The Top Free Walking Tours in Barcelona
Many of Barcelona’s winding old backstreets and picturesque plazas are inaccessible to vehicle traffic, making them perfect for exploring on foot.
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What better way to get some exercise and learn about Barcelona’s history, art and culture than on a free walking tour? After all, less money spent on a tour means more money for tapas later. Here’s Culture Trip’s round-up of the best free walking tours in Barcelona.
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Barcelona has been through some momentous architectural changes over the years, and nowhere is this more evident than in the historic Gothic Quarter , right at the heart of the city. Free Walking Tours BCN offers a fun and informative walking tour of the district, taking in some important historical sights. From the old Jewish quarter to the majestic Gothic cathedral , you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about the history of Barcelona and Catalonia and what makes them distinct from other parts of Spain. The tour leaves from Plaça Catalunya every day at 10am, 11am and 3pm, and lasts around 2.5 hours.
Sandeman’s New Europe
Starting just off Via Laietana in the very centre of town, Sandeman’s New Europe free tour of Barcelona takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the city’s history. From Barcelona’s legendary founding (was Hercules really responsible?) and the Spanish Civil War to the birth of the modern independence movement and the 1992 Olympic Games, this guide will give you the historical context to the modern city we know and love today. The 2.5-hour tour runs five times a day and starts by the exit of Jaume I Metro station. The route is wheelchair-accessible.
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Runner Bean Tours
Runner Bean Tours offers two free tours, so there’s something for everyone here. One tour has you covered for the history of the Gothic Quarter , while the second, the Runner Bean free Gaudí tour , gives you the lowdown on one of Barcelona’s most famous architects. You’ll find out what defined the movement known as Catalan Modernism and how Antoni Gaudí became one of its most important members. The guide will also take you past some of his most important buildings, including the world-famous Sagrada Família . The tour departs every day from the water fountain at Plaça Reial at 11am and 4.30pm during the summer and at 11am during the winter. The 2.5-hour journey includes a couple of trips on the Metro to reduce walking, so be sure to bring some change.
Feel Free Tours
There are two routes to choose from with Feel Free Tours: the Old Town Tour of Barcelona and the Gaudí Modernism Walking Route . As well as showcasing the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí, the Modernism route will take you past some other, often overlooked but exceptional work by fellow Modernist designers. It will also delve into the urban planning ideals of the 1856 Cerdà expansion plan that advocated (at the time) revolutionary ideas around hygiene and mobility, and eventually led to the building of the Eixample district – a must for anyone interested in the history of urban planning. Tours run every day of the week pretty much all year round, and last around 2.5 hours. Groups of no more than 15 people depart from in front of the Hard Rock Café in Plaça Catalunya.
Travel Bar tours start and end at their own bar, just off Las Ramblas, near Liceu station. Grab a beer, cocktail or sangria and get to know your fellow group members before or after the tour. The two-hour free walking tour is another great general walk of Barcelona’s most impressive sights, with everything from historic architecture to street art to keep you engaged along the way. Tours are held daily and start at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, but despite their frequency, booking is essential.
Barcelona Street Style Tour
Barcelona is home to a thriving street-art scene , so the free walking tours from Barcelona Street Style are a must for fans of urban art. With two options on offer, covering either the El Born neighbourhood and the Gothic Quarter or the colourful district of El Raval , these tours showcase the best of the city’s contemporary city murals. Led by guides who are very knowledgeable about techniques and styles, as well as artists currently active on the local scene, these tours are a fabulous way to learn more about an art form that most of us see every day but may know little about. The El Born and Gothic quarter tour departs at 2pm each day, while the El Raval tour heads out at 10am and 4.45pm. Advance booking is a must.
Be Local Tours
The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) was one of the most dramatic conflicts in the history of Barcelona, and one that still has resonance today. The Be Locals Tours Civil War Free Walking Tour takes you back in time to relive the dark days of the conflict and show you places and monuments still visibly scarred by the fighting. The guides illustrate the historical significance through old photographs and stories of how normal people lived during the war, which makes this an essential tour for anyone interested in this important period. The walk departs every Friday at 11am from Plaça Catalunya; booking online is highly recommended.
The Ruta del Modernisme
Fancy yourself as a tour guide? Well, the Ruta del Moderisme might just be for you. This self-guided tour winds through the city, and takes in more than 100 examples of Barcelona’s acclaimed take on Art Nouveau. The tour will introduce you to the works of Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch, the architects who made Barcelona the world capital of Modernism. Points of interest on the route are marked by round red paving stones on the pavement. To keep this tour completely free, you can follow the route and read the descriptions of the buildings on the dedicated website . Alternatively, if you don’t mind spending a bit of money, the accompanying guidebook is €12 and gets you discounted entry to many of the sights along the way. You can buy the guidebook from the Güell Pavilions or the L’Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Tara Jessop .
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The 9 best Barcelona walking tours
Get ready to stretch your legs and take the Catalan capital by storm with these nine Barcelona walking tours
Looking for great, outside-the-box Barcelona walking tours? No matter how easy and convenient Barcelona’s public transport system is, everyone knows that the best way to explore a new city is on foot. Whether you’re an art buff or a history nerd, a foodie or a wine connoisseur, this list is sure to lead you somewhere new. Follow your in-the-know guide to a deeper understanding of Barcelona and you’ll see why it’s so easy to fall in love with this magical city.
