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Placa d'Espanya Tours

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Placa d'Espanya
Plaça d'Espanya is one of the busiest hubs of activity in Barcelona. Its Magic Fountain (Font Màgica) is the site of an evening light-and-sound show, while its National Palace (Palau Nacional) houses Catalonia’s national art museum. Reminiscent of those in Venice, the two towers on the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina are city landmarks.

The Basics
A common meeting point for travelers and locals alike, Plaça d'Espanya is located at the intersection of main roads such as Paral·lel and Gran Via. The boulevard, known for its stately architecture, also has a major metro and train stop.

Due to its central location and plethora of attractions, Plaça d'Espanya features on virtually every sightseeing tour in the city, and most visitors are bound to end up here at least once. Nighttime tours, including those by electric bike, typically stop at the plaza for a show at the Magic Fountain. The Red Route of the Barcelona hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus also stops at the plaza on its way up and down Montjuïc.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plaça d'Espanya is a must-see for all first-time visitors, and the fountain show is a hit with kids.
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as there isn’t much shade in the area.
  • Bring your camera; this plaza is loaded with photo opportunities.
  • The Plaça d'Espanya train station is fully wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
Plaça d'Espanya is in the Sants-Montjuïc district of Barcelona. Metro lines 1, 3, and 8 all stop here, as do numerous city buses. It’s about a 35-minute walk from the Old City (Ciutat Vella).

When to Get There
The best time to visit Plaça d'Espanya is early in the morning, just as the sun is rising, or in the evening when the sun is beginning to set. The light during these times makes for the best images of the square’s grand architecture. Come after dark to see the free fountain show.

What’s Nearby
Plaça d'Espanya has one of the heaviest concentrations of attractions outside the Old City. Head between the two giant towers to the CaixaForum art museum, or continue up the stairs to the National Art Museum of Catalonia. From there, Poble Espanyol and the Joan Miró Foundation are both within walking distance.
Address: Sants-Montjuïc District, Barcelona 08004, Spain
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Sidecar Highlights Tour of Barcelona 3:00h - PRIVATE

Sidecar Highlights Tour of Barcelona 3:00h - PRIVATE

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Opt for an alternative sightseeing experience in Barcelona during a private tour by motorbike and sidecar, the ideal choice for couples and first-time visitors. Rather than navigating the large city on your own, you’ll travel to a mix of lesser-known places and iconic attractions with your private guide, from whom you’ll receive undivided attention.
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City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover the best of Barcelona on this convenient City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. Choose from a 1- or 2-day pass, relax on the open-top, double-decker bus, and enjoy your own sightseeing itinerary as you travel multiple routes and learn about the landmarks via the onboard commentary. Stay aboard to enjoy 360-degree views of the sights, and hop on and off at any of the stops at leisure to explore top Barcelona attractions such as La Sagrada Familia, the medieval Gothic Quarter, the colorful Las Ramblas and more.
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Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up

Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up

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Visit two Barcelona must-sees in one day without any rushing for trains or buses, and with a guide to provide background and stories on each site and wider Catalonia on this full-day, small-group tour for a maximum of 8 people. Beat the lines at the Sagrada Familia to admire Gaudi’s mastery, and after a stroll around Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, be transported to Montserrat to explore the mountainside monastery. Hotel or apartment pick-up and drop-off are included.
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Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up

Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up

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Get a taste for the top attractions in Barcelona during this small group excursion for a maximum of 8 people covering the many highlights of the Catalan capital. Tour Passeig de Gracia, an elegant boulevard that hosts a wealth of modernist architecture like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, before discovering Antoni Gaudí's Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia. You'll also explore the incredible history of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter before finishing with sublime city views from on top of Montjüic. Hotel or apartment pick-up and drop-off are included.
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Barcelona and Montserrat: skip-the-lines, small-group, pickup dropoff included

