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Barcelona: Park Güell Admission Ticket

1. Barcelona: Park Güell Admission Ticket

Visit Park Güell with your timed admission ticket and explore the unique site at your own pace. Marvel at Antoni Gaudí's colorful mosaic art such as the Dragon Stairway with its world-famous salamander. Have a break from the city life while strolling through the green Austria Gardens and take stunning photos of Barcelona from the park's viewing points.  The plan for the park was assigned to Gaudí by Eusebi Güell, a Catalan entrepreneur who wanted to recreate a British residential park on Muntanya Pelada (Bare Mountain). It was opened as a municipal park in 1926, recognized as an artistic monument in 1969 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. While you have to enter the park at your booked time slot, you can stay for as long as you like after and take it all in.

From L’Estartit: Snorkeling Trip to the Medes Islands

2. From L’Estartit: Snorkeling Trip to the Medes Islands

Discover one of the best snorkeling spots off the Costa Brava on this wonderful eco tour. Explore the seven islands of the Medes Islands archipelago, located just a mile from L’Estartit beach. See the incredible marine flora and fauna as you snorkel through this beautiful nature reserve. Meet at the local partner's shop where you guide will welcome you and give you the snorkeling equipment. Watch a short video on the Medes Islands and the marine life you can see there. Then get on board a small boat and depart for the islands. When you arrive at the archipelago, jump into the water in groups of 8 to 10 people with a guide who will show you the best spots to see the fishes. After 50 minutes of snorkeling, return to the boat and you enjoy time for swimming or relaxing on deck. Take a short cruise around the islands before returning to the harbor, where your tour will end.

From Roses to Cadaqués: Catalonian Coast Boat Tour

3. From Roses to Cadaqués: Catalonian Coast Boat Tour

Soak in the sun during this boat trip from Roses. Follow the coastline up to Cadaqués. The Mediterranean town that has kept its spirit over the years. Walk around the town for a quick bite to eat or to check out a museum before heading back to Roses. Start the tour from Roses. Follow the rugged coastline past points such as Cape Norfeu. Snap a picture of the rugged cliffs along the way. Try to spot the Far de Cala Nans lighthouse before arriving in Cadaqués.  Cadaqués has held onto much of its charm over the years. Spend some time wandering the village. Check out the Blue House, one of the town’s Art Nouveau mansions. Up in Portlligat, there is a museum in the house where Salvador Dalí used to live. After some time, make your way back to Roses.

Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

4. Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

Take a halfday trip from Barcelona to Monserrat. See views from the mountain, visit a famous monastery, and take a walking tour. Be picked up from your Barcelona accommodations in the morning and enjoy the most exclusive views of this spectacular natural setting, the Holy Mountain. This rocky monument is known for the whimsical shapes of its peaks soaring through the sky, its valleys and caves, giving an appearance of mysterious beauty. The mountain, 2,380 feet above sea level and surrounded by magnificent scenery, is home to the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, which you will visit on this tour. This religious site includes the Basilica, where you’ll see the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna. This is a venerated 12th-century Romanesque carving characterized by its unique dark color, hence the nickname. After visiting the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour to take in the stunning views from the site that was declared a national park in 1987. Next, you’ll visit the Holy Cave, where legend has it the Virgin appeared. It is now a center of pilgrimage and prayer. To conclude the tour, you can enjoy listening to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe. You will return to Barcelona with the guide at around 2:30 PM if you take the morning tour, or at 8:30 PM if you take the afternoon tour.

Barcelona: Electric Mountain Bike Ride with Panoramic Views

5. Barcelona: Electric Mountain Bike Ride with Panoramic Views

A great experience of real local vibes that Barcelona can offer. You will ride an electric mountain bike through the panoramic trails of the greatest Natural Park of Barcelona (Tibidabo), just on the upper side and 10 minutes from the city. You will start in Barcelona and cycle towards the mountain, riding across the best panoramic trails until you reach the famous mountaintop of el Tibidabo, right beside the iconic Christian church Sagrado Corazón. There you will visit the church and catch the best views of this awesome city. As you take in the unbelievable scenery, you will learn about Barcelona and take epic shots of the views. 

Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

6. Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

Take a day trip from Barcelona to visit Monserat. Take in the mountain views, visit the famous monastery, then head to a local farmhouse for a delicious dinner. Begin in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia. Then journey to the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. En route to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a multi-peaked rocky range packed with needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day.  It famously hosts the dark figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will explain the Monastery's history, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you will have free time to buy a souvenir and take pictures. Next, visit a farmhouse with stunning views. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu; consisting of salad, barbecued food (with vegetarian and halal options), and dessert. Following this adventurous day, return to the center of Barcelona by private transport.

