24 Hours in Barcelona


Emiliya Mailyan is a student at Middle Tennessee State University and an ISA Featured Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Barcelona, Spain.

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A look at the sunny, artsy, and flourishing city.

In Barcelona, you don’t get bored. With so much happening and going on constantly, this is a city where life simply thrives. And spending 24 hours here will prove to be quite a day!

An ideal way to start off the day would be to take a stroll along Port Vell, and take in the fresh breeze of the sea, as well as admire the vast beauty of the morning.

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Here’s a view of the peaceful port.

Then we can move on to a sweet delight – a cup of tea or coffee with some of the most wonderful pastries you could ever dream of! Along the streets of Barcelona, there are so many inviting cafes and pastry shops that practically entreat you to stop and look at the delicious treats displayed in the windows.

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A simple but delightful choice for breakfast.

Now, what better way to walk off the sugar than to take a stroll down the famous central street of Las Ramblas, a crowded walkway of people and kiosks selling just about anything you could imagine. There are various stands selling Barcelona memorabilia, as well as plants, accessories, and not to mention, many restaurants offering tapas!

About halfway down Las Ramblas, you’re bound to stumble upon the Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueria, a public market that offers the freshest fruits, vegetables, varieties of candies, meats, snacks, drinks, and the like. It’s definitely a treat for the senses!

An outside view of the entrance to the market.


Some of the appetizing sweet treats available for sale.


After adventuring through Las Ramblas, a hop on the metro will take you to the gloriously majestic Sagrada Familia, the Catholic cathedral designed by the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The current construction proves to be no matter for the masses of people lined up to see the wonderful workings of this breathtaking cathedral.

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A look at the grand, stunning cathedral.

As the day progresses, it’s never a challenge to find a cute shop to browse around in, and perhaps purchase some gifts. There are also numerous museums, parks, and bars to discover. But perhaps the most charming aspect of Barcelona is how this city seems to never end and yet, be completely connected. One can spend hours getting lost within the alluring alleys and discover treasures and gems well into the night! Before you know it, you’ve walked the whole city of Barcelona!  That’s exactly what I thought to myself, and I believe that’s what makes Barcelona so famous.

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Here’s a great view of the fascinating city.

The world awaits…discover it.

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