Barcelona and Montserrat: skip-the-lines, small-group, pickup dropoff included

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See the historical and natural highlights of Barcelona and its scenic surroundings on an exhilarating full-day excursion. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit legendary landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia and Montjuic Hill, and then sail past the long lines at renowned architect’s Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell. Venture to Montserrat National Park to enjoy the natural splendor of the scenery, and absorb the sacred ambiance of Montserrat Monastery, the park’s beautiful basilica.
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Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia

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Discover some of the best-kept secrets of Barcelona during this half-day or full-day private tour of the city’s top sights. Get personalized attention from your guide as you skip the lines at the iconic La Sagrada Familia cathedral. Then stroll the atmospheric streets of the city’s Gothic Quarter on a walking tour, stopping to admire a 2,000-year-old Roman temple. You’ll also get to sip cava, Catalonia’s signature sparkling wine, at a local food market, check out modernist architecture in the city’s Eixample district and take in gorgeous views from the hilltop Montjuïc area, among other stops. This private tour also includes round-trip transport from your hotel and optional upgrade to a full-day tour featuring afternoon visits to architect Antoni Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Park Güell.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Guided Barcelona Highlights Tour with Hotel Pick-up

Private Guided Barcelona Highlights Tour with Hotel Pick-up

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Discover Barcelona your way on a private tour with a personal guide who makes sure you see the city’s top attractions, or you can customize the itinerary to your own preferences. Perhaps visit famous Gaudí landmarks like Sagrada Familia or Park Güell, explore the Gothic Quarter, or visit La Rambla, Barcelona’s bustling tree-lined promenade. This tour includes air-conditioned transportation, pickup from your hotel or cruise port, and the option to choose skip-the-line entry to select attractions when booking.
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  • 4 hours
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Montserrat 7-hour Private Tour from Barcelona with Lunch

Montserrat 7-hour Private Tour from Barcelona with Lunch

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Visit the Santa María de Montserrat Abbey on this private tour of Montserrat. You’ll travel with a personal guide by train from Barcelona, then ascend by rack railway or cable car to the mountaintop Benedictine monastery. Listen to the lilting voices of L’Escolania de Montserrat, a renowned boys’ choir, and see the famed Black Virgin (La Moreneta). Hotel pickup is included on this 7-hour tour, with drop-off at Plaza de España in Barcelona.
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  • 7 hours
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Barcelona Highlights Tour and Montserrat Monastery with Hotel Pick-up

Barcelona Highlights Tour and Montserrat Monastery with Hotel Pick-up

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When your cruise ships sails into the picturesque port of Barcelona, disembark to discover the legendary landmarks of the city on a full-day shore excursion. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, marvel at the architectural extravagance of La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, and then ascend to the hilltop perch of Olympic monuments. Venture to the nearby national park of Montserrat to enjoy views of the rugged mountain peeks, and absorb the sacred ambiance of Montserrat Basilica during an intimate tour.
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Barcelona Shore Excursion: pickup with luggage, skip-the-lines, full city tour

Barcelona Shore Excursion: pickup with luggage, skip-the-lines, full city tour

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Disembark at the bustling port of Barcelona to see the city’s spectacular sights on a shore excursion. Choose to sail past long lines at Gaudi’s picturesque Park Güell with a priority access pass and skip-the-line at the Sagrada Familia at the end of the tour. Ascend to the hilltop perch of Barcelona’s magnificent Olympic monuments and admire panoramic city vistas; stroll the ambient Plaza de Espanya and marvel at the Passeig de Gràcia.
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Private Montjuic Mountain Tour with Visit to Olympic Park and Plaza España

Private Montjuic Mountain Tour with Visit to Olympic Park and Plaza España

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Ride the funicular railway up Montjuïc for spectacular views over Barcelona during this 3-hour private tour. Translated as the ‘Mountain of the Jews’ due to its Jewish cemetery, the hill was home to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. Visit the Olympic facilities and Montjuïc Castle, then finish with a walking tour at Plaza España, where your personal guide shares the highlights of one of Barcelona’s most impressive squares.
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Skip 2 Lines: Barcelona city tour, small-group, with pickup at hotels and port

