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Those vacationing in lovely Barcelona, Spain, will find that many of the city's greatest treasures may be best enjoyed by simply strolling about on the pleasant streets. Fortunately, the city's layout makes walking a breeze, and you'll find an abundance of excellent walking tours that will ensure that you don't miss a thing. You'll be able to experience Barcelona to the fullest when you choose one of these popular tour companies that provide visitors with the very best walking tours.

1. Sandeman's New Europe Tours

Cathedral Stonework in BarcelonaThis company is rated as one of the very best tour companies in Barcelona, and tours are held every day of the year in rain or shine. The greatest thing about this company is that it offers high-quality, free walking tours on a regular basis. Each tour is led by a friendly, English-speaking guide who is extremely knowledgeable about the area and adept at providing wonderful stories about the history of Barcelona. These are a few of the places that you may expect to see during a typical free walking tour.

  • Roman Necropolis
  • King Martin’s Watchtower
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Port Vell
  • El Born District
  • Council of One Hundred
  • Santa Maria del Mar
  • Placa Nova
  • Santa Maria del Pi
  • La Llotja
  • Palau de la Generalitat

Park Guell in Baarcelona Designed by GaudiVisitors may also choose from a wide selection of paid tours, which include the hugely popular Gaudi and Modernism Tour. This tour celebrates the cultural rebirth of the nation and the contributions of the talented Antoni Gaudi and many other popular designers. These are a few of the wonderful places that you'll see on this walking tour. • Casa Batllo • Sagrada Familia • Casa Amatller • El Eixample Barrio • Casa Comalat • Palau Macaya • Casa Lleo-Morera • Passeig de Gracia • Casa Asia • La Pedrera This company also offers private tours that can be customized for your particular group. Book your private tour before you arrive so that everything can be arranged for you in advance.

2. Runner Bean Tours

This tour company offers two free walking tours, and you're welcome to enjoy them both. The Old City Tour takes you on a historic tour of the popular Gothic Quarter, and the excellent guides will help you discover all of its wonderful hidden secrets. The Gaudi Tour will take you among many of Gaudi's most wonderful creations, and the tour ends at his masterpiece that is known as the Sagrada Familia. Popular paid tours include the Kids and Family Tour, which is perfect for families who are traveling with young children. You'll explore the Gothic Quarter, and the guide will teach the history of the area through a combination of stories, games and songs that allow everyone from the youngest to the oldest to join in. The Dark Past Tour is fabulous for night owls, and you can expect to wander around El Born while learning about such things as the dark legends of the city, the Spanish Inquisition, public executions and the life of an executioner and medieval punishments and torture techniques. Private tours are also available.

3. Free Walking Tours Barcelona

Church of Santa Maria Stained Glass in BarcelonaThis unique tour offers participants a completely free tour of the Gothic Quarter, but it's a little different from the other tours because your guide will enlighten you about all of the area's history and also introduce you to all of the great activities that are available today. You'll get great advice from a local about the best places to eat, drink, play and dance the night away. You'll also be introduced to the extremely popular Football Club Barcelona. The history portion of the tour will extensively cover these topics.

  • Las Ramblas
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Placa del Rei
  • Roman walls
  • Picasso murals
  • Spanish Inquisition
  • Columbus Monument
  • Port Vell

Private tours may also be arranged with prior notice. This is a good option for families traveling with young children or couples who want to enjoy a tour together.

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