El Born

A trendy neighbourhood with interesting bars, restaurants and stylish boutiques.

Nearby Attractions

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Barcelona Cathedral
A magnificent Gothic cathedral in the old centre of Barcelona, and the seat of the Archbishop of Spain.
Placa del Rei
Meaning 'Kings Square' this 14th century medieval public square is in the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona.
Picasso Museum
A wonderful collection traces Picasso’s creative genius from his roots in Barcelona.
Church of Santa Maria del Mar
Built in Catalonian Gothic style, this Basilica has been through a lot.
Fossar de les Moreres
Memorial to the defenders of Barcelona who died in the siege of 1714
Spanish pinchos
A small snack, typically eaten in bars, made of a slice of bread and various toppings above.

Related Tours

Barcelona in a Day: Private Full-Day Highlights Walking Tour

Discover the best of Barcelona, from its famous Ramblas to the iconic Sagrada Familia, and explore its most famous highlights, panoramas and some well-hidden gems in a day!

On your private tour you will:

  • Experience the perfect combination of walking and driving to see the most popular landmarks, breathtaking views and famous neighbourhoods of Barcelona;
  • Enjoy a leisurely private walking tour of Barcelona’s historical Gothic Quarter
  • Walk along La Rambla and get immersed in the city vibes;
  • Refill energies with a lunch break before heading in the afternoon part of this tour;
  • Hop on your private car to take a panoramic driving tour and enjoy wonderful views as you head towards Montjüic;
  • Pass by Plaza España, the Olympic ring and Mirador del Alcalde and see the castle from the outside;
  • Continue your way in your private car along Passeig de Gracia with brief stops outside: Casa Milá and Casa Batlló, both designed by Gaudi, Barcelona’s darling and most famous architect;
  • Visit Park Güell, a beautiful hill-top park overlooking Barcelona where you will see Gaudi’s house, the aqueducts, the terrace and the market;
  • End your tour at La Sagrada Familia with a guided tour of the interior of this famous UNESCO-listed site

Barcelona has become a popular tourist destination for visitors around the world as it is home to some of the world’s most unique and beautiful historical buildings and sites, delicious food, and vibrant culture, not to mention the amazing 4km of beaches. Its’ warm and sunny climate also makes Barcelona a hugely popular place to visit!

This tour is ideal for those who would like a taste of what Barcelona has to offer in a day. Whether you’re interested in history, taking a walk through the vibrant streets of the Gothic Quarter, indulging in various delicious cuisines, or soaking in the city’s uniquely designed buildings, you will experience a bit of everything through this tour.

Start your tour wandering the beautiful streets of downtown Barcelona. Take a walk to the heart of the city at Plaza Catalonia, the bustling street of Las Ramblas, the unforgettable Gothic Quarter, and to the magnificent Church of Santa Maria del Mar.

After a lunch break, a private car will drive your group and guide towards a panoramic city tour to Montjüic to admire the city from above! On your way down back to the city you will enjoy a brief photo stop at iconic Gaudi's houses before arriving to Park Güell, a prime example of Barcelona’s modernism, and one of the highest points of the city to enjoy amazing panoramic views.

Your tour ends with a privately guided tour of Barcelona’s crowning glory, designed by Antonio Gaudi, one of the greatest and most unique architects of all time: the UNESCO World Heritage site of La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, with tickets included.

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the Sagrada Familia. Your knees and shoulders, back, and stomach must be covered. See-through clothing and swimwear are forbidden.

Flavours of Barcelona: Private Tapas Food Tour

Spain has known the world over for its food culture and heritage. Tapas restaurants have cropped up in every major city, but there’s nothing like having an authentic experience in the Catalán capital.

On your private tapas tour, you will:

  • Enjoy several tapas tastings at various restaurants – all included and carefully curated by your guide;
  • Savour an assortment of Spain's finest dishes, delicacies and flavours; 
  • Visit a traditional Spanish food market;
  • See highlights of the Gothic Quarter, including the wide passenger walkway ‘La Rambla’;
  • Eat where the locals eat and drink while experiencing authentic Spanish cuisine;
  • Learn about Catalonian tradition and the history of the diverse food from each region. 

If you are passionate about food and if sampling the best of local cuisine is your top priority when you are on holiday, then this tour is how you should spend your time. Let yourself loose in Barcelona’s best tapas restaurants as you authentically experience Spain’s varied and traditional cuisine.

Tapas refer to a variety of appetisers or snacks. Served cold or warm, tapas have evolved into an elaborate gastronomic event, with most regions in Spain showcasing the best of local ingredients with their own unique flavours and styles of cuisine – anything from exotically flavoured, spicy Moorish stews of the south, to fresh grilled seafood from the coastal areas of Spain.
No trip to Spain would be authentic without days filled with tapas samplings. We recommend you arrive on this tour hungry!

In case you have any dietary requirements please contact our team to adapt the tour to your needs.

Picasso & Joan Miró in Barcelona: Private Half-Day Art Tour

Experience a fabulous private art tour to the Joan Miró Foundation and the Picasso Museum, followed by a scenic drive to and from the Miró Foundation which offers stunning panoramic views of Barcelona, and a short walking tour of the trendy El Born neighbourhood.

