Barcelona holds a particular charm. From ancient Roman ramparts to Gothic architecture to Gaudi’s smooth lines, there’s plenty to see. Our Barcelona in a day itinerary weaves together some of the city’s best-known sites, allowing for a snapshot into this progressive Spanish hub. In the company of a local expert, we'll spend our time unpacking the layers of history in the Barri Gótic, also known as the Gothic Quarter, before spending time gazing at the exterior and interior of one of Gaudí’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. This Barcelona in a day tour is a fantastic introduction for travelers with limited time yet unlimited curiosity who want to learn about Barcelona in the company of a local expert.
Barcelona in a Day Tour
This day tour includes a short overview in a local cafe and visits to sites such as Plaza Nova, the Gothic Cathedral, El Call (former Jewish Neighborhood), El Born, La Boqueria, La Rambla, and finishing up at La Sagrada Familia.
Full Day Tour of Barcelona
Our tour begins in a small cafe near Plaza Nova, the centre of the Gothic Quarter. We’ll start with a coffee (included) and a short briefing on Barcelona and the surrounding area (with relevant maps and tips) before setting off. We’ll note the remnants of ancient Roman times as we discuss the last remaining gate and wall segments from this former Roman outpost. We’ll continue onward to discuss the influence of the Romans on Barcelona’s city planning and architecture today as our route moves through the Gothic Quarter. We’ll reach the main cathedral: a superb example of elaborate Gothic architecture and a fitting point for our expert to talk about religious life for Christians and Jews over the centuries. We’ll walk through a Jewish neighborhood established in the Middle Ages (El Call) as we discuss religious and political expression and intolerance in both Spanish and Catalonian history.
Our path will take us to a local Spanish favorite, La Boqueria market, where we will try a local snack or Spanish delicacy while our expert guide explains what we are seeing, smelling, and tasting. Leaving the market buzz behind us, we will stroll along the leafy green La Rambla (the Ramblas), a main artery through Barcelona. We’ll use this thoroughfare to examine how modern development reshaped the city in the 18th and 19th centuries.
La Sagrada Familia and Gaudí
We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant or cafe and use this time to re-energize and discuss anything from Spanish gastronomy to taxation or Catalan identity. After lunch, we will make our way to the day’s finale: La Sagrada Familia, with skip-the-line tickets. Barcelona has been a leading figure in the Art Nouveau movement and Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece is the perfect showcase of modernista architecture. Still under construction, nearly 100 years after the death of its visionary, the structure exemplifies the genius of a forward-thinking mastermind. Our local expert will use the basilica to illustrate its symbolism, aesthetics, and design and its relationship with the Modernisme movement. We’ll also discuss the life of Gaudí, who was behind one of Europe’s most talked-about structures.
Barcelona with an Expert
At the end of our immersive full day tour itinerary, we will emerge with a deeper understanding of Barcelona and how it propelled itself onto the European stage. We’ll have ventured across the city to sites relevant to Barcelona’s history, culture, and identity. Our Barcelona in a day tour will leave you with a better understanding of architectural movements, the Catalan identity, and local gastronomy.
FAQ About the Full Day Tour in Barcelona
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What happens if it's raining?
Our tours happen rain or shine. Our guides are great at adapting their route during changes of weather. Please bring an umbrella.
What costs will I need to cover on the day?
You will need to cover the cost of lunch.
Does the walk include the interior of the Sagrada Família?
Yes. We will have an in-depth visit to both the interior and exterior of Gaudí's incredible masterpiece and provide skip-the-line tickets.
I would like to book a car service. Is this possible?
Yes, this is possible. Please let us know in your client notes. However, some areas of the city center are closed to car traffic. If you do need a car service, please request this in your client notes at the time of booking and we will book this for you.
Does this tour include skip-the-line tickets?
We will arrange skip-the-line tickets for our visit to the Sagrada Familia.
Is this tour appropriate for kids?
For young children (ages 3-12) we recommend our shorter Gaudí for Kids tour
, which is led by experts specially trained in educating children.
Will the lunch restaurant be able to accommodate people with allergies or dietary restrictions?
We do our best to accommodate everyone. Let us know when you book if anyone in your party has allergies or dietary restrictions. We will do everything possible to find a suitable location.