Do you only have one day to visit Barcelona? Don’t feel like having to plan your sightseeing (including moving around, timings, ticket reservations…)? Do you like to walk but think that with a driver you’ll get to cover more ground? Or maybe a driver in the afternoon would allow you to keep your energy levels higher to continue exploring the city than if you had to walk for the whole day?
Packing all your city sightseeing in one day can be tough, if you try to do it on your own. Too many things to take into account, and something is likely to go wrong in the end. Instead, hiring a private tour gives you the confidence that your itinerary is planed by a pro and all the details are taken care of. And that’s what we excel in!
We have designed this itinerary considering that while certain areas of Barcelona are best explored on foot, transportation is necessary to cover some other and taxi and subway aren’t always the best choice for everyone. A walking morning with a chauffeured afternoon offers you the best of both worlds, so you can take the most out of your short time in the city.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)
Start your day walking around the Gothic Quarter, the heart of the Old Town, exploring its medieval alleys and plazas, passing by Roman ruins, taking a look at Gothic patios… The Royal Palace, the City Council and the Generalitat Government building are also located there.
The most important site of the Gothic Quarter is the Cathedral, where you can see the crypt where St. Eulàlia is buried, a remarkable choir, gorgeous side chapels, and the lovely cloister where the geese live. Entrance is optional: ask your guide to just see it from outside, or let you quickly go in and out to check it out, or take you inside and show you around in detail, as you prefer.
If you were not too interested in the Cathedral, you might prefer to visit the Call, the medieval Jewish Section, that despite having been attacked in 1391 it is still a place full of history that keeps its medieval flair. Here is located the oldest synagogue in Europe.
Your Barcelona in A Day Tour continues with a short walk that will take you to La Rambla, a famous promenade in the heart of the Old Town, always lively any time of the day. You’ll be seeing a few interesting sites, including a charming flower market, but the best part will definitely be the Boqueria Food Market, said to be one of the best food markets in the whole world. A great mix of colorful displays, local produce and exotic food that you will love.
Your walk will later take you into the Eixample District, the Expansion designed by the city planner Ildefons Cerdà. Here you’ll discover the Modernist architecture (local Art Nouveau) and its top architects reunited at the Block of Disagreement: Domènech i Muntaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and of course, Antoni Gaudí. You’ll see the outside of Casa Batlló and Casa Milà/Pedrera, two apartment buildings by Gaudi.
Around 1pm we’ll take you to a local tapas restaurant so you can enjoy our traditional food in and informal way: tapas! We’ll order and share small dishes to share, to try different local specialties and get familiar with our food. Yummy!
After lunch, your Barcelona in A Day Tour becomes chauffeured: we’ll be joined by the driver to continue exploring the city. First of all you’ll drive uptown to walk around the colorful Park Güell by Gaudi, famous for its ceramic bench and the salamander fountain. You’ll feel like you are inside a fairy tale.
Next you’ll head to Gaudí’s masterpiece and one of the highlights of this private tour: the Sagrada Família Church. Of course, we’ll take you inside with no lines! The architect worked here for 43 years until his death in 1926. Still under construction, it is said that it’ll be completed by 2026-30 approx. You’ve never seen anything like that before!
Back with the driver, after visiting the church your Barcelona in A Day Tour continues with a drive around the city past the area of the 1888 World Fair (Arch of Triumph and Ciutadella Park) and continue along the Waterfront, driving across the Olympic village and marina, along the beaches, around the Barceloneta fishermen district, the Port Vell (Old Port) & Columbus circle.
The last stop of your Barcelona in A Day Tour will be the Montjuïc Hill, where we will see the city views from a vantage point, see the 1992 Olympic facilities and the Stadium, and finally continue through the 1929 World Fair area. Enjoying the city skiline and learning about two important these two important events in the history of Barcelona will be a lovely way to end your day.
Your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel.
This tour is conceived for people that only have one day to explore Barcelona, are able to walk but are happy to pay for a private driver to maximize their sightseeing time.
