My love story with guiding started in 1999 with a summer job when after traveling for a year after finishing college I was hired at the Sagrada Familia church (Gaudí’s Masterpiece), where I was trained to give tours for the special visitors (VIPs, press, etc.) amongst other responsibilities.
In 2000, encouraged by other guides she’d met, I passed the exams to become an Official Tourguide, and two years later I quit the Sagrada Familia to devote to full-time touring. I quickly realized that private tours were my favorite way to show people around: I love connecting with people, sharing my passion and making my guests fall in love with Barcelona.
What we love about her
Marta is as passionate about her job as much as she is in love with Barcelona… and she’ll make you feel that way, too!
After over 10 years giving tours, she’s still enthusiastic about her job (and people rave more and more about her tours!). She’s friendly, personable and fun, but also efficient and responsible.
Knowledgeable and informative, with her you’ll learn a lot… and enjoy doing it!
Her goal is to make you feel at home and understand your needs, so she can tweak the itinerary on the fly and give you what you want.
For all this, many of her guests won’t doubt to count her among the very best tour guides they’ve ever hired. You’ll be charmed by her delightful personality.
She’s an entrepreneur and runs her business and her tours with professionalism. She’s also a foodie, and she’ll be glad to share with you her favorite places to go eat.
FOUNDER OF THE COMPANY
She speaks fluent English and French, good Italian and can communicate in Russian (but she doesn’t offer tours in this language).
Four seniors toured with Marta and afterward we all felt energized and young again.
Skidamerink (Mevaseret Zion, Israel)
Marta, the founder and owner of Foreverbarcelona is a tourguide’s tourguide. If you want to ‘experience’ Barcelona in all of its splendor, the apparent and the not apparent, she should be your first choice, perhaps your ONLY choice. You learn, laugh and be enlightened beyond your expectations. All the respect, Marta.
Sally and Mike Pepperridge (Kentucky, USA)
I already miss her!!
JenniferMay (Noosa, Australia)
We four ladies have just experienced the most fabulous tour with Marta. Tailored exactly to our needs, the lovely Marta is informative, courteous, professional. She imparted lots of information without us being overwhelmed, she made it very interesting and Barcelona came alive because of her. I’ve done a tour with Marta before and her talent remains top class.
DocHarrisHHI (South Carolina, USA)
Her ease of switching from history to art to architecture to food is sometimes mind boggling.
We did a private tour with Marta, who is an absolute gem if you want to get to know Barcelona better. As a local she had stories and answers for all of our inane and specific questions alike. We so enjoyed getting to see Barcelona through her eyes.
I’ve been fortunate to meet many wonderful guides, and I count Marta among the very best.
Eisrael2016 (Calabasas, California, USA)
Spent over two weeks traveling through Spain and the highlight was our tour with Marta and Foreverbarcelona. We learned a lot, saw a lot and had a ton of fun. Thanks for making our day memorable!
Elaine Sharfe (Canada)
We would use her again in a heartbeat.
Artifriedel (Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA)
She often checked to make sure what our interest level was for a particular site, such as how long we wanted to spend and what level of detail we wanted.
Annitabee (Buffalo, New York, USA)
Marta blew away all expectations during our private tour of Gaudi masterpieces in Barcelona.
This trip was two weeks of amazing sights and experiences, however our four hours with you was the best four hours of the trip.
Fell in Love with the city, its culture, food and history. Marta not only was excellent in her knowledge, but also had the right humor to make our trip fun. She was highly recommended to us and now we highly recommend Marta as ag reat guide of Barcelona.
Citymom (New York, USA)
She will go above and beyond in helping you to insure your visit will be memorable.
Debbie 929 (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
She figured out our interests and tastes in a matter of a few minutes and provided us with the highlight of our Spanish travels.
Eric360 (New York, USA)
Marta knows all the best tapas places to go to.
G_Z_10 (Vancouver, Canada)
I could have gone for another 6 hours!
My children kept comparing every guide we had during the tour to you. “He’s good – but not as good as Marta!”, was heard quite frequently!
LB-Likes2Travel (New Jersey, USA)
Very efficiently kept to the scheduled time limits without ever making us feel rushed.
Drew T (Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA)
We received a complete lesson in history, architecture and the church, taught by Marta.
Lundahls (Corona del Mar, California, USA)
She takes you to local spots and the food and atmosphere are tops in Barcelona.
Elev8John (Perth, Australia)
What she doesn’t know about the bewautiful city isn’t worth knowing.
RCraigR (Littleton, Colorado, USA)
You simply can’t go wrong hiring her for your tour.
Marta was even better than the reviews.
Theresa P (Orlando, Florida, USA)
Marta was an excellent guide, one that I would most highly recommend. When my family and I were discussing our favorite parts of our trip, Marta and her tour were our favorite.
Crossbite (Florida, USA)
She doesn’t just recite facts – she weaves stories that make the sites and buildings come alive.
Jenny281 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
She listened to what we were looking to get out of the tour and we even made an impromptu stop at one of her favorite sweet spots after she heard how much of a sweet tooth I had.
Barb G (Thamesford, Canada)
Marta knows the history of Barcelona inside and out.
Tripping56 (CT, USA)
My husband and I planned a last minute trip to visit our son who was studying in Barcelona for a semester. We ended up taking the tour with our son’s roommate’s parents and teenage sister, who were also visiting. They agree that the ONLY tour guide to use in Barcelona is ForeverBarcelona.
Alisonk36 (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Marta’s insight and passion made our visit to this landmark fascinating and fun.
AdventureRUs (Pittsburg, USA)
Marta’s years of experience working inside Sagrada Familia have provided her with so many personal stories that make this cathedral come alive for you. Her love of the city is evident and she so willingly shares the anecdotes. I can’t recommend her highly enough! She knows everything about her beautiful city!
Go carib (Rochester, New York, USA)
She engaged my boys (10 and 13 – yes ADHD and eye rolling adolescent.
Errol Nezon (Canada)
I really wanted to “kidnap” Marta for the rest of our stay.
Susan Koss (USA)
Her English is flawless.
KarenYLosAngeles (Los Angeles, USA)
There is no question she cannot answer.
KarenYLosAngeles (Los Angeles, USA)
There is no question she cannot answer.
Logan R (White Plains, New York, USA)
She kept us all very engaged for the entire four hour tour.
Mardee S (New York, USA)
The 4 hours seemed like one, it went by so quickly.
Brian B (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Her enthusiasm is contagious.
Marta deserves the glowing reviews.
Diana B (Huntington, New York, USA)
Her restaurant suggestions and ideas of things to do were spot on.
Lynne Porter (USA)
Kids loved her!!!!
SeldonO (Fajardo, Puerto Rico)
I have hired guides all over the world. There has been non better than Marta.
v_a_l_12342014 (Washington, USA)
She provided behind-the-scenes information about every location we visited that was not available in tour books.
Markarnar (New York, USA)
Second time in six months. She gave a splendid tour once again.
Roger Hickel (USA)
We had ten different guides while visiting Europe and Marta was hands down our best!
Eliezer Be'eri (Israel)
Will remember the sights and Marta’s knowledgeable explanations for many years to come.
Bill Keener (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Down right FUN to be with!