Do you only have one day to visit Barcelona? Are you able to walk and ready to make the most out of your short time in the city?
One single day in town is short to explore the city sites… specially if you try to do them on your own: streets to navigate, lines to queue, too much planning before your trip just to end up stressed out trying to cover everything you thought you’d have time to do.
Instead, with a private tourguide you can cover not twice but thrice as much as you’d do by yourself, getting to skip lines and leaving the navigation and planning to us. Plus you are given custom explanations at the sites and personalized attention, and get to see lots of details that you’d otherwise have missed on your own.
This Barcelona city tour has been designed to cover in 8 hours the must-see of Barcelona: the Old Town and the top Gaudi sites, mostly walking and using cabs or subway rides when needed, and spare you the extra cost of a private driver.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (Park Guell and Sagrada Familia tickets availability, your location and pace, your main interests…)
Your Barcelona full day tour will start with a walk around the backstreets and plazas of the Gothic Quarter, seeing, Gothic courtyards, the Royal Palace of the Crown of Aragon, the Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government building, among other.
The highlight of the Gothic Quarter is the Cathedral, an outstanding Gothic basilica where you can visit its choir, remarkable side chapels, the crypt of St. Eulàlia and an old cloister with geese living in it. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to just see it from inside, just do a quick in&out to check it out, or go inside with your guide and receive full explanations.
Alternatively, your guide can take you to the Call, the medieval Jewish Section, where the medieval atmosphere is still in the air despite the attacks suffered in 1391. If you are interested, you can also visit there the oldest synagogue in Europe.
Your Barcelona full day tour will continue in La Rambla, a famous promenade vibrant any time of the day and night. We’ll pass the flower market as well as some other interesting sites. Also there, the Boqueria Food Market is probably one of the best food markets in the whole world, and you will be amazed at the colors, smells and variety of the local and exotic products sold there.
Leaving behind the Old Town, we’ll enter the Eixample District or Expansion, home to the best modernist architecture in town (the equivalent to the French Art Nouveau). Passeig de Gràcia is the main street, where the top architects of the early 1900s competed against each other in the so called Block of Disagreement. One of them was of course, Antoni Gaudí with his Casa Batlló, that you’ll see from outside.
We’ll stop to eat some great tapas around 1pm. It’s a great way to discover the local food by sampling lots of small plates to share. Casual food, fun and yummy!
In the afternoon your Barcelona Full Day Tour will take you exploring the rest of the must-see Gaudi sites. First we’ll enter La Pedrera / Casa Milà, where you’ll be fascinated by the chimneys and the view of the rooftop. You’ll also visit an exhibit about Gaudi’s projects and an apartment decorated with antiques from the early 1900’s that will help you understanding how people lived inside a Gaudi house.
A quick taxi ride will take you to the last stop in your Barcelona full day tour: Park Güell. Another unfinished project by Gaudí, it was commissioned by his friend and patron Eusebi Güell who envisioned a luxury housing development. The project failed, but it has become the most fairy-tailish park in Barcelona.
We left the best for the end: another 10 minute taxi ride will take you to Gaudi’s Masterpiece, the Sagrada Família church, where he worked the last 43 years of his life until his death in 1926. Still a work in process, it’s scheduled to be completed by 1926-30 approx. Yet the inside is the most breathtaking place you’ve ever seen!
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 and have enough stamina to keep up for a full day.
If you are staying more than one day in town, we strongly recommend to split your sightseeing in two days instead to trying to do everything on your first day.
If you are traveling with kids, 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. Your might want to consider using a driver for half of the day (or even the whole day, depending on your possibilities).
* 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.
DURATION: 8 hours
WALKING & TAXI
Taxi rides not included.
Expect to pay around €20-30/person depending on your order.
CHARGED UPON BOOKING:
PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
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 Full Day 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 Boqueria Market is only partially open.
Tour starting time:
|Alternatively:||9AM (recommended in winter time, to match sunlight)|
We did the all day tour of Barcelona, and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The eight hour tour seems long, but when we looked back on what we saw we were all glad that's the one we did.
We were only in Barcelona for a day and a half. We hired Begoña of ForeverBarcelona tours for a city walking tour. We toured all the high points covered in Rick Steves Barcelona City Guide: Roman tombs, hospital where Gaudi died, the Catalan language center, the Raval section, Jewish Quarter, Roman temple of Augustus, Plaça de Sant Jaume, avenue of Discord, Casa Batllo. She took us to a local restaurant away from the touristy areas. After lunch we took a taxi to Park Guell and Sagrada Familia, the famous Gaudi church. Begoña knew so much about this place which is beyond words. What a high point to end the 8 hour tour! I highly recommend a tour of this type whether you are short on time or not. Having someone show you the city and explain the history politics and people and bypassing all the lines with timed entrances is worth the money paid.
Our group of 4 newcomers to Barcelona chose the all-day walking/chauffeured tour of Barcelona to get a real flavor of the city. Sandra, our tour guide, was exceptionally knowledgeable about Barcelona, and she was very easy to chat with. Both Sandra and the driver made us feel right at home within the first few minutes of meeting. The pace of the tour was great,and we felt we got a first-rate overview of the city during our time together.
The 8 hr walking tour was very itneresting. The morning was spent around the Gothic Quarter seeing a Roman cemetry and La Boqueria. Lunch as another set of delicious tapas and the afternoon was spent in the newer parts of Barcelona and the Gaudi buildings. Never having been to Barcelona before, I really feel now as if I have seen the city and have a newly found appreciation for Gaudi. Marta has clearly spent a great deal of time and energy on coordinating these tours. She knows the best times to be at particular locations. Even so, the tours are also flexible so that if you want to spend extra time at the Cathedral (for instance), it is no problem. I would highly recommend these tours to anyone visiting Barcelona. They are well worth your time and money.
The best way to get your bearings in Barcelona! We LOVED skipping the very long lines at Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera. We were able to see so much in only one day without feeling rushed. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fab all-day tour with Miriam. Private tours in Barcelona are expensive, but it was so worth it. I had been to Barcelona before, but I felt that I had never really been there at all after our all-day experience. Her explanations and unhurried style were priceless in helping us appreciate the city. This was a memorable day that we shall not forget.
We had an excellent full day walking tour with Javier where he took us to many amazing sites that we would not normally be able to see on a regular group tour.