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Placa Reial: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona: Los Tarantos Flamenco Show

1. Barcelona: Los Tarantos Flamenco Show

Experience the passion of the flamenco at Los Tarantos in Barcelona's Plaça Reial, and immerse yourself in a unique form of music and dance. Step into Los Tarantos and feel the history of one of the most respected tablao (venues for flamenco) in Barcelona. Opened in 1963, witness what made Barcelona Spain's third great capital of flamenco after Andalusia and Madrid. Sway to the romance of the guitar and feel the passion in the singing and dancing. Experience a night tailored to all audiences, whether you're a seasoned flamenco scholar or someone who is yet to be dazzled by the top-class performers.

Barcelona Card: 25+ Museums and Free Public Transportation

2. Barcelona Card: 25+ Museums and Free Public Transportation

Make your trip to Barcelona unforgettable with free access to more than 25 unique attractions and museums. Enjoy free public transportation on trams, busses, and the metro with a map of the city to get around hassle-free. Opt for 3, 4, or 5-day Barcelona Card and save up to 77% compared to regular admission prices.   As well as the Barcelona Card, you will receive a map and a guidebook in 6 languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, and Italian) with information about places to visit. Enjoy up to 50% off admission to additional attractions and activities, including Gaudi’s Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, flamenco shows, and many others.    The Barcelona Card offers you free access to the following attractions:    Art Museums • Picasso Museum: skip the ticket line • National Art Museum of Catalonia: skip the ticket line • Barcelona Museum of Modernism • Antoni Tàpies Foundation: skip the ticket line • Frederic Marès Museum   Natural History and Science Museums  • CosmoCaixa Science Museum  • Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona (Museu Blau, the Blue Museum)   Contemporary Art Museums • Design Museum of Barcelona • Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA): skip the ticket line   Archaeology and Ethnology Museums • Egyptian Museum of Barcelona • Ethnological Museum of Barcelona (Parc de Montjuïc)   Cultural Centers • Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB): skip the ticket line • El Born Cultural and Memorial Center   History Museums • Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA): Refugi 307 (Air-raid shelter) • Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA): Via Sepulcral Romana (Roman funeral way) • Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA): El Call (Jewish district) • Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA): Plaça del Rei   Other Attractions • Joan Miró Foundation • Botanical Garden of Barcelona • Music Museum of Barcelona: skip the ticket line • Chocolate Museum: skip the ticket line • Olympic and Sports Museum Joan Antonio Samaranch: skip the ticket line • The Royal Monastery of St Mary of Pedralbes • Moco Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art with a 20% discount

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

3. 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: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

4. 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: “The Shadow of the Wind” Literary Walking Tour

5. 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 3-h Bike Tour and optional lunch at Hard Rock Cafe

6. Barcelona 3-h Bike Tour and optional lunch at Hard Rock Cafe

Explore Barcelona by bike with a team of guides that will fill you in on its historic background, and tell you about everyday life in the energetic city. You will see many of its main landmarks on the relaxing 3-hour tour, giving you an overview of the rich culture and diversity of the modern city. Departing from the central Plaça de Catalunya, you will head down the city’s narrow streets using bike lanes and pedestrianized roads, visiting attractions such as the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Rambla del Raval, Plaça Reial, Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona City Hall, Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Cathedral, and the Roman Walls. You will head down to the beaches of Port Vell and Barceloneta, see the Olympic Marina and Olympic Village, and cycle through the greenery of Ciutadella Park. You will also take in some of the sights of the L’Eixample with its wide Modernist streets and buildings, such as the Sagrada Família, Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Plaça de Catalunya. You can then opt to end the tour with a lively lunch at the Hard Rock Café on Plaça de Catalunya should you desire.

Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off & F.C. Barcelona Camp Nou Tour

7. Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off & F.C. Barcelona Camp Nou Tour

