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Christmas Markets and Shopping in Barcelona

The Christmas markets and shopping around Barcelona is an enjoyable and magical time of year. While it may not be the obvious choice for a festive trip, and there won’t be snow on the ground or a Santa Claus on every corner, Barcelona is a great choice for a Christmas trip. The weather outside isn’t

What to do in Barcelona in December: Markets, Meals & Merry Making

Barcelona in December: the Christmas lights are up, there’s the distinct smell of roasted chestnuts, and a feeling of warmth – even though it’s cold outside. This old city doesn’t stop just because it’s chilly in the streets and the wind is blowing leaves around the ankles of the locals. There’s still plenty to see

What to do in Barcelona in November: Chestnuts, Markets & More

It’s starting to get chilly out there! But don’t worry, Barcelona in November is still a great time to visit. Though Barcelona is on the Mediterranean the sea breezes start to turn cooler. However, a blustery walk along the seafront is still good fun! And while Barcelona still has the odd warm day and the

Tibidabo Amusement Park: How to Get There, Rides and Prices

Tibidabo Amusement Park boasts some of the best views of the city and is a fun and exhilarating addition to any holiday, especially when travelling with children. It is officially Spain’s oldest theme park that is still in operation, and the third oldest in Europe. Perched atop Barcelona’s highest point, the Tibidabo Amusement Park has

What to do in Barcelona in October: the “ABCs” – Art, Beer and Concerts

October is a great time to visit Barcelona. The throngs of tourists that line the streets throughout the summer have reduced dramatically, which is appealing to those who prefer a more tranquil time on their vacation. As well as this, the weather is still lovely – think long, warm afternoons with crisp, fresh mornings and

Barcelona Shopping Guide – Gràcia

Discover the Boho-chic Boutiques of Gràcia We’ve already uncovered some unique places to shop in beautiful Born, now we want to reveal the fabulous boutiques located in gorgeous Gràcia. Keep reading for your Barcelona shopping guide to Gracia. The Born is on the tourist track in the Old Town, while the independent boutiques and sassy

Exploring Catalonia: Cities, Hiking, Mountains, Beaches

We love exploring Catalonia and all it has to offer. In this post, we will point you in the direction of some amazing experiences that the region has to offer from the cities to the beaches, historical sites to mountains. Let’s unpack what this great region has to offer. Five Great Historical sites in Catalonia

Top Day Trips from Barcelona

Looking for top day trips from Barcelona? Many people visit Barcelona to take in the fantastic sights of the city without realising that there are many incredible sights only a short journey away. Here are our top five unmissable places which are just a short train or car ride from Barcelona. Who knows, they could

Top 5 Luxury Rooftop Terraces in Barcelona

Barcelona is brimming with beautiful, luxury rooftop terraces – you just need to know where to look. Most terraces start their season in May until around October, often with entertainment or other types of activities available to members of the public. To help you make the most of the coming season, we’ve created a short

Barcelona Restaurants with a View

Dining in Barcelona restaurants is undoubtedly one of the most popular pursuits of the city by tourists and locals alike. But dining with a great view always adds a special dynamic to your dining experience. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, or just a place to enjoy the city views, Barcelona has it all.

Primavera Sound 2023 – Barcelona Edition

Primavera Sound Barcelona is an annual music festival that has traditionally been held in Barcelona, Spain but has also expanded in recent years to Porto, Portugal, and this year, to Madrid, Spain. It’s also one of the most anticipated music events on the festival calendar and attracts music lovers from all over the world who

What to do in Barcelona in April: Fairs, Markets and Love

Barcelona in April is a springtime delight. Although we have our fair share of showers, the days are warmer and longer, and there’s plenty to head outside for. With temperatures averaging 20 degrees and a stunning blue sky overhead, you can walk around in the afternoons without a coat and extra layers in your bag

Calçotadas: All You Need to Know about this Catalan Tradition

Calçotadas – a Special Catalan Tradition It is no secret that here in Barcelona we love to eat. No matter the occasion or season we always manage to tie-in some gastronomic angle to every get-together. One favourite foodie traditions loved by Catalans, ex-pats and visitors alike is a Calçotada. A Calçotada is a popular ritual

Mobile World Congress 2023: Top 3 Places for Power Lunches

Barcelona opens the floodgates to business executives from around the globe as the Mobile World Congress gets ready to kick off.  This is one of the busiest commercial weeks of the Barcelona calendar, as we welcome companies from all corners of the world of mobile communication. In 2023, The Mobile World Congress (MWC) takes place

What to do in Barcelona in February: Carnival 2023, Festivals and Calçotadas!

