Barcelona Tourism

Free Tour of Barcelona !

The Free Tour of Barcelona starts just outside the Jaume I Metro Exit in front of Hotel Suizo. Just look for the teams in red SANDEMANs NEW Europe T-shirts!

Barcelona has an irresistible creative energy: you feel it on the bustling streets and market squares, you see it in the incredible architecture and museums, you taste it in the fabulous food, and you live it in the legendary nightlife. Explore the lifestyle of the most exciting city on the Mediterranean with this 2½-hour walking tour. The incredible rich history and culture of Barcelona will be brought to life for you by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable independent local guides with whom we work.

From Hercules, the legendary founder of the city, to Christopher Columbus; from Wilfred the Hairy, a heroic Catalan knight, to Pablo Picasso; Barcelona’s history is full of great adventurers, merchants, artists and warriors. The city has been shaped by many of the great seafaring civilizations of the Mediterranean. The sense of commerce, creativity and reaching for the horizon is what makes Barcelona such a unique place. Despite two millennia of proud history, for Barcelona the past is not enough. This is a city that is constantly reinventing itself to embrace the future.

On this 2.5 hour* tour you will see:

  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • The Gothic Quarter
  • King Martin’s Watchtower
  • The Generalitat
  • The Council of One Hundred
  • El Born District
  • Santa María del Mar
  • Roman Necropolis
  • Catalan national identity
  • The Olympic legacy
  • La Llotja
  • Plaça Nova
  • Port Vell historic harbor
  • Santa María del Pi
  • Catalan legends & heroes
  • Picasso in Barcelona
  • Spanish Civil War


The Chocolate Museum – Barcelona

The Chocolate Museum is a dynamic facility promoted by the Barcelona Confectionery Guild and located in the former Sant Agustí monastery. It provides a journey through the origins of chocolate, its arrival in Europe and its spread as an element between myth and reality, its medicinal properties and nutritional value, relating tradition with the future and forming part of our collective imagination.

The Chocolate Museum is located in a historic building that already had a relationship with chocolate: in the 18th century the Bourbon army was a fanatical consumer of chocolate and, according to the ordinances, chocolate was present on the menus of the 18th-century military academies: “For breakfast each cadet and company officer shall be given one and a half ounces of chocolate with a quarter of a pound of bread…”. When the troops were in barracks, acting as garrison, chocolate was also commonly eaten. The halberdier corps, the monarch’s personal bodyguard, was enviously known as the “chocolateros”, because, as they were a pampered, elite corps, they consumed a great deal of chocolate.

Since the age of discovery in the 15th century, chocolate has played a role in the economic and social fabric of Barcelona. Along these lines, Barcelona port acted as a starting point for the sale and distribution of the product all over Europe.

In addition, the first workshop that transformed drinking chocolate into a solid product is recognised to have existed in the city at the end of the 19th century.

Gaudí’s Pedrera: The Origins

If Gaudí brought you to Barcelona, you can’t miss this amazing experience

“Gaudí’s Pedrera: The Origins” is an spectacular night-time experience that will amaze everyone. Live an absolutely unique immersive experience, full of surprises, set in one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings.

Gaudí believed that nature is like a large open book; one we should make the effort to read and interpret. Accompanied by a guide, you will experience an unforgettable journey through different areas of the building: Passeig de Gràcia and Provença Courtyards, Espai Gaudí (the attic) and the Roof-Terrace (The Apartment not included), in which the highlight will be a videomapping at the Roof-Terrace of La Pedrera. We use the unique architecture of this space to present a magnificient audiovisual show which allows to make an unforgettable journey to the origins of life, the essence of Gaudí’s architecture, with multiple projections in the “badalots” (stairwells), special lighting and a soundtrack that will accompany it all.

The visit includes:

  • Projections in the Passeig de Gràcia Courtyard
  • Discovering the building’s most remarkable treasures (Passeig de Gràcia and Provença Courtyards, Espai Gaudí and the Roof-Terrace)
  • An extraordinary audiovisual show on the Barcelona’s most remarkable Roof-Terrace
  • Guide of La Pedrera, which will discover the building.
  • A glass of cava to finish off the evening

Don’t miss this highly sensory tour at night to discover the nooks and crannies of La Pedrera, that culminates with an audiovisual show beyond the imagination.

10 Insider Tips on What to Do in Barcelona

1. Walk down Passeig de Gracia and admire the many architectural works of art of Antoni Gaudi. Don’t forget to visit the “House of Bones”, officially known as Casa Batlló. The house is open to visitors 365 days a year from 9am to 9pm.

2.See a free exhibition in Palau Robert (on Passeig de Gracia) or one of the many galleries in the city.

3.Eat fresh tapas in a bar near the Barceloneta beach (Jai-Ca or Can Mano) and follow it up with a delicious paella at Can Ros.

