Els Quatre Gats

Els Quatre Gats: Our most recommended tours and activities

Picasso Walking Tour & Picasso Museum of Barcelona

1. Picasso Walking Tour & Picasso Museum of Barcelona

Be immersed in the world of Picasso as you discover Bohemian Barcelona on this 2-hour walking tour. Explore the neighborhood where Pablo Picasso lived, imagining it at the turn of the last century. Learn about the history of this famous, eccentric Spanish painter as your guide tells you anecdotes about Picasso's friends and the events that influenced his life and artistic career. Visit Els Quatre Gats restaurant, the meeting place of intellectuals in Picasso's time. Admire the friezes on the façade of the Architects’ Association building, Picasso’s only piece of public art. See the Llotja de Mar, the art school where he studied, and the museum housing the most important collection from Picasso’s youth and formative years. During the 2nd hour of your tour, you will be guided through the Museu Picasso. See the world’s most important collection of works from Picasso’s youth and formative years, showcasing the evolution of his style from the more classical towards the his invention of Cubism. Set in a historic mansion, the Picasso Museu is near the site of Picasso’s last studio before he left the city for Paris. Highlights of the museum also include some of his later works, such as a series of interpretations of Velázquez’s Las Meninas dating from 1957, as well as ceramics and engravings.

Barcelona: “The Shadow of the Wind” Literary Walking Tour

2. Barcelona: “The Shadow of the Wind” Literary Walking Tour

Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s global bestseller “The Shadow of the Wind” has captivated thousands of readers around the world, and on this 3-hour walking tour you will step into its pages and discover the parts of Barcelona so vividly captured by the novel. Turning fiction into reality, the tour departs from the famous Ramblas Sta. Monica at the Arc del Teatre, before heading down to Placa Reial and Baixada de la Llibreteria. You will visit places still imbued with the magic of Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th-Century. Walk through the shadowy Gothic Quarter and Ribera, reliving events experienced by Daniel Sempere, Julian Carax, Fermín Romero de Torres, and other characters from the novel. Explore a labyrinth of mysteries, as tour participants become characters at the Forgotten Books Cemetery and Santa Maria del Mar. Wander along Calle Montcada, and discover the Santa Lucia Asylum, Xampanyet tapas bar, and Els Quatre Gats restaurant. See the house and bookshop of "Sempere and Sons," and head past the old library of Ateneu Barcelonès.

Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

3. Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

Explore Barcelona on guided e-bike tour and see more in less time with the help of a bike propelled by electric motor. Glide from some of the most popular attractions in the city to hidden treasures, including secret bars and cafés. Take a break with the included wine and tapas. Starting by the Gothic Cathedral, your guide will give you a short briefing about the bikes and Spanish cycling rules, before leading you to the El Born neighborhood. Pass by sites like Palau de la Música, El Fossar de les Moreres, and the seafaring church of St. Maria del Mar. Discover the former fishing village of Barceloneta, now one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. Soak up the vibrant life of the city’s beaches. Ride past Art Noveau architecture and shops and bars that date back to the beginning of the century. Head to the eatery Els Quatre Gats which was frequented by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Savor tapas and wine while appreciating this venue that is overflowing with history and the echoes of the geniuses who drank and dined here in ages past, from Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dalí. Open your senses to the rich Spanish flavors and leave with photos and memories of mystery, romance and adventure on a tour ideal for electric bike first timers and experts alike.

Barcelona: Private Picasso Experience

4. Barcelona: Private Picasso Experience

Start your Barcelona adventure by meeting your informative and friendly guide at the designated meeting point in the city. Upon arrival, you will share a brief meet and greet with your guide before setting off on your journey.  Your tour will start at Porxos d’En Xifre, this is where the Ruiz Picasso family had their first lodgings in Barcelona upon arrival from Paris. Arriving on the 21st of September 1895, when Pablo was thirteen, the family settled in this place, marking the beginning of what was to be his journey as a great artist.   Continue on your discovery of this artist by taking a trip to the Picasso Museo. Here, you can enjoy the convenience of skip-the-line tickets as you stroll through the beautiful building, in complete awe of the 4,251 works that make up the permanent collection. Furthermore, the Picasso museum, opened in 1963, also reveals his deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that was shaped in his adolescence and youth and continued until his death. After your visit to the museum, you will get the chance to explore the neighborhood of Born, considered by the locals to be one of the city's most Bohemian areas. One of the last stops on the tour will be Sala Parés, in Carrer Petritxol, a place that put on an exhibition of a series of pastel drawings by Picasso jointly with Ramon Casas in 1901. End your tour with a delicious coffee or tea in the Els Quatre Gats, at Carrer Montsió, where you can have a chat to your guide about all things Barcelona and Picasso.

Barcelona: Self-Guided City Audio Tour on Your Phone

5. Barcelona: Self-Guided City Audio Tour on Your Phone

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Barcelona as you approach iconic landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, La Rambla, and more. Make the most of a unique navigation functionality and follow suggested walking routes that make self-guiding easy. Start your tour to suit your own schedule from Plaça Sant Jaume, the core of the old city in order. Explore its historic square and picturesque places, feeling like a local. Benefit from a self-guided audio tour designed by an accredited expert. Tune into the app's audio commentary, based on a storytelling concept, to hear all about the landmarks you visit. Experience the beautiful capital of Catalonia at your own pace. Find out the highlights as well as hidden gems of the city.

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What people are saying about Els Quatre Gats

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 691 reviews

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the life and works of Picasso. At the end of the walking tour I felt I had just completed a crashed course on Picasso covering his different periods works starting from young age of 15 till his death in 1973 in 2. 5 hours. He's very professional and took time and patience to answered our questions.

Olga was an amazing guide!!! She was so enthusiastic and informative…. We learned so much from her on our walk and our visit to the museum. She had so many amazing stories to tell us about Picasso !!!! She was wonderful and a pleasure to listen to!!!

Walking tour in the area which is related to Picaso was quite beneficial for me to get some knowledge before watching his actual works. The explanation by the guide (sorry, I forgot her name) about some of the paintings was in depth and interesting.

Absolutely interesting neighborhood tour, not to be missed. In addition, the guided tour of the Picasso museum is very pleasant and full of ideas thanks to the very capable guide.

Our guide was a fountain of knowledge! She was so friendly and kind and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it!