1.5 Day Tour of Barcelona

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  • Barcelona City Tours
  • Picasso Tours
  • Lenght: Multiple Days
  • Transp: Walking & Taxi

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BARCELONA IN ONE DAY AND A HALF

Are you in Barcelona for at least two days? Do you want to see as much as possible but still have some time to rest or explore the city on your own? Would you rather not have to think about organizing your sightseeing and make sure you don’t miss anything important?

When you haven’t been in a city before, it’s easy to make mistakes when planning your touring: not enough or too much time planned for rides from one place to the other and to visit each site, going back-and-forth rather than in a time-efficient manner, difficulty moving around in public transportation (or being fooled by taxi drivers)…

This itinerary will spare you all the trouble and show you the top sites in depth but at a nice pace, and you’ll get to skip the lines, too!

Plus you’ll still have one afternoon to either rest if you just landed the day before, or continue exploring the city on your own once you are familiar with it the next day.

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WITH THESE TOURS YOU'LL COVER:

FULL DAY

  • La Rambla & Boqueria Food Market
  • Gothic Quarter & Jewish Section
  • Cathedral of St. Eulalia
  • Born District & Picasso Museum
  • Tapas Lunch
  • Miró Foundation OR Montjuic Castle (your choice)
  • 1992 Olympic Sites
  • 1929 World Fair Area

HALF DAY

  • Passeig de Gràcia
  • Block of Disagreement
  • Casa Batlló (outside)
  • Casa Milà / Pedrera (inside)
  • Park Guell (inside)
  • Sagrada Familia Church (inside)

ITINERARIES DESCRIPTION:

Final itineraries and timings might vary due to many factors (Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)

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Barcelona in three days

1 hour
Walk

RAMBLA & BOQUERIA MARKET

After your guide meets you at your location, your first Barcelona full day tour starts with a walk down La Rambla and a visit of the colorful Boqueria Market.

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10 to 30 minutes each
Walk

CATHEDRAL OF ST. EULALIA (Optional stop)

Next, you’ll visit the Cathedral, an impressive Gothic basilica featuring a choir, remarkable side chapels, the crypt of St. Eulalia and an old cloister inhabited by 13 geese.

If you are not too interested in churches, though, you can just see it from outside and save the time for other sites.

CALL, THE OLD JEWISH SECTION (Alternatively)

Instead, you can visit the Call, the medieval Jewish Section, who’s medieval atmosphere has been preserved despite the attacks suffered in 1391. Optional visit of the oldest synagogue in Europe.

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1 hour
Walk

GOTHIC QUARTER Bringing stones to live

You’ll continue then exploring the historical area of the Gothic Quarter, where you’ll be walking around medieval backstreets and plazas, passing old Gothic courtyards, seeing the Royal Palace of the Crown of Aragon, the Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government building, amongst other.

Barcelona in 3 days

1.5 hours
Walk

BORN & PICASSO MUSEUM The Barcelona SOHO

Next you will head to the Born District, another lovely area of the Barcelona Old Town, famous for the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, as well as its boutiques and cafés. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Picasso Museum, specializing in the early and late works of the artist.

45 minutes
Walk

TAPAS LUNCH Time to eat!

A tapas lunch is a great opportunity to get a little rest and a variety of local specialties. Your guide will take you somewhere in the area where locals go, prices are decent, food is great and service is efficient.

3 hours
Taxi + Walk

HILL OF MONTJUIC The city’s green lung

In the afternoon you’ll head to the Hill of Montjuic, where you’ll be able to decide if you wish to visit the Miro Foundation (a must for art lovers) or if you prefer to take the cablecar and visit the Montjuic Castle. Both places are great to enjoy the city views.

Next you’ll continue to where in 1992 the Barcelona Olympics where celebrated. Some of the facilities include the Olympic Stadium, the Calatrava Tower and the Sant Jordi Stadium by Arata Isozaki.

Your tour will end in the area where in 1929 was hosted the second World Fair of the city. The Mies van der Rohe pavilion, the National Palace, the Plaça Espanya with its monumental fountain and the former Las Arenas bullring are some of the buildings you’ll see.

When your tour ends, your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel.

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30 minutes
Walk

CASA BATLLO The house of the Dragon

Your tour starts in the elegant Passeig de Gracia avenue, that will remind you of the Champs Elysées in Paris. There you will see Casa Batlló and the Block of Disagreement (outside only).

2 days in barcelona

30 minutes
Walk

LA PEDRERA (CASA MILA) The Stone Quarry

Three blocks further, you’ll enter the magnificent Casa Milà, where you’ll learn why it’s also called La Pedrera (so confusing!), admire its surreal smoke pipes and learn about Gaudi’s technique.

barcelona in 2 days

45 minutes
Taxi

PARK GÜELL Fairy-tale land

Next you’ll head to the colorful Park Guell, a failed housing development project that Gaudi started for his friend and patron the Count Eusebi Guell (inside visit).

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1 hour
Taxi

SAGRADA FAMILIA CHURCH Unbelievable

Your tour will end with a visit of the extraordinary Sagrada Familia Church (inside), Gaudi’s masterpiece and probably the last church ever to be built. Still under construction (there are 10 more towers missing), the inside was completed in 2010 and it doesn’t look like any other church you’ve seen before. A total must-see!

When your tour is over, your guide can give you restaurant recommendations, or put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel. Or you might just want to stay a bit longer inside the Sagrada Familia on your own, to admire it at will.

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?

These tours work great for people full of energy with no walking issues, such as adults and families with teens or young adults, staying at least 2 full days in Barcelona and wanting to see everything, but also have some time on their own.

If you are traveling with kids, we recommend to add a driver in the afternoon of the full day and possibly also for the half day, or to book instead our 2 half days itineraries.

