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Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

1. Barcelona: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 or 2-Day Ticket

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Barcelona with a choice of 2 different routes and 40 stops. See the major sites aboard an open-top double-decker bus, hopping off at key points of interest to you, such as the Gothic Quarter or the Picasso Museum, before jumping back on the bus to continue the route. Sit back and relax on an open-deck double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. See all the major sites of Barcelona, hopping on and off at your leisure. Stop to see the Picasso Museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Picasso’s artwork anywhere in the world. Walk down La Rambla and discover one of the city’s most vibrant areas with countless bars and eateries. Marvel at the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites Barcelona boasts. Especially remarkable is the Sagrada Familia, one of the most iconic works of the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city on your tour. The buses come every 20-30 minutes and each route is around 2 hours. The tour stops along the routes are as follows:  Red Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Francesc Macià - Diagonal • Estació de Sants • Plaça d’Espanya • Caixa Fòrum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe • Poble Espanyol • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya • Anella Olímpica • Fundació Joan Miró • Telefèric de Montjuïc • Miramar - Jardins Costa i Llobera • World Trade Center • Colom - Museu Marítim • Port Vell • Museu d’Història de Catalunya • Port Olímpic • Zoo • Parc de la Ciutadella Blue Line: • Plaça de Catalunya • Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies • Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera • Sagrada Família • Sant Pau Recinte Modernista • Park Güell • Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo • Sarrià • Monestir de Pedralbes • Palau Reial - Pavellons Güell • Futbol Club Barcelona - Camp Nou • Diagonal Les Corts • Francesc Macià – Diagonal • Eixample

Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

2. Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

Catch a flamenco show at an historical venue in Barcelona's famous La Rambla district with this entry ticket. Sip on a complimentary drink while watching passionate dancers perform. Be moved by live music and singing. Upgrade your experience by choosing an option with traditional food. Make your way to the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes theatre and take your seat in front of the cozy and traditional tablao (flamenco stage) where legendary artists such as Juan Villar have performed. Admire the colorful décor of the venue, inspired by motifs that transport you back in time. Embrace the sensual rhythms and primal power of the music, song and dance. Listen to live music and talented singers. Upgrade to the tapas option and go on a culinary journey with gazpachos (cold tomato soup) and delicious pintxos (small snacks) of the Basque Country. Satisfy your appetite with dinner option where you can choose from dishes like an authentic paella from Valencia or another mouth-watering options from a menu with over 40 different delicacies to try.

Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

3. Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour

On this 3-hour activity you’ll join a professional chef on an introductory tour of the world famous Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona's oldest and best food market, dating back to the 13th century. While telling you about the foods on offer, especially the seafood, and the basics of Spanish and Catalan cuisine, the chef will buy some of the fresh ingredients needed to prepare an authentic paella de marisco, or seafood paella, Spain’s traditional rice dish. Walk with the chef through the winding streets of La Ciutat Vella, or old town, to El Born, the most fashionable district of the city. Enter you your private dining room that’s adjacent to the big open kitchen where the chef will prepare the delicious paella de marisco, as you watch the process. Take the edge off your appetite with some traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold tapas. The chef will introduce you to a variety of the famous appetizers such as patatas bravas, pimientos de padrón, tortilla de patatas, chorizo, and of course the famous dry-cured ham, el jamón. Learn how to make your own pan con tomate, the most typical Catalan tapa, and how to build traditional Basque pintxos or montaditos, the tapas with toothpicks. Then you can enjoy your creations accompanied by some lovely sangría. While you are eating your tapas and homemade pintxos, the chef will cook the paella de marisco. You’ll be into the adjacent open kitchen to stand around the large paellera, the traditional round, shallow pan made of polished steel that the paella de marisco will be prepared in. As the chef begins to prepare the paella you’ll hear about the history of the dish, the ingredients used, and the steps in the preparation. With the paella simmering in the kitchen you’ll be invited over to the bar where you’ll learn all there is to know about sangría, the world famous Iberian wine punch that dates back to medieval times. Try your hand at mixing your own sangría. Once the paella de marisco is finally ready to be enjoyed, you’ll head back to the tables, sit down, and enjoy the feast along with your own freshly mixed sangria.

Palau de la Música Guided Tour

4. Palau de la Música Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings on an exclusive 45-minute guided tour of the Modernist Palau de la Música Catalana. Located in the heart of the city, just minutes from Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, the Palau is a temple of decorative refinements. Your tour starts in the Rehearsal Hall of the Orfeó Catala, where the foundation stone was laid in 1905, and where the choir rehearses regularly as it has done for more than 100 years. Continue to the grand staircase to marvel at the ornate flowers and flags that adorn it. Built from a range of materials, including iron and glass, the detail never ceases to amaze. Next, visit the Lluís Millet Hall and glimpse the large balcony with columns that symbolise nature with flowers of every kind. Finally, be dazzled by an explosion of colors, shapes, and light as you enter the Concert Hall. Your guide will take you to the 2nd floor to get close to the great skylight, where you can admire the impressive light source up close. To end, the Palau’s organ will accompany you on a short musical journey.

