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Best of Barcelona Tour

If you are short on time but wish to have a comprehensive experience of Barcelona, the Best of Barcelona Tour is the perfect choice. 

During this day tour, you can explore the enchanting Gothic Quarter, get charmed by the imaginative whimsical Park Guell, marvel at Sagrada Familia, and enjoy panoramic views of Barcelona from Montjuic.

Guided by an expert, you will understand why Barcelona is among the most-visited cities in the world. 

While introducing you to Barcelona’s rich cultural history, this small group tour also offers something special for everyone, including brilliant architectural displays, colorful markets, and panoramic views. 

This article contains everything you need to know before booking the Best of Barcelona Tour.

Best of Barcelona Tour Ticket Highlights

  • A complete visit to highlights of Barcelona.
  • Skip-the-line Sagrada Familia ticket with an audio guide.
  • Park Guell admission ticket.
  • Guided tour to Barcelona’s highlights.
  • Guided tour limited to 12 people.
  • Includes private transportation between certain stops.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (11+ years): €89
Child Ticket (up to 10 years): €54

Best of Barcelona Tour Itinerary

Below, we have given the chronological itinerary and a brief description of the places covered during the Best of Barcelona Tour, which starts at 9 am.

Mercat de la Boqueria

Get an excellent Spanish gastronomical experience in Mercat de la Boqueria, located in the heart of Barcelona in La Rambla.

This exotic market, inaugurated in 1840, offers a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, sweets, and meats.

Every stall sells something unique and spoils you with its choices.

Apart from a great shopping experience, this market gives you a glimpse of the local Spanish life.

Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi

Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona

A striking example of Gothic architecture, the Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi is known for its octagonal bell tower, large and vibrant rose window, medieval art, and lofty vaults.

If you wish to escape the bustling city life and find peace and serenity, this 14th-century church is the place to be.

Apart from fulfilling your pursuit of divinity, this tranquil oasis also embodies Barcelona’s rich historical heritage.

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral

Dedicated to Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona, this breathtaking cathedral dates back to the 13th century.

Its majestic facade decorated with intricate spires, a vast nave, a calm walkway, and a pristine garden with 13 white geese will impress you.

This cathedral, which towers over the Gothic Quarter, presents an amazing combination of deep spirituality, spectacular architecture, and rich cultural heritage.

Pont del Bisbe

Happy tourist taking selfie picture in front of Pont del Bi

Built in 1928 by architect Joan Rubió, this neo-gothic passageway owes its popularity not only to its intricate motifs but also to the urban legends surrounding this attraction.

This bridge, which unites the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Casa dels Canonges, creates the perfect backdrop for your favorite fairy tale.

Adorned with a mysterious skull and a dagger, this passage has become a beloved landmark and prominent photography point in Barcelona.

Placa Sant Jaume

Placa De Sant Jaume in Barcelona

A major attraction of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, this square is historically and politically significant.

Flanked by Palau de la Generalitat and the Barcelona City Hall, it has traditionally been the spot for political and social gatherings.

Through its events and performances, it is a venue where you can witness Barcelona’s real life.

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar is a must-visit attraction that helps you connect deeply with Barcelona’s past.

Considered the real cathedral of the Old Town, it was built by the local seafaring community in the 14th century.

While its elegant and simple exterior sets it apart from other grand structures, magnificent stained-glass windows illuminate its interior, creating a serene and uplifting atmosphere.

El Fossar de les Moreres

Fossar de les Moreres, Barcelona

El Fossar de les Moreres is a poignant memorial square where you can pay tribute to the defenders of Barcelona during the city’s siege in 1714.

Its eternal flame symbolizes the memory of those martyred during the War of the Spanish Succession.

The place, which was once a cemetery, has now emerged as an epitome of Barcelona’s resilience and patriotism.

Montjuic

Museu Nacional dArt de Catalunya
Image: Jigsaw365.com

When you ascend to the top of Montjuic, a scenic hill where art, sport, and nature converge, you will get the best views of Barcelona.

This place houses the famous magic fountain, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, and the 1992 Olympic venue.

The castle atop the Montjuic offers panoramic views of the city and the sea, while its tranquil garden helps you search your soul in peace. 

L’Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc

L'Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc 
Image: architectureofthegames.net/

L’Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc is the legacy of the 1992 Olympic event, which made Barcelona the world capital of sport.

This historic venue includes the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Palau Sant Jordi, and the striking Calatrava Tower.

This monumental complex is a reminder of the city’s ability to host an important international sports event.

Mirador Barcelona

Nestled atop Montjuic hill, Mirador de Barcelona is another vantage point to capture the city’s essence—from historic landmarks to recent marvels.

From here, you can view both the busy streets of Barcelona and the serene Mediterranean Sea.

You can also marvel at the Sagrada Familia, the Port of Barcelona, and the layout of the Eixample district. 

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo Building in Barcelona
Photo Courtesy: Casabatllo.es

Casa Batllo is a beautiful residential building designed by Gaudi more than 110 years ago.

Locals call it Casa dels Ossos or House of Bones, as it was built using skulls and bones.

In this unique structure, Gaudi used unique lines, colors, shapes, contours, and textures to transport you into a fantasy marine world.

Its facade mimics the surface of the water, and a dragon-like structure from the legend of Saint George highlights its roof terrace.

Casa Mila – La Pedrera

Roof with Chimneys and Tourists in Casa Mila Building

Casa Mila, or La Pedrera, was Antoni Gaudi’s last residential building.

The locals called it La Pedrera because they felt it resembled a stone quarry during construction.

This structure, designed and built in the art nouveau style, defies straight lines and perfect curves.

Its rooftop terrace and enchanting chimneys will stay in your memory forever.

Park Guell

Park-Guell

Park Guell was originally a residential project abandoned due to a need for more buyers.

It was later converted into a park consisting of two zones—the Monumental Zone and the Free Zone.

You can see renowned structures like the Guard Museum, Dragonway Staircase, Hypostyle Room, Nature Square or Greek Terrace, and Austria Gardens here.

La Sagrada Familia

Sagrada-Familia

Sagrada Familia, which attracts millions of visitors annually, is Antoni Gaudi’s pet project.

Under construction for over 140 years, this church has evolved into a distinguished symbol of Barcelona.

This majestic structure will capture your interest at the first site, and you will start appreciating it more and more as you get nearer.

Its intricate sculptures, ornate facades, and vibrant glass windows will surely impress you.

Meeting Point

The meeting point for this tour is right outside Casa Beethoven music shop. 

Plaza Catalunya (Red Line – L1) and Liceu (Green Line – L3) are the closest metro stations.

If you are taking your vehicle, just turn on Google Maps and start.

There are enough parking garages nearby.

Know before you go

  • This tour is stroller accessible.
  • Service animals are allowed on the tour.
  • You need to pay for the lunch, which is not included in the tour ticket cost.
  • You will receive a full refund if you cancel 24 hours before the tour starts.

Wish to explore and gain insights into Gaudi’s celebrated attractions? Go on the Complete Gaudi Tour.

Sources
# Parkguell.barcelona
# Thrillophilia.com
# Parkguell-tickets.com
# Ticketshop.barcelona

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