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Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

1. Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

Explore Barcelona on guided e-bike tour and see more in less time with the help of a bike propelled by electric motor. Glide from some of the most popular attractions in the city to hidden treasures, including secret bars and cafés. Take a break with the included wine and tapas. Starting by the Gothic Cathedral, your guide will give you a short briefing about the bikes and Spanish cycling rules, before leading you to the El Born neighborhood. Pass by sites like Palau de la Música, El Fossar de les Moreres, and the seafaring church of St. Maria del Mar. Discover the former fishing village of Barceloneta, now one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. Soak up 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. Head to the eatery Els Quatre Gats which was frequented by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Savor tapas and wine while appreciating this venue that is overflowing with history and the echoes of the geniuses who drank and dined here in ages past, from Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dalí. Open your senses to the rich Spanish flavors and leave with photos and memories of mystery, romance and adventure on a tour ideal for electric bike first timers and experts alike.

Barcelona: Barrio Gotico City Tour in German

2. Barcelona: Barrio Gotico City Tour in German

The past comes to life on this walking tour in the footsteps of one-time residents through winding alleyways and picturesque squares of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. Every stone has a story to tell. This exploration starts in the days of the Romans, continues to the Middle Ages, and then follows into the early 18th century. Get a glimpse of more than just the history of Barcelona on this German-language tour of Barcelona. Barcelona is anything but some musty museum; it is a dynamic port city constantly reinventing itself and always changing. Every street pulses with life, and old and new blend together to form incredible scenery in a style truly unique to this Mediterranean metropolis. The following topics await you on this walking tour: • Roman luxury: flowing water for a convalescent colony • A holy city gets concurrence • Birth of a nation: a nasty affair and a bloody situation • How the dragon came to Barcelona • The young girl in the pines and the French soldier's bayonet • A slightly spooky brotherhood • The crown of Aragon: from the little city to maritime force • We're talking to you! The advice of the hundreds and the general • King Martin's death: the beginning of the end of codetermination • The Jewish Quarter: the remnants of a lost world • The Inquisition and the hound kings: praise is nothing to play with • My Immortal: a romantic place and the scars of the Spanish Civil War • A Gothic theme park: even houses move, stone by stone • Watch that egg dance • Royal palace: King Fernando fights his fears and doesn't receive Columbus at home • Santa Maria del Mar: the first collaborative project; legends and heroes • The mulberry grave: the vengeance of the Bourbon kings and the head of the general • A half house and the song of the knife-grinder ...and much more.

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.

Barcelona: Chef-Led Paella Cooking Workshop with Lunch

4. 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.

Fast Track: Sagrada Familia & Barcelona Full-Day Tour

5. 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, the 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 2 hours of waiting in line in the summer. After your visit inside the church, 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. 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: Bike Tour for Families

6. Barcelona: Bike Tour for Families

Mix adventure and education on this family-friendly bike tour in Barcelona. Visit popular areas like the vibrant El Borne neighborhood and see top city sights like the waterfront and the Arch of Triumph. Stop to learn about the sights along the way.  Meet your guide in George Orwell Square and get fitted with your bike and helmet. Begin your ride through the city with the grand architecture of the Gothic Quarter which retains elements from Roman times. Make your way to the hip El Born district which is known of its bohemian atmosphere and designer shops. Head through some of Barcelona's parks and greenspaces with a stop to capture a picture of the Arch of Triumph and the waterfall in the citadel garden. Reach the waterfront area and feel the sea breeze in your hair as you cruise along Barceloneta beach on your way back to Barcelona's old town. Get some recommendations on what to do on your stay in Barcelona from your guide before ending your tour. 

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

7. 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, Flamenco & Tapas Dinner in El Born

8. Barcelona: Walking Tour, Flamenco & Tapas Dinner in El Born

Just minutes away from the noise of Las Ramblas and the crowded coastline of Barceloneta, 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 the Cathedral (icon of Catalan gothic architecture), and will learn about Catalonia’s recent past at Centre Cultural del Born, home also to the best conserved archaeological site in the city. Discover the Spanish Gastronomy tasting Basque Pintxos and the best Seafood tapas from the mediterranean. We will visit 2 bars and in each bar we will taste some tapas and pintxos. Pintxos (which means "toothpicks" or "small skewers", depending on who you ask) are a Basque culinary tradition that has extended to Barcelona and is the art of making delicatessen small bites which can become the sole component of a wonderful dinner. Then continue to the former fishermen’s village of Barceloneta, where you will taste delicious mediterranean seafood tapas like mussels, shrimp croquettes, octopus and more. After visiting the Born District passing through Santa Maria del Mar and Passeig Colon, you will enjoy an intimate flamenco show surrounded by the Baroque atmosphere of Dalmases Palace, a hidden treasure from the 17th Century and once the meeting place of an aristocratic society of scholars.

Barcelona: Sangria and Tapas Cooking Workshop with Drinks

9. Barcelona: Sangria and Tapas Cooking Workshop with Drinks

Join a tapas cooking show and class with a local chef in the Born quarter for an evening of Spanish cuisine. Enjoy an array of dishes accompanied by regional Spanish wines as you learn how to make local foods and drinks. Have you always wished to know how to cook proper tapas and surprise your friends with your cooking abilities? This is your chance to learn how with the help of a professional chef. Learn how to choose the best fresh ingredients and the way to cook them and create a magical Mediterranean meal. First, you'll make dessert: a rich and creamy crema Catalana (local custard dessert), and enjoy some local snacks while you prepare it. Afterward, make authentic Spanish tapas with seafood, meats, and more. See all of the tricks to make your tapas taste amazing. Enjoy cooking in a small group for a personalized experience and share amazing memories of your journey with your friends and family.

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 St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral

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Our originally for Tuesday, 19.07. Booked tour was moved to July 21, 2022. The organizer really worked hard because my daughter and I were on Thursday, July 21st. got an exclusive tour just for us. Our guide, Naiara, was fantastic!! She did a great tour with us - even though we weren't a big group, just the two of us - and answered all of our questions or special requests! Our "VIP" driver was also very nice and humorous. I don't know how the tour would have gone in a group, but we really enjoyed the 4.5 hours with lots of information and anecdotes about Barcelona. Special kudos to Naiara!

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

We LOVED the bike tour, and we learnt so much about the city!! We were all so glad we did it and would probably do it again! Our guide spoke perfect English and was warm and engaging the entire way round. Great way to see the city!!

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!

Jean-Pierre was a great guide! Alot of knowledge and cool to hear about the stories that make up barcelonas past!