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Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

1. Barcelona: Helicopter, Walking, and Sailing 360º City Tour

Explore Barcelona from different perspectives on a half-day tour by land, sea, and air. Start with a walk through the Old Town. Meet your guide near Passeig de Gràcia, then continue walking, passing houses designed by Antoni Gaudí, before arriving at the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). Continue to Plaça de Sant Jaume to see the imposing government buildings of the Town Hall and Palace of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Wander into the old Jewish Quarter, to see the picturesque church of Santa Maria del Pi. Take a promenade down the tree-lined Ramblas on the way to Port Vell. Here, board the boat and sail along the coast for panoramic views of the city’s skyline and the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at the monument to Christopher Columbus pointing to the Americas as you transfer by van to the heliport. Glide up into the sky by helicopter, and enjoy indescribable views of Port Vell, Barceloneta, the Olympic Port, Olympic Village, mouth of the Besòs River, and more.

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Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

2. Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

On this 3-hour activity you’ll join a professional chef on an introductory tour of the world famous Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona's oldest and best food market, dating back to the 13th century. While telling you about the foods on offer, especially the seafood, and the basics of Spanish and Catalan cuisine, the chef will buy some of the fresh ingredients needed to prepare an authentic paella de marisco, or seafood paella, Spain’s traditional rice dish. Walk with the chef through the winding streets of La Ciutat Vella, or old town, to El Born, the most fashionable district of the city. Enter you your private dining room that’s adjacent to the big open kitchen where the chef will prepare the delicious paella de marisco, as you watch the process. Take the edge off your appetite with some traditional Spanish and Catalan hot and cold tapas. The chef will introduce you to a variety of the famous appetizers such as patatas bravas, pimientos de padrón, tortilla de patatas, chorizo, and of course the famous dry-cured ham, el jamón. Learn how to make your own pan con tomate, the most typical Catalan tapa, and how to build traditional Basque pintxos or montaditos, the tapas with toothpicks. Then you can enjoy your creations accompanied by some lovely sangría. While you are eating your tapas and homemade pintxos, the chef will cook the paella de marisco. You’ll be into the adjacent open kitchen to stand around the large paellera, the traditional round, shallow pan made of polished steel that the paella de marisco will be prepared in. As the chef begins to prepare the paella you’ll hear about the history of the dish, the ingredients used, and the steps in the preparation. With the paella simmering in the kitchen you’ll be invited over to the bar where you’ll learn all there is to know about sangría, the world famous Iberian wine punch that dates back to medieval times. Try your hand at mixing your own sangría. Once the paella de marisco is finally ready to be enjoyed, you’ll head back to the tables, sit down, and enjoy the feast along with your own freshly mixed sangria.

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Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 1 or 2- Day Ticket

3. Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 1 or 2- Day Ticket

This Barcelona sightseeing tour features 2 different routes with 40 stops to choose from! See the major sights aboard an open-top double-decker bus, spending as much time as you like at places of interest to you. Hop-off at other key points of interest, including the Gothic Quarter and explore this district’s Medieval streets, or visit the fascinating Picasso Museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Picasso’s artwork anywhere in the world! La Rambla is another of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions, hop-off here and discover one of the city’s most vibrant areas with countless bars and eateries!  A number of buildings in the city are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Especially remarkable are the works of architect Antoni Gaudi, which can be seen throughout the city. His best-known work is the immense but still unfinished cathedral, Sagrada Familia. This has become a symbol of Barcelona known around the world. Other works by Gaudi that can be seen on the tour include his famous Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, and Park Güell. Frequency: 20-30 minutes Duration: 120 minutes The tour stops along the routes are as follows:  Red Line 1. Plaça de Catalunya 2. Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies 3. Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera 4. Francesc Macià - Diagonal 5. Estació de Sants 6. Creu Coberta 7. Plaça d’Espanya 8. Caixa Fòrum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe 9. Poble Espanyol 10. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya 11. Anella Olímpica 12. Fundació Joan Miró 13. Telefèric de Montjuïc 14. Miramar - Jardins Costa i Llobera 15. World Trade Center 16. Colom - Museu Marítim 17. Port Vell 18. Museu d’Història de Catalunya 19. Port Olímpic 20. Zoo 21. Pla de Palau - Parc de la Ciutadella 22. Barri Gòtic  Blue Line 1. Plaça de Catalunya 2. Casa Batlló - Fundació Antoni Tàpies 3. Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera 4. Sagrada Família 5. Eixample 6. Park Güell 7. Tramvia Blau - Tibidabo 8. Sarrià 9. Monestir de Pedralbes 10. Palau Reial - Pavellons Güell 11. Futbol Club Barcelona 12. Diagonal Les Corts 13. Francesc Macià – Diagona 14. MACBA - CCCB

