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We did a half day tour on Monday, June 11, and a half day tour Old Town/medieval Barcelona tour, with the optional hour to visit Picasso Museum and Museum of the history of the city. My first impression of Marta was accurate. She was the perfect choice for guiding us around Barcelona!
Marta is bright, educated, well versed on both general Barcelona info and Catalan history, and very well prepared with information on the specific sites to be visited. She communicated very well, was clear and easy to understand, provided us with the detailed information we expected on a private tour, and was able to answer virtually every relevant question we asked, and had a lovely sense of humor. She guided from our hotel to each of the selected sites and provided animated information on conversation about the areas we walked through along the way.
Marta also very efficiently kept to scheduled time limits without ever making us feel rushed. We so what we wanted to see, had our questions answered, took lots of photos, but never got off track. That did happen with other guides, and when too much time was spent on one thing, the result was a cut elsewhere. Marta managed the time on our 4 and 5h tour tours beautifully. She was also warm and welcoming to a group of 5, I was absolutely the BEST guide (of 5) during our two-week stay in Spain.
One additional benefit we had not anticipated when considering private tours was that by touring with the licensed guide, we were able to bypass the long queues for tickets, especially important for the Sagrada Familia.
If you are seeking a quality private tour with an articulate, intelligent and enthusiastic licensed guide, you cannot do better than Marta and Foreverbarcelona tours. Our today's with Marta with the best!
Marta brought me and my 2 teens, 15 and 17, 2 Park Guell, the Sagrada Familia, through the Born and more. They learned about Spain's history, the Catalan identity, architecture, culture. This informed their sense of the city during the rest of the trip, they truly knew what they were looking at and the stories behind the many sites.
Marta paced the tour perfectly, with time to take a break for some delicious sweets and a cold drink. We were never rushed, but didn't dally either. This sense of timing is a gift, and shows her intuition with her guests. I firmly believe that quality guide is the best way to get to know a city, and Marta is certainly the person to contact while in Barcelona. Worth every euro and more.
Martha is energetic, upbeat and perfectly multilingual for those of us that only speak English. She loves her the city and Catalonia and her ease of switching from history to art to architecture to food is sometimes mind-boggling. Doing the morning tours we then have the balance of the days to the deeper into the sites we wanted with a good baseline of knowledge to make it rewarding.
The bottom line is that if you are going all that way and really want to see and understand as much as possible in a short time, Marta and Foreverbarcelona is an excellent way to do so. When you are with a registered guide, you skip all of the queue lines to maximize touring time. When returning to Barcelona, which we will, Marta will be our guide again.
One other point that is important... Marta is a businesswoman so communications, payment processing and follow-up are outstanding. She makes it easy to set up and easy to enjoy.
Thanks again Marta and we will see you again.
The La Mercè Festival started the same day as our tour. She explained its history and suggested great viewing sites for some of the activities later in the weekend. We followed her advice and where able to see the famous "Castellers" compete in one of the many squares. We also were able to see the "fire dancers parade". This to events where amazing. Something we would never have seen if it hadn't been for Bego's suggestion.
Scheduling with ForeverBarcelona Tours was very easy to do online prior to our departure from the states. They were very complete in directions. We would highly recommend Foreverbarcelona Tours and that Bego be your tourguide.
Mark is in depth knowledge of the city and quirky facts about the architecture and history of Barcelona made the tour a wonderful way to see the city. Had restaurant suggestions and ideas to do were spot on. We went to many of the places she suggested and had a great time.
We have done numerous private walking tours in our travels and found Marta's to be one of the best! Our only regret was that we didn't arrange for a longer tour on a tour to the vineyards with Marta. If we ever go back that will be tops on our list! Thank you Marta for a WONDERFUL day!
On this first trip we had arrange one fullday walking tour with Marta to see Modernisme architecture, letter transportation, and to savor some vegetarian tapas. She also gave us tips and suggestions for our extended time in Barcelona when we were on our own.
Martha is exceptionally knowledgeable about her home city, as well as history, architecture, and every subject we discussed. Her wealth of knowledge and passion about Barcelona made the tour more than just a guided tour. She is very passionate about Barcelona, as well she should be, because Barcelona is a wonderful, beautiful city and her enthusiasm is contagious. She was excited talking about people, places and things as we were seeing them for the very first time. Martha is extraordinarily personable. He will feel like you've known her a long time just shortly after meeting her.
In the weeks and days leading up to our tour she communicated clearly about the tour through email and allowed us to customize many aspects that were important to us as well as recommending complimentary buildings and places to see. It was perfectly tailored to our needs and desires and it will be hard to imagine anyone else so accommodating.
