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Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

1. Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

Depart the Arc de Triomf and ride through the historic neighborhood of El Born. Stop at the maritime church of the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, and then continue to the lively district of El Raval. Journey through more than 2,000 years of history as you see monuments such as the cathedral and city hall on Plaça de Sant Jaume. Cycle to La Rambla del Raval to take a souvenir photo of the El Gat del Raval statue by Fernando Botero. Then, make your way towards the beach and Port Olympic. Pedal along the seafront promenade to Rambla del Poblenou, where attractions include the National Theater by Ricardo Bofill.

Barcelona: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

2. Barcelona: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2 to 7 Attractions

Visit 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 top attractions of your choice and save up to 35% compared to buying individual tickets with a Barcelona Explorer Pass. Browse the included digital guide to plan and book ahead the attractions you want to visit, then show the digital or printed copy of your pass on the day, for entry. Valid for 60 days from its first use, your pass gives you plenty of time to enjoy your vacation. Go on a tour of Sagrada Familia, visit Gaudí's La Pedrera, make your way around town with a 1-day hop-on hop-off bus tour including 45 stops, take in the panoramic sights from Montjuïc cable car, explore the home of FC Barcelona, or relax on a Las Golondrinas boat cruise. With the Barcelona Explorer Pass you can choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions, museums, or tours from the following: Popular attractions • Parc Güell Guided Tour (R) • Sagrada Familia Guided Tour (R) • Casa Batlló • Mirador Torre Glòries Skydeck • La Pedrera • Las Golondrinas Boat Cruise • Barcelona Bus Turistíc (Hop-On Hop-Off) • FC Barcelona - Camp Nou Stadium Tour • Picasso Museum Guided Tour (R) • Poble Espanyol de Barcelona • Barcelona Montjuïc Cable Car Tours & experiences • Barcelona Bike Tour (R) • Montserrat On Your Own with Bus Transfer Included (R) • Tapas Tasting and Gothic Quarter Tour (R) • Gaudí and Modernism Walking Tour (R) • Barcelona Architecture Walking Tour (R) • Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour (R) • Raval Walking Tour: Barcelona's Gritty Past (R) • Barcelona Markets Tour: Boquería, Tastings and More (R) • Palau Güell and the Boquería Market Tour • Gaudi Experience 4D • Estrella Damm Brewery (R) • Escape Hunt Barcelona • Montjuïc Walking Tour: The Magical Side of Barcelona (R) Places of interest • L'Aquàrium de Barcelona • Barcelona Zoo • Vicens House Gaudí • MACBA - Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art • MEAM - Museu Europeu d'Art Modern • Fundació MAPFRE • CosmoCaixa Barcelona • Moco Museum Barcelona • Museu de la Música • Barcelona Wax Museum • Egyptian Museum of Barcelona • Sant Pau Modernist Center • Big Fun Museum and Museum of Illusions - combined entry • Casa Amatller • Olympic and Sports Museum • Gaudi's Crypt at Colonia Güell • History Museum of Catalunya • Catalunya en Miniatura • Illa Fantasia Water Park (seasonal - back in spring) (R) Reservations required in advance Attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher before you go for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions, where applicable. Make sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Barcelona: Montjuic Hill E-Bike Tour

3. Barcelona: Montjuic Hill E-Bike Tour

Meet your guide at the starting point to collect your e-bike and start your tour below the Arc de Triomf, one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Then ride through Parc de la Ciutadella, the green oasis of the city center, decorated with the famous monumental Cascada, inspired by the Trevi fountain. Accompanied by your expert guide, arrive at Barcelona’s Port Vell — the city’s historical port. Glance at the yachts bobbing on the water and pass the glitzy Maremagnum leisure center and Cristobal Columbus statue, to reach the Miramar gardens. Afterwards, pass by the Joan Miró Foundation to find the Joan Brossa gardens, placed between the cable cars and the Montjuic castle, a stunning place to walk and learn about the history of Barcelona. Pass by the Sot del Migdia viewpoint, which is a spectacular place to watch the sunset before cycling down to visit the Europa square with its famous Olympic Stadium. Go to the viewpoint of the National Palace to enjoy an exceptional 360-degree view of the city from its terraces. Ride down to the Pedró square, a place that became a cherished landmark for Barcelona Christians. You will then be introduced to the vibrant area known as El Raval. Then head to the charming Gothic district, home to a labyrinthine of little streets, the neighborhood contains some of the city’s most impressive 15th-century architecture. Finally, return to the starting point.

