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    • Language All our guides are native English speakers and speak the local language fluently.
    • Knowledge Our local and subject knowledge is profound and up-to-date.
    • Interactivity See someone interesting? We'll interpret. Tired/full of energy? We can adapt the programme.
    • Individuality We don't do herd tourism. No silly flags. No headsets.
    • Responsibility Unlike most "green" tour businesses, we only use public transport--cheaper and generally more interesting.

Barcelona tours - Barcelona in 4 hours without feeling like a stupid tourist

Overview

This walk is popular with cruise passengers, weekend visitors, and other folks with a limited time budget. You'll see the main sights in local style with expert commentary. And without flag-waving official guides reciting in pidgin-English, or luxury tour buses full of fellow-foreigners.

Your tour starts with a walk round the Roman, medieval and pre-industrial remains, including the cathedral, one of the two other big Gothic churches, our favourite Romanesque church (tourist-free, with one of the prettiest Virgins north of Granada), and what was until 1391 the Jewish quarter.

In the old centre you’ll also see several key locations in the 1937 fighting between Stalinists and anarchists/Trotskyists described in George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, and several others featured in Carlos Ruí­z Zafón's The shadow of the wind, the scenes of executions and other civic mayhem, and a number of unusual shops and bars.

This section ends with a lightning tour of some of the stranger stalls in the Boqueria market on the Ramblas. We then travel uptown by municipal bus to take in the famous houses on the Paseo de Gracia (Amatller, Batlló, Pedrera) and then head finally by bus or metro to Gaudí's Sagrada Familia, just in time for lunch.

(This is our default recipe. If you want something slightly different within the same 4-hour package, tell us and we’ll suggest a tweak. We don't take you round the inside of the Sagrada Familia or the houses on Passeig de Gràcia. We also offer other Barcelona city walks.)

Itinerary

The intro contains a broad outline.

Some FAQs:

  1. Should we buy advance tickets for the Sagrada Familia?
    A lot of people choose to end their walking tour at the Sagrada Familia and then tour the inside on their own. We advise you to buy tickets in advance to avoid lengthy queues in what may be boiling sunshine. Tickets are sold for entrance whenever you like within bands of an hour, and we generally suggest taking a drinks/sandwich break between ending your walking tour and going into the basilica. For example, estimated walking tour end 13:30, get a 14:00-15:00 entry ticket.

Details

Grade easy
Base Barcelona (Meeting point information here, where relevant - make sure you have the right one!)
Location tags Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain,
Theme tags archaeology, architecture, art, gastronomy, history,
Your guide(s) A local expert
Walking distance 6 km / 3.73 miles
Walking time 3.48 hr
Total return travel time from base to walk 0 hr
Default meeting time 09:30. This is designed to produce an optimal result from a number of factors, including sleep-in time, access to food, and exposure to sun.
Total time from "hello" to "goodbye" 4.00 hr
Fiestas and markets in places we go through - combine a walk and some partying or shopping!
  • March 3 (patron saint)
  • around September 24 (patron saint)

Note that there are also events in most places on January 6 (Three Kings), Carnival, Easter, April 23 (St George), June 23 (St John), and September 11 (Catalan regional/national day)

Photos

Coming soon! Please try the overview or itinerary for pictures.

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