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Barcelona: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Catamaran

1. Barcelona: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Catamaran

See the best of Barcelona on a double-decker hop-on hop-off bus tour. Get access to two routes with one ticket for a complete sightseeing experience. Take a complimentary map to help you decide where you want to go and enjoy audio commentary. In addition to the open top, the buses also have an electric roof on top for use in the event of rain. The buses are adapted for people with limited mobility and are fitted with anatomical seats and heating on both decks. They also have an attendant aboard to help you with anything you may need. To complete your experience select the option that includes a 1-hour catamaran cruise along the city coast. Get off on stop 4 or 5 of the West route (orange) to experience a catamaran cruise along Barcelona Coast. The catamaran will leave from Port Vell, where you can admire monuments such as the World Trade Center and the largest yachts in the city. During the walk, you will be able to get a unique perspective of Barcelona. You'll arrive at the area of Puerto Olympics so that you can see from there the port founded in the 1991 Olympics. East Route • Plaça de Catalunya • Port Vell • Museu d'Història de Catalunya • La Barceloneta • Port Olímpic • Poble Nou - Zoo • Teatre Nacional - Auditori. • Glories- Torre Agbar • Sagrada Familia Cathedral • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau • Park Güell • Tibidabo • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló West Route • Plaça Catalunya • Arc de Triomf • El Born- Ciutadella-zoo • Passeig Colom • World Trade Center • Jardins de Miramar • Fundació Joan Miró • Anella Olímpica • MNAC Museo Nacional de Catalunya • Poble Espanyol • Caixa Fòrum-Pavelló Mies Van Der Rohe • Plaça d'Espanya • Estació de Sants • Camp Nou (F.C. Barcelona) • Plaça Pius XII-Palau Reial- Pavellons Guell-Monestir de Pedralbes • L'illa diagonal • Avinguda Diagonal • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló • Plaça Catalunya

Barcelona: Photoshoot Tour Old Town

2. Barcelona: Photoshoot Tour Old Town

Take home a unique and personalized souvenir of your time in Barcelona on a private 1.5-hour photo shoot. Stroll the city streets with a professional photographer, and pose in front of some of the city’s most scenic spots! The photo session is ideal for families, groups of friends, or couples. Your photographer will know exactly where to take you to get the best views, and provide you with an insider’s look at the city. Discover some of the most incredible attractions from a different perspective, including the Arc de Triomf and Barcelona Cathedral. Once the tour is over, get 25 high quality, retouched images (selected by you) delivered digitally by email the following week.

Barcelona: Barrio Gotico City Tour in German

3. Barcelona: Barrio Gotico City Tour in German

The past comes to life on this walking tour in the footsteps of one-time residents through winding alleyways and picturesque squares of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. Every stone has a story to tell. This exploration starts in the days of the Romans, continues to the Middle Ages, and then follows into the early 18th century. Get a glimpse of more than just the history of Barcelona on this German-language tour of Barcelona. Barcelona is anything but some musty museum; it is a dynamic port city constantly reinventing itself and always changing. Every street pulses with life, and old and new blend together to form incredible scenery in a style truly unique to this Mediterranean metropolis. The following topics await you on this walking tour: • Roman luxury: flowing water for a convalescent colony • A holy city gets concurrence • Birth of a nation: a nasty affair and a bloody situation • How the dragon came to Barcelona • The young girl in the pines and the French soldier's bayonet • A slightly spooky brotherhood • The crown of Aragon: from the little city to maritime force • We're talking to you! The advice of the hundreds and the general • King Martin's death: the beginning of the end of codetermination • The Jewish Quarter: the remnants of a lost world • The Inquisition and the hound kings: praise is nothing to play with • My Immortal: a romantic place and the scars of the Spanish Civil War • A Gothic theme park: even houses move, stone by stone • Watch that egg dance • Royal palace: King Fernando fights his fears and doesn't receive Columbus at home • Santa Maria del Mar: the first collaborative project; legends and heroes • The mulberry grave: the vengeance of the Bourbon kings and the head of the general • A half house and the song of the knife-grinder ...and much more.