If you are staying more than one day in town, we strongly recommend to split your sightseeing in two days rather than trying to do everything on your first day.
If you are traveling with kids, this itinerary might work because the chauffeured afternoon helps keeping their stamina up. However, we usually recommend shorter tours (4 to 6 hours) so you have the afternoon free to rest or do family activities that don’t require a tour guide. Check out our walking and chauffeured half day tours. Same applies if 8 hours sound like too much for your (or your budget).
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, check with us before booking, as depending on your capacities we might or not be able to cover the full itinerary in 8 hours and we’d rather discuss it with you to set the right expectations.
* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Park Güell and Sagrada Familia in advance, as we’ll need to book them in advance.
Our tours only include the towers upon request. You need to know that:
It is not possible anymore to just climb the stairs: the way up is now only possible by elevator. However, the number of tickets available is restricted to just a few every hour, for an extra fee.
If there is availability, you are given a specific time to get in the line for the elevator (either the one in the Passion façade or the one in the Nativity façade, but not both), and after a 5 to 20 minute wait you finally get in the elevator that takes you to almost the top of the towers. From there you must walk down: it is not permitted to use the elevator to go down anymore. The whole process takes almost one hour, so unless you are OK shortening the rest of the tour itinerary, you should book one extra hour to be able to do the towers.
Do we recommend the towers, though? Only for the adventure of climbing spiral stairs, but not for the views as you’ll get better views from many other city sites. After all, those towers were designed to be bell towers, not vantage points. Also, the way down is narrow and occasionally claustrophobic, and it is definitely not for people scared of heights.
THE TOWERS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS, AND NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH HEART OR LUNG CONDITIONS, CLAUSTROPHOBIA OR FEAR OF HEIGHTS. CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE TOWERS.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This Barcelona in A Day Tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Sundays: No visits allowed in the Cathedral of the Old Town.
Monday: The Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Recommended starting times:
Our family of five just returned from a 12 day Mediterranean cruise on the Disney Cruise Line. The cruise left from Barcelona so we arrived early and booked a full day tour with Marta. What an amazing day! Somehow she managed to keep my wife and I, as well as our kids (18, 13 and 9) amused and entertained as she revealed to us the wonders and amusements of Barcelona. We started with a walking tour of the old city and eneded with a driving tour of Gaudi's Barcelona. In between we saw churches, ate gelato, saw Picasso's work, ate gelato, and explored the food markets (did I mention the gelato?). If you will be in Barcelona and really want to see it with a local who will ensure that you get the most out of your time - and have a great time doing it - you need to call Marta!!
My husband and I, along with our two children ages 15 and 11 had an amazing day with Maria Teresa. We experienced a full-day tour of Barcelona with half walking and half chauffeured throughout the city. Maria Teresa took us to see and experience Barcelona from both a tourists perspective but also from a local Catalonian perspective. Areas we toured included: Gothic Quarter, Cathedral (Christopher Columbus came to this cathedral when he returned from Spain from his voyage to the new world. My 11 year old son loved this!), La Rambla, Boqueria Market (this market is amazing and I so wish we had one of these in my hometown. it was bustling because all were gathering their ingredients for their Christmas meals), Eixample District / Passeig de Gràcia, Block of Disagreement & Casa Milà / Pedrera, Park Güell (amazing! a must see), Sagrada Familia church (inside - also unbelievable), Waterfront, Olympic sites. I always recommend hiring a private tour guide when visiting a new city or region. I believe it is so important to know and understand the area, architecture and history. It is important for my husband and I to teach our kids of different cultures and to know what streets we may be walking down or past significant historical sites. Very well done!!
When my daughters and I were planning our trip to Barcelona, a business colleague recommended Marta and he was right! We booked a tour with her for our first day and her knowledge and charisma are extraordinary. We had a car and driver with her for the first four hours of our tour, and then she gave us a walking tour of the medieval section which was fascinating. One of our daughters had been to Barcelona many times before and she learned many new things about the city from our tour.
