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Barcelona: Food and History Tour

1. Barcelona: Food and History Tour

Join a 2000 year magical journey through one of the most vibrant neighborhoods, Barri Gotic.  Your foodie and knowledgeable guide will bring the history of Barcelona to life on your 2.5 to 3-hour tasting journey. During your tour, mix history with the traditions of the neighborhood you explore with wonderful, authentic food like the famous Botifarra and the legendary Pa amb Tomaquet.  No trip is complete in Barcelona until it includes a visit to the world-renowned Boqueria Market. Explore the colorful stalls filled with all kinds of food and amazing flavors and aromas. Follow your foodie guide through the narrow aisles, and explore before you get to taste some cured meats, locally made cheeses and a few more bites! This experience is the best of both worlds, all rolled into one amazing tour. Immerse yourself in the medieval streets and alleyways of the Old Roman City of Barcino, nowadays Barcelona, while having a true taste of its food and drinks at selected bars you will remember long after your trip is over!

Markets Walking Tour: La Boquería, Tastings and More

2. Markets Walking Tour: La Boquería, Tastings and More

Begin your tour at the Boqueria Market, rated one of the top food markets in the world. You’ll be amazed at the sheer variety and quantity of fresh and prepared food available here. As your guide leads you through the patterned walkways, you’ll learn about Catalan food traditions and taste some of the most popular flavors of turrón, a sweet nougat confection. Exiting the Boqueria Market, you will find yourself at the scenic Ramblas promenade. Itself a former market, famous for its flower sellers, Ramblas today is a wonderful place to soak up the ambiance and snap a few photos as you stroll past its open-air cafes, fragrant flower stands and the colorful Miró mosaic. Next, we’ll travel back in time to ancient Barcelona with a walk in the streets of the Gothic Quarter, full of antique stores and even an occasional antique market. Continue to the bustling Santa Caterina Market, the first covered market in Barcelona, with its undulating, brightly colored roof. On your way to the last stop, we’ll also visit a local caganer shop to discover the story of one of Catalonia’s strangest traditions. Marvel at the monumental church of Santa Maria del Mar, where you’ll hear the intriguing stories of La Ribera neighborhood sailors. Your Barcelona markets tour ends at the sprawling Market of Born. Built as a market, this striking steel and glass structure now houses the remains of the Born neighborhood dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Barcelona: Churros, Hot Chocolate, and Games Family Tour

3. 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.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

4. 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: Sagrada Familia and Park Guell Full-Day Tour

5. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Guell Full-Day Tour

Start on the famous Las Ramblas, near to the first stop, Palau Güell. Meet your guide and make your way to the central fountain of Plaza Real to admire the elegance of the Gothic square. See the beautiful arches, Gaudi’s lampposts, or just watch the locals going about their daily lives. Next, make your way to La Boqueria Market. Take in the sights and smells of the market, one of the oldest in Barcelona. Wander through the narrow passages of the Gothic Quarter, and hear of many the legends and stories from these streets from your guide. Enjoy a short coffee break in a café where famous artists such as Picasso convened.  Continue with a walk along the most elegant avenue of Barcelona, the impressive Paseo de Gracia. Admire the most aristocratic palaces of the city, Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló, two masterpieces of Gaudi architecture. Learn about the exciting Art Noveau era of the city, Gaudi’s life, and his strange death. Then, stop for lunch and enjoy some typical Barcelona tapas, accompanied by a glass of red wine in a traditional restaurant of a beautiful promenade.  After a relaxing break, a taxi will take you to Park Güell, where Gaudi’s art coexists with nature. Enjoy skip-the-line tickets access to the park, and join your guide in wandering its beautiful paths. After a walk in the park, a taxi will take to your last stop. Visit the most iconic example of Gaudi’s work, the Sagrada Familia. Your guide will show you the different facades of the cathedral, and give you an introduction to the history of the building. Say farewell to your guide and receive your skip-the-line tickets to access the cathedral, as well as an audio guide so you can explore its interior at your own pace.

