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.
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…)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Sagrada Familia in advance, as we’ll need to book them beforehand.
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 can walk down, or if you chose the Passion façade you have the option to take the elevator down at no extra cost. 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.
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.
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)|
fascinating city. And I can't imagine that there would be better guides than Forever Barcelona!
Exceptional half day walking tour.
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