On this private art tour, you will:

  • Enjoy a scenic drive to Montjuïc in a private vehicle which offers beautiful views of Barcelona;
  • Snap amazing photos from the top of Montjuïc from the viewing point "Mirador de l'Alcalde";
  • Admire the work of Barcelona-born surrealist artist Joan Miró on a guided tour of the Foundation dedicated to him;
  • Discover the iconic "Els 4Gats", the bar where Pablo Picasso drank with the Bohemian set of Barcelona and hosted his first exhibition!;
  • Walk towards "Plaza Nova" to see the only publicly displayed work made by Picasso at the "Architects Association Building";
  • Wander through the beautiful El Born neighbourhood filled with medieval streets;
  • Explore the Picasso Museum with your private guide and see some of his most famous and beloved pieces;
  • End the tour inside the Museum to continue exploring at your own pace.

For lovers of twentieth-century modern art from Surrealism and Dadaism to Cubism and Expressionism, this is your perfect private tour, with tickets to the Joan Miro Foundation and Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Your tour also includes a scenic drive to and from the Miro Foundation, as well as a short walking tour through the medieval, and very trendy El Born district.

Joan Miro was a famous Catalan artist, born to a watchmaker-father and goldsmith-mother in the stunning seaport city of Barcelona in 1893. He died in Palma on Christmas day 1983. He was a sculptor, painter and ceramicist who went on to become one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century with his eccentric, fantastical style.

Miro’s work was diverse and spanned Surrealism, Dadaism and Expressionism, Cubism and latterly Symbolism among other genres. He drew inspiration from the latter-Impressionists like Gauguin and Van Gogh, surrealist poetry and even Freudian psychoanalysis. He met and worked with several leading artists when he moved to Paris – including Max Ernst and Wassily Kandinsky. Today Miro’s works sell for between 5 and 25 million dollars.

After a private tour of the Miro Foundation, enjoy a comfortable break and the fabulous panoramic views before driving back to central Barcelona to explore the life of Pablo Picasso.

Picasso was born on 25 October 1881 in Malaga Southern Spain – and went on to become arguably the most iconic artist of the 20th Century. He died on 8th April 1973 in France – where he spent the majority of his adult life. Famous for his friendship with Gertrude Stein, his first patroness in Paris, Picasso became a hugely prolific artist, ceramicist, theatre designer and sculptor.

He was a founder of the Cubist movement and one of the defining artists of the 20th Century. His work sells for between 120,000 and 140 million!

The son of an artist, Picasso spent his childhood moving around Spain – but would perhaps feel most at home in Barcelona. After two years of studying fine art in Madrid, observing the masters like El Greco, he returned to Barcelona in 1899 and began to frequent The Four Cats Café / Els Quatre Gats. It was here that he met, ate, and drank with other artists and became a leading light in Barcelona’s Bohemian set.

You’ll be dropped off at the iconic 4 Cats Café, so be sure to take photos outside, before wandering through the wonderful El Born neighbourhood – historic, beautiful, and today very fashionable. Here you’ll see some rare public works by Picasso, then head into the Picasso Museum for a privately guided tour.

Your tour finishes inside the museum for you to enjoy at your own leisure. 

Explore El Born District: Private Half-Day Walking Tour
Experience the best of medieval and modern culture in El Born, Barcelona's trendiest and most beautiful neighbourhood on this private walking tour, including tickets for the guided tour of the Palau de la Música, an icon of modernism. 

On your private half-day tour your will: 

  • Discover the highlights of the fashionable and historic district of El Born;
  • Walk through quaint streets like Carrer de L’Argenteria and Carrer Barra de Ferro and pause outside the Picasso museum;
  • See the stunning 10th Century Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar (St Mary of the Sea);
  • Stroll along with the Passeig del Born into the heart of the area, and one of the best places for artisanal, designer and boutique shopping;
  • Stop by the designer studios and small workshops along the charming backstreets such as Carrer del Flassaders;
  • Admire Parc de la Ciutadella (the Catalan Parliament) and see the Arc de Triomf;
  • See the El Born Centre de Cultura I Memòria an archaeological museum housed inside a former 19th-century market, and learn all about the history and evolution of this fabulous neighbourhood;
  • Walk by the Convent Sant Agusti and on days it is open enjoy a fantastic stroll through the ever-vibrant Santa Caterina food market;
  • End your tour with a 50' guided visit to the "Palau de la Música Catalana".

El Born, while home to some of the oldest medieval buildings in Barcelona, has become one of the city’s most lively, trendy and popular neighbourhoods. Originally inhabited by fishermen and dockworkers, it was absorbed into the city walls in the 15th century and gradually became desirable to the aristocracy and merchant classes. 

Today, it is a bohemian, artsy, cultural paradise –famous for its great tapas and fashionable bistros, museums, gothic architecture, food markets and music halls! A place where history and modernity blend effortlessly. 

Your private walking tour will take in all the highlights of the art, architecture and vibrant culture of El Born and culminate at the Palau de la Música Catalana. This opera house is one of Barcelona’s most impressive Modernist masterpieces, designed by Catalan architect Lluis Domenech I Montaner. This is where you say goodbye to your guide, who will have arranged your tickets for a guided tour inside the iconic concert hall.


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