Barcelona: Wine, Cava, Tapas & Vineyards 4WD Experience

7. Barcelona: Wine, Cava, Tapas & Vineyards 4WD Experience

Visit the Penedès region on this 6-hour excursion and learn all about the fascinating world of wine. Situated between the sea and the mountains, the Penedès enjoys both the influence of the sun and the Mediterranean Sea, making it a prime territory for winemaking. Travel by luxury Mercedes SUV to visit 2 hand-picked family wineries. Your first stop is a boutique winery that has been cultivating vines for over 2,000 years. You will be welcomed by an expert winemaker who will tell you about the history of the winery and show you the subterranean wine cellar. In this remarkable space, you’ll learn fascinating facts about grape varieties, vine growing, winemaking and the optimal conditions for wine storage. You’ll have the opportunity to taste 4 fine wines in a stylish tasting room, accompanied by an assortment of gourmet delicacies that underline the nuances of each of the wines. Next, you’ll visit the traditional manor house (the current residence of the owner family) and the vineyards, to discover the art and secrets of winemaking. Continue the visit through the vineyards in a convertible 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by your guide and a viticulturist. Admire the stunning rural landscape with seemingly endless vineyards. Along the way, and in the midst of the vines, you’ll pass a Romanesque church that belongs to the manor. The second and final visit is to an equally historical winery specializing in cava, a naturally sparkling wine with an unmistakable flavor deeply rooted in Catalonia. The ancestral estate is built over an old farmhouse but features cutting-edge design facilities. Enjoy the opportunity to enter the capella, the heart of the cellar, and the oldest part of the winery. After visiting the vineyard and cellar, you’ll have a chance to taste 4 unique types of cava. Each will be paired with an appetizer that enhances the tasting experience.

From Barcelona: Montserrat & UNESCO Monastery Guided Tour

8. From Barcelona: Montserrat & UNESCO Monastery Guided Tour

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and into the magnificent mountains of Monserrat on a bus tour. Walk through this enchanting landscape, learn about its history from your local guide, and visit the local monastery. Arrive at a bar in the city center of Barcelona where you will meet your guide for the day and the group who will travel up to the mountains with you. After an informative short bus ride out of the city, arrive at the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Montserrat. After the first of many photo opportunities, enjoy a tour of the local monastery and hear about its incredible history. Then, enjoy free time to either go hiking in the magical hills, feast on an all you can eat lunch looking out over mystical views, or explore the museum and further discover the history of this famous landmark. After a couple of hours, rejoin the bus where you will then head back down into the city all in time for an evening in Barcelona.

Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

9. Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

Begin by meeting your guide in the center of Barcelona, from where your unique experience begins. Join your group in an air-conditioned private vehicle for the journey up the mountain of Montserrat. Enjoy the views as you hear about Montserrat’s Basilica and Monastery, home of la Moreneta (Black Madonna). Unlike other tours, this experience allows you to gain early access to visit the Montserrat Monastery, well before the crowds arrive. Upon your arrival, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour throughout which you learn about Montserrat including its secrets. This tour also sees you visiting the farmer’s market and entering the basilica. You guide then explains all the fun activities you can do with your 2 hours of free time following the guided tour. You can visit la Moreneta (Black Madonna), enter the museum, taste the monastery’s homemade liquor, go to an easy walk to the Saint Miguel, take the Sant Joan Funicular, and much more.

From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

10. From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

Montserrat is the most important mountain in Catalonia. It is a unique massif, famous for its gothic shapes and breathtaking views, and is known as the symbol of the Catalan people. You will experience it first-hand on a full-day tour that makes it apparent to you why Montserrat is so closely linked to the Catalan identity. On the way to Montserrat, your guide will introduce you to this "magic mountain" where Mother Nature meets religion, history, and the identity of the Catalans. Enjoy the stunning landscape of this Natural Park. The guided tour includes a short walk to the monastery where you can enjoy the spectacular views and get a true feel of the spirituality Montserrat has to offer. After Montserrat, head to a local, family-run winery, just a few minutes away from Montserrat, and one of the most important and beautiful wineries in the region.  In the local restaurant you will be served with an exquisite selected tasting menu featuring favorites of the region paired with wines produced organically from the vineyard. In the afternoon, your expert guide will guide you to visit the cellar and take you through the vines for a beautiful walk. You will learn how the wine is made and you will discover all its secrets. Then visit the winery, where its chateaux wines become older and wiser. Here you may sit, close your eyes, and enjoy the wonderful miracle of the various wines offered, tasting the history, soil, climate, and everything else that makes this winery so special. Choose between a small group or a private tour.

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This activity is great if you want the basics but covers everything. My guide Roger was so great and couple speak multiple langues so connected to everyone! He had some cool stories up his sleeve.

This is an awesome half day trip!! Joan was awesome. So friendly, and accommodating, shared his knowledge with us and tailored the tour to our interests! And he was a great driver!

good must have half day tour if you have time during Barcelona visit....my guide Daniel was Really good informative guide

My friends and I thought Gaspar was one of the best guides we have ever had. Thank you!

wonderful...the ticket allowed us to access fast and with no problems. Loved it