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Barcelona: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour

1. Barcelona: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Palau de la Música, one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings. Follow an informative brochure and venture deep into this jewel of Barcelona Modernism. Located in the heart of the city, just minutes from Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, this concert hall is a temple of decorative refinements. Begin your tour in the foyer and continue to the grand staircase to marvel at the ornate flowers and flags that adorn it; be amazed by its detail, built from a range of materials including iron and glass. Next, visit the Lluís Millet Hall and glimpse the large balcony with columns that symbolise nature with flowers of every kind. Finally, be dazzled by an explosion of colors, shapes, and light as you enter the Concert Hall. From the second floor you will have the chance to admire the impressive light source up close. Enjoy a beautiful live piano or organ recital to round off your visit.

Palau de la Música Guided Tour

2. Palau de la Música Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings on an exclusive 45-minute guided tour of the Modernist Palau de la Música Catalana. Located in the heart of the city, just minutes from Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, the Palau is a temple of decorative refinements.  Your tour starts in the Rehearsal Hall of the Orfeó Catala, where the foundation stone was laid in 1905, and where the choir rehearses regularly as it has done for more than 100 years. Continue to the grand staircase to marvel at the ornate flowers and flags that adorn it. Built from a range of materials, including iron and glass, the detail never ceases to amaze.  Next, visit the Lluís Millet Hall and glimpse the large balcony with columns that symbolize nature with flowers of every kind. Finally, be dazzled by an explosion of colors, shapes, and light as you enter the Concert Hall. Your guide will take you to the 2nd floor to get close to the great skylight, where you can admire the impressive light source up close.  To end, the Palau’s organ will accompany you on a short musical journey.

From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

3. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

Discover the medieval villages of Catalonia on a guided small group tour around the area. Visit Besalú, Rupit, and Travertet, with a mix of free time to explore and storytelling from your guide. Meet your guide in central Barcelona in the morning before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. Continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. Pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, which has been declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café at your own expense or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

4. Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

Enjoy this walking tour of Barcelona Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market, considered one of the best markets in the world because of its modernist design and the richness of products it offers. Start your tour at the famous Ramblas, the heart of the city center. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a classic example of Catalan modernism, as well as the Palau Güell, one of the most stunning examples of Antoni Gaudi’s architecture.   Continue your walking tour to discover Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town, that attracts people from diverse social, cultural, and geographical backgrounds. Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, perhaps one of the cutest statues you’ll ever see. Take the Montjuic funicular and prepare yourself for a bird’s eye view of Barcelona. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the Montjuic cable car as you gaze down on Barcelona’s iconic skyline. At the top of the funicular, you’ll reach Montjuic Castle, enjoying a private visit exclusively with your small group. Explore the military fortress, and enjoy access to exclusive areas, like the building’s dungeons.  Emerging from the dungeons, head to Montjuic Castle’s tower for the most spectacular, panoramic viewpoints of the city — if the day is clear enough, you'll see all the way to the Pyrenees. Afterward, head back to the Old Town via cable car, in perfect time to enjoy a delicious meal of tapas — be sure to pick up some recommendations from your guide for the best restaurants to hit.

Barcelona: Montjuic Mountain Private Guided Tour

5. Barcelona: Montjuic Mountain Private Guided Tour

Explore a distinctive part of Barcelona on a private tour of Montjuic Mountain. Take the cable car up the mountain and take in sweeping views over the city and coast. Pick up insights into the history of the area from your guide as you explore the area. Start by going up the mountain and enjoying panoramic views of the city on the Montjuic cable car. Learn about the history and importance of Montjuic in local culture by visiting attractions such as the Barcelona Olympic Stadium and Montjuic Castle. Montjuic was the site for the 1929 Barcelona Universal Exhibition and 1992 Olympics. Both of these events have made Montjuic an area of interest. Marvel at the wonderful architecture of the Grand National Palace, the German pavilion, or the magnificent Olympic facilities including Luis Companys Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi. On the tour, also check out and hear about the Castle of Montjuic, Calatrava Tower, MNAC National Palace, The Four Columns, Magic Fountain, Venetian Towers, Placa d'Espanya, and the Bullring Shopping Mall Las Arenas.