Barcelona: 4-Hour Private Market & Foodie Tour

6. Barcelona: 4-Hour Private Market & Foodie Tour

If you like typical Catalan food or want to try it for the first time, and also want to visit some of the top markets in Barcelona, this 4-hour foodie tour is the perfect choice. Barcelona boasts some of the greatest food markets in the world, and this tour features two of the most important places where you can find authentic and healthy fresh food- La Boqueria and Santa Caterina markets. In addition, you’ll experience the joy of eating at three nearby tapas restaurants right in the heart of the city. First, your expert guide will take you on a visit to La Boqueria, the finest market in Barcelona for fresh products such as meats, fish and vegetables. Its location on famous La Rambla is one of the most popular with locals and one of the most attractive pedestrian areas in Europe. Next, you’ll move on to the first tapas stop at a place renowned by locals for its pintxos, which are small snacks traditionally eaten in the northern regions of Spain. Your second stop is at a place where locals usually meet and eat. Try typical tapas from Mediterranean cuisine that combine succulent fish, meats and vegetables. You guide will also take you to visit Santa Caterina market, particularly interesting because of its architecture, including its wavy and colorful roof. It is also interesting because of its history, as it was built on the ruins of a ancient convent. Tell your guide what you like to eat, and you’ll be shown some of the most popular local restaurants, offering up the most delicious foods that are beautifully presented. Your last stop is at a restaurant that offers well-prepared and tasty meat dishes and drinks from the Spanish and Catalan cultures.

Barcelona: Food & Drink Tasting Tour in Traditional Taverns

7. Barcelona: Food & Drink Tasting Tour in Traditional Taverns

Soak up Spanish Culture in this completely private food & drink day tour. Explore the most authentic neighborhoods of Barcelona and visit five of the best bars and restaurants in the area most frequented by locals, and enjoy local cuisine and drinks. Walk along through the beautiful neighborhood of Poble Sec, and taste the traditional ‘Pintxos & Wine’, and the best croquettes in Barcelona. Continue the tour and move on to the bohemian and multicultural neighborhood of Raval. Enjoy a delicious assortment of tapas, patatas bravas, Spanish omelet, and bread with tomato. Delight your senses in La Boqueria Market, known for its fresh fruit, seafood, and vegetables and one of the most popular tourist destinations. Try traditional Spanish foods while exploring La Boqueria, including traditional Spanish ham while walking around and enjoying the colorful market. Get ready for dessert after La Boqueria, and move on to the Gothic Quarter to try some of the best churros & hot chocolate in Barcelona in one of the oldest stores in the city. Enjoy diving deep into the flavors of Barcelona on this unique tour, adaptable to your dietary needs and perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Barcelona: Historic Quarters Private Walking Tour with Tapas

8. Barcelona: Historic Quarters Private Walking Tour with Tapas

Meet your local guide at the lively Ramblas and head out onto the vibrant streets of Barcelona where historical adventure awaits. The first stop of the day is Palau Guell, the first great work of Antoni Gaudi, followed by the Plaza Real, an elegant square surrounded by palm trees and arcades. Follow your guide to La Boqueria next, a colorful and historical market that is not to be missed. Continue the tour into the heart of the Gothic Quarter where you can admire the impressive Roman Walls, Old Cathedral, Jewish Quarter, Sant Felip Neri Square, and other must-see gems. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, taste the flavors of Spanish cuisine and enjoy a tapa accompanied by red wine in a local tavern. While you eat, listen to your guide share fascinating stories about Barcelona’s history, culture, traditions, and way of life. After lunch, wander through the charming Born Quarter until you arrive at the spectacular Santa Maria del Mar Church. The final stop of the day is the Born Market and Memorial Center, where you can see the medieval ruins recently found beneath the city. *Veggie option available

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What people are saying about Barcelona

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 333 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.

Owen was a lovely guide, with lots of history, and insight. The markets are quite the maze, and it was nice having someone to highlight various areas.

Best tour ever… Carlos our guide was the best, very knowledgable, personable… I highly recommend this tour…. Thanks for a great time Carlos

Nice guide who also speaks good English (from the US). Is well versed in the history of Barcelona and Spain. Recommended.

Vicente was very helpful showing us the local sights and tasting the food.