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Barcelona: “The Shadow of the Wind” Literary Walking Tour

1. Barcelona: “The Shadow of the Wind” Literary Walking Tour

Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s global bestseller “The Shadow of the Wind” has captivated thousands of readers around the world, and on this 3-hour walking tour you will step into its pages and discover the parts of Barcelona so vividly captured by the novel. Turning fiction into reality, the tour departs from the famous Ramblas Sta. Monica at the Arc del Teatre, before heading down to Placa Reial and Baixada de la Llibreteria. You will visit places still imbued with the magic of Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th-Century. Walk through the shadowy Gothic Quarter and Ribera, reliving events experienced by Daniel Sempere, Julian Carax, Fermín Romero de Torres, and other characters from the novel. Explore a labyrinth of mysteries, as tour participants become characters at the Forgotten Books Cemetery and Santa Maria del Mar. Wander along Calle Montcada, and discover the Santa Lucia Asylum, Xampanyet tapas bar, and Els Quatre Gats restaurant. See the house and bookshop of "Sempere and Sons," and head past the old library of Ateneu Barcelonès.

Barcelona: Churros, Hot Chocolate, and Games Family Tour

2. Barcelona: Churros, Hot Chocolate, and Games Family Tour

Walk through the three medieval quarters of Barcelona, getting lost in its hidden streets away from the tourist crowds. Listen to the stories your local host has to tell you, as you and your children fall in love with the city together. Walk along the lively Ramblas, before admiring some of the masterpieces of Gaudi and the elegance of Plaza Real. Enjoy the colorful Boqueria Market and taste the famous Spanish ham (unless it's Sunday) while your children enjoy the fun games your guides have in store for them. Following that, walk through the Gothic Quarter, discovering its corners and its passages which are full of ancient stories. Stand to admire every detail of the magnificent Cathedral of Barcelona, and feel the sad beauty of the Sant Felip Neri Square and the passing of time as you look at the Roman Ruins. It will then be time for churros and hot chocolate, as your guides offer you the best churros in town. Following your refreshment break, you'll visit the charming Born Quarter where you will encounter the magical Santa Maria del Mar Church which was built entirely by worshipers. Afterwards, visit the buried medieval ruins inside the antique Born Market. Towards the latter end of your tour, take a walk in the beautiful Ciutadella Park. A green lung in the heart of the Old City with leafy paths, little lakes with boats and ducks, lawns to sit on and relax in the sun, and children’s play areas. Enjoy the city including its art, history, and fabulous gastronomy with your family in a cool way which is engaging for the little ones.

Barcelona: Historic Quarters Private Walking Tour with Tapas

3. Barcelona: Historic Quarters Private Walking Tour with Tapas

Meet your local guide at the lively Ramblas and head out onto the vibrant streets of Barcelona where historical adventure awaits. The first stop of the day is Palau Guell, the first great work of Antoni Gaudi, followed by the Plaza Real, an elegant square surrounded by palm trees and arcades. Follow your guide to La Boqueria next, a colorful and historical market that is not to be missed. Continue the tour into the heart of the Gothic Quarter where you can admire the impressive Roman Walls, Old Cathedral, Jewish Quarter, Sant Felip Neri Square, and other must-see gems. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, taste the flavors of Spanish cuisine and enjoy a tapa accompanied by red wine in a local tavern. While you eat, listen to your guide share fascinating stories about Barcelona’s history, culture, traditions, and way of life. After lunch, wander through the charming Born Quarter until you arrive at the spectacular Santa Maria del Mar Church. The final stop of the day is the Born Market and Memorial Center, where you can see the medieval ruins recently found beneath the city. *Veggie option available

Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

4. Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

Meet your guide by the Arc de Triomf and hop on a comfortable, high-quality electric bike. Then, set off to enjoy an exciting 1.5-hour tour aboard a bicycle that lets you travel through the city with ease. Head for the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter, and discover the cast-iron market of El Born on the way. Admire the neighboring Church of Santa María del Mar as a serene and harmonious testament to the city's Gothic architecture. Immerse yourself in the magnificence of the city cathedral, and feel history unfold on the cobblestone streets and squares. Go to Plaça Reial to see the Fountain of the 3 Graces and the lamps designed by Gaudi, the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Head towards La Boquería market on the tree-lined promenade of Las Ramblas and experience its bohemian and cosmopolitan vibe.  Climb back in the saddle of your carefully-designed bike and capture fabulous photographs of landmarks such as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló in L'Eixample. Make your way to Gaudí’s grand masterpiece and arrive at the monumental façade and spires of La Sagrada Família, before returning to the starting point to finish your e-bike experience.  

Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

5. Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

Receive a warm welcome to Barcelona with a private tour that will kick off your time in the city in the best way possible. Discover main attractions and landmarks like the Cathedral of Barcelona and Santa Maria del Mar in only 90 minutes. Get up-to-date tips on where locals like to grab a bite and unwind, or what about a unique family-owned restaurant in a local hotspot? On this private tour, your local guide will make sure you see Barcelona like a local. Your guide will have all your questions covered and will give you a city orientation to get you acquainted with Barcelona to help you enjoy the rest of your stay to the fullest.

Barcelona: 3-Hour Bike Tour with a Local Guide

6. Barcelona: 3-Hour Bike Tour with a Local Guide

The tour begins beside the fountain in Plaça Reial where your guide will be waiting for you. Then, get on your bike and make your way through the back streets of the Gothic Quarter towards Placa del Rei. From there, the tour heads past the Barcelona Cathedral towards one of the city's greatest pieces of Modernista architecture, the Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall.  Continue on from there as you head to the Ciutadella Park with a stop along the way at the Arc De Triomf. After enjoying a walk around the gardens and a refreshing drink, you will be on the move again towards Europe's second most visited landmark, La Sagrada Familia. There will be time to take photos and just generally be in awe of Gaudi's final masterpiece.  Then it's down to the beach where to soak up the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, the tour heads back up to the vibrant neighborhood of El Born where you’ll have the last stop at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar before returning to the starting point of your tour.

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Excellent tour with Benja. It was a small group tour and we had a good tour round Barcelona City pointing out the main sites. He was very informative. A great way to start our short break. Thank you. Highly recommended.

Super expérience ! Le tour est bien organisé, avec du bon matériel. Notre guide était super sympa et maîtrisait parfaitement les lieux. Aussi, Barcelone est une ville idéale pour une visite en vélo.

a great afternoon with Chris (the hairy Costa Rican ). A great way to learn more and see a lot of barcelona. we learned a lot from the tour.

Christopher was an awesome guide. Learned a lot of history on Barcelano and the bike ride was fun!

Very informative, Great guide. Gave us a lot of value on this tour. Ivan thank you