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Nine amazing Barcelona walking tours
1. Walking Planets Genius Walk
If you want to see Barcelona through an artist’s eyes, these are the tours for you. Maybe you have your sights set on the Picasso Museum , or you can’t wait to step inside Casa Batlló , or your workmate back home wouldn’t stop talking about how amazing the Joan Miró Foundation is. Whatever it is, discover the lives of Picasso, Gaudí and Miró in three separate tours from Walking Planets . Register your group for a specific tour to focus on a single artist, but don’t be surprised if you leave feeling inspired to sign up for the other two.
Price: €85 for 2h, €130 for 3h (per group) Duration: 2h or 3h Languages offered: English, French, Portuguese, Catalan and Spanish
2. Barcelona Uncensored
This isn’t your mother’s walking tour of Barcelona, unless your mother frequents red-light districts. Explore the seedy underbelly of the city that existed before saying ‘La Rambla’ conjured images of designer stores, overpriced paella and clumps of overzealous tourists. Follow your Free Walking Tours Barcelona guide’s purple umbrella while walking through the now-flourishing streets of the Raval and learning about the controversial neighbourhood’s history of prostitution, urban art and anarchist rebellions. Be sure to also check out the company’s free tour offerings for days when your pockets are feeling a little lighter.
Price: €15 adult, €13 student (per person) Duration: 2h Language offered: English
3. Evening Tapas Tour
We know tapas originated in Andalusia, but Barcelona locals have borrowed this traditional way of eating and made it their own. These three evening tours from The Barcelona Taste give you a chance to explore three distinct neighbourhoods and show you the wide world of tapas (hint: there’s more to it than patatas bravas , olives and pan con tomate ). You can choose to explore the historical Gothic Quarter, the youthful central neighbourhood of Poble-sec or the bustling grid of the Eixample. No matter where you decide to eat and drink, your knowledgeable guide will lead you straight to the local hotspots.
Price: €99.87 (per person for Gothic Quarter and Poble-sec), €114.99 (per person for Eixample) Duration: 3h+ Language offered: English
4. Catalan History & Politics Walk
If you came to Barcelona expecting to practise your Spanish, you might be surprised to hear the 'shushes' of Catalan words mixed with Castellano everywhere you go. No need to dig up your fossilized European History textbook to figure out why – this Dreaming Barcelona tour will take you back 300 years to learn about Catalan history and government and give you a basic understanding of Spain’s past and present political system. The route mainly stays in Barcelona’s Old Town, with major stops in the Born neighbourhood and the Ciutadella park .
Price: €215 per group (up to 9 people) Duration: 3h Languages offered: English, French, Catalan and Spanish
5. Runner Bean Kids & Family Tour
You might find it impossible not to be captivated by Barcelona’s sunny skies, cobblestoned streets and sidewalk vermuterias , but sometimes kids require a little extra effort when it comes to entertainment. If you’re travelling with a child or tween, hop on this tour from Runner Bean which boasts kid-friendly songs, stories and games to accompany the sights and sounds of the Gothic Quarter. Be sure to check the website for seasonal schedules, and don’t forget to bring pocket change for the snack stops along the way.
Price: €16, free for kids under 3 (but tour is recommended for those between the ages of 4 and 12) Duration: 2.5h Language offered: English
6. Barcelona & Urbanism Architecture
What's better than gazing in wonder at Barcelona's beautiful architecture? Gazing in wonder at Barcelona’s beautiful architecture while guided by a knowledgeable, engaging architect. This particular tour from Barcelona Architecture Walks highlights the beginnings of modern Barcelona and the influence of Ildefons Cerdà’s Theory of Urbanization. That said, if eclecticism or maritime history is more your speed, or if you want to learn more about Enric Miralles or the future of Barcelona’s skyline, go for one of the other tours focusing on Gaudí, or neighbourhoods such as Barceloneta, the Gothic Quarter or Poblenou.
Price: €38 (per person) Duration: 3h Languages offered: English (French, Catalan, Italian and Spanish offered on some private tours)
7. Food & Wine Small-Group Tour
Barcelona is a food-lover’s heaven, but it can be overwhelming to take on the city’s formidable gastronomy scene by yourself. Avoid that anxiety by hopping on this tour with a certified sommelier. Your guide will lead you through an entire meal as you sample tapas and other regional dishes while exploring the neighbourhoods of Poble-sec and Sant Antoni. Whether you’ve never tried cava or can already wax poetic on the difference between wines from Rioja and Penèdes, you’re sure to learn something new and finish the day with a full stomach. Make sure to book in advance, as this tour is capped at 12 people.
Price: €75 Duration: 3.5h Language offered: English
8. Other Eyes Language of Stones Walk
Barcelona is home to a whirlwind of languages, cultures and interesting folks. With all this activity constantly swirling about, it’s easy to forget about the simpler things, like the ground you walk on or the walls of buildings, for example. This tour from Other Eyes will teach you to uncover the city’s history by learning the secrets of stones. Search for scratches on façades, political graffiti and messages left by construction workers on iconic churches while your local guide gives you all the information you need to view this city through fresh eyes. Also check out their other popular tours, such as their night tour and Civil War tour.