Skip 2 Lines: Barcelona city tour, small-group, with pickup at hotels and port

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Barcelona is a wildly popular tourist destination, so it can be tough to enjoy the city's top sights without fighting for tickets, and waiting in long lines. Fortunately, with this small-group guided tour, you can see the top attractions in Barcelona—from Gaudi's famous buildings to the hilltop vistas from Montjuic—with skip-the-line admission to Park Guell, included. With a guide to lead the way and hotel pickup provided, you can avoid the hassles, and truly enjoy this beautiful city.
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Best of Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Old Town Tour with Hotel Pick-up

Best of Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Old Town Tour with Hotel Pick-up

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Sample all that Barcelona has to offer during this small group tour for a maximum of 8 people in the Catalan capital. Start along upscale Passeig de Gracia, exploring the street’s high-end boutiques and modernist buildings like La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. You’ll continue your day at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sagrada Familia, learning about the inspiration for this jaw-dropping building and its one-of-a-kind creator, Antoni Gaudí. You’ll also enjoy visits to other iconic attractions including Las Ramblas, Montjüic Mountain, the Gothic Quarter, and much more. Hotel or apartment pick-up and drop-off are included
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  • 8 hours
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Barcelona Half Day Guided Panoramic Bus and Walking Tour

Barcelona Half Day Guided Panoramic Bus and Walking Tour

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Discover Barcelona’s landmarks and highlights on a 5-hour, guided tour with an experienced guide. Enjoy unobstructed views of the glamorous Passeig de Gràcia from a panoramic bus, and spot Gaudí’s most famous modern homes. Take in the sites along the Mediterranean coast, with time to see the Olympic stadium, then board a scenic cable car to get stunning, aerial vistas of the city. Explore the Plaça de Catalunya on foot with a walking tour through the narrow lanes of the Gothic Quarter and historic center landmarks.
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8-Day Spain Tour Including Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo

8-Day Spain Tour Including Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo

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Visit six of Spain’s beautiful cities, including Madrid and Barcelona, on this 8-day tour, with hotel accommodation included. After two days to enjoy Barcelona with a sightseeing tour and time to explore independently; catch the high-speed train to Madrid to discover Spain’s capital. Then, board an air-conditioned coach with a guide for a 4-day tour to Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo, including guided visits to Granada’s Alhambra and Cordoba’s Great Mosque. Round-trip coach transport, daily breakfasts and some dinners, plus airport transfers in Barcelona and Madrid are also included.
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Barcelona Highlights Private Tour in a chauffeured Mercedes-Benz

Barcelona Highlights Private Tour in a chauffeured Mercedes-Benz

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This is the tour offering you an exceptional overview of the city throughout its over 2. 000 years of history. The best way to get to know the city in a short time. You will enjoy the best views from Montjuïc hill, the Roman walls of the city, the two most important churches of the city, the gothic cathedral and the worldwide famous Sagrada Familia where you will skip the lines saving your time, the elegance of Passeig de Gràcia where the famous Gaudí's buildings Casa Batlló and Casa Milà are located and more in just 4hours! To do all that in such a short time we will have to move by car/van (depending on the number of guests). Premium transportation and tickets are already included in the price of the tour, to make things easy for you.
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  • 4 hours
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$363.82
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Sidecar Half-Day Tour of Barcelona 4:30h - PRIVATE

Sidecar Half-Day Tour of Barcelona 4:30h - PRIVATE

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Discover Barcelona from the sidecar of a classic motorcycle, safely driven by your private guide.  Visit the major landmarks (includes Park Guell, Hospital de Sant Pau and Casa Vicens that are not included on the 3:00h Highlights Tour) and explore the beautiful newighborhoods of Barcelona cruising on a sidecar motorcycle. With plenty of stops along the way and opportunities to stop for explanations and taking pictures. Visits to the landmarks only on the exterior (no inside visits).  During the ride, your guide will explain the landmarks and you will be able to ask questions via wireless communication devices in your helmets.  Includes hotel pick-up and drop off from any central location and a special romantic moment at a beautiful viewpoint for a toast with Sparkling Cava wine.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$217.94
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Sidecar Evening Tour of Barcelona 2:30h - PRIVATE

