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Sagrada Familia: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Guided Tour & Ticket

1. Sagrada Familia: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Guided Tour & Ticket

Make your visit to the Sagrada Familia unforgettable with a 1.5-hour guided tour of Gaudí’s masterpiece. See the Basilica’s dream-like façade and interior in a small-group or private tour setting accompanied by an expert guide. During the tour you will learn about the ongoing construction, the current predicted completion date, and the generations of craftspeople, architects and artists learned how to bring Gaudi’s vision to life. Your guide will meet you outside, starting the tour with a little introduction before heading to the Basilica’s entrance. After you’ve headed through security, hear all about the Nativity Façade, the first completed section of the Basilica. Next, you will step into the interior of the Sagrada Familia. Marvel at the world created by the intense colored light from the stained glass windows and the branch-like columns extending over the ceiling. Gaudí intended for the interior to look and feel like a walk through the woods, with the light exuding a sense of sifting through forest leaves.  As you exit the Basilica you will hear about the Passion Façade, representing the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Experience the drama of the Passion through the tower’s stark and angular sculptures. This façade, like most of the Sagrada Familia, was built after Gaudí’s death.  Head to Sagrada Familia Schools next, designed for the children of the workers building the Sagrada Familia. Hear how it was reconstructed more than once and even moved locations to make way for the Basilica.  Your last stop will be the Sagrada Familia Museum, where your guide will share original sketches and plans with you that demonstrate the complexity of Gaudi's architecture and vision. Find artifacts here from Gaudi’s life and the Basilica's own history, like his upside-down model of the Basilica.

Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

2. Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

On this 3-hour activity you’ll join a professional chef on an introductory tour of the world famous Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona's oldest and best food market, dating back to the 13th century. While telling you about the foods on offer, especially the seafood, and the basics of Spanish and Catalan cuisine, the chef will buy some of the fresh ingredients needed to prepare an authentic paella de marisco, or seafood paella, Spain’s traditional rice dish. Walk with the chef through the winding streets of La Ciutat Vella, or old town, to El Born, the most fashionable district of the city. Enter you your private dining room that’s adjacent to the big open kitchen where the chef will prepare the delicious paella de marisco, as you watch the process. Take the edge off your appetite with some traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold tapas. The chef will introduce you to a variety of the famous appetizers such as patatas bravas, pimientos de padrón, tortilla de patatas, chorizo, and of course the famous dry-cured ham, el jamón. Learn how to make your own pan con tomate, the most typical Catalan tapa, and how to build traditional Basque pintxos or montaditos, the tapas with toothpicks. Then you can enjoy your creations accompanied by some lovely sangría. While you are eating your tapas and homemade pintxos, the chef will cook the paella de marisco. You’ll be into the adjacent open kitchen to stand around the large paellera, the traditional round, shallow pan made of polished steel that the paella de marisco will be prepared in. As the chef begins to prepare the paella you’ll hear about the history of the dish, the ingredients used, and the steps in the preparation. With the paella simmering in the kitchen you’ll be invited over to the bar where you’ll learn all there is to know about sangría, the world famous Iberian wine punch that dates back to medieval times. Try your hand at mixing your own sangría. Once the paella de marisco is finally ready to be enjoyed, you’ll head back to the tables, sit down, and enjoy the feast along with your own freshly mixed sangria.

Barcelona: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour

3. 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.

Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

4. Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

Depart the Arc de Triomf and ride through the historic neighborhood of El Born. Stop at the maritime church of the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, and then continue to the lively district of El Raval. Journey through more than 2,000 years of history as you see monuments such as the cathedral and city hall on Plaça de Sant Jaume. Cycle to La Rambla del Raval to take a souvenir photo of the El Gat del Raval statue by Fernando Botero. Then, make your way towards the beach and Port Olympic. Pedal along the seafront promenade to Rambla del Poblenou, where attractions include the National Theater by Ricardo Bofill.

Barcelona: Poble Espanyol Skip-The-Line Ticket

5. Barcelona: Poble Espanyol Skip-The-Line Ticket

Located in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona, Poble Espanyol is architecture, it is art, it is crafts, it is open air and it is also a unique space to enjoy family activities, concerts and exhibitions. In short, Poble is a large area where history meets culture and leisure through a calm and pleasant stroll in a natural environment. Poble Espanyol was established within the framework of the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition, with the aim of representing the architecture and culture of Spanish towns. To enter the minds of the creators of Poble Espanyol and discover the excitement of the process, do not miss the exhibition: A photographic journey. The construction of Poble Espanyol (access to the exhibition is included in the venue ticket). Over 40,000 m2 of open air space, Poble Espanyol is a precinct that is home to 117 full-scale constructions. Walking around Poble Espanyol you will discover, as well, an important representation of artisan workshops in which professionals from different generations work with glass, ceramic, leather and wicker products, among others. They themselves offer the possibility of personalized workshops and courses so that you can live the artisan experience in the first person. Poble Espanyol also includes a wide variety of bars, restaurants, terraces and shops where you can enjoy local products, audiovisual facilities and the Fran Daurel Museum, which boasts works by key figures in contemporary Spanish art. In recent years, and now more than ever, Poble Espanyol offers, in addition to the usual content open 365 days a year, cultural and leisure activities for all ages who find in the enclosure a monumental environment without equal, safe and quiet. Concerts, family activities, shows and temporary exhibitions live in Poble like nowhere else in Barcelona.

