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Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

1. Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

Catch a flamenco show at an historical venue in Barcelona's famous La Rambla district with this entry ticket. Sip on a complimentary drink while watching passionate dancers perform. Be moved by live music and singing. Upgrade your experience by choosing an option with traditional food. Make your way to the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes theatre and take your seat in front of the cozy and traditional tablao (flamenco stage) where legendary artists such as Juan Villar have performed. Admire the colorful décor of the venue, inspired by motifs that transport you back in time. Embrace the sensual rhythms and primal power of the music, song and dance. Listen to live music and talented singers. Upgrade to the tapas option and go on a culinary journey with gazpachos (cold tomato soup) and delicious pintxos (small snacks) of the Basque Country. Satisfy your appetite with dinner option where you can choose from dishes like an authentic paella from Valencia or another mouth-watering options from a menu with over 40 different delicacies to try.

Welcome to Barcelona: Private Tour with a Local

2. Welcome to Barcelona: Private Tour with a Local

Make travel as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Barcelona from a local eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood as you learn insider tips such as the best places to buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to see and do, customized to your interests. Feel more comfortable navigating the city confident that you have all the information you need by the end of the tour.

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

3. 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: 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

4. 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: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

5. Barcelona: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Barcelona's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics Pintxos, Churros & Chocolate and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food.  Visit Hospital de Santa Creu, Comte Borrell and Santa María del Pi, plus other remarkable spots in between stops and hear about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide. 

Markets Walking Tour: La Boquería, Tastings and More

6. 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: Old Town Evening Tapas and Sightseeing Tour

7. Barcelona: Old Town Evening Tapas and Sightseeing Tour

Escape the touristy spots and discover local neighborhoods on this tapas tour. Throughout the tour, as you delight in the discovery of new tastes, flavors, and dishes, your guide will introduce you to local gastronomic specialties, anecdotes of the city's history, and local neighborhood life. Enjoy your first tapas experience at an old bodega from 1903. Indulge in your first bite and a nice glass of red wine. Stroll through one of the most beautiful squares of the Gothic Quarter and its adjacent narrow medieval streets. Stop at a bar with a beautiful, secret garden to taste Spanish ham and pa amb tomàquet accompanied by a white or red wine. Cross into the old heart of Barcino and visit a charming Bodega from the early 20th century for vermouth and croquettes. Then, on the way to the next place, see some of the oldest businesses of Barcelona, the Roman Walls, the Cathedral, or even a giant work by Picasso before vanishing again in the labyrinth of narrow streets. Stroll into an old brewery from 1897 which currently is one of the most beautiful and famous establishments of Barcelona, not to mention the Catalan Art-Nouveau building it is located on. Taste oyster or patatas bravas with a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy the environment. Arrive at the final spot, a café located in a UNESCO World Heritage building, where we’ll experience a sweet end to the tour.

Barcelona: Merry Markets Private Christmas Tour

8. Barcelona: Merry Markets Private Christmas Tour

Bon Nadal!, as the locals say in Catalonia. Throughout this tour you will celebrate the festive season in Barcelona. Discover Barcelona during Christmas with a local guide exclusively for you and your group. The Christmas spirit may be universal, but the same can't be said for its traditions. In Catalonia and Barcelona, you will be amazed by the different and unique rituals and customs. Throughout your tour you will visit the Gothic Quarter, discovering the famous fair of Santa Llucia and the nativities that decorate the most beautiful medieval courtyards. You will climb to the roof of the Cathedral of Barcelona where you will finish at the Port Vell Fair. You will also visit the Food Artisans Market and experience some hot chocolate with traditional churros.

Barcelona: Churros, Hot Chocolate, and Games Family Tour

9. 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: City Tour & Flamenco Show with Wine & Tapas

10. Barcelona: City Tour & Flamenco Show with Wine & Tapas

Discover the authentic Spanish culture in this unique private tour including a city tour, a food and wine experience, and the Best Flamenco Show in Barcelona. All in one perfect night just you and your guide. Walk through the Gothic Quarter with your local guide. Explore its alleys, and visit the majestic Plaza Real and the Roman Walls. Learn about the stories of this unique ancient District. Stroll through the Born District, the most charming Quarter of Barcelona. A perfect combination where ancients buildings coexist with modern bars and shops in a magical atmosphere. Taste Tapas in a very traditional bar in the Borne Quarter, accompanied by a cup of red wine, vermouth or local beer, and a glass of local cava. Visit Santa Maria del Mar Church, a beautiful basilica built entirely by the Port’s pilgrims in the 14th century. Before saying goodbye, your guide will give hand you the skip-the-line tickets for the best Flamenco Show in Barcelona, in a Medieval Palace with one free drink included. Experience this unique tour of history, gastronomy, and culture. Your guide will give you tips and recommendations so that you'll get the most out of your visit to Barcelona.

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What people are saying about Barcelona

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 499 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 a great time walking the streets of Barcelona, and getting to know its history a little bit more. Our tour guide Pablo was great. No only we learnt about the place, we got to enjoy some delicious tapas and experience a great Flamenco show. Totally recommend this tour.

Great tour with the magical Anke Seen a lot, learned a lot of interesting things about Barcelona Tip: then go to the roof terrace of the museum at the harbor and ☀️

The show was great. Thoroughly enjoyable. The dancers were great and put on a spectacular show.

So authentic and such incredible talent. Enjoyed every minute!