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Barcelona in a day

We are going on a cruise and will be in Barcelona for a day. Below are some of the places I was planning to see ... any recommendations or suggested order? Seems like La Sagrada is the best first stop. Thanks for the help.

La Sagrada Familia, Hospital Sant Pau, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, Palau Guell, La Rambla, Arc de Triomf

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If I was there for a day I would take the hoho bus.

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A couple of things to bear in mind in your planning, if your boat is parked (along with others) along the long quay opposite Montjuic :

You either have long queues for transport, or a long walk to get to a decent starting point.

Part of the quay, near the shore, is actually a lifting bridge. This can be raised for a long time. It's bad enough sitting in a bus ....sitting in a taxi is an ordeal.

So you'll need to allow about an hour to get from the bottom of La Rambla to your cruise ship.

I'd agree your best bet is the Touristic Bus. It's now about 24 euro, I believe, but this covers three routes and a book of vouchers. There's one obvious point to switch between the two main routes; which means there are horrendous queues at both stops. I'd stay on back to the Playa Catalunya to change routes.

An alternative, if you plan everything in advance, is to buy a day ticket or T-10 for public transport, and use buses and metro. Parc Guell is worth a visit, but I'd use the bus from a stop across the road from Casa Battlo (22 if memory serves) to avoid the extremely steep climb to the main entrance.

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HoHo bus www.barcelonabusturistic.cat

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Another vote for the HoHo.

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If you have a late departure (very late) I'd add a viewing of the Magic Fountains.

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Id do the fat tire bike tour you'll see all that and more. You can find it on tripadvisor .

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I've never done HOHO tours. I'd be worried that you wouldn't feel like you were experiencing the city at all. With one day, I'd be inclined to see less of the city via a walking tour than to perched up on a HOHO bus.

Two of my favorite spots are not on your list, both in the old city: Palau de Música Catalana, which is an extraordinary example of modernisme architecture. The short guided tour gives you a wonderful overview of that approach to architecture and design as well as a glimpse at Catalan culture and pride. I really like the Hospital de Sant Pau, but I would choose the Palau over that for such a short visit. Second, a short stroll away, Santa Maria del Mar, no paid tour necessary, an incredible example of Catalan Gothic architecture.

Your list seems like much too much for one day and is quite heavy on Gaudi. Barcelona has much to offer beyond his extraordinary works.

How long do you have for your day? I would perhaps try for: Sagrada Familia, Palau de Musica Catalana, roaming Barri Gòtic and Born (or taking a Running Bean tour), seeing one of Gaudi's other works (Palau Güell, Milà, or Battló), a stroll down Rambla de Catalunya, a stroll through Mercat de Santa Caterina OR La Boqueria. Not necessarily in that order.

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