Are you visiting Barcelona in February and want to know what to do? If so, BarcelonaTours has you covered. February is a great month to visit Barcelona and this year is no different, with lots of activities and things to see and do. The evenings might be cooler, but there’s still warm sunshine in the

Hiring a Local Travel Company in Barcelona

Looking to hire a local travel company in Barcelona for your next trip? Whether you’re arranging a conference, a team building activity or an incentive trip in a foreign country, making all of the arrangements yourself can be time-consuming and stressful. That’s why hiring a local travel company that can take care of your group

FAQ: Barcelona Treasure Hunt

Our Barcelona Photo Treasure Hunt is one of the most popular activities that we offer. It’s a fun way to get acquainted with Barcelona and do some team building. Since we often get questions about this memorable city scavenger hunt, we’ve compiled some answers for you. How does your Barcelona Photo Treasure hunt work? It’s

Barcelona Barrios – The Born

In this blog, we explore The Born aka El Born and provide a taste of the different areas to be found in beautiful Barcelona. Along with some history, we’ve also included some of our top picks. Let’s dive in! What’s a barrio? Barrio is a Spanish word used to describe a neighbourhood or quarter of

Team Building: A Flamenco Class in Barcelona

BarcelonaTours has been offering a private flamenco class for team building and group activities in Barcelona for many years. It has always been one of our most popular activities, and today we decided to put the spotlight on this activity and one of our hardworking teachers, Lucero. What is flamenco? If you type the word

What to do in Barcelona in September: La Mercè Festival

September in Barcelona is one of the best months of the year (if we do say so ourselves). Compared to a sweatier, stickier – and sometimes stormier – August, many locals look forward to the cooler evenings, while still enjoying their daily dose of sunshine.  The city is still buzzing and BarcelonaTours has some great tips

Health and Relaxation in Barcelona

Barcelona has become a health lovers destination, with plenty of healthy lifestyle options to choose from. With an all-time demand for healthy hen activities, we are delighted to announce Yoga is now an option for groups booking with BarcelonaTours. With so many stunning locations to practice the art of breath and movement, our authentically trained

Unique Barcelona Shopping Guide – El Born

Shopping in El Born is a unique Barcelona experience. Forget London and New York, Barcelona is fast becoming every fashionista’s fantasy shopping destination. Brimming with independent boutiques, local designers, and unique accessories, the city offers a completely original shopping experience. There are many different shopping areas all distinct in their character. From Passeig de Gracia,

Boats for Work, Fun or Leisure

One of the best things about Barcelona is its proximity to the sea. And with warmer weather here, this means booking sailing trips and boats for work, fun or leisure.  Whether you’re a local, or just visiting, you can sample the best of the city and the sea in one day with a Barcelona boat

Affordable Team Building Activities in Barcelona

If you’ve been searching for creative and affordable team building activities to do in Barcelona, you’re in the right place. Barcelona is an excellent location for your next team building activity, but with so many options available in this dynamic city it can be easy to blow the budget. We’ve put together a list of

Private Yacht Charters in Barcelona

Sailing the Mediterranean Sea Booking a private yacht charter in Barcelona is one of the best ways to enjoy what Barcelona has to offer. One of the most gorgeous sights when looking over the Mediterranean from the shoreline, are the little white sails routinely dotted all over the horizon. Locals love to sail and make

Barcelona Day and Night: A Short Itinerary

We’ve compiled a Barcelona day and night itinerary which is suitable for large groups or a solo traveller. Whether you’re a big spender or a careful planner, Barcelona is what you make it. With these options, your short break will be memorable, no matter your budget. Barcelona by day Activity: Beach & Water Sport The

