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

1. 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, like his upside-down model of the Basilica.

Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

2. 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.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Guided Tour with Tower Access

3. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Guided Tour with Tower Access

Take a guided tour of La Sagrada Familia cathedral with an expert guide, and marvel at Barcelona’s most iconic landmark in the soft light of the morning. On this tour you’ll admire the artwork of Gaudi. Striking for its architectural features and art, the Sagrada Familia is legendary. It was the all-consuming obsession of the modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi. His work on the building began in 1882 and remains unfinished. During the tour your guide will point out the contrasting nativity and passion façades. You’ll also learn about the symbolism and representations of the Holy Family as an expression of Christian ideology, constructed in stone. Note the Christian iconography as you hear about the history of the church. See the angled pillars sprouting like a web of tree branches, holding up the roof. Below the ground is the Museu Gaudi, where you’ll find documentation about Gaudi’s life and work. There is also a crypt where masses are held, and a viewing platform above the burial site of the architect.

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.

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

5. 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.

Barcelona: Walking Tour with Local Tapas and Wine

6. 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.

Barcelona: Fast-Track Sagrada Familia and Towers Guided Tour

7. Barcelona: Fast-Track Sagrada Familia and Towers Guided Tour

Enter the monument and discover the ultimate must-see landmark in Barcelona. Learn about the history and significance of Sagrada Familia from your local guide.  Marvel at the astonishing interior, rich in symbolism and inspired by natural wonders. Walk freely around the nave whilst listening to your guide’s explanations of Gaudí’s masterpiece on your headsets. Take in all the details of the perfect fusion between architecture and spirituality. Tour the outside façades and wonder at the magnificence of details. At the end of your tour, stay inside Sagrada Familia and visit the museum.  Listen as an exhibition of drawings, models and pictures narrates the story of the Basilica. The museum also displays information on Gaudí’s life and career. At the end of the tour, go with your guide to the elevator entrance for you to go up one of the towers by yourself. Admire the panoramic views over Barcelona. 

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Optional Tower Access

8. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Optional Tower Access

Get up close and personal to all the details of the Sagrada Familia on a guided tour. Skip the long lines on arrival, and then learn everything about Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece from your expert guide. Hear how Gaudí was inspired by different aspects of life, such as nature, to create his unique style of architecture. Enter the unfinished basilica and be inspired by the light that enters through the stained glass windows in a timeless atmosphere. Visit all 5 floors of the cathedral, and get access to the tower (if option selected) to enjoy panoramic views of the amazing streets and monuments of Barcelona.

Camp Nou: FC Barcelona Players Experience Tour

9. Camp Nou: FC Barcelona Players Experience Tour

Meet your official guide who will take you through the areas reserved for the first team, including their changing room. Check out the view from the stands and hear about the stadium's most memorable moments. After that, you can go on the standard tour and visit the museum, accompanied by a multimedia audio-guide.

Fast-Track Access: Sagrada Familia 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

10. Fast-Track Access: Sagrada Familia 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

Barcelona is home to numerous architectural gems created by the Modernist innovator, Antoni Gaudí, and few are more spectacular than the Sagrada Familia–one of the world's most visited buildings. Get fast track entry with pre-arranged admission and enter the astonishing interior of this majestic Roman Catholic church, where a vibrant clash of Gothic and Art Nouveau designs burst across the walls. Each of the 5 aisles in the Latin cross floor-plan are richly adorned with symbolic details, and you can see them all with your skip-the-line ticket. Visit the Sagrada Familia Museum to learn more about the life and career of Antoni Gaudí. Study drawings, plaster models, and pictures illustrating the history and development of the basilica from its inception to the present day. The project was so ambitious that less than a quarter had been built by Gaudí's death, and indeed construction is not due to be finished until the centenary of that date, in 2026!

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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

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4.6 / 5

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Very good tour, the guide himself was so enthusiastic about the Sagrada Familia that it was an experience to absorb his enthusiasm. The explanations and guidance were also great. Highly recommended.

This park is absolutely beautiful but our group was quiet big and park was crowded which took away from experience but we still enjoyed it and recommend seeing it

Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable as he answered all questions. I highly recommend to take a guided tour.

Marlon was a very friendly guide & full on great knowledge. We enjoyed ourselves.

Skip the line is always a time saver. Our guide was also very knowledgeable.