15 Best Barcelona Tours

Spain’s second largest city has a lot to offer tourists. The combination of ancient architecture and modern design gives Barcelona a very unique feel.

Vibrant streets are filled with gorgeous restaurants and lively bars, while the suburbs have theme parks and mountains.

Quirky architecture, Catalan culture, and modern entertainment are all deeply rooted in Barcelona life, offering visitors endless options for unforgettable journeys.

Guided tours and experiences are a great way to decipher the city and gain insight into the local culture. Here are 15 of the best travel itineraries in Barcelona.

1. Private Full-Day Tour of Barcelona Highlights

Barcelona, ​​Spain

If you only have a short time in Barcelona but still want a bespoke experience in the city, a one-day tour of the main highlights is a great option.

You’ll get skip-the-line access to Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and La Pedrera, and visit some other lesser-known sights throughout the city.

You can tailor this experience to your interests, and the tour is completely private to you and the rest of you. Includes local food and wine.

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2. Camp Nou Experience: FC Barcelona Museum and Tour

Camp Nou

Experience the heart of one of the biggest football teams in the world with this tour at FC Barcelona.

You’ll explore and head to the stadium, which has hosted some of the world’s biggest football stars, including Maradona and Ronaldinho. You can also check out the news section and comment box.

End your tour at the FC Barcelona Museum, where you can learn all about the club’s history and view some important artifacts. This is an excellent trip for any football fan.

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3. Hop On Hop Off Barcelona City Tour

Hop On Hop Off Barcelona

If you’re pressed for time or just arrived in the city, the hop-on hop-off bus is a great way to get an overview of the city and get to all the major attractions with one ticket.

Simply hop on at one of the many stops throughout the city and choose the stop where you want to get off for a more in-depth look at Barcelona’s most popular attractions.

An audio guide is included, available in multiple languages, to let you know about the city and its people. You can choose a one- to two-day ticket, depending on which stops you wish to ride.

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4. Flamenco show at the Town Hall Theatre

Flamenco show at the Town Hall Theatre

No trip to Spain is complete without seeing a real flamenco show. This dance dates back centuries and remains a central part of Spanish culture today.

This experience gives you your ticket to one of the City Hall shows – an interesting architectural attraction in itself. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was once known as the Teatro de Barcelona.

These performances often feature some of Spain’s most famous dancers and singers, including Ivan Alcalà, Miguel de la Tolea and Yolanda Cortés. This is a one hour show, however, you will have time to explore the town hall before the show.

You can choose to include drinks for peace of mind and enjoy a traditional cultural evening.

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5. Guided tour of the Sagrada Familia with access to the tower

Sagrada Familia

Although it was first built in 1882, the Sagrada Familia has so many intricate architectural details and stunning features that it is still under construction. Nonetheless, it is now open to the public and has been functioning as the local cathedral since 2010.

This guided tour allows you to explore this iconic landmark with a professional guide who can tell you about the history of the building, Gaudí’s art and why it took so long to build.

You can also enter the tower for a view of the whole city of Barcelona.

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6. Barcelona Skyline and Beach Boat Tour

Barcelona Skyline and Beaches Boat Tour

Explore the city in an easier way with a boat trip along the coastline. Marvel at world-famous beaches and the city’s unique skyline from the coast, while learning about the region’s history and culture.

The ship sailed nine miles along the coast of Catalonia. A free app can be downloaded to your phone, providing reviews in multiple languages. There is a bar on board that provides a family friendly atmosphere and is a great option for families.

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7. Tibidabo Amusement Park Tickets

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Another great option for families, Tibidabo Amusement Park itself is a Barcelona icon with a variety of attractions for all ages.

Located on the side of Mount Tibidabo, the park offers stunning views across the city, providing a beautiful backdrop for the thrilling rides and captivating entertainment that are spread throughout the park.

Tibidabo Skywalk allows you to step outside and overlook the city and forest floor.

The park is over a century old and attracts tourists and locals looking for a time away from the bustling attractions of central Barcelona.

