Get to know Barcelona on foot – take a walking tour
Barcelona is such a compact city that one of the best ways to explore it is by walking, particularly through the narrow streets of the old town. Whilst you can buy a map and set off on your own, by taking a walking tour you can concentrate on the alleyways, architecture and history rather than studying the map, and a tour guide will take you to all the best places and point out objects of interest that you might otherwise miss.
There are many different walking tours on offer, but I will just list a few of most interesting ones and those of best value here.
Choose Your Type of Barcelona Walking Tour
Barcelona Photography Tours
Take a walking tour of Barcelona in the company of a professional photographer to improve your photographic skills at the same time as discovering the most photogenic parts of Barcelona. Tours are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced photographers; there are group and individual tours; as well as tours of Barcelona at night.
Your tour guide has over 20 years of experience as a photographer and tour guide and has lived in the Barcelona area for over 12 years. Languages spoken are English, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Barcelona Photography Tours (barcelonatoursonline.es)
The new updated website is: www.barcelonaphotographytour.com
Barcelona Turisme Walking Tours
The Barcelona Tourist Authority also run very good walking tours of the city. You can purchase tickets for guided tours directly from the Barcelona Tourism website: Buy walking tour tickets, and prices start from €12 for adults.
The tours of the gothic quarter leave from Plaza Catalunya and take 2 hours. The English tours run daily and start at 10am (although you need to be there about 10 minutes before the start). Their website has full details including a route map. If you buy your tickets online you need to collect them from Desk 14 in the Tourist Office also in Plaça Catalunya. Price is €12 for adults and €5 for children.
There is also a Picasso tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4pm in English. It’s probably best to book for this one as places are limited. This tour includes a visit to the Picasso Museum. The tour lasts 2 hours, which includes the time spent in the museum and prices are currently €18 for adults and €7 for children aged 4-12yrs.
The Modernisme tour takes in the Eixample district and particularly the Quadrat d’Or or Golden Square. The tour runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 4pm from June to September only, and again starts at the Tourist Office in Pl de Catalunya. Price is €12 for adults and €5 for children.
There is also a Gourmet tour, which takes in Barcelona’s famous market La Boqueria. This is on Fridays and Saturdays at 10.30am. The price of €18 includes two tastings at market restaurants.
The Marina tour takes you around Barcelona’s waterfront and includes a boat tour of the port on Las Golondrinas. It runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 10am and costs €15, which includes the boat trip. The tour starts from the Mirador de Colom (the Christopher Columbus column at the bottom of Las Ramblas).
All the tours have a discounted price for children aged 4 – 12 years. For further information visit the tourist website: www.barcelonaturisme.cat
Walking Planets is a brand new company which uses local official guides to create innovative walks around Barcelona. The walks guide you through Raval, Born and the Gothic quarters of Barcelona. These walks cover areas where few other guided tours go, and include viewing historical buildings, open promenades, shops and local restaurants. Two hour walking tours start from 15 euros: www.walkingplanets.com
Antoni Gaudí Walking Tours
CityToursBarcelona organizes walking tours to the most famous works of Antoni Gaudí. With a private guide you will see the best architecture of Antoni Gaudí, from Casa Batlló and Casa Milà to Sagrada Familia. Also, you will be able to enjoy the works of other Catalan architects as Puig I Cadafalch and Domènech I Montane, with a professional guide.