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Our most recommended Barcelona Bus & Minivan Tours

  • Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

    1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

    Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex. Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get ...

    The guide was great, my only critique is that we barely spent any time at montserrat and the overall tour was far more wine dominant than I'd anticipated. Should probably be renamed to "wine tour with expedited montserrat sampling" but aside from that it was great, I did enjoy both montserrat and the wine tour as well as the food and our guide was excellent.

  • Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

    2. Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

    Your experience begins in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain which is topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a fun day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. On the way to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with unique needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, you can visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day. It is also well-known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta (the dark one), who is the patron saint of Catalonia — visit subject to current wait times. Your guide will bring history alive by explaining the history and ventures of this Monastery, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you wi...

    What an amazing day we had today. Our guide Flavio took us to Montserrat and explained things so well. He had tickets prepared for those who wanted to see the Madonna and he also took a group on the hike to the cross. He told us about the museum and I’m so thankful. That museum was awesome with Dali, Picasso, Renoir and Monet. Such a find! Then we went down the cable car and then to an amazing lunch with many courses and variety. This is the way to see Monserrat. My mom came two years ago and didn’t get to see what we got to see today. If I could give 10 stars I would! Thank you so much for the awesome day!

  • From Barcelona: 6-Hour Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

    3. From Barcelona: 6-Hour Costa Brava Kayak and Snorkel Tour

    Depart Barcelona at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM or 4:00 PM, and journey along the Costa Brava for approximately 1 hour to reach the start point of your exciting kayak and snorkel adventure. Upon arrival at the beach, get outfitted with all the necessary equipment and listen to the instructions from your guide. Explore secluded beaches and rocky caves by kayak, and swim and snorkel among the native marine life. Encounter volcanic cliffs towering above the shimmering waters, brimming with fish, sea urchins, coral formations and more. Along the way, enjoy a picnic lunch and complimentary water, and get plenty of free time to chill out on a white sand beach. Head back into the heart of Barcelona at the end of your 6-hour adventure, and enjoy a round of beer or sangria at a bar on arrival.

    The trip was good and as planned. We asked for vegan food in advance (there was an option for dietary requirements when booking), but the guide has not been informed about this. Fortunately, he bought some food for us in a restaurant.

  • From Barcelona: Montserrat Mountain and Monastery Tour

    4. From Barcelona: Montserrat Mountain and Monastery Tour

    On this early morning tour, beat the crowds and discover Montserrat monastery and its rugged surroundings before the throngs of other tourists arrive. Depart Barcelona and journey by air-conditioned bus to the romantic, rock-hewn monastery complex of Montserrat. Get an introduction to the history of the medieval site as you make your way through the beautiful countryside.  Follow your guide directly to the largest building on arrival and learn the story of the abbey and shrine to the Black Virgin of La Moreneta that attracts pilgrims from all over the world.  Then, get some free time to explore the town and get recommendations about contemporary art galleries and museums to visit or places to eat. Discover some of the best viewpoints to take in the drama of the sacred site at leisure.   

    I visited in Dec 2019. I traveled solo, had a great time, we had a lot of free time hiking around and checking out the monastery. Beautiful views.

  • Fast-Track Guided Tour: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell

    5. Fast-Track Guided Tour: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell

    Discover Barcelona through the eyes of the city’s most famous architect on a skip-the-line tour of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell. Parc Güell was created as an urban housing development and city park in the middle of nature by Antoni Gaudí for the industrialist an entrepreneur, Eusebi Güell. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Parc Güell is entered via a large staircase dominated by a dragon of mosaic ceramic tiles. Learn more about this Catalan style, known as “trencadís,” before exploring more of the park’s unique design features on a guided walking tour, including the 86 Doric columns arranged like trees. Then, transfer by coach to La Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s unfinished basilica in the Eixample district. Skip the long lines to look inside the cathedral, and marvel at vaults that tower 70 meters tall, as well as the rich ornamentations of Gaudi's Latin cross plan. Learn about Gaud...

    Great Tour guide, explained everything very well with a lot of details and give us time to asked questions and take pictures

  • From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

    6. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

    The experience starts in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat. Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain. Topped by a Benedictine Monastery, Montserrat is an ideal half-day trip to spend a fun day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. On the way to the monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed of unique needle-shape formations. Upon arrival, visit the monastery with over 70 monks that was founded in the 11th century and still functions to this day. It is well known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will bring history alive by explaining the history and ventures of this monastery dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, board the Sant Joan Railway to observe the area’s fascinating flora and fauna following a...