We spent a full day with Javier after having booked a half day walking / half day car tour. It was worth every penny! Our tour was extensive, including a few hours walking around the Barri Gotic and hearing about its long history and also learning great tidbits about Catalan and Spanish culture. After lunch, we met our driver and toured the harbor area, Montjuic and the crown jewel of Barcelona - the Sagrada Familia. We ended with a drive by of some famous architectural buildings in the city. We have a family of 5, children aged 11-14 and the combination of walking/driving and the sites we visited was ideal. Great tour!
Miriam led our family in a day tour of the city and it was the highlight of the trip. We started in the morning with a walking tour of the old town and after lunch we had a driver (Victor) pick us up to reach the sights further away. Miriam's knowledge of and passion for her city and Gaudi's contributions really helped us all appreciate what we were looking at and made the whole visit so much more meaningful.
Javier knew we had one day to see the highlights of Barcelona. He put us on the move. First half by foot, then by limo after lunch. He kept checking in to see how we liked the pace. He moved quickly when needed to keep us on schedule, and then took it back a notch when he knew we were enjoyiong something (e.g. we spent extra time in the market which was a highlight!). Seeing a major European city in a day might not be ideal, but its all the time we had. And Javier got it done! Two thumbs up!
We only had a short time in Barcelona and took a one day tour with Pepus. The tour was perfect - we saw a lot but never felt rushed and there was plenty of time to enjoy the places we visited. A highlight was the amazing food he helped us order at lunch. He had many interesting stories to tell us and my two teens had a great time too. We did a part walking / part driving tour which was perfect. The driver was also excellent. We felt like royalty, skipping the lines for all the attractions and enjoying such wonderful treatment!
Bego met us at our hotel in the morning for the half day walking / half day driving tour. We started our day at Sagrada Familia and were blown away! We walked around the city in the morning, stopping for a glass of wine and tapas at the beautiful fresh market, then were picked up by the driver to continue our sightseeing to Montjuic, Park Guell, Olympic city and more. Definitely one of our best memories of our trip to Europe.
We were actually in Barcelona for three days but had planned two full day excursions outside of the city. I booked a private guided tour through ForeverBarcelona to ensure our time in the city was well spent, and indeed it was! Miriam met us at our apartment right on time and took us to the waiting car and driver. We started by going up Montjuic to appreciate the view of Barcelona and from there we continued on to Sagrada Familia. Apart from the benefit of skipping the long queue in excruciatingly hot temperatures, the benefit of a guide, and Miriam in particular, was the information and explanations she provided and the respect she gave to our interests. We made a couple of detours from our planned itinerary as she wanted us to see sights that she thought we might be interested in, such as the old Red Cross hospital which is now a world heritage site. After a visit to Park Guell we left our driver and continued the rest of the day on foot. Following a delicious tapas lunch we went to La Pedrera and then after receiving instructions on what to look for as we passed Casa Batllo, we parted ways with Miriam and made our way back to the apartment - hot, tired and thrilled to have done so much in one day.
I highly recommend doing a driving/walking combination tour because the driving portion allows you to see a large number of sights while the walking portion give a very intimate experience with the local culture. After getting into the van, Miriam immediately began sharing her incredible knowledge of Barcelona with us and I knew this wasn't going to be a typpical sit in a van, drive around and see landmarks at a distance tour. She took us to her favorite places and showed them to us from a very unique perspective. We stopped frequently to get out and see things close up and take photos. The four hours of the driving tour absolutely flew by! There were so many details she pointed out that we would have missed on our own. We were all fascinated with every place we visited. After the driving tour we set out on what the walking tour of the Gothic District. Miriam not only showed us important historical sights, but also took us off the beaten path to show us some great places for local shopping. She led us down the narrow maze of streets and alleys, went into a few shops with us, and patiently waited while we made our selections. Miriam should lead a shopping tour of Barcelona!