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Looking for tour alternatives in Barcelona? These are my recommended tours around the city.

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, how to move around, etc. You might not know where to start to find tours in Barcelona that you’ll be interested in.

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 while living in Catalonia, these are the tours in Barcelona I recommend the most.

DISCLAIMER: Thanks to all the teams mentioned here for their invitations to make their tours. The tours described here were complimentary. All opinions are my own.

Looking for tour alternatives in Barcelona? These are my recommended tours around the city.

Tours in Barcelona: Barcelona and the Indianos by Ruta de Autor

Ruta de autor - Barcelona y los Indianos - Traveleira.com

The team of Ruta de autor

Ruta de autor is a team that especializes in making alternative tours in Barcelona. Aymara and Lorena rethink the city around diverse issues that make part of it from the historic, literary, social 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.

Building at Rambla, Barcelona - Traveleira.com

Part of the tour in La Rambla

This is not the only tour Ruta de autor offer. They also have tours around other places in Barcelona and bike tours. What all of them have in common is 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.

Tours in Barcelona as a local with Local Guddy

Sights from Barceloneta, Barcelona - Traveleira.com

Sights from Barceloneta

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 offer 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 suits you.

I had the opportunity to make a Local Guddy tour in Barcelona. 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. This will help you have a clearer view of the local life wherever you go. If you ask me, it is one of those tours in Barcelona you can’t miss.

Be surprised with the tours in Barcelona by Bounce Around Barcelona

Views from El Born, Barcelona - Traveleira.com

Views from El Born

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 any of their tours in Barcelona. 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. You have options such as 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. This tours include the main Gaudi spots or even more surprising details around the city.

Sant Pau, Barcelona - Traveleira.com

Sant Pau

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?

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona - Traveleira.com

All of them are definitely my favorite tours in Barcelona. 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 the 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, taking one of the tours in Barcelona with a local or exploring the unknown are your best options.

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Looking for tour alternatives in Barcelona? These are my recommended tours around the city.

Brenda: + 32 years old + Puerto Rican + Viajera Boricua + Master in Cultural Tourism + Foreign Language Major + Hispanic Studies Minor + Portuguese + Italian + Russian + Literature Freak + ♥’s Indie Music + Volleyball Enthusiast + Tricolor do Morumbi(SPFC) + San Antonio Spurs +


  • July 15, 2017

    Thank you for sharing some really in depth information about unique tours in Barcelona! I would definitely love to go on one Ruta de Autor. It really sounds like you can get a one-of-a-kind take on the city!

  • July 16, 2017

    The locals one sounds right up my alley! Going to save this in case I get to Barcelona soon 🙂


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