    Great value. Comfortable bus and nice guide. We enjoyed the landscape a lot while hiking. I can recommend.

  • Girona and Costa Brava Tour with Hotel Pickup in Barcelona

    7. Girona and Costa Brava Tour with Hotel Pickup in Barcelona

    Explore the stunning landscapes of the Costa Brava on a full-day tour to Girona from Barcelona. Depart the Catalan capital for the city of Girona, where the remains of its Roman and medieval past make an interesting contrast to the present day city. Get lost in a maze of narrow streets, and venture into the best-preserved Jewish Ghetto in Europe. Admire the cathedral, home to the widest Gothic nave in the world. Marvel at the brightly colored houses on the banks of the Onyar River. Then, transfer to the breathtaking landscapes and villages of the Costa Brava, stopping at the medieval village of Pals en route. Stroll down cobblestone streets, and enjoy some of the best panoramas of the Mediterranean Sea whipped-up by the fierce Tramontana wind. Marvel at the fields and plains of Empordà extending to the horizon. Discover dramatic views of the Catalan coast, surrounded by green mountain...

    This was a great trip we had covering Girona, Pals and Costa Brava. Felt like we were travelling with friends. Our guide Daniel was so so friendly and knowledgeable about the places we were visiting. The trip only had us and another couple and we all became friends by the end of the trip. Daniel showed us all the great spots around Girona and Pals and offered us ample time to see the places on our own and take photographs. He also arranged a nice place for us to eat in Callela de Palafrugell. A super trip all in all and 10/10 for Daniel as our guide.

  • Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

    8. Barcelona: 3 Countries in 1 Day Small-Group Tour

    On this full-day excursion you’ll make an early start from Barcelona and soon be in the medieval Catalan village of Baga, surrounded by the rocky peaks of Cadi-Moixero National Park. Explore Baga’s central square and medieval church before crossing the border into France, where you will stop in the charming and beautiful ancient spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes. Your guide will recommend some of the best natural fountains to visit, and those best suitable for soaking your feet in. You'll then have free time to enjoy the healing waters, browse the local artisan shops and look out for a souvenir to remember your visit. After an hour of wandering around this typical French village, its time to choose from one of the many local restaurants for a traditional French lunch.  After lunch, you’ll take the scenic route over the Pyrenees Alps into neighboring Andorra, to the capital Andorra la Vella. Y...

    Wonderfull trip with very knowledgeable guide Andau is a very good combination! Was pleasant day to travel and spend time with pleasant group of young tourists from different countries,was memorable journey!

  • Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour

    9. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell Tour

    Explore 2 of Gaudí's best-known works in one day. Enjoy the convenience of organized transportation to get you from one place to the next. Begin at Park Güell Park and admire stonework and mosaics in the Modernisme style. See the salamander statue, “El Drac,” at the park entrance. Then, take a break for lunch. Travel to the Sagrada Familia and start by comparing the contrasting Nativity and Passion façades. Go inside the forest-like basilica to bask in the rays of light through stained-glass windows. Learn about how the ongoing construction of Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece.

  • From Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Guide

    10. From Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Guide

    Arrive at a bar in the city center of Barcelona where you will meet your guide for the day and the group that will travel up to the mountains with you. After an informative short bus ride out of the city, you will arrive a the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Montserrat. After the first of many a photo opportunity, enjoy a tour of the local monastery and hear about its incredible history. Then, enjoy free time to either go hiking in the magical hills, feast on an all you can eat lunch looking out over mystical views or explore the museum and further discover the history of this famous landmark. After a couple of hours, rejoin the bus where you will then head back down into the city all in time for an evening in Barcelona.

    It was a small group,4. Great directions to meeting point. Punctual guide, Fransisco. He was very friendly and informative. Good driver and offered all the options available on top of the mountain. Beautiful scenery from the top and lots of stuff to see and do.

Frequently asked questions about Barcelona

What top attractions are a must-see in Barcelona?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days should you spend in Barcelona?

    There are plenty of fun things to do in Barcelona -- especially if you're also planning on partaking in the infamous nightlife scene. In three full days, you could visit all the major Gaudí sights, as well as the Picasso and Miró museums. You could also stay for a week or more. As for what to do with your extra days? Well, you'll have plenty of time to spend at the beach, visit the nearby village of Sitges, or go shopping in the Gothic Quarter.

