Free Walking Tours Barcelona
This post covers the top free walking tours in Barcelona, including the Gothic District and Gaudi buildings. We also include self-guided and GPS-led tours.
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In Barcelona, there are many self-guided tours as well as talks at museums and historic sights that truly cost nothing.
However, most people understand the term ‘free tours’ to be guided walks that operate on a ‘name-your-own-price’ model or what’s usually called a ‘tips-only-basis’.
There is no cost to take a tour. After the tour, you get to decide how much you thought it was worth or what you could afford, even nothing.
According to reviews on Google and TripAdvisor, past participants seem to leave between €5-€15 per adult.
And while free walking tours are generally limited to a city centre, in Barcelona free tours extend to the Gothic Quarter and El Born or cover themes, such as Gaudi architecture, street art, as well as the Spanish Civil War.
There is even a free tour of the city’s famed nightlife scene as well as a free bike tour.
Many people are drawn to these tours because they are convenient, affordable, and entertaining. Their popularity, however, also means that group sizes can get quite large.
And although complaints about large groups are infrequent, you might want to ensure a smaller group setting to give you more time to interact with your tour guide.
If this sounds important to you, then we suggest checking out paid small group tours.
TIP: If you are planning on purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass, such as the Barcelona Pass, then note that most already include a walking tour of the Old Town and Gothic Quarter for free (not pay-what-you-wish).
These passes also include free tickets to museums as well as hop-on-hop-off bus tickets and boat tours. Learn more about the different Barcelona tourist passes.
In Barcelona, there are no less than a dozen companies offering at least one type of free walