Unbeatable Barcelona in a Day Tour

Unmask the real culture of the city at Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and the Gothic Quarter

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 249 Reviews · 6.50h · Barcelona, Spain

Is it possible to see the most important sites of Barcelona in just one day? Yes it is! With this in-depth city tour, you’ll see Barcelona’s best attractions with a local to lead the way at Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and more! Follow your expert local guide on a walking tour through the Gothic Quarter, before being wowed by the incredible park and cathedral designed by famed artist Antoni Gaudí. It's the best way to see Barcelona in a day!

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  • Barcelona in a Day
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Mercado de la Boqueria
  • Park Guell
  • Terrace & View Points
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Pillars and Stained Glass
  • Gaudi's Architectural Genius

Start your day at Cathedral Square in the Gothic Quarter. With your small group of 18 or fewer people, you'll meet your friendly local guide and set off on your Barcelona in a day tour. Get to know Barcelona like a local thanks to a walking tour through the ancient Roman ruins of the Gothic Quarter where the Spanish Inquisition will come to life alongside the smells of traditional Catalonia food.

Antoni Gaudí certainly left his mark on the Catalan capital, and your city tour continues to the imaginative gardens at Park Güell. After a break for lunch at one of the city's many restaurants and food stalls (not included), you'll get to see Gaudí's most famous creation—the incredible Sagrada Familia. The line to get inside this unique cathedral can be hours-long at times, but your skip-the-line ticket lets you straight in to start exploring, while your guide enlightens you with fascinating stories of it's history and construction. You'll part ways with your guide in the afternoon, having gained a deeper appreciation of Barcelona in just one day!

Barcelona in a Day City Tour Description

Your 6.5-hour tour includes:

  • Gothic Quarter walking tour

  • Skip-the-line entry and guided tour of Park Güell

  • Local jamón (ham) and cheese at the market

  • Break for lunch (not included)

  • Skip-the-line entry and guided tour of Sagrada Família

  • Climate-controlled vehicle for certain stops

  • A fun, English-speaking local guide

  • Maximum group size of 18

The Gothic Quarter

Take a step back in time as you enter the oldest part of Barcelona. Many of the homes and buildings in this district are built directly on top of ancient Roman ruins, and your super-knowledgeable guide will tell you the area's history as they lead you through the labyrinth of twisting alleyways and cobblestone streets. You'll hear tales of tragedy and faith that played out in the very steps you take behind your local guide from the Church of Santa Maria Del Mar to the Barcelona Cathedral.

You'll also visit the neighborhood market, Mercado de la Boqueria where you will be treated to delicious local jamón (ham) and cheeses. See for yourself how Barcelona has blended ancient history with modern living as you soak in the vibes, flavors, sights, and sounds of Catalonia.

Barcelona's Great Architect

As you travel between sites, you'll pass by one of the three beautiful buildings designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí: Casa Batlló. The intensively detailed façade of colorful ceramic tiles earned the nicknamed “house of bones.” It's notable for the Catalonian modernist style, an artistic movement born from, and in opposition to, the modernist movement of the 19th century. Your guide will explain how this and Casa Milà and Casa Vicens were instrumental in changing architecture worldwide.

Park Güell

Next, you'll hop in a climate-controlled vehicle (a taxi or van, depending on group size) and head to your next destination, away from the hustle and bustle of the city at the surreal Park Güell. Your guide will have your skip-the-line tickets ready so you can bypass any crowds. This magnificent place was envisioned by Gaudí as a luxury residential area outside of Barcelona's city center.

As you stroll along the colorful walkways and staircases of the park, you'll learn all about Gaudí's colossal ideas for this complex, and why they never actually came to fruition. Nowadays, Park Güell is the most beloved park in Barcelona, and a fantastic place to see the city from above. Your guide will make sure you get postcard-worthy photos from the trencadís-adorned balconies that rise above its iconic Dragon Stairway. 

Enjoy free time to eat lunch (not included) before heading to the last stop of the tour.

Stained Glass Windows of Sagrada Família

The last stop on your Barcelona in a Day Tour is the iconic Sagrada Família. Not only is it the most popular church in Spain, but it's also one of the most visited churches in all of Europe! It's not surprising that the lines to get in can take hours, so stick with your guide who will make sure you skip the line to see the interior of this stunning cathedral.

