for your money.

Practical BARCELONA Tips

Barcelona is a city that requires some planning ahead to get the most out of a short time, but with these tips, you’ll be well-prepared for an unforgettable day in port. From navigating the city’s public transportation system to staying safe and trying local cuisine, we’ve got you covered.

  • Pickpocketing is common, especially in crowded areas and tourist hotspots. Keep your valuables secure and be mindful of your belongings. There is always a lot of talk about pickpockets in Barcelona, and I find it to be a bit overblown, but it does happen! Use common sense and don’t put wallets and phones in your back pocket, and it’s best not to carry a backpack with exposed zippers. Try a front bag or sling bag that can be kept close to you.
  • Be prepared for crowds, especially during peak travel seasons. Plan your itinerary accordingly and consider visiting popular attractions early in the morning or later in the evening. Also, consider buying “skip the line” tickets when possible.
  • Learn some basic Catalan phrases, such as “bon dia” (good morning) and “gràcies” (thank you). The locals will appreciate your effort!
  • Plan your itinerary according to the opening hours and locations of the attractions you want to visit. It’s a big city, it’s not likely you’ll be able to cover all of the major attractions in a single day, so pick wisely!
  • Buy tickets in advance for popular attractions like the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell to avoid long wait times.
  • Stay hydrated and bring sunscreen, as the Mediterranean sun can be strong.
  • Don’t eat at touristy restaurants, as they tend to be overpriced and serve low-quality food. Instead, opt for local eateries and try traditional Catalan cuisine.

Just Get out & Explore!

Your day in Barcelona is likely packed with exciting activities, but just wandering the city can be as exciting as a day packed full of things to do.


You’ll want to wander through the charming neighborhoods of Barcelona, each with its own unique character. Explore the Gothic Quarter, with its narrow streets and historic landmarks like the Barcelona Cathedral. Visit El Born, a trendy neighborhood filled with boutiques and restaurants. And don’t miss La Barceloneta, a bustling beachside neighborhood with lively nightlife.


Any foodie will love exploring the culinary delights of Barcelona. Be sure to try traditional Catalan dishes like pa amb tomàquet (bread with tomato) and escalivada (roasted vegetables). Don’t forget to indulge in some delicious seafood, fresh from the Mediterranean.

Neighborhoods like La Boqueria and Santa Caterina are famous for their bustling markets, where you can sample local specialties like jamón ibérico and artisanal cheeses. And for a truly unique experience, visit a traditional Catalan restaurant, like Can Culleretes, which has been serving up local favorites since 1786. Be sure to try some of the local wines, like cava and xarello.

Just stop into any tapas bar or cafe and try something unique. Food is the best way to create memories of a location (in my opinion!)

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Q: What are the top activities to do in Barcelona for a day in port?

A: The top activities to do in Barcelona for a day in port include visiting the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, Montjuic Cable Car, and taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour. These activities offer a great way to experience the city’s unique architecture, culture, and history in a short amount of time.

Q: How do I get to Park Güell from the cruise port?

A: Park Güell is located at Carrer d’Olot, 13, 08024 Barcelona. From the Barcelona cruise port, you can take a taxi or bus (number 31 or 32) to the park. The journey takes around 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.

Q: Can I visit the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell in one day?

A: Yes, it is possible to visit both the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell in one day. The Sagrada Familia is located at Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain, and Park Güell is located at Carrer d’Olot, 13, 08024 Barcelona, Spain. Both attractions are accessible by public transportation or taxi, and you can plan your day to visit both sites.

Q: What is the best way to get around Barcelona?

A: The best way to get around Barcelona is by using public transportation, such as buses and metro lines. You can also take a taxi or ride-hailing service. Additionally, many attractions are within walking distance, so you can also explore the city on foot.

Q: How long does it take to visit Casa Batlló?

A: The recommended visit time for Casa Batlló is around 1-2 hours. The attraction is located at Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain, and you can plan your visit according to your schedule and interests.

Q: Can I buy tickets for these attractions online?

A: Yes, you can buy tickets for these attractions online through various ticketing websites, such as GetYourGuide. This can help you save time and avoid long queues at the attractions.

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