2-3 Hour Day Tour
Discover the Old Town Gothic Quarter
Easy Leisure Stroll
Free Barcelona Walking Tour with Runner Bean Tours
We’re excited to be teaming up with the best Walking Tour company in Barcelona to offer Free Walking Tours of the old town Ciutat Vella. This tour is a fun, entertaining and personal way to introduce you to our amazing hometown Barcelona and the region of Catalonia. Using more than a decade of experience in hosting tours we have designed this free walking tour as an ultimate introduction to the city and the Barcelona way of life. It will set the tone for an unforgettable stay and help you make sure you get the most out of your time spent here.
FREE! (voluntary tip based)
We meet by the water fountain at Plaça Reial.
Around 2½ hours long
- Enthusiastic, professional and experienced guide
What to bring
- Drinking water and possibly some snacks (lunch is after the activity)
- Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen)
- Umbrella for rainy days
Things to Look Forward to
Our Barcelona Free Walking Tour is NOT a scripted tour. This is a collection of some of the highlights the tour might cover.
Plaça del Pi
Plaça Sant Jaume
Plaça Sant Felip Neri
Medieval City & Plaça del Rei
We end at Santa Maria del Mar
What You'll See & Do
Learn About the Vibrant Culture and Fascinating History of Barcelona and Catalonia
On this free walking tour, you will learn about the vibrant culture of Barcelona, some of its many stories and legends and the colourful characters behind our fascinating city and region. We will together explore the city’s more than 2000 years of history, its many architectural treasures, saints and knights, creatures, daring explorers, traders and artists who built our fascinating city. All while slowly walking the narrow medieval alleys, winding streets and charming squares in its historical centre, the Old Town Ciutat Vella.
Find out how to Best Enjoy what the City has to Offer Today
But being seasoned world travellers ourselves we know that the story of Barcelona and the history of Catalonia will not alone make your stay the memorable experience we want it to be. For that to happen, you also need to know how to best enjoy what the city has to offer today. Being enthusiasts of both good travel and good food we know very well about local food and drinks, here in Barcelona, a passion. When strolling around in the city with friends and family, we often end up having food and something to drink, sharing conversation. There are places to eat everywhere, but which ones are authentic and what should we order?
Barcelona is so much more than Sangria, Tapas and Paella
Joining any of our Barcelona tours and excursions will get you familiar with our culture’s approach to dining, the inside story and up to date local advice on our favourite tapas and paella places, bodegas, restaurants and bars to set you up for the culinary adventure Barcelona is and should be for you. We will also give you suggestions on what to do, how to skip lines, where to go, and where not to and much more. We will do our very best for you to have and enjoy a relaxed, laid-back and memorable experience that would be near impossible to have on your own.
What is a Free Walking Tour?
The Free Walking Tour concept is very simple; join the tour without paying a cent, let us show you the best of Barcelona with our unique informative and entertaining style, and you then decide at the end how much the tour was worth. You can not get a fairer system and on top, this ensures that you get the best tour possible – every time. We are a small passionate company that believes strongly in what we are doing, confident enough to let you decide the value of what we do.
- Our Barcelona Free Walking Tour is NOT a Scripted Tour. This Barcelona Free Walking Tour is not a scripted tour. All guides have many years of experience living in Barcelona and sharing our passion for our beloved city. Each tour is therefore unique and customized for that specific day taking into account things like the time of the year, the day of the week, the weather, the size of the group, the group background etc.
- It’s About Getting to Know and Understand Barcelona (and Catalonia). The tour is about you getting to know and understand Barcelona and the region of Catalonia. It will cover a lot but the tour is not about seeing as many highlights as possible, it is about insight.
- We are serious about responsible, sustainable and Eco-friendly tourism. Practically this, for example, means that we have small groups (~20), no loudspeakers and that we normally don’t go inside any buildings.
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that whilst travelling plans can change and that you may need to cancel your tours. Just give us 24 hours advance notice, and we will offer a full refund on any amount that you have paid (with the exception of private group trips, which must be cancelled 7 days in advance for a full refund… of course exceptions are made for COVID related travel issues). If you need to cancel within 24 hours of our reservation we normally cannot offer any refund, unless we can fill your spots. It may be possible to reschedule your booking for another day, depending on availability.
We usually do not cancel tours due to overcast skies, but we do cancel trips for steady rain, powerful wind, thunderstorms, or any weather the skipper feels is dangerous. If you have reserved a tour, we email you if we are cancelling the trip due to weather and give you a choice of either rescheduling (depending on availability) or receiving a full refund. We will do this as soon as we know the tour will be cancelled, however, this can sometimes not be until the morning before the tour.
It is an easy and leisurely stroll, very wheelchair friendly to give you an idea. The highest point of the Old Town Ciutat Vella is 16.9 meter or 55 feet and we will most likely not go there.
Small. The average size of our groups is ~10 people with a maximum of 20. Groups of 6 or more should book a private tour please.
Yes, in general, it does. Check out the tour availability in the Booking Calendar in the panel to the right for exact details. If you can book the Free Walking Tour then it will run. We run the Free Walking Tour regardless of weather, just make sure you dress accordingly.
Our Free Walking Tour is currently only available in English. As such you need good proficiency in English to join and enjoy it. Translating the tour will simply not work and will on-top, as you can imagine, disturb all other tour participants. For other languages please request a quote for a Private Tour, we have a lot of languages between us.