Barcelona Walking tours

Our most recommended Barcelona Walking tours

Sagrada Familia: Tour

1. 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.

Sagrada Familia: Private Tour

2. Sagrada Familia: Private Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a dedicated expert. Meet your private, local guide outside the monument, where you will enjoy separate group access. Allow yourself to take in the forest-like interior, with its towering pillars and colorful stained-glass windows. Listen to stories about the most important events to have occurred in the basilica. Feel yourself dwarfed by the detailed Nativity and Passion facades. Let your guide explain the contrasting architectural styles and bring the symbolism of the stone sculptures to life. Trace Gaudí's exciting life through his work and learn about how his legacy is steering his masterpiece's ongoing construction today. Satisfy your curiosity and ask your guide any questions that come to mind about the Sagrada Familia and its creator.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Tower Access

3. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Tower Access

Admire the interior of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. Skip the lines and follow your guide through the heavy doors with hand-carved vines. Witness Barcelona from one of the towers. 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.

Barcelona: Park Guell Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

4. Barcelona: Park Guell Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

Visit the garden complex of Park Guell on Carmel Hill on a walking tour with an expert guide and skip-the-line tickets for priority entrance. Learn about one of Antoni Gaud's most enduring works and take a stroll through the art of a century. Begin your journey to Carmel Hill to see the public park designed by Gaudi over a century ago. Spot Gaudi's distinctive style in the colorful mosaic tiles of the lizard statue ("El Drac") at the entrance. Trace the park's beginnings back to 1900 when Barcelona was transforming into a global metropolis. Hear about engineer Ildefons Cerdà, who examined the difficulties faced by a rising city and handled the demands of Barcelona as it grew rapidly in the second part of the 20th century. Allow your guide to demonstrate how the park's principal architectural features are inspired by Art Nouveau. Learn how historical construction techniques influenced the Modernisme movement in Barcelona as you marvel at the park's sculptures and designs. End your tour on a high note by walking through the park and up the hill to get treated to awe-inspiring views of the city of Barcelona below from the Nature Square.

Sagrada Familia: Private Tour with Tower access

5. Sagrada Familia: Private Tour with Tower access

Dive deep into the history and mysteries of the Sagrada Familia on an in-depth tour guided walking tour of the famous sight. Follow your private guide around both the outside and the inside of the basilica to fully understand this unfinished masterpiece and iconic sight of Barcelona. Admire Gaudí's mastery of modernism as you gaze up at the tree-like pillars and soft lighting from the stained-glass windows. Allow your guide to decode the symbolism the architect used to represent Christian ideology as you marvel at the surrounding architecture. Immerse yourself in the history of the basilica's construction, noting recent milestones and newer additions – with some still being added today. Learn about and see first-hand how Gaudí's life influenced his work and how his vision is still being completed today. Finish your tour with grand, unfurling views of Barcelona from one of the basilica's high towers overlooking the city. Take your time at the end of the tour to continue exploring the sight to your heart's content.

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 by 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.

Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

7. Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

Take a half-day trip from Barcelona to Monserrat. See views from the mountain, visit a famous monastery, and take a walking tour. Begin your day with pickup and get read to enjoy the most exclusive views of this spectacular natural setting, the Holy Mountain. This rocky monument is known for the whimsical shapes of its peaks soaring through the sky. See a mountain at a height of 2,380 feet above sea level. Tour the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria and the Basilica, where you’ll see the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna. After visiting the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour to take in the stunning views from the site that was declared a national park in 1987. Next, you’ll visit the Holy Cave, where legend has it the Virgin appeared. It is now a center of pilgrimage and prayer. To conclude the tour, you can enjoy listening to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe. You will return to Barcelona with the guide at around 2:30 PM if you take the morning tour, or at 8:30 PM if you take the afternoon tour.

Picasso Walking Tour & Picasso Museum of Barcelona

8. Picasso Walking Tour & Picasso Museum of Barcelona

Be immersed in the world of Picasso as you discover Bohemian Barcelona on this 2-hour walking tour. Explore the neighborhood where Pablo Picasso lived, imagining it at the turn of the last century. Learn about the history of this famous, eccentric Spanish painter as your guide tells you anecdotes about Picasso's friends and the events that influenced his life and artistic career. Visit Els Quatre Gats restaurant, the meeting place of intellectuals in Picasso's time. Admire the friezes on the façade of the Architects’ Association building, Picasso’s only piece of public art. See the Llotja de Mar, the art school where he studied, and the museum housing the most important collection from Picasso’s youth and formative years. During the 2nd hour of your tour, you will be guided through the Museu Picasso. See the world’s most important collection of works from Picasso’s youth and formative years, showcasing the evolution of his style from the more classical towards the his invention of Cubism. Set in a historic mansion, the Picasso Museu is near the site of Picasso’s last studio before he left the city for Paris. Highlights of the museum also include some of his later works, such as a series of interpretations of Velázquez’s Las Meninas dating from 1957, as well as ceramics and engravings.

Palau de la Música Guided Tour

9. 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 symbolize 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.

Barcelona: Walking Tour with Local Tapas and Wine

10. Barcelona: Walking Tour with Local Tapas and Wine

Take in the beauty of Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter as you enjoy a delicious variety of local food and drink. Your knowledgeable guide will greet you before taking you on a tour of a total of 4 local hot spots. Along the way, you will sample a number of classic tapas dishes, whilst also learning the fascinating history behind them. This will be accompanied by a selection of wine, cava, and vermouth, making for an evening of local dining and culture that is both relaxing and informative.

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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

This was a GREAT tour! Our guide, Daniel, is a former history teacher and gave us great details about both the food and areas/neighborhoods that were part of our tour. Our group became fast friends and even after the tour was over, we chose to get more cava at another bar to keep talking. The food and drinks were delicious and it was a great way to find places we would never have found on our own. Highly recommend.

Great tour!! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and personal. I didn’t expect that much history in Park Guell and I loved every part of it.

Our guide was joe, who was charismatic, funny, and insightful. Had a great time on Halloween, cannot recommend this tour enough.

Great time. Met cool people asking the way and our host was great.

Was well worth the money and would definitely recommend.