Travelling is one of the greatest things that people from all over the world use to escape from their day to day reality. In that sense, while some travelleres would prefer the peace from a hidden beach in the Costa Brava, others prefer experiencing the rich culture from the Catalan capital city. It’s for those avid wanderers that we present the services of an official guide in Barcelona.
It’s true that there exists several ways of exploring the monuments, highlights and other important spots, such as Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló or the Picasso Museum, but we love suggesting doing it from an off the beaten path insight. It will not only grant you the opportunity to photograph and learn the specific site’s history, but will also offer you the chance to meet local specialists. They are fully certified.
Today’s article will showcase the areas that you shouldn’t miss, apart from informing you about our pricing. Whether you arrived for a short break, or longer holidays along the country to enjoy a slow tourism trip, this is what you should expect while walking around the streets with us:
- 2 hours private tour, featuring an alternative Barcelona version from 151€.
- Alternative tailored experiences by urban bike or electric one, starting on 181€
- Less touristy information on the major attractions during 2 hours, from 253€
What are the common services offered by an official guide in Barcelona?
First of all, you should know that visitors could join any of our private experiences on demand. That means that you could choose the starting time. These tours take from 2 to 4 hours to be completed, although Cooltourspain’s official guides in Barcelona could extend their length based on your interests and demands.
They do not only offer their experience and knowledge on the field, but their time to become your friendly host while in town. Speaking of which, would you say that there exists a difference between a tourist and a traveller? It’s our goal that you discover Barcelona as you would never do it on your own. That’s why travellers hire us. Right?
Apart from that, we love storytelling and engaging our customers through critical thinking and questioning. We pretend to not offering information, without putting you on the right context first. Our guide would love to hear your opinion and comments.
Alternative walking tours around Born & Gotic districts
Apart from La Boqueria market, there are several things to see/do around the city center. Despite the fact that Camp Nou and Las Ramblas might be the most visited places in town, there will always be visitors interested in hiring an official guide in Barcelona for an exclusive and off the beaten tour. For instance, we could talk to you about the street art and graffiti scene.
In that same vein, we could show you the local gastronomy present at Santa Caterina market, which would be the opposite idea of Barcelona’s most iconic mercado de abastos. Similarly, there are other urban gardens which would be the anthitesis of Park Güell. For instance, Hortet del Forat or Benet Corner, which offer local citizens and visitors alike, the opportunity to participate at any of their free workshops.
As you may imagine, Cooltourspain started as an artistic, cultural, educational and social project. We promote the sustainable and responsible tourism, as well as the quality during the walking or cycling visits. Would you like to hear more information? Click on the following button!
What’s the price for an official guide in Barcelona to show you Sagrada Familia or Park Güell?
Following our guidelines to hire an official guide in Barcelona, here you will find information about Cooltourspain’s pricing:
- 2 hours tailored tour for a maximum group of 8 people, 253€
- 4 hours city tour, without tickets to major highlights, 353€
- Full day panoramic tour, 553€
Please note that the amount charged may vary between weekdays and weekends. Thus we would suggest you to fill in the following contact form in order to receive a personalized quote.
Taking into account that we grew as an alternative cultural, educational, social and touristic project in town, we receive requests of all kinds. That’s why our team of official guides in Barcelona broadened the capacity, now offering new tours, and other Costa Brava experiences. Eventhough we hope to continue growing, here you have interesting information related to your search:
- Airport/ hotel transfers to/from El Prat Airport (economy/executive), from 1 person to several coaches.
- Panoramic tour 3 hours service, from 231€
- Graffiti / street art workshops for MICE and DMC agencies
- Guided visits by urban recycled bikes or electric bike.
So far, the largest service we’ve ever hosted was a tour for a group of 280 participants at the same time. Our team divided them in subgroups of 15-16 guests per tour leader. Please note that we do not use wireless headset systems on any of our outdoor tours. We’d like you to feel us close, not far in the distance if you were wearing them.
FYI, Barcelona city council has limited the amount of participants per guide, to a maximum rate of 1:20
Where should an official guide in Barcelona take you to discover the city alternatively?
