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Barcelona: “The Shadow of the Wind” Literary Walking Tour

1. Barcelona: “The Shadow of the Wind” Literary Walking Tour

Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s global bestseller “The Shadow of the Wind” has captivated thousands of readers around the world, and on this 3-hour walking tour you will step into its pages and discover the parts of Barcelona so vividly captured by the novel. Turning fiction into reality, the tour departs from the famous Ramblas Sta. Monica at the Arc del Teatre, before heading down to Placa Reial and Baixada de la Llibreteria. You will visit places still imbued with the magic of Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th-Century. Walk through the shadowy Gothic Quarter and Ribera, reliving events experienced by Daniel Sempere, Julian Carax, Fermín Romero de Torres, and other characters from the novel. Explore a labyrinth of mysteries, as tour participants become characters at the Forgotten Books Cemetery and Santa Maria del Mar. Wander along Calle Montcada, and discover the Santa Lucia Asylum, Xampanyet tapas bar, and Els Quatre Gats restaurant. See the house and bookshop of "Sempere and Sons," and head past the old library of Ateneu Barcelonès.

Barcelona: Barrio Gotico City Tour in German

2. 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: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

3. Barcelona: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

Explore the wonders of the enchanting Barcelona on this customized private rickshaw tour. Visit sites such as the Gaudi, Casa Batllo, and many more; the choice is entirely yours. Learn all about one of the oldest cities in the world from your knowledgeable guide. Start your adventure with a pickup from your accommodation. Meet your guide, and chat about the sites you would like to see during the tour. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as you set off to explore this historical city. Skip the busy bus tour and opt to ride along and see the city at your own pace. Learn all about the culture, history, and life as a local from your guide. Explore hidden alleyways in the Gothic Quarter, see historical and modern architecture, and discover hidden gems in every corner. Make sure you visit sites like the impressive Santa Maria del Mar church and the Born Cultural Center. Enjoy a day out exploring one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world. See and hear another side to Barcelona thanks to your guide, a walking encyclopedia.

Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

4. Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

Make light work of exploring Barcelona, on a 2.5-hour tour by electric bike, and see more than is possible on a walking tour. With the help of a bike propelled by electric motor, glide from some of the most popular attractions to hidden treasures, including secret bars and cafés. Starting by the Gothic Cathedral, your guide will give you a short briefing about the bikes and cycling rules, before leading you to the El Born neighborhood, Palau de la Música, El Fossar de les Moreres, and seafaring church of St. Maria del Mar. Discover the former fishing village of Barceloneta, now one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods, where you can explore 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, including Els Quatre Gats, frequented by Pablo Picasso. Finish with tapas and wine at the world famous Els Quatre Gats, overflowing with history and the echoes of the geniuses who drank and dined there in ages past, from Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dalí. Open your senses to the rich Spanish flavours and leave with photos and memories of mystery, romance and adventure on a tour ideal for electric bike first timers and experts alike.

Barcelona: Chef-Led Paella Cooking Workshop with Lunch

5. Barcelona: Chef-Led Paella Cooking Workshop with Lunch

Fulfill the wish of knowing how to cook a proper, Paella, and impress all of your friends with your cooking abilities by taking a cooking class from a professional chef. Get all the most important tips on how to pick, prepare, and cook the ingredients. Select the proper rice and create a magical Mediterranean meal. First, make the dessert, a rich and creamy Crema Catalana (local custard dessert) and enjoy some local snacks while you prepare it. Then, you will make Sangria and authentic paella with seafood, learning all of the tricks to make it taste amazing. Enjoy cooking in a small group for a personalized experience and share amazing memories of your journey while savoring the paella you cooked.

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

6. 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.

