Barcelona Highlights and Spanish Village
See the best of Barcelona on a morning adventure with your experienced, English-speaking tour guide. This Barcelona sightseeing tour is perfect for first-time tourists who want to see the highlights of Barcelona with a knowledgeable local.
Your day starts with a tour of Passeig de Gracia to see Antoni Gaudi's Casa Mila which was named a UNESCO World Heritage building. Considered one of the most influential architects of his generation, Gaudi led the Modernist movement to design structures that combined architecture, nature, and religion and was able to create something completely unique.
From there, an air-conditioned coach will take you up the coast of Barcelona for scenic views of the Mediterranean Sea, where you will be able to admire the intense changes the city underwent with the organisation of the Olympic Games in 1992. You will drive by the Arc of the Triomf, Ciudadela Park, the Olympic Village, the Olympic Port, the beach and the fisherman's quarter, called Barceloneta, the Port Vell, and Plaza de Colon with its famous Columbus monument, indicating which way he sailed to discover the Americas. This is also the beginning of the famous Ramblas of Barcelona.
Your tour continues with a drive up to Mont Juic Mountain, where you will make a short stop at the Olympic Stadium. The expansive views of the city and sea from Mont Juic are breathtaking as you explore the area. Make your way up until you reach Mont Juic Castle, where you will take a short cable car ride for even more fabulous views. After the cable ride, pass by the sports facilities built for the Olympics on your way to Poble Espanyol to see the sights of a traditional Spanish Village. At this charming place, admire a collection of traditional buildings from all over Spain, and a demonstration of a selection of Spanish handcrafts.
Finally, you will leave Mont Juic and head back to the city center. Admire Venetian Towers, Mont Juic fountains, and many more attractions on your way back into the city. Once you arrive, you will be given a guided walking tour of the old city center. Here you will see many of the most popular buildings in the Gothic quarter, including the Gothic Cathedral. Your guide will take you to the Ramblas and Plaza Sant Jaume, home to City Hall and the headquarters of the Catalonian government. You can see the art, architecture, history, and beautiful views of Barcelona on this informative and fun guided tour of the city and still have the afternoon to explore on your own.
Please Note: Your tour departs from and returns to the Placa de Catalunya area. The placa is the city center and the place where the old city (Gothic Quarter and Raval) and the 19th century-built Eixample meet. Some of the city's most important streets and avenues meet in Placa de Catalunya: Passeig de Gracia, La Rambla, Portal de l'Angel and Ronda Universitat.
From January 20 to about March 12 (dates may vary), the cable car is under maintenance. During this time, the service will be replaced by a tapas tasting in Spanish Village. The tour concludes about 10 minutes walking distance from where it begins.
Reviewer: Shan X
Early Sunday mornings in Barcelona were so quiet, fresh and beautiful. On our shuttle ride, we toured some old buildings, still Gaudi's works, and some new constructions, including the 1992 Olympic Games venue, the Columbus Monument, and the Ramblas Ave. Ramblas was really crowded, the place where terrorists attacked not long ago. It was filled with flowers. Then we went to Mont Juic, which overlooked the whole city from the mountain. We were amazed that the Sagrada Famina that is nine kilometers away was clearly visible. We took a cable car down the mountain and went to a preservation of the Spanish-style town, very charming. After the tour, we went to Picasso Museum that is close to our hotel and is hidden in a small alley. It is worth a look. We went to La Paradeta seafood at night. The restaurant offers fresh fish and two ways of cooking the fish. We ordered eight kinds of fish, shrimp, and clams, which were all very fresh and delicious, well-deserved reputation.
Reviewer: susan watson
Interesting tour - wonderful guide - passionate and excited about her city and her country. Only thing stopping it from being excellent was need to get to tour start - not picked up at ship. This fact needs to be relayed PRIOR to booking - may have affected our decision to book.
Reviewer: susan bryant
We liked this tour very much, even though we were jet lagged. It was our first day in Europe ever, and everything was interesting and beautiful to us. The guide was very informative.
Reviewer: Kathy Greenlaw
We enjoyed our glimpse of Barcelona and loved the guide. She so enjoyed her city and her work. However, we feel we should know when we book excursions that we will have to travel to meet the tour. We naively expected the shore excursions would leave from our port.
Reviewer: Sandy Kiernan
Loved seeing the Spanish Village in all its beauty with the nice tour guides info. When we arrived in the City highlights, I was busy taking photos and lost the group. I think you might think about having a person watching people. Thank you Sandy Kiernan