Price: €20 Duration: 1.5h Languages offered: English, Greek, Catalan and Spanish
9. Customized Walking Tour
Seen the Sagrada Família but not the Arc de Triomf ? Dying to visit the old Jewish Quarter? Obsessed with the fishy storefronts of Barceloneta but tired of La Rambla? Whether it’s your first visit to Barcelona or your fifth, everyone wants to feel like a local. Skip the lines and predictable highlights reels and meet with your Live Barcelona guide prior to your tour to choose your own adventure.
Price: €225 (per group up to 6), €250 (per group between 7 and 30) Duration: 4h Language offered: English
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Spain Bucket List: A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona
April 27, 2018 By Somto Ugwueze 35 Comments
Last Updated on March 23rd, 2023
If you know me, you know I’m madly in love with Spain! I’ve lived there twice – once as study abroad student and again as an English teacher – and traveled back many times. The other day, I came up with the idea to write a ‘Spain Bucket List’ series. Over the next two weeks, I will share 10 posts highlighting the best that Spain has to offer for first-time visitors. Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain so I figured I’d start with it. This self-guided walking tour of Barcelona with a map to introduce you to the city. This Barcelona walking tour will guide you to some of the must-see spots in the city, from the Gothic Quarter to the Gaudi architecture.
This is the first post in the Spain Bucketlist series. Here’s the complete 10-part series:
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Barcelona Walking Tour with Map for First Time Visitors
Before we dive into the walking tour, I need to throw in my two cents. I’ve visited Barcelona twice. Get ready for a shocker….
I think Barcelona is way overrated, one of the most overhyped cities in Europe.
What? I know I’m in the minority. Everyone raves about Barcelona, but to me, it’s like a giant theme park with a Spanish flair. It’s like a Disneyfied version of Spain with a few pockets of novelty. This city caters so much to tourists that I can’t quite pinpoint its personality. There’s a somewhat laid-back vibe, but overall it just feels like another big city with lots of concrete. Just being honest. I should also note that I had really high expectations because of all the hype. That’s probably why I was so underwhelmed and, dare I say, bored?
So why am I writing this post if I don’t care for Barcelona? One word: Gaudi. You’ve probably heard of him. Touring the architecture of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi is the reason to visit Barcelona. Also, I know most first-time visitors to Spain will want to visit Barcelona, and I think they should. Go with no expectations and see for yourself. I’d recommend you stay 3-4 days in Barcelona and then head down to Granada, which is, in my humble opinion, the greatest city in Spain .
Besides Gaudi’s art, there are different neighborhoods and attractions to explore. Barcelona is a walkable city with a few hilly areas. A walking tour is one of the best ways to explore the neighborhoods and attractions. I will show you a route to visit 10 of Barcelona’s must-see spots. Here we go.
The time required for the walking tour
2 hrs 58 minutes if you follow the route without stopping. I’d recommend you reserve a half day for this tour so you can really get to know the city. You can also break it into two tours over two days to reduce the walking.
Items to pack
- Comfortable shoes – preferably running shoes since there are some hills to climb.
- Portable WiFi – having access to WiFi at your fingertips makes travel so much easier. I’ve been using the Travel WiFi Portable Hotspot device to access reliable wifi abroad for years – it’s convenient and reliable. You can read my full review of Travel WiFi to see the pros and cons of the device.
- Water – stay hydrated, my friends!
- Map or GPS – Google maps, Apple maps, the Moovit app, a physical map, whatever works best for you.
- Camera – you can use your phone camera, but a DSLR will capture those Gaudi buildings so much better! I always recommend the Nikon D3400 for beginners.
- Snacks – if you get hungry easily like me then pack some granola bars or fruit. My go-to travel snack, the WanderBar , is a protein bar made specifically for travelers and frequent flyers. I can’t get enough of the Cocoa Crunch flavor.
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First stop: the Gothic Quarter. It is one of the coolest areas in Barcelona. As the name suggests, it is home to Gothic architecture dating back 2,000 years! The Romans built the structures. The Gothic Quarter is essentially the old part of the city so there’s a lot of history there. Explore the Gothic Cathedral, King’s Square (beautiful!), the narrow streets, and the tapas bars (locals say it has the best tapas in the city.) The Gothic Quarter is a nice place to just meander and get lost for a while.
While you could certainly walk aimlessly around The Gothic Quarter, you might miss a lot of details. So I’d definitely recommend a guided tour if you’re a history buff or just want to discover the hidden corners of this mysterious neighborhood. There’s a popular 2-hour Gothic Quarter Tour by one of my favorite tour companies, Get You Guide. A local guide will take you on a journey to the Middle Ages and tell you some out-of-this-world tales about the ancient palaces of kings and bishops. I did this tour, and it was one of the highlights of my second visit to Barcelona!
2. Parc de la Ciutadella
Next on the tour is this gorgeous park designed by none other than Gaudi. Actually, the entire park wasn’t designed by Gaudi – just the waterfall below, known as the Cascada Monumental. It is a relaxing natural environment in the heart of the city. Go for a stroll and sit back for a moment. You will need the rest to take on the climbs coming up. Fun fact: in the 18th century, this park was used as a prison.
3. La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family) is probably the most famous and impressive of all of Gaudi’s works. You just have to see the inside! The intricacy of the designs left me thinking ‘How did this man come up with this stuff?” Interestingly enough, the church was never actually finished. It is still under construction and is slated for completion in 2028.