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Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

4. Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

See the best that Barcelona has to offer without breaking a sweat. Follow your local guide on your e-bike and learn more about the fascinating history of the city. Trace the 2,000-year-old heritage of Barcelona through its old town. Cycle down cobbled streets bursting with charm. Admire Gothic architectural gems like the Cathedral of Barcelona. Make your way down to the seafront for unbeatable views. Visit the Old Port and learn about the former fishing village, Barceloneta.

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Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off & F.C. Barcelona Camp Nou Tour

5. Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off & F.C. Barcelona Camp Nou Tour

With the city tour, you can hop on and hop off all day long with the same ticket, and learn about the history of the city through a comfortable audio system with earphones, in 15 different languages. You will receive a guide map containing all the stops of the route, and discounts for different establishments in the city. The new buses are adapted for people with reduced mobility and have a sliding roof in case of rain; they are fitted with anatomical seats. Moreover, there's always a stewardess on board. There are 2 routes: East and West. Frequency of buses at stops varies depending on the season (between 5 and 20 minutes) and each route takes approximately 2 hours. East/Green Route: Plaça Catalunya, Catedral-Barri Gòtic, Port Vell, Museu d’Història de Catalunya, Barceloneta, Port Olímpic, Platja del Bogatell*, Nova Mar Bella*, Forum*, Glòries-Torre Agbar, Sagrada Familia, Recinte Modernista St. Pau, Park Güell, Tibidabo, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló. (*) Winter Tour (2/11 to 25/03): These stops are replaced by Ciutadella-Zoo, Teatre Nacional-Auditori. West/ Orange Route: Plaça Catalunya, Arc de Triomf, El Born- Ciutadella-zoo, Passeig Colom, World Trade Center, Jardins de Miramar, Fundació Joan Miró, Anella Olímpica, MNAC Museo Nacional de Catalunya, Poble Espanyol, Caixa Fòrum-Pavelló Mies Van Der Rohe, Plaça d’Espanya, Estació de Sants, Camp Nou (F.C. Barcelona), Plaça Pius XII-Palau Reial- Pavellons Guell-Monestir de Pedralbes, l’Illa Diagonal, Av. Diagonal, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Plaça Catalunya. The Camp Nou Experience F.C. Barcelona Museum & tour begins on the first floor of the museum, which was renovated on June 12, 2010. This is a modern museum with large-format interactive walls, new showcases and a wide collection of objects that reveal the history of FC Barcelona and explain the values that have made Barça “more than a club”. The Camp Nou Experience retraces the steps of players that have made history, such as Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona, Guardiola and Ronaldinho, among others. Visitors can visit the most emblematic areas of the Camp Nou: including the visitors’ changing room and the tunnel onto the pitch, from where a panoramic view of the whole stadium can be enjoyed. You go on to visit the television studio, the mixed zone, the pressroom and the commentary boxes. The tour ends on the second floor, where you can visit the fascinating Multimedia space.

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Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

6. Half-Day Spanish Cooking Class & Boqueria Market Tour

Enjoy an authentic culinary experience in Barcelona, and learn how to cook a classic Spanish meal, or Catalan dishes in a “tapas” style. Available as a morning or evening option, morning tours include a visit to La Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas, one of the most thrilling markets in the city center. Join the chef on a behind-the-scenes tour to meet the vendors; some coming from generations of market traders. Learn about the locally grown produce, and select the ingredients for your cooking class. Once in the kitchen, prepare a 4 course menu of paella, soup, appetizer, and dessert. Every Wednesday morning the class is focused on Catalan flavors, with dishes prepared in "tapas" style. Get hands-on help from professionally trained bilingual Spanish chefs, and follow their tips whether you are an experienced cook or complete novice. Once your dishes are complete, sit down to savor your success, with pairings of Riojan (red) and Galician (white) wines.

