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Free tours in Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful city with a rich history, and exploring it on your own can be expensive. Luckily, there are many free walking tours available that will let you get a taste of Barcelona.

Here are some of our favorite guided walks around town, ready to call or book online and have an unforgettable experience while you get to know the city and all its secret corners.

From walking tours including some of the most emblematic buildings in the city, to the most fun and original tours on wheels. So, here’s our selection of best free tours in Barcelona, you might get to know the city like a local!

Free walking tours of Barcelona city center

Have you ever gone crazy going from one place to another trying not to miss anything, but not seeing anything because you had little time to visit the city? And then you think that “you haven’t seen this” or “you haven’t seen that”.

We don’t want this to happen to you during your visit to Barcelona… For this reason, these four free tours are perfect for exploring the city center without forgetting any relevant point.

Civitatis Barcelona free walking tour

Among all the Civitatis free tours available, this one hits the spot. It is a 2 hour walk, which includes the most popular streets and the most famous buildings of the historic center of Barcelona.

The tour begins in Plaza de Catalunya and then walks you along La Rambla to visit the Gothic quarter, with a mandatory stop at El Call (old Jewish quarter), with its numerous secrets, legends and curiosities of the area. The itinerary ends at the Fosa de las Moreras, after having visited, of course, the best tourist spots in the Born district, among which is the mythical basilica of Santa María del Mar (also known as “Cathedral of the Sea” thanks to the best-seller by Ildefonso Falcones).

The Gothic Basílica de Santa María del Mar is an iconic church that epitomizes Barcelona’s Gothic style. It was built in 1329, and its design is distinct from other churches in Barcelona due to its extremely high ceiling (approximately 70 feet). The walls are decorated with stone statues and intricate carvings that make for a truly impressive interior. The church also contains one of the most beautiful rose windows you’ll see anywhere—you can’t miss it!

  • When: Everyday at 10.30
  • Where: Plaza Catalunya
  • Price: FREE

Belocal Gothic Quarter free walking tour

If it is your first time in Barcelona, ​​Be Local’s free tours should be one of your first options.

Thee Gothic Quarter tour will make you discover not only the old town, but also the history, culture, food and traditions behind it.

Starting in the center of Plaza Catalunya, the Ramblas will be the first point of the route to later enter the streets of the ancient Roman and medieval city. The towers, the walls, the aqueduct of the old Barcino and the Gothic art of the Palacio Real Mayor and the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia… Believe us, seeing all this, adding the ecological spirit of Be Local, will be an incredible experience.

And, finally, don’t miss the recommendations on the best restaurants, tapas bars and churrerias in the city!

  • When: Saturdays at 11.00
  • Where: Plaza Catalunya
  • Price: FREE

Barkeno Tours Gaudí and Modernism free guided tour

You could not miss a tour to see the works of Gaudí and other modernist architects.

So, this tour pays homage to the great Gaudí. Barcelona would not be the same without this genius and his architectural wonders, as well as the works of his contemporaries Lluis Domenech i Montaner or Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Tour the “Eixample” neighborhood for 2.5 hours to discover an incredible open air museum, led by professional guides who will describe every last brick of La Pedrera, Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló or the Sagrada Familia. The professional and funny guides will make it a memorable experience.

  • When: Everyday at 10.30
  • Where: Plaza Catalunya
  • Price: FREE

Barcelona free walking tours rules

Normally you will find your guide at the agreed meeting point, but it is possible that more than one free walking tour will coincide in the same place, so the guides usually carry a colored umbrella so that you can easily locate them

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction at the end of the tour.

There is no minimum tip for your guide, but an unwritten rule tells us that starting at €10 per person will make your guide a happy one.

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