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The Best Cultural Tours to Take in Barcelona

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Updated: 16 April 2018
A guided tour is one of the best ways to get know a city, whether you’re interested in learning more about its history and architecture, or just want to find the best places to eat are. Here are some of the best cultural tours you can take in Barcelona.

Spanish Civil War Tour with Nick Lloyd

While the Spanish Civil War may the one of the country’s darkest moments and not one that Spaniards like to talk about, it’s a moment in recent history whose effects are still felt today. Nick Lloyd is a passionate guide whose Spanish Civil War Tour is immensely interesting and offers great insight into how the events leading up to and during the war unfolded in Barcelona.

Devour Barcelona Food Tour

One of the city’s most well-established food-tour companies, Devour Barcelona offer tours in small groups that will introduce you to the rich food culture of Barcelona. Tastes & Traditions of Barcelona is one of their most popular tours and takes you to a food market (not the Boqueria!) to sample local meats and cheeses, a stop for some Barcelona-style paella, a trip to one of the oldest food shops in the city and more.

Photo Bike Tour Barcelona

If a walking tour isn’t your thing but you still want to be able to stop and look around at your will, the Photo Bike Tour Barcelona is ideal. Owner Alfredo has designed his own route through some of his favourite spots in Barcelona, with plenty of opportunities to take some excellent photos of the city.

Runner Bean Tours Free Gothic Quarter Tour

Not only is the Runner Bean Gothic Quarter Tour regularly ranked as one of the best walking tours in Barcelona, it’s also free. The tour is ideal if you want an introduction to the history and architecture of one of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods but don’t fancy committing to spending lots of money. Donations are welcome after the tour, but you can give based on merit and your budget.

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Discover the meaning behind some of the city’s secrets | © Josep Bracons / Flickr

Hi. This is Barcelona Explore Barcelona Tour

Pitching itself as an alternative to the typical tourist routes, Hi. This is Barcelona’s signature tour is a four-hour introduction to the city, taking you to some of their favourite local spots. What’s more, the company invites you to tell them about what you like ahead of the tour, so that they can show you the places that will really interest you.

Palau de la Música Catalana Tour

While most architecture lovers know of Antoni Gaudí – the mastermind behind the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and other Modernist marvels – not everyone is as familiar with the work of Lluís Domenèch i Montaner, another prominent modernist architect. His Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the city’s most impressive landmarks and it’s open to the public for guided tours every day outside of performance times.

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The Palau de la Música | © Fred Romero / Flickr

Wanderbeak Savor Spain Tour

Wanderbeak owners Marwa and Rowan are two foodies who decided to use their love of Barcelona and their respect for its food culture to offer original food tours which showcase the best food the city has to offer. Their Savor Spain Tour takes you on a trip through three of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods to explore the many influences on the local food scene, from Andalusian to Asturian.

Barcelona Bus Turistic

Last but not least, give your legs a rest and pack more into your day by hopping on to one of Barcelona’s official tour buses. Tickets can be for one day or two consecutive days and there are three routes to choose from, each taking you to different landmarks across the city. Discover the Olympic stadium on Montjuïc hill or check out the beach near Poblenou; you can get off whenever you like and the tour is available in a number of languages.

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Discover the Olympic stadium of Barcelona | © Cha già José / Flickr