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Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

1. Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

Embark on a tour that starts with a walking tour across the Passeig de Gràcia and Gothic Quarter. Climb aboard a helicopter and take in the panoramic view of the city skylines and the Mediterranean Sea. Then, take a boat ride and get the sea view, witnessing Barcelona from land, sky, ad sea. Meet your guide and walk along the impressive and most important aristocratic boulevards of Barcelona. Admire the luxury stores that line the sides of the streets, and take in the quality of the historic buildings. Witness the Jewels of Catalonia's home-grown art nouveau, modernism, and the later movement. Understand the difference in architecture with works by Antoni Gaudi like the Casa Batlli and Casa Mila (La Pedrera) that are no declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Continue to the Gothic Quarter and see Plaça Catalunya and the Cathedral tucked away in a hidden corner and Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall. Gaze at the palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia, before wandering through the old Jewish Quarter. There, picture the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi and down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell. To end this unique experience, board a boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea, accompanied by your guide.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover at your own pace the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the historic heart of the city with its narrow streets, illustrious buildings and beautiful squares. The only thing you need to explore is your smartphone! The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends, far from tourist groups... Meet in front of the splendid Cathedral of Barcelona for this 1.5 hours audio-guided tour. Its history dates back to the end of the 13th century, when Barcelona was the economic and administrative capital of the kingdom of Aragon, which was constantly increasing its influence in the Mediterranean. Admire its architecture and learn its amazing secrets! Then enter the Roman city walls to enter the oldest part of Barcelona, where Barcino was established, a Roman colony founded by the emperor Augustus in 15 BC. Let yourself be carried away by its special atmosphere which has inspired many film directors such as Woody Allen in his film Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Cedric Klapish in L'Auberge Espagnole. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the tour whenever you want, right where you paused it. It's impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions, and a map indicates the directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated in-house location feature will get you back on track in no time! Customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of the Castle district, at your own pace. Continue your stroll and discover the Sant Felip Neri square, one of the most charming in the neighborhood despite its terrible history dating back to the Spanish Civil War... A little further on, meet Santa Eulàlia, one of the city's co-patrons. In Spain, the patron saints of cities (or even neighborhoods) are very famous! Then discover the old Jewish quarter of the city and its synagogue, of which there is now almost no trace. After a few meters, you will come across the Plaça Sant Jaume, which houses the two most important buildings of the Catalan administration: the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan government, the Palau de Generalitat. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the organization of Spain's 17 autonomous communities and to meet the inevitable Sant Jordi, the patron saint of all Catalonia. Continue your way through the winding streets of the neighborhood to arrive at the magnificent Plaça Reial, notably featured in the film L'Auberge Espagnole. With its many bars and terraces, you will learn more about the nightlife in Barcelona. You will end your visit at the famous Boqueira market located on the Rambla. Discover the culinary art of the city. Then, why not let yourself be tempted by an esqueixada, a salad made of thinly sliced desalted cod with onions, tomatoes, peppers and black olives?

Barcelona: Romantic Gothic Quarter Exploration Game

3. Barcelona: Romantic Gothic Quarter Exploration Game

Embark on a quest to discover Barcelona’s historic Gothic Quarter and scout for your soulmate on this exploration game with a romantic twist. Solve clues to unlock stories on your phone as you explore with an app as your guide. The storyline begins with you as Lazarius Caspian, a hopeless (and somewhat desperate) romantic with a passion for exploring cities and uncovering hidden truths. But up until now, luck hasn’t quite been on your side. Solve challenges to see the rest of the story unfold. Starting at the Arc de Triomf, simply follow the game route and instructions. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Walk to Barcelona’s famous wonders: the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Bishop’s Bridge, The Kiss of Freedom, the Cathedral of Barcelona, and more. Discover the Gothic Quarter through the historic center, which stretches from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Enjoy an experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt. The entire game will take around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. You will finish at Plaça Reial.

Barcelona Bike Tour by Night with Cava and Fountain Show

4. Barcelona Bike Tour by Night with Cava and Fountain Show

Start the bike tour in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city. The beautiful square is the location of both the town hall and Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia). Ride through the Gothic Quarter to the end of the famous Las Ramblas, where you will find the Old Port of Barcelona. After learning about its rich history from being built in the 1600's to the present day, you'll ride over to another area of the old city of Barcelona, the Raval neighborhood.  Continuing on through the lively Eixample neighborhood, arrive in Sant Antoni with its central daytime market and many bars and tapas restaurants. No evening in Barcelona is complete without tapas, so you'll take a break from riding here to visit a local tapas bar and sample some classic Spanish cuisine. Cost of food is not included, but you are welcome to get as much or little as you'd like. Now that you're recharged with tapas, travel to the Magic Fountain show. The fountain was the centerpiece of the 1929 International Expo and continues to be the location of many important city events. Your guide will make sure you arrive just in time so that you will get to see the illuminated fountain show with music and mesmerizing lights. Enjoy some Cava as the Magic Fountain show commences at just the right time, revelling in the sights and sounds of Barcelona at night. Once the show concludes, pedal your way back, and admire the old bullfighting ring, illuminated at night, and learn of its new purpose since Catalonia banned bullfighting in 2010. See Gaudí's famous Casa Batlló and its curvy, illuminated facade. This sits on La Manzana de la Discordia, a block of several modernist houses that compete for the spotlight here at the epicenter of modernism.

Barcelona Grand 2-Hour Segway Tour

5. Barcelona Grand 2-Hour Segway Tour

Before your tour begins, you’ll receive instruction on the correct use of the Segway and its safety features. Your guide will also go over the details of the tour. The 2-hour ride begins at the Gothic quarter near the famous La Rambla street. Ride your Segway along Passeig Lluis Companys promenade to the Ciutadella Park. Your guide will tell you about sites along the way, including the Monumental Fountain and the Catalan Parliament. See the Columbus Memorial, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Barcelona skyline from the Hotel W esplanade. Glide down the quay at Port Olimpic to take in the fresh sea air before returning to the tour’s starting point. This is a great way to see the city in a more personal way, experiencing its rich culture and top locations.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore Barcelona's beautiful Gothic quarter in this virtual tour that not only shows you the city's main highlights, but also some of its lesser known gems. Stroll along the charming alleys of the Gothic Quarter where our experienced local host will lead you through palaces within a 2000 year old Roman city. Wander its labyrinthine streets to discover quaint plazas, stunning Churches and old mansions. See La Rambla, Barcelona's famous promenade, before walking through Placa Nova, and on to the stunning Cathedral of Barcelona. Next, make your way to Palau de la Generalitat, the seat of the Catalan government before discovering the old roman city of Barcino, where the history of Barcelona has its foundations.

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What people are saying about Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,242 reviews

Our guide was Martina and she was really nice and knowledgable. She showed us few of Gaudi houses, walked us through Barcelona and then brough us to helipad. Helicopter ride is absolutely amazing experience and it is really not a problem even if you're afraid of hights. Martin was there to send us all of. Boat trip was done on our own and you can use it next day. Absolultely recommend this!

A simply brilliant discovery! For a weekend of presence it is a format super well suited: very beautiful historical discovery made by a young guide very interesting and very benevolent! Then boat and helicopter: exceptional! In short, to do!

Super guide. Nice tour and of course a great helicopter ride. Highly recommended. Not cheap but definitely value for money.

Its a really great experience..my wife and me were really happy after our ride..much recommended for everyone

Excellent tour! Highly recommended; and very memorable. Martina, our guide, was great. Thank you so much!