We were only in Barcelona for a day and a half. We hired Begoña of ForeverBarcelona tours for a city walking tour. We toured all the high points covered in Rick Steves Barcelona City Guide: Roman tombs, hospital where Gaudi died, the Catalan language center, the Raval section, Jewish Quarter, Roman temple of Augustus, Plaça de Sant Jaume, avenue of Discord, Casa Batllo. She took us to a local restaurant away from the touristy areas. After lunch we took a taxi to Park Guell and Sagrada Familia, the famous Gaudi church. Begoña knew so much about this place which is beyond words. What a high point to end the 8 hour tour! I highly recommend a tour of this type whether you are short on time or not. Having someone show you the city and explain the history politics and people and bypassing all the lines with timed entrances is worth the money paid.