ABOUT THE Free Tour of Barcelona
One of Europe’s most popular cities, the 2.5-hour Free Tour shows you many of Barcelona’s major landmarks. Local expert guides will take you to the Gothic Quarter and El Born District to discover must-see sites like the Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar, Plaça Sant Jaume and more.
Your Barcelona Free Tour starts by the Jaume I metro exit, in front of Hotel Suizo, and finishes by El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria (Plaça Comercial, 12) or by Parc de la Ciutadella. We never cancel; tours run rain, hail or shine.
One of the most exciting cities on the Mediterranean
It’s no surprise that people come from all over the world to experience the Barcelona way of life. From the incredible architecture, like the Santa Maria del Pi and the Santa Maria del Mar churches, to the gorgeous water in the Port Vell historic harbor, and of course, with the stunning weather, you can experience it all on the Barcelona free walking tour!
A city of fascinating characters
As your expert guide takes you to many of Barcelona’s major landmarks, you’ll hear about some of the most fascinating characters in the city’s history. Walking past the Roman Necropolis, you’ll hear the legend that Hercules himself was the founder of Barcelona. Strolling through the Gothic Quarter, you’ll discover King Martin’s Watchtower, where explorer Christopher Columbus was received. Visiting La Llotja, you’ll find the art school that Pablo Picasso attended.
The Barcelona Free Tour starts just outside the Jaume I Metro Exit in front of Hotel Suizo
- Visit Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter
- Discover the city’s Roman heritage with the Roman Necropolis and Roman ruins
- Learn about Pablo Picasso and his life in Barcelona
- Marvel at the stunning Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar and Santa Maria del Pi
- Hear about Catalan national identity and Catalan legends and heroes
- Local English-speaking guide
- Gratuities for the guide (optional)
- Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
- Wheelchair accessible
Free Walking Tour was the best
We have taken many free walking tours all over the world (several with Sandemans) and this was one of the best. Our guide, Billy is a naturally born Irish storyteller. She brought the history of Barcelona to life with facts but also with amusing anecdotes about life in the city - it made the tour unique and the time went quickly. She also gave us great tips on things to see on our own and many restaurant recommendations. The whole concept of a "free" tour paid by tips at the end, is a good one. The guides have to stay fresh and engaging, and each one brings their own flair to the itinerary. The Sandeman guides seem to be the most professional that we've experienced. And Billy was one of the best.See more reviews
Free walking tour - Barcelona
We did the free walking tour with Onno. He was passionate about Barcelona and was really engaging. I felt like the tour brought so many things to life I may have otherwise just walked by. Onno also gave us some amazing recommendations for coffee in Barcelona which lived up to our expectations!See more reviews
Onno was an excellent tour guide! He was extremely informative about the entirety of Barcelona and was able to answer any questions directed at him. His tour was very charismatic and personal, he made sure that we were always entertained and never bored. Would totally recommend this tour!!See more reviews
Free walking tour with Macarena is the best!
I would highly recommend this free walking tour! Macarena was our tour guide and she was brilliant and really knowledgeable! We learnt a lot about Spanish (and Catalonian) history around the local areas we visited. This is definitely a must if you are in Barcelona and a great way to start your adventures here.See more reviews
Great free walking tour with Susi
My partner and I did the free walking tour with Susi and she was a great guide. She was very informative and very knowledgeable. She was able to help us with any questions we had about the city and about other activities.See more reviews
We did the English tour with Claire and she was absolutely great! She was very enthusiastic and entertaining! We learnt very interesting things and we had lots of fun. I totally recommend the tour with her!See more reviews
Free Walking Tour of Barcelona with Brendan
I took the Sandemans Free Walking Tour of Barcelona with Brendan as my tour guide. He was funny and personable, and fantastic at telling the history and current use of the locations we visited, while weaving in interesting stories about them. I learned so much in just 2.5 hours and Brendan made it so much fun! Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle in the summer; there is a lot of walking and a lot to see!See more reviews
What is a Free Tour?
The Free Tour is the best introduction to Barcelona! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 2.5 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.
The Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!
We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Amsterdam's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveler.
Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?
- The route covers many of Barcelona's major landmarks in the Gothic Quarter and El Born
- The meeting point is centrally located in Plaça de l'Àngel (Jaume I metro station)
- The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
- The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time
Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.