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Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

1. 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.

Barcelona: Flamenco & Tapas in El Born

2. Barcelona: Flamenco & Tapas in El Born

Just minutes away from the noise of Las Ramblas and the crowded coastline of Barcelona, an expert local guide will take you through the trendiest district in Barcelona, El Born, where you will be able to admire the greatness of Santa Maria del Mar (an icon of Catalan Gothic architecture) and learn about Catalonia’s recent past at the Centre Cultural del Born, home to the best conserved archaeological site in the city.  After visiting the Born District, you will enjoy an intimate flamenco show surrounded by the Baroque atmosphere of Palau Dalmases, a hidden treasure from the 17th century and once the meeting place of an aristocratic society of scholars.  A Gourmet pintxos and tapas buffet dinner, with a drink and dessert included, will be the perfect end to your evening at one of the best pintxos restaurants in Barcelona.

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.

Fast Track: Sagrada Familia & Barcelona Full-Day Tour

4. Fast Track: Sagrada Familia & Barcelona Full-Day Tour

Explore Barcelona on this 8-hour guided tour and see some of the most famous Gaudí landmarks. Walk down hidden streets in the Gothic Quarter, and stop to taste local tapas and wine. Start your tour with a drive to Montjuïc, site of the 1992 Olympic Games, where you will be rewarded with superb views over the city and coast. After a brief stop at the Catalunya National Art Museum (MNAC), make your way down to Plaça Espanya and drive past the Modernista buildings of L’Eixample. The journey to the Sagrada Familia takes you up Passeig de Gracia, home to famous designer stores and the setting for two of Barcelona’s best-loved Gaudí buildings, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Before you tour the Sagrada Famìlia, you'll get an in-depth explanation of why this amazing building is so important to us and what it meant to Gaudí himself. Get fast track access to explore inside Gaudi’s monumental - and incomplete - Sagrada Familia. You can save up to two hours queueing in the summer! After your visit inside the church, we'll continue to the Barrio Gótic, the oldest part of the city, which was still surrounded by Medieval walls as late as the mid 19th century. Stroll through the winding streets of the medieval quarter. Explore Barcelona’s Roman origins, through to the early Middle Ages when Catalan counts controlled the Mediterranean Sea and Barcelona was the capital of an empire. Visit the Jewish Quarter and the original 2,000-year-old Roman Temple. We end the morning with a visit inside the magnificent Santa Maria del Mar church.  After a quick lunch, head to Park Güell, the fabulous city garden designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park explaining Gaudi’s concept and introducing you to some of his most bizarre creations. Finally, drive back to La Pedrera on Passeig de Gracia and skip the lines to tour inside one of the greatest Modernista buildings of them all.  Your guide will leave you here to allow you to spend as long as you want to explore the house with its brilliant architecture, visit the recreated 18th-century private dwelling, and enjoy the permanent exhibition in the rooftop attic.

Barcelona: Chef-Led Paella Cooking Workshop with Lunch

5. Barcelona: Chef-Led Paella Cooking Workshop with Lunch

Fulfill the wish of knowing how to cook a proper, Paella, and impress all of your friends with your cooking abilities by taking a cooking class from a professional chef. Get all the most important tips on how to pick, prepare, and cook the ingredients. Select the proper rice and create a magical Mediterranean meal. First, make the dessert, a rich and creamy Crema Catalana (local custard dessert) and enjoy some local snacks while you prepare it. Then, you will make Sangria and authentic paella with seafood, learning all of the tricks to make it taste amazing. Enjoy cooking in a small group for a personalized experience and share amazing memories of your journey while savoring the paella you cooked.

Barcelona: Self-Guided City Audio Tour on Your Phone

6. Barcelona: Self-Guided City Audio Tour on Your Phone

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Barcelona as you approach iconic landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, La Rambla, and more. Make the most of a unique navigation functionality and follow suggested walking routes that make self-guiding easy. Start your tour to suit your own schedule from Plaça Sant Jaume, the core of the old city in order. Explore its historic square and picturesque places, feeling like a local. Benefit from a self-guided audio tour designed by an accredited expert. Tune into the app's audio commentary, based on a storytelling concept, to hear all about the landmarks you visit. Experience the beautiful capital of Catalonia at your own pace. Find out the highlights as well as hidden gems of the city.

Barcelona: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

7. 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.

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

8. 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: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

9. Barcelona: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Barcelona at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Cathedral of Barcelona, Palau Güell, Plaça Reial and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Barcelona: 4-Hour Private Picasso Museum & Walking Tour

10. Barcelona: 4-Hour Private Picasso Museum & Walking Tour

Enjoy a private guided tour of one of the most popular museums in Barcelona. After admiring the work of Picasso and learning about his connection to Barcelona, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historic El Born district. Your 4-hour tour begins with a visit to the Picasso Museum, where you’ll hear about the formative years of Pablo Picasso. The ingenuity of the young artist is revealed through the 4,251 works that make up the permanent collection. Opened in 1963, the Picasso Museum also reveals his relationship with Barcelona: a close and inseparable link that was forged in his adolescence and youth, and endured until his death. The museum's collection covers the formative years of the artist's life, and is practically complete until the Blue Period. The museum also houses an important representation of works from 1917, the Las Meninas series (1957), and a complete collection of prints. After visiting the Museum, your guide will take you on a 2-hour private walking tour in the El Born district of Barcelona. Admire landmarks such as the famous Basilique of Santa Maria del Mar, the lovely streets of the district, and depending on your preferred itinerary, perhaps the Cathedral of Barcelona and the Roman wall and ruins.

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What people are saying about St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral

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Amazing experience!! Charlie and Lily were amazing guides and had so much knowledge about the city, we were able to see the local areas and the main sights that we wouldn't have been able to see on our own! And the wine and tapas was ama

Rodrigo have a lot of historical context to the different places that we went to, and shared a lot about Catalonian culture and history. I learned a lot and I felt that the amount of time we had was just right at each place.

Excellent tour with Benja. It was a small group tour and we had a good tour round Barcelona City pointing out the main sites. He was very informative. A great way to start our short break. Thank you. Highly recommended.

We would highly recommend! Tour guide was incredibly nice and informative! We never would’ve seen that much of the city without doing this. They pick you up at hotel and drop off whenever! I can’t recommend enough

This was an engaging and informative way to learn about this exciting area of the city!