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Barcelona

Otherworldly architecture, colorful markets, and tasty tapas await you in the Catalan capital.

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  • Barcelona: Fitness Pass 2 or 4 Visits

    1. Barcelona: Fitness Pass 2 or 4 Visits

    With access to hundreds of daily fitness classes across more than 20 gyms, the Barcelona Fitness Pass offers workout options to accommodate your schedule and fitness level. Try spinning, pilates, yoga, and many more. Unlike other fitness apps, you’ll have free cancellation up to 2 hours before the class starts, and no membership fees are required. Simply choose the pass that works for you with options for 2 or 4 entries, valid for a year from purchase. Once you choose your Fitness Pass, you will first receive a payment confirmation from GetYourGuide. A follow-up email will be sent with your specific link and your passcode, which you will use to reserve your entry and/or book your class. Some of featured gyms in the city include: love-cycle.com ReBurn Smart Fit Be Legend SamFit Entrena en Regenera

  • Barcelona: 3-Hour Esoteric, Spiritual & Historical Tour

    2. Barcelona: 3-Hour Esoteric, Spiritual & Historical Tour

    Discover the unknown Barcelona and walk through 2000 years of history and spirituality. Romans, Visigoths, Jews, counts, sailors, merchants and people from all over the Mediterranean walked these streets. You'll see medieval churches, incredible modern architecture… but there's also a legendary and mystical Barcelona, a story of Templars, Freemasons and Cabalists that resists being forgotten and claims its footprint in the history to be understood. Let's take a walk around the Gothic Quarter and discover old Roman Barcino, the flourishing and powerful medieval Barcelona with the old Jewish “call” (Catalan term for a Jewish quarter) and the great emergence of Kabbalah in Catalonia. You'll unveil the remains of the Templars. See the Templar and Masonic symbols in the Gothic cathedral, an esoteric basilica with a touch of alchemy and you'll find the splendor of 19th century Freemasonry. Du...

    Sandra is just full of incredible information. I've learned a lot about the history of Barcelona, about the esoteric influences... And even though I've read my share of books on western esotericism I still learned a lot of new things. You will walk through the old city core where the remnants of the old Roman walls still stand, you will visit the places like the beautiful Gothic cathedral, the Jewish quarters... I don't want to spoil everything :) I really learned a lot about Barcelona too. This is not just another tour. It's a learning experience with a tendency for self-reflection and discovery. I would easily recommend to any of my friends. 3 hours go by very quickly.

Frequently asked questions about Barcelona

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days should you spend in Barcelona?

    There are plenty of fun things to do in Barcelona -- especially if you're also planning on partaking in the infamous nightlife scene. In three full days, you could visit all the major Gaudí sights, as well as the Picasso and Miró museums. You could also stay for a week or more. As for what to do with your extra days? Well, you'll have plenty of time to spend at the beach, visit the nearby village of Sitges, or go shopping in the Gothic Quarter.

  • What's the best way to get around town?

    Barcelona is a wonderful city to explore by foot. You can easily stroll from La Rambla to the beach and then back to the Gothic Quarter in one afternoon. The city is pretty flat, so biking is an excellent option. If you love transportation, we suggest taking a trip to Tibidabo, the 1890s amusement park that overlooks the whole city. You'll take the metro, a tram, and a funicular -- and a ferris wheel ride, if that counts!

  • Which tours are the most fun?

    We're glad you asked! From hot air balloon rides to bike tours to all-access guided walks of Gaudí masterpieces, there are a dozen options to spice up your Barcelona tourism. A lot of the architecture-based sightseeing is enhanced by the history and descriptions that a guide can offer you.

Good to know

  • Language
    Catalan and Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Barcelona is a beach city at heart, so it's most lively in the summer. If you want to experience Barcelona at its best, schedule your trip around the festival of Sant Joan, or the "night of fire." Each year on June 23, the city celebrates with bonfires and parties until dawn.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Barcelona

Laurence is a full time travel blogger and photographer, who shares his tips on travel and improving your photography on his website Finding the Universe. He has visited Barcelona many times, and you can see his guide to spending three days in Barcelona.

What should I do on my first trip to Barcelona?

A trip to the Sagrada Familia should be at the top of the list for any visitor to Barcelona. This incredible organic cathedral is the masterpiece of renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, and is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. Definitely take the time to go inside and explore as well, because the inside is just as impressive as the outside!

What are some hidden gems to see in Barcelona?

The Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi, in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, is definitely worth a visit. It's a 14th century gothic church with a massive bell tower you can climb. The views from the roof across the Gothic Quarter are excellent, and from here you can really get a feel from the different epochs the city has gone through from Roman times.

How much time should I spend in Barcelona?

Two days would be the minimum amount of time to see the highlights of the city, whilst three days would let you add in a few of the hidden gems.

What food is Barcelona known for?

No trip to Barcelona would be complete without trying some tapas. These small plates features all sorts of different dishes, from patatas bravas (fried potatoes), through to squid, meatballs and lots more. Tapas can be found throughout the city, with many bars serving them as snack food as well.

What is the best way to get around Barcelona?

The majority of Barcelona can be easily explored by foot, although the city also has an excellent metro system that will get you around a little bit quicker. If you are aiming for the main tourist sights, the Hop on Hop off bus is also a good option.

What are the best months to visit Barcelona?

Barcelona can be visited most times of the year. Whilst the Mediterranean climate means the summer months are obviously hotter, the city conveniently has a lovely beach with swimming so you can cool off. However, if you want to do more sightseeing, the months of April - June are a good option. The city also hosts a number of festivals at this time of year which are worth checking out.

What is neighborhood "The Gothic Quarter" known for?

The gothic quarter is perhaps the most interesting neighbourhood to explore from a visitors point of view. The maze of winding streets is largely pedestrianised, and filled with interesting shops and tucked away churches and restaurants. Do expect to get lost though, as it's quite a maze!

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

For tucked away bars and courtyard dining, it's hard to go wrong with the Gothic Quarter, which is great for tapas and casual fare. For a quieter experience away from the tourist crowds and more of a focus on traditional Catalan cuisine, had to the Gracia neighbourhood.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The Passeig de Gracia, which leads away from the central square in the city, is well known as a good shopping destination if you're interested in luxury brands. If you're more of a market person, head for La Boqueria on Las Ramblas!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Barcelona?

If you'd prefer to be centrally located and within easy walking distance, or a short metro ride, from all the major attractions, then you'll want to stay in the Gothic Quarter. This part of the city is home to many of the attractions as well as plenty of dining, and it's easy to reach from the main transport hubs in the city.

What are the best beaches around Barcelona?

Barcelona has a series of incredible beaches with are popular with both locals and tourists alike. The closest, and one of the best, is definitely Barceloneta Beach, just a few minutes walk from the city.

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What people are saying about Barcelona

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based on 100,626 reviews

Sadly I cannot remember my tour guide’s name. I believe it is Jason. Regardless, of his name, he connected very well with everyone from the group. He was extremely accommodating considering my shellfish allergy. Truthfully, this class and tour were a highlight of my trip!! And if you are considering wit, don’t just do it and thank me later :)

Considerata l'ampiezza della città e il costo della singola corsa, praticamente un must, considerato cosa comprende.

Easy bus service and no queues for tickets when you arrive! Best option over when staying in Barcelona.

A very good tour with lots of details in very good English. Highly recommended!

Everything was perfect and fun , they are the best