The Best Barcelona City Tours

See the best of Barcelona on foot, bus, bike and more

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. On this page 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 I 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 takes your fancy. 

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    Barcelona Walking Tours : by Neighborhood

    Backstreets of the Gothic Quarter
    ••• Backstreets of the Gothic Quarter. Luis Marina/Creative Commons

    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 palantine chapel of Santa Agata (Plaça del Rei). Perfect for your first day in the city. 

    • Gracia 
      Once its own village, Gracia was inevitably swallowed up by Barcelona's urban sprawl, but it still like you're no longer in the city (in this sense it's a bit like Montmartre in Paris). Ideal as your second area of Barcelona to check out.  
    • 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...MORE mountain look best from the top of Barcelona's tallest buildings.
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    Food and Drink Walking Tours

    Paella in Barcelona
    ••• Paella in Barcelona. Jeremy Keith/Creative Commons

    Want to combine your tour of Barcelona with some of Spain's world-famous cuisine? These tours usually include tapas, sometimes combined with craft beer or a flamenco show. 

    • 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.
    • Craft Beer and Tapas Barcelona's craft beer scene is the best in Spain. Check out what Catalan, Spanish and European craft brewers are bringing to the scene.
    • 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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    Bus Tours of Barcelona

    Sightseeing Bus in Front of Casa Batllo and Casa Ametller
    ••• O. Alamany & E. Vicens/Getty Images

    To see the entire city in one day, a bus tour is your best bet. You have two main options here: a hop-on-hop-off tour, which gives you a day to freely roam the city on the designated bus routes, or to take a more formal bus tour combined with a walking tour. 

     

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    Art and Architecture Walking Tours

    Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
    ••• Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. (c) Damian Corrigan
    • 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 Mutaner 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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    Motorised and Pedal-Power Tours

    GoCars give you flexibility and a little speed
    ••• GoCars give you flexibility and a little speed. Tony Hisgett/Creative Commons

    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.

    • Gaudi Tour or Coastal Route by Scooter
      Follow your guide on a scooter as they take you to Gaudi's most famous sights or for a ride along the Catalan coast.
    • Segway Tour
      Get around the city quickly and, well, comically, on a segway.
    • GoCar Tour
      These things look great! go anywhere a scooter can go (and park where scooters can park) in this road-legal kart. 
    • Cycling Tour
      Stay green and healthy on a bike tour.