We recommend getting up early and taking the northern route (blue) of the Barcelona Bus Turístic. You can take the first bus at 9 in the morning at Pl. Catalunya or get on from any stop near your hotel. In the Passeig de Gràcia, between the streets of Consell de Cent and Aragó, you will find the houses Lleó Morera, Amatller and Batlló, three jewels of modernist architecture built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Antoni Gaudí, respectively. Going by them is like looking at an open-air modernist museum! A little further up, on the corner with Calle Provença, is the Casa Milà, the famous Pedrera, also by Gaudí and whose undulating surface will undoubtedly remind you of the sea. Beyond the Passeig de Gràcia you will reach the most representative work of Gaudí: the Sagrada Família, an architectural bible in which any detail hides a story. Just in front, on Avenida Gaudí, you will discover the Modernist Recinte de Sant Pau, the most important work by Lluís Domènech i Muntaner. You could spend hours contemplating it … but in your case, a little while will be enough.
After lunch, the Southern (red) route of the Barcelona Bus Turístic will take you to the mountain of Montjuïc. When you take the Avinguda Maria Cristina you will see the imposing silhouette of the National Palace in the background, the main headquarters of the National Art Museum of Catalonia, one of the most important museums in Barcelona. It is not the only museum that welcomes this mountain so beloved by the locals; you will also find in it the Fundació Miró or the CaixaForum among others. A little further up is the Pavelló Mies Van der Rohe, the contribution that the Bauhaus artist left to the city, the Poble Espanyol with its varied architecture and the Olympic Anella, with some of the most emblematic venues of the Olympic Games of 1992: the Palau Sant Jordi, the Estadi Lluís Companys or the Picornell pools; buildings that the whole world had occasion to admire on the occasion of that important event.
In the afternoon, it is your turn to walk through the Barri Gòtic. In Plaça Nova you can visit the Cathedral, (you must not miss its Gothic cloister!), And remains of the Roman wall at the corner with Calle del Bisbe. Through this street you will reach Plaça Sant Jaume, with the Town Hall and the Palau de la Generalitat facing each other. A few meters away, on the Plaça del Rei, you can soak up the majestic medieval past of the city. And taking Argenteria street, you will reach the impressive basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, a magnificent example of Catalan Gothic. To put the finishing touch to the day, we recommend that you dine at La Rambla, while you contemplate the spectacle of the people who walk … and decide when you are going to return to Barcelona!