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Barcelona: Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour

1. 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: Sagrada Familia and City Highlights Bike Tour

2. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and City Highlights Bike Tour

Cycle through Barcelona's vibrant city blocks on a 3-hour bike tour with a guide riding by your side. Choose from a small-group or private experience. Learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites and famous hotspots, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide, pick your bike, and enjoy an exclusive welcome area where you can refill your bottle of water, sip on a refreshing welcome drink, and store your bag before the tour starts. Climb on your bike and head over to admire the impressive Gothic style of the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral. Continue over narrow medieval streets to arrive at The Born Cultural Center, featuring excavated city ruins from the 1700s on display. Cross Parc de la Ciutadella and take in the picturesque scenery of the park’s green spaces and its large majestic fountain. Arrive at the city’s seafront and explore the urban projects around the Port Olímpic marina. Peddle back towards the city center to make your way over to the world-famous Sagrada Familia. Marvel at Gaudi’s yet-to-be-completed masterpiece and learn fascinating facts about the church’s unique blend of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles.  Get another dose of Gaudi magic as you ride over to see the whimsical architecture displayed on Casa Batlló and Casa Mila. Snap pictures of the building’s surreal walls before returning to back where your bike journey began.

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Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

3. Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

Make light work of exploring Barcelona, on a 2.5-hour tour by electric bike, and see more than is possible on a walking tour. With the help of a bike propelled by electric motor, glide from some of the most popular attractions to hidden treasures, including secret bars and cafés. Starting by the Gothic Cathedral, your guide will give you a short briefing about the bikes and cycling rules, before leading you to the El Born neighborhood, Palau de la Música, El Fossar de les Moreres, and seafaring church of St. Maria del Mar. Discover the former fishing village of Barceloneta, now one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods, where you can explore the vibrant life of the city’s beaches. Ride past Art Noveau architecture, and shops and bars that date back to the beginning of the century, including Els Quatre Gats, frequented by Pablo Picasso. Finish with tapas and wine at the world famous Els Quatre Gats, overflowing with history and the echoes of the geniuses who drank and dined there in ages past, from Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dalí. Open your senses to the rich Spanish flavours and leave with photos and memories of mystery, romance and adventure on a tour ideal for electric bike first timers and experts alike.

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Barcelona: Tapas and Wine Small Group Walking Tour

4. Barcelona: Tapas and Wine Small Group Walking Tour

Begin your culinary experience with a stroll through the streets of Barcelona’s El Born district and Gothic neighborhoods. If you believe that the best way to discover a culture is through its gastronomy, this is the perfect way to spend 3 hours in this popular city. You’ll walk along the streets of historic areas, learn the history and curiosity of these and stop to try typical tapas such as Iberian ham, various cheeses from around Spain, the spicy patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce), the typical bread with tomato, an awesome octopus and several other foods accompanied by the suitable local wine. You’ll visit 4 different tapas bars, passing by beautiful buildings and along neighborhood streets en route. Take advantage of the small group tour, which will allow you to spend more time close to your guide. The guides will be taking you to the best venues of the area that they’ve carefully selected.

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Barcelona: E-Bike Tour

5. 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: Segway Tour

6. Barcelona: Segway Tour

See more of Barcelona and do your sightseeing in a fun comfortable way. Familiarize yourself with the easy-to-use Segway during a brief training session, then hit the road. Zip along the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter inside the walls of the former Roman city, populated with palaces, churches, artists’ workshops, and small shops selling all kinds of treats. Continue through the old town, gaze up at the Arc de Triomf, and enter Barcelona's oldest park, Ciutadella Park. Ride down Las Ramblas and stop at the foot of the Columbus Monument. Enjoy a view of Barcelona's skyline in front of the 3 mountains surrounding the city: Montjuïc, Tibidabo, and Collserola. Breathe in the sea air at the old port. Learn about the old fishing village of Barceloneta and feast your eyes on the extravagant yachts that populate the harbor today.

