The Best Walking Tours in Barcelona


People walking in a park in spring, with the Sagrada Familia in the background, in Barcelona, ​​Spain
Posted: 02/10/2024 | February 10, 2024

Barcelona is a vibrant, energetic city known for fantastic food, beautiful architecture and a wild nightlife. It’s also a place that appeals to everyone: foodies, partygoers, history buffs, night owls and everyone in between will find something to see and do here.

From free introductory tours to in-depth history and food tours, I never tire of exploring and learning about Barcelona. It’s a city with many layers of history and culture that most visitors barely scratch the surface of.

To help you plan your trip, here is my list of the best walking tours in Barcelona.

Best overall tour

Go for a stroll

Take Walks is my favorite tour company in Barcelona, ​​offering access to places no other company offers as well as incredibly knowledgeable tour guides. I always have fun and learn a lot on these tours.

The Gaudí Tour is the most in-depth and comprehensive tour available, but there is also an educational skip-the-line tour of the Sagrada Família, the city’s biggest tourist attraction. If you want to visit this cathedral (and you should, it’s beautiful), this tour is a must. Tours start at 53 EUR.

Best free tour

New Europe

New Europe is one of the most popular free walking tour companies in all of Europe. Its main offering is a solid introduction that lasts about 2.5 hours and covers all the highlights. It’s a great way to boost your trip if you’re on a budget. There is also a free tour that focuses on Gaudí and modernism. Just give your guide a tip at the end!

While these are perhaps the best free and paid tours in the city, Barcelona has much more to offer. Here are six more insightful and educational tours:

1. Devour food tours

Devour is my favorite food tour company. The offerings are always super insightful and delicious. Devour runs a variety of tours in Barcelona, ​​so there is something for everyone.

If you are a history buff like me, the tapas, taverns and history tour is the best choice for you. It lasts over three hours and includes some delicious tapas while you learn about Barcelona’s extensive history.

There’s also an evening wine and tapas tour, as well as a day trip to Monserrat that includes a visit to a winery.

Tours start at 87 EUR.

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2. Golden Guide

This travel company offers in-depth, skip-the-line tours of Barcelona’s top attractions. If you want to learn about Gaudí, this 75-minute tour of Park Güell (with skip-the-line entry) is the best way to do it. You can stroll through the beautiful (and popular) park, admiring all the incredible mosaics and nature-inspired creations, while learning more about the master craftsman from an expert local guide. This is one of the city’s most popular attractions, so it’s important to get information about it from an expert (and skip the line)!

Tours start at 22 EUR.

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3. Travel bound

You can’t visit Barcelona without doing two things: eating tapas and watching a flamenco show. To make things easier, Travel Bound offers a cool tour of the Gothic Quarter where you can see an amazing flamenco show and enjoy delicious tapas. It is the perfect tour for travelers who would like to learn about culture and enjoy a more traditional part of life.

Travel Bound also organizes a spooky ghost tour where you’ll learn about hauntings, gruesome crimes and other eerie stories from Barcelona’s dark past. The tour only lasts 90 minutes and is a great way to get to know the city after seeing the main attractions.

Tours start at 17 EUR.

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4. Tourism in Barcelona

Barcelona is an artistic place with lots of great museums, cool galleries and breathtaking architecture. If you’re an art fan and want to explore more of this side of the city, Turisme de Barcelona offers a two-hour Picasso walking tour that takes you through his old neighborhood and favorite spots. From there, you’ll then visit the popular Picasso Museum, which houses an extensive collection of his works (there are over 4,000 pieces here). You also get skip-the-line entry. If you’re a history buff or art fan, this highly informative tour is a fun way to explore one of Barcelona’s many niches.

Tours start at 35 EUR.

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5. Original European Tours

If you want to experience Barcelona’s vibrant nightlife, take a pub and club crawl. You’ll visit at least four locations (including skip-the-line entry) and get a few free shots as you hop from bar to bar. The tour lasts five hours, allowing you to enjoy as much of the nightlife as possible. There’s even the option to add an open bar to your tour for just 20 EUR! Of course, this tour is mostly filled with young backpackers, but if you want to meet people and have fun, it’s worth a try.

Tours start at 27 EUR.

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Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in Europe. And for good reason: it’s a beautiful, energetic place that’s bursting at the seams with amazing food, cool sights and tons of history. If you take one of the above walking tours, you are sure to have a fun, informative and authentic visit to Spain’s most popular metropolis.

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Book your trip to Barcelona: logistical tips and tricks

Book your flight
Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. They’re my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines all over the world, so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel at Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they always show the cheapest prices for guesthouses and cheap hotels. Some of my favorite places to stay are:

For more hostel suggestions, this post lists all of my favorites. And you can find my favorite areas to stay in the city in this post.

Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case something goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I have had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value for money are:

Are you looking for the best companies to save you money?
Check out my resources page for the best companies to use while traveling. I list all the ways I save money on the go. You also save money when traveling.

Do you need a guide?
Barcelona has some really great guided Gaudí tours. My favorite company is Take Walks. Your Complete Gaudí Tour offers you the best in-depth, behind-the-scenes Gaudí tour available.

Would you like more information about Barcelona?
Be sure to visit our comprehensive Barcelona travel guide for even more planning tips!

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