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Picasso Walking Tour & Picasso Museum of Barcelona

1. Picasso Walking Tour & Picasso Museum of Barcelona

Be immersed in the world of Picasso as you discover Bohemian Barcelona on this 2-hour walking tour. Explore the neighborhood where Pablo Picasso lived, imagining it at the turn of the last century. Learn about the history of this famous, eccentric Spanish painter as your guide tells you anecdotes about Picasso's friends and the events that influenced his life and artistic career. Visit Els Quatre Gats restaurant, the meeting place of intellectuals in Picasso's time. Admire the friezes on the façade of the Architects’ Association building, Picasso’s only piece of public art. See the Llotja de Mar, the art school where he studied, and the museum housing the most important collection from Picasso’s youth and formative years. During the 2nd hour of your tour, you will be guided through the Museu Picasso. See the world’s most important collection of works from Picasso’s youth and formative years, showcasing the evolution of his style from the more classical towards the his invention of Cubism. Set in a historic mansion, the Picasso Museu is near the site of Picasso’s last studio before he left the city for Paris. Highlights of the museum also include some of his later works, such as a series of interpretations of Velázquez’s Las Meninas dating from 1957, as well as ceramics and engravings.

Barcelona: Picasso Walking Tour with Museum Entry Ticket

2. Barcelona: Picasso Walking Tour with Museum Entry Ticket

This ExperienceFirst tour is a journey through Picasso’s life in Barcelona, where he lived starting at the young age of 14. The first stop on our Picasso tour is outside the Els Quatre Gats Restaurant, a Modernist building that was a tavern when Picasso lived in Barcelona. It was also a gathering spot for artists, the very first place he exhibited his genius. With your local guide, continue to the Sala Parès, once a paint shop, now a gallery. Picasso and other Barcelonian artists once exhibited their paintings here. We may even step inside to see how it’s changed over the years! Our next stop is at Carrer d'Avinyó 44, where Picasso frequented the brothel once located there. The women who worked there inspired his famous piece, Les Demoiselles d'Avinyó, now one of the finest examples of his Cubists works. As the walking tour comes to a close, we’ll pass by La Llotja, a historical building that once hosted the Fine Arts Academy where Picasso studied as a teenager. It’s still used today as a cultural center. It’s now time to finish your Picasso walking tour. This brings us to the picturesque Carrer Montcada, a medieval street at the entrance of Picasso Museum (or Museu Picasso de Barcelona in Catalan). Your guide will tell you what to look for during your self-guided visit to the museum. Here, you’ll discover the special relationship Picasso had with Barcelona and see how the city changed and shaped his art.

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 worldwide, and on this 2-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.

Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

4. 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: Private Picasso Experience

5. Barcelona: Private Picasso Experience

Start your Barcelona adventure by meeting your informative and friendly guide at the designated meeting point in the city. Upon arrival, you will share a brief meet and greet with your guide before setting off on your journey.  Your tour will start at Porxos d’En Xifre, this is where the Ruiz Picasso family had their first lodgings in Barcelona upon arrival from Paris. Arriving on the 21st of September 1895, when Pablo was thirteen, the family settled in this place, marking the beginning of what was to be his journey as a great artist.   Continue on your discovery of this artist by taking a trip to the Picasso Museo. Here, you can enjoy the convenience of skip-the-line tickets as you stroll through the beautiful building, in complete awe of the 4,251 works that make up the permanent collection. Furthermore, the Picasso museum, opened in 1963, also reveals his deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth and continued until his death. After your visit to the museum, you will get the chance to explore the neighborhood of Born, considered by the locals to be one of the city's most Bohemian areas. One of the last stops on the tour will be Sala Parés, in Carrer Petritxol, a place that put on an exhibition of a series of pastel drawings by Picasso jointly with Ramon Casas in 1901. End your tour with a delicious coffee or tea in the Els Quatre Gats, at Carrer Montsió, where you can have a chat to your guide about all things Barcelona and Picasso.

Barcelona & Picasso Museum Tour

6. Barcelona & Picasso Museum Tour

Out of all the great artists in Spain's Art History, there is a name that has gained world-fame and recognition above all others: Pablo Picasso. Cubism, the artist's unique style, is as acclaimed as it has been criticized. But one thing we know for sure: no-one remains indifferent to Picasso's glorious art and personality. On this tour, you will learn about Picasso's life in Barcelona and how the city where he spent his youth shaped his unique personality. In short, this tour will help you understand why Picasso is Picasso. Together with your guide you will walk through iconic places of the Barri Gòtic, like the bohemian café Els Quatre Gats, where Picasso and other intellectuals met and spent their evenings. During the tour, you will also see some works of Picasso in the open air, places that inspired the artist to create some of his major masterpieces, and even works by other artists that received inspiration from Picasso. After a one-and-half hour walking tour in the Gothic and Born quarters, the neighborhoods where Picasso spent most of his life in Barcelona, you will arrive at the Picasso Museum with a reserved spot. You will be able to skip the lines to buy tickets and you'll get in faster to start exploring the collection.

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What people are saying about Els Quatre Gats

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4.5 / 5

based on 727 reviews

The tour was amazing. Our guide, Jordi, created a mystical atmosphere for us to imagine the characters from the novel in the places of the city we passed through. It gave me goosebumps. Also, a lot of information about the history of the city and Catalunya were shared. The scenarios of the city through these descriptions were full of meaning. The language of the tour in “Get Your Guide” app was English. However, I was the only one who didn’t speak Spanish in the tour. The guide, then, spoke in Spanish, always checking with me if I was following everything and talking to me in English from time to time. Since my native language is Portuguese, similar to Spanish, I could understand pretty well. I don’t think it would be the case for other native languages. I imagine the best solution for any case would come out, because Jordi demonstrated to be very attentive. I would definitely recommend this tour, It was incredible and made my passage through Barcelona unforgettable.

Sylvie was the best tour guide in all the experiences I had with her your guide, she's so passionate ambout the subject and very attentive to our questions and she holds the gaps with the best stories and tales of the city

Best guide ever! Kind, funny and just awesome. Talked loudly and clearly and was interaktive during the whole tour. Learned a lot about Picasso!

Fun tour and our guide Etna was amazing. Would definitely recommend it to others new to Barcelona

Fabulous! We loved Etna, the tour, the tapas... highlight of our trip!