Barcelona Tours Interviews; Travel Bloggers Series

Here at Barcelona Tours we continue with our Travel Blogger Series. Asking what our favourite bloggers have been up to during the last year. Given that travel was off the table, how did they fill their time and what does the future hold? We talked to Chris from Aussie on the Road.  We wanted to

Barcelona Tours Interviews Travel Bloggers

We continue with our series of posts on Travel Bloggers! Discovering how they have been affected by the pandemic and what the future holds. We spoke with Thomas Dowson about his niche blog ‘Archaeology Travel’.  About Thomas Archaeology Travel is a travel blog written specifically for people who enjoy exploring archaeology and history sites when they

Barcelona Tours Interviews: Travel Bloggers and Covid

Here at Barcelona Tours, as much as we love the beautiful city that is Barcelona, we also love to travel the globe.   When we can’t do that travel blogs are the next best thing. At Barcelona Tours we love to hear from those who dedicate themselves to exploration.  We devour travel adventures accompanied by amazing

Barcelona Boat Trips – Top 3 Places to Visit by Boat

The sun has pushed away the winter chill, and as we move towards summer our minds turn to the sea and all  the fabulous Barcelona Boat trips we can take! Lots of Barcelona’s tourists walk down La Rambla, wander around the Sagrada Familia and stroll through the city’s countless markets. But too few of them

Best Barcelona Team Activities on the Sea

Looking for team building activities in Barcelona?  Here are some things you won’t want to do: sit in a windowless conference room. That overused activity where you fall back and pretend not to catch each other. Cringe-inducing team meditation. An in-office buffet. If you want to avoid all those banal bore fests, Barcelona is a

Barcelona’s Top Tourist Attractions

Barcelona’s top tourist attractions are diverse and wide-reaching. There really is something for everyone! If you are looking for a cultural experience, then there are countless museums, galleries, and examples of wonderful architecture to enjoy. Take a look at our blog on the top Gaudi sights for ideas of some amazing modernist treasures to visit.

What to do in Barcelona: Top Transport Tips

When planning what to do in Barcelona we recommend checking out all transport options.  We love city breaks; they are a fun and vibrant way to travel. Sometimes we only visit a city for a few days and want to cram in a much as possible. Weighing up how to get around is key! Barcelona

Best Places To Visit in Barcelona: Top 5 Gaudi Attractions

Barcelona has so much to offer tourists, so where should you start? Where are the best places to visit in Barcelona? We suggest that no visit would be complete without checking out the modernist treasures left by Anthony Gaudi. His work is so iconic that not only has it shaped the skyline of the city,

Virtual Events our Top Tips for Organizing

How to organize a successful Virtual Event In 2020 Virtual Events have taken center stage in the events industry. The rapid advances in technology, platform capabilities and the possibilities for events keeps expanding by the day. These are exciting times, and we think resisting this change and waiting for ‘normality’ to return is futile. We

Team Building Activities & Experiences During Covid

Inspiring Team Building Activities for Uncertain Times Barcelona Tours has been creating team building activities for clients and groups for over 10 years.  We thrive on helping our clients find the best activities and team events in Barcelona. Tell us what you need, and we will find the best fit for your group dynamic.   If

Barcelona Tours and COVID – An Update

Barcelona during COVID19 During this global pandemic organizing events or activities can feel like a daunting maybe even frivolous task. Event and activity organisers ask– should we be organizing anything at all? What are the safe options? How can we take the best measures possible to protect everyone? The safety of our clients and guests

The Wonders of Barcelona – The Sagrada Familia

Barcelona Tours and Activities: The Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s most well-known, if not the most famous of all our iconic tourist attractions. In fact, calling it a tourist attraction doesn’t really cover it. It is a wonderous piece of art, architecture, a slice of the city’s history and a story of dedication, all

What to do in March in Barcelona: Classic Cars and Sweet Festivals

This blog was originally posted on February 15th 2019 and was updated for March 2020. Barcelona begins to awaken from its winter slumber in March and spring is tapping at the windows. With temperatures rising, the days growing longer and the streets growing busier, March is a great month to dust off the cobwebs and

Team Building in Barcelona: FAQ

Planning a Team Building in Barcelona When planning a team building event, it can be difficult to know where to start or even why you’re planning such an event at all. Check out our Team Building in Barcelona FAQ for answers to some of your burning questions related to team building activities. Planning an event

