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Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona

Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

1. 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.

Barcelona: Tapas and Wine Small Group Walking Tour

2. Barcelona: Tapas and Wine Small Group Walking Tour

Embark on a culinary experience with a stroll through the streets of Barcelona’s El Born district and Gothic neighborhoods with a guide. Discover the local culture and gastronomy with a visit to 4 tapas bars with tastings and wine included. Choose to upgrade the experience with a flamenco show. Walk along the streets of historic areas, learn the history and curiosity of these and stop to try typical tapas such as Iberian ham, various kinds of cheese from around Spain, the spicy patatas bravas, bread and tomato, octopus, and several other foods accompanied by local wine.  Visit 4 different tapas bars, passing by beautiful buildings and along neighborhood streets en route. You can also choose to attend a Flamenco show for an additional cost after the end of the tour. Take advantage of the small group tour, which will allow you to spend more time close to your guide. The guides will be taking you to the best venues in the area that they’ve carefully selected.

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

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

Embark on a tour that starts with a walking tour across the Passeig de Gràcia and Gothic Quarter. Climb aboard a helicopter and take in the panoramic view of the city skylines and the Mediterranean Sea. Then, take a boat ride and get the sea view, witnessing Barcelona from land, sky, ad sea. Meet your guide and walk along the impressive and most important aristocratic boulevards of Barcelona. Admire the luxury stores that line the sides of the streets, and take in the quality of the historic buildings. Witness the Jewels of Catalonia's home-grown art nouveau, modernism, and the later movement. Understand the difference in architecture with works by Antoni Gaudi like the Casa Batlli and Casa Mila (La Pedrera) that are no declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Continue to the Gothic Quarter and see Plaça Catalunya and the Cathedral tucked away in a hidden corner and Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall. Gaze at the palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia, before wandering through the old Jewish Quarter. There, picture the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi and down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell. To end this unique experience, board a boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea, accompanied by your guide.

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

4. Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the sites of Roman settlement in Barcelona that date back 2,000. Let your imagination recreate the Roman Forum in the current Plaça de Sant Jaume, that even today after 20 centuries remains the political power of Catalonia. On this 2-hour guided tour you’ll continue with a walk along one of the world's best preserved Roman walls, and hear about the Roman baths of Pati Llimona. Admire the architecture and monumental buildings of the Gothic Quarter and feel as if you’ve traveled back to medieval times. You’re sure to be impressed by the monumental Plaça del Rei with its Palace of the Viceroy and the beautiful Palau Reial. It was here that Catholic monarchs greeted the navigator Christopher Columbus on his return from the first voyage to the Americas. See the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, the ultimate examples of pure Catalan Gothic. Santa Maria del Mar was built in an incredibly short time for its size. This neighborhood is also filled with trendy bars, restaurants, and small boutiques, and provides the opportunity to experience the essence of Barcelona. Walking along the famous Ramblas, you’ll discover why Barcelona is so beloved by visitors. This is a buzzing pedestrianized area where you can enjoy the street performers, small cafes, and traditional Catalan cuisine. You’ll see the famous Boqueria market, as well, where you can experience the gastronomic traditions of the Catalan people in its colorful stalls.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and City Tour with Hotel Pickup

5. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and City Tour with Hotel Pickup

Get picked up wherever suits you best and travel by private transport around the best of Barcelona's sites. With your professional guide, explore the different faces of Barcelona's architectonic legacy, its culture and its people. The tour starts at Plaça Catalunya, the main center of Barcelona, connected to the street with the most distinctive Catalan architecture, Passeig de Gracia. Here, find the most striking facades of private modernist buildings; La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí stands out in particular. In the so-called "Apple of Discord," discover other impressive examples of modernist houses like Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, Casa Lleó-Morera or Casa Ametller. Follow in the footsteps of the architect by entering the Eixample. This district was designed by Ildefons Cerdà as an extension of the old town, for the orderly growth of the city. Drive through its original streets to reach Gaudí’s masterpiece ​​La Sagrada Familia. During a guided visit, learn about the different parts of the building and its symbolism. You will be blown away by the bizarre forms of its columns, roofs and walls as the result of the organic nature of Gaudí’s architecture. Continue on toward the Mediterranean sea, passing by the Plaza de Toros Monument and through the contemporary Agbar Tower, the newest reference point for the Barcelona skyline. Reach Bogatell beach and from here, cross the waterfront through to Port Vell (Old Port), the Gothic Drassanes and Columbus Monument (near the iconic La Rambla) to end at the brand new World Trade Center. At the coastline, climb Montjuic Mountain to Mirador de l'Alcalde, a terrace from where you can enjoy the most spectacular panoramic views of Barcelona’s skyline. On the same mountain, discover the ‘92 Olympics facilities and architecture designed for the International Exhibition of 1929, such as Plaça Espanya (influenced by St. Peter's Square in the Vatican) or the National Palace. From these heights, head back to the center of the Old Town. Finish the day with a relaxed walking tour with your professional guide through the charming corners of the Gothic Quarter, discovering the imprints of the Roman and medieval city. Stop at Cathedral Avenue to admire the magnificent temple’s Gothic façade and then travel back in time to the origins of Barcelona in Plaça Sant Jaume where the City Hall is located today.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

6. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover at your own pace the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the historic heart of the city with its narrow streets, illustrious buildings and beautiful squares. The only thing you need to explore is your smartphone! The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends, far from tourist groups... Meet in front of the splendid Cathedral of Barcelona for this 1.5 hours audio-guided tour. Its history dates back to the end of the 13th century, when Barcelona was the economic and administrative capital of the kingdom of Aragon, which was constantly increasing its influence in the Mediterranean. Admire its architecture and learn its amazing secrets! Then enter the Roman city walls to enter the oldest part of Barcelona, where Barcino was established, a Roman colony founded by the emperor Augustus in 15 BC. Let yourself be carried away by its special atmosphere which has inspired many film directors such as Woody Allen in his film Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Cedric Klapish in L'Auberge Espagnole. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the tour whenever you want, right where you paused it. It's impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions, and a map indicates the directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated in-house location feature will get you back on track in no time! Customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of the Castle district, at your own pace. Continue your stroll and discover the Sant Felip Neri square, one of the most charming in the neighborhood despite its terrible history dating back to the Spanish Civil War... A little further on, meet Santa Eulàlia, one of the city's co-patrons. In Spain, the patron saints of cities (or even neighborhoods) are very famous! Then discover the old Jewish quarter of the city and its synagogue, of which there is now almost no trace. After a few meters, you will come across the Plaça Sant Jaume, which houses the two most important buildings of the Catalan administration: the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan government, the Palau de Generalitat. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the organization of Spain's 17 autonomous communities and to meet the inevitable Sant Jordi, the patron saint of all Catalonia. Continue your way through the winding streets of the neighborhood to arrive at the magnificent Plaça Reial, notably featured in the film L'Auberge Espagnole. With its many bars and terraces, you will learn more about the nightlife in Barcelona. You will end your visit at the famous Boqueira market located on the Rambla. Discover the culinary art of the city. Then, why not let yourself be tempted by an esqueixada, a salad made of thinly sliced desalted cod with onions, tomatoes, peppers and black olives?

Barcelona: City Highlights Biking Tour

7. Barcelona: City Highlights Biking Tour

Explore Barcelona by bike with a team of guides that will fill you in on its historic background, and tell you about everyday life in the energetic city. You will see many of its main landmarks on the relaxing 3-hour tour, giving you an overview of the rich culture and diversity of the modern city. Departing from the central Plaça de Catalunya, you will head down the city’s narrow streets using bike lanes and pedestrianized roads, visiting attractions such as the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Rambla del Raval, Plaça Reial, Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona City Hall, Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Cathedral, and the Roman Walls. You will head down to the beaches of Port Vell and Barceloneta, see the Olympic Marina and Olympic Village, and cycle through the greenery of Ciutadella Park. You will also take in some of the sights of the L’Eixample with its wide Modernist streets and buildings, such as the Sagrada Família, Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Plaça de Catalunya.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

8. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

Travel back to medieval Barcelona, and hear stories of the characters that inhabited the atmospheric Barrio Gotico, and their relationship to the city’s history. Meet your guide at Carrer Montsio n.10. Continue to Plaça Nova near the imposing Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. As you wander down the winding streets leading off the square, your guide will tell an enthralling history of the city, revealing some of the hidden sights in secret corners. Learn about the ancient gates of the Roman city of Barcino, and continue through the Jewish Quarter of El Call. You’ll come across picturesque squares, such as Plaça Sant Jaume, site of the City Hall and Presidential Palace. Marvel at the Palau Reial Major in Plaça del Rei, and window shop along pedestrianized Plaça de l’Àngel, now one of Barcelona’s most expensive areas. See the mariner’s church of Santa María del Mar, and end in front of lively Santa Caterina Market. Then, it’s time to taste some authentic pintxos (snacks) in a traditional tapas bar of the El Born neighborhood.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Guided Tour with Flamenco & Tapas

9. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Guided Tour with Flamenco & Tapas

Get ready to discover one of the most historic neighbourhoods in Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter, accompanied by a local guide. The evening light also provides it with a magical feeling that makes it even nicer than during the day. Don't miss a chance to soak all the history behind this stones with a guide speaking the language of your choice: English, Chinese, Japanese or Korean. During the tour you will visit the most beautiful places in the Gothic Quarter, such as: Plaça del Rei surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance buildings, Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Plaça Sant Jaume, the seat of institutional and political power, among others. Undoubtedly those places will amaze you. Moreover, in the evening, this 2,000-year-old quarter is much quieter, and there are usually guitarists playing on every corner. After the tour, you will take a break at Los Tarantos, the oldest tablao in town. Whilst there, enjoy a live show as you feel the vibe of a genuine Flamenco performance while enjoying a drink included. Flamenco is one of those memories that you're bound to take home from your trip to Spain, and this is one of the most unique places in Barcelona to enjoy it. Listen to the zapateo, look at the colourful dresses, and hear the sweet notes of Spanish guitars. Finally, take a seat at the unique Plaça Reial and enjoy a complete tapas dinner with all the musts: Iberian ham croquettes, calamari, patatas bravas, and more. All, surrounded by the fascinating arcades and the Gaudí-designed street lamps that make this Plaça an unstoppable stop during your stay in Barcelona.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter & La Sagrada Familia Private Tour

10. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter & La Sagrada Familia Private Tour

See the best of Barcelona on a private walking tour. Discover the medieval architecture of the Gothic Quarter and drive up to the picturesque Montjuic hill. Follow your guide along the iconic Passeig de Gracia and look upon Casa Batllo and Casa in awe, before entering into La Sagrada Familia. Get picked up from your accommodations and drive into the heart of the city. Start your private walking tour in the charming streets of the Gothic Quarter, admiring the medieval architecture, trendy bars, and flower stalls. Jump back into the car briefly to travel up to Montjuic hill, experiencing breathtaking views over the city along the way. Come back down to earth and take a stroll along the Passeig de Gracia. Pass by some of Gaudi's most iconic masterpieces, including Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. Finish your trip at the UNESCO World Heritage Listed La Segrada Familia. Enter into the basilica with skip-the-line tickets, following your guide to learn about the history behind this world-famous building and Gaudi's work. Say goodbye to your guide at La Sagrada Familia and choose to spend more time within the basilica or head home.

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What people are saying about Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona

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based on 1,760 reviews

This activity is highly recommended! I only wish we would have done it earlier in our trip so we knew the area better. Our guide, Guillermo “Will” was excellent! He taught us some history along the way and showed us around Barceloneta beach and the Gothic Quarter, among other areas. He showed us places we never would have found in our own, and it was a great perspective from a bicycle. It was just me and my two kids (17 and 20 years old) and they really enjoyed it too! The bikes are great - if you put it on full assist you barely have to pedal if you don’t want to. I’m not a frequent bicyclist, and I found it very easy to use. You won’t regret booking this one!

Our guide was Martina and she was really nice and knowledgable. She showed us few of Gaudi houses, walked us through Barcelona and then brough us to helipad. Helicopter ride is absolutely amazing experience and it is really not a problem even if you're afraid of hights. Martin was there to send us all of. Boat trip was done on our own and you can use it next day. Absolultely recommend this!

Our guide Laura was terrific. She lives in the neighborhood and gave us just the right combination of walking, and history. Our family of 6 adults ages 29-62 all thought she was delightful. She suggested a great place for drinks and tapas. It felt like time spent with a friend in Barcelona, rather than a guide.

Even tough the city was busy because of the three wise men celebration, the guide managed to make us have a great time

Marlon was a very friendly guide & full on great knowledge. We enjoyed ourselves.