Barcelona Guided tours

Our most recommended Barcelona Guided tours

Sagrada Familia: Tour

1. Sagrada Familia: Tour

Start your tour outside the UNESCO-listed basilica and meet your guide. Gaze up at the immense facades and towers and get your first impressions of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. Then, enter the basilica and see the awe-inspiring interior with its forest of pillars. Bathe in the colorful light from the stained-glass windows and understand what Gaudí meant when he said that "the sun is the best painter." Discover a vibrant clash of Gothic and Art Nouveau designs. Home in on the symbolic details and modernist representations of the Holy Family with your guide. Hear how the current construction is progressing after over a century's worth of work. As you walk around the basilica, learn more about Gaudí's life through his work and the legacy he left behind. At the end of tour, enjoy the freedom to keep exploring with your newfound knowledge.

Sagrada Familia: Private Tour

2. Sagrada Familia: Private Tour

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a dedicated expert. Meet your private, local guide outside the monument, where you will enjoy separate group access. Allow yourself to take in the forest-like interior, with its towering pillars and colorful stained-glass windows. Listen to stories about the most important events to have occurred in the basilica. Feel yourself dwarfed by the detailed Nativity and Passion facades. Let your guide explain the contrasting architectural styles and bring the symbolism of the stone sculptures to life. Trace Gaudí's exciting life through his work and learn about how his legacy is steering his masterpiece's ongoing construction today. Satisfy your curiosity and ask your guide any questions that come to mind about the Sagrada Familia and its creator.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Tower Access

3. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour with Tower Access

Admire the interior of Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. Skip the lines and follow your guide through the heavy doors with hand-carved vines. Witness Barcelona from one of the towers. See the rows and rows of tree-like pillars that seem to reach to the heavens stretch out before you. Look up at the stained-glass windows and bathe in the warm light that filters through. Note the Christian iconography as you hear about the history of the church. Understand Gaudí's modernist vision as your guide brings the symbolism of the stonework to life. At the end of your tour, ascend one of the basilica's towers and gaze out over the views of Barcelona. Once back down at ground level, continue exploring the monument as long as you like.

Barcelona: Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Picasso Museum

4. Barcelona: Skip-the-line Guided Tour of Picasso Museum

Skip the lines and delve into the history and work of Picasso with an expert guide. Explore the formative years of Pablo Picasso and discover the genius of the young artist by admiring the 4,251 pieces that make up the permanent collection. Meet the guide at the museum entrance and, after a short explanation, admire the collection and temporary exhibit, providing a thorough chronology of Picasso's development as an artist. Admire work from his early days in Barcelona through his major later periods, visiting masterworks like "Science and Charity", "Royan", and "Las Meninas", a reinterpretation of the Velazquez painting of the same name. The Picasso Museum, opened in 1963, also reveals the artist's deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate relationship that was shaped in his youth and continued until his death. The discussion will finish with a focus on Picasso's contemporaries and his lasting influence on the art world. At the end of the tour, the guide will leave you to continue your exploration at your own pace and will be happy to offer recommendations on other sites of interest.

Barcelona: Park Guell Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

5. Barcelona: Park Guell Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

Visit the garden complex of Park Guell on Carmel Hill on a walking tour with an expert guide and skip-the-line tickets for priority entrance. Learn about one of Antoni Gaud's most enduring works and take a stroll through the art of a century. Begin your journey to Carmel Hill to see the public park designed by Gaudi over a century ago. Spot Gaudi's distinctive style in the colorful mosaic tiles of the lizard statue ("El Drac") at the entrance. Trace the park's beginnings back to 1900 when Barcelona was transforming into a global metropolis. Hear about engineer Ildefons Cerdà, who examined the difficulties faced by a rising city and handled the demands of Barcelona as it grew rapidly in the second part of the 20th century. Allow your guide to demonstrate how the park's principal architectural features are inspired by Art Nouveau. Learn how historical construction techniques influenced the Modernisme movement in Barcelona as you marvel at the park's sculptures and designs. End your tour on a high note by walking through the park and up the hill to get treated to awe-inspiring views of the city of Barcelona below from the Nature Square.

Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

6. Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

Take a half-day trip from Barcelona to Monserrat. See views from the mountain, visit a famous monastery, and take a walking tour. Begin your day with pickup and get read to enjoy the most exclusive views of this spectacular natural setting, the Holy Mountain. This rocky monument is known for the whimsical shapes of its peaks soaring through the sky. See a mountain at a height of 2,380 feet above sea level. Tour the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria and the Basilica, where you’ll see the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna. After visiting the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour to take in the stunning views from the site that was declared a national park in 1987. Next, you’ll visit the Holy Cave, where legend has it the Virgin appeared. It is now a center of pilgrimage and prayer. To conclude the tour, you can enjoy listening to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe. You will return to Barcelona with the guide at around 2:30 PM if you take the morning tour, or at 8:30 PM if you take the afternoon tour.

Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

7. Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

Begin by meeting your guide in the center of Barcelona, from where your unique experience begins. Join your group in an air-conditioned private vehicle for the journey up the mountain of Montserrat. Enjoy the views as you hear about Montserrat’s Basilica and Monastery, home of la Moreneta (Black Madonna). Unlike other tours, this experience allows you to gain early access to visit the Montserrat Monastery, well before the crowds arrive. Upon your arrival, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour throughout which you learn about Montserrat including its secrets. This tour also sees you visiting the farmer’s market and entering the basilica. You guide then explains all the fun activities you can do with your 2 hours of free time following the guided tour. You can visit la Moreneta (Black Madonna), enter the museum, taste the monastery’s homemade liquor, go to an easy walk to the Saint Miguel, take the Sant Joan Funicular, and much more.

Palau de la Música Guided Tour

8. 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 symbolize 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 you to the 2nd floor to get close to the great skylight, where you can admire the impressive light source up close.  To end, the Palau’s organ will accompany you on a short musical journey.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

9. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

Discover the mountain village of Montserrat on a guided tour from Barcelona. Visit the Monastery of Montserrat and explore the tranquil surroundings of Montserrat National Park. Start in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia before journeying by bus to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat. Admire the Massif of Montserrat on the way to the monastery. Take in this spectacular rocky, multi-peaked range packed with unique needle-shaped formations. Visit the still-functioning monastery that houses over 70 monks and was founded in the 11th century.  Learn about the monastery’s history and ventures dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, board the Sant Joan Railway and observe the area’s natural beauty. Follow an easy hiking trail with a specialized guide along the Montserrat Natural Park. Relax after the hike and taste the traditional Catalan dessert, Mel i Mato, which is made up of cheese drizzled with honey from local farmers. Enjoy a sweet end to your Montserrat tour.

Barcelona: Walking Tour with Local Tapas and Wine

10. Barcelona: Walking Tour with Local Tapas and Wine

Take in the beauty of Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter as you enjoy a delicious variety of local food and drink. Your knowledgeable guide will greet you before taking you on a tour of a total of 4 local hot spots. Along the way, you will sample a number of classic tapas dishes, whilst also learning the fascinating history behind them. This will be accompanied by a selection of wine, cava, and vermouth, making for an evening of local dining and culture that is both relaxing and informative.

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This was a GREAT tour! Our guide, Daniel, is a former history teacher and gave us great details about both the food and areas/neighborhoods that were part of our tour. Our group became fast friends and even after the tour was over, we chose to get more cava at another bar to keep talking. The food and drinks were delicious and it was a great way to find places we would never have found on our own. Highly recommend.

Our guide was joe, who was charismatic, funny, and insightful. Had a great time on Halloween, cannot recommend this tour enough.

Had Daniel who was a great guide and very knowledgeable about the places we were going

Great time. Met cool people asking the way and our host was great.

Was well worth the money and would definitely recommend.