PRIVATE BARCELONA WALKING TOUR (BARCELONA CITY CENTER)
THE SECRETS OF THE CITY CENTER
A great half day Barcelona walking tour
Do you like to walk? Do you want an overview of the city so you can continue exploring it on your own? Do you think a private guide adds up a lot to your sightseeing?
After our Gaudi tour, this is our other best-seller, perfect if you are an independent traveler that enjoys walking, but are afraid you’d miss too much on your own. Also, if you want to get a good orientation and a solid background on the city to continue exploring it on your own later, this tour will take you around the city center so you get a good understanding of the city layout and its history that allows you to take the most out of the rest of your time in Barcelona.
100% Private Tour
Skip the Lines
Half Day Tour
Walking + Taxis
Not for walking issues
Sagrada Familia Church
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS TOUR
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS PRIVATE BARCELONA WALKING TOUR:
CASA MILA (La Pedrera)
Possibility of adding extra hours on request upon booking.
AFTERNOON TOURS: Anytime between 1PM and 2PM (Summertime until 4PM)
SOME SITES CLOSED:
Sunday: No visits allowed in the Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Boqueria Market is closed.
Monday: The Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Tuesday to Thursday, after 4PM: The Boqueria Market is only partially open.
- To enter the Cathedral of Saint Eulalia 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.
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.
Tour operators like us are only allowed to book tickets for the Passion Façade towers – should you be interested in the Nativity Façade towers you’ll have to go back to Sagrada Familia on your own some other day as those tickets are only available for individual visitors.
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.
INCLUSIONS, EXCLUSIONS & PRICING
TAILOR THIS TOUR TO YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS
Our second most popular tour (just after our Gaudi Tour), it is great for anyone wanting to get a nice overview of what the city has to offer, as long as you are able to walk.
HINT: Add one or two extra hours to stop for lunch or see more sites.
If you are traveling with kids, this tour is a good choice most of the time, specially with teens. If you are afraid they’ll get tired with so much walking, consider booking a chauffeured tour instead.
If you have walking issues, this tour probably won’t work for you as it involves about 2 miles of walk with frequent stops but not always opportunities to seat. However, it is possible to cut the walk in half by taking a taxi from the Boqueria Market to Casa Batllo. Also, if you are slow but can walk longish distances, then adding an hour would also make it doable.
If you are on a wheelchair, this tour is wheelchair friendly as the Old Town is relatively flat and has no cobble-stoned streets. The Sagrada Familia is also adapted to wheelchairs, EXCEPT FOR THE TOWERS (which are anyway optional).
If you’d rather tour longer, check out our full day walking tour.
If you are on a cruise-ship and your budget won’t allow you to book a chauffeured tour, this tour is a great option. However, take into account that pier pick-up is not available for walking tours: you’ll be given a convenient meeting point in the city center (it should be easy to find a taxi at the pier to take you there).
If you are more than one day in Barcelona, this tour overlaps with most of our other itineraries: check our itineraries for Barcelona in two days instead if you need more than one tour, or consider taking a day trip out of town.