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Barcelona by Land, Sea & Air

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Barcelona is a buzzing city that's so easy to fall in love with. Whether a short trip or a longer one, be sure to use this guide to utilise every second you have to see all the wonderful sights by every angle; land, sea & air!

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Barcelona Segway Glides

City Tours, Cultural Tours, Segway Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Sightseeing Tours

Cathelicopters

Helicopter Tours

Las Golondrinas

Boat Tours

Barcelona City Tour

Cultural Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Barcelona Turisme - Afternoon in Montserrat Tour

Sightseeing Tours

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Barcelona Chocolate Tours

Food Tours

Mercat de la Boqueria

Farmers Markets

Barcelona Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

Playa de La Barceloneta

Beaches

Alice M's City Tips

  • Get walking - a great way to see the city, especially the old area, el Barri Gotic.
  • Grab a map - the easiest way to orientate yourself & get used to where you are & where you want to go.
  • Book at least one tour - there's a few in this guide, do all of them if you can!
  • Grab lunch about 1pm - the locals eat later so there are always queues, 1pm is just about right to beat the rush.
  • Dine around 7pm - again places get very busy about 7.30-8pm so get there early or book ahead.
  • Avoid eating anywhere along Las Rambla - the main high-street to use as a centre point to orientate you but touristy & expensive.
  • Barcelona Segway Glides
    City Tours, Cultural Tours, Segway Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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    Alice M Says:

    You can see from the reviews that this tour is a winner & it's not hard to see why! It was my first time on a Segway but they were so easy to use, (you have a practice before hand so there's nothing to worry about). Edgar the guide is brilliant & really knows his stuff - you learn a lot about the city & you see so much. The tour is about 3 hours long, it would take double this time to walk the same route & just isn't the same! Edgar gives some recommendations on where to eat - I would advise to take him up on all of them, we did & we had some great lunches! It's great to see Barcelona from a local's point of view & if you only do one tour while here, make it this one.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a drink with you & a snack if needed.
    • Book online - ahead of the trip - the site also gives you the option to add the helicopter ride as a package deal.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 750 Tours in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great tour 19/04/2019
    • Delightful tour + great guide = amazing time 02/02/2019
    • Barcelona Segway Glides
    Address:
    Plaza sant jaume
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 935 50 48 73
    Price range:
    US$89 - US$89
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sun
    10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Cathelicopters
    Helicopter Tours
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    Alice M Says:

    One of the most amazing experiences I've ever had! It is a short 12 minute circle over Barcelona & it is expensive (about £60 each) but if you are lucky enough to do the helicopter tour you won't be disappointed. The views are incredible, especially seeing La Segrada Familia like it's a dolls house! The ride is very stable, having never been in a helicopter before I thought it would bounce around but it was just fine. You can book this through the Segway Tours website or arrange separately. You get a provisional time & date - it really depends on the weather & you want to be safe.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a taxi there - taxis are inexpensive & the walk to the helicopter site isn't great as it's a main route for the lorries to the shipping docks.
    • Look out the window! Seems silly but the trip is short so if you're constantly on your camera getting snaps then you're going to miss the experience of seeing it first hand.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #187 of 750 Tours in Barcelona
    • Not To Miss 30/08/2018
    • Perfect experience 05/08/2018
    • Cathelicopters
    Address:
    Muelle Adosado S/N
    Paseo de la Escullera
    08039 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 24 07 10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Las Golondrinas
    Boat Tours
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    Alice M Says:

    The boat tours are inexpensive & a nice chance to sit down & see the coast line. There are a couple of different boats, the bigger ones do a longer tour & have a glass area to see under the water. There's an inside area as well as the seating on the top deck - we got some photos on the way out on the top but went inside on the way back - it was February so it was a bit chilly! We did Las Golondrinas tour as we'd seen Barcelona from the land & air so this completed the package!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be in the queue early - so you can get on & choose the best seats!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 115 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Barcelona
    • Short boat trip, nice for a rest 17/04/2019
    • Weather was against us 07/04/2019
    • Las Golondrinas
    Address:
    Portal de la Pau s/n
    Moll de les Drassanes s/n
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 42 31 06
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:15 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
    Other:
  • Barcelona City Tour
    Cultural Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
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    Alice M Says:

    The open top bus tour is a brilliant way to see all of the sights without having to move! There are 2x bus tour companies, we found this one had better reviews. There are 2x routes about 1h30mins each & your ticket covers both - this is great if you want to do one trip in the morning & one after lunch. You get a map, guidebook & headphones - the audio guide is helpful & points out where to look as well as interesting facts about Barcelona. It's hop on hop off so you could get off at every stop if you're keen to see all the attractions! The buses are regular so you can always get one easily from any of their stops.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open top - try & get a seat at the top, you can see much more from here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #213 of 750 Tours in Barcelona
    • Great way to see the sights 19/04/2019
    • NO live commentary provided 17/04/2019
    • Barcelona City Tour
    Address:
    Calle Balmes, 5
    08007 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 02 69 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Barcelona Turisme - Afternoon in Montserrat Tour
    Sightseeing Tours
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    Alice M Says:

