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La Boqueria: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

1. Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Barcelona with a choice of 2 different routes and 40 stops. See the major sites aboard an open-top double-decker bus, hopping off at key points of interest to you, such as the Gothic Quarter or the Picasso Museum, before jumping back on the bus to continue the route. Sit back and relax on an open-deck double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. See all the major sites of Barcelona, hopping on and off at your leisure. Stop to see the Picasso Museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Picasso’s artwork anywhere in the world. Walk down La Rambla and discover one of the city’s most vibrant areas with countless bars and eateries. Marvel at the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites Barcelona boasts. Especially remarkable is the Sagrada Familia, one of the most iconic works of the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city on your tour. The buses come every 20-30 minutes and each route is around 2 hours. The tour stops along the routes are as follows:  Red Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Francesc Macià - Diagonal • Estació de Sants • Plaça d’Espanya • Caixa Fòrum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe • Poble Espanyol • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya • Anella Olímpica • Fundació Joan Miró • Telefèric de Montjuïc • Miramar - Jardins Costa i Llobera • World Trade Center • Colom - Museu Marítim • Port Vell • Museu d’Història de Catalunya • Port Olímpic • Zoo • Parc de la Ciutadella Blue Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Sagrada Família • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista • Park Güell • Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo • Sarrià • Monestir de Pedralbes • Palau Reial - Pavellons Güell • Futbol Club Barcelona - Camp Nou • Diagonal Les Corts • Francesc Macià – Diagonal • Eixample

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.

Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

3. Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

Enjoy an authentic culinary experience in Barcelona, and learn how to cook a classic Spanish meal, or Catalan dishes in a “tapas” style. Available as a morning or evening option, morning tours include a visit to La Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas, one of the most thrilling markets in the city center. Join the chef on a behind-the-scenes tour to meet the vendors; some coming from generations of market traders. Learn about the locally grown produce, and select the ingredients for your cooking class. Once in the kitchen, prepare a 4 course menu of paella, soup, appetizer, and dessert. Every Wednesday morning the class is focused on Catalan flavors, with dishes prepared in "tapas" style. Get hands-on help from professionally trained bilingual Spanish chefs, and follow their tips whether you are an experienced cook or complete novice. Once your dishes are complete, sit down to savor your success, with pairings of Riojan (red) and Galician (white) wines.

Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

4. Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

Explore Barcelona from different perspectives on a half-day tour by land, sea, and air. Start with a walk through the Old Town. Meet your guide near Passeig de Gràcia, then continue walking, passing houses designed by Antoni Gaudí, before arriving at the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). Continue to Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall and Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Wander into the old Jewish Quarter, to see the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi. Take a promenade down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to Port Vell. Here, board the boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at the monument to Christopher Columbus pointing to the Americas as you transfer by van to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell, Barceloneta, the Olympic Port, Olympic Village, mouth of the Besòs River, and more.

Barcelona: 4-Hour Tapas Evening Tour and Flamenco Show

5. Barcelona: 4-Hour Tapas Evening Tour and Flamenco Show

This 4-hour combination tour begins with a walk with your professional guide through the Ramblas area, where you’ll discover the most interesting sites of Barcelona’s old town. During your walk you’ll learn about Spanish and Catalan culinary traditions along the way. You’ll head to the old part of the city to visit a typical Spanish bar and enjoy some delicious tapas and drinks. Next you’ll move onto a typical Flamenco theater to enjoy an exciting 40-minute show of dancing and singing. According to tradition, Catalan Gypsies have created a form of Flamenco that is famous worldwide.

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

6. Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the sites of Roman settlement in Barcelona that date back 2,000. Let your imagination recreate the Roman Forum in the current Plaça de Sant Jaume, that even today after 20 centuries remains the political power of Catalonia. On this 2-hour guided tour you’ll continue with a walk along one of the world's best preserved Roman walls, and hear about the Roman baths of Pati Llimona. Admire the architecture and monumental buildings of the Gothic Quarter and feel as if you’ve traveled back to medieval times. You’re sure to be impressed by the monumental Plaça del Rei with its Palace of the Viceroy and the beautiful Palau Reial. It was here that Catholic monarchs greeted the navigator Christopher Columbus on his return from the first voyage to the Americas. See the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, the ultimate examples of pure Catalan Gothic. Santa Maria del Mar was built in an incredibly short time for its size. This neighborhood is also filled with trendy bars, restaurants, and small boutiques, and provides the opportunity to experience the essence of Barcelona. Walking along the famous Ramblas, you’ll discover why Barcelona is so beloved by visitors. This is a buzzing pedestrianized area where you can enjoy the street performers, small cafes, and traditional Catalan cuisine. You’ll see the famous Boqueria market, as well, where you can experience the gastronomic traditions of the Catalan people in its colorful stalls.

