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From Barcelona: Costa Brava Day Tour with Lunch

1. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Day Tour with Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona on a full-day tour of Costa Brava. Travel north up the coastal highway to Blanes, the gateway to one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines. Savor a local lunch and visit the charming town of Tossa de Mar.  Depart Barcelona in the morning aboard an air-conditioned bus. Relax and take in the scenery on the drive to one of the few remaining coves that is still free from the crowds and big commercial developments. Enjoy free time to lounge on the beach or go for a swim in crystal-clear waters. Have the option to stay on the beach for the next two hours, or visit the famous botanical gardens. Sit down to a delicious Spanish lunch in a family-owned restaurant. Feast on a mouth-watering selection of traditional dishes and a glass of Sangria, followed by your choice of main courses. Continue along the coast to Tossa de Mar, the last fortified town on Costa Brava. Walk along cobblestone streets to the lighthouse for a stunning view of the coastline. Wander back down through the old town and discover a maze of narrow streets lined with traditional whitewashed houses. Soak up the atmosphere with free time to purchase souvenirs, take a dip at the beach which lies beneath this historic town, or rent a kayak for a quick paddle under the cliffs. After a couple of hours exploring Tossa de Mar return to Barcelona by bus. 

Costa Brava: Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Lunch and Beach

2. Costa Brava: Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Lunch and Beach

Meet your guide and take the private transfer to the coast by air-conditioned bus from near the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona. It’s just over an hour up the coast of Spain in our air-conditioned minibus or bus. Arrive at the kayaking base camp and meet your kayak tour guide. Change into your swimwear, get snorkeling gear and equipment, and take part in a safety briefing to learn some basic kayaking techniques. Launch off the beach and into the water to start your 3-hour kayak tour. Hear about local flora and fauna from your guide as you admire the dynamic coastline. Stop along the way to try some snorkeling and exploring coves. Savor a classic Spanish Bocadillo with chorizo for lunch along the way. Have the option to take part in a kayak race. Keep a lookout for marine life like an octopus while you snorkel. Watch swooping bats, splash your guide, and be terrified by old pirate legends. After your tour, arrive on the beach and enjoy 3 hours of free time. Cool off and spend your free time exploring. Play a game of volleyball with the public nets, go for a cocktail or tapas in a local bar, or enjoy a walk along the coastline. Take the opportunity to have a beautiful walk along the coast of the bay to different viewpoints or to pick up some souvenirs. Return to Barcelona by bus at the end of the day.

From Barcelona: Tarragona & Sitges Full Day Tour with Pickup

3. From Barcelona: Tarragona & Sitges Full Day Tour with Pickup

Live for a day on the warm shores of Catalonia. Travel to the historic town of Tarragona – the ancient Roman Tarraco – and enjoy the beautiful Sitges, filled with magical corners of modernist charm. You will finish the day at the best urban beach in Europe, San Sebastian. You will be picked up from your hotel in private transport to move comfortably to these 2 locations, situated south of Barcelona. With your specialized guide, visit these 2 coastal towns while hearing the most interesting stories and facts. Tarragona is located 100 kilometers south of Barcelona, on the Costa Dorada, where you'll find sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Its streets house one of the most important and best preserved Roman archaeological sites in Spain, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Tarraco was the capital of "Hispania Citerior," 1 of the 3 provinces that formed the Iberian Peninsula approximately 2,000 years ago. Head from Barcelona to reach this historic scenery, first making a stop in one of the entrances of the old "Tarraco." Here, admire the impressive "Devil’s Bridge." This aqueduct – 217 meters long and 26 meters high – is a spectacular example of advanced Roman engineering. Begin a walking tour in Tarragona, where you will discover the many preserved remains of this civilization, while your guide provides the most exciting stories. Explore the ancient walls surrounding the city and get immersed in one of the best-preserved circuses in Europe, hidden under structures from the 19th century. See traces of the ancient Roman Forum that survived to the present day alongside medieval and modern Tarragona. Finally, marvel at the ruins of the amphitheater, located on the shore of the Mediterranean since the second century, where bloody battles between gladiators were exhibited. Next, travel to another town whose charm is more colorful and idyllic, thanks to the influence of Modernism. Sitges is located on the Costa del Garraf, 38 kilometers from Barcelona. Its privileged location, where the sea and the mountains meet, became an ideal place to practice health tourism, later becoming a curious location where artists of all kinds settled. Today, Sitges has mixed its traditional fishermen’s houses with a bohemian and lively atmosphere, full of boutiques, restaurants with musicians, and artists in the streets. On a walking tour through the town, your guide will take you through the streets and the most hidden corners of its labyrinthine center. See examples of architectural modernism at Casa Bacardi or Casa del Rellotge, as you uncover the curious stories of the "Americanos" who became rich from the new continent. The fame of Sitges – the "Saint Tropez of Spain" – is due to its idyllic walk by the sea. See the church of San Bartolomé and Santa Tecla, the grand staircase, Maricel Palace, and the charming "Quiet Corner," where musicians enliven the atmosphere. These spots all lead you to the beach of San Sebastian. End the day enjoying the idyllic location, considered by the New York Times to be the best urban beach in Europe. Relax on one of its terraces or, if the weather permits, take a dip in its crystal waters.

