See things differently with our guide to the best tours
Speedy scooters, trundling double deckers, rickshaws or good old walking... Time Out's guide to great Barcelona sightseeing tours
93 310 13 79/www.trixi.comOpen March to November 11am-8pm daily. Price €10/30mins. See Barcelona (or hit the beach) by rickshaw. Trixi rickshaws can be booked ahead or simply hailed on the street.
Barcelona by Bicycle Un Cotxe Menys, C/Esparteria 3, Born (93 268 21 05/www.bicicletabarcelona.com). Metro Barceloneta.Open 10am-7pm daily. Tours 11am daily. Apr-Sept 11am, 4.30pm Mon, Fri-Sun. Rates Tours €22. Hire €5 1hr; €11 half-day; €15 1 day; €65 1wk. No credit cards. Meet in Plaça Sant Jaume and then head to the nearby shop for bikes and helmets followed by a three-hour English-speaking tour.
Fat Tire Bike Tours C/Escudellers 48 (93 301 36 12/http://fattirebiketours.com/barcelona). Metro Drassanes.ToursFeb-mid Apr, Nov-mid Dec 11am daily. Mid Apr-Oct 11am, 4pm daily. Rates Tours €22. Hire €8 5hrs; €15 1 day. No credit cards. Tours meet in Plaça Sant Jaume and last over four hours, taking in the Old City, Sagrada Família, Ciutadella park and the beach.
93 261 56 79/www.barcelonatours.es. ToursNov-May 9am-8pm daily; every 15-20mins; June-Oct 9am-8pm daily; every 8-10mins. Tickets 1 day €21; €13 reductions. 2 days €25; €16 reductions. Free under-4s. Available on bus. Credit MC, V. Though more frequent, off-season, than rival Bus Turístic (see below), there are no discounts offered to attractions. It takes around three hours to cover the large tour circuit which includes La Pedrera, Sagrada Família, Park Güell and Nou Camp.
Bus Turístic 93 285 38 32/www.tmb.cat. ToursApr-Oct 9am-8pm daily; approx every 6-10mins. Nov-Mar 9am-7pm daily; approx every 30mins. Tickets 1 day €20; €12 reductions. 2 days €26; €16 reductions. Free under-4s. Available from tourist office (credit MC, V) or on bus (no credit cards). Bus Turístic (white and blue, with colourful images of the sights) runs three circular routes. Tickets are valid for all routes and ticket-holders get discount vouchers for a range of attractions.
Bus Turístic de Nit 93 285 38 32/www.tmb.cat. Tours May-Sept 9.30pm (boarding from 9.10pm) Fri-Sun. Tickets €16; €10 reductions. Available from tourist offices or on bus. No credit cards. The night tour bus (with guided commentary) is designed to show off the illuminations of the city.
Barcelona Walking Tours
93 285 38 32/www.barcelonaturisme.com. Tours (in English) Gothic 10am daily. Picasso 10.30am Tue-Sun. Modernisme 4pm Fri, Sat. Gourmet 11am Fri, Sat. Tickets Gothic, Modernisme €11; €4.50 reductions. Picasso, Gourmet (reservations are essential) €15; €6.50 reductions. No credit cards. Tours take 90mins to 2hrs, excluding the museum trip. All tours start in the underground tourist office in Plaça Catalunya.
My Favourite Things Mobile 637 265 406/www.myft.net. Unusual outings (€26-€32) that include walking tours for families with children, urban design tours, and salsa or flamenco lessons.
Ruta del Modernisme 93 317 76 52/www.rutadelmodernisme.com. Rates €12. Not so much a route as a guidebook to 115 Modernista buildings, giving discounts on entry. It’s available at the Plaça Catalunya tourist office (see below), the Hospital Sant Pau and the Pavellons Güell.
Barcelona Scooter Tours
Cooltra Motos, Passeig Joan de Borbó 80-84, Barceloneta (93 221 40 70/www.cooltra.com). Metro Barceloneta. Tours 10.30am, 5pm Sat. Rates €45 4hr tour; €25 2hr tour. Hire €15/day plus €10 ins. Credit AmEx, DC, MC, V. There’s a four-hour tour, a shorter express tour, a tour on a Harley-Davidson and a full-day Shadow of the Wind tour. Note that you must have at least three years’ driving experience. Book 24hrs ahead.