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Private Barcelona Walking Tour (Barcelona city center)

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  • Barcelona City Tours
  • Kid friendly
  • Lenght: Half Day
  • Shore Excursion
  • Transp: Walking & Taxi
  • Wheelchair friendly

Description

THE SECRETS OF THE CITY CENTER
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.

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THIS BARCELONA WALKING TOUR COVERS:

  • Gothic Quarter
  • Cathedral (inside or outside, as you prefer)
  • Jewish Section
  • La Rambla
  • Boqueria Food Market
  • Eixample District / Passeig de Gràcia
  • Block of Disagreement & Casa Batlló (outside)
  • Casa Milà / Pedrera (outside)
  • Sagrada Família church (inside)

HALF DAY BARCELONA WALKING TOUR ITINERARY

The final itinerary and timings of our Barcelona walking tours might vary due to many factors (Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)

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  • Meet your guideGOTHIC QUARTER

    Your Barcelona walking tour starts strolling around the Gothic Quarter: medieval alleys and squares, Gothic patios, Roman ruins, the Medieval Royal Palace and the main government buildings.

    You won’t miss the Cathedral either, an impressive Gothic Basilica with a wooden choir, artistic side chapels, the crypt of St. Eulàlia and a cloister with geese.

    At the Call, the medieval Jewish Section, (optional), you’ll learn about our fascinating Jewish history and the 1391 pogrom and visit the oldest synagogue in Europe.

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  • A pleasure for the sensesRAMBLA & BOQUERIA MARKET

    Next you will head to La Rambla, a vibrant boulevard great for people watching, and featuring a pretty flower market.

    In the heart of it is located the famous Boqueria Food Market, considered one of the best food markets in the whole world. Outstanding displays, local products and exotic food, all in one place!

  • Barcelona ModernismPASSEIG DE GRÀCIA

    The second part of our Barcelona walking tour explores the Eixample District (Expansion Area), designed by Ildefons Cerdà, where Modernism, was developed between the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 1900s. In the main street, Passeig de Gràcia, you’ll see the Block of Disagreement and learn about the 3 best architects of the time: Domènech i Muntaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and of course, Antoni Gaudí. Casa Batlló and Casa Milà/Pedrera are seen from outside.

  • UnbelievableSAGRADA FAMILIA CHURCH

    Your Barcelona walking tour will finish with a short taxi or subway ride to visit the amazing Sagrada Família Church, Gaudí’s Masterpiece. Gaudi worked here the last 43 years of his life. The completion of the whole church is scheduled for 2026-30 approx. You’ve never been in a place like that before!

  • TOUR ENDS

    Your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel or to a restaurant for lunch. Or you might prefer to stay inside the Sagrada Familia to continue admiring it on your own.

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IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?

Our second most popular 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.

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 or consider splitting your sightseeing in two half days if you are staying two days in town.

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).

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Tour length: 4 hours, with possibility of adding extra hours on request upon booking.
  • Entrance fees are not included*. Prices range from €8 to €22.5/person and can be paid cash or credit card.
  • Taxi/subway rides are not included. Expect at least 1 rides, of around €10.
  • The final order of the itinerary might vary depending on your location, as well as 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 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

Barcelona Walking Tour
€295
4 hour private tour
Walking & Taxi

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 Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.

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Schedule

This Barcelona walking tour is:

AVAILABLE Monday through Sunday
SOME SITES CLOSED Sunday: No visits allowed in the Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Boqueria Market is closed.
Monday: The Picasso Museum is closed and the Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Tuesday to Thursday, after 4PM: The Boqueria Market is only partially open.

Recommended starting times:

Morning Tours: Anytime between 9AM and 11AM
Afternoon Tours: Anytime between 1PM and 2PM (Summertime until 4PM)

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MP_Corey (West Palm Beach, Florida, USA)

meeting planner amazing day for my wife and I while in port in Barcelona. We avoided lines etc. Familia church and then need a walking tour of the city. She got her class only provides once I told her we were foodies. We stopped at some of her favorite stops for small snacks (xuxo de crema was one of the best things I have ever eaten). We had also lunch at a great place for pintxos.

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Moth082 (Sidney, Australia)

My wife and I were recently in Barcelona and arranged to have a private tour with ForeverBarcelona. Best money ever spent. Our guide Miriam was fantastic. Our tour took in the old section and Jewish quarter of Barcelona. The Gaudi sights just amazing and we end our tour with Miriam and us visiting a fantastic tapas bar. Magnificent memories we just can't thank Miriam enough.

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Maureen R.

Our guide Miriam gave us a fabulous tour of the city centre. The tour had the right mixture of history and hints on places to explore at a later day! Wonderful day to spend a morning.

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Jill P (Olathe, Kansas, USA)

We absolutely loved our tour of Barcelona with Marta. We started at La Sagrada Familia where Marta was extremely knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the church. We then spent the rest of our time walking about La Rambla and Old Barcelona. Marta walked us through the food market telling us all about the types of food and about traditional Catalonian food. Old Town was amazing with surprises around every corner.

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George T

Without a doubt this has been the best our that we have taken in a long time. We have been on many different tours in our travels and found this one to be very exciting and educational. Our guide, Javier, was able to describe events to us in a historic fashion where by we were able to visualize what had happened in different points of history in Barcelona. We covered lots of ground by walking and also a couple of taxi rides. This was important to make sure we could see everything that we wanted to see. The Sagrada Familia was one of the most spectacular pieces of church architecture you could imagine. But it was 100% better when Javier was able to describe to us the intricacies of this marvelous structure.

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Richard P (Sand Diego, California, USA)

We have been to Barcelona several times, but always felt that we were missing something. Decided to ask ForeverBarcelona to guide us for an afternoon. Marta was responsive, prompt and accomodating. She arranged a tour with Marga. This lady really know her stuff. She took us where we wanted to go, pointed out places we would have missed on our own. She was quite knowledgeable and communicated very well. We were able to see the Gothic Quarter, Call, Boqueria and the Sagrada Familia all in the same afternoon, without feeling rushed. I had worried about tickets for the Sagrada Familia, but that went without a hitch.

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Maxine A (Williamsville, New York, USA)

It was our first full day and Miriam was our guide. She was so friendly and got my teenagers involved in all of the activities that we did. We had a four hour tour with Miriam and we did a lot of walking and she stopped and told us so many stories and really brought everything from the past to life. She took out a map and before the day was out highlighted everything that we needed to see, do and where to eat for the next three days!

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Fraser M. (Toronto, Canada)

fascinating city. And I can't imagine that there would be better guides than Forever Barcelona!

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DrAlan9108 (Potomac, Maryland, USA)

Exceptional half day walking tour.

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Mardee S. (New York City, USA)

We really wanted to get a good sense of Barcelona and felt a walking tour would give that to us. I found ForeverBarcelona and Marta - What a great find.

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