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

4. Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the sites of Roman settlement in Barcelona that date back 2,000. Let your imagination recreate the Roman Forum in the current Plaça de Sant Jaume, that even today after 20 centuries remains the political power of Catalonia. On this 2-hour guided tour you’ll continue with a walk along one of the world's best preserved Roman walls, and hear about the Roman baths of Pati Llimona. Admire the architecture and monumental buildings of the Gothic Quarter and feel as if you’ve traveled back to medieval times. You’re sure to be impressed by the monumental Plaça del Rei with its Palace of the Viceroy and the beautiful Palau Reial. It was here that Catholic monarchs greeted the navigator Christopher Columbus on his return from the first voyage to the Americas. See the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, the ultimate examples of pure Catalan Gothic. Santa Maria del Mar was built in an incredibly short time for its size. This neighborhood is also filled with trendy bars, restaurants, and small boutiques, and provides the opportunity to experience the essence of Barcelona. Walking along the famous Ramblas, you’ll discover why Barcelona is so beloved by visitors. This is a buzzing pedestrianized area where you can enjoy the street performers, small cafes, and traditional Catalan cuisine. You’ll see the famous Boqueria market, as well, where you can experience the gastronomic traditions of the Catalan people in its colorful stalls.

Barcelona: Scavenger Hunt & Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Tour

5. Barcelona: Scavenger Hunt & Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Tour

Get to know Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Catedral de Barcelona”, “Bishop’s Bridge”, "The Boqueria Market", “The Royal Square” and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Plaça de l'Àngel” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “The Royal Square”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell with Hotel Pickup

6. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell with Hotel Pickup

Enjoy pickup from your hotel, and a comfortable ride, where your expert guide will share fascinating stories about the city’s one-of-a-kind architecture, culture, and history.  The tour will begin next to the Mediterranean Sea, home to the golden sand beach of Bogatell, before following the coastline towards Port Vell (the Old Port). There your guide will show you the Gothic Drassanes and the iconic Columbus Monument located at Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla.  From there, the guide will take you up Montjuïc Mountain to Mirador de l'Alcalde, a beautiful terrace with wonderful views of Barcelona’s iconic skyline. The Mountain of Montjuïc was once the main venue of the 1992 Olympics. Nowadays, you can still admire the Olympic Stadium. You can also find plenty of examples of urbanism and architecture designed for the International Exhibition of 1929. These include Plaça Espanya, The Magic Fountain, the Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion, and The National Palace. The tour will continue down the mountain to the Old Town. There you will leave the vehicle for a while as the narrow streets of the charming Gothic Quarter must be explored on foot. Your guide will take you to the hidden corners of this neighborhood while unveiling the Roman and Medieval history of its streets. After discovering the Old Town your guide will take you to the neighborhood that was made to expand the city beyond its walls, l’Eixample. This district was designed in the 19th-century by the urban planner Ildefons Cerdà. Its grid pattern and wide avenues offer a stark contrast to the more chaotic Old Town.  The visit of l'Eixample will start at Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona’s central plaza. The square connects to the boulevard Passeig de Grácia, which features some of the best examples of Modernist architecture. Take a moment to admire the striking façades of private Modernist buildings including Gaudí's famous La Pedrera and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and the Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Ametller. Your guide will take you to the crown jewel of Barcelona, Gaudí's masterpiece of La Sagrada Familia. After an extensive explanation of the hidden religious symbolism in the façades of La Sagrada Familia, enter the building. You are sure to be captivated by Gaudi’s incredible architectural style, the peculiar shape of the columns, ceilings, and walls, and the organic architecture of the basilica.  Finally, your guide will take you all the way to Park Güell. This magical park is located on the top of a hill that provides spectacular views of Barcelona. In the park’s famous gardens, Gaudí combined his unique architectural style with elements of nature. The result is a place of pure fantasy guaranteed to amaze you.

Barcelona: Roman and Medieval History Walking Tour

7. Barcelona: Roman and Medieval History Walking Tour

Go back in time with this guided tour of Barcelona focusing on the city's medieval and Roman history. Visit palaces, civilian buildings, churches, and emperors’ tombs. Listen to your local guide as they recount tales of witches, jousting matches between knights and the horrific cruelty perpetrated during the Spanish Inquisition. During your tour, learn more about why Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and immerse yourself in the city's ancient history. Travel through centuries of mysteries and legends as you wander through the streets of the Old Town and discover everything there is to know about Barcelona's past, from Barcino’s foundation in the 1st century BC to the times of the Catalonia-Aragon Crown during the Middle Ages.

