I totally get it: Barcelona is one of the most wanted destinations worldwide. Probably you are dying to come or you have already visited the city. If you are planning a vacation, I am sure you’re looking for things to do in the city. You’re looking for what to see, what to eat, where to go, where to stay, etc. Of course, you must be also looking forward to make some tours around the city.
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Even with plenty of options, finding the right way to explore the place you’re visiting might be a challenge. I’ve realized it has to do a lot with your interests and what are you looking forward to explore. After making the tours myself, these are the ones I recommend the most.
Barcelona and the Indianos by Ruta de Autor
Ruta de autor is a team that especializes in making alternative tours around the city. Aymara and Lorena rethink the city around diverse issues that make part of it from the historic, literary and critique point of view. In this tour specifically, they cover the characters known as Indianos, which were people born in Spain who moved to the American colonies in order to make a fortune and then move back to mainland Spain to invest it. What it is important from this tour is to understand the role that the American colonies actually had in the economic development of the city in the 19th century and how still today, that legacy make part of the urban space of the city.
This is not the only tour Ruta de autor offer. They also have tours around other places in Barcelona and bike tours, but all of them have the purpose to see the city questioning different issues. Any special tour request make sure to make it with time ahead. The team research each and every topic they cover in depth. As much as you’ll walk or bike around the city, you will also be able to have a critique view of different topics.
For more info on this tour, visit Ruta de Autor.
Get to walk the city as a local with Local Guddy
Have you ever been wonder how the locals live there? Have you ever wanted to see the main landmarks from a local point of view? Basically, that summarizes somehow the experience that Local Guddy gives. Local Guddy is a platform where locals offers different types of tours to travelers in their cities. Some of the experiences can be visiting landmarks, gastronomic experiences or partying. If you’re traveling to a specific city, you just look for the experience and guddy (guide) that better suites you.
I had the opportunity to make a Local Guddy tour in Barcelona a few weeks ago. My choice the “Walking for the best BCN” offered by Federico. I met Federico first in Passeig de Gracia. Then, we walked to different places of the city such as Gaudi‘s buildings (Casa Batlló and La Pedrera), Plaça Catalunya, La Rambla, the Port, La Barceloneta, Parc de la Ciutadella, Arc de Triomf and Passeig Sant Joan. The great thing about this tour is getting to explore the city from the perspective of someone the way they actually live it.
Another thing that I love from Local Guddy is that on the site you can enter your trip plans. By doing this, the guides can find you and offer their tours. I think Local Guddy is an essential tool to have in hand while you’re traveling. Definitely, it will help you have a clearer view about the local life wherever you go.
Be surprised with a customized tour by Bounce Around Barcelona
Bounce Around Barcelona is a company that has as its slogan “come as a guest, leave as a friend” and that’s the exact feeling you get after taking their tour. Chris knows Barcelona so well that can actually tell amazing and spicy stories about the main landmarks visited on the tours. The traveler is the one that choses the way the tour goes: walking tours, bike tours, or whatever you feel you should ask Chris for. Chris sit down with the participants before starting to set up a customized tour that can include the main Gaudi spots or even more surprising details around the city.
I had the chance to make one of the Bounce Around tours. In this opportunity, we visited Sagrada Familia, Sant Pau Modernist Site, el Born, Palau de la Musica Catalana, and other Gaudi’s places such as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Definitely everything totally worth seeing, and even better with Chris’s explanations.
What really makes this tour special is Chris’s attitude and love for the city and its history. Definitely, his passion towards everything you get to explore is contagious. If you’re looking for a totally customized experience where you can also see another face of the city, Bounce Around Barcelona is your option. After taking the tour you’ll realize that, as their slogan state, you will leave as a friend.
Which was my favorite?
All of them. I don’t have something negative to say about any of these tours. All of them had their own magic and essence. If you ask me, these are my top options for someone visiting Barcelona for first time.
Free Walking tours are an amazing option to know the city in general. I totally vouch making one of these tours in any city you visit. Making a Free Walking tour will make clear what aspects of the city you want to know the most.
In case you have already figured out that you want to know something specifically about the history, an experience with a local or exploring the unknown, definitely these tours are your best options.
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