Due to its history and cultural significance, La Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to experience La Sagrada Familia, you need to go on a guided tour and also avoid these 5 mistakes ! I’d recommend the Get Your Guide La Sagrada Familia L:ive Guide with Towers tour with access to both the interior and the iconic Nativity towers above. If you’d rather just see the interior, then go with this La Sagrada Familia Skip-the-Line tour with a live guide showing you all around the inside of the massive basilica for 90 minutes.
A guided tour is hands down the best way to fully experience the wonder of La Sagrada Familia. When you have a local guide explaining what you’re looking at, you’ll have a much more meaningful experience and walk away with a greater appreciation for the historic site. I’ve been doing Get Your Guide tours across Europe since 2015. I absolutely love the convenience of skipping lines and the top-notch, knowledgeable, and friendly guides!
Buying Tickets for La Sagrada Familia
People used to show up at the entrance of La Sagrada Familia and buy a ticket. Nowadays, the basilica has become so popular that you need to buy a ticket online. I learned this the hard way after showing up at La Sagarada Familia hoping to buy a ticket at the door. I was turned away.
If you just want to visit and tour on your own without a guide, you can simply purchase an entrance ticket with audio guide at least a week in advance. The earlier the better, especially if you’re travel during the peak summer season. Tickets sell out fast. That said, I’d recommend a private La Sagrada Familia tour for the convenience of skipping the ridiculously long lines and getting a more personalized experience. I’ve done the Get Your Guide La Sagrada Familia tour with a live guide and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Barcelona.
4. Bunkers del Carmel
Located at the top of the Turó de la Rovira hill, Bunkers del Carmel is one of the best places to get a 360 view of the entire city. These fortifications were built during the Spanish civil war in the 1930s to protect the city from bombings. There is a bit of a climb to get to the top of the bunker, but the views are so worth it! If you like, you can take snacks and a blanket with you so you can it and relax while admiring the view. Also, this is the perfect viewpoint to watch the sunset or the sunrise.
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5. Park Güell
This quirky park looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. It is probably the most whimsical and colorful of Gaudi’s works in Barcelona. You’ll find a couple of gingerbread-looking houses, some long slanted pillars that look like ice cream cones, along with a giant lizard painted with a mosaic of colors. There are two parts of Park Güell: the public park and the monumental zone with Gaudi’s buildings. You need a ticket to tour the monumental zone, but the adjacent public park is free.
Opened in 1926, Park Güell is another one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Barcelona. As with Bunkers del Carmel, you also need to climb up a hill to get here. Definitely, buy tickets online before you go as it gets super busy, just like all the attractions on this list. If you’d like to skip the lines and get a personalized tour, then consider the Park Güell Guided Tour With a Skip-the-Line Ticket by Get Your Guide. You’ll stroll around the park with a live guide and discover the story behind the quirky structures. You also get to skip the long lines with this tour as opposed to if you just bought an entrance ticket.
6. La Gracia Neighborhood
This neighborhood in the north of Barcelona, where Park Guell is located, is a haven for creatives and hipsters. Think murals, vegan coffee, and reiki. You could say it’s the trendy district of Barcelona but also has a quiet residential area with a few leafy plazas. The Gracia neighborhood has the feel of those small villages in the south of France – charming and quaint. It’s an escape from the overwhelm of the city center. On Verdi Street, you’ll find an abundance of boutique shops and cuisines from around the world.
If you visit in mid August, there’s a huge festival called Festa Major de Gracia . The streets are decorated with colorful flowers, balloons, lights for a week-long competition. Residents go full-out to win the award for best-decorated street. I’m not sure what the prize is for the winner, but I figure the bragging rights would be sweet.
7. Casa Milà
Also known as La Pedrera, this Gaudi creation is a somewhat puzzling complex made of stone. Built in 1910, it is a residential building with a wiggly shape and has some of the elements of Park Guell. When Gaudi completed this building, people thought it was hideous! That’s how it earned the unsavory nickname, La Pedrera, or ‘Quarry House.’ That’s how it got the nickname ‘La Pedrera’ which translates to ‘the Quarry House.’ The best way to experience Casa Milà is to do a tour with an audio guide . With this tour, you get to skip the line and also view the house from the rooftop. The vantage point from the rooftop is really something special!
8. Casa Batlló
Also by Gaudi, Casa Batlló (pronounced ca-sa bat-yo) is similar in shape to Casa Mila, but the outside is far more colorful and vibrant. Unlike Casa Mila, Gaudi didn’t build Casa Batlló from scratch. The wealthy Batlló family, the owners of the home, commissioned Gaudi to demolish their existing home and build a new one. Instead, Gaudi simply refurbished it and added his signature waves on the exterior. The best way to see Casa Batlló is to do a guided tour with an interactive video guide . You can skip the lines and explore all of the building at your own pace.
9. Palau de Musica Catalana
Palau de Musica Catalana is a concert hall and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with exquisite design and decor! The venue hosts performers from all around Spain and the world – Flamenco dancers, opera singers, pianists, and more. Beyond the performances, Check their website to see upcoming shows or you can just go take a look at the beautiful interior. If you want to do a full tour of the structure and learn about the history, I’d recommend the Palau de Musica Catalana self-guided tour . It allows you access to parts of the hall that are not normally available to the public.
