The history, the location and the diversity of the city of Barcelona make it ideal for themed tours which allow a visitor to discover parts of the city that tourists do not usually see. The majority of these tours offered by tour operators in Barcelona are given by a specialist guide and are usually given in English, though other languages can be requested as well.
In this section we recommend some tours which we think should not be missed during your stay in our city:
Modernista (Art Nouveau) Tour
Art Nouveau is referred to in Spain as Modernism or Catalan Modernism, an exuberant style which emerged at the end of the 20th century and which is manifested in hundreds of beautiful buildings throughout Barcelona. The Modernista tour will show you what many experts define as ‘the best open air Art Nouveau museum in Europe’.
The tour passes through the streets of the Eixample and shows some of the more than 150 buildings declared to be of historical and artistic interest by the local government. Within the Modernista movement one of the key figures to emerge was the figure of Antonio Gaudí, who created his own unique, unmistakable style. You will see some of his best known and most spectacular creations, such as the Casa Batlló, the Casa Milà, the Parque Güell and the Sagrada Familia, among others.
You can get a sense of Gaudí and his impact on the cities architecture from any one of our apartments in Barcelona.
These tours will take you through the historical centre of the city and teach you about the origins and evolution of Barcelona, from the first Roman settlement, to the former Jewish district, the medieval gothic era and up to the present day.
Passing through the Gothic quarter you will discover a great many interesting facts about the history of the city and its legends; where and how the Barcelonese of that era lived, their habits, their occupations and their beliefs. Additionally you can visit the Cathedral, the Plaza Real, the Plaza Sant Jaume, the Jewish district and the famous Las Ramblas.
This tour is recommended for those who wish to mix with the people of Barcelona and discover their history and routes.
From the top of Montjuic Mountain, the best viewpoint afforded of the city, once can see in all splendour the Columbus Monument and the Port, the Gothic town and the Cathedral, Passeig de Gracia its Art Nouveau buildings, and the Sagrada Familia – a symbol of the city. Furthermore you can also see the Olympic Ring, site of the 1992 Olympic Games, from the mountain.
Once you are on Montjuic we recommend you take the Cable Car that joins Montjuic with the Port and Barceloneta, it offers splendid views across the city.
Another vantage point offering excellent panoramic views is Tibidabo, in the Collserola Mountains, where in addition you can enjoy a theme park. Its position in the Collserola National Park also offers you the opportunity to enjoy a walk surrounded by nature, just kilometres from the centre of the city.
Bike and Tapas Tours
A fun and novel way to see the city – a bike and tapas tour in Barcelona with Orange Monkey Tours. Combine the pleasures of exploring Barcelona on bike and discovering its wonderful tapas bars. Pedal hard and you can even burn off the calories afterwards.
Barcelona on Bike
In recent years the bicycle has become very popular as a way of getting around the city of Barcelona. A large network of cycle paths all over the city, as well as an increase in pedestrian streets in the centre of the city make the bicycle and ideal way of getting around the city and of getting to know it.
A number of companies offer guided tours of Barcelona on bike.