Barcelona is a big city and doesn't lend itself well to general walking tours of the whole city. Instead, tour guides cater their tours to particular interests. Below you'll find a number of walking tours in Barcelona that cater for your specific tastes and needs.
Most large cities feel bigger when you arrive than it actually is. To get a feeling for Barcelona as a whole we suggest taking a bus tour on your first day. You'll soon get an idea of where each neighborhood is compared to the others. Follow that with a Gothic Quarter tour and/or a more specialist tour that sparks your fancy.
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Barcelona Walking Tours by Neighborhood
Barcelona's sights are spread around a large area, so a walking tour of the whole city is pretty much impossible. Which is why most tours concentrate on a particular area of town to explore.
Check out these neighborhood tours in Barcelona.
- Gothic Quarter - The Gothic Quarter is Barcelona's 'old town' and is the most compact zone of tourist sights - perfect for a walking tour. See August's Temple, cathedral cloister and the Palatine chapel of Santa Agata (Plaça del Rei). Perfect for your first day in the city.
- Jewish Quarter - Barcelona's Jewish heritage is an important part of the city's history.
- Sky tour - Discover the neighborhood occupied by the birds! Landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia and Tibidabo mountain look best from the top of Barcelona's tallest buildings.
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Food and Drink Walking Tours
- Tapas Evening Tour - Exactly what it sounds like - an evening walking tour of Barcelona with tapas in the Gothic Quarter.
- Gourmet Tapas Tour - Enjoy the sights and smells of Catalan cuisine in this tour that takes you to the Boqueria market and to a classy glass of wine and tapa at La Vinya del Senyor.
- Walking Tour and Cooking Class - Learn to cook your own dishes after a tour of the city.
- Tapas and Flamenco - Visit a flamenco show after your tapas walking tour.
- Chocolate and Sweets Tour - Indulge your sweet tooth with this walking tour that passes by the best chocolate sellers in town.
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Art and Architecture Walking Tours
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- Modernism - For many, the main reason to come to Barcelona is to see the modernist architecture, not just of Gaudi but also the likes of Domenach i Muntaner and Puig i Cadafalch. This walking tour takes you past some of these men's greatest creations.
- Picasso - Picasso spent a lot of time in Catalonia; this tour takes you around his most popular haunts, followed by a trip to his museum.
- Photography Walking Tour - Explore Barcelona with an experienced photographer at your side. He or she will take you to the most photogenic parts of Barcelona and help you get the best shots from your camera.
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Motorized and Pedal-Power Tours
If walking tours are too, well, pedestrian, but you don't like bus tours, take your tour on one of these alternative forms of transport that combine speed with a little more freedom.