10. La Boqueria
After doing all that walking, it’s time for some food. La Boqueria is a busy market along Las Ramblas, the main pedestrian street in Barcelona. It seems like a tourist trap at first glance, and you’ll find travelers who say you should avoid this place. I disagree. I think La Boqueria is worth a visit. It is a little pricey though so I wouldn’t go here more than once. Try the sepia (cuttlefish) at one of the stands towards the entrance and quite enjoyed it. If you’re not into seafood, no worries. This place is packed with all types of food, from typical ones like Paella to Catalan favorites. If you like food markets, you won’t be disappointed by this place. Even if you just walk around and grab a smoothie, it’s worth a stop.
Ready for your walking tour of Barcelona?
Before your trip, let’s make sure you have skip-the-line-access to Barcelona’s famous landmarks and attractions and a ticket for the best tours and activities. You’ll find them all through my go-to tour operator, Get Your Guide.
I’ve been going on Get Your Guide tours around the world since 2018. They are seriously the most educational and engaging tours out there, with the friendliest tour guides and the easiest signup process. Choose from one of these highly-rated tours. It will make your visit to Barcelona so much more amazing.
There you have it – your very own self-guided tour of Barcelona! Which of these spots are you most excited to see? Comment below.
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May 1, 2018 at 1:34 am
My three citie would be Munich, Amsterdam and Rothenburg.
May 1, 2018 at 2:03 am
Lisbon, Porto and Madrid!
May 1, 2018 at 5:40 am
Madrid, Berlin and Venice
May 16, 2018 at 12:54 pm
Venice, Barcelona and Rome
May 17, 2018 at 11:19 pm
Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla
May 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm
Granada, Málaga, Córdoba
May 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm
Mykonos, Milan, Paris
May 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm
Barcelona, Athens, Paris
May 30, 2018 at 12:54 am
My three cities would be Seoul, Los Angeles, and Tokyo!
June 8, 2018 at 12:17 pm
My three cities would be Dublin, Rome, and Tokyo.
June 14, 2018 at 2:46 am
Ljubljana, Lisbona, L.A.
June 30, 2018 at 4:56 am
My cities would be Barcelona, Prague, and Athens as we leave for this trip in one week!!
July 17, 2018 at 8:27 am
Barcelona, Tokyo and Amsterdam!
July 27, 2018 at 10:26 pm
Thank you so much. This blog has helped me tremendously.
August 27, 2018 at 5:35 pm
Awesome! You hit all the highlights. Gorgeous pictures.
August 30, 2018 at 9:48 pm
Thank you so much!
August 27, 2018 at 8:05 pm
Wow! I can’t believe how beautiful the architecture is! Would love to visit there someday!
August 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm
I would love to visit someday!
August 28, 2018 at 7:39 pm
Hey there, This blog is super helpful so thank you! Is it really that easy to walk to all of these places? I imagined we’d be having to use the metro to get to and from all these tourist spots but walking and taking it in sounds much nicer. I notice you have a time it would take to walk it all…does that include time going into these places and having a good look around or is that just walking the route without even stopping for a second? If we were stopping to have a look around at each spot could we still do it all in one day or is that a bit too much?
September 19, 2018 at 1:58 am
The time doesn’t include time spent at each location. If you were to stop at each spot for 30 minutes, the total time would be 8 hours. You could divide up the tour into 2-3 days if you’d like to take your time at each location. Also, you could definitely take the metro if you’re short on time or don’t want to walk.
September 10, 2018 at 5:23 pm
I hear you about Barcelona being overhyped. I just spent a month all over Spain, and I would agree, Barcelona is my least favorite city, I felt like a rat in a concrete maze. There also seems to be a movement against tourists/tourism in the city.
September 19, 2018 at 2:02 am
Yes, that’s exactly how I felt about Barcelona! It just doesn’t have the authenticity of other Spanish cities, like Sevilla, Granada, San Sebastian, Bilbao, etc. It’s also not aesthetically pleasing. I really don’t get the hype (besides the Gaudi stuff.)
September 21, 2018 at 5:12 am
I keep seeing things regarding buying the Barcelona Card. Do you recommend this?
October 7, 2018 at 4:42 pm
I’ve personally never purchased theThe Barcelona Card, but it could be worth it if you plan to go to a lot of museums and attractions. It doesn’t include discounts at La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell though. You can determine whether it would be worth it by calculating the savings from the discounts.
November 1, 2018 at 4:36 pm
Thank you so much! Excelent route, however spending like 30 minutes in some spots and skipping La Sagrada Familia I spent like 6 hours to do all the route. I‘Ve to say I agree with you, Barcelona it’s overhyped. The Gaudi stuffs are nice!
November 8, 2018 at 4:57 pm
Hi Antonio! Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found the route helpful. And I’m happy that someone else agrees with me that Barcelona is overhyped! I do like the Gaudi sites though.
December 20, 2018 at 9:53 pm
Spent approximately two months traveling through Spain and Portugal solo. Started in Bilbao. This post is about Barcelona. Barcelona is now at the bottom of my list of places to see in Spain. Totally not a Guadi fan! However there are a absolutely Fantastic adventures from the North – Bilbao, Santander, San Sebastian, Valencia, Alicante, Granada, Malaga and Seville where people are actually nice!!! Ronda a wonderful place that will steal your heart with every step. If travel time is short – Skip Barcelona. Spain is Much more than that. Fyi the Tapas aren’t that good either. Pieces of bread with stuff on top. Basically an “open face” tiny sandwich. Nothing Special.
