The city of Barcelona is one of the most visited and well-known cities amongst tourists. We really wanted to see as much as we could of Spain, so we had to divide our time up accordingly, leaving us only two days in Barcelona. You could spend an entire lifetime exploring Barcelona’s winding streets, so we wanted to make the most of it. This is why we decided to do a private tour of Barcelona with Triple Travel!
I knew about the main Barcelona attractions, like Casa Batllo, the Sagrada Familia, and the Barcelona Cathedral, but I really wanted to dive into Barcelona’s rich history and felt that a professional tour guide would be able to steer me to the best sights in town, like the hidden gems I otherwise would have missed. From churches, museums, ancient Roman ruins, parks and monuments, Barcelona will keep you busy!
Booking a guide with Triple Travel was the highlight of our Barcelona trip, and I believe is a vital first step if you want to see as much as you can without feeling too overwhelmed. In two hours, our guide Diana walked us through the Gotic, Reval, and El Born neighborhoods, teaching us and showing us things we otherwise would have missed. Tours by locals in Barcelona are always more meaningful.
I’ll always be sure to reach out to a guide whenever I’m visiting a city rich in history. Our tour was split into three parts, the Gotic, Reval, and El Born neighborhoods. Below I have listed the top ten highlights of our two hour walking tour with Diana. If you’re ever in Barcelona, choose the “walking through history” tour – you won’t be disappointed!
1. El Reval
El Reval is a very young, vibrant, hipster part of town. Full of skaters, street art, and performers, this area of town was fantastic to explore and admire Barcelona’s art and culture. It is also next to one of Barcelona’s oldest and most famous markets, the Boqueria, and holds the city’s most important contemporary art museum.
Keith Harring’s street art on AIDS awareness: Ignorance = Fear Silence = Death
The most famous market in Barcelona
2. Barri Gotic Neighborhood
I would consider this the heart of Barcelona. The Romans once stood in this very spot, and there are many ancient buildings along with recently built ones, making this neighborhood stand out above the others in terms of architecture and history. The Gothic Quarter is is part of Barcelona’s “Old Town,” and is filled with narrow, dark corners. If you’re looking for a good place to stay, I would say this is number 1, because you are 5-10 minutes from the beach, and surrounded by cute shops and great nightlife.
This is Saint Valentine. In Spain, Valentine’s Day is on April 23rd. All the men and women exchange books and roses with their lovers.
Old Roman cemeteries discovered in 1954
Columns from the Temple of Augustus that are more than 2,000 years old
3. El Born
This neighborhood is centrally located and feels more open and spacious. It is artsy and hip, like El Reval, but also has a medieval feel to it. Many artists and creatives live here, making it a super hip and cool place to be.
Here was a former market until they discovered Roman Ruins from the 1700’s beneath!
Famous “2D” sculpture by Jaume Plensa
Arc De Triumf
Parc de la Ciutadella designed by Gaudi
Tips For The Tour
Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking A TON!
Make sure your camera/phone is charged! My camera died and I was sad I couldn’t take pictures on it!
Make sure to exchange numbers with your guide beforehand, in case you can’t find them at the meeting point
Live in the moment and take everything in!
It is a lot of information all at once, so if you miss anything, that’s okay! Be sure to ask lots of questions
Bring water and/or a snack.
Be sure to protect your belongings from theft
Thank you so much Triple Travel for hosting us! Check out these other amazing destinations where you can experience the city with an experienced local:
Have you ever had a tour guide take you around?! What was your experience with it? LET ME KNOW, FRIENDS!!