Barcelona Cable Car Sky Views, Magic Fountain & Castle Visit

4. Barcelona Cable Car Sky Views, Magic Fountain & Castle Visit

Explore districts like Ramblas, Raval, and the Old Town on this guided walking tour in Barcelona. Ride the cable car to Montjuic Castle and watch the sunset over the city and the sea. End your day by watching the Magic Fountain show.  Start your tour at the famous Ramblas in the heart of the city centre. Walk through the Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a fine example of modernist architecture and one of Europe's leading opera houses.  Have a look at the incredible façade of Palau Guell, where a young Gaudi showed his mastery of light and creating beautiful shapes. Continue your walking tour to discover the Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town.  Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, probably the cutest statue you will ever see. Next, take the Montjuic Funicular and enjoy the breathtaking views of Barcelona’s iconic skyline. Reach Montjuic Castle and explore this site which has been a military fortress since its early beginning. Find out how it has witnessed the change of political power in the city.  Enter the dungeons of the several political prisoners that have marked the history of the city. Receive access to the Tower of the Castle, where you can admire 360-degree views over Barcelona. Snap pictures dazzling views of Barcelona and the sea at sunset. Continue your walk and pass by the Olympic Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi which is famous for hosting the best concerts in town. Along the way, stop at one of the best terraces in the area to savor traditional tapas paired with a local wine or beer. After your break, head to the Magic Fountain which was constructed for the 1929 Universal Exhibition. End your tour by watching the colorful dancing water of the fountain.

Barcelona Experience 3-Hour Tour

5. Barcelona Experience 3-Hour Tour

A cool three hours exploring Barcelona city center, and the Montjuic Olympic park. Your tour starts by the Arc de Triomf and then heads to the city center via the Sagrada Familia and the ever busy Passeig de Gracia. After driving down Las Ramblas (looking like a rock star) the tour makes it way through El Raval and Poble Sec before climbing slowly onto the open roads of Montjuic. Here you can see Poble Espanyol, MNAC, the Olympic Stadium, the Miro Foundation and Montjuic Castle. Coming down from Montjuic, follow the coastline until Port Olympic, where you make the final turn back towards GoCar HQ.

Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

6. Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

Enjoy this walking tour of Barcelona Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market, considered one of the best markets in the world because of its modernist design and the richness of products it offers. Start your tour at the famous Ramblas, the heart of the city center. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a classic example of Catalan modernism, as well as the Palau Güell, one of the most stunning examples of Antoni Gaudi’s architecture.   Continue your walking tour to discover Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town, that attracts people from diverse social, cultural, and geographical backgrounds. Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, perhaps one of the cutest statues you’ll ever see. Take the Montjuic funicular and prepare yourself for a bird’s eye view of Barcelona. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the Montjuic cable car as you gaze down on Barcelona’s iconic skyline. At the top of the funicular, you’ll reach Montjuic Castle, enjoying a private visit exclusively with your small group. Explore the military fortress, and enjoy access to exclusive areas, like the building’s dungeons.  Emerging from the dungeons, head to Montjuic Castle’s tower for the most spectacular, panoramic viewpoints of the city — if the day is clear enough, you'll see all the way to the Pyrenees. Afterward, head back to the Old Town via cable car, in perfect time to enjoy a delicious meal of tapas — be sure to pick up some recommendations from your guide for the best restaurants to hit.

Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Old Town & Seafront Segway Tour

7. Barcelona: 1.5-Hour Old Town & Seafront Segway Tour

Enjoy a panoramic Segway Tour and explore Barcelona's seafront & city center on a Guided Segway Tour. Discover Las Ramblas, Columbus Monument and Port Vell. Visit the beaches & Barceloneta fisherman's district to better understand how the city was changed after the 1992 Olympic Games. Go inside the Ciutadella Park and learn about its history and the different scenarios that it has represented over time. Admire the Arc de Triomf, the main entrance to the 1888 Universal Exposition. Visit the old town as Born Market & Basilica de Santa María del Mar. Both, located in the Born district, one of the most typical districts in Barcelona, full of nice restaurants and all kinds of shops. Take note of the tips of your Guide! Back to the office, visit La Basilica de la Merçé, Patron Saint of Barcelona and ride along the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter. Enjoy a Segway Tour through the city center & seafront with a lot of fun for an unforgettable Barcelona Experience.