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Barcelona: City Tour & Flamenco Show with Wine & Tapas

7. Barcelona: City Tour & Flamenco Show with Wine & Tapas

Meet your friendly guide at the meeting point on the bustling La Rambla, then set out onto the vibrant streets of Barcelona for your 2-hour walking tour. Take a stroll through the charming Gothic Quarter and admire the buildings' intricate architecture as you wander along narrow alleyways. Stop by the Gothic Quarter’s majestic Plaza Real and the Roman Walls then head to a traditional bar to quench your thirst with a glass of red wine, vermouth, or a local beer accompanied by tapas. Continue the tour into the charming Born District next, which combines ancient buildings with modern bars and shops. Soak up the magical atmosphere of the neighborhood then visit Santa Maria del Mar Church, a stunning basilica built entirely by pilgrims in the 14th century. At the end of an insightful tour, say goodbye to your guide and receive your skip-the-line tickets to one of the best flamenco shows in the city. Upon arrival, enjoy a free welcome drink then find your seats to settle in for a night of outstanding performances. During the show, admire the passion and emotion portrayed through the choreography, and get a better appreciation of Spanish culture and tradition.

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Barcelona: Bike Tour

8. Barcelona: Bike Tour

Get to know Barcelona on a relaxed, fun, and informative bike tour. Explore several neighborhoods and see the city's main highlights in one go. Bike the labyrinthine streets of the oldest districts, such as the Gothic Quarter. Pass by old churches, palaces, Roman walls, and medieval monuments. Make your way down to the Old Port to understand Barcelona's relationship to the sea. Enjoy the coastal views and learn about the former fishing village, Barceloneta. Branch off along the way through the city's green oases, like Ciutadella Park. Enjoy the sense of freedom when riding along the bike paths off the beaten track.

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Barcelona Express Card: 2 Days of Transport & Discounts

