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Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

1. 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: One or Two Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Barcelona: One or Two Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the best of Barcelona on a double-decker hop-on hop-off bus tour. Get access to two routes with one ticket for a complete sightseeing experience. Take a complimentary map to help you decide where you want to go and enjoy audio commentary. In addition to the open top, the buses also have an electric roof on top for use in the event of rain. The buses are adapted for people with limited mobility and are fitted with anatomical seats and heating on both decks. They also have an attendant aboard to help you with anything you may need. East Route • Plaça de Catalunya • Port Vell • Museu d'Història de Catalunya • La Barceloneta • Port Olímpic • Poble Nou - Zoo • Teatre Nacional - Auditori. • Glories- Torre Agbar • Sagrada Familia Cathedral • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau • Park Güell • Tibidabo • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló West Route • Plaça Catalunya • Arc de Triomf • El Born- Ciutadella-zoo • Passeig Colom • World Trade Center • Jardins de Miramar • Fundació Joan Miró • Anella Olímpica • MNAC Museo Nacional de Catalunya • Poble Espanyol • Caixa Fòrum-Pavelló Mies Van Der Rohe • Plaça d'Espanya • Estació de Sants • Camp Nou (F.C. Barcelona) • Plaça Pius XII-Palau Reial- Pavellons Guell-Monestir de Pedralbes • L'illa diagonal • Avinguda Diagonal • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló • Plaça Catalunya

Barcelona: Tapas and Wine Small Group Walking Tour

3. Barcelona: Tapas and Wine Small Group Walking Tour

Begin your culinary experience with a stroll through the streets of Barcelona’s El Born district and Gothic neighborhoods. If you believe that the best way to discover a culture is through its gastronomy, this is the perfect way to spend 3 hours in this popular city. You’ll walk along the streets of historic areas, learn the history and curiosity of these and stop to try typical tapas such as Iberian ham, various cheeses from around Spain, the spicy patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce), the typical bread with tomato, an awesome octopus and several other foods accompanied by the suitable local wine. You’ll visit 4 different tapas bars, passing by beautiful buildings and along neighborhood streets en route. Take advantage of the small group tour, which will allow you to spend more time close to your guide. The guides will be taking you to the best venues of the area that they’ve carefully selected.

Moco Museum Barcelona: Entry Tickets with Banksy and More

4. Moco Museum Barcelona: Entry Tickets with Banksy and More

Book your entry ticket to the Moco Museum in Barcelona to see current exhibitions that focus on bringing modern and contemporary art to the general public. Experience an unforgettable and truly eye-opening collection of art. See unique modern, contemporary, and street art pieces by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Banksy, Salvador Dalí, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, KAWS, Hayden Kays, Yayoi Kusama, David LaChapelle, Takashi Murakami, and more. Visit “Esplendor de la Noche” by Guillermo Lorca, the first European solo show from the contemporary Chilean artist in a showcase that mixes magic and realism curated by Simon de Pury. Get inspired by the possibilities of digital art by visiting the exhibition spaces by TeamLab, Les Fantômes, and Studio Irma. Visit “NFTs” (non-fungible tokens), Europe’s first dedicated exhibition space to the NFT phenomenon. These are only some of the many fascinating exhibitions currently on display.

Barcelona: 3.5-Hour Sips, Sites & Bites Food & History Tour

5. Barcelona: 3.5-Hour Sips, Sites & Bites Food & History Tour

Join a 2000-year magical journey through two of the most vibrant neighborhoods, Barri Gotic and El Born. Your passionate, knowledgeable guide will bring the history of Barcelona to life on your 3.5-hour tasting journey. During your tour, mix history with the traditions of the neighborhoods you explore with wonderful, authentic food like the legendary pan con tomate (bread with tomato), patatas bravas (fried potatoes with sauces) and much more. Try an assortment of locally made cheeses, cured meats, and heavenly house sparkling wine and cava, the classic vermouth, some of the best regional red and white wines, and the refreshing clara, a truly delicious drink. Experience the best of both worlds, with incredible food and 2000 years of history, all rolled into one amazing tour. Immerse yourself in the medieval streets and alleyways of the old Roman city of Barcino, nowadays Barcelona. Explore some fantastic hidden family-run restaurants, bodegas and taverns. Make wonderful, unique memories of Barcelona’s tastes and smells that will linger long after your trip is over.

Barcelona: Photoshoot Tour Old Town

6. Barcelona: Photoshoot Tour Old Town

Take home a unique and personalized souvenir of your time in Barcelona on a private 1.5-hour photo shoot. Stroll the city streets with a professional photographer, and pose in front of some of the city’s most scenic spots! The photo session is ideal for families, groups of friends, or couples. Your photographer will know exactly where to take you to get the best views, and provide you with an insider’s look at the city. Discover some of the most incredible attractions from a different perspective, including the Arc de Triomf and Barcelona Cathedral. Once the tour is over, get 25 high quality, retouched images (selected by you) delivered digitally by email the following week.