Barcelona Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

8. Barcelona Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

See some of the highlights of Barcelona as you complete challenges on your smartphone with this interactive scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Use your imagination, logic, observation, and team spirit to solve the riddles. To get started, simply download the app and head to the starting point at Placa de Catalunya (download link and login credentials received after booking). Choose to start your game at a time that's convenient to you. As you explore, you'll solve a riddle to move on to the next attraction along the route. Use the map to navigate to each place and feel free to pause the app any time if you'd like to take a break or spend some extra time sightseeing. Starting from Plaça de Catalunya, visit Palau de la Música Catalana, the Cathedral of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter, Gran Teatre del Liceu, La Rambla, Güell Palace, the Columbus Monument, the Rambla De Mar, Barceloneta, Aquarium Barcelona, El Cap de Barcelona, and the Picasso Museum.

Barcelona: Churros, Hot Chocolate, and Games Family Tour

9. Barcelona: Churros, Hot Chocolate, and Games Family Tour

Walk through the three medieval quarters of Barcelona, getting lost in its hidden streets away from the tourist crowds. Listen to the stories your local host has to tell you, as you and your children fall in love with the city together. Walk along the lively Ramblas, before admiring some of the masterpieces of Gaudi and the elegance of Plaza Real. Enjoy the colorful Boqueria Market and taste the famous Spanish ham (unless it's Sunday) while your children enjoy the fun games your guides have in store for them. Following that, walk through the Gothic Quarter, discovering its corners and its passages which are full of ancient stories. Stand to admire every detail of the magnificent Cathedral of Barcelona, and feel the sad beauty of the Sant Felip Neri Square and the passing of time as you look at the Roman Ruins. It will then be time for churros and hot chocolate, as your guides offer you the best churros in town. Following your refreshment break, you'll visit the charming Born Quarter where you will encounter the magical Santa Maria del Mar Church which was built entirely by worshipers. Afterwards, visit the buried medieval ruins inside the antique Born Market. Towards the latter end of your tour, take a walk in the beautiful Ciutadella Park. A green lung in the heart of the Old City with leafy paths, little lakes with boats and ducks, lawns to sit on and relax in the sun, and children’s play areas. Enjoy the city including its art, history, and fabulous gastronomy with your family in a cool way which is engaging for the little ones.

Barcelona: “The Cathedral of the Sea” Literary Walking Tour

10. Barcelona: “The Cathedral of the Sea” Literary Walking Tour

Visit locations described in Ildefonso Falconés’s blockbuster novel "The Cathedral of the Sea," and learn about the mysteries and intrigue of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter on a 3-hour walking tour that turns fiction into reality. Set in the 14th-Century, at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, “The Cathedral of the Sea” describes in masterful detail how Barcelona’s humblest residents embarked on building a cathedral that was set to be the greatest temple ever known. This is the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, still standing in the Ribera district and where your tour begins. As you walk through the Ribera and the Gothic Quarter, you will relive the stories of the novel through its various locations; places that date back more than 700 years, and have their histories etched in their walls. You will learn more about the book’s characters, and uncover the story of Santa Maria del Mar, one of the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona, and the apogee of Catalan Gothic art.

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What people are saying about Barcelona Cathedral

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We had the sweetest and most informative tour guide, Rene, and we had so much fun! Also, my friend felt pretty shakey on the segway, but they made sure that she was safe and comfortable the entire time. We went to a few places around Barcelona, and I loved the range of destinations

I loved the trail! Even though I’ve been to Barcelona many times I’ve learned a lot of things in this trail and most importantly had a lot of fun! I will be sure to check more trails in other Spanish cities! Gracias

Overall excellent experience!! Tour leader was very knowledgeable, interesting, and very safety conscious. The bikes were in great shape and easy to use. Tour covered many interesting tourist attractions,

Alex was super nice! Great experience. We learned a lot and Alex made sure we rode the Segways safely

Very well organized and you get a good impression of this lively city