Budget-friendly guided tours of Barcelona: a great deal from Tourist Information

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This way for budget-friendly guided tours of Barcelona - a fun and economical way to get straight to the heart of the city!

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A private tour is a great way to discover a city, as you get to interact with the guide and the tour can be adapted to your needs, speed and interests, but it comes at a price.

For those on a tighter budget, we’ve found a great alternative: a range of 2-hour guided tours, run for bigger groups, but with an audiophone system so everyone can hear the guide clearly.

  • Wear comfortable shoes – you’ll be walking or standing for 2 hours.
  • Make sure you’re at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start of the tour, and be careful: the starting point is not the same for all of the visits listed. It’d be a shame to show up in the wrong place!

Budget-friendly guided tours of the Gothic Quarter

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When you think of Barcelona, it tends to be Gaudí and modernism which spring to mind first. However impressive the art nouveau movement was, it covers less than a century of the city’s history. In the gothic quarter, you can see how Barcelona has developed over 2000 years, from its creation by the Romans to the arrival of the Visigoths, the Second Republic, the Civil War and through the democratic transition.

  • The tour is truly fascinating, and we learnt a lot. Highly recommended!
  • The tour includes a visit to Barcelona Cathedral, so make sure you dress accordingly: your shoulders should be covered, and avoid mini-skirts and short shorts (long shorts are ok).

Why? To discover Barcelona’s 2000 years of history
How much? €16 per person (get 10% off by booking here), free for under-12s
When? Tours in English Monday – Sunday at 9.30am all year round.
Where? Meeting point: tourist information office, Carrer de la Ciutat 2 (metro: Jaume I)

Budget-friendly guided tours of Catalan Art Nouveau

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Catalan Art Nouveau (or modernism) is imprinted on Barcelona’s DNA, and is one of the city’s major attractions. During this tour, you’ll discover the history of the movement, from its beginnings to the height of its popularity and its slow decline.

The tour starts with Els 4 Gats, the famous artists’ café, before moving on to the Palau de la Música. Next comes the unmissable Passeig de Gràcia, home to Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Casa Amatller and Casa Lleó i Morera, alongside other lesser-known gems. You won’t be going into any of these buildings, just admiring them from the outside.

The tour also includes a ticket to the city’s Modernism Museum, handed out as you pass, which you can use whenever you like.

  • Top tip: combine this tour with a tour of the Gothic quarter for a fuller appreciation of Barcelona’s development and rich history.

Why? To discover Barcelona’s most important architectual movement
How much? €16 per person (get 10% off by booking here), free for under-12s
When? Tours in English on Wednesday and Friday at 6pm (April to October), or Wednesday and Friday at 3.30pm (November to March)
Where? Meeting point: tourist information office, Plaça Catalunya 17, basement (metro: Catalunya)

Budget-friendly guided tours in the footsteps of Picasso

budget guided visit Picasso museum

Picasso was born in Andalucia and spent a considerable time living in Paris, where he created some of his most famous works. Between these periods, however, he trained at the Barcelona School of Fine Art, and his career really took off in the city.

This 2-hour guided tour will introduce you to Picasso’s Barcelona: you’ll see his favourite café and stroll around the area where he lived, before going into the Picasso Museum. Once inside, the guide will give you a one-hour tour with explanations of te most important works in display.

  • We particularly enjoyed the fact that the tour highlighted some of the lesser-known aspects of Picasso’s life and works. You learn a lot, and by visiting the artist’s favourite haunts, you gain a clear impression of what Picasso’s life was like during his formative period.
  • Entry to the Picasso Museum is included in the tour price, making it a great deal!

At the end of the tour, you can stay and explore the museum on your own for as long as you like.

Why? To find out more about Picasso and his origins
How much? €22 adults, €7 children aged 4-12 (get 10% off by booking here)
When? Saturday at 3.30pm (and Wednesdays at 3.30pm in summer)
Where? Meeting point: tourist information office, Plaça Catalunya 17, basement (metro: Catalunya)

Budget-friendly guided tours for foodies

budget guided visit food

Food plays a key role in any culture. If you want to discover Barcelona from a different, and tasty, perspective, don’t miss this guided tour! You’ll learn a lot about the main culinary specialities of Catalonia, and get to visit a number of traditional shops, along with Santa Catarina market, before finishing at the Jamón Experience museum.

  • This is a fun and original tour, and a great way of discovering local culture. It’s also good for families with children. If we had to pick just one of the tours listed in this article, we’d struggle to choose between this one and the tour of the Gothic Quarter!
  • Entry to Jamón Experience is included in the price of the tour.
  • You’ll get to taste touron, chocolate and ham over the course of the tour.
  • The tour is only available in English – but if you’re reading this article, that shouldn’t really be a problem!

Why? To see another side of Barcelona
How much? €22 (€19.80 with reduction) adults, €7 (€6.30) children aged 4-12 (get 10% off by booking here)
When? Mondays and Fridays, 10.30am – 12.30am (add 20 minutes for the Jamón Experience)         Where? Meeting point: tourist information office, Carrer de la Ciutat 2 (metro: Jaume I)

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?