How To Spend A Day In Port In Barcelona

Port Day: Barcelona

Your cruise has docked in Leo Messi's town. How should you spend your day?


Originally appeared in September 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life
  • Avoid afternoon crowds and start with Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell, which showcases his innovative architecture and organic style.
  • Have your driver give you a city overview, including Passeig de Gràcia, one of the main avenues and home to Gaudí landmarks Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. The top of Montjuïc hill provides the best panoramic views.
  • Visit Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Família cathedral (the preeminent example of Catalan modernist architecture). There’s always a long line to enter, but you can book tickets in advance for immediate access.
  • Eat lunch at the Gothic Quarter’s Els Quatre Gats, which opened in 1897 and became a favorite of Picasso and his peers. Share a first course, perhaps tomato-rubbed toast or Iberian ham, followed by lamb or Mediterranean seafood stew.
  • Finish the day with a Gothic Quarter walking tour. From Plaça del Pi, stroll Carrer Petritxol, a narrow street famous for tiny bars. Stop for a suizo (hot chocolate with cream), then cross Las Ramblas to explore La Boqueria market. If you have room, Bar Pinotxo is where market shoppers break for tapas.
– Francesc Escánez, travel agency owner, Barcelona

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