Marta is an excellent Tourguide in that she strives to provide you with the experience that you want. She is knowledgeable, friendly, passionate about her tour! Her personal work experience in the Sagrada Familia church was invaluable as she was able to impart information regarding all the aspects of the symbolism within its architecture. The structure was definitely the highlight of this tour and breathtaking. Anyone planning a trip to Barcelona must experience this tour!
The Gaudi tour an opportunity to see the apartment complexes (Casa Milà and Casa Batlló), Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia church all that witness to the mastery and ingenuity of Gaudi who was so ahead of his time. This tour inspired me to do more research on this master architect and his creations.
I would recommend this tour and Marta to anyone traveling to Spain! A truly unforgettable experience!
We had contacted Marta at ForeverBarcelona before our trip about a private tour of Barelona. She was so wonderful to deal with, and always e-mailed back within a day. Based on what our group wanted to see and do, she recommended 2 half day tours of Barcelona... the 1st day a 4 hour chauffeured trip of Barcelona (to get the lay of the land/city) and the 2nd day a 4 hour walking tour. She assigned Miriam to our group of 4 adults.
Both mornings, Miriam met us at our apartment, ready to go. I CANNOT say enough wonderful things about Miriam! Her English was wonderful and she is INCREDIBLY knowledgeable and passionate about Barcelona! She was fun, had a great sense of humor, and was very flexible to change a few parts of the morning around to meet our needs.
We are all for foodies in our group, and medium-high fabulous recommendations for food/restaurants for us! Even stopping along the way several times to try a "must have morsel" from Barcelona! She knows where all the great backstreet good the shops are!!!!
The experiences we had with her, without a doubt, made our trip to Spain! I would highly recommend this company to anyone traveling to Barcelona or surrounding area. One of the greatest tips of my life!
Javier was a wonderful, polite, easy-going manner, and is a very engaging person to spend several hours with. He (effortlessly) made all just as interesting for the children as for the parents.
He was full of interesting insights, and our learning lots of interesting information about the history of the city and its buildings was interspersed with everything from amusing anecdotes to insights into modern-day Catalonian politics. On day one Javier spent the first 20 minutes giving us a very interesting and helpful explanation into how the 'city map' had developed and spread out of its origins, and after that we are fully immersed in the sights of the truly wonderful CD that is Barcelona. Javier also kindly and unselfishly gave up some of his own free time in order to ensure we did not miss out after medically caused delays affecting one of our family members.
He knows exactly when to stand to get the best photos for some unforgettable memories. Last but not least, his enthusiasm for the Sagrada Familia was infectious, keeping the suspense level just perfect right up to that "WOW" moment when you go inside. I can still picture the look of happiness and excitement on his face when he so our reaction as we walked in. He is passionate about the Sagrada Familia, about the city as a whole, and also by delivering excellent customer service. this kind of private tours is admittedly pretty expensive, but I have to say that it was worth every single penny/cent and I would happily do it all again tomorrow. To be honest, we could quite easily imagine spending several hours with Javier in the Sagrada Familia alone, learning about and fully appreciating this most wonderful of buildings.
My whole family has fallen in love with Barcelona, and have you played a big part in that. THANK YOU JAVIER, AND THANK YOU FOREVERBARCELONA TOURS! (We'll be back...)
So much so, I wound up going back the next day in my own to wander around, take photographs and mingle with the locals until the sun came up! Marga was exactly what I look for in a guide: she loves to put each location/locale into context, whether it is historical, religious or cultural she provides you with information as if she's telling the story for the first time.
She is passionate about city and it shows. I spent 2 days with her and there is so much I learned about Barcelona in just walking the city, asking him questions and talking one-to-one with her! She showed me the city's highlights but also took me through Barcelona's hidden gems I would never have discovered in my own! She is smart, easy-going, flexible and lovely to spend time with! I can't wait to go back! See you soon Marga! Highly recommended!!
Marta met us at the hotel on the first morning and we did a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter and Gaudi Apartments (which our daughter loved!). We visited the food market which was an interesting experience and had a great tour of the cathedral. We also had a lovely tapas lunch along the way.
On the 2nd day, we arranged for a halfday to Montserrat with a driver - up for the cable car up once you get close as it saves time and provide a fantastic view. Get there early and go directly to see the Black Madonna as the queue can get quite long. That is a lovely farmers market with cheese, nuts and meats you can pick up on the way out as well as a good story for picnic supplies.
On day 3 with it at driving tour of the city and covered a lot of area and sites. The Park Guell and Sagrada Familia were particular highlights and being with a guide saved a lot of time again.
We learned so much about the city and our daughter was entertained by the stories about the history. Marta was an excellent guide, made great restaurant recommendations and helped us plan our other time productively. Our driver was also very pleasant and helpful.
The website was easy to use and catered for customers that speak many different languages.