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8. 6-minute helicopter flight over the Barcelona coastline

Helicopter flying over Barcelona coastline

Helicopter tours offer unique perspectives on destinations around the world, and this 6-minute tour of Barcelona lets you see the most famous sights from the air.

A knowledgeable helicopter pilot will give you a brief overview of all the sights you will be able to see. This tour focuses on the city’s coastline area; however, larger icons – such as the Sagrada Familia – are easily spotted on board.

This is a great option if you’re only in Barcelona for a few days and want a unique view without being disturbed by other tourists.

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9. Paella Cooking Experience with Boqueria Market Tour

Paella Cooking Experience

Iconic rice and seafood dishes have become enduring symbols of Spanish cuisine; the experience allows you to cook your own meals.

A professional chef will take you to La Boqueria market, where you can choose your own fresh ingredients to make your paella.

After the market, you will visit the old town. You’ll then sit back and relax as you sip tapas and sangria while learning about paella and the secrets to making an authentic and delicious dish.

All food costs are included with the tour, and you’ll get recipes so you can make your own paella at home when you’re done.

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10. From Barcelona: Girona & Figueresta & Dalí Museum

Girona, Spain

If you are interested in experiencing a more authentic Catalan culture, Girona, the second largest city in the region, is a good choice.
This tour will take you from central Barcelona to Girona by air-conditioned bus. You will learn about the history of Catalonia – from a single era to the modern struggle for independence.

You will then be taken to Figueres to learn more about Catalan culture and learn about the region’s most famous icon, Salvador Dali. The city where he was born now has a museum dedicated to his surreal art and his life.

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11. Backpacker Pub Crawl

Backpacker Pub Crawl

Barcelona’s nightlife is eclectic, attracting tourists from Europe and the rest of the world.

This tour allows you to experience many different aspects of Barcelona at night – including tapas bars, pubs and nightclubs. Includes free drinks, and deep discounts at all covered locations. The night ends with a skip-the-line entry to one of Barcelona’s most popular clubs.
Geared towards backpackers, it’s a great way to meet other travelers while staying on a reasonable budget.

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12. Montserrat, Tapas & Wine Half-Day Tour from Barcelona

Montserrat, Tapas and Wine Half-Day Tour

Catalonia has some of the most unique landscapes in Spain, most of which are located in the Montserrat Mountains. This tour will take you through the villages and landscapes of the region – with a focus on local cuisine.

You’ll visit a local monastery and stop at small restaurants and wineries for freshly produced tapas and wines. Visit vineyards and learn how wine is produced in the region.

Tours are limited to 16 people to provide a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of time to explore some of the sights at your own pace.

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13. Tickets to the Museu de la Xocolata

Xocolata Museum

Chocolate lovers are sure to enjoy this experience at one of the largest chocolate museums in Europe.

You will learn about chocolate production – from harvesting cocoa to confectionary making. The museum focuses on the importance of chocolate in Barcelona’s culture and history, as well as the wider colonial influence on chocolate production.

There are chocolate sculptures for you to admire the craftsmanship of chocolate making, and as you admire the exhibits, you can get a free bar tasting upon entry.

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14. 2-Hour Gothic Walking Tour

Barcelona Gothic Walking Tour

Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is in the heart of the old town and is considered the historical and political center of the city and of Catalonia more broadly.

This tour will take you back to the Middle Ages and learn about the city’s rich history while admiring the Gothic architecture that has become the hallmark of Barcelona. Professional guides are locals in the area with extensive knowledge of the city.

A wireless guided tour system is provided for you; this allows you to explore certain attractions at your own pace without worrying about being separated from the group. This is a great tour if you are looking for something more relaxing.

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15. Casa Milà-La Pedrera: Skip the line

Mira's house

The Casa Milá apartment on Passeig de Gracia is an excellent example of the unique style Gaudi brought to architecture. However, this also means that there are often long queues to get in.

This ticket lets you skip the line and walk right into the attraction at a pre-arranged time. You will be given an audio guide to help explain the architectural concepts Gaudi explored and the history of the surrounding area.

The attic of the building contains the only exhibition dedicated to Gaudí’s life, giving you a unique insight into the architect.

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