January 29, 2019 at 6:40 pm
You’re 100% spot on. I think you picked the perfect itinerary. I’ve visited all the cities you listed and can confidently say that every single one of them is better than Barcelona. Andalucia completely stole my heart, especially Granada, so Barcelona didn’t stand a chance. I was so bored out of my mind! Other than the Gaudi architecture, Barcelona doesn’t have much going for it. The city felt like Disneyland – way too touristy and a bit tryhard. They also charge you for basic tapas that are free in other parts of Spain! Never again. I always recommend first-time visitors to Spain go start in Andalucia for a truly authentic experience – free tapas, Flamenco, and no vendors shoving souvenirs in your face. That’s how it’s supposed to be.
March 6, 2019 at 11:30 pm
I couldnt disagree more. We loved Barcelona.
March 21, 2019 at 1:01 am
That’s great that you loved Barcelona. I wish I felt the same way.
March 10, 2019 at 9:36 am
Hi there! Interesting article, very helpful! 🙂 I don’t think Barcelona is overhyped, personally, I loved it and would go back anytime. 🙂 I was in Sitges too, it is a lovely city near Barcelona and the sea. I also wrote an article about it, maybe you are interested, I added a few more places that are worth a visit. 🙂 https://suzinspire.com/top-10-things-to-see-in-barcelona/ Cheers! 🙂
April 6, 2019 at 5:32 pm
Thanks for sharing. I’ve great things about Sitges, and it’s on my list of places to visit in Catalunya.
October 14, 2020 at 10:11 am
I just landed on your blog and the truth is that I really liked your approach to the city of Barcelona, you also have some nice photos of the city.
Excited to meet you
April 24, 2021 at 8:25 pm
Hi Raquel, Welcome to my blog. I’m thrilled to post more exciting and useful content for you! Keep visiting and sharing what you like!
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Self-Guided Free Walking Tour: Barcelona On Foot
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Barcelona, Spain has an amazing history and the city is packed with iconic sights. The best way to experience the Catalonian Capital is to set off on foot on a Barcelona Walking Tour.
Many of the city’s top attractions are clustered around the Barcelona Old Town – which is the best place to start exploring. Travelers can opt to join one of the Barcelona Guided Tours or plan to venture out and discover on their own with our DIY Free Barcelona Tour.
Our easy-to-follow Free Self-Guided Barcelona Walking Tour includes the best sights in the Old Town. Seeing these sights is a must for your Barcelona Itinerary – so lace up your travel shoes and follow in our footsteps for a fantastic introduction to Barcelona!
Self Guided Old Town Barcelona Walking Tour FREE
Our Barcelona Self-Guided Walking Tour is ideal for visitors who like to discover sights at their own pace. We include information about each attraction – as well as a map link so that you can easily find your way. At the end of the article, we include a complete Barcelona tour map that plots all of the attractions on the route.
The route of our Barcelona free walking tour loops through the metropolis, passing sights like Las Ramblas, the vibrant waterfront, Barceloneta beaches, the city’s greenest park, historic Barcelona neighborhoods and the most famous Barcelona attractions.
Guided Walking Tours Barcelona
We think our DIY Barcelona tour is the best way to see the city. However, if you would rather a guide lead the way to the sights, we offer recommendations on the top rated walking tours in Barcelona at the end of the article.
Tips For Exploring Barcelona on Foot
Before we hit the pavement and get started, we have a few tips for your Barcelona, Spain walk!
Barcelona Tourist Map
As we already mentioned, we provide a Barcelona Attractions Map at the end of the post that includes all the highlights of our tour. Additionally, we include a helpful with walking directions.
However, to follow along online, a WiFi connection is necessary. Foreign visitors can use a Mobile WiFi device , like GlocalMe for internet access (which can be cheaper for families and groups of friends than adjusting individual phone plans to include international data).
Travelers who prefer paper maps can buy one online (like this one ) or pick up a Barcelona tourist map from the Tourist Information Center.
Self-Guided Walking Tour Barcelona Details
Our Self-Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona covers 5+miles. The entire route can be (ambitiously) completed in about 2 hours. But, that won’t leave much time for stops, photos or detours. Unless you are short on time, we recommend slowing down and taking an entire day to enjoy the Barcelona sights.
Barcelona Detours and Suggestions
Walking around Barcelona, Spain, you can be easily distracted by architecture, hidden lanes and old churches. While we think our outlined tour is one of the best walks in Barcelona, there is plenty of room for wandering! Use this as a guide, but create your own walking routes in Barcelona to experience the city as it suits you!
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15 Barcelona Self-Guided Walking Tour Sights
Let’s get started on our Walk Through Barcelona! Remember to refer to the Barcelona Walking Tour Map below for walking directions.
#1 Placa de Catalunya
The starting point for our Best Walking Tour Barcelona is Placa de Catalunya – or Catalonia Square. It is a vast square located on the north end of the Barcelona Old Town. In the square are fountains and statues – and it’s central location is the ideal place to start your Barcelona exploration!
#2 Las Ramblas
The most famous street in Barcelona is Las Ramblas. What was once a drainage ditch is now a wide, pedestrian path – and the most well-traveled street in the city. Strolling the length of Las Ramblas is a must on your Barcelona Self Guided Walking Tour.
Newsstands, flower shops and street artists line the length of The Ramblas. Extending from Placa de Catalunya to the Waterfront, strolling down Las Ramblas is a must for Barcelona visitors! Detour off the main strip to discover small squares and quaint streets.
