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Palau de la Música Guided Tour

1. Palau de la Música Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings on an exclusive 45-minute guided tour of the Modernist Palau de la Música Catalana. Located in the heart of the city, just minutes from Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, the Palau is a temple of decorative refinements. Your tour starts in the Rehearsal Hall of the Orfeó Catala, where the foundation stone was laid in 1905, and where the choir rehearses regularly as it has done for more than 100 years. Continue to the grand staircase to marvel at the ornate flowers and flags that adorn it. Built from a range of materials, including iron and glass, the detail never ceases to amaze. Next, visit the Lluís Millet Hall and glimpse the large balcony with columns that symbolise nature with flowers of every kind. Finally, be dazzled by an explosion of colors, shapes, and light as you enter the Concert Hall. Your guide will take you to the 2nd floor to get close to the great skylight, where you can admire the impressive light source up close. To end, the Palau’s organ will accompany you on a short musical journey.

From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

2. From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

Experience Montserrat on a full-day wine tour with lunch from Barcelona. Understand why Montserrat is so closely linked to the Catalan identity and also learn about the region's wines with tastings. On the way to Montserrat, your guide will introduce you to this "magic mountain" where Mother Nature meets religion, history, and the identity of the Catalans. Enjoy the stunning landscape of the natural park. Take a guided tour which includes a short walk to the monastery where you can see spectacular views and get a true feel of the spirituality Montserrat has to offer. After Montserrat, head to a local, family-run winery, just a few minutes away from Montserrat, and one of the most important and beautiful wineries in the region.  In a local restaurant, be served from an exquisite selected tasting menu featuring favorites of the region paired with wines produced organically from the vineyard. In the afternoon, your expert guide will take you to visit the cellar and through the vines for a walk. Learn how the wine is made and discover all its secrets. Then visit the winery, where its chateaux wines become older and wiser. Here you may sit, close your eyes, and enjoy the various wines offered, tasting the history, soil, climate, and everything else that makes this winery so special.

From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

3. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

Discover the medieval villages of Catalonia on a guided small group tour around the area. Visit Besalú, Rupit, and Travertet, with a mix of free time to explore and storytelling from your guide. Meet your guide in central Barcelona in the morning before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. Continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. Pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, which has been declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café at your own expense or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

Barcelona: Besalú & Medieval Towns Tour with Hotel Pickup

4. Barcelona: Besalú & Medieval Towns Tour with Hotel Pickup

This medieval tour will begin in Barcelona, where your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on an amazing journey back in time in a small group of maximum 8 persons. Your first stop will be in the city of Vic, which has one of the most suggestive medieval sights of Catalonia. Your guide will show your small group the most important corners of the medieval city such as the cathedral and Roman temple, sharing with you their secrets and history. On your way to Besalú, your small group will drive through the volcanic area of La Garrotxa before arriving at Santa Pau, one of the most charming towns of Catalonia, where you will take a walk through its beautiful medieval streets and its main square. You will also stop at the foot of Castellfollit de la Roca, a spectacular medieval town that hangs from the cliff edge.  To finish this journey back in time, your expert guide will take you to Besalú. Here, you'll find one of the best-conserved medieval buildings of Catalonia. Your guide will explain to you the importance of the Jewish community that lived in the city. Finally, you will be able to walk the famous Romanesque bridge of Besalú, which is a mandatory visit for anyone who loves medieval architecture.

Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

5. Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

Start your tour at the famous Ramblas, the heart of the city centre. Enjoy this walking tour of the Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market, considered one of the best markets in the world because of its modernist design and the richness of products it offers. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a classic example of Catalan modernism, as well as the Palau Güell, one of the most stunning examples of Antoni Gaudi’s architecture.   Continue your walking tour to discover Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town, that attracts people from diverse social, cultural, and geographical backgrounds. Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, perhaps one of the cutest statues you’ll ever see. Take the Montjuic funicular and prepare yourself a bird’s eye view of Barcelona. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the Montjuic cable car as you gaze down on Barcelona’s iconic skyline. At the top of the funicular, you’ll reach Montjuic Castle, enjoying a private visit exclusively with your small group. Explore the military fortress, and enjoy access to exclusive areas, like the building’s dungeons.  Emerging from the dungeons, head to Montjuic Castle’s tower for the most spectacular, panoramic viewpoints of the city — if the day is clear enough, you'll see all the way to the Pyrenees. Afterwards, you’ll head back to the Old Town via cable car, in perfect time to enjoy a delicious meal of tapas — be sure to pick up some recommendations from your guide for the best restaurants to hit.

From Barcelona: Private Tour of Medieval Towns with Lunch

6. From Barcelona: Private Tour of Medieval Towns with Lunch

Immerse yourself in medieval history and the fascinating landscapes of Catalonia on this unforgettable tour. Admire the wonderful landscapes of the region on your car journey from Barcelona while your guide tells you facts about Medieval Catalonia. First, you will visit Rupit, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Admire houses constructed between the 16th and 19th centuries, stroll through charming cobblestone streets, walk across the medieval hanging bridge, and breathe in rural scents.  The next stop is Besalú, a medieval gem in the heart of Catalonia. You'll feel like an old merchant entering the city across the Romanesque bridge, an 11th-century construction over the Fluvià River. Admire the walls that protected the city and the castle, stroll through arcaded streets and squares, and visit the Jewish Baths at the medieval synagogue. Lunch is up next at a 14th-century farmhouse. Enjoy a delicious Catalan menu in a picturesque location, surrounded by nature. The final stop is Girona. Your guide will take you through one of the most interesting Medieval Towns in Catalonia, with more than two thousand years of history. See the stunning Cathedral, the Basilica of Sant Feliu. Then, tour the Jewish Quarter, one of the best-preserved in Europe and wander past the colorful houses on the Onyar River.