Barcelona: Bike Tour for Families

4. Barcelona: Bike Tour for Families

Mix adventure and education on this family-friendly bike tour in Barcelona. Visit popular areas like the vibrant El Borne neighborhood and see top city sights like the waterfront and the Arch of Triumph. Stop to learn about the sights along the way.  Meet your guide in George Orwell Square and get fitted with your bike and helmet. Begin your ride through the city with the grand architecture of the Gothic Quarter which retains elements from Roman times. Make your way to the hip El Born district which is known of its bohemian atmosphere and designer shops. Head through some of Barcelona's parks and greenspaces with a stop to capture a picture of the Arch of Triumph and the waterfall in the citadel garden. Reach the waterfront area and feel the sea breeze in your hair as you cruise along Barceloneta beach on your way back to Barcelona's old town. Get some recommendations on what to do on your stay in Barcelona from your guide before ending your tour. 

Barcelona Highlights: Half-Day Private Van Tour

5. Barcelona Highlights: Half-Day Private Van Tour

Discover Barcelona and understand the Catalan way of life with the help of a local Catalan guide and know the real story of the Sagrada Familia Basilica. Visit the most charismatic and important places of the city, get panoramic views at the top of Montjuic Park, and travel along the city coastline. Begin your tour driving to Montjuic hill to observe the panoramic views of Barcelona from the top, get familiar with its dimension, the skyline, and most iconic places. Continue through the city, visiting the most famous Basilica in Southern Europe, The Sagrada Familia from the outside (tickets in advance to visit inside). Learn the history behind Gaudi's works, visiting also from the outside La Pedrera House and Casa Batllo along the Paseo de Gracia and Plaza Catalunya. Travel along the beach area and stop at viewpoints to take some memorable photos. Take a short (optional) walk through the Gothic Quarter, Roman Ruins, Jewish Quarter, the City Hall, and the Cathedral of Barcelona (optional inside visit).

Barcelona: Private Highlights Tour by Bamboo Bicycle

6. Barcelona: Private Highlights Tour by Bamboo Bicycle

Discover Barcelona in a responsible and sustainable way, in harmony with nature and the fair trade principles. On this private bike tour for 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 hours you can enjoy the special experience of riding a bamboo bicycle and explore one of the most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean at the same time. Each bamboo bicycle is unique, 100% handmade, and equipped with high-quality components. The tour operator makes sure that each bicycle was manufactured under fair working conditions and with fair wages for the suppliers and producers. On this private bike tour you will be accompanied by a personal tour guide, who will be happy to adjust the route to suit your interests. All tours include the old port, Barceloneta Beach, the Olympic Village, the Parliament of Catalonia, Parc de la Ciutadella, Arc de Triomf, and the Gothic Quarter. Depending on the tour duration, you will also cycle to the Sagrada Familia, the Gràcia district, Gaudi’s La Pedrera and Casa Battló, Plaça Espanya, and other major attractions in the city.