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Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

7. Barcelona: Walking tour with Montjuic Castle & Cable Car

Start your tour at the famous Ramblas, the heart of the city centre. Enjoy this walking tour of the Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market, considered one of the best markets in the world because of its modernist design and the richness of products it offers. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a classic example of Catalan modernism, as well as the Palau Güell, one of the most stunning examples of Antoni Gaudi’s architecture.   Continue your walking tour to discover Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town, that attracts people from diverse social, cultural, and geographical backgrounds. Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, perhaps one of the cutest statues you’ll ever see. Take the Montjuic funicular and prepare yourself a bird’s eye view of Barcelona. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the Montjuic cable car as you gaze down on Barcelona’s iconic skyline. At the top of the funicular, you’ll reach Montjuic Castle, enjoying a private visit exclusively with your small group. Explore the military fortress, and enjoy access to exclusive areas, like the building’s dungeons.  Emerging from the dungeons, head to Montjuic Castle’s tower for the most spectacular, panoramic viewpoints of the city — if the day is clear enough, you'll see all the way to the Pyrenees. Afterwards, you’ll head back to the Old Town via cable car, in perfect time to enjoy a delicious meal of tapas — be sure to pick up some recommendations from your guide for the best restaurants to hit.

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Private Cooking Class & Market Tour

8. Private Cooking Class & Market Tour

Your dynamic and fun 4-hour tapas workshop starts off with a walk through La Boqueria market, located on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas. You’ll learn about the history of the market and hear some interesting facts about Spanish tapas as well. The market visit is followed by a short lesson in preparing traditional Spanish dishes led by a professional chef. Your program ends with tastings from a 12-dish menu, served in a private lounge. Tasting Menu: Seafood Paella Spanish omelette Potatoes bravas Assorted Iberian cold cuts Andalusian fish Shrimp Scampi Traditional croquettes Manchego cheese Cantabrian anchovies Mussels with salsa Octopus feira Catalan cream The menu is accompanied by fine wine, mineral water, and cola. You’ll receive the chef’s teaching materials to take home with you as well.

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Barcelona: Self-Guided City Audio Tour on Your Phone

9. Barcelona: Self-Guided City Audio Tour on Your Phone

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Barcelona as you approach iconic landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, La Rambla, and more. Make the most of a unique navigation functionality and follow suggested walking routes that make self-guiding easy. Start your tour to suit your own schedule from Plaça Sant Jaume, the core of the old city in order. Explore its historic square and picturesque places, feeling like a local. Benefit from a self-guided audio tour designed by an accredited expert. Tune into the app's audio commentary, based on a storytelling concept, to hear all about the landmarks you visit. Experience the beautiful capital of Catalonia at your own pace. Find out the highlights as well as hidden gems of the city.

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Barcelona Cable Car Sky Views, Magic Fountain & Castle Visit

10. Barcelona Cable Car Sky Views, Magic Fountain & Castle Visit

Start your tour at the famous Ramblas in the heart of the city centre. Walk through the Old Town and visit the famous Boqueria Market. Pass by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a finest modernist building and one of Europe's leading opera houses. Have a look at the incredible façade of Palau Guell, where a young Gaudi showed his mastery of light and creating beautiful shapes. Continue your walking tour to discover the Raval, the most multicultural and off-the-beaten-path district of the Old Town. Visit the Rambla del Raval to take a picture with the enormous Cat Statue by Fernando Botero, probably the cutest statue you will ever see. Next, take the Montjuic Funicular and enjoy the breathtaking views of Barcelona’s iconic skyline. Reach the Montjuic Castle to enjoy a private visit just for your small group. Discover how the Montjuic Castle has been a military fortress since its early beginning, witnessing the change of political power in the city. Enter the dungeons of the several political prisoners that have marked the history of the city. Receive access to the Tower of the Castle, where you can admire 360-degree views over Barcelona. Take the unique chance to shoot your best pictures of Barcelona at sunset.  Continue your tour to pass by the Olympic Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi, famous for hosting the best concerts in town. Along the way, stop at one of the best terraces in the area to savour traditional tapas paired with a local wine or beer. After your break, get ready to assist to the enchanting show of the Magic Fountain constructed for the 1929 Universal Exhibition and was meant to be a temporary installation, but the visitors and the people of Barcelona loved it so much that decided to keep it. Be fascinated by the colourful dancing water of the fountain.

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What people are saying about La Boqueria

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,520 reviews

This is the best start of you trip in Barcelona! The tour guide Oriol was amazing, he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his city, which made this experience so authentic and enjoyable. The e-bikes were a good choice as it made the ride much easier.

the cooking was good, i learned how to clean the calamari, and finally learned the appropriate spices. I was glad to learn that salt is optional ;-). I only wish the market was open so we could shop for the ingredients first.

Enjoyed it a lot, met wonderful people in the process of making . Learned a lot about sea food cooking!

This is a must experience while visiting . Totally enjoyed every minute .

The cooking experience was both fun and informative.