Barcelona: Evening Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

7. Barcelona: Evening Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

Take a tapas and wine tour where each wine tasting is paired with specialty tapas. Taste everything from Spanish reds and whites, sparkling wine, vermouth, and sweet wine. Visit restaurants featuring local farm-to-table food. By the end of the evening, you’ll be armed with tips for enjoying tapas and wine in Barcelona for the rest of your trip. Start your night the way most locals do in Barcelona, with a classic aperitif. Sip on a sweet vermouth straight from the tap, and learn why this delicious fortified wine is making a comeback. Also try 2 quintessential Barcelona tapas, Iberian ham croquettes and spicy patatas bravas. Next up, head to one of Barcelona’s trendiest wine bars. The owners specialize in Catalan wines and boast a fantastic wine list. This is where you’ll dive into the world of sparkling Spanish Cava. Taste 2 very different cavas before moving on to something Spain is a little less known for, white and rosé. These refreshing wines will be paired with gourmet, open-faced toasts. The last stop of the night is at a modern tapas restaurant. Serving local and organic farm-to-table style food, the owner even makes his own wine. Finish with a couple of Catalonia's fabulous reds, paired alongside some of the most delicious dishes in town, such as melt-in-your-mouth Iberian pork, or tender braised beef.beef.

Barcelona: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

8. Barcelona: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

Explore the wonders of the enchanting Barcelona on this customized private rickshaw tour. Visit sites such as the Gaudi, Casa Batllo, and many more; the choice is entirely yours. Learn all about one of the oldest cities in the world from your knowledgeable guide. Start your adventure with a pickup from your accommodation. Meet your guide, and chat about the sites you would like to see during the tour. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as you set off to explore this historical city. Skip the busy bus tour and opt to ride along and see the city at your own pace. Learn all about the culture, history, and life as a local from your guide. Explore hidden alleyways in the Gothic Quarter, see historical and modern architecture, and discover hidden gems in every corner. Make sure you visit sites like the impressive Santa Maria del Mar church and the Born Cultural Center. Enjoy a day out exploring one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world. See and hear another side to Barcelona thanks to your guide, a walking encyclopedia.

Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

9. Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

Make light work of exploring Barcelona, on a 2.5-hour tour by electric bike, and see more than is possible on a walking tour. With the help of a bike propelled by electric motor, glide from some of the most popular attractions to hidden treasures, including secret bars and cafés. Starting by the Gothic Cathedral, your guide will give you a short briefing about the bikes and cycling rules, before leading you to the El Born neighborhood, Palau de la Música, El Fossar de les Moreres, and seafaring church of St. Maria del Mar. Discover the former fishing village of Barceloneta, now one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods, where you can explore the vibrant life of the city’s beaches. Ride past Art Noveau architecture, and shops and bars that date back to the beginning of the century, including Els Quatre Gats, frequented by Pablo Picasso. Finish with tapas and wine at the world famous Els Quatre Gats, overflowing with history and the echoes of the geniuses who drank and dined there in ages past, from Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dalí. Open your senses to the rich Spanish flavours and leave with photos and memories of mystery, romance and adventure on a tour ideal for electric bike first timers and experts alike.

Salou: Barcelona City Center Tour

10. Salou: Barcelona City Center Tour

After being picked up from the convenient meeting point in Salou, this tour will take you into Barcelona's city centre where you will have plenty of free time to see the most famous square of the city, the Plaza de Catalunya. From there on you can stroll along La Rambla until the monument of Columbus, admire the view the harbour and on your way there you can make a stop at the Boqueria, the covered market. You will have time to go to Born, a now very popular neighbourhood next to the Gothic Quarter with its own rambla and very nice exclusive boutiques, bars and small restaurants. In the Gothic Quarter you will find museums such as the Picasso, Madame Tussaud and many more, or you can visit the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. You may also want to stroll along the Paseo the Gracia, one of Barcelona's elegant avenues. Plenty of time to do lots of unique things in this beautiful city.

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4.6 / 5

based on 6,432 reviews

Every city break I go on i make sure to explore the city on a hop on hop off bus because it's the best was of finding out interesting facts and see all the hidden gems of the city. I'm so glad I booked a 48 hours ticket as there were 2 different routes to explore. I had plenty of time to visit attractions at most stops during the 2 days of using hop on hop off. Definitely recommended.

Shopping at the market place was the best. All the food was super fresh and a great way to get immersed in the culture. Francesco was a great chef and teacher. I loved learning and making a seafood paella with his guidance! Great time and will definitely go again!

Great experience! The cycle tour was so good, couldn’t recommend anymore. I was a bit nervous about cycling along the busy roads and navigating the cycle paths but the guide was super helpful . The guide was so informative too! 10/10

It has been a wonderful experience. We have loved enjoying Barcelona on one of your buses. The two lines provide beautiful views

Great way to learn a new city. Hop on off is very convenient. Audio commentary is pretty good as well. Highly recommend.