With the city tour, you can hop on and hop off all day long with the same ticket, and learn about the history of the city through a comfortable audio system with earphones, in 15 different languages. You will receive a guide map containing all the stops of the route, and discounts for different establishments in the city. The new buses are adapted for people with reduced mobility and have a sliding roof in case of rain; they are fitted with anatomical seats. Moreover, there's always a stewardess on board. There are 2 routes: East and West. Frequency of buses at stops varies depending on the season (between 5 and 30 minutes) and each route takes approximately 2 hours. East/Green Route: Plaça Catalunya, Port Vell, Museu d’Història de Catalunya, Barceloneta, Port Olímpic, Poble Nou -Zoo, Teatre Nacional-Auditori, Glòries-Torre Agbar, Sagrada Familia, Recinte Modernista St. Pau, Park Güell, Tibidabo, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló. West/ Orange 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, Av. Diagonal, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Plaça Catalunya. The Camp Nou Experience F.C. Barcelona Museum & tour begins on the first floor of the museum, which was renovated on June 12, 2010. This is a modern museum with large-format interactive walls, new showcases and a wide collection of objects that reveal the history of FC Barcelona and explain the values that have made Barça “more than a club”. The Camp Nou Experience retraces the steps of players that have made history, such as Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona, Guardiola and Ronaldinho, among others. Visitors can visit the most emblematic areas of the Camp Nou: including the visitors’ changing room and the tunnel onto the pitch, from where a panoramic view of the whole stadium can be enjoyed. You go on to visit the television studio, the mixed zone, the pressroom and the commentary boxes. The tour ends on the second floor, where you can visit the fascinating Multimedia space.

Barcelona: Private 5 Neighborhoods Tour by Electric Bike

8. Barcelona: Private 5 Neighborhoods Tour by Electric Bike

Explore different districts of Barcelona by electric bike on a half-day 5 neighborhoods tour. Meet your guide by the fountains in Plaça Reial in the Gothic Quarter, and travel back to the Middle Ages. Cycle narrow streets and picturesque squares, and then enter the 19th-century extension of L’Eixample. Travel up the elegant Passeig de Gràcia. See the tree-lined Rambla del Raval as you explore the most atmospheric streets of one of Barcelona’s most bohemian quarters. Journey down to the former fishing village of Barceloneta, and experience the very local ambience of Gràcia. The electric bikes will let you cover much longer distances than normal bikes, as well as go up mountains like Montjuïc with relative ease.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

9. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover at your own pace the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the historic heart of the city with its narrow streets, illustrious buildings and beautiful squares. The only thing you need to explore is your smartphone! The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends, far from tourist groups... Meet in front of the splendid Cathedral of Barcelona for this 1.5 hours audio-guided tour. Its history dates back to the end of the 13th century, when Barcelona was the economic and administrative capital of the kingdom of Aragon, which was constantly increasing its influence in the Mediterranean. Admire its architecture and learn its amazing secrets! Then enter the Roman city walls to enter the oldest part of Barcelona, where Barcino was established, a Roman colony founded by the emperor Augustus in 15 BC. Let yourself be carried away by its special atmosphere which has inspired many film directors such as Woody Allen in his film Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Cedric Klapish in L'Auberge Espagnole. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the tour whenever you want, right where you paused it. It's impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions, and a map indicates the directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated in-house location feature will get you back on track in no time! Customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of the Castle district, at your own pace. Continue your stroll and discover the Sant Felip Neri square, one of the most charming in the neighborhood despite its terrible history dating back to the Spanish Civil War... A little further on, meet Santa Eulàlia, one of the city's co-patrons. In Spain, the patron saints of cities (or even neighborhoods) are very famous! Then discover the old Jewish quarter of the city and its synagogue, of which there is now almost no trace. After a few meters, you will come across the Plaça Sant Jaume, which houses the two most important buildings of the Catalan administration: the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan government, the Palau de Generalitat. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the organization of Spain's 17 autonomous communities and to meet the inevitable Sant Jordi, the patron saint of all Catalonia. Continue your way through the winding streets of the neighborhood to arrive at the magnificent Plaça Reial, notably featured in the film L'Auberge Espagnole. With its many bars and terraces, you will learn more about the nightlife in Barcelona. You will end your visit at the famous Boqueira market located on the Rambla. Discover the culinary art of the city. Then, why not let yourself be tempted by an esqueixada, a salad made of thinly sliced desalted cod with onions, tomatoes, peppers and black olives?

Barcelona: Photoshoot Tour Old Town

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Placa Reial

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,203 reviews

Our guide Isaac was fantastic. His knowledge of the area and its history was mind boggling. He was also very helpful and thoughtful. I am 78 with knee brace and he kept checking on me to see if I was OK. I had done a lot of research on the area and he covered everything I was mostly interested in and a great deal I had no knowledge of. He is a credit to himself and your organization

A very nice show! The dancers and musicians were really good and the location was also very cool! It was smaller than I was expecting, but that was nice because every seat in the house was a good one!

Very good organization Activities in line with the proposal Very interesting, pleasant and attentive guide Great discovery of Barcelona

Our Guide Laura was outstanding. Great personality and knowledge. Thoroughly recommend. Thank you.

Learned a lot from tour guide Valentina and really liked that it was a small group.