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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex. Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get even better viewpoints of the monastery.  Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you chose a full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery. Arrive at the winery and, depending on the food option you booked, enjoy a light tapas or multi-course lunch. Admire amazing views of the winery and Montserrat mountains as you feast on traditional foods of the region. After your meal, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine tasting session, before traveling back to Barcelona.

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Sagrada Familia: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Guided Tour & Ticket

2. Sagrada Familia: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Guided Tour & Ticket

Make your visit to the Sagrada Familia unforgettable with a 1.5-hour guided tour of Gaudí’s masterpiece. See the Basilica’s dream-like façade and interior in a small-group or private tour setting accompanied by an expert guide. During the tour you will learn about the ongoing construction, the current predicted completion date, and the generations of craftspeople, architects and artists learned how to bring Gaudi’s vision to life. Your guide will meet you outside, starting the tour with a little introduction before heading to the Basilica’s entrance. After you’ve headed through security, hear all about the Nativity Façade, the first completed section of the Basilica. Next, you will step into the interior of the Sagrada Familia. Marvel at the world created by the intense colored light from the stained glass windows and the branch-like columns extending over the ceiling. Gaudí intended for the interior to look and feel like a walk through the woods, with the light exuding a sense of sifting through forest leaves.  As you exit the Basilica you will hear about the Passion Façade, representing the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Experience the drama of the Passion through the tower’s stark and angular sculptures. This façade, like most of the Sagrada Familia, was built after Gaudí’s death.  Head to Sagrada Familia Schools next, designed for the children of the workers building the Sagrada Familia. Hear how it was reconstructed more than once and even moved locations to make way for the Basilica.  Your last stop will be the Sagrada Familia Museum, where your guide will share original sketches and plans with you that demonstrate the complexity of Gaudi's architecture and vision. Find artifacts here from Gaudi’s life and the Basilica's own history, such as his upside-down model of the Basilica.

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Sagrada Familia: Tour

3. Sagrada Familia: Tour

Start your tour outside the UNESCO-listed basilica and meet your guide. Gaze up at the immense facades and towers and get your first impressions of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. Then, enter the basilica and see the awe-inspiring interior with its forest of pillars. Bathe in the colorful light from the stained-glass windows and understand what Gaudí meant when he said that "the sun is the best painter." Discover a vibrant clash of Gothic and Art Nouveau designs. Home in on the symbolic details and modernist representations of the Holy Family with your guide. Hear how the current construction is progressing after over a century's worth of work. As you walk around the basilica, learn more about Gaudí's life through his work and the legacy he left behind. At the end of tour, enjoy the freedom to keep exploring with your newfound knowledge.

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Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

4. Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

Explore Barcelona from different perspectives on a half-day tour by land, sea, and air. Start with a walk through the Old Town. Meet your guide near Passeig de Gràcia, then continue walking, passing houses designed by Antoni Gaudí, before arriving at the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). Continue to Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall and Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Wander into the old Jewish Quarter, to see the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi. Take a promenade down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to Port Vell. Here, board the boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at the monument to Christopher Columbus pointing to the Americas as you transfer by van to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell, Barceloneta, the Olympic Port, Olympic Village, mouth of the Besòs River, and more.

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Park Güell: Tour

5. Park Güell: Tour

Immerse yourself in Gaudí's creative vision and explore Park Güell with a guide. Visit the highlights and seek out some of the hidden corners only a local would know. See the Serpentine Bench and the salamander, El Drac, as well as many sculptures, sinuous benches, and twisted stonework. Admire Gaudí's signature technique, trecandís, which uses brightly-colored mosaics made of broken tile. Step inside the Sala Hipóstila, the Hall of the Hundred Columns, listen to its incredible acoustics and gaze up at its shimmery ceiling. Stroll down vaulted walkways made using old Catalonion construction techniques. Walk through the park up the wooded hill and reach the open space of Nature Square. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the city below.

