Ready for the Barcelona Must-Sees
This tour is circular, so we can start at any point of the tour, but why not meet at the classical Barcelona meeting point? Plaça de Catalunya is in the heart of the city, a big square (well, actually it’s round…) with fountains, statues, and where the famous Ramblas begin their journey down to the sea. If you book this tour as an early morning tour, we will be able to run down Ramblas without being hindered by the crowds and we will (hopefully) enjoy the sunrise above the water. Breathtaking!
As we leave the sea views behind, we run through the “Barceloneta’s” narrow streets, where you can still see the traditional tapas-restaurants that were once concentrated here in the “fisher’s neighborhood”. If you are on the lookout for local restaurant tips, now would be a good time to ask your guide.
Running along, we find ourselves running through the old town, experiencing; the Santa Maria del Mar church (please, if you haven’t done yet, read the book “Cathedral of the Sea”), the city hall, the Cathedral (I know, it can be confusing; we have 3 very important churches, all popularly known as “cathedrals”, even if only one is a real cathedral; the other two are Basilicas -Santa Maria del Mar and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia-).
We will leave the old town along the most expensive street in Spain, and head to the most beautiful avenues in “Eixample”, up along Passeig de Gràcia, which hosts luxury shops, 5-star hotels and gems of Catalan modernistic buildings, among them, Gaudi’s “Casa Batlló” and “La Pedrera”, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will continue down along Rambla de Catalunya, a beautiful avenue with many cafés and outdoor seating. At the end of our tour, we will head back to Plaça de Catalunya…or your hotel.
This is a great tour if you are looking for a tour that has it all – sea views, history, modernism and the unique feel of Barcelona.