The main sights of Barcelona are spread over a relatively large area so although you might visit the Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter and Port Vell on foot you’ll want to use some form of transport to go further afield to such attractions as Montjuïc, Park Güell and FC Barcelona’s mythical football stadium. The city’s metro system is clean, efficient and safe whilst the bus network covers most of the places you’re likely to be visiting. On the other hand you might prefer to take a city tour using the excellent hop-on, hop-off bus service which has stops at all the main attractions. A selection of Barcelona city coach tours are also available with transport on modern, air-conditioned coach as well as many walking tours and private tours which allow you to hire your own English speaking guide and driver.
Barcelona Coach Tours
- Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: Not exactly a coach but a very popular way of seeing Barcelona is to use the excellent hop-on hop-off bus service which follows three different tourist circuits including most of the main attractions. Time permitting it’s a good idea to buy a two day ticket which is valid on all routes allowing you to see the best of the Gaudi architecture including Parc Güell and takes you to Port Olimpic and Montjuic.
- Sagrada Familia & the Best of Barcelona: This city coach tour is probably the best choice for giving you a real feel for the Catalan capital which focuses on the highlights of Gaudi’s architecture. It can be taken as a half or full day tour and includes a visit to the Sagrada Familia without having to queue to get in.
- Barcelona in One Day: This alternative coach tour focuses on the highlights of Modernist and artistic Barcelona with visits to the main Gaudi buildings of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. The tour visits these main Gaudi monuments but does not include entry into them. The tour above is a better option if you want to go into the Sagrada Familia (highly recommended).
- Flamenco in Barcelona: Catalonia is hardly a hotbed for flamenco dancing but watching a show is popular with tourists. This evening city tour with flamenco begins with a coach ride through Barcelona to see many of the city’s brightly lit streets, monuments and fountains. At the end of the bus tour you will be transferred to one of the city’s flamenco dance halls where you can have drinks and tapas whilst enjoying a flamenco show.
If you have enough time available during your visit to Barcelona you might also consider taking one of the popular coach excursions out of the city to exceptional destinations such as Montserrat, the Dali Museum in Figueres, or the Penedes wine growing region.
FC Barcelona Stadium Tour and MuseumAs a football fan I must give a special mention to the Nou Camp stadium tour which is an absolute “must” for all fellow fans from around the world. FC Barcelona are one of the world’s great football teams and everywhere you go in the city you’ll see support for them. Their 98,000 seater Camp Nou stadium is one of the world’s great footballing venues. If you take the northern route of the hop-on hop-off bus tour you can get off at the Nou Camp for a stadium tour and visit the club museum. This is one of the city’s most popular attractions. And if you happen to be in town when there’s a match on you can pre-order Barça tickets and pick them up on arrival in the city or have them delivered to your hotel.
Travel Tip – Order the Barcelona Card
Many cities around the world offer some kind of discount card for entrance to its attractions. The value of such cards is often unclear. In Barcelona the Barcelona Card is a highly regarded travel pass issued by the Official Tourism Association of Barcelona. It offers unlimited free travel on public transport including the airport train, metro and urban buses as well as free entries and discounts to many of Barcelona’s major attractions. Passes are available for 2,3 and 5 days and every card comes with a free guidebook in English with helpful information on the establishments associated with the card as well as a city map.
If you buy the Barcelona Card online you simply print out a booking confirmation form at home which you then present at the tourist information office in Barcelona airport (with ID) which is open from 9am to 9pm. You can then take the RENFE airport train into the city at no extra charge. Alternatively, you can collect your Barcelona Card at the main tourist information office under Plaça de Catalunya or any other official tourist information office.
Barcelona Private ToursIf you’re looking for something a little more exclusive than the scheduled city tours recommended above then you might consider hiring an official English speaking tour guide. These local guides are ideal for small groups and can provide vehicles with licensed drivers when transport is required. The content of the tours varies depending on their length, you can choose to book a half day tour or really get to grips with more of the Gaudi buildings on the full day tour. Because these tours are designed specifically for the clients they are completely flexible and can be adjusted according to your wishes.
There’s no end to the number of different theme based private tours that can be arranged but here are a few popular options worth considering. Please take a look then let us know what exactly you’re looking for by filling in the booking enquiry form at the bottom of the page and our travel planner will get back to you:
- Walking Tour of Gaudi’s Barcelona: A walking tour is an ideal way to get to know the genius of Gaudi. This tour takes in all of his main works in the city including the amazing unfinished cathedral of Sagrada Familia, La Casa Batlló, Casa Lleo, an extensive tour of La Pedrera and more.
- Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter & City Tour: This panoramic city tour of Barcelona includes visits to Gaudi’s magnificent Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter and the Hill of Montjuic where you’ll see the Olympic Stadium from the 1992 Olympics.
- Picasso and Miró Art Tour: This tour takes in the Picasso Museum which is Barcelona’s most visited museum. On show are exhibits from the artist’s “blue” and “pink” periods. The tour then continues on to the Miró Foundation where students and the general public can familiarise themselves with the works of Joan Miró as well as with contemporary art trends.
- Barcelona by Night & Flamenco Show with Dinner: This tour begins with a panoramic tour of the city by night followed by a visit to a flamenco show where you can opt to have dinner during the performance.
- Tapas Tour of Barcelona: In Barcelona there are some great tapas bars but they’re not always easy to find. On this tapas tour your resident English-speaking guide will take you on a tour of some of the best tapas bars in town where you can savour some local delicacies.
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