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Enjoy this enriching five-hour tour of Barcelona in a small group with a qualified tour guide who will highlight the hidden gems of Barcelona for you.
You will see some of the most stunning panoramas and delight in the main attractions of Barcelona. There will also be an exciting walking tour through the fascinating old Gothic neighborhood. Enjoy the personalized guided service in a small and friendly group. To cater to your comfort, we include a personal pick-up at your accommodations.

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  • Sample the best of Barcelona on a half-day sightseeing tour
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona and tour the 1992 Olympics complex on top of Montjüic Mountain
  • Wander among the ancient Roman walls and winding streets of the Gothic Quarter, including the 2,000-year-old Roman Temple
  • Stroll the elegant Passeig de Gracia, exploring modernist masterpieces, like La Pedrera and Casa Battló
  • Marvel at Gaudí's towering Sagrada Familia basilica
  • Feel the Mediterranen flavor and enjoy the Barcelona coastline through its beaches, such as the Barceloneta Beach in the city’s old fishing district

If you have only little time to discover the many faces of this multi-faceted city, we recommend this tour. You will savor all the different experiences that cosmopolitan Barcelona has to offer. We will pick you up at your accommodations and take you by private transportation on a tour of Barcelona´s most distinctive places. This is the best choice for you to see the city´s main highlights within half a day.
First, admire Barcelona’s skyline from Montjuïc Mountain. Here you will see the Mirador de l'Alcalde, a terrace that offers the most spectacular view over Barcelona´s cityscape and the Old Quarter. From this dazzling view, you will be able to sense the past and the present come together.
On this same mountain, we will explore venues dating back to the 1992 Olympics such as the remodeled Olympic Stadium, from 1929 and the Palau Sant Jordi, built by Arata Isozaki. We will also witness urban planning and architecture designed for the International Exposition of 1929, such as the Plaça Espanya, inspired by St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, the Barcelona Pavilion or the National Palace.
Afterwards, we’ll descend the mountain to reach the waterfront, which is situated on the Mediterranean Sea. From there we’ll drive to the brand new World Trade Center, the Gothic Drassanes and Columbus Monument near the signature promenade of Barcelona, La Rambla and ending at Port Vell (the Old Port).
From the port, we’ll continue walking up Via Laietana, to the left of wich spreads the Old Town. We will stop at the grand Cathedral Square to admire the magnificent Gothic Cathedral with its Gothic Revival façade. You will also have the opportunity to peek into some beautiful hidden corners of the Roman and medieval city.
You will be able to admire the remains of the Roman times, followed by the impressive Jewish Quarter and the well-conserved Gothic Quarter, known throughout the world.
After visiting the Old Town, the stark contrasts of Barcelona will be displayed on the street with the most distinctive Catalan architecture, Passeig de Grácia.
Here you will find some of the most striking façades of private modernist buildings, among them Antoni Gaudí´s masterpieces, like La Pedrera. Next, we arrive at the Apple of Discord, a city block which includes Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, along with the Casa Lleó - Morera and Casa Ametller.
The last stop of the tour is the Eixample district, laid out by Ildefons Cerdà as an extension of the Old Town, for the orderly growth of the city. We’ll drive through the neatly arranged streets to reach an area which boasts the Hospital de Sant Pau. Afterwards, we admire Gaudí’s masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Even if you’ve seen photos,your first live experience in front of this huge, beautiful building will leave you speechless.

 

points of interest

  • MONTJUÏC MOUNTAIN: Originally a strategic place to defend the city, it rises along a steep slope beside the sea. Its summit affords a commanding view of the Barcelona skyline.
    It also houses reference buildings of modern art and contemporary architecture, such as the sport facilities belonging to the Olympic Ring or museums, such as the Miró Foundation and the Caixa Forum. We also find examples of urban devlopment and architecture designed for the International Exposition of 1929.
  • WATERFRONT: Barcelona's coast has adapted to the time and needs of the people. Today, you see the very latest architecture, represented by the World Trade Center and the converted Old Port. The Old Port is full of shops, restaurants and nightclubs and contains a charming imprint of the past as well. You can also witness the Columbus Monument or the beautiful Gothic building of the Drassanes.
  • OLD TOWN: This is where it all started. Here, the Roman and medieval imprints are mixed with the modernity in the center of the city. You will learn about the origins of Barcelona and many of the Catalan traditions and its culture. Within the Gothic Quarter’s you can explore landmarks such as Plaça Sant Jaume and the famous Cathedral.
  • PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA: The most opulent and luxurious street of Barcelona, which reveals Barcelona´s most distinctive architecture, Catalan modernism. Marvel at the surprising façades of Gaudi’s houses (Casa Batlló and Milà, also known as la Pedrera) and discover the ‘apple of discord’ – the word ‘manzana’ (apple) also means `a city block in Spanish.
  • EIXAMPLE DISTRICT: This district was laid out by Ildefons Cerda. His plan was approved by the authorities in 1859 in order to expand the city (Eixample is the Catalan word for expansion). His vision of urban development was revolutionary and utopian. In this newly developed area of Barcelona Gaudí built his masterpiece, the Basilica of La Sagrada Familia.
  • where: Barcelona.
  • Group: Max. 8 persons
  • availability: Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
    (except December 24th, 25th, and 26th and 1st of January)
  • Tour duration: 5h - Half day
  • Pick-up time: from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Language Available: English and Spanish
includes
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodations
  • Small groups (maximum 8 people)
  • Professional Guide
  • Private transport
  • Walking tour in the old town

Not included
  • Private expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)

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