#3 Placa Vila de Madrid
The next stop on our free tour of Barcelona is the inconspicuous Placa Vila de Madrid Square – and it is filled with fascinating history. Once the site of a convent, excavations revealed an ancient past…one dating to the 1st century AD, when Barcelona was a Roman colony, known as Barcino.
The archaeological findings – about 60 tombs lining a road – are now on display in the square. The Roman Necropolis lends insight into the history of the city. A small museum at the Via Sepulcral site provides further information and artifacts.
#4 La Boqueria Market
The La Boqueria Market – officially The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria – can trace its history to the year 1217. The Barcelona city center market offers a range of goods, including everything from seafood to sweets – all presented in colorful displays. In addition to vendors, small kiosk restaurants are also on site.
In fact, La Boqueria is home to some of the Best Tapas in Barcelona – so if you are hungry, take a break from your Self Guided Tour Barcelona and grab a bite to eat.
#5 Gran Teatre del Liceu
One of the best sights near La Rambla, continue your Best Free Walking Tour Barcelona by sidestepping from the famous street to a top attraction: Gran Teatre del Liceu.
A luxurious opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu opened in 1847 (although, it had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1994). The façade, however, is original – if not rather plain in comparison to the beautiful theater that lies within. Visitors can attend a performance or take a tour.
#6 Placa Reial
Another one of the great destinations just steps from Las Ramblas as you walk south from the La Boqueria Market is Placa Reial.
A hidden gem right in the heart of the city, Placa Reial is a spacious square located off a side street (Carrer de Colom) from Las Ramblas. The square is ringed with restaurants and cafes – and features swaying palm trees, a fountain and lamp posts designed by Antoni Gaudí.
#7 Palau Guell
The Guell Palace, a mansion designed for the Guell family, is an early (and quite extraordinary) work by Gaudi. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, “Works of Antoni Gaudi” and can be toured with a ticket.
Even if you don’t tour the palace, it is worth seeing Palau Guell from the outside on your Barcelona walking route.
#8 Columbus Monument and Barcelona Waterfront
Continue your Self Guided Free Walking Tour in Barcelona to southern end of La Rambla and the Columbus Monument. The obelisk rises 200 feet into the sky marking the south end of La Rambla and the beginning of the Barcelona waterfront. A statue of Christopher Columbus pointing to the New World is perched atop the singular, decorative column.
The monument stands to commemorate the return journey to Barcelona, where he reported the discovery to the Spanish Queen Isabella and Ferdinand. The statue was erected in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition. Today, visitors can take in the views from the top of the monument (buy your ticket in advance !).
#9 La Rambla del Mar
From the Columbus Monument, step onto the wooden walkway that is best known as La Rambla del Mar – the Walk by the Sea.
The boardwalk leads to a hub of activity – and plenty of places to distract you from your Self Guided Walking Tour Barcelona. Top things to see and do include seaside eateries, the Maremagnum shops and the Barcelona Aquarium ( buy your Skip-the-Line Aquarium tickets ).
Heading north around the harbor, continue walking in Barcleona past the hundreds of sailboats and a few extraordinary large yachts in Port Vell and enter the seaside neighborhood of Barceloneta.
Previously the local fisherman’s quarters, the dilapidated area was overhauled in the 80s – and is now one of Barcelona’s trendiest spots. In addition to the wide, popular beach, the Barceloneta district features a plethora of seafood restaurants and ocean view cafes.
#11 Parc de la Ciutadella
The next stop on your Barcelona city walk is the enormous park, Parc de la Ciutadella. It is Barcelona’s best (and, at one time, only) green space. The park encompasses the Barcelona Zoo, waterfalls, ponds and monuments.
Don’t miss Cascada del Parc de la Ciutadella, the most opulent fountain in the park. The decorative fountain dates to 1881, but was enhanced with sculptures and the arch in time for the 1888 Universal Exhibition – with some credit going to then novice Antoni Gaudi.
#12 La Ribera and Santa Maria del Mar
After visiting the spacious park, continue your Self Guided Walking Tour of Barcelona into the historic lanes.
Navigate your way to the cobblestone streets of La Ribera. Many of the buildings in the district date to Medieval times, when it was home to Barcelona’s most affluent citizens. Artist studios, boutique shops and hip cafes now line the streets.
In the tangle of lanes, find the Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar. The expansive Gothic church, which dates to the early 1300s, is one of Barcelona’s most beautiful buildings.
#13 Barri Gothic Quarter and Barcelona Cathedral
Barri Gothic is the heart of the Barcelona Old Town and the oldest part of the city. The majority of the district is pedestrian-only – so take time to wander the streets, perhaps venturing into a few shops or tapas bars along the way.
As you wander the district, make your way to La Catedral – a must-see sight on Barcelona city walks.
The massive La Catedral – or Barcelona Cathedral – is situated in the Barri Gothic Quarter (and should not be confused with the still-unfinished work of Gaudi , La Sagrada Familia).
The cathedral façade is decorated with soaring spires and decorative gargoyles. The interior of the cathedral is lit by grand chandeliers. Beneath the altar is a crypt hosting the remains of Santa Eulalia, one of Barcelona’s Patron Saints.
#14 Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona
If time permits, continue your free Barcelona Walking Tour to one of the best Barcelona sights: The Modernist Palau de la Musica Catalana.
