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  • Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 1 or 2- Day Ticket

    1. Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 1 or 2- Day Ticket

    This Barcelona sightseeing tour features 2 different routes with 40 stops to choose from! See the major sights aboard an open-top double-decker bus, spending as much time as you like at places of interest to you. Hop-off at other key points of interest, including the Gothic Quarter and explore this district’s Medieval streets, or visit the fascinating Picasso Museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Picasso’s artwork anywhere in the world! La Rambla is another of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions, hop-off here and discover one of the city’s most vibrant areas with countless bars and eateries!  A number of buildings in the city are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Especially remarkable are the works of architect Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city. His best-known work is the immense but still unfinished cathedral, Sagrada Familia. This has become a symb...

    Great experience to be able to ride on the bus and see all the sights in one shot. I did a two day and opted to do one line on one day and the other line the next day. Also convenient when you’re exploring different sights.

  • Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

    2. Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

    The Barcelona Aquarium is located in Port Vell, the city’s old harbor area, and is the world's most important marine leisure and education center dedicated to Mediterranean undersea life. Book your priority access ticket for this unique attraction that has already been visited by more than 14 million people. The aquarium is the perfect place to learn about the seabed and the many species that live there. See the 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks that are home to 11,000 animals from some 450 different species. Most spectacular of all is the immense Oceanarium, 5 meters deep and 36 meters in diameter. A transparent 80-meter-long tunnel runs through the Oceanarium, making it possible for you to walk among sharks, gilt heads, morays, ocean sunfish, and many other species. With your ticket you'll also be able to visit the permanent exhibitions, Planeta Aqua and Explora! that show the im...

    It was very good experience! Kind stuff. The disadvanteges was that the price of the photograph that took us was 7€ properly but they charged us 12€ because it was compelled to take and a leaflet that explain the kind of fish tha we saw in the aquarium. Tricky...

  • Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

    3. Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

    Watch a flamenco show at an historical venue on Barcelona's famous La Rambla, and experience a traditional folkloric experience from Spain. Make your way to the tablao (flamenco theater), where legendary artists such as Juan Villar have performed. The theater still brings the most important flamenco artists to its stage for an assurance of quality. Embrace the sensual rhythms and primal power of the music, song and dance. Admire the colorful décor of the venue, inspired by motifs that transport you back to the time of the Moors. Upgrade to the dinner option and go on a culinary journey through the foods of Spain and its regions, from the gazpachos of the south to the delicious pintxos (small snacks) of the Basque Country. Savor an authentic paella from Valencia amongst more than 40 different delicacies to try.

    Buffet was very good. Many selections all very tasty. Show was very entertaining. Highly skilled dancers singers and musicians. Highly recommend.

  • Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

    4. Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

    On this 3-hour activity you’ll join a professional chef on an introductory tour of the world famous Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona's oldest and best food market, dating back to the 13th century. While telling you about the foods on offer, especially the seafood, and the basics of Spanish and Catalan cuisine, the chef will buy some of the fresh ingredients needed to prepare an authentic paella de marisco, or seafood paella, Spain’s traditional rice dish. Walk with the chef through the winding streets of La Ciutat Vella, or old town, to El Born, the most fashionable district of the city. Enter you your private dining room that’s adjacent to the big open kitchen where the chef will prepare the delicious paella de marisco, as you watch the process. Take the edge off your appetite with some traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold tapas. The chef will introduce you to a...

    Sadly I cannot remember my tour guide’s name. I believe it is Jason. Regardless, of his name, he connected very well with everyone from the group. He was extremely accommodating considering my shellfish allergy. Truthfully, this class and tour were a highlight of my trip!! And if you are considering wit, don’t just do it and thank me later :)

  • Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

    5. Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

    Explore Barcelona from different perspectives on a half-day tour by land, sea, and air. Start with a walk through the Old Town. Meet your guide near Passeig de Gràcia, then continue walking, passing houses designed by Antoni Gaudí, before arriving at the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). Continue to Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall and Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Wander into the old Jewish Quarter, to see the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi. Take a promenade down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to Port Vell. Here, board the boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at the monument to Christopher Columbus pointing to the Americas as you transfer by van to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell, Barcelonet...

    A great value for the cost! Of course a tour is only as good as it’s guide, an ours was excellent, and good company!

  • Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

    6. Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

    Depart the Arc de Triomf and ride through the historic neighborhood of El Born. Stop at the maritime church of the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, and then continue to the lively district of El Raval. Journey through more than 2,000 years of history as you see monuments such as the cathedral and city hall on Plaça de Sant Jaume. Cycle to La Rambla del Raval to take a souvenir photo of the El Gat del Raval statue by Fernando Botero. Then, make your way towards the beach and Port Olympic. Pedal along the seafront promenade to Rambla del Poblenou, where attractions include the National Theater by Ricardo Bofill.