Dinner for Groups: Roots & Rolls and the Plant-Based Revolution

The popularity of plant-based diets has exploded in recent years. More and more people are reducing their consumption of meat, fish and dairy, and looking to get their nutrients from plants. People have also become more concerned about additives, such as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives in their food. Vegan or plant-based diets may once

Team-Building is Rewarding in Barcelona

This article was first published in 2018 and was updated on the 8th January 2020. Barcelona has been a hugely popular destination for corporate events for many years. From the Mobile World Conference, which welcomes people from all over the globe, to the small conferences that are just for the office team, Barcelona has many

Conferences in Barcelona, January – March 2020

Barcelona has impeccable resources for conferences, including large, luxurious hotels, versatile exhibition halls, delicious and varied restaurants and much, much more. It is also simply a stunning city, where old and modern collide in a symphony that calls out to visitors from around the globe. Event Planning and Group Travel in Barcelona This blog lays

Get Competitive! Teambuilding through Competition

Updated 01/01/2020. At first glance, the terms “team-building” and “competition” might seem contradictory. “Team building” is about developing your employees and colleagues through shared experiences. “Competition” inherently means that the outcome of the activity will have winners and losers. However, at Barcelona Tours we firmly believe that a bit of healthy competition will bring everyone

What to do in Barcelona in January: Cakes, Kings and Choirs

This was originally posted on the 22nd December 2018; it was updated 18th December 2019. January in Barcelona is a quieter time, but that doesn’t mean that the festivities stop and the city shuts down for a month. On the contrary, as a Catholic country (officially, although many people in Cataluña are not religious), there

Case Study: “Onna Camp” Team Building in Barcelona

Company name: Onna Event date: 19 – 20th September 2019 Number of people: 60 Company details: A tech company that has employees in Barcelona, New York, North Carolina and Toulouse. Activities provided: Photo Treasure Hunt, Basics of Mosaics, Graffiti Collective, Sangria Class, Desk Yoga class, Cava tasting, plus transport.   Event brief Onna contacted BarcelonaTours

Where to Stay in Barcelona to Make the Most of Your Trip

Whether you’re travelling to Barcelona with a group of friends, for a family get-together or as part of a corporate event, it’s important to have the right accommodation to make sure you get the most out of your trip. It goes without saying that there is no shortage of hotels in this beautiful Mediterranean city,

Top 3 Team-Building Activities in Barcelona

Whatever type of business you run, having team-building activities as part of your corporate programme couldn’t be more important. Team-building activities are perfect for helping colleagues to work together efficiently, and to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They’re also the best way to foster a community spirit within your workplace and to build up

Best Reasons for Team Building in a Foreign Country

Corporate events are a key component of fuelling engagement with employees in any organisation. One of the best ways to ensure that your team building event creates lasting memories is to arrange it overseas. There’s no better way for employees to have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences within a new environment while strengthening

Gastronomic ‘Get-Togethers’

Now that the sweltering summer has subsided it is time to haul our lazy (but oh so bronzed) backsides off the beach and take part in some autumnal seasonal activities. Considering Spain, is arguably most famous for its food, we thought a few foodie related frivolities would be a rather appetizing place to start. A

Sight for Sore Eyes

The Barcelona Tours team really are a visual lot. We love the sight of a perfectly themed venue and we love to watch the heat and passion of a good flamenco show. We relish the sights of the city on our bike tours, and we never fail to be wowed by the sun rise over the catalan mountains

Get your Latin Groove On

One of our most popular dance activities with our groups is an afternoon of learning to dance Salsa. It’s not just the sexiest dance on the planet but also a great team or group activity, which works as a lively ice breaker or conference breakout activity. The salsa dance originates from Cuba and is a

Top 10 Beaches in Catalonia Spain

Sink your toes and plant your umbrellas without having to travel far. 5 easily reached Beaches & 5 hidden gems near Barcelona 1 Playa de Sant Sebastià You find this particular beach in the old town and the marina of Sitges, located in a neighborhood of seafaring tradition. It is a family beach frequented by residents of the