If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, the same recommendations as for families with kids apply. Also, some sites involve stairs and skipping them requires extra time – check with us before booking so we can set the right expectations and recommend alternatives. The Sagrada Familia towers are not accessible for wheelchairs.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Entrance fees are not included*. Prices range from €8 to €22.5/person and can be paid cash or credit card.
  • Taxi rides are not included. Expect at least 1 to 4 rides per day, of around €10 each.
  • Lunch is not included. A typical tapas meal takes around 45 minutes and costs around €15-20/person.
  • Expect to spend 45 minutes to 1.5 hours at each site.
  • The final order of the itineraries might vary depending on your location, as well as Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability.
  • AND TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT… To enter the Cathedral you need to cover your shoulders and your skirt or pants must be long to your knee. The dress code at the Sagrada Familia Church isn’t usually too strict, but they have occasionally banned access to people wearing short shorts (closer to their butts than to their knees), deep plunging necklines or open backs.

* 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 beforehand.

CAN WE CLIMB THE STAIRS AT THE SAGRADA FAMILIA?

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.

BOOKING INFORMATION

1.5 DAYS

8 + 4 HOURS (ALL WALKING/TAXI):

€885

Taxi/Subway rides not included.

8-HR WALK/TAXI + 4-HR CHAUFFEURED:

€1120

WALKING PART: Taxi/Subway not included, if needed.

CHAUFFEURED PART: Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver

4-HR WALK/TAXI + 8-HR CHAUFFEURED:

€1590

WALKING PART: Taxi/Subway not included, if needed.

CHAUFFEURED PART: Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver

ENTRANCE FEES

Not included.

CHARGED UPON BOOKING:

  • Sagrada Familia Church: €15/person
  • Park Güell: €8.50/person

PAID ON SITE skipping lines:

  • Pedrera/Casa Milà: €25/person
  • Picasso Museum (8-hr tours): €12/person

OPTIONAL – PAID ON SITE:

  • Cathedral: €12/person
  • Medieval Synagogue: €3/person
  • Miró Foundation: €12/person
  • Montjuic Castle: €5/person
  • Mies van der Rohe pavilion: €5/person

 

* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.

LUNCH

NOT INCLUDED

Expect to pay €20-30/person, depending on your order.

IMPORTANT

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.

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Legal Notice

These suggested tours are not designed packages, but mere suggestions of itineraries that combine well with each other. According to the Catalan law, they are not to be sold under a global price, but individually as separate tours.


Schedule

These tours are:

AVAILABLEMonday through Sunday
FULL DAYMonday: the Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation are closed, and the Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Sunday: no visits are allowed in the Cathedral of the Old Town, the Boqueria Market is closed, and the Miro Foundation closes after 3PM. Plus the first Sunday of every month is open-door day in the Picasso museum and tours are not allowed: we’ll take you visiting the Roman Ruins of the Museum of History of the City instead.

Recommended starting times:

Full Day:Anytime between 9AM and 10AM
Half Day:Morning tours: Anytime between 9AM and 11AM
Afternoon tours: Anytime between 1PM and 3PM

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    Sean C (Tampa, Florida, US)

    When Javier arrived we were ready to go. He asked if we could site for a few minutes to go over the map and talk about our tour and get to know each other a little so we would get the most out of our tour. I expected a pre-designed personal tour where we hit all the highlights fairly quickly. I was pleasantly surprised when we sat together and designed our own tour. My wife and I are both photographers and foodies so we like to take longer at some locations than others. Not only did Javier take us to the most incredible sites and restaurants, we didn't go to any sites we thought were marginal. He did an excellent job of understanding who we are and filling our 1.5 days perfectly while keeping us on track an teaching us history, lifestyles and why and how of this wonderful city and culture, with enthusiasm and professionalism.

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    Nancy O

    We spent our first 1 1/2 days of a wonderful stay in Barcelona with Javier. He was exceptional at navigating the tourist crowds so that every experience from Gaudi buildings to Roman ruins, to Cathedrals, to the unique buildings in various neighborhoods felt efficient, meaningful and chock full of history.

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    OJ D

    Had a day and a half with two guides from ForereverBarcelona: Pepus and Begoña. Can I just say what a delite. A full day with Pepus and the time went in a flash. Not only was it a sight seeing tour but Pepus shared his culture of food and wine as well. A bonus for sure. Begoña was always quick with a smile and laughter was close at hand. If you are looking for quick and cheap, then this company isn't for you. You pay for what you get and there was a lot given.

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    Steve O

    My wife and I and another couple hired ForeverBarcelona for a four day experience in Barcelona and some side trips. Before we decided on which of the offerings to take Pilar and Marta were extremely helpful and exceptionally responsive. We eventually decided on a 4 hour guided tour on the first day. What an exceptional introduction to the city that proved to be. Our driver Oriol and guide Begoña picked us up at our apartment just as advertised and itnroduced us tot he key sites around Barcelona. Begoña was superbly knowledgeable and brought the major Gaudi sites to life for us. On the second day, Begoña gave us a walking tour in the morning and a chauffeured tour in the afternoon that introduced some of the lesser known sites, but added significantly to our appreciateion of the complexity Barcelona offers. We also did a 12 hour tour of Figueres, Pubol and Portlligat, the 8 hour tour of Montserrat and wine tour with Miriam, and an 8 hour tour of Tarragona and Sitges with Begoña.

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    Cwparker2 (Charlotte, USA)

    My wife and I visited Barcelona prior to a cruise and only had a day and a half to see the "sights". Marta and her staff was fantastic from beginning to end. She shared with us insights into Barcelona that we would have never seen (e.G., she learned my wife loved cactus plant and we visited probably the most unique "cactus garden" we have ever seen). It is the little things like that make the experience grat.