    Wonderful bike ride! Great way to see the city! The guide gave us great recommendations for where to explore! Would love to do it again!

  • Barcelona: E-Bike Tour, Cable Car Ticket & Sailing Trip

    7. Barcelona: E-Bike Tour, Cable Car Ticket & Sailing Trip

    Explore the historical center of Barcelona by cool electric bike, a cruise by Goleta boat from the Old Port, before boarding the cable car to Montjuic for electrifying city and coast views. Ride to the Sagrada Familia to see Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, and the Passeig de Gracia, where some of the best modernista buildings of Gaudi and his contemporaries are found, such as the Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Casa Lleó Morera, and Casa Ametller. At Port Vell, board the Goleta boat and sail along the old port and the coast. Enjoying wonderful views of the city from the sea. At Port Vell, hop on the cable car and glide to Montjuïc mountain, riding at a height of up to 330 feet (100 meters) above the port.

    Best day . The tour was fun as well as informative. Couldn’t believe how far we went with any exertion on the ebike, which was easy to handle and comfortable. Our guild Marco couldn’t have been nicer and his knowledge was mind blowing . Would recommend this tour to anyone as long as they have some bike handling skills , not for complete novices in my opinion.

  • Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

    8. Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

    See the best that Barcelona has to offer without breaking a sweat. Follow your local guide on your e-bike and learn more about the fascinating history of the city. Trace the 2,000-year-old heritage of Barcelona through its old town. Cycle down cobbled streets bursting with charm. Admire Gothic architectural gems like the Cathedral of Barcelona. Make your way down to the seafront for unbeatable views. Visit the Old Port and learn about the former fishing village, Barceloneta.

  • Barcelona Wine Tasting: Catalan and Spanish Wines

    9. Barcelona Wine Tasting: Catalan and Spanish Wines

    Savor the flavors of different wines from Spain and Catalonia at a wine tasting in the heart of Barcelona's Old Town. Embark on a journey through the different wine regions to get a better understanding of their individual produce. Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or a complete novice, the experience has something for you! Benefit from the services of an expert sommelier to learn the basics about Spanish wines and the different regions. Taste a selection of regional wines and hear about the different grape varieties. Get tips on wine tasting techniques and hear how to pair food with different wines.

    Was a great experience and taught us a lot about the quality of the wine and the history, but lots of tasting and generous portions! Vivian was lovely and very friendly, had made us want to do wine tasting again.

  • Palau de la Música Guided Tour

    10. Palau de la Música Guided Tour

    Enjoy a guided tour of one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings on an exclusive 45-minute guided tour of the Modernist Palau de la Música Catalana. Located in the heart of the city, just minutes from Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, the Palau is a temple of decorative refinements. Your tour starts in the Rehearsal Hall of the Orfeó Catala, where the foundation stone was laid in 1905, and where the choir rehearses regularly as it has done for more than 100 years. Continue to the grand staircase to marvel at the ornate flowers and flags that adorn it. Built from a range of materials, including iron and glass, the detail never ceases to amaze. Next, visit the Lluís Millet Hall and glimpse the large balcony with columns that symbolise nature with flowers of every kind. Finally, be dazzled by an explosion of colors, shapes, and light as you enter the Concert Hall. Your guide will take ...

    Modernist building from one of Gaudi's professor in architecture. Beautiful place certainly worth a visit.

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What people are saying about Old City Barcelona

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,856 reviews

Beautiful scenery, mountains, oceans, villages and an amazing guide. I am terrible with names but I think it was Enrique? Was forecasted to rain the day we went but was perfect in Pals & Costa Brava, we didn’t get rain until Girona then it was only for 30 minutes or so. Definitely a must do trip for anyone wanting to see as much of Spain as they can.

Sadly I cannot remember my tour guide’s name. I believe it is Jason. Regardless, of his name, he connected very well with everyone from the group. He was extremely accommodating considering my shellfish allergy. Truthfully, this class and tour were a highlight of my trip!! And if you are considering wit, don’t just do it and thank me later :)

Wonderful experience. We were able to see Barcelona entertaining ourselves with a nice bike ride (not tiring) accompanied above all by a very nice and very well prepared guide. I highly recommend this different tour than usual.

Was a great experience and taught us a lot about the quality of the wine and the history, but lots of tasting and generous portions! Vivian was lovely and very friendly, had made us want to do wine tasting again.

A great value for the cost! Of course a tour is only as good as it’s guide, an ours was excellent, and good company!