Barcelona: Private City Sights Tour, Including Cable Car

7. Barcelona: Private City Sights Tour, Including Cable Car

Our private city tour offers an intimate experience of Barcelona’s best sights, from a unique perspective. Take in the famous La Ramblas, including the Boqueria Market, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Palau Guell. Then continue to the Rayal to explore the Old Town. Next, catch the Montjuic funicular to see some of the best views of Barcelona. While there, you can take a private visit to Montjuic Castle with our expert guide. You can also enter the Tower of the Castle, with 360ª views over Barcelona. After the castle, we see the Olympic Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi, famous for hosting the best concerts in town. We also stop at one of the best terraces in the area to savour traditional tapas paired with a local wine or beer. Finally, get ready for Barcelona’s famous Magic Fountain show. The mixture of water, light and music will make for a magical ending to a day full of memorable sights.

Barcelona: Private Tour of the Gothic Quarter

8. Barcelona: Private Tour of the Gothic Quarter

Explore the Catalonian capital which has been transformed many times over the centuries, but still retains its former glory. Begin your 3-hour private walking tour by meeting your guide at your hotel. From here your will visit the idyllic Ciutadella Park. Stroll to the majestic Castle of the Three Dragons, the zoo, the Catalonian Parliament, and the spectacular Waterfall Square. Finally, walk through the Gothic Quarter. Discover its secrets as you explore its winding alleys and narrow streets. Wander through the past in the Jewish Quarter, and feel awed by the Plaza del Rey, the Roman walls and the church of Santa Maria del Mar.

Costa Brava: Boat Ride and Tossa Visit with Hotel Pickup

9. Costa Brava: Boat Ride and Tossa Visit with Hotel Pickup

The professional guide will pick you up at your hotel in a private vehicle and will drive you to Costa Brava, specifically to the south of it. There you will visit its most beautiful and distinctive fishing towns surrounded by the brightest greens as well as the beautiful turquoise blue of the sea. You will first go to Lloret de Mar, where you will take a ship to the next destination. On the way, you will discover different idyllic coves hidden in the coastline. During the tour, you will be able to relax and enjoy from the different colors in the landscape, the salty marine breeze, as well as from the amazing marine life of Costa Brava, which you will observe through the submarine vision of the ship. Your next destination is Tossa de Mar, an old fishing village chosen as a summer residence by great artists and intellectuals. A visit to the castle offers a spectacular view before visiting the town and stopping for a local lunch. The guide will drive through a panoramic road with views of the sea and Costa Brava’s nature. During the route, you will stop to take some amazing photos of the coast. Arriving at Sant Feliu de Guíxols, one of the most representative villages in the area, you will take a walk through its charming streets as well as experiencing the local culture of this picturesque town.

Barcelona Montjuïc Walking Tour: Magic and Transformations

10. Barcelona Montjuïc Walking Tour: Magic and Transformations

Begin your Montjuïc Walking Tour outside the Montjuïc Castle where you’ll hear how this hill is connected to the very foundation of Barcelona. From there, we’ll begin our walk in the colorful gardens and up to some incredible viewpoints. At Mirador del Alcalde, your guide will regale you with tales of the ancient migrant community that once lived here and the many evolutions of this unusual hilltop. We’ll enjoy this scenic viewpoint of Barcelona and then continue on to the Joan Brossa gardens. In these beautifully landscaped gardens, you’ll admire a statue dedicated to the traditional Catalan dance, La Sardana. Later, we’ll visit another monument to dance, this one for Carmen Amaya, the famous flamenco dancer with humble roots. Our garden-hopping isn’t done. In the Laribal’s Gardens, you’ll get to know the mystical side of Montjuïc. Here, centuries ago, witches and wizards used to gather. Walking down the hill, we arrive at our last stop, the Plaça d'Espanya (Spain Square). Admire the new architecture that the 20th century brought to Barcelona, such as the striking Museum of Catalan Art and the beautiful waterfall lined-walk. Before you go, make a wish at the stunning and sometimes musical Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, built in 1929 for the International Exhibition. Who knows? It just might come true!

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,144 reviews

This tour was exactly what we wanted, the off-beaten track of rustic Catalunya! The villages of Besalu, Rupit and Tavertet ought to be UNESCO heritage sights for their sheer beauty and tranquility. Arnau was an awesome tour guide for us! The check in was quick, efficient and punctual and Arnau was very mindful of giving little tips throughout (regarding washrooms especially!). We were a group of 6 with Arnau in a very comfortable car, he was extremely knowledgeable and friendly...with a great sense of humor. He offered to make lunch reservations for us to taste authentic Catalan delicacies, and we highly appreciated this since it was Sunday and restaurants can become quite full. I am a vegetarian and he gave great recommendations and made us very comfortable. I am already looking to book the next tour with these guys :)

Wonderful experience for a great price! I can be cheap when it comes to paying for tours and things but it was well worth the $120. The meal was great and accommodating to allergies/restrictions. The winery was super exclusive (I compared the price for the tour on their site and it would’ve been 3 or 4 times this price) All in all a great deal! Núria was our guide and they were super nice and helpful. I had a health issue during the trip and they took the time to ensure I was safe and okay and still had a memorable experience! Would 110% come back again!!!

Edu was a fantastic guide! Very knowledgeable about the history of various places, the wine, and giving some insight to the Spanish culture. The lunch was great and we really enjoyed the wine as well. Highly recommend!

A gorgeous hidden gem in bustling Barcelona. The guided tour provides details on the amazing social history of this place.

Great day! Loved the multiple sights/activities included in this tour.