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Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

1. Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

Explore Barcelona on guided e-bike tour and see more in less time with the help of a bike propelled by electric motor. Glide from some of the most popular attractions in the city to hidden treasures, including secret bars and cafés. Take a break with the included wine and tapas. Starting by the Gothic Cathedral, your guide will give you a short briefing about the bikes and Spanish cycling rules, before leading you to the El Born neighborhood. Pass by sites like Palau de la Música, El Fossar de les Moreres, and the seafaring church of St. Maria del Mar. Discover the former fishing village of Barceloneta, now one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. Soak up the vibrant life of the city’s beaches. Ride past Art Noveau architecture and shops and bars that date back to the beginning of the century. Head to the eatery Els Quatre Gats which was frequented by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Savor tapas and wine while appreciating this venue that is overflowing with history and the echoes of the geniuses who drank and dined here in ages past, from Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dalí. Open your senses to the rich Spanish flavors and leave with photos and memories of mystery, romance and adventure on a tour ideal for electric bike first timers and experts alike.

Barcelona: The Dark History Tour

2. Barcelona: The Dark History Tour

Explore the medieval neighborhoods of El Born and La Ribera in central Barcelona to see the city's sordid past come to life. The 2-hour dark history tour takes you into a world of dungeons and public executions. There will be no gimmicky paranormal activity or scary pranks. Instead, you will stroll the maze of streets of Barcelona's picturesque neighborhoods to learn about real life tortures, executions, and victims of the Spanish Inquisition, all based on true historical facts. The tour takes place in English only, with exact times varying throughout the year, depending on the time of nightfall. Numbers are limited so it is highly recommended to book early.

Barcelona: Secret Food Tour

3. Barcelona: Secret Food Tour

Firstly, your local Barcelonian guide will take you to a little family cafe where you will try a homemade typical Spanish breakfast: Churros and hot chocolate. Some tiny streets later, you will have the chance to taste and see the diversity of gastronomy in the local Market Hall, where you will taste sumptious Spanish and Catalan cheeses and the famous Iberian Ham (jamón). Along the way, your guide will teach you some great knowledge about both the history and the gastronomy to enhance the whole experience. Have fun and try to drink from a Porrón (you will find out on the day).  You will understand the influence of other cultures in Spanish dishes in one of the most emblematic shops of the city, which  has also been a  master roaster since 1851. Learn the real origins of tapas and try some delicious items in a family restaurant with some wine. Get closer to the Meditéranean sea by sitting around a table and drinking fresh sangria and authentic paëlla, in one of the most picturesque places in the city. Finally, look out at the sea and finish this great adventure close to the beach for a friendship toast with Cava wine.  There will also be a delicious secret dish to look forward to!

Barcelona: Bike Tour for Families

4. Barcelona: Bike Tour for Families

Mix adventure and education on this family-friendly bike tour in Barcelona. Visit popular areas like the vibrant El Borne neighborhood and see top city sights like the waterfront and the Arch of Triumph. Stop to learn about the sights along the way.  Meet your guide in George Orwell Square and get fitted with your bike and helmet. Begin your ride through the city with the grand architecture of the Gothic Quarter which retains elements from Roman times. Make your way to the hip El Born district which is known of its bohemian atmosphere and designer shops. Head through some of Barcelona's parks and greenspaces with a stop to capture a picture of the Arch of Triumph and the waterfall in the citadel garden. Reach the waterfront area and feel the sea breeze in your hair as you cruise along Barceloneta beach on your way back to Barcelona's old town. Get some recommendations on what to do on your stay in Barcelona from your guide before ending your tour. 

Barcelona: The Ghost Walking Tour

5. Barcelona: The Ghost Walking Tour

What do the streets of Barcelona hide when night falls? Which stories marked our ancestor’s lives forever? Let yourself become absorbed by the paranormal mysteries of Barcelona with the explanations of an experienced guide. The Ghost Walking Tour is a night visit around Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and la Ribera quarters, based on the book “Fantasmes de Barcelona” written by Sylvia Lagarda-Mata. The tour tells the mysterious and hair-raising stories that have been taking place in those areas for decades. An experienced guide leads the visit. Based on the book, exorcisms, witchcrafts, bewitched convents and records of phantom apparitions invade the streets of Barcelona. Participants will have the chance to discover those baffling phenomena in a funny and entertaining way.

Barcelona: Barrio Gótico Dragon Tour for Families

6. Barcelona: Barrio Gótico Dragon Tour for Families

Go on a discovery tour of Barcelona with your children. Uncover the hidden dragons and their special significance to the city with a map, compass and a few riddles.  Begin in the Born/La Ribera district and find the answers to questions like why half a house stands nearby or so many geese live by an abbey, as you play the game. Follow a path set by different clues and wander the winding streets of Barrio Gótico. Learn about the symbolic power of the dragon and why it is part of Barcelona's iconography as well as its meaning in other cultures. Once at Las Ramblas, see how the dragon dances with a fan.

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What people are saying about Barri de La Ribera

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 641 reviews

Nice tour! Very diverse, because you get a very comprehensive city tour and at the same time you can try local specialties, from sweets to a stop at the market, tapas and more. A connection to the history of the food and its importance for the region is always made. The tour lasted longer than described, which was also due to the fact that we sat together socially and let the morning end. The guide could have been a bit more personal, but was very friendly and accommodating overall. Gladly again.

The guide Albert was knowledgable and kind. He sincerely seemed interested in hosting his guests. He was a historian and shared in-depth information about the area because he was also a local. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Barcelona. It was one of the best that I went on, and I went on a lot of tours!

We LOVED the bike tour, and we learnt so much about the city!! We were all so glad we did it and would probably do it again! Our guide spoke perfect English and was warm and engaging the entire way round. Great way to see the city!!

This experience was FANTASTIC!! The details provided and visual aids were great. It brought a much better understanding of the Spanish Inquisition. This experience was one of the best we had in Barcelona.

Very nice discovery of the city, and our guide Agatha gave us all the historical information and explanations. It was very interesting.