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

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

7. 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: Photoshoot Tour Old Town

8. 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: Scavenger Hunt & Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Tour

9. Barcelona: Scavenger Hunt & Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Tour

Get to know Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Catedral de Barcelona”, “Bishop’s Bridge”, "The Boqueria Market", “The Royal Square” and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Plaça de l'Àngel” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “The Royal Square”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Barcelona: Churros, Hot Chocolate, and Games Family Tour

10. Barcelona: Churros, Hot Chocolate, and Games Family Tour

Walk through the three medieval quarters of Barcelona, getting lost in its hidden streets away from the tourist crowds. Listen to the stories your local host has to tell you, as you and your children fall in love with the city together. Walk along the lively Ramblas, before admiring some of the masterpieces of Gaudi and the elegance of Plaza Real. Enjoy the colorful Boqueria Market and taste the famous Spanish ham (unless it's Sunday) while your children enjoy the fun games your guides have in store for them. Following that, walk through the Gothic Quarter, discovering its corners and its passages which are full of ancient stories. Stand to admire every detail of the magnificent Cathedral of Barcelona, and feel the sad beauty of the Sant Felip Neri Square and the passing of time as you look at the Roman Ruins. It will then be time for churros and hot chocolate, as your guides offer you the best churros in town. Following your refreshment break, you'll visit the charming Born Quarter where you will encounter the magical Santa Maria del Mar Church which was built entirely by worshipers. Afterwards, visit the buried medieval ruins inside the antique Born Market. Towards the latter end of your tour, take a walk in the beautiful Ciutadella Park. A green lung in the heart of the Old City with leafy paths, little lakes with boats and ducks, lawns to sit on and relax in the sun, and children’s play areas. Enjoy the city including its art, history, and fabulous gastronomy with your family in a cool way which is engaging for the little ones.

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What people are saying about Placa Reial

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,880 reviews

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

Our guide was amazing! Her name was Jana and you could really feel her love for Barcelona. She was full of information and very friendly! She spoke perfect English and we could have listened to her all day! Highly recommend!

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

Amazing show! Went by myself and was in complete awe during the entire show. Pure talent!

Walking your was ok. Helicopter ride and cruise were great