  • What's the best way to get around town?

    Barcelona is a wonderful city to explore by foot. You can easily stroll from La Rambla to the beach and then back to the Gothic Quarter in one afternoon. The city is pretty flat, so biking is an excellent option. If you love transportation, we suggest taking a trip to Tibidabo, the 1890s amusement park that overlooks the whole city. You'll take the metro, a tram, and a funicular -- and a ferris wheel ride, if that counts!

  • Which tours are the most fun?

    We're glad you asked! From hot air balloon rides to bike tours to all-access guided walks of Gaudí masterpieces, there are a dozen options to spice up your Barcelona tourism. A lot of the architecture-based sightseeing is enhanced by the history and descriptions that a guide can offer you.

Good to know

  • Language
    Catalan and Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Barcelona is a beach city at heart, so it's most lively in the summer. If you want to experience Barcelona at its best, schedule your trip around the festival of Sant Joan, or the "night of fire." Each year on June 23, the city celebrates with bonfires and parties until dawn.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Barcelona

Laurence is a full time travel blogger and photographer, who shares his tips on travel and improving your photography on his website Finding the Universe. He has visited Barcelona many times, and you can see his guide to spending three days in Barcelona.

What should I do on my first trip to Barcelona?

A trip to the Sagrada Familia should be at the top of the list for any visitor to Barcelona. This incredible organic cathedral is the masterpiece of renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, and is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. Definitely take the time to go inside and explore as well, because the inside is just as impressive as the outside!

What are some hidden gems to see in Barcelona?

The Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi, in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, is definitely worth a visit. It's a 14th century gothic church with a massive bell tower you can climb. The views from the roof across the Gothic Quarter are excellent, and from here you can really get a feel from the different epochs the city has gone through from Roman times.

How much time should I spend in Barcelona?

Two days would be the minimum amount of time to see the highlights of the city, whilst three days would let you add in a few of the hidden gems.

What food is Barcelona known for?

No trip to Barcelona would be complete without trying some tapas. These small plates features all sorts of different dishes, from patatas bravas (fried potatoes), through to squid, meatballs and lots more. Tapas can be found throughout the city, with many bars serving them as snack food as well.

What is the best way to get around Barcelona?

The majority of Barcelona can be easily explored by foot, although the city also has an excellent metro system that will get you around a little bit quicker. If you are aiming for the main tourist sights, the Hop on Hop off bus is also a good option.

What are the best months to visit Barcelona?

Barcelona can be visited most times of the year. Whilst the Mediterranean climate means the summer months are obviously hotter, the city conveniently has a lovely beach with swimming so you can cool off. However, if you want to do more sightseeing, the months of April - June are a good option. The city also hosts a number of festivals at this time of year which are worth checking out.

What is neighborhood "The Gothic Quarter" known for?

The gothic quarter is perhaps the most interesting neighbourhood to explore from a visitors point of view. The maze of winding streets is largely pedestrianised, and filled with interesting shops and tucked away churches and restaurants. Do expect to get lost though, as it's quite a maze!

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

For tucked away bars and courtyard dining, it's hard to go wrong with the Gothic Quarter, which is great for tapas and casual fare. For a quieter experience away from the tourist crowds and more of a focus on traditional Catalan cuisine, had to the Gracia neighbourhood.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The Passeig de Gracia, which leads away from the central square in the city, is well known as a good shopping destination if you're interested in luxury brands. If you're more of a market person, head for La Boqueria on Las Ramblas!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Barcelona?

If you'd prefer to be centrally located and within easy walking distance, or a short metro ride, from all the major attractions, then you'll want to stay in the Gothic Quarter. This part of the city is home to many of the attractions as well as plenty of dining, and it's easy to reach from the main transport hubs in the city.

What are the best beaches around Barcelona?

Barcelona has a series of incredible beaches with are popular with both locals and tourists alike. The closest, and one of the best, is definitely Barceloneta Beach, just a few minutes walk from the city.

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What people are saying about Barcelona

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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 :)

Considerata l'ampiezza della città e il costo della singola corsa, praticamente un must, considerato cosa comprende.

Easy bus service and no queues for tickets when you arrive! Best option over when staying in Barcelona.

A very good tour with lots of details in very good English. Highly recommended!

Everything was perfect and fun , they are the best