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art Entrance Ticket

8. Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art Entrance Ticket

Enter the stunning Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), located in a modern building in the heart of the central neighborhood of El Raval, and explore its collections at your own pace to discover a program that encompasses the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music, events, and pioneering educational activities. Journey through some of the most complex visions of contemporary art in a space that is open to the exchange of ideas and experimentation. Set out around a landmark cultural plaza that includes a Gothic chapel and the iconic museum building by Richard Meier, the MACBA's permanent collections include works from the mid-20th century onwards with a focus on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art. The 2023 program explores complex visions of contemporary art through visual arts, performances, film, music, or events. From 14th December 2022 to mid-2024, you can visit the MACBA Collection: Prelude, with a poetic intention. Discover also MACBAs temporary exhibitions such as the first exhibition dedicated to María Teresa Hincapié: If This Were a Beginning of Infinity, Ayuujkjä'äy ëy Konk. A fable based on a Mixe myth to address a new perspective on history, both available until 26th February or Josep Grau - Garriga: Dialogue with Light, available until 11th September 2023. Benefit from a ticket valid for 1 month and enjoy multiple entries. Daily tours are also included in your admission price, and the augmented reality app will make your visit a memorable experience.

Barcelona: Old Town Evening Tapas and Sightseeing Tour

9. Barcelona: Old Town Evening Tapas and Sightseeing Tour

Escape the touristy spots and discover local neighborhoods on this tapas tour. Throughout the tour, as you delight in the discovery of new tastes, flavors, and dishes, your guide will introduce you to local gastronomic specialties, anecdotes of the city's history, and local neighborhood life. Enjoy your first tapas experience at an old bodega from 1903. Indulge in your first bite and a nice glass of red wine. Stroll through one of the most beautiful squares of the Gothic Quarter and its adjacent narrow medieval streets. Stop at a bar with a beautiful, secret garden to taste Spanish ham and pa amb tomàquet accompanied by a white or red wine. Cross into the old heart of Barcino and visit a charming Bodega from the early 20th century for vermouth and croquettes. Then, on the way to the next place, see some of the oldest businesses of Barcelona, the Roman Walls, the Cathedral, or even a giant work by Picasso before vanishing again in the labyrinth of narrow streets. Stroll into an old brewery from 1897 which currently is one of the most beautiful and famous establishments of Barcelona, not to mention the Catalan Art-Nouveau building it is located on. Taste oyster or patatas bravas with a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy the environment. Arrive at the final spot, a café located in a UNESCO World Heritage building, where we’ll experience a sweet end to the tour.

Barcelona: Bike Tour with a Break on a Beach Terrace Bar

10. Barcelona: Bike Tour with a Break on a Beach Terrace Bar

Get to know Barcelona on a relaxed, fun, and informative bike tour, including a break at a beach café. Meet your guide, then, set off to cycle some of the city’s beautiful streets and squares. Discover golden beaches, elegant boutiques, and local food markets. Enjoy the services of a trained guide who is well versed in the history and workings of the city. Hear fascinating anecdotes that uncover the secrets of the city. Cycle along sections of the city’s 160 kilometers of bike lanes, following a route that sticks to pedestrianized streets wherever possible. Designed for all ages, the tour stops every hundred meters to discuss the sights. Pass the green oasis of Parc da la Ciutadella and the Arc de Triomf. Bike the labyrinthine streets of Raval to discover Barcelona’s cosmopolitan vibe. Stop for a break at a beach café, and enjoy the Mediterranean sun and sea

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based on 2,995 reviews

This activity is highly recommended! I only wish we would have done it earlier in our trip so we knew the area better. Our guide, Guillermo “Will” was excellent! He taught us some history along the way and showed us around Barceloneta beach and the Gothic Quarter, among other areas. He showed us places we never would have found in our own, and it was a great perspective from a bicycle. It was just me and my two kids (17 and 20 years old) and they really enjoyed it too! The bikes are great - if you put it on full assist you barely have to pedal if you don’t want to. I’m not a frequent bicyclist, and I found it very easy to use. You won’t regret booking this one!

Wonderful experience! Without the walking tour we would have missed so many hidden places in the historical Barcelona. The guide Daniela was awesome and very enthusiastic in showing us the beautiful Barcelona.

It was the perfect way to see Barcelona! We would never have been able to see so many parts of the city on our own. This was really fun AND we learned. a lot from our GPS tour guide!

Even tough the city was busy because of the three wise men celebration, the guide managed to make us have a great time

Der Ausflug hat uns sehr gut gefallen und ist sehr empfehlenswert. Sehen Barcelona aus einer anderen Sicht.