Extended family, local talented collaborators
With a magnitude of things to do, see and eat, Barcelona is very exciting but can be a little overwhelming if you don’t do your research. Guests that book with us always receive a personalised list of recommended places to eat and are welcome to ask us any questions, to ensure they have a good stay in Barcelona. We have extended this further by collaborating with local businesses in the city that dedicate themselves to helping visitors experience the real Catalonia and to find the special places. This entails customised trips for the family, an intimate tapas tour, wine tasting at your location, kayaking in the Costa Brava and more – we like to think of them as our extended family.
Whether it’s your first time visiting the city or not, Barcelonians Carolina and Rhys can organise a wide range of activities so that you can fully relax whilst on vacation. They plan special intimate dinners, kayaking in the Costa Brava, group tours, walking tours, family picnics and much more. Design tours and customised special events can also be arranged and they also have a network of people that speak several languages.
The Barcelona Taste
If you want to experience a tapas tour, Jo and Joe are the fun duo to break you in. The tour makes several stops at local little spots, where you get the chance to enjoy a selection of cheeses from Catalunya, patatas bravas, embutidos, alcahofas and wash it down with local wines. It’s a nice way to get to know the narrow streets of the Gotico neighbourhood and try some delicious homemade dishes. The team know everyone, so you are in very in good hands.
Barcelona Design Tours
This is the only tour company in the city that I00% focused on contemporary design and architecture, and there’s a lot to see. Brian is a qualified architect while Suzanne is a widely published writer on design. Together they lead private walking tours around the city’s design showrooms, spectacular commercial interiors and celebrated modern buildings and urban landscapes. Tours of the city’s independent galleries and art spaces can also be arranged.
Blend and Bottled
Spain is renowned for it’s delectable wines and Catalunya is a great wine region, so why not take treat yourself and fully divulge into the world of wine with some education and down to earth wine tasting. Claartje has an extensive knowledge of all things vino and organises group wine tastings in the Born area, can also arrange private wine tours and even visit your apartment at DestinationBCN, so you can have your very own intimate tasting.
This fun, young company takes visitors on urban adventures In either a classic motorcycle with sidecar or vintage campervan. Rides range from foodie and night experiences to trips into Catalonia’s wine country.
This highly recommended company offers small group, half-day walking tours for “the intellectually curious” led by highly knowledgeable guides (or ‘docents’) that are experts in their chosen field. Gaudi in Context, The Spanish Civil War and Picasso’s Barcelona are just some of the tours offered in Barcelona by Context.
Hidden City Tours
An admirable social enterprise, started by American expat Lisa Grace,that trains up Barcelona’s homeless (or ex-homeless) to give insightful walking tours of the Barri Gòtic. Tours can be held in English, French and German, and take you to offbeat places not included in the regular itineraries.