Fast Track: Sagrada Familia & Barcelona Full-Day Tour

7. Fast Track: Sagrada Familia & Barcelona Full-Day Tour

Explore Barcelona on this 8-hour guided tour and see some of the most famous Gaudí landmarks. Walk down hidden streets in the Gothic Quarter, and stop to taste local tapas and wine. Start your tour with a drive to Montjuïc, site of the 1992 Olympic Games, where you will be rewarded with superb views over the city and coast. After a brief stop at the Catalunya National Art Museum (MNAC), make your way down to Plaça Espanya and drive past the Modernista buildings of L’Eixample. The journey to the Sagrada Familia takes you up Passeig de Gracia, home to famous designer stores and the setting for two of Barcelona’s best-loved Gaudí buildings, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Before you tour the Sagrada Famìlia, you'll get an in-depth explanation of why this amazing building is so important to us and what it meant to Gaudí himself. Get fast track access to explore inside Gaudi’s monumental - and incomplete - Sagrada Familia. You can save up to two hours queueing in the summer! After your visit inside the church, we'll continue to the Barrio Gótic, the oldest part of the city, which was still surrounded by Medieval walls as late as the mid 19th century. Stroll through the winding streets of the medieval quarter. Explore Barcelona’s Roman origins, through to the early Middle Ages when Catalan counts controlled the Mediterranean Sea and Barcelona was the capital of an empire. Visit the Jewish Quarter and the original 2,000-year-old Roman Temple. We end the morning with a visit inside the magnificent Santa Maria del Mar church.  After a quick lunch, head to Park Güell, the fabulous city garden designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park explaining Gaudi’s concept and introducing you to some of his most bizarre creations. Finally, drive back to La Pedrera on Passeig de Gracia and skip the lines to tour inside one of the greatest Modernista buildings of them all.  Your guide will leave you here to allow you to spend as long as you want to explore the house with its brilliant architecture, visit the recreated 18th-century private dwelling, and enjoy the permanent exhibition in the rooftop attic.

Barcelona: Flamenco & Tapas in El Born

8. Barcelona: Flamenco & Tapas in El Born

Just minutes away from the noise of Las Ramblas and the crowded coastline of Barceloneta, an expert local guide will take you through the trendiest district in Barcelona, El Born, where you will be able to admire the greatness of the Cathedral (icon of Catalan gothic architecture), and will learn about Catalonia’s recent past at Centre Cultural del Born, home also to the best conserved archaeological site in the city. Discover the Spanish Gastronomy tasting Basque Pintxos and the best Seafood tapas from the mediterranean. We will visit 2 bars and in each bar we will taste some tapas and pintxos. Pintxos (which means "toothpicks" or "small skewers", depending on who you ask) are a Basque culinary tradition that has extended to Barcelona and is the art of making delicatessen small bites which can become the sole component of a wonderful dinner. Then continue to the former fishermen’s village of Barceloneta, where you will taste delicious mediterranean seafood tapas like mussels, shrimp croquettes, octopus and more. After visiting the Born District passing through Santa Maria del Mar and Passeig Colon, you will enjoy an intimate flamenco show surrounded by the Baroque atmosphere of Dalmases Palace, a hidden treasure from the 17th Century and once the meeting place of an aristocratic society of scholars.

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: Churros, Hot Chocolate, and Games Family Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral

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Amazing experience!! Charlie and Lily were amazing guides and had so much knowledge about the city, we were able to see the local areas and the main sights that we wouldn't have been able to see on our own! And the wine and tapas was ama

Rodrigo have a lot of historical context to the different places that we went to, and shared a lot about Catalonian culture and history. I learned a lot and I felt that the amount of time we had was just right at each place.

Excellent tour with Benja. It was a small group tour and we had a good tour round Barcelona City pointing out the main sites. He was very informative. A great way to start our short break. Thank you. Highly recommended.

We would highly recommend! Tour guide was incredibly nice and informative! We never would’ve seen that much of the city without doing this. They pick you up at hotel and drop off whenever! I can’t recommend enough

This was an engaging and informative way to learn about this exciting area of the city!