Book a Barcelona Photo Treasure Hunt and explore the city while solving clues!

BarcelonaTours has put together a creative and unique team building activity that’s guaranteed to be one of the best experiences you’ll have in the city.

A traditional treasure hunt involves solving clues and following a map. While our treasure hunt (also known as a scavenger hunt), still has these classic elements, each team gets a vintage Polaroid camera to snap pics and fill a photo album as a keepsake. Past attendees have told us that it’s one of the best mementos from their team building experience in Barcelona.

Looking for more ideas? See our other Team Building activities and Private Tours in Barcelona.

VENUE Centre of Barcelona
Photo treasure hunt materials
Instant cameras & film
Bilingual assistants
A photo album for each team
Prizes for the winners.
Transfers to/from the activity
Venue for the prize giving
NO. OF PEOPLE 8 – 200 (enquire if your group is larger)

What happens at a Barcelona Photo Treasure Hunt?

Your group will be split into teams and each will be given a backpack with:

  • A map
  • A clue booklet
  • A scavenger hunt list
  • A vintage Polaroid camera
  • A photo album
  • Pens

So what will you be using all these items for? Read on to find out more…

A real map (no GPS allowed)

These days we live our lives with GPS and satellite maps. Gone are the days of fussing around with a giant paper map, missed exits on highways and wrong turns. These days, we punch an address into our phone and follow the directions. Well, not on our treasure hunt!

You will receive a laminated paper map with directional arrows printed on it to help you make your way around the Old Town in Barcelona. The Old Town is split into sections and you must follow the map while answering questions.

A full circuit of the Old Town searching for answers will usually take between two and three hours.

Where are the questions you ask? Well…

Barcelona Photo Treasure Hunt: the clue booklet

This nifty booklet has questions about all the areas you will be exploring. Somewhat like a quiz you may have taken at school, except this time you’re searching for the answers by looking around you, at the street, on the city walls and at the architecture.

We’ve taken photos around the Old Town in Barcelona and your mission is to find where those photos have been taken in order to answer the questions. For example, here is a photo of a sign in a local “plaza”.

While the name of the square is obscured, it’s up to your group to find the correct square, with the correct sign and fill in the details – it’s as simple as that! Well, of course, some of the questions are definitely trickier than others, but if they were all easy it wouldn’t be much of a challenge would it? Fill in as many answers as you can in the time allotted to collect points.

The scavenger hunt list

A treasure hunt just wouldn’t be as fun without finding some treasure along the way. A scavenger hunt is defined as a search for random objects in a specific area. We will provide a list of five objects that you need to find in the Old Town of Barcelona – how you get them is up to you. You can buy them, borrow them or find them for free, just make sure you get them all for an extra 100 points. We also give out extra points for creative submissions!

The vintage Polaroid camera

As you take a trip through Barcelona, we want to take you on a trip down memory lane as well. Before everyone had cameras on their mobiles and were constantly snapping selfies, an instant Polaroid camera was the only way to get your photos immediately.

Each team has its own camera with ten photos. You will need to take some interesting and hilarious photos while completing the other challenges. Themes for the photos include “Flamenco dancing with strangers” and “Funny hats”, so there are plenty of opportunities for fun and games.

The photo album

Exactly what it says on the tin. This is the album where you can collect your treasure hunt photos and keep them as treasured memories.


Well, we don’t really need to explain this one…

So, how do you win?

The winners will be the team that has collected the most points across all three challenges. While it is not a race, there are penalties for returning late.

Once you have completed all the challenges, you will pack everything back into your bag and head to the meeting point. Here, you will hand your bag to a member of the BarcelonaTours team. Then we will count up all the points, work out who is the winner and present an awesome prize to the winning team.


If you have any special requirements or ideas for additions to the treasure hunt, we will do our best to accommodate your requests. Whether it’s adding extra questions that relate to your business, or tailoring the route to best suit your timetable and/or location, we pride ourselves on our flexibility and ability to adapt this amazing activity.

The start and finish points can also be arranged according to your needs. If your whole group is staying at one hotel, we can start and finish there, for example. Or maybe you have a restaurant booked after the event, in which case we can organise the prize giving there. All these finer details can be discussed with your BarcelonaTours agent in the lead-up to the event. We will ensure the entire event runs smoothly – and that everyone knows who the winners are.

Optional extras

If you don’t have a clear idea of where you would like to finish the event, we can help by booking a private space, bar or restaurant for you. This can be used as a spot for everyone to have a drink and to have lunch/dinner. We can also organise reliable, high-quality transport for in and around the city which you can use for getting to and from the photo treasure hunt and for any other transport needs you may have during your stay.

Who is the Photo Treasure Hunt best suited to?

This activity is perfect for team building as it gets everyone to work together to solve the puzzles. It will also ignite the creative spirit of your employees when it comes to taking the best photos and making memories together.  You can even put the photos up in the break room so everyone can see (and remember) what a great time you had.

The treasure hunt is also brilliant for private groups and an engaging alternative to the standard tours of the Old Town that everybody takes. Groups of friends and family will come away with some new information about Barcelona, having seen some of the best-hidden sights and a bunch of awesome photos to commemorate the day.

Book the Barcelona Photo Treasure Hunt if you’re looking for:

  • Group activities in Barcelona
  • Team building in Barcelona

Contact our team today to book your fun-packed Barcelona Photo Treasure Hunt: or 0034 935 008 226.

Updated on May 22, 2023.

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