Sidecar Evening Tour of Barcelona 2:30h - PRIVATE

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Discover Barcelona from the sidecar of a classic motorcycle, safely driven by your private guide.  Feel the magic of the architectural masterpieces on this special Barcelona Night Tour. A spectacular Barcelona night tour by the architectural treasures, the glamorous avenues and the fun-loving downtown districts. With plenty of stops along the way and opportunities to stop for explanations and taking pictures. Visits to the landmarks only on the exterior (no inside visits).  During the ride, your guide will explain the landmarks and you will be able to ask questions via wireless communication devices in your helmets.  Includes hotel pick-up and drop off from any central location and a special romantic moment at a beautiful viewpoint for a toast with Sparkling Cava wine.
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Barcelona Tapas & Sidecar Tour - PRIVATE

Barcelona Tapas & Sidecar Tour - PRIVATE

A totally unique Barcelona Food Tour combining and unforgettable guided sidecar tour all around the city and three delicious and authentic gastronomic experiences. Also includes a special stop at a beautiful viewpoint for a toast of sparkling Cava with unforgettable views over the city and coastline. Enjoy Barcelona’s spectacular architecture and taste outstanding tapas all across town… Our Barcelona Food Tour is all in one.
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Skip the Line: Human Bodies - Entrance to the exhibition Ticket

Skip the Line: Human Bodies - Entrance to the exhibition Ticket

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Discover the intricacies of the human body with entrance to the Human Bodies museum in Barcelona. A must-visit for everyone from those interested in science and anatomy to families, the journey through the exhibits reveals 12 real human bodies and more than 150 organs, giving viewers the opportunity to see past the skin and into the body’s inner workings. Plus, an included audio guide provides information you would otherwise miss.
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Private tour on my scooter!

Private tour on my scooter!

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We will drive safely through the magnificent streets of the city, enjoy the sea breeze near the beach of la Barceloneta and the Olympic port, we will take advantage of one of the many days of sunshine to climb up to Montjuic and enjoy the beautiful view from above. Barcelona encompasses sea, culture, gastronomy and mountains in one city, making it unique. Moving on two wheels we will always avoid the chaos of organized travel and mass tourism to go and capture the true essence of living in Barcelona. This experience is thinking especially for solo travelers who want to see Barcelona through the eyes of a local on a scooter.
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  • 2 hours
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$72.66
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Private Guided Barcelona Tour (Top 10 Attractions, Customize the tour , Pickup)

Private Guided Barcelona Tour (Top 10 Attractions, Customize the tour , Pickup)

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Explore the top landmarks of Barcelona comfortably and efficiently on a private 4- to 5-hour sightseeing tour. Starting from your chosen location, this tour takes you to the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, and beyond. A set itinerary is offered, but your guide is happy to customize the adventure based on your personal Barcelona bucket list. Wherever you go, enjoy engaging and illuminating commentary from your guide.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Local Friend for a Day

Local Friend for a Day

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Explore Barcelona like a local on a tour that reveals parts of the city that first-time visitors usually miss out on. This private tour can be personalized according to your interests—whether they lie in food, fashion, architecture, or art—and promises the undivided attention of a private guide.
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  • 1 to 10 hours
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$252.61
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Highlights of Barcelona: Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

Highlights of Barcelona: Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

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From modernist masterpieces to authentic Catalonian cuisine, experience the best of Barcelona on this private, full-day sightseeing tour. Make the most of your time as a private guide leads you to the city’s must-see attractions, including the Gothic Quarter, Plaça d’Espanya, and the Gaudí-designed Sagrada Familia Cathedral. Recharge midday with an included lunch at a renowned local restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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$285.95
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