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Barcelona - first afternoon, sight selection


I'd like some ideas on which of our must see sights would fit best on our first (not full day) in Barcelona.

We are a family of four (50 yo adults, 13 and 17 yo kids) scheduled to arrive in Barcelona (from Iceland) on Wednesday, June 19th at 2:45pm. Traveling light (no checked bags) and staying in Ciutat Vella.

I figure we'll need to be active after we drop our stuff at the hotel, so looking at a few sights we can see that day, also recognizing we may be a bit fatigued from the travel (our flight leaves Iceland at 8:35am) and will want to eat dinner.

The places on our "must see" in Barcelona are: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Barcelona History Museum, Spanish Civil Walking Tour, Catalan Art Museum and a day trip to Montserrat. We have plans to attend an event at the Palace of Catalan Music on a different day.

My gut says either Catalan Art Museum (open til 8pm) and Montjuïc area or combo of Sagrada Familia and Park Güell.


Side note - we have a wonky schedule (long story covered by other posts!) in that we will arrive in Barcelona 6/19, for one night and full day (on the 20th), then to Valencia for 3 nights and back in Barcelona on the 23rd for 2-3 more nights.

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Of the sights you list, it's La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell that will be crowded and will require you to purchase tickets in advance. I usually suggest that one of those tough sights be planned for first thing each morning, so you don't have to worry about finishing a visit to a different sight and getting to the tough one on time. Other than that, I can't think of a major reason to schedule things on any particular day.

If you're still energetic after you get settled in Barcelona after arriving from Iceland, it's not a bad plan to take advantage of the late hours at the MNAC. However, if you think you might have a bit of jet lag to deal with, an outdoor activity would be better.