Meet your guide in central Barcelona midmorning, and begin the tour by stepping back in time with a walk through the atmospheric Gothic Quarter. Observe many layers of history that stretch back to the ancient Roman Empire while exploring the labyrinth of streets and alleys, and hear tales from Barcelona’s long and colorful past. Rest your feet with a short coffee break at a local cafe.
Next, feel like a local as you catch a metro ride across town to the Eixample district, where many of the city’s wealthy industrialists and other well-heeled families took up residence in the 20th century. This area is known for some of the most famous buildings in Barcelona, including Modernist and Art Nouveau masterpieces like the Casa Batllò and Casa Mila apartment buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí.
For yet another perspective on the captivating city, ride the metro and a cable car up to the hilltop park at Montjuic. Take in great aerial views of the metropolis and shoreline from this scenic lookout, and then either ride the cable car back down to seaside Barceloneta or conclude the tour on Las Ramblas boulevard, whichever you prefer.