4.Go to a live flamenco show, dance and drink a glass of vermouth on a Saturday afternoon at Bar Leo (Barceloneta)

5.Hunt for antiques and trinkets at the Mercat dels Encants (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays).

6.Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the Montjuic Cable Cars, Teleferic de Montjuic. To get there, take the funicular from the Parallel metro stop (line 2 & 3).

7.Observe the vibrant cultural melting-pot that is the Rambla del Raval.

8.Get lost in the labyrinth of the park “Laberint d’Horta”.

9.Go to a concert at the Palau de la Musica, enjoy the fantastic acoustics and architecture.

10. Unleash the Catalan rhythm and see a concert by the Barceloneta beach.


Catedral de Santa Eulalia de Barcelona

La Catedral de Santa Eulalia fue edificada sobre la antigua catedral de estilo romántico, arte predominante en Europa durante los siglos XI, XII y parte del siglo XIII y hoy ostenta el estilo gótico que se desarrolló desde finales del siglo XII hasta el siglo XV aunque su fachada es mucho mas moderna. Su edificio fue declarado bien de interés cultural, figura jurídica de protección del patrimonio histórico español, como asimismo Monumento Histórico-Artístico Nacional.
¿Sabías que la catedral de Barcelona podría muy bien ser la cuarta que fue construida en el mismo lugar? A pesar de que a los turistas de hoy les pueda parecer que la Catedral de Barcelona ha sido siempre un gran e imponente edificio en el centro de la ciudad, esto no podría estar más lejos de la verdad. Con una historia de siglos, el sitio de la Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia ha sufrido muchos cambios, y ha sido testigo del auge y caída de varias civilizaciones y religiones.
En resumen, La Catedral de Barcelona es una catedral gótica, renovada con un estilo neo-gótico, que fue construida sobre una catedral románica que fue construida sobre una catedral que sustituyó a una mezquita (convertida de una catedral que se actualizó a partir de una iglesia), que fue a su vez construida sobre un templo dedicado al Dios Júpiter. La próxima vez que visites Barcelona, concédete un momento para apreciar la magnitud e historia que te ofrece esta localización. ¿Ya has visitado la Catedral de Barcelona?

Jardín Botánico de Barcelona

Inaugurado el 18 de abril de 1999, el Jardín Botánico de Barcelona es una institución municipal con la que se pretende preservar las numerosas especies de plantas mediterráneas de todo el mundo. Convertido en elemento de difusión de la cultura botánica y naturalista es una buena opción para disfrutar en familia. Son múltiples las actividades que ofrece durante todo el año el jardín, desde los itinerarios de invierno o primavera hasta las actividades para niños de 7 a 14 años por tan sólo 1 euro.

Actualmente la cifra total de especies representadas llega más o menos a 1.350, aunque el proyecto del Jardín Botánico de Barcelona prevé llegar a representar 4.000 especies mediterráneas de todo el mundo. Las especies se agrupan según su procedencia, recreando de una forma artificial sus ecosistemas naturales.

El Jardín Botánico de Barcelona se creó para contribuir a la conservación ex situ de la biodiversidad de la vegetación mediterránea, principalmente de Catalunya. El Jardín es un espacio privilegiado para cultivar y exponer las plantas amenazadas. En este sentido, también es un elemento divulgador del conocimiento de cuáles son las especies que hay que proteger y cuáles son las acciones que se llevan a cabo para conseguirlo.

Origins of the town Barcino

The origins of the town of Barcino are somewhat confusing. Before the Roman conquest, they have been able to determine the existence of Neolithic peoples Iberians and even a small Greek settlement, although it is unknown location.

As with almost any puzzle without stirring, they have also been created legends that speak about the origin of Barcelona. More specifically, two legends.


Bisbe Bridge

To our dear fans and customers, we invite you to meet Bisbe bridge located to the side of the Cathedral of Barcelona and the famous skull beneath the same bridge. No tourist who a photograph of passage not carry, one of the icons of the Gothic Quarter is a marvel watch — point by point.


Bridge Street Bisbe linking the Generalitat with the Canons house is one of the postcards of Barcelona. Bisbe Street was one of the main streets of the medieval Barcelona.



Sculpture The Face of Barcelona

Did you know that the sculpture Face of Barcelona was designed by the American sculptor Roy Lichtenstein for the Olympics of 92? It is said to be a tribute to Picasso, Dali and Miro. This gem of concrete and ceramic is 19 and a half meters high and represents a woman’s head with hair in the wind. Are located down the Via Laietana (where the Hostal Fontanella) to the sea.
Sure many locals is familiar !!

Palace of Catalan Music


In 1997 UNESCO included the building of the Palace of Music Catalan in their relationship Heritage Site, just steps from Hostal Fontanella ABLE dazzle with this incredible masterpiece, and enjoy good music presented here.

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