9. Barcelona Express Card: 2 Days of Transport & Discounts

Make the most of your stay with Barcelona Express Card, and get 2 days of free unlimited travel on public transportation and more than 100 discounts: • 48 Museums and Attractions with discounts up to 60% • 16 Visits and Tours with discounts up to 50% • 12 Leisure experiences with discounts up to 50% • 7 Entertainment experiences with discounts up to 20% • 3 Night-time Venues with discounts up to 30% • Shops and restaurants with discounts up to 20% • and much more! Museums and Attractions • CaixaForum: 25% off • Camp Nou Experience: 5% off • Casa Batlló: EUR 3.00 • Casa Lleó i Morera: 20% off • Casa Museu Gaudí: EUR 1.00 • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB): 20% off • CosmoCaixa: 25% off • Cripta Gaudí de la Colònia Güell: 20% off • El Born Centre Cultural: EUR 6.00/4.20 • Fundació Antoni Tàpies: 20% off • Fundació Joan Miró: 20% off • Fundació Suñol: 25% off • Gaudí Centre Reus: 40% off • Jardí Botànic de Barcelona: 50% off • La Pedrera: 20% off • Mirador de Colom: 50% off • MUHBA El Call: Free  • MUHBA Plaça del Rei: EUR 7.00/5.00 (combined ticket MUHBA centers) • MUHBA Refugi 307: EUR 7.00/5.00 (combined ticket MUHBA centers) • MUHBA Via Sepulcral Romana: EUR 7.00/5.00 (combined ticket MUHBA centers) • Museu Blau: 50% off • Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya Barcelona: 30% off • Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA): 20% off • Museu d’Història de Catalunya: 30% off • Museu de Cera de Barcelona: 20% off • Museu de l’Eròtica de Barcelona (MEB): 20% off • Museu de la Moto: 20% off • Museu de la Música: 30% off • Museu de la Xocolata: 30% off • Museu de Cultures del Món: EUR 5.00/3.50  • Museu del Disseny: EUR 6.00/4.00 • Museu del Mamut: 50% off • Museu del Modernisme Català: 30% off • Museu del Perfum: 40% off • Museu d'Idees i d'Invents de Barcelona (MIBA): 20% off • Museu Diocesà de Barcelona: 50% off • Museu Egipci de Barcelona: 30% off • Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM): 20% off • Museu Frederic Marès: EUR 4.20/2.40 • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya: 20% off • Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch: 25% off • Palau de la Música Catalana: 20% guided tours • Pavelló Mies van der Rohe: 20% off • Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes: EUR 5.00/3.50 • Torre Bellesguard: 50% off • Torre de Collserola: 60% off Visits and Tours • Barcelona 360o–Land, Sea & Air: 20% off • Barcelona Ciclotour: EUR 2.00 • Barcelona Port Tour: 20% off • Catalunya Bus Turístic: EUR 10.00 (check routes) • Catamarà Ecològic: 20% off • Caves Codorniu: 20% off • Circuit de Barcelona–Catalunya: 50% off • Gocar Tours: 10% off • Las Golondrinas Barcelona Mar: EUR 15.00/13.00 • Las Golondrinas Barcelona Port: EUR 7.20/6.50 • Sailing Yacht Tours Skylinebcn: 15% off • Vesping Barcelona: 10% off (24 hours) • Walking Tours Gòtic: 50% off • Walking Tours Gourmet: 50% off • Walking Tours Modernisme: 50% off • Walking Tours Picasso: 50% off Leisure • Aqua Urban Spa: 30% off • Barcelona Bosc Urbà: 20% off • Casino Barcelona: Free admission and welcome drink • Gaudí-Experiència: 50% off • Icebarcelona: 20% off • Illa Fantasia: 20% • Jamón Experience Museum: Free museum admission (EUR 10.00 tasting) • L’Aquàrium de Barcelona: 20% off • Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo: 20% off • Poble Espanyol de Barcelona: 20% off admission (EUR 1.00 audioguide) • Port Aventura: 20% off • Zoo de Barcelona: 20% off Entertainment • Cirque du Soleil Amaluna (July-August) Port Aventura: 20% off • Cordobés–Tablao Flamenco: 20% off drink and show; 8% off dinner and show • Gran Gala Flamenco: 20% off • El Patio Andaluz: EUR 10.00 drink/dinner and show • El Tablao de Carmen: 20% off • Nervión–Tablao Flamenco: 20% off • Palacio del Flamenco: EUR 10.00 Night-time Venues • Bcn NightCard: 30% off • Milano Cocktail Bar: 20% off • The Michael Collins Bar: 20% off Restaurants • Antiga Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona: 2x1 breakfasts • Asador del Mar: 15% off • Costa Gallega: 15% off • El Chipirón: 15% off • Hard Rock Café: Special menu • La Tertúlia: 15% off • L’Arrosseria Xàtiva: 15% off • L’Arrosseria Xàtiva amb Gràcia: 15% off • Marina Bay by Moncho’s: 15% off • Patrón: 15% off • Restaurant Diagonal Can Soteras: 15% off • Nervión: 15% off • Tapas Locas: 20% off Shops • Barcelona Original Shops: 15% off • Futbolmania: 10% off • La Roca Village Shopping Express: 20% off • Perfumeria Regia: 10% off selected items Other Services • Locker Barcelona: 10% off Transportation • Barcelona Moto Rent: 20% off • Barcelona Rent a Bike: EUR 2.00 • Cooltra Motos: 20% off • Moto Rent & Renting: 20% off

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Barcelona: Bike Tour with Tapas and Drink

10. Barcelona: Bike Tour with Tapas and Drink

Get an overview of Barcelona’s historic center by bike. Ride at a relaxed pace and stop to listen to your guide's local anecdotes about famous sights and local gems. Cycle back through the ages in the Gothic Quarter. Learn about the city’s origins, see Roman remnants and medieval constructions. Gaze up at the ornate spires of Barcelona Cathedral. Pass by outstanding modernist architecture and admire its originality. Explore charming streets and thoroughfares such as the tree-lined La Rambla. Finish your tour with a selection of tapas. Treat your taste buds with the Mediterranean flavors and experience this local food tradition. Enjoy the laid-back Spanish ambiance.

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What people are saying about El Born

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,890 reviews

It was a fantastic way to see Barcelona from the street level, i.e. much better than by car or bus. The guide was fantastic and I throughly enjoyed it.

It was fantastic. It takes you to most important places in Barcelona and I also liked the waiting place.

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

Super friendly and knowledgable guide. Great restaurants and good portion sizes!

The cooking experience was both fun and informative.