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Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

1. Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

The Barcelona Aquarium is located in Port Vell, the city’s old harbor area, and is the world's most important marine leisure and education center dedicated to Mediterranean undersea life. Book your priority access ticket for this unique attraction that has already been visited by more than 14 million people. The aquarium is the perfect place to learn about the seabed and the many species that live there. See the 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks that are home to 11,000 animals from some 450 different species. Most spectacular of all is the immense Oceanarium, 5 meters deep and 36 meters in diameter. A transparent 80-meter-long tunnel runs through the Oceanarium, making it possible for you to walk among sharks, gilt heads, morays, ocean sunfish, and many other species. With your ticket you'll also be able to visit the permanent exhibitions, Planeta Aqua and Explora! that show the importance of water in the development of the planet, and where kids can discover the underwater world, using all of their 5 senses. After your visit, you'll be able to enjoy the different services on offer, such as the café, shop, and others. 

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Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

2. Barcelona: Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco Cordobes

Watch a flamenco show at an historical venue on Barcelona's famous La Rambla, and experience a traditional folkloric experience from Spain. Make your way to the tablao (flamenco theater), where legendary artists such as Juan Villar have performed. The theater still brings the most important flamenco artists to its stage for an assurance of quality. Embrace the sensual rhythms and primal power of the music, song and dance. Admire the colorful décor of the venue, inspired by motifs that transport you back to the time of the Moors. Upgrade to the dinner option and go on a culinary journey through the foods of Spain and its regions, from the gazpachos of the south to the delicious pintxos (small snacks) of the Basque Country. Savor an authentic paella from Valencia amongst more than 40 different delicacies to try.

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

3. 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.

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6 Minute Helicopter Flight over Barcelona's Coastline

4. 6 Minute 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.

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Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

5. 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.

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

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

This Barcelona sightseeing tour features 2 different routes with 40 stops to choose from! See the major sights aboard an open-top double-decker bus, spending as much time as you like at places of interest to you. Hop-off at other key points of interest, including the Gothic Quarter and explore this district’s Medieval streets, or visit the fascinating Picasso Museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Picasso’s artwork anywhere in the world! La Rambla is another of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions, hop-off here and discover one of the city’s most vibrant areas with countless bars and eateries!  A number of buildings in the city are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Especially remarkable are the works of architect Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city. His best-known work is the immense but still unfinished cathedral, Sagrada Familia. This has become a symbol of Barcelona known around the world. Other works by Gaudi that can be seen on the tour include his famous Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, and Park Güell. Frequency: 20-30 minutes Duration: 120 minutes The tour stops along the routes are as follows:  Red Line 1. Plaça de Catalunya 2. Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies 3. Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera 4. Francesc Macià - Diagonal 5. Estació de Sants 6. Creu Coberta 7. Plaça d’Espanya 8. Caixa Fòrum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe 9. Poble Espanyol 10. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya 11. Anella Olímpica 12. Fundació Joan Miró 13. Telefèric de Montjuïc 14. Miramar - Jardins Costa i Llobera 15. World Trade Center 16. Colom - Museu Marítim 17. Port Vell 18. Museu d’Història de Catalunya 19. Port Olímpic 20. Zoo 21. Pla de Palau - Parc de la Ciutadella 22. Barri Gòtic  Blue Line 1. Plaça de Catalunya 2. Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies 3. Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera 4. Sagrada Família 5. Eixample 6. Park Güell 7. Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo 8. Sarrià 9. Monestir de Pedralbes 10. Palau Reial - Pavellons Güell 11. Futbol Club Barcelona 12. Diagonal Les Corts 13. Francesc Macià – Diagona 14. MACBA - CCCB

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Palau de la Música Guided Tour

7. 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.

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Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

8. Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

See the best that Barcelona has to offer without breaking a sweat. Follow your local guide on your e-bike and learn more about the fascinating history of the city. Trace the 2,000-year-old heritage of Barcelona through its old town. Cycle down cobbled streets bursting with charm. Admire Gothic architectural gems like the Cathedral of Barcelona. Make your way down to the seafront for unbeatable views. Visit the Old Port and learn about the former fishing village, Barceloneta.

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Barcelona: City & Seafront Segway Tour

9. Barcelona: City & Seafront Segway Tour

Feel the Mediterranean breeze on your face as you ride effortlessly along on your Segway. Move from one scenic spot to another on the city’s sidewalks and bike paths for maximum comfort and safety. Glide past the sandy beaches and palm trees along the seafront. Learn about the former fishing enclave of Barceloneta and absorb the atmosphere of Port Vell (the Old Port). Venture down the narrow lanes of the Gothic Quarter. Discover the Barcelona of the Middle Ages and Roman era.

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Barcelona: Segway Tour

10. Barcelona: Segway Tour

See more of Barcelona and do your sightseeing in a fun comfortable way. Familiarize yourself with the easy-to-use Segway during a brief training session, then hit the road. Zip along the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter inside the walls of the former Roman city, populated with palaces, churches, artists’ workshops, and small shops selling all kinds of treats. Continue through the old town, gaze up at the Arc de Triomf, and enter Barcelona's oldest park, Ciutadella Park. Ride down Las Ramblas and stop at the foot of the Columbus Monument. Enjoy a view of Barcelona's skyline in front of the 3 mountains surrounding the city: Montjuïc, Tibidabo, and Collserola. Breathe in the sea air at the old port. Learn about the old fishing village of Barceloneta and feast your eyes on the extravagant yachts that populate the harbor today.

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What people are saying about Old City Barcelona

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,126 reviews

I meet a couple of great people! Our guide was fun to go out with. Everyone wanted to party and have a great time. Great atmosphere!!

Amazing night out ! the people and drinks were awesome, the tour is in the heart of the city, great locals bars

Amazing night out ! The atmosphere was really good, I loved the drinks, music, the people. I recommend!

The performance is just amazing and something to see when visiting Barcelona.

The cooking experience was both fun and informative.