Barcelona: Gran Gala Flamenco Show Entry Ticket

6. Barcelona: Gran Gala Flamenco Show Entry Ticket

Witness a flamenco performance in the heart of Barcelona. The most widely seen staging of flamenco in the city, this celebrated show has been running for 18 years. Marvel at this art form with an entry ticket to the show at one of two iconic venues: Palau de la Música Catalana or Teatre Poliorama. Discover all that Flamenco has to offer through this performance. With castanets, dress train sweeps, fans, and sensual costumes, Gran Gala Flamenco includes all of the typical elements of Flamenco that you would expect, all accompanied by original music. Sit back and admire the skill of the dancers with choreography by some of the most renowned Catalan and Spanish dance companies. The artistic director is the acclaimed guitarist Juan Gomez Chicuelo who is accompanied by artists including Enrique Morente, Miguel Poveda, and Duquenque or El Cigala. Choose between two of the most emblematic theaters in the city: the UNESCO-listed Palau de la Música Catalana (which seats 1900) and Teatre Poliorama, located on the first floor of Barcelona’s Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts (which seats 700). 

Barcelona: Castelldefels Castle Ticket with Audio Guide

7. Barcelona: Castelldefels Castle Ticket with Audio Guide

Visit the Castelldefels castle in Barcelona with this attraction ticket and learn about the turbulent history of this 10-century fortress. Get access to the Piratia exhibition which explores the history of piracy with your audio guide.  Show your voucher to enter the hilltop Castelldefels castle which was built to help protect the Carolingian Empire on a site that contains Roman and ancient Iberian ruins. Admire views from the castle and the lush surrounding gardens. Find out about the rich history of this castle from your family-friendly audio guide. Immerse yourself in the audiovisual and interactive Piratia exhibition. Delve into the world of piracy as you participate in all the pastimes of a lawless life at sea like looting, pillaging, and comparing parrots.

Barcelona: Guided City Walking Tour to the Güell Palace

8. Barcelona: Guided City Walking Tour to the Güell Palace

Discover the city of Barcelona as you go on a guided walking tour to the Güell Palace. Pass by historical sites and learn about why the palace was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Start your tour at La Rambla, near the port and very close to the Boquería Market. Hear about the street's history and walk through the stalls that adorn the market. See how the locals shop and interact with the merchants. As you take a stroll, observe the painters, florists, and cafes and restaurants that give life to La Rambla. At the end of the street, catch a glimpse of the Columbus Monument and the Port of Barcelona. Your next and last stop is the Güell Palace, the perfect example of Gaudí's architectural style. Learn about what makes it a World Heritage Site as you listen to your guide's stories about its history.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

9. 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: Private City Sights Tour, Including Cable Car

10. Barcelona: Private City Sights Tour, Including Cable Car

Our private city tour offers an intimate experience of Barcelona’s best sights, from a unique perspective. Take in the famous La Ramblas, including the Boqueria Market, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Palau Guell. Then continue to the Rayal to explore the Old Town. Next, catch the Montjuic funicular to see some of the best views of Barcelona. While there, you can take a private visit to Montjuic Castle with our expert guide. You can also enter the Tower of the Castle, with 360ª views over Barcelona. After the castle, we see the Olympic Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi, famous for hosting the best concerts in town. We also stop at one of the best terraces in the area to savour traditional tapas paired with a local wine or beer. Finally, get ready for Barcelona’s famous Magic Fountain show. The mixture of water, light and music will make for a magical ending to a day full of memorable sights.

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,144 reviews

Our guide Laura was terrific. She lives in the neighborhood and gave us just the right combination of walking, and history. Our family of 6 adults ages 29-62 all thought she was delightful. She suggested a great place for drinks and tapas. It felt like time spent with a friend in Barcelona, rather than a guide.

We had an outstanding experience. Our guide was knowledgeable, funny and personable with all the people within our group. We had such a great time and would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Barcelona!

I love the architecture! You must see it! Photographer was a nice person but only 2 pictures I liked.. in any way worth it

Very interesting tour in a marvelous building full of special history.

Beautiful building!! An astounding example of arquitecture!