Before you step inside, you'll get to admire the exterior of the building that represents two contrasting facades: Façade of the Nativity and the Façade of Passion. Understanding what you're about to see is critical so listen as you learn more about the eccentric genius who envisioned this masterpiece and started its construction at the age of 30, back in 1882. Amazingly, the cathedral is still partly under construction, almost 150 years later! But the best is yet to come...

Stepping inside this church to stand within the glow of the magnificent stained glass windows is difficult to describe unless you've done it yourself. The awe, wonder, and reverence takes your breath away. But as your guide begins detailing the incredible construction of these windows and the still-being-built cathedral, you'll look again with even greater appreciation at this church's decorative interior. There's just too much to take in without their incredible insights to make it easy and more memorable.

Explore More

After admiring the still-unfinished church, you can explore Sagrada Família on your own. Be sure to go to the Sagrada Família museum located downstairs below the church. With a plethora of scale models, original photographs, drawings, and documents, you can continue learning about the vast genius and brilliance behind this Barcelona gem.

What you get with this tour
Skip the line tickets
Park Güell
Sagrada Familia
Gothic Quarter walking tour
Air Conditioned Transportation
Passionate English-speaking guide
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Best of Barcelona!
20 April 2024
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Reviewed by
Angela Genzale

Best tour of the main sites in Barcelona. Our guide Miguel was not only knowledgeable but you can tell he loves this city and all it has to offer. I loved all the stories of sites we went to - not sure how he can remember it all! He is a great photographer and took the time to snap some great pics of us throughout the tour. The tour itself is well paced with time to relax, take photos and shop along the way. There is a bus ride to Park Güell that allowed rest time and an hour break for lunch. They had clean bathroom stops preplanned throughout the tour. Highly recommend to take this tour your first day in Barcelona. It will give you ideas of how to spend the rest of your vacation.

Wonderful Day in Barcelona!
19 April 2024
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Reviewed by
Peter Bruckmann

Josep (like the market) was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide to spend the day with. His positive and patience did not go unnoticed as we did have a some participants who struggled with the walking portions (which there are many, but not overly grueling) of the tour. He made thoughtful accommodations for them (calling them a cab ahead of a longer stroll & always looking out for them) Unfortunately, they were not in-tune to how their lack of mobility was taking away from the rest of the groups tour as they would not make deadlines and often would "wander" off and Josep took time to track them down, but he always stayed polite and positive. It was a very unfortunate part of the tour that did cost the rest of the group valuable time (especially by decreasing our time for lunch significantly) . The sites of Barcelona were remarkable. From the architecture to the Market to Gaudi inspired structures to the Park Güell and finally the incredible La Sagrada Familia, Josep was able to give insight and information that was unique. Would recommend! Muchas Gracias!

19 April 2024
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Reviewed by
David T Hayes

Miguel was the best!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

This is a full day walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes. Bring some cash with you, for lunch and drinks during your break. Avoid bringing large bags, the Sagrada Familia requires you to check them. Make sure that all participants have something to cover the knees and shoulders for the Basilica visit.

Would this tour be cancelled due to rain?

No, we run our tours rain or shine!

What if I have concerns about my mobility?

This is predominantly a walking tour that may include uneven terrain. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a Private Barcelona Tour which can be more easily adjusted for your needs.

Does the Sagrada Familia ever close unexpectedly?

The church itself is almost always open for tourists, but on rare occasions parts of the Basilica close for special religious events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra site or gallery to compensate.

Does this tour enter the homes built by Gaudi?

No, you'll only pass by Casa Batllo, but your guide can point out where to visit the others.

What's included in the price?

Price includes admission and skip the line entrance to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, round trip coach transportation to Parc Guell and back to Barcelona center, driver and an English-speaking expert guide.

What to bring?

This is a full day walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes. Bring some cash with you, for lunch and drinks during your break. Avoid bringing large bags, the Sagrada Familia requires you to check them. Make sure that all participants have something to cover the knees and shoulders for the Basilica visit.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends at Sagrada Familia, which is about a 35-minute walk from where you started.

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