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Barcelona Guide Bureau

Written by Thompson Crowley

Barcelona is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, with over 7 million visitors each year. There are so many attractions here, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. Organizing your days in Barcelona can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t speak Spanish. Fortunately, Barcelona Guide Bureau is here to lend you a helping hand.

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Who are they?

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Photo by thecrypt via Visual Hunt

The Barcelona Guide Bureau is a team of expert guides offering tours all over the city. It all began in 1990 when a group of 8 friends finished traveling the world and came home to Barcelona. They decided to start a tour company, with the intention of giving others a similar experience to what they’d had on their trips. The company has grown steadily since then and now offers a variety of services, run by a team of over 70 members. It is the world’s first tour operator to meet Biosphere Responsible Tourism Standards and also partakes in initiatives to support the growth of local businesses.


The company offers a vast amount of both walking and bus tours, taking groups to visit the city’s main attractions and more. There are regular tours to popular destinations, which run daily and there are also private tours, to specific destinations, which can be booked in advance. They also offer an airport transfer service, which can itself include a tour, to help new arrivals get acclimatized to the city. If you need tickets for any sort of events, such as music concerts and football matchesBGB can also help you with that.

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Most popular tours

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Photo by p_v a l d i v i e s o via Visual hunt

The company runs over 30 different tours. Some of the most popular ones are: The Gaudi tour, which takes groups on a route of his different architectural creations, ending up at La Sagrada Familia; The Picasso Museum & Gothic Quarter Walking Tour, which also gives information on different kind of architecture in the city’s old town, ending up at the museum; and The Montserrat tour, which involves a scenic mountain drive up to the 1000 year old monastery.

Prices and times

All of the tours run from different locations, and the starting points can be identified by their signature orange umbrella, held up high by the guides. Most of the walking tours take between 2-3 hours. The bus tours to locations outside the city vary greatly in length, depending on distance. Prices also vary from tour to tour, starting at 20€.

Go to Barcelona Guide Bureau’s website for more information about the tours.

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About the author

Thompson Crowley

Thompson is a musician from the U.K who fell in love with Barcelona. He is constantly discovering new things in the city, which he shares with the readers through his articles.

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