The open-topped Bus Turístic is a marvellous way to experience the city’s sights and sounds. The red route explores northern Barcelona; the blue route takes in the southern area. You can hop on and off as many times as you like. Discounts to sights and shops are included.
The tourist office (see Tourist Information) organizes a selection of reasonably-priced guided walks from the main office in Plaça de Catalunya – they explore several themes, including tours of the Barri Gòtic, Modernista tours, gourmet tours and a Picasso-themed tour. The Travel Bar also conducts lively walking tours.
The Modernisme Route guidebook contains several itineraries, a map and discount vouchers for all admission fees. For the guide, tours and information, visit the Centre del Modernisme at the Tourist Information Office in Plaça Catalunya.
See the city from the sea on one of Las Golondrines’ sightseeing boats. Trips lasting 35 minutes depart every half-hour; longer tours are available on a catamaran with an underwater view. The Voyages Orsom sailing catamaran departs from Portal de la Pau for a glide through the port.
Cable cars (telefèric) depart from Montjuïc (Miramar station), Torre de Jaume I and Torre de Sant Sebastià, yielding stunning views of the city.
Kayak under the stars off Barcelona’s shores on a summer’s night – with a beer and pica pica (snack) en route. Nàutica Base arranges various outdoor water activities and provides all the necessary equipment and insurance. After kayaking, go back to base for a barbecue, cocktails and ambient, DJ-spun music.
Cat Helicopters offers three tours of Barcelona, which depart from their landing pad at the port. The five-minute Costa Tour costs €45, and takes in the city coastline. For some of the city’s biggest sights, including the Sagrada Familia, take the Skytour (10mins, €80); it can also be extended to Montserrat (35mins, €240).
Whiz about the old town and the Parc de la Ciutadella on group bike tours organized by bike rental shops. Un Cotxe Menys (“One Car Less”). Barcelona by Bike also runs bike tours in English.
It may be a tourist trap, but riding up La Rambla on a horse and carriage can raise a smile, especially for kids.
Explore Montjuïc on this sightseeing open-top bus, which departs from Plaça d’Espanya and climbs past all the main sights. Get on and off as you wish.