You can explore the sights reaching faster and cheaper through the metro and enjoy little walking to get the local feeling while on your feet.
Barcelona has incredible sightseeing stored in for every tourist. From Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia to the Mediterranean land. There is something for every art, sports, architect lovers. All you must do is hop on the metro and enjoy the wonders Barcelona has to offer.
Here is what you need to do first
- Get a map and mark all the places that you wish to visit
- Check the nearest metro station from all those places
- Buy the metro pass
You can opt for:
- Barcelona Card which gives unlimited transport no limits in the number of journeys taken on metro, buses or tram.
- Tourist Travel pass- unlimited journeys on all transport system valid for 2-5 days
- 10 Ticket Pass (Zone 1- The city center areas are in Zone 1)- Limited 10 tours valid for one individual. (Suggested for a day trip)
We opted for 10 Ticket Pass for one day to roam around in Barcelona. It was convenient for us to hop and get down at any station saving lot of time and money.
You can either book your pass online in advance or get the pass from the vending machine across every station.
Metro Ticket Price
Single ticket: €2.20
T10 ticket: €10.20
For 10 journeys with T10 you can save: €11.80
We were staying at Catalonia Park Putxet, and the nearest metro to the hotel was Lesseps. We planned our day basis our starting point. So, the first stop from our stay was Sagrada Familia. We got down at Diagonal Metro Stop and walked our way to the Sagrada.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The most famous tourist sight that is always on the list for every tourist. If you want to marvel the Gaudi’s spectacular architectural work, you must pay a visit to see the temple from inside. The queue for the tickets can be daunting, so make sure you pre-book your ticket in advance before going. Fun fact: 70% of the Basilica is finished, and now the work is focused on building the six central towers. The basilica is expected to be completed by 2026.
After gazing through the beautiful architectural work of Antoni Gaudi, we made our move toward the central part of the city, and on our way, we discovered the Casa Milla- known as La Pedrera or “The stone quarry,” the unusually rough-hewn entrance, is a modernist structure in Barcelona. Yet another and the last creation by Gaudí.
Gothic Quarters- Walking tour
We had booked Gothic Quarters walking tour through our agent. (This can also be booked by any local tour guide at the center of the city.)
A tranquil walkway digging the mysteries behind the stones of the medieval gothic quarter of Barcelona. From Romans and saints to warriors and kings, this mix of beautiful basilicas, appealing squares, and narrow streets won’t fail to amaze.
As the walking tour ended, we headed to Casa Batlló a building in the center of Barcelona. This masterpiece was designed by none other than Antoni Gaudí. The place is located right near Passeig De Gracia metro station. We took a break and started hunting for food.
Arc De Triomf.
After the meal we headed to Arc De Triomf, it is a gateway for fair held in Parc de la Ciutadella. The monument has become one of the city’s benchmarks. Click! Tick! Click! And we got moving towards Catalunya Metro Station to start the sightseeing for the rest half of the town.
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Arenas de Barcelona
From Catalunya, we took a metro to Espanya, that holds most of the local must-visit sights. Starting with we climbed up the Arenas de Barcelona located in the stadium of Barcelona at the Espanya, it is a shopping mall, with fashion, book, and grocery, food center.
The 4th floor a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Barcelona city. You can buy a ticket downstairs at the entrance and take the external elevator which links directly with the rooftop. The ticket is priced at 1-2 Euro per person.
From the rooftop, you can glance at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc located below the Palau Nacional near the Plaça d’Espanya and Poble Espanyol de Barcelona.
The Magical Mountain show happens in the evening after 6-7pm, make sure you reach there around the time, so you do not miss it. Heading to the top Palau Nacional, we got a glimpsed of the city from the high hill and restored our energy for our next stop.
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Olympic Ring, the spot of the Olympic Games, FC Barcelona stadium
From Pl. Espanya station we took a metro to Les Corts metro stop, this trip involves 6 minutes of walking and the rest 15 minutes in metro, so a total of 20-25 minutes needs to be considered if you wish to see the Olympic Ring, the spot of the Olympic Games, FC Barcelona stadium and many more. You can also explore the Botanical Gardens, parks which cannot be missed if you are up at the Parc de Montjuïc.
For sundowner, we quickly got ourselves moving towards the Paral-lel metro stop, where we enjoyed walking the beach promenade and soaking in the sea breeze. After a relaxing at sunset, we ventured out looking for the best Churros in the city.
As google map suggested we looked out for the famous churros in Barcelona, we found Café De L’Opera they are known for the best churros in town. Without giving much thought, we strolled our way through the lively street of La Rambla, with so much to see on the roads we ended up eating the best chocolate churros from the cafe and headed back to our hotel as the day had come to an end.
Liceu station is located near the café, and we managed to get the direct train to Lesseps (Metro near our hotel).
We covered everything in metro and cherished most of Barcelona city.