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Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona

Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona: Tapas and Wine Small Group Walking Tour

1. Barcelona: Tapas and Wine Small Group Walking Tour

Begin your culinary experience with a stroll through the streets of Barcelona’s El Born district and Gothic neighborhoods. If you believe that the best way to discover a culture is through its gastronomy, this is the perfect way to spend 3 hours in this popular city. Walk along the streets of historic areas, learn the history and curiosity of these and stop to try typical tapas such as Iberian ham, various cheeses from around Spain, the spicy patatas bravas, bread and tomato, octopus, and several other foods accompanied by local wine.  You’ll visit 4 different tapas bars, passing by beautiful buildings and along neighborhood streets en route. Take advantage of the small group tour, which will allow you to spend more time close to your guide. The guides will be taking you to the best venues in the area that they’ve carefully selected.

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

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

Explore Barcelona from different perspectives on a half-day tour by land, sea, and air. Start with a walk through the Old Town. Meet your guide near Passeig de Gràcia, then continue walking, passing houses designed by Antoni Gaudí, before arriving at the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). Continue to Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall and Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Wander into the old Jewish Quarter, to see the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi. Take a promenade down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to Port Vell. Here, board the boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at the monument to Christopher Columbus pointing to the Americas as you transfer by van to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell, Barceloneta, the Olympic Port, Olympic Village, mouth of the Besòs River, and more.

Barcelona 3-h Bike Tour and optional lunch at Hard Rock Cafe

3. Barcelona 3-h Bike Tour and optional lunch at Hard Rock Cafe

Explore Barcelona by bike with a team of guides that will fill you in on its historic background, and tell you about everyday life in the energetic city. You will see many of its main landmarks on the relaxing 3-hour tour, giving you an overview of the rich culture and diversity of the modern city. Departing from the central Plaça de Catalunya, you will head down the city’s narrow streets using bike lanes and pedestrianized roads, visiting attractions such as the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Rambla del Raval, Plaça Reial, Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona City Hall, Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Cathedral, and the Roman Walls. You will head down to the beaches of Port Vell and Barceloneta, see the Olympic Marina and Olympic Village, and cycle through the greenery of Ciutadella Park. You will also take in some of the sights of the L’Eixample with its wide Modernist streets and buildings, such as the Sagrada Família, Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Plaça de Catalunya. You can then opt to end the tour with a lively lunch at the Hard Rock Café on Plaça de Catalunya should you desire.

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: Merry Markets Private Christmas Tour

5. Barcelona: Merry Markets Private Christmas Tour

Bon Nadal!, as the locals say in Catalonia. Throughout this tour you will celebrate the festive season in Barcelona. Discover Barcelona during Christmas with a local guide exclusively for you and your group. The Christmas spirit may be universal, but the same can't be said for its traditions. In Catalonia and Barcelona, you will be amazed by the different and unique rituals and customs. Throughout your tour you will visit the Gothic Quarter, discovering the famous fair of Santa Llucia and the nativities that decorate the most beautiful medieval courtyards. You will climb to the roof of the Cathedral of Barcelona where you will finish at the Port Vell Fair. You will also visit the Food Artisans Market and experience some hot chocolate with traditional churros.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and City Tour with Hotel Pickup

6. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and City Tour with Hotel Pickup

Get picked up wherever suits you best and travel by private transport around the best of Barcelona's sites. With your professional guide, explore the different faces of Barcelona's architectonic legacy, its culture and its people. The tour starts at Plaça Catalunya, the main center of Barcelona, connected to the street with the most distinctive Catalan architecture, Passeig de Gracia. Here, find the most striking facades of private modernist buildings; La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí stands out in particular. In the so-called "Apple of Discord," discover other impressive examples of modernist houses like Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, Casa Lleó-Morera or Casa Ametller. Follow in the footsteps of the architect by entering the Eixample. This district was designed by Ildefons Cerdà as an extension of the old town, for the orderly growth of the city. Drive through its original streets to reach Gaudí’s masterpiece ​​La Sagrada Familia. During a guided visit, learn about the different parts of the building and its symbolism. You will be blown away by the bizarre forms of its columns, roofs and walls as the result of the organic nature of Gaudí’s architecture. Continue on toward the Mediterranean sea, passing by the Plaza de Toros Monument and through the contemporary Agbar Tower, the newest reference point for the Barcelona skyline. Reach Bogatell beach and from here, cross the waterfront through to Port Vell (Old Port), the Gothic Drassanes and Columbus Monument (near the iconic La Rambla) to end at the brand new World Trade Center. At the coastline, climb Montjuic Mountain to Mirador de l'Alcalde, a terrace from where you can enjoy the most spectacular panoramic views of Barcelona’s skyline. On the same mountain, discover the ‘92 Olympics facilities and architecture designed for the International Exhibition of 1929, such as Plaça Espanya (influenced by St. Peter's Square in the Vatican) or the National Palace. From these heights, head back to the center of the Old Town. Finish the day with a relaxed walking tour with your professional guide through the charming corners of the Gothic Quarter, discovering the imprints of the Roman and medieval city. Stop at Cathedral Avenue to admire the magnificent temple’s Gothic façade and then travel back in time to the origins of Barcelona in Plaça Sant Jaume where the City Hall is located today.

Barcelona: City Highlights & Park Güell Self-Guided Audio

7. Barcelona: City Highlights & Park Güell Self-Guided Audio

Experience Barcelona at your own pace with a combo audio tour for the city's walking tour as well as one of its biggest attractions, the Park Güell with two captivating self-guided audio tours on your smartphone. Receive the details by email, download the app and the audio tours on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the grandeur of Barcelona from the city’s unique mysteries and stories to its dazzling dreamland park. Put on your headphones and discover the city of Barcelona and the exquisite elegance of Park Güell through the power of storytelling and learn historical information and uncommon stories and anecdotes from the city’s unique past. Your tour starts at the Plaça Sant Jaume and from there you will travel to the Park Güell and the Gaudi House Museum. The content of the tours is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and informative. The audio tours can be used repeatedly and anytime, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into Barcelona and Park Güell and relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

8. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

Travel back to medieval Barcelona, and hear stories of the characters that inhabited the atmospheric Barrio Gotico, and their relationship to the city’s history. Meet your guide at Carrer Montsio n.10. Continue to Plaça Nova near the imposing Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. As you wander down the winding streets leading off the square, your guide will tell an enthralling history of the city, revealing some of the hidden sights in secret corners. Learn about the ancient gates of the Roman city of Barcino, and continue through the Jewish Quarter of El Call. You’ll come across picturesque squares, such as Plaça Sant Jaume, site of the City Hall and Presidential Palace. Marvel at the Palau Reial Major in Plaça del Rei, and window shop along pedestrianized Plaça de l’Àngel, now one of Barcelona’s most expensive areas. See the mariner’s church of Santa María del Mar, and end in front of lively Santa Caterina Market. Then, it’s time to taste some authentic pintxos (snacks) in a traditional tapas bar of the El Born neighborhood.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter & La Sagrada Familia Private Tour

9. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter & La Sagrada Familia Private Tour

See the best of Barcelona on a private walking tour. Discover the medieval architecture of the Gothic Quarter and drive up to the picturesque Montjuic hill. Follow your guide along the iconic Passeig de Gracia and look upon Casa Batllo and Casa in awe, before entering into La Sagrada Familia. Get picked up from your accommodations and drive into the heart of the city. Start your private walking tour in the charming streets of the Gothic Quarter, admiring the medieval architecture, trendy bars, and flower stalls. Jump back into the car briefly to travel up to Montjuic hill, experiencing breathtaking views over the city along the way. Come back down to earth and take a stroll along the Passeig de Gracia. Pass by some of Gaudi's most iconic masterpieces, including Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. Finish your trip at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed La Segrada Familia. Enter into the basilica with skip-the-line tickets, following your guide to learn about the history behind this world-famous building and Gaudi's work. Say goodbye to your guide at La Sagrada Familia and choose to spend more time within the basilica or head home.

Barcelona: Roman and Medieval History Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,517 reviews

Marlon was such an awesome guide: very knowledgeable, fun and informative - he showed us and explained so much about the wonderful areas of the old town and Gothic Quarter in a really entertaining way. It was such an enjoyable tour, highly recommended

Our guide was amazing! Her name was Jana and you could really feel her love for Barcelona. She was full of information and very friendly! She spoke perfect English and we could have listened to her all day! Highly recommend!

Jean-Pierre was a great guide! Alot of knowledge and cool to hear about the stories that make up barcelonas past!

It was a gift for my parents and their experience has been spectacular. The trip is definitely recommended

Walking your was ok. Helicopter ride and cruise were great