Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Experience Barcelona!

If any of you have ever been to Barcelona, Spain, you absolutely know how much there is to see and do! I was visiting four beautiful European cities in two weeks, and I needed to plan my time accordingly in each city. This meant lots of organization on my part to see and do all that I wanted in each city while I was there. 

In my opinion, being an active traveller, I suggest doing a one or even a two day tour of the city. It's always a good idea to book with a safe and reliable company that has been around for several years and has a good reputation.

When visiting Barcelona, I went with an amazing tour company, Barcelona Day Tours. When doing your research on the best tour company for you, remember these points:
  • How many people are on the tour? This can make quite a difference. You want to make sure that there aren't too many people on the tour with you as you want to be able to interact with the tour guide. 
  • Does the tour come in different languages? Of course, if you are english speaking, you want to make sure that your tour guide speaks the language well. 
  • What are the means of transportation? There are many kinds of tours. Walking tours, bus tours, car tours, etc. 
  • Is the company reputable? Always check up on reviews and what people have to say about the tours offered and the tour company itself. 
  • Price. Lastly, are you getting the most bang for your buck? Compare different tour companies and see what works best for you. 
With my research, I found that Barcelona Day Tours was a company that offered all the above and more:
Choosing the right tour company can be extremely time consuming. However, I always suggest a city tour when visiting a place for only a few days. I did just that with Barcelona Day Tours, and was able to see a lot more with them, than I would on my own. 

If you are visiting Barcelona for the first time, and are there for 2-4 days, I suggest a tour that has everything! I was in Barcelona for four days, and the tour I did and totally recommend, is the Barcelona & Montserrat Tour. This tour is jam-packed with all of Barcelona's must sees! Check out the photos below for the tour highlights:

The tour starts off with a drive up the mountains of Barcelona. Here will you catch some breathtaking views of the beautiful city. 

Our tour guide Christian, was a well spoken English guide, who was absolutely amazing! If you do book a tour with Barcelona Day Tours, try and request him.

This tour is filled with knowledge about Barcelona and Spain. I felt as though I was in a history class!
Be sure to ask lots of questions, as the tour guide is very interactive and will answer any questions you may have.

The spectacular views once you are at the top of the mountain. Here you will stop for sometime to take in these views, relax, and grab a coffee.

Wherever you are at the tour, the guide explains the history behind it. 

We stop to grab some cheese and jam. You can never eat too much cheese when in Europe!

The Basilica of the Black Madonna. 

In inside of this church is stunning. Take a moment to admire the work gone into building such a beautiful work of art.

We of course, visit Gaudi's Park Guell, where you learn so much about his life, his work, and his passions. Our tour guide was so passionate about explaining everything to us, including all the little details. 

Park Guell.

Lastly, on this tour, you visit Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. 

This being an 8 hour tour, with so much to see and do, unfortunately you do not go inside the Sagrada Familia. Now, if you are like me, absolutely obsessed with Gaudi and his creations, you will probably want to go inside. Not very many people know how to go about the right way of doing this. Many still wait in very long, two hour, line ups to get inside. To avoid line ups at all cost, visit www.SagradaFamilia.cat and buy your tickets online prior to visiting the church. You must print the purchased ticket form and present them in a different line up. Don't wait in a long line up to show this ticket. Present your ticket at the black tents, and within minutes you will be inside. 

My lovely man and I enjoying the scenic views of Barcelona!

I hope this helps you on your travels to Barcelona!

If you are visiting other parts of Spain, be sure to check out Spain Day Tours.

A special thanks to Anna Martine-Noel and the team at Barcelona Day Tours for organizing this special tour for us. 

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