We launched Cooltourspain in Barcelona with a clear objective. That’s to say, solve a problem existing within the local tourism field. While travelling, our official guide in town observed that there were alternative tours in cities such as London, New York or Paris, but none in our hometown. That’s why we started exploring El Born & Gotic districts through their street art and graffiti.
Since that time, we put emphasis on the idea behind sustainable and responsible tourism. We curated and planned our services around the United Nations’ 17 millenium goals, known as SDGs, and everything which involves respect, equity and justice. At last, aren’t we all the same despite our country of origin, sexual beliefs and cultural/religious connotations? That’s what we have to fight for!
Using that idea in mind, we’ll explore and analyze different monuments, artworks and exhibitions. For example, it’ll be in Poble Nou & La Mina where you’ll be able to meet the most emergent and local contemporary art community: artist studio visits and workshops.
Tibidabo & Collserola’s panoramic views
While the highest amount of visitors will decide to visit the bunkers located at El Carmel, and probably do it on their own, the figure of an official guide in Barcelona, plus a private transfer might be needed if you don’t count with a rental car. Thanks to their services, you’ll be able to visit which might be the best panoramic views in town.
It will be at any point located on the road BP-147 where you’ll be able to photograph Barcelona from a bird’s eye perspective. In that sense, you’ll see Poble Nou’s chymneys (on the northern side, close to Badalona), all the way to Port Olympic. Sagrada Familia will be on the middle, and Tibidabo’s fun park will be located just on your right handside.
Even if you would like to continue further on your alternative exploration, we’d suggest you to visit L’Horta park. It’s a unique city council owned garden, which counts with a fun labyrithn in its interior. It’s the perfect plan if you are visiting Barcelona with kids. They will love that, although adults find it interesting as well.
Why should an official guide in Barcelona take you to discover the downtown’s contemporary art galleries and artists’ studios?
If there exists an active street art and graffiti community in town, then the same artists should have the opportunity to sell their canvas, prints and sculptures via contemporary art galleries. Despite the fact that they may charge up to 35-65% commission for each sale, our official guide in Barcelona will explain how the modern art industry works, and what’s the artists’ opinion on this matter.
Visiting a contemporary art gallery while there is an opening or an exhibition in place may also be a wonderful option if you want to meet and greet the artists who exhibit their artworks. We remember with great memories, the last performance curated by Art is Tra$h, an artist from Badajoz (Spain) who currently lives in Barcelona. He is the artists that paints on waste containers.
Another reference is Moco museum, which showcases unofficial Banksy’s artworks, NFTs and an immersive art experience. As you may observe, a great way to explore the modern art, from a curated and commercial perspective. We know that there are visitors with many different interests.
Visit Catalunya in a different way
Last but not least, we’d like to offer you a feminist perspective to explore the city center. Taking that idea into account, our official guide in Barcelona will explain the life and death of the most relevant women in the Catalan history. They became pioneers in several sectors. Thus we’ll mention what they did for us. Some of them were activists, teachers, artists, musicians, book writers….
Cooltourspain’s team members would like you to hear a different interpretation from our ancestors. For instance, apart from Gaudí, Dalí, or Picasso, could you mention any female artist who has her artworks hung at the most famous Spanish museums? More than likely that you won’t know the answer, but don’t worry. We will inform you about all these insider details.
It’s time for us to change how the society works, to empower those who were voiiceless and to discover Barcelona with a feminist point of view. For your knowledge, these tours are opened to all audiences. To us, it doesn’t matter if you are men or women. Why don’t you join us to see what we’ve prepared for you?
What’s the opinion of Cooltourspain’s team members about the role of an official guide in Barcelona?
We’re proud supporters of sustainability and responsibility within the tourism sector. That’s why our team doesn’t offer free tours, except those which are aimed towards NGO’s. We fight for our rights, and we don’t believe that paying someone based on tips, is the right way of earning money. Not just because these companies don’t declare their money, consequently paying less taxes, but also because Spain demands a collective bargaing agreement related not only to an official guide in Barcelona, but also in the rest of the Spanish territory.