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Barcelona: Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Picasso Museum

6. Barcelona: Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Picasso Museum

Skip the lines and delve into the history and work of Picasso with an expert guide. Explore the formative years of Pablo Picasso and discover the genius of the young artist admiring the 4,251 pieces that make up the permanent collection. Meet the guide at the museum entrance and, after a short explanation, admire the collection and temporary exhibit, providing a thorough chronology of Picasso's development as an artist. Admire work from his early days in Barcelona through his major later periods, visiting masterworks like "Science and Charity", "Royan", and "Las Meninas", a reinterpretation of the Velazquez painting of the same name. The Picasso Museum, opened in 1963, also reveals the artist's deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate relationship that was shaped in his youth and continued until his death. The discussion will finish with a focus on Picasso's contemporaries and his lasting influence on the art world. At the end of the tour, the guide will leave you to continue your exploration at your own pace and will be happy to offer recommendations on other sites of interest.

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Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

7. Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

Take a day trip from Barcelona to visit Monserat. Take in the mountain views, visit the famous monastery, then head to a local farmhouse for a delicious dinner. Begin in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia. Then journey to the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. En route to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a multi-peaked rocky range packed with needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day.  It famously hosts the dark figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will explain the Monastery's history, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you will have free time to buy a souvenir and take pictures. Next, visit a farmhouse with stunning views. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu; consisting of salad, barbecued food (with vegetarian and halal options), and dessert. Following this adventurous day, return to the center of Barcelona by private transport.

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Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour

8. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour

Explore 2 of Gaudí's best-known works in one day. Enjoy the convenience of organized transportation to get you from one place to the next. Begin at Park Güell Park and admire stonework and mosaics in the Modernisme style. See the salamander statue, “El Drac,” at the park entrance. Then, take a break for lunch. Travel to the Sagrada Familia and start by comparing the contrasting Nativity and Passion façades. Go inside the forest-like basilica to bask in the rays of light through stained-glass windows. Learn about how the ongoing construction of Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece.

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Sagrada Familia: Tour with Tower Access

9. Sagrada Familia: Tour with Tower Access

Don't miss any of the details inside Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. Let your guide point out the contrasting nativity and passion façades. Then, step through the heavy doors covered in hand-carved vines. See the rows and rows of tree-like pillars that seem to reach to the heavens stretch out before you. Look up at the stained-glass windows and bathe in the warm light that filters through. Note the Christian iconography as you hear about the history of the church. Understand Gaudí's modernist vision as your guide brings the symbolism of the stonework to life. At the end of your tour, ascend one of the basilica's towers and gaze out over the views of Barcelona. Once back down at ground level, continue exploring the monument as long as you like.

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Barcelona Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

10. Barcelona Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

Float across the sky and enjoy incredible views of mountains, forests, streams and green hills and vast fields. On this 6-hour program you’ll drive a half hour from Barcelona to the Natural Park of Montseny, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation for the drive to the take-off area. The hot air balloon flight will last more than 1 hour. After landing, you'll be invited to enjoy a Catalan-style breakfast in a typical country house. Savor some of Catalan's most popular dishes. The will be a maximum of 8 passengers on the flight, plus the pilot. If you prefer, you can book a private flight. Whichever option you choose, it’s sure to be a memorable one!

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Barcelona walking tours: Everything you need to know

Barcelona walking tours are an ideal way to embrace the culture. Depending on your interests, there are tours for art enthusiasts, history buffs, foodies, and even photographers. Some of its most famous landmarks include the Picasso Museum, Sagrada Familia, and the Casa Mila. At night both the locals and travelers gather at the Magic Fountain for a fascinating show of lights, music, and movement. Many walking tours in Barcelona have included these sights in their itinerary to make for both a fun and educational experience. Peruse the tour guides to find out if these sights are included.

With each walking tour of Barcelona, you’ll learn loads of information from your tour guide. These guides often speak English, are familiar with the area and have tons of knowledge to share. When booking your tour, you’ll be given important information such as where to meet, the length of the tour, and at what times you’ll take a bathroom or lunch break.

