Whenever I visit big cities, I love doing free walking tours.
Free walking tours are great, because:
1. They are free ;) At the end of the tour, you can tip the guide if you liked the tour.
2. The guides are super knowledgeable about their city.
3. The tour is a great way for you to know the city and gives you more background/history when you are exploring the city afterwards.
For my visit to Barcelona, I decided to do the Gaudi Walking Tour operated by Runner Beans Tours. There are other companies that offer free walking tours in Barcelona as well, but after doing some research and reading reviews, I decided to go with Runner Beans, and I had a great time during the walking tour.
I chose the Gaudi Walking Tour, because many of the tourist attractions in Barcelona are by Gaudi and I wanted to get more background information and history about Gaudi’s masterpieces.
More about the Gaudi Walking Tour:
- During spring/summer (April 1 – Oct.14), the tour runs everyday at 11am and 4:30pm
- During the fall/winter (Oct.15 – March 31), the tour runs everyday at 11am
- The duration of the tour is about 2.5 hours
- The tour starts at Plaça Reial and ends at Sagrada Familia. You also need to take the metro twice during the tour (cost of the metro is not covered by Runner Beans), you will need to have your metro money or a T-10 card (metro card valid for 10 rides).
- During the tour, you don’t go inside the attractions/buildings. If you would like to go inside the attractions/buildings, you will have to arrange it yourself after the tour. For me, I wanted to go see Sagrada Familia from the inside, so I purchased my tickets to Sagrada Familia online ahead of time, so that I can go see inside of Sagrada Familia after the tour.
Here is the route and some photos during the tour:
Plaça Reial (meeting point)
Casa Milà (“La Pedrera”)
Casa Mila was under construction when I was visiting Barcelona :(