Eat healthy in Barcelona

Eating healthy is about finding the proper ratio between your body and mind. It´s a mood about feeling great, having more energy, improving your insights towards to a better world and society. Once you´re overwhelmed by all that the nature gives to you, so you will be more inspired to live, and travel. But travelling

All Aboard! Boats and Yachts Rental in Barcelona

Rent a yacht or boat in Barcelona and make your trip a whole lot more exciting. Barcelona is known all over Europe as a beautiful, vibrant metropolis, with so much to do within its narrow, winding streets. It’s also known for its long sandy beaches, where you can look out at the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

Wine Regions in Catalonia

Get to know the wine regions of Catalonia: the reds and the whites, and naturally, the Cava. There’s a rich variety of wines flowing from the region these days, and we’d like to argue that some of the regions are under-appreciated. We’d like to point you in the direction of some real palate waking wine

Finding The Best Tapas in Barcelona

Want to find the best tapas in Barcelona? Here we serve up a list of ten recommended tapas restaurants. Even though the tapas food tradition is not really part of Catalan cuisine, today’s local chefs have fully embraced it and are adding a lot of creative touches. We’re recommending ten tapas places that together make

Casa Viçens a Hidden Gaudí Gem

In this post, we explore more about Casa Viçens, a “hidden” Gaudí gem. Perhaps it is a bit odd to refer to a building by Barcelona’s favourite architect, Antoni Gaudí, as a hidden gem, however, this house – his very first commission – is easy to overlook due, in part, to its location. Casa Viçens

Hidden Gem: Hospital Sant Pau

As true Barcelona enthusiasts, at BarcelonaTours we feel the need to promote more than the most widely known attractions in the city. This is our goal for our “Hidden Gem” stories, we are doing small presentations of things in Barcelona that we find fantastic, but that might not be on everyone’s to-do list. The topic

Flamenco in Barcelona

It is a common misconception that Barcelona is part of the very Spanish tradition of flamenco. This is not the case. Flamenco originates from the southern region Andalucía’s contact with Arab (North-African) culture. The Catalonian folk music, on the other hand, with its root further north in Europe, could hardly be more different! This doesn’t

Mercat del Born Cultural Center

The Mercat del Born Cultural Center is an architectural jewel. Originally constructed in 1873, and created by notable Catalan architect Antoni Rovira i Trias, who also designed the recently renovated Mercat de Sant Antoni, are the most stunning of all the markets in Barcelona. For anyone living in Barcelona between the year 1977 and 2013

What to do in July in Barcelona: Music & Movies under the Sun & Stars

July, simply put, is usually a scorcher in Barcelona. The spring showers have passed, the summer storms of August have yet to come, so it’s blue skies and hot sands as far as the eye can see. July also is one of the busiest months of the year when it comes to festivals, both international

Summer Fun in the Sun

Welcome to Barcelona! A vibrant city buzzing with energy from dawn until dusk. Of course, Barcelona is dominated by a labyrinth of cafes and bars where tourists and locals alike go to shoot the breeze, as well as several classy clubs which hundreds head to every evening to dance the night away. Directing ourselves away

Barcelona Bar Crawl

There used to be a time, in Barcelona, when you’d feel like a desert nomad desperately searching for an oasis when looking for a classy bar. You’d have plenty of watering holes, but cocktail bars, whisky bars, gin bars, etc. would be few and far between. This has changed radically, especially during the last 6-7

Barcelona Buzz Seekers

Are we all natural born ‘buzz seekers’? We talk a lot about thrill seekers but what about its more subdued counterpart? Forget the crazy adrenaline junkies out there and think comforting and familiar levels of energy, a certain ‘hustle and bustle’ if you will. Those places that welcome you into their throng of vibrant activity

What to do on New Year’s in Barcelona

Are you feeling the pressure? That nagging end of  the year feeling, the need to have the maximum amount of fun lined up for New Year’s Eve? If you are in Barcelona, you’re in luck, we’ll point you in the direction of the best restaurants, activities and parties on the night. No Sour Grapes! In