Barcelona: Helicopter Flight over Barcelona's Coastline

5. Barcelona: Helicopter Flight over Barcelona's Coastline

Take this thrilling helicopter flight over the coastline of Barcelona. Your experience will start at the heliport, next to the major port of Barcelona and only 10 minutes away from the city center by taxi. Jump on the helicopter to enjoy a memorable flight. In one glance you will recognize the old town of Barcelona and where the medieval walls were limiting the city. Have a look at the modern squared urban plan that was established by a famous general of the Spanish army in the mid 19th century. Fly up the Port Forum, where you will see the top of the Blue Museum, a contamporary building constructed by the famous architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

Barcelona: Pub Crawl With Open Bar and Free Shots

6. Barcelona: Pub Crawl With Open Bar and Free Shots

Discover Barcelona after the sun sets and watch the city transform into a playground of music, tapas, and lively parties. Get to know other travelers before setting off into a night full of fun and excitement. The pub crawl runs for approximately 5 hours and visits a selection of bars. Expect shots along the way and end in one of Barcelona's most popular clubs with skip-the-line access. Meet fellow travelers and like-minded locals as you mingle with people from all over the world in a city known for its warm nights and wild parties. Your guide is a professional party planner and local so you can definitely trust them to show you a good time. Expect games, competitions, and other events to make the night like no other you have ever experienced. Then, get ready to do some serious dancing. Visit a selection of different bars to get a full idea of Barcelona's nightlife scene. Venture into traditional Spanish and Catalonian bars with live music and rhythmic dance. Visit modern electronic bars and wild bars full of locals. End at one of the hottest clubs in the city and feel like a VIP with your free entry. The line-up changes from day to day, but you can always count on amazing drink specials, great company, and a few crazy stories from your night out on the town.

Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

7. Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

Explore Barcelona from different perspectives on a half-day tour by land, sea, and air. Start with a walk through the Old Town. Meet your guide near Passeig de Gràcia, then continue walking, passing houses designed by Antoni Gaudí, before arriving at the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). Continue to Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall and Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Wander into the old Jewish Quarter, to see the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi. Take a promenade down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to Port Vell. Here, board the boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at the monument to Christopher Columbus pointing to the Americas as you transfer by van to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell, Barceloneta, the Olympic Port, Olympic Village, mouth of the Besòs River, and more.

Barcelona Wine Tasting: Catalan and Spanish Wines

8. Barcelona Wine Tasting: Catalan and Spanish Wines

Savor the flavors of different wines from Spain and Catalonia at a wine tasting in the heart of Barcelona's Old Town. Embark on a journey through the different wine regions to get a better understanding of their individual produce. Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or a complete novice, the experience has something for you! Benefit from the services of an expert sommelier to learn the basics about Spanish wines and the different regions. Taste a selection of regional wines and hear about the different grape varieties. Get tips on wine tasting techniques and hear how to pair food with different wines.

From Barcelona: Girona & Costa Brava Trip with Swimming Stop

9. From Barcelona: Girona & Costa Brava Trip with Swimming Stop

Discover the history and beauty of Catalonia on a day trip to Girona and the Costa Brava from Barcelona. Get on board an air-conditioned van with your guide and enjoy the scenic drive. Visit the fishing town of Calella de Palafrugell and relax by the coast or take a dip in the sea. Depart Barcelona in the morning and head to Girona, a well-established city with a fascinating history. Explore its streets, and admire its rich architecture. See the cathedral, established in 1038 on the site of a former Mosque. Visit historical museums such as the Jewish Call and the Arab Bathhouse. Stroll around the colorful streets of the old town or sit down to have a cup of coffee and watch people walk by. Then, continue to the fairytale-like city of Pals, a small medieval village that came about from what was once a fortress. From Pals, head to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, a beach village with whitewashed houses that ramble all the way down to the seafront. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the traditional restaurants (at your expense), and spend the afternoon exploring the rocky coastline, visiting the botanic gardens at Cap Roig, or taking a refreshing dip in the inviting waters of the Mediterranean.

Picasso Walking Tour & Picasso Museum of Barcelona

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Old City Barcelona

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11,707 reviews

We really liked this trip - our guide, Roger, was excellent, very informative. We had a little over two hours at the monastery, which was enough for a guided tour, the cathedral and the art museum. We only saw the madonna from far away - didn't know you had to reserve tickets for that ahead of time and there was a long line. Took the cable car down to meet the bus and then went to lunch. The lunch was plentiful and tasty and we had a nice chat with our group over wine. The groups are small, we had maybe a dozen people. Would recommend this tour!

Fantastic experience. Francesco takes you to the market to buy ingredients after which you go to a cozy kitchen and learn about paella history, culinary techniques and help prepare a delicious recipe. Sangria and friendly banter flows freely- great place to make some friends along the way.

We LOVED the bike tour, and we learnt so much about the city!! We were all so glad we did it and would probably do it again! Our guide spoke perfect English and was warm and engaging the entire way round. Great way to see the city!!

Incredible experience. Best paella Ive ever had, with amazing fresh seafood. Wonderful and talented chef who cooked and also gave really good dinner recommendations that we asked for.

Absolutely phenomenon, the best experience. Being so close to the stage was amazing, you can feel the emotions. 100%recommend to everyone. Also the price is great!