The smell of the sea, an early morning walk along the waterfront, exploring ancient cobblestone streets, brushing up on history lessons and watching the city at its beautiful best - these are just some of the experiences that the perfect Barcelona adventure offers - and almost all of them come true in our Montjuic & Panoramic Tour of Barcelona.
This tour combines two areas of natural beauty used by Barcelona for culture and recreation: The Waterfront, a living example of how the ancient can be easily combined to the modern: the Old Port with its Dock warehouses and the Gothic Drassanes or shipyards have been preserved and incorporated into a remodelled recreational area, with the World Trade Centre, the Aquarium, cinemas and restaurants.
Montjuïch Hill with its parks, art galleries, museums and the 1992 Olympic Ring of sports stadiums also provides spectacular views over the city. We will visit the charming Poble Espanyol, with about 45 minutes of free time to explore the village and have lunch.
Old Port: Separated from the Olympic port by long beaches and the old fisherman's quarter, Barceloneta.
Columbus Monument: built in his honour in 1888, it is at the foot of the famous Rambla.
Gothic Drassanes: Medieval shipyards which now house the Maritime Museum. One of the finest examples of civil Gothic architecture in Europe.
World Trade Center: Original imposing building by Henry N. Cobb whose aesthetic features are highlighted by the building being surrounded by water.
Montjuïc Hill: Mirador de Miramar (Lookout) stop: This terrace is a balcony over the Mediterranean with spectacular views over the harbour and the whole city. The bus will stop here to let you walk around and get the best viewpoints.
Olympic Ring: Central sports facilities of the '92 Olympic Games, the complex includes the Stadium, the St Jordi sports pavilion by architect Arata Isozaki, the INEF by architect Ricardo Bofill and the Calatrava Communications Tower.
Poble Espanyol: The last destination in your tour is the Poble Espanyol so that you can stay on for as long as you wish to. Built for the 1929 Exhibition, you can see replicas of streets, squares, monuments and buildings from around the country. It is an open air museum with many artists and craftsmen you can watch at work, synthesyzing traditional crafts with modern design: glass, ceramics, jewellery, fabrics, etc. There are also many bars and restaurants, where you can stop for lunch as you will have about 45 minutes free time. Read more about Poble Espanyol.
After lunch, the tour will return to Plaça Catalunya and link with the Montserrat Tour for those who wish to see this special monastery and mountain.