Here you can find a selection of tours in Barcelona and Catalunya. Make sure you´ve got some comfy shoes on! There are some good guided tours in Barcelona that range from the hard core "lets walk and walk until those new shoes you bought yesterday are worn in," to fun pub crawls around town, while exploring the city.
There seems to be an arranged tour for pretty much every type of site in Barcelona, from ancient Roman ruins to Modernist landmarks. Walking tours, cycling tours, even rollerblading and boat tours, this city has it all! If you want to see the full list of museums and places of interest in Barcelona, or if you want to plan your own walk, go through the different sub sections of Sightseeing.
Barcelona City Tour
Barcelona’s city bus tours are an easy way to discover the main sights. There are many bus tours in circulation, which makes it convenient to hop off and visit a sight, then hop back onto the next bus. The Barcelona Bus Turistic operates 3 routes, and all can be taken with the same ticket. The green route goes along the seafront, the red route includes the Ciutadella Park, Paseo de Gracia, Sants Montjuic, and the Old Port, and the blue route includes the Sagrada Familia, Tibidabo, Park Guell and the Camp Nou stadion, home ground of the Barcelona FC football team. The Barcelona city bus tours start at 9am, and the last buses leave at 7pm in winter and 8pm in summer. More info: www.barcelonabusturistic.cat
Barcelona walking tours are offered by the tourist office, with several tours departing from Pl Catalunya every day. Countless private companies also offer walking tours, with many different themes and focuses of interest. You can choose from a tour that introduces you to a particular district, such as the Gothic area, or the Born. Theme tours include Gaudí and Modernism, art tours, and even more specific interest tours such as a chocolate tour, or Civil War historical tour. Make sure you keep an eye on all your belongings, especially in city centre hotspots like the Ramblas.
Nearly all the bike rental companies i n Barcelona also offer bike tours. Tour guides tend to be young international residents, with a passion for the city they are living in, and a wealth of interesting historical details and insights that will add another edge to your Barcelona experience. Bicycle tours make their way through the city at a leisurely pace, so even if you haven’t been on a bicycle for a few years don’t let that put you off. Barcelona has a good network of cycle lanes, and the bike tours take advantage of the more quiet side streets in the city centre and around the seafront. Some companies also offer tours by electric bicycle, which has the added advantage of switching from pedal power to electric. This can be particularly convenient for groups of various fitness levels.
Barcelona scooter tours give you the opportunity to see different parts of the city, without being restricted by how far you can walk or cycle. The flexibility offered by a scooter, moped or Vespa allows routes that take in panoramic views over the city of Barcelona, from Montjuïc mountain, or from Tibidabo. Take a scooter tour in Barcelona and feel the wind rush in your hair along the seafront, or to nip t hrough the busy streets as you take in the Modernist architectural marvels of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Casa Mila. A scooter tour is a popular choice for stag and hen parties, and groups of friends who would like to try something different.
Barcelona is a coastal city that embraces its location on the Mediterranean sea, and offers countless boat tours and nautical activities for visitors. Regular boat trips depart from Port Vell at the bottom of the Rambla. Passengers can glimpse the city from a different perspective, and recognize characteristic skyline details such as the Hotel W and Hotel Arts on the seafront, the Torre Agbar, the castle of Montjuic perched on top of its hill, and the distant outline of Tibidabo church. Catamaran tours and speedboat tours also depart from Port Vell. You can get tickets from the ticket office by the boat, or book in advance. Large groups are advised to book in advance. Check boat tour operator websites for details of specific theme tours, which include sunset cruises, jazz cruises, and longer trips along the Barcelona coastline.
Barcelona´s reputation as a creative and entrepreneurial city can also be seen in action through the variety of tour companies that offer innovative ways to discover the city. If you’d like to see Barcelona from the air, try a helicopter tour. If you’re up for a dash of luxury, a limousine tour will escort you around the city in style. Relax and take a rickshaw tour along the seafront, or project yourself into the Barcelona of the past as you take a horse and carriage up the Ramblas, down Via Laietana, and into the Ciutadella Park. More modern tour concepts include electronic Tuk-Tuks, the distinctive GPS guided yellow Go Cars, and the Citygames GPS Tours.