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, a wine tasting, a bike tour and more – we like to think of them as our extended family.
Gorka and Ann-Marie, a Spanish-Irish couple started their Runnerbean walking tour project in 2010, inspired by their passion and love for everything with Barcelona’s name on it. They love Barcelona and they love their job!
As they became very popular over the years, they expanded their team with other like-minded guides, but you will still find themselves guiding and answering all your queries by email or phone to ensure that extra bit of personal attention. They also have an excellent top-40 list of things to do with children on their website!
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.
Discover Barcelona by bike with Dirk and Mahrou and their team at Cruising Barcelona. You can either join their original tour, choose for a customised tour with a private guide or just rent a bike and create your own adventure. They have a variety of cool bikes in different colors and sizes, safety seats for children and even e-bikes and their shop is located on a very short walk from our Universidad location.
Clos Mogador, Priorat
René Barbier, descendant from a known family of French Winemakers, bought a small property of 20 hectares in Gratallops, Priorat, in 1979, where he planted Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. With that, the journey of Clos Mogador began. The Barbier family nowadays offers guided tours for small groups around their best vineyards and their winery, including a tasting of their precious wines: Clos Mogador, Manyetes, Nelin and a DO Montsant wine, accompanied by their organic olive oil and wine bread.
Pairing food with wine is a real art. Learn the basics with a knowledgble sommelier with Vivinos’ small-group tasting experience in the heart of El Born. Savor Catalan cheeses alongside carefully selected local wine styles and learning about individual producers as you go. You can choose between an introductory option, featuring three wines and three cheeses or a more in-depth experience, with five wines and five cheeses.
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 British 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.