When you are traveling, you really want to make the most of your trip – especially if you’re short of time. You want to get a feel for the place you’re visiting and be sure that you haven’t missed anything. We know the feeling! And in this matter, day tours can be a huge help: they save you time that would be spent on planning so you can put it towards more relaxing activities (like staying for a couple more hours in that amazing terrace watching the sun going down, for example). Or save you from eating in that restaurant that looked ok but turned out to be a tourist trap. Or scheduling the itinerary well enough to keep you from – god forbids! – queuing for hours to get in that museum that you just can’t miss.
Choosing the right tours can be challenging, but here is a list of 10 pretty awesome tours to take in Barcelona to help you out. And if you can’t fit them all in your days, don’t worry! You can always leave some for when you come back.
1. Filling it up on local wine and traditional dishes
Tasting Barcelona Food & Wine Tour is an indulgent, off-the-beaten-path city tour to experience a wide range of tastes all over Barcelona. Wine & dine in flavorful local venues throughout Barcelona’s lively districts and discover places you would never find on your own. As your expert guide takes you to some of our favorite venues in Barcelona, you will explore together the fascinating Old Town and learn about some of the most interesting highlights and hidden jewels in the area.
2. The wonders of the Penedès wine region
Discover one of Catalonia’s best-known wine countries! If you want an informative, fun day trip full of generous tastings and great local cuisine in boutique cellars of the Penedès wine region, the tour for you is the Wines of Catalunya: D. O. Penedés day trip. Only a short drive from Barcelona, you will enjoy intimate visits with the winemakers and, of course, amazing wine and cava.
3. A day at the monastery of Montserrat
The amazing 1000-year-old monastery of Montserrat is one of the most famous spots in Catalonia and a must do to any traveler interested in history & panoramic views! Go with the Montserrat & Wine Country day trip, that includes an amazing Catalan country lunch and afternoon visit and tastings to a premier Penedès boutique winery.
4. The Mediterranean coast and the city of Game of Thrones
If you only have one day to explore the region outside Barcelona, the Costa Brava & Medieval Girona day trip might be the right tour for you. Quaint fishing villages, secluded beaches and coves and the afternoon in Girona’s Roman and medieval old quarter (and location for the last shootings of the world’s most famous series) in a fabulous day with a great four-course lunch with wine.
5. Cliffs & Coves: Hiking the Costa Brava
Oh, the beautiful Costa Brava & its high winding cliffs, cactus fields, secluded beaches and crystal clear coves. A true Mediterranean jewel. Enjoy the stunning coastal hiking routes, amazing views, and relax at the beach. A village beachfront dining is included!
6. See Barcelona’s skyline from the sea
You deserve to see Barcelona from a different point of view – from the sea! Jump onboard a classic 42-footer sailboat from the Olympic Port, where we will say “Sails on!”. Go with Barcelona Sailing Tour and have a relaxing, fun morning or end of the day with a very friendly, local captain (snacks and drinks included!).
7. Medieval Mountain Village & Panoramic Trails
In the mid-Pyrenees, there’s a 16th-century Catalan mountain village waiting to be discovered. Get there through an amazing light hike to spectacular panoramic viewpoints and experience an authentic four-course meal with wine in a multi-generational, traditional Catalan restaurant. One of our favorite places to eat in all Catalonia!
8. The world of Salvador Dalí and the beautiful Girona
A true and exciting taste of the art, culture, history, and cuisine of the beautiful Girona region, combined with a visit to the Dali Museum. Entrances & lunch included in the Dali Museum & Medieval Girona Day Trip!
9. Barcelona Old Quarter Walking Tour
Very informative and entertaining, well-rounded 3-hour city tours where you see the best of Barcelona by foot in an intimate, small group tour!
10. Barcelona City Tours: Private Vehicle “BCN Insider” 6-hour
The complete Barcelona discovery tour. Entertaining, incredibly informative exploration of Barcelona’s architecture, history, and culture. Local, knowledgeable guides lead you on these quality tours that are tailored to your personal interests and pace.