Must-see attractions in Barcelona

Tour the Gothic Quarters to develop a real understanding of the history of Barcelona. This neighborhood dates all the way back to Roman times. On a walk through the neighborhood, you’ll pass the Gothic Cathedral, Sant Jaume Square, and the Museum of History of Barcelona. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time while in the Gothic Quarters.

Beach tours in Barcelona

Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit and bathing trunks. Barcelona received recognition from National Geographic as the “Best Beach City.” It has several beaches throughout the city but some of the most popular are Nova Icaria Beach and Mar Bella Beach. Along with swimming, you can make a sandcastle, try to catch a fish or compete with the locals in a game of beach volleyball.

Cultural walking tours in Barcelona

Get into the Spanish culture by taking in a flamenco show or making a visit to La Boqueria Food Market where you can shop for delicacies like black eel, mato (cheese) and bulls’ tails. You can even get some cooking tips for food preparation from the vendors at the market.

Barcelona food tours

Foodies can’t help but fall in love with Barcelona. It has some of the best tapas in the world. Take a food and wine tour that will let you experience all of the local produce and culinary delights Barcelona has to offer. You’ll also learn about Spanish eating customs and practices on this tour.

Want to experience modern day Barcelona?

Don’t forget to tour Barceloneta. Take a stroll on the beach and work on your tan before you leave the city. After the sun goes down, stop by the hip neighborhood of Ciutadella for a little club hopping and partying.

El Raval walking tours

Tour El Raval to experience Barcelona's eclectic art scene. Here, you can buy Boho chic outfits, see avant-garde art pieces, and grab a cocktail at Bar Marsella (once frequented by Picasso and Hemingway).

La Rambla walking tours

Stroll this boulevard to get a feel for what it is like to be a barceloní. A walking tour down La Rambla will take you past street performers, musicians, artists, and lots of food vendors. If it is soccer season, you can even cheer on the Barcelona team at the iconic Canaletes fountain. Lastly, there are numerous shops and cafes on this street.

Barcelona walking tours at night

Want to find out? Take a night walking tour. If you’re really brave, you’ll take a ghost, haunted Barcelona, or cemetery tour. Your guide will spook you with tales and legends of ghost sightings as you walk. Those of you who are not up for meeting with ghosts can embark on an evening tapas tour or a pub/club crawl.

Special tours that focus on graffiti artwork (these folks are really talented), the architectural work of Antoni Gaudi, and the interests of children (like a candy shop) are also available.

Do Barcelona walking tours include any extras?

With many of these walking tours, you’ll be able to skip the line at main attractions. Lunch, dinner, or drinks (with pub crawls) might also be added.


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What people are saying about Barcelona

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 6,137 reviews

Very organized tour. Booked on-line and met at the designated area. We traveled via coach bus to Monserrat (approximately 1 hour). Pol did the tour of Barcelona on the way to Montserrat and it was very informative. He was articulate and funny. Beautiful countryside and efficient way to travel there. Luis was our guide for the remainder of the tour and was amazing. He had tremendous knowledge of Montserrat. We walked in to Montserrat monastery/Basilica as he gave us an overview of Montserrat, including the history and architecture of the Monastery and Basilica. In addition, we had time options of exploring the area including the Museum (with pieces by Casas, Degas, Renoir, Picasso, Monet, Dali), Basilica and Black Madonna, hike to the Cross, Funicular, and shops and local farmers' market/restaurants. Although we only had a half day tour, we could have easily spent 1-2 days there. Our return trip was a 15 min train ride the remainder was by bus back to Barcelona.

Great experience, authentic atmosphere, small value that makes it an intimate experience. Performers are full of passion and emotions. Enjoyed watching them on stage!

Dont miss this activity its worth the time and money Only the weather was not helpful on our trip. Other than this all good and excellent The guide was perfect

Amazing night out ! the people and drinks were awesome, the tour is in the heart of the city, great locals bars

Super friendly and knowledgable guide. Great restaurants and good portion sizes!