    Montserrat is a stunning place with incredible views, the pictures don't do it justice! It's about an hour away from Barcelona, but 100% worth doing - we booked a day tour with Explore Catalunya (they do lots of different tours - ours was half a day in Montserrat & half a wine tasting tour). It's best to get there early, for about 9.30-10am - sometimes the mist is still surrounding the mountain - it really makes you feel separated from the bustle of life way up in the clouds! But the sun burns the mist off by about 12noon. Even if you're not religious it is worthwhile going into the monastery to appreciate the beautiful detail inside & see the famous Virgin Mary statue. There are several walks you can do over Montserrat, signs are posted with how long they take & what difficulty - some are not for the feint hearted! It's best to take a picnic with you as the cafes there are quite basic & expensive - but if you must then get in there before 1pm as this is when the tours groups tend to come in for lunch. An impressive place where you can take in the piece & quiet of nature.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Buy some honey or sugared almonds from the locals that sell from their stalls - a better souvenir than a fridge magnet!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #133 of 750 Tours in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Filled with history but would not recommend the tour 16/04/2019
    • It`s really worth it! 19/03/2019
    • Barcelona Turisme - Afternoon in Montserrat Tour
    Phone:
    +34 932 85 38 32
    Other:
  • Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Alice M Says:

    The old part of town, Barri Gotic is full of interesting little shops, amazing architecture round each corner & plenty of places to eat, (which are much nicer & less expensive than the touristy areas). Have a wonder round here & get lost - it's brilliant what you will find by accident! Just head off la Rambla up one of the streets to get started. The Resturante Grill Room is a great place to eat - for families & couples.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Spend some time in this area - walk & enjoy.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gothic Quarter 20/04/2019
    • something for everyone 20/04/2019
    • Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
    Phone:
    +34 634 53 43 33
    Other:
  • Barcelona Chocolate Tours
    Food Tours
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    Alice M Says:

    A must for chocolate lovers! The tour covers a lot of interesting information on chocolate & how it's made, the guide is very good & clearly passionate about chocolate! You start at the chocolate museum, (takes about 5 mins - your guide is much more interesting than anything in the museum), she then takes you to 3x unique chocolate shops for some tasting & freebies, finishing with a sit down & a glass of cava! The tour is more than just chocolate - you learn so much about the area & see it from a locals point of view, there's a small amount of walking, not too much.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Have a light breakfast - you will eat a lot of chocolate!
    • Buy some chocolates from at least one shop - they all offer such a variety.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 226 Food & Drink in Barcelona
    • An absolute must for any chocolate lover! 16/12/2018
    • Excellent time, highly recommend 04/11/2018
    • Barcelona Chocolate Tours
    Address:
    Plaza del Angel 2-1
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 687 07 33 92
    Price range:
    US$59 - US$59
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Mercat de la Boqueria
    Farmers Markets
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    Alice M Says:

    A feast for the eyes - this is an indoor market that is full of large stalls of all types of food, meats, fish, fruits & veg. The colours are enticing & it's worth walking round even if you don't plan to buy anything, though there is plenty to choose from.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get here early in the morning - it gets super busy.
    • Keep an eye on your belongings - there are pickpockets about.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mob scene (good way) 20/04/2019
    • Very expensive-extremely touristic 20/04/2019
    • Mercat de la Boqueria
    Address:
    La Rambla, 91
    08001 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 18 25 84
    Other:
  • Barcelona Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Alice M Says:

    Incredible architecture - this gothic cathedral is incredible inside & outside. Worth having a look in to have a quiet walk around. We were more impressed with this cathedral than the tourist packed Segrada Familia. It's an easy walk from Barri Gotic or la Rambla & is close to several museums. It's free to enter but leave a donation if you can.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant suprise 20/04/2019
    • A lovely afternoon 20/04/2019
    • Barcelona Cathedral
    Address:
    Pla de la Seu, S/N
    08002 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 42 82 62
    Other:
  • Playa de La Barceloneta
    Beaches
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    Alice M Says:

    The beach is great for a long walk or skate & sometimes good for surfing. It's a chilled out place, probably packed in summer. There are a few eateries along the beach front but the neighbourhood along the beach is great for seafood - where the locals go. There's a brilliant ice-cream & chocolate shop on the way there called Vioko - they have all sorts of flavours as well as specialist chocolates, truffles & macarons.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't accept cocktails from the sellers that walk around - it's illegal!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 865 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fantastic beach in the heart of the city 20/04/2019
    • Best beach ever 17/04/2019
    • Playa de La Barceloneta
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$9
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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