Sitges Film Festival

It’s time to roll out those red carpets again as the star-studded event of ‘Sitges Film Festival’ arrives for its 2013 fantastical film fix. Catalonia has proudly hosted this prestigious event since 1967 and it is recognized as the worlds number one fantasy and horror film festival. The sleepy seaside town of Sitges has witnessed some of the

Barcelona – Europe’s Centre for Conferences

The conference industry in Barcelona has exploded in recent years, with scores of companies flocking to this wonderful city to hold or attend these events. From January to December, almost every weekend, you can find exciting and innovative conferences across the city. With excellent hotels, first-rate facilities and a beautiful setting, it’s easy to see

Top 5 Activities for School Groups

Barcelona is a culturally rich and diverse city with so many different options to amaze and entertain a school group. Usually sunny and always exciting, Barcelona has an awesome quality to it, from the beautiful Modernist works of Antoni Gaudi to the narrow twisting alleys of the Gothic quarter. School children of all ages will

Let the Music Play!

​We love nothing more than to blow off some steam at a good festival, so you can imagine our excitement at discovering November’s full to rafters with live music events and musical merriment. Jazz Festival First up is the 45th edition of the Barcelona Jazz Festival. This is a big deal for all music lovers,

Winter Sports Wonderland

After all the atrocious weather we’ve been having in Europe recently it’s no wonder people are choosing to stay wrapped up and cozy at home. We have to admit to being in hibernation mode a little over the last few weeks ourselves but one weather spell that’s been doing us proud here in Europe has

A Barcelona Christmas

The shops are already brimming with Christmas temptations, and as we are well into November, we think it’s an acceptable time to talk Christmas and Barcelona. It’s not likely to be a white Christmas; the last decent amount of snow the city saw was back in 2010! It was certainly a rare sight to see

Barcelona – the guide to spiritual happiness

This article reveals the spots for those who are searching for some inner peace, while visiting Barcelona. So, you are packing your suitcase with souvenirs and maybe some tasty local snacks to take home, surely there is room for some spiritual happiness as well! If your next destination to meditate and relax is Barcelona, we

L’Aquarium de Barcelona

A Break from Basilicas When you have planned a Barcelona tour for your entire family, you and your spouse may be enthralled by the museums and basilicas, but what can you do when the kids need a little excitement? Try the family-friendly L’Aquarium de Barcelona. Located in the Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, this four-million

Barcelona and Beyond: Fun beyond the city borders

Barcelona is a diverse city, brimming with cultural experiences and offering its residents and tourists a wonderful variety of beaches, mountains and city buzz. However, just neighbouring this excitement awaits a whole other realm of adventures. If you have the chance, you must explore these outer regions of Barcelona, and mature your tastes of Catalonia’s

Mobile World Congress 2017 Barcelona

Barcelona has recently become a modern avenue to many worldwide events and gatherings. It is also going to host Mobile World Congress 2017, one of the biggest social events in innovative technologies industry. A new edition of MWC 2017 Barcelona, the GSMA Fair will be held in the facilities of the Fira de Barcelona between

Pharmaceutical and Medical Events in Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya has recently become a new platform for the “Worldwide” gatherings, especially for; Global Conferences, Congress, Workshops and International Conventions.  Attending social collaborations is an efficient way to establish global business relationships/partners and to stay up-to-date on industry trends. Discover the world´s leading medical & pharmaceutical coming events in Barcelona, as there

La Mercè Festival of Barcelona 2016

There is no better time to visit Barcelona in September when the city goes back to its ancient customs and traditions for a few days. La Mercè is the festival of Barcelona, ​​held in honour of the patron saint of the city on September 24, officially took place in 1902 for the first time. It

Festa Major de Gracia 2016

Barcelona is truly a stunning city where there is always something going on, in every neighbourhood, in every street, in every corner. This time Gracia, one of oldest districts of Barcelona, will be cheering up in festival mood. Possibly, the Festa Major de Gracia is the most emblematic local summer festival of the city. Since

Adventure, Action & Adrenaline in Barcelona

January is all about making and breaking those New Year’s resolutions. We’ve already broken the diet and waved goodbye to our well-intentioned ‘dry January’ (well whose silly idea was that anyway!!)  But one resolution for 2014 that we are hell-bent on keeping is to have an action-packed year full of even bigger and even better