Barcelona Cable Car Sky Views, Magic Fountain & Castle Visit

7. Barcelona Cable Car Sky Views, Magic Fountain & Castle Visit

Explore districts like Ramblas, Raval, and the Old Town on this guided walking tour in Barcelona. Ride the cable car to Montjuic Castle and watch the sunset over the city and the sea. End your day by watching the Magic Fountain show.  Start your tour at the famous Ramblas in the heart of the city centre. Walk through the Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a fine example of modernist architecture and one of Europe's leading opera houses.  Have a look at the incredible façade of Palau Guell, where a young Gaudi showed his mastery of light and creating beautiful shapes. Continue your walking tour to discover the Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town.  Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, probably the cutest statue you will ever see. Next, take the Montjuic Funicular and enjoy the breathtaking views of Barcelona’s iconic skyline. Reach Montjuic Castle and explore this site which has been a military fortress since its early beginning. Find out how it has witnessed the change of political power in the city.  Enter the dungeons of the several political prisoners that have marked the history of the city. Receive access to the Tower of the Castle, where you can admire 360-degree views over Barcelona. Snap pictures dazzling views of Barcelona and the sea at sunset. Continue your walk and pass by the Olympic Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi which is famous for hosting the best concerts in town. Along the way, stop at one of the best terraces in the area to savor traditional tapas paired with a local wine or beer. After your break, head to the Magic Fountain which was constructed for the 1929 Universal Exhibition. End your tour by watching the colorful dancing water of the fountain.

From Salou: Barcelona City Center Tour

8. From 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.

Barcelona: Merry Markets Private Christmas Tour

9. 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: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

10. Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

Enjoy this walking tour of Barcelona Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market, considered one of the best markets in the world because of its modernist design and the richness of products it offers. Start your tour at the famous Ramblas, the heart of the city center. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a classic example of Catalan modernism, as well as the Palau Güell, one of the most stunning examples of Antoni Gaudi’s architecture.   Continue your walking tour to discover Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town, that attracts people from diverse social, cultural, and geographical backgrounds. Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, perhaps one of the cutest statues you’ll ever see. Take the Montjuic funicular and prepare yourself for a bird’s eye view of Barcelona. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the Montjuic cable car as you gaze down on Barcelona’s iconic skyline. At the top of the funicular, you’ll reach Montjuic Castle, enjoying a private visit exclusively with your small group. Explore the military fortress, and enjoy access to exclusive areas, like the building’s dungeons.  Emerging from the dungeons, head to Montjuic Castle’s tower for the most spectacular, panoramic viewpoints of the city — if the day is clear enough, you'll see all the way to the Pyrenees. Afterward, head back to the Old Town via cable car, in perfect time to enjoy a delicious meal of tapas — be sure to pick up some recommendations from your guide for the best restaurants to hit.

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What people are saying about La Boqueria

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,365 reviews

My only complaint was that the instructor seemed a bit shy, at least at the beginning of the class going to the market and in the 10-15 minutes that he set up the kitchen when we arrived back, but I think that was in order for the group to develop a good chemistry among us and really enjoy ourselves, the sangria also helped haha. My suggestion would be to perhaps implement more historical facts about Spain and paella during these moments? Otherwise, the instructor was very knowledgeable and kind, cracking jokes and spending time to know us for the cooking and eating part of the class. Chef Gabriel was really cool and he knows how to make a kickass paella, easily the best one I have ever eaten ( and I work as a chef so I can be a critic at times!)! I really enjoyed this experience and it was easily worth the price of 130 euro for 2. Highly recommend!

Miguel was an excellent guide- we learned a lot and were amazed by the original city of Barcino! The Gothic quarter was fascinating and The Mercado de la Boqueria was exotic! The funicular and gondola to Montjuic was a wonderful 360 degree view of the city to finish the tour. I highly recommend!!

Completo tour, air, land sand ocean! Rs Guide were amazing. Really recommend.

You could see all interesting place just in one ride

Great way to experience the city on our first day.