From Barcelona: Costa Brava Hiking, Sea Kayaking & Lagoons

7. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Hiking, Sea Kayaking & Lagoons

Explore the most pristine coastline in Catalonia — Costa Brava. Join a unique and personalized small group adventure that will let you experience the Mediterranean like a local. Hike the famous El Camino de Ronda, sea kayak in tandem among precious sand rock coves and cliffs, and finally, take a fabulous dip in a crystal clear lagoon. Embark on a full-day experience focused to foster positive natural dynamics in a small group (no more than 8 participants per guide) of likewise-minded and active travelers. To guarantee the best possible personal experience, guests are expected to be in good physical shape and confident swimmers in the sea. Enjoy a fabulous and easy morning hike in the early sun. Learn about the history of the region and recognize some typical Mediterranean herbs and vegetation that grow along the path. Your guide will share some exciting recommendations about local traditions, culinary treats, and top things to do in Barcelona. After arriving at the beach in Sant Pol de S’Agaró, waste no time getting ready and geared up for the kayaking. Learn some basic paddling techniques and activate and stretch the upper body before hopping in the sea kayaks. Find a secluded lagoon among the sandstone cliffs to enjoy a true Mediterranean dip and for those that fancy using the diving mask there will be enough time to chase some seabreams or picarels. Once landing the kayaks back at the beach grab a well-deserved lunch in the nearby restaurants or simply rest on the beach.

Barcelona: Private Highlights and Gaudi's Art Bike Tour

8. Barcelona: Private Highlights and Gaudi's Art Bike Tour

After meeting your local guide, ride first through the Medieval Quarter through the majestic Plaza Real. Discover the adjacent narrow stone cobble streets which are steeped in history. Pass by the Columbus Monument as you make your way to Barceloneta, a colorful neighbourhood with a long fishing tradition. Enjoy some time on Barceloneta Beach, a perfect place to gaze at the Mediterranean Sea and take some beautiful pictures. Ride to the lively Ciutadella Park. Cycle among artists playing music, people playing sports, and families enjoying the sun. Visit Arc de Triomf, one of the most impressive monuments of Barcelona. See the iconic Sagrada Familia, the architectural masterpiece of Gaudi. Learn about this magnificent cathedral and its creator from your expert guide. Ride down Paseo de Gracia, the main exponent of Catalan Modernism. Admire Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, two of the most beautiful buildings of Gaudi, among other gems of Catalan architects of that period. Ride along the lively Las Ramblas, the center of the Old Quarter. Finish up the and get plenty of recommendations from your guide so you can make the most of your visit to this beautiful city.

Intro Segway Tour Barcelona 1h

9. Intro Segway Tour Barcelona 1h

If you’re visiting Barcelona for the first time, enjoy a comprehensive introduction to Catalonia’s capital during this Segway tour. Taking this tour when you first arrive allows you to kick-start your vacation and plan your itinerary using the insider knowledge of a guide, from whom you’ll receive personalized attention in a small group.  Before you head out on your Segway to see the sights of Barcelona, your guide will show you how to manage the vehicle safely. Once you feel confident, the tour will begin. During your 1-hour tour, you’ll be taken to interesting sites, such as the Barri Gòtic (Gothic quarter), La Cara de Barcelona and Port Vell and the historic harbor of Barcelona. Then your guide will lead you through the Parc de la Ciutadella, the oldest park in the city, built in 1872 by the master architect Josep Fontserè I Mestre. Here you will also see the Fountain Cascada Monumental, designed by Josep Fontseré in 1875, specifically for the universal exhibition in 1888.

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Book this trip! The seaside is absolutely stunning, the castle was impressive, the beach front was beautiful. You get to see a bit of Spain that you wouldn’t see just staying in Barcelona (it’s about a 1.5 hour drive.) We were a small group of 7 on the tour, so it was nice and not overwhelming. Enrique our guide was great! He took us to a local place for lunch and ordered for us all - we never would have found this restaurant on our own. We ate like locals. Lots of walking on this trip, so if that’s not your thing, then it’s not for you. It was easy walking, though. Nothing too strenuous. My 17 and 20 year old kids were in awe all day. It was a fantastic day. I give it 5 stars all the way!

This experience was amazing. I highly recommend going on this tour with Sergio. He is an amazing tour guide and super fun! The tour was gorgeous and worth every penny. I did this tour as a young female solo traveler And it was the perfect experience for me. I met other solo travelers on this tour and became good friends with them. If you are solo traveler I highly recommend doing this tour

A very nice tour with a nice guide (Sergio) The views were beautiful and the restaurant chosen was cute with many good options. During off season, there are very few people since the water is too cold to swim in so it made for great people-free photos :)

Great fun day, botanical gardens were spectacular. Tour guide, Jordie, was informative and so nice. Overall 10/10 experience.

We have visited amazing places and have tried delicious food.