Gaudí Experiència Barcelona Admission Ticket

6. Gaudí Experiència Barcelona Admission Ticket

Gaudí Experiència is a new cultural and tourist attraction that offers a unique way to learn about Gaudí and his numerous works through state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. Enter the magical world of this genius of Catalan Modernism through a 4D projection. Discover the mysteries and enigmas hidden in Gaudi's innovative architectural language during this 40-minute experience. Thanks to the Scope screen, 7.1 surround sound, active stereoscopic vision, moving seats, and other special effects, you’ll discover first-hand how nature inspired Antoni Gaudí’s creations and most emblematic work. Marvel at a forest that turns into towering columns, chimneys that hide an army of warriors, a roof that reveals a dragon’s skin, and more. The tribute to the great architect continues with a series of interactive walls featuring all of Gaudi’s work.

Barcelona: Trencadís Mosaic Class – Learn Gaudí's Technique

7. Barcelona: Trencadís Mosaic Class – Learn Gaudí's Technique

After a brief introduction to the trencadis technique and seeing some examples in Gaudi's work, choose which template you would like to follow and which material to use — either ceramic or glass. Follow the guidance of your experienced teacher and begin creating your mosaic masterpiece.  Once you have finished creating your artwork, leave it with the team to be grouted before collection the next day. 

Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

8. Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

Meet your guide by the Arc de Triomf and hop on a comfortable, high-quality electric bike. Then, set off to enjoy an exciting 1.5-hour tour aboard a bicycle that lets you travel through the city with ease. Head for the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter, and discover the cast-iron market of El Born on the way. Admire the neighboring Church of Santa María del Mar as a serene and harmonious testament to the city's Gothic architecture. Immerse yourself in the magnificence of the city cathedral, and feel history unfold on the cobblestone streets and squares. Go to Plaça Reial to see the Fountain of the 3 Graces and the lamps designed by Gaudi, the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Head towards La Boquería market on the tree-lined promenade of Las Ramblas and experience its bohemian and cosmopolitan vibe.  Climb back in the saddle of your carefully-designed bike and capture fabulous photographs of landmarks such as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló in L'Eixample. Make your way to Gaudí’s grand masterpiece and arrive at the monumental façade and spires of La Sagrada Família, before returning to the starting point to finish your e-bike experience.

Barcelona: Exclusive Sagrada Familia Private Guided Tour

9. Barcelona: Exclusive Sagrada Familia Private Guided Tour

Join one of the most friendly, interesting, and knowledgeable private guided tours of Sagrada Familia. The guided tour guarantees skip-the-line access to this unique attraction, as well as a personal, local, and passionate expert. Your guide will take you through the architecture and its history in a detailed and enthusiastic manner. Experience Gaudí’s masterpiece to the fullest and thoroughly discover Catalan modernism with its many interpretations and enigmas.

Barcelona: 2.5-Hour On the Trail of Gaudí E-Bike Tour

10. Barcelona: 2.5-Hour On the Trail of Gaudí E-Bike Tour

Explore Barcelona through the architecture of Antoni Gaudí on a 2.5-hour tour by e-bike. Meet by the Arc de Triomf and admire its neo-Mudéjar style before going into the Parc de la Ciutadella to see the Italian-inspired fountain with possible contributions by a young Gaudí. Then, head to the colorful Born district, once a seaside resort for the medieval aristocracy. Visit Casa Calvet, designed by Gaudí and declared a Place of Cultural Interest in 1969. Move on to the modern quarter of Grácia and immerse yourself in its unique Catalan Modernism style. See buildings of extraordinary designs, such as the Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.  Weave your way through Vila de Grácia, Barcelona's coolest suburb and its true administrative and commercial center. Admire the 33-meter tall bell tower, crowned with the famous bell of the "Marieta." Get brilliant views of Casa Vicens, considered one of the first buildings of the Art Nouveau movement and the first house designed by Gaudí. Journey along Passeig de Sant Joan to reach the astonishing Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's unfinished basilica, under construction since 1883. Take in the views of the spires and facades of what many call Gaudí's masterpiece and a jewel in Barcelona’s architectural crown. Return to the starting point to drop off your bikes at the end of the tour. 

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based on 550 reviews

This was so yummy and super special because we had a tiny class. Our cook was so kind and knowledgeable. The studio where the food was made was so beautiful and relaxing. It was also so much fun to be guided to the Boqueria Market and getting time to look around/buy things. Thank you so much! I would definitely recommend this experience!

Very good tour, the guide himself was so enthusiastic about the Sagrada Familia that it was an experience to absorb his enthusiasm. The explanations and guidance were also great. Highly recommended.

Even tough the city was busy because of the three wise men celebration, the guide managed to make us have a great time

Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable as he answered all questions. I highly recommend to take a guided tour.

Beautiful building!! An astounding example of arquitecture!