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Free Tours in BARCELONA – Discover The City’s Secrets

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Written by Daniella

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Not only is it appreciated for its location and landscape, but also the large number of tourists that visit the city each month is proof that the Ciudad Condal is a popular holiday destination. The beaches, museums, its culture, monuments and history are some of the reasons why people visit the city.

To get to know it on a more deeper level you should consider booking free tours in Barcelona. These will help you get a general overview of the city’s secrets and as a result you will want to visit more often. Today’s article will tell you more on free tours in Barcelona, so you can start planning your trip.

Why book a free guided tour in Barcelona?

The concept of free tours refers to a guided city tour taken on foot. The difference with a paid tour is its price, because a free tour is not really free, but it’s also not with a fixed price. What it comes down to is this: at the end of your guided tour you give the guide what you think the tour was worth. The amount represents the true value of the tour and the guide’s efforts.

You can also be tempted to do free tours in Barcelona for the following reasons:

  • Outside of the city’s busiest months, you don’t have to book your tour in advance. (We would, however, recommend it anyway!)
  • Tour guides are locals who live in the city of Barcelona, and this allows you to ask different questions and recommendations.
  • This is a more affordable option if you want to do a tour.
  • Depending on the tour of your choice, you will see the city’s most iconic sights.
  • You will get the chance to meet more people if you travel alone.
  • Free tours fit every travel budget.
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Free tours in Barcelona

What type of free walking tour in Barcelona should you choose?

As you can imagine, there are different options and routes during a free tour in Barcelona. ShBarcelona’s employees know the city inside and out, and that’s why we would advise you to take a free tour with at least the following locations:

  • Barrio Gótico – or the Gothic Quarter
  • Sagrada Familia and its modernism architecture
  • The charm of the el Born neighbourhood
  • Parque Güell
  • Casa Batlló
  • La Pedrera – Casa Milà

These are the essentials you definitely shouldn’t miss when going on a free tour in Barcelona. If you look on the map, you will see that most of these locations are quite near to each other, and that’s why it is ideal to do a walking tour. Enjoy the Ciudad Condal from your holiday accommodation in the centre of the city of Barcelona for an even better experience.

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What to do besides Barcelona’s free tours?

Barcelona has so much to offer, and there are so many sights to visit, although some of them have to be paid for. If your sight doesn’t allow for free entry, then just pay for the ticket, because we can guarantee it is worth it. You only have to take the time to plan ahead and book your tickets for the places that interest you and that fit your schedule and budget.

Some of the places you can include during your trip to Barcelona are:

You’d better buy your tickets in advance and online for many of these sights, because this will save you time waiting in line and allows for more efficient planning of your stay. Remember that thousands of people from abroad visit Barcelona every day, so if you plan on being here in peak season, you might not be able to obtain the tickets for the day or time you wish. A good planner books its tickets well in advance to avoid any disappointments. 

Our best advice for your stay would be to combine paid and free sights, as this will make sure you will get to know the city’s culture and history better. Even if you have paid Barcelona several visits, you will still find something of interest to you, because there is always something new to discover in the Catalan capital. There’s always a new event, show or exhibition to go to.

Rent your perfect holiday accommodation with ShBarcelona!

Book your tickets and holiday accommodation in advance for a unique experience. ShBarcelona offers fully furnished apartments, so you can take your time to plan a free tour and make up your mind about what sights to see. We are looking forward to your visit!

About the author


Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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