Planning a trip to Barcelona can be extremely exciting but also time-consuming. After all, there's so much to see in Barcelona it's hard to pick which tour's better than the other.
Instead of spending time figuring out which attractions you should visit, why not leave it up to an experienced local guide? You'll already have plenty on your plate trying to find the perfect place to stay in Barcelona. With the right tour guide directing you, you'll be able to make sure you're seeing all the best places Barcelona has to offer.
How do you know which guide is the best for you? Sure, there are tons of reviews out there, but you can never know how they all stack up. That's why we decided to make your life easier and create a list of the most underrated tours of Barcelona.
So, get ready to explore Barcelona through the hidden-gem guided tours we're about to show you!
Top 5 underrated tours in Barcelona
Gaudí Free Tour
If you're coming to Barcelona, you cannot miss this free Gaudí tour. This tour is organized by Runner Bean, one of the best tour companies in Barcelona.
The Gaudí Free Tour will teach you everything there is to know about Barcelona's most famous architect, Antoni Guadí. You will walk through Barcelona and marvel at Guadí's buildings through this tour. You will get the chance to see the Palau Güell, Casa Batlló, la Pedrera, and la Sagrada Familia.
The Gaudí Free Tour starts at 11.00 am at Palça Reial by the water fountain. You will find a guide waiting for you wearing a bright green vest and carrying a green umbrella. The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours. You will take the metro twice, so make sure to bring your metro pass if you have one.
Is Gaudí Free Tour really free?
Gaudí Free Tour is free of charge, but donations are encouraged. You will have to book in advance as numbers are limited. But, if you haven't had time to book, you can still show up at the meeting point 15 minutes in advance.
Most of the time, there are still a few spaces available. Tours are wheelchair accessible and also operate when it rains.
The Sailing Tour
You can experience Barcelona by bus, on foot and… by boat! The Sailing Tour is the perfect option for those interested in seeing Barcelona from a different perspective. Your guide will be Miquel, a sailor native of Barcelona, and he will take you aboard his boat for a sailing tour of the city.
During your sailing tour, you will admire Barcelona's most iconic buildings. You will see the Tibidabo, the Sagrada Familia, the Montjuic Castle, and Frank Ghery's fish, all from Miquel's boat. Miquel will give you some insights into the history and culture of the city from the perspective of someone who spent his whole life in Barcelona.
Learn to sail with Miquel!
If you're interested, you will also get the chance to help Miquel with the sail maneuvers. After admiring Barcelona's buildings, Miquel will find a suitable place where you will be able to swim in the Mediterranean Sea.
Onboard, you will also be offered drinks such as cava, beer, and white wine, as well as some finger food.
The Original Tapas Crawl Adventure
It wouldn't be a good Barcelona trip without a food tour. The Original Tapas Crawl Adventure will take you to four different tapas restaurants to taste all the different flavors that Barcelona has to offer.
This tour aims not only to bring you closer to the essence of Barcelona but also to show you how its citizens live. You will get to know the habits and customs of the citizens of Barcelona and experience the tapas culture in the first person. The Original Tapas Crawl Adventure will take you to some of the most iconic neighbors in Barcelona, such as Poble Sec and Sant Antoni.
This tour lasts from 2 to 3.5 hours. You will eat between 10 to 12 tapas dishes and have 4 to 5 drinks. Tapas are small, so have a light lunch before the tour if you are used to big meals.
Groups are 10 people, and you can cancel up to 7 days in advance to get a full refund.
Montserrat Hiking Off the Beaten Path
Are you in the mood for a day trip outside of the city? Then this Montserrat tour is ideal for you. Ramon and Cristian are the two heads behind the Montserrat Hiking Off the Beaten Path.
These two professional mountain guides will show you their favorite natural spots of Catalunya. The tour starts in Barcelona, from where you will reach Montserrat with a one-hour drive in a private minivan.
Where will the tour take me?
This Montserrat Hiking Off the Beaten Path will take you to the Montserrat Monastery early in the morning to beat the crowds. Ramon and Cristian will narrate the history of this place and tell you about its many legends.
After the visit to the monastery, you will go for a two hours hike. You will reach stunning viewpoints with a 360 degrees view over the rocky mountains around you.
After the two hours hike, you'll be able to stop and have lunch. Ramon and Cristian will provide you with local snacks and water, but make sure to bring your own food!
After lunch, you'll visit an abbey and explore the local farmer market on your way back. Wear comfortable shoes and take a rain jacket to prepare for all weather conditions.
The Dark Past Night Walking Tour
The Dark Past Night Walking Tour will make you explore the El Born area of Barcelona. This tour is perfect for those interested in discovering the city's darker side. Through The Dark Past Night Walking Tour, you will take a step back in time into the Medieval Ages.
You will learn about the different punishments carried out during this period and get insights into the history of the Spanish Inquisition. The tour starts under the monumental arch of the Arc de Triomf and ends at the Plaça Commercial. The Dark Past Night Walking Tour lasts two hours and is wheelchair accessible.
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While the list isn't exhaustive, you'll be sure to have a blast joining any of the tours mentioned above! If you'd like to explore other parts of the country, why not check our guide on where to go in Spain? Regardless of which tour you end up picking or which destination you visit, you'll need a great plan to keep you on track and organized.
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