The Top 5 Free Walking Tours in Barcelona

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Updated: 15 February 2017
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With all its winding streets, fascinating architecture and mysterious eccentricities, one of the best ways to get to know Barcelona is by foot. Across the city there are a number of places offering a variety of different walking tours highlighting its social, historic and artistic scenes. Fortunately, many of these are offered entirely free of charge, so you can save your money for the tapas. Here’s our round-up of five of the best free walking tours in Barcelona.

Free Walking Tours BCN

View one of Barcelona’s most distinctive neighbourhoods in a whole new light with Free Walking Tours BCN‘s tour of the Gothic Quarter. Taking you on a trip through some of the city’s most historic sights – from the old Jewish quarter to the majestic Gothic Cathedral – the tour is a great way to get to grips with the major landmarks in the centre of town. Running every day at 11am and 2:30pm, the tour begins at Plaça Catalunya and lasts about two hours.

The Gothic Cathedral
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Sandeman’s New Europe

Starting off in the centre of town on the Via Laietana, the Sandeman’s New Europe free tour of Barcelona takes you on a voyage through time to discover how the city evolved and developed over the course of history. Covering the Roman period and the mythical foundation of the city, through to Pablo Picasso’s influence and more recently still, the hosting of the 1992 Olympic Games, the tour highlights how Barcelona has constantly reinvented itself to survive throughout the ages.

Runner Bean Tours

If you want insight into the life, work and legacy of one of Barcelona’s most famous architects of all time, the Runner Bean free Gaudí tour is the one for you. Find out what defined the movement known as Catalan Modernism and how Antoni Gaudí became one of its most important members. The tour will take you past some of his most unique designs, including the world-famous – and still unfinished – Sagrada Família. This is a great way to get to know one of Barcelona’s most arresting landmarks entirely for free.

The Sagrada Familia
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Feel Free Tours

There are two routes to choose from by Feel Free Tours: the Old Town of Barcelona and the Modernist Route, and are organised every day of the week, pretty much all year round. The Modernist route showcases the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí but also some of the often overlooked work by fellow Modernist designers, as well as offering insight into the urban planning ideals which inspired the Eixample district. The tour lasts about two and a half hours and groups never exceed 15 so that you have plenty of chance to chat with the guide for extra information and advice.

Travel Bar

This is another great general tour of Barcelona’s most impressive sights, with everything from historic architecture to street art to keep you engaged along the way. Organised by the Travel Bar group, who specialise in all things sightseeing in Barcelona, the tour finishes off in a local bar, allowing you the opportunity to continue the conversation with your guide and the other participants over a friendly caña or two. Tours are held daily and start at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, but despite their frequency, booking is essential.

The Columbus monument
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