It is one of Barcelona’s most beautiful concert halls. Built in 1908 by Spanish architect Domenech i Montaner, the exquisite building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (just one of the many Modernist buildings in the city to earn the UNESCO status!).
Want to see the interior of Palau de la Musica Catalana? Join a 45-minute guided tour that includes the famous skylight, the grand staircase and sights that are usually off-limits!
#15 Arc de Triomf, Barcelona
The final stop on your Self Guided Barcelona Walking Tour is the Arc de Triomf.
Unlike most city arches, the Barcelona Arc de Triomf was not built to celebrate a military victory. Instead, the grand, red-brick arch was built in 1888 to welcome visitors to the Universal Exhibition World Fair.
Barcelona Sightseeing Map
Use this link to Google for an interactive version of our Walking Route Barcelona Map.
Barcelona Walking Map
Click for the Barcelona Tourist Attractions Map with Walking Directions in Google Maps .
Guided Barcelona Walking Tours
Our Barcelona Self-Guided Walking Tour is a great way to explore the city on your own! However, there are many guided Barcelona walks that are theme-based. We are featuring a few of the most popular Barcelona walking tours.
Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Visitors who want a local guide to lead the way through the heart of the city can join a highly rated tour that features the best sights in the Old Town and Gothic Quarter. The local guides share history, facts and fun stories along the route.
Gaudi Tour Barcelona
Antoni Gaudi is Barcelona’s most famous architect. Learn about his life, his designs and his impact on the city on one of the guided walking tours through Barcelona. Top Gaudi sights to see are La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila.
Visitors can take a private tour, join a small group tour or even pedal along on a bike tour to Gaudi attractions. Read reviews on Viator to find the perfect Gaudi tour for your trip!
Barcelona Tapas Tour
Tapas are an art form in Barcelona! Let a local guide lead the way on an introduction to the unique cuisine on an evening tour .
However, you can follow in our footsteps and create your own Tapas-hopping Tour based on our recommendations for the Best Tapas in Barcelona !
Free Barcelona Walking Tours
Many different companies offer free walking tours in Barcelona. Just keep in mind that ‘Guided Free Walking Tours’ are not in fact free – as the tour guide expects to be tipped for their service.
More Things To Do in Barcelona, Spain
Navigating the city on foot is a great way to spend a day in Barcelona. Guests staying longer can use the travel tips in our 3-Day Barcelona Itinerary for tips on what to see and do.
We offer tips for what to do in Barcelona for 3 days – plus offer day trip ideas, feature top museums and highlight activities – like a popular Flamenco show.
Planning a Trip to Trip to Barcelona
We know that there is so much more to planning a Barcelona trip than deciding what sights to see – so we have a few more travel tips that will help you plan the perfect vacation.
First, if you are traveling from overseas, read our guide to Planning a European Vacation . We share need-to-know details and tips that will help you make the most of your trip abroad.
As you make your plans, be sure to stay on top of all the details! Use our Trip Planner Printables to stay organized for your trip to Barcelona.
Where To Stay in Barcelona
There are a lot of choices when it comes to places to stay in Barcelona! We recommend choosing centrally located accommodations – based on the activities that are of most interest to you. We like two areas – L’Eixample neighborhood and El Poble-sec.
We have stayed in the L’Eixample District in an Airbnb apartment (which we loved for the extra space and kitchen, where we could prepare breakfasts). The neighborhood was excellent for seeking out local cafes and bars – and extremely convenient to exploring the Modernism architecture.
Recently, we stayed in the Hotel Concordia Barcelona in the El Poble-sec district – which lies between Montjuic and the Old Town. The location was ideal for local transportation from the airport and within reasonable walking distance to the Old Town, Montjuic and the famous tapas street. The clean hotel features modern rooms, an outdoor pool and a casual on-site restaurant and bar.
Use our Guide to Finding the Best Hotels at the Best Rates – then start your search for the perfect Barcelona hotel on Booking.com !
What To Pack for Your Barcelona Trip
Now that you are well on your way to planning the perfect Barcelona trip, it’s time to start packing! We are sharing a few must-have items for Barcelona – but you can find all of our advice on our Packing Tips page. Grab your Free Packing Checklist before you go!
Comfortable Walking Shoes
Our Barcelona Walking Tour covers some ground – so make sure to pack good travel shoes . It’s best to wear shoes that are comfortable and versatile – which is why I like these sneakers . Kris prefers to wear Merrell trail shoes for men when walking around cities.
Barcelona is beautiful! We recommend upgrading to a real camera for your trip. We use a Canon Rebel with an 18-135mm lens . We love that it is easy to use, takes quality photos and is well-priced as a budget DSLR camera for travelers .
Barcelona Map and Guidebook for Spain
It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook prior to arriving.
Anti-Theft Day Bag
While Barcelona has wonderful sights, it also has pickpockets. Be sure to pack a zippered day pack – like the ones by Travelon – to organize and secure all of your daily travel items . Read our tips for The Best Day Bags for Travel .
Spain Trip Insurance
If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your vacation to Spain, consider traveling protected with World Nomads .
Tips For Visiting Spain
Planning to visit more than just Barcelona on your trip to Spain? We have travel guides for top Spain destinations.
- Plan a perfect 1-Week Spain Itinerary
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- Explore the Sights of Madrid
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Find more tips and guides on our complete Spain Travel Guides page!
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