All Barcelona Highlights Tour
First visit to Barcelona? Not sure where to start? There’s so much to do and see in this wonderful city, it’s a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re pressed for time.
Wouldn’t it be great to see the really unique sights in Barcelona—the ones that make Barcelona, well… Barcelona—in a single, well-planned tour? Skipping all the lines so that every minute counts?
That’s exactly what we’ve done. We listened to our guests, discovered the things they really wanted to see in Barcelona, the experiences that excited them the most.
And we created the ultimate Barcelona highlights tour—and we’re really excited to share it with you. Want to know what the best of Barcelona looks like in just a single day?
- When: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10 am from September
- Duration: 5 hours.
- Language: English.
- Price includes: Includes entrance fee to Sagrada Família (worth 18€) and Poble Espanyol (worth 14€).
- Transport: Comfortable roomy air-conditioned private bus.
- Itinerary: Plaça Catalunya > Passeig de Gracia with Gaudí Houses (Façade of Casa Batlló and la Pedrera) > Eixample > Sagrada Família (guided visit + free time) > Arc de Triomf > Port Vell> Colombus Monument > Gothic Drassanes (shipyards) > World Trade Center > Montjuic Hill (Miramar Look-out) > Olympic Ring > Poble Espanyol with about 45 min. free time for lunch > return to Plaça Catalunya.
Why do our customers book this tour?
- Fast track entrance to the Sagrada Família and Poble Espanyol.
- The tour is only in English making it easier for you to follow the whole story.
- It is the easiest way to get a panoramic overview of the city, see Montjuïc Hill and Poble Espanyol.
- Entrance tickets and fast track to Sagrada Família and Poble Espanyol
- Roomy and air conditioned bus with panoramic windows
- Free time in both Sagrada Família and Poble Espanyol
What's not included
- Access to the towers in Sagrada Família.
- Food and drinks. There is water available in the bus for 1 €
- Hotel pick up. Departure point is in Plaça Catalunya, the center of Barcelona and with very good communications, near la Rambla, Gothic Quarter and Passeig de Gràcia.
- This tour involves some light walking.
- This is not a wheelchair accessible vehicle. However, if you have limited mobility (i.e. you can get on and off the coach) we can take your wheelchair with us.
- Dress code inside the temple: for safety, no hats are allowed inside the nave or the museum except for religious, health or belief-related reasons.
Visitors may not enter barefoot. As it is a Catholic church, visitors must dress appropriately, following these restrictions:No see-through clothing
Tops must cover the shoulders
No plunging necklines or exposed backs or bellies
Shorts and skirts must come down to at least mid-thigh
Visitors will not be allowed to enter with special clothing to celebrate any sort of festivities, nor with any decorations designed to distract or draw attention for artistic, religious, promotional or any other purposes.
What will I see?
Passeig de Gràcia
This is one of the most famous boulevards in Barcelona—perhaps even all of Europe. It connects the old Barcelona with the new, with marvelous sights and scents and sounds every step of the way. We drive past here for your first taste of Barcelona.
Start with the architecture—get your first taste of Gaudí at Casa Batlló. Also known as the “House of Bones,” you can’t miss its jeweled, dragon-back facade. A bit further on, there’s Casa Milà (the locals call it la Pedrera, or the quarry), another Gaudí landmark.
Then there’s Casa Amatller, the often overshadowed but no less marvelous Modernist stunner designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. You’ll also see Casa Lleó Morera by Domènech i Montaner—it’s a Barcelona architectural trifecta.
Passeig de Gràcia is Barcelona’s luxury shopping headquarters; brands like Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Hermès, Gucci, and Chanel line the boulevard.
Wonderful cafes, fabulous galleries, and El Nacional, our super-restaurant housed in a Catalan Art Nouveau building make their home on Passeig de Gràcia. It’s always a favorite of first-time (and returning) visitors.
Let’s face it—if you could only see one Gaudí masterpiece, you’d choose the Sagrada Família. It really is that amazing.
The foundation stones were laid in 1882 and it won’t be completed until 2026. What kind of building takes over a century to complete?
Consider its three massive, ornate facades: The Nativity facade was completed under Gaudí himself, while the Glory facade remains a work in progress and the Passion facade is cloaked in controversy if Gaudí would’ve liked it..
Inside, columns resembling tree branches reach toward the ceiling, and there are countless chapels, towers, portals, and intricate inner features. There will be 18 spires when the church is complete, and when the final spire representing Jesus Christ is finished, the Sagrada Família will be the tallest church in the world.
