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

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

6. 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: Food and History Tour

7. Barcelona: Food and History Tour

Join a 2000 year magical journey through one of the most vibrant neighborhoods, Barri Gotic.  Your foodie and knowledgeable guide will bring the history of Barcelona to life on your 2.5 to 3-hour tasting journey. During your tour, mix history with the traditions of the neighborhood you explore with wonderful, authentic food like the famous Botifarra and the legendary Pa amb Tomaquet.  No trip is complete in Barcelona until it includes a visit to the world-renowned Boqueria Market. Explore the colorful stalls filled with all kinds of food and amazing flavors and aromas. Follow your foodie guide through the narrow aisles, and explore before you get to taste some cured meats, locally made cheeses and a few more bites! This experience is the best of both worlds, all rolled into one amazing tour. Immerse yourself in the medieval streets and alleyways of the Old Roman City of Barcino, nowadays Barcelona, while having a true taste of its food and drinks at selected bars you will remember long after your trip is over!

Barcelona: Markets Tour & Paella Class with Tapas and Drinks

8. Barcelona: Markets Tour & Paella Class with Tapas and Drinks

Immerse your senses in local food culture and follow alongside a local chef during this cooking class and tour in Barcelona. Walk through the colorful Ninot Market and pick up traditional groceries for your cooking class. Start your day with a delightful taste of traditional gourmet bites. Then, head to one of the best markets in Barcelona, Ninot Market. Recognized for its incredible variety of products and beautiful architecture. After the market tour, your chef will lead you through a hands-on cooking workshop where you'll learn how to cook proper paella to surprise your friends with your cooking abilities when you return home. Get all the most important tips on how to choose the best fresh ingredients and the way to cook them. Learn how to select the proper rice and create an authentic Mediterranean meal.  First, you'll make dessert: a rich and creamy crema Catalana (local custard dessert). Enjoy some local snacks while you prepare it. Then, move on to sangria and authentic paella with seafood, learning all of the tricks to make it taste amazing. Later, enjoy the paella you cooked for lunch.

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

9. 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: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

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

Start your tour at the famous Ramblas, the heart of the city centre. Enjoy this walking tour of the 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. 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 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. Afterwards, you’ll 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

Fantastic experience. Francesco takes you to the market to buy ingredients after which you go to a cozy kitchen and learn about paella history, culinary techniques and help prepare a delicious recipe. Sangria and friendly banter flows freely- great place to make some friends along the way.

Marlon was such an awesome guide: very knowledgeable, fun and informative - he showed us and explained so much about the wonderful areas of the old town and Gothic Quarter in a really entertaining way. It was such an enjoyable tour, highly recommended

Incredible experience. Best paella Ive ever had, with amazing fresh seafood. Wonderful and talented chef who cooked and also gave really good dinner recommendations that we asked for.

Absolutely loved this trip - great way to squeeze as much value as possible out of a short stay!

Great guided bus tour, visits all the necessary landmarks. Easy travel!