You skip the lines and walk right in on our Barcelona Highlights tour—it’s a VIP perk reserved for our guests.
The Barcelona waterfront
Barcelona is the busiest leisure port in the Mediterranean, and it’s got an exciting waterfront to prove it. There are miles of lovely urban beaches, endless esplanades and boardwalks, and the gorgeous expanse of the sea.
It’s the perfect melange of old and new—La Barceloneta, the charming 18th-century fishing village (with the very best seafood restaurants) side by side with ultra-modern Port Vell and the Olympic Port with Frank Gehry’s famous fish sculpture.
You’ll even see the Columbus Monument standing tall over the Plaça de la Porta de Pau while we drive along the waterfront.
Montjuïc, or “Jew’s Hill,” rises 600 feet above sea level and originally served as Barcelona’s first line of defense against invasion.
Today? It’s one of Barcelona’s most fascinating art destinations, home of the Fundació Joan Miró, the Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, and the CaixaForum.
If that’s not enough, there’s also the 17th-century Montjuïc Castle, the dancing Magic Fountain, and the Olympic Stadium.
And it goes without saying that the views from the top of the hill are…breathtaking. It’s the best spot to take pictures of views over the city—tried and tested.
El Poble Espanyol
It’s a representation of all that makes Spain unique and amazing—there are replicas of buildings and streets from the 15 different autonomous regions of Spain such as Andalusia, Aragon, Basque Country, and Cantabria, complete with craftsmen and artisans selling traditional wares.
What to expect
See the best of Barcelona your way
Our Barcelona Highlights tour runs twice a day every day*. No matter when you’re in Barcelona, you can join a tour. No need to book in advance—although it’s a good idea if you know when you’d like to do the tour (they’ve been known to sell out, unfortunately).
Best of all? Pick your start time to suit your schedule and touring style. Our 10 am tour starts at Sagrada Família and ends at Poble Espanyol. If you want extra time to explore the outdoor museum after the tour, this is a great option.
Our 12:30 tour starts at Montjuïc and ends at Sagrada Família; there are fewer people in the late afternoon, and you can stay as long as you like to look around.
*Our 12:30 pm tour is available Monday to Saturday between 1 April and 1 November.
Why visit with a guide
Your guide is here to help you uncover our beautiful city’s secrets and enjoy its charms in an unforgettable way. They can answer any question about the city, its historical sites and attractions, and give you the ultimate Barcelona experience.
Our guides are local experts who share interesting background knowledge and insights you’d never find on your own. Plus, you skip the lines with VIP admission to Barcelona’s popular sights and are driven around in a modern, luxury vehicle; we make every minute of your holiday memorable.
Get to know our city with the experts at Barcelona Guide Bureau; we make it easy to do Barcelona your way.
A few things to keep in mind…
You do need to dress modestly for admission to the Sagrada Família, a Catholic church—no bare shoulders, bare midriffs, or plunging back or necklines. Shorts and skirts should hit mid-thigh.
Tours begin and end in the Plaça Catalunya, which is a fabulous place to explore before or after your tour. Our guides are happy to give you a few pointers of things to see and do. You’ll ride in our roomy air-conditioned coaches (most are WiFi enabled) and have great views from the huge panoramic windows. You can even buy bottled water (€1) in case you forget to pack a drink.
The tour involves light walking, and our tour coaches are not wheelchair accessible. However, if you can get in and out of the vehicle, we are happy to bring your wheelchair with us.
Note: We use our whisper-guide radio system so you can easily hear your guide but passers-by are blissfully unaware there’s a tour in their midst.
Still have questions? Check our FAQs for everything you need to know about doing Barcelona your way with BGB daily tours.
We meet in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza at Plaça Catalunya 19. Look out for our guide who will have an orange umbrella.
Gaudí and Sagrada Família
- Meet in Plaça Catalunya in front of Hotel Olivia Plaza
- Passeig de Gràcia
- Casa Batlló and La Pedrera
- Eixample – The Expansion District
- Guided tour of Sagrada Família with free time to explore
Montjuïc and Poble Espanyol
- Arc de Triomf
- Waterfront, port beaches and Old Port
- Columbus Monument
- Montjuïc Hill including Mirador l’Alcalde (Mayor’s Lookout)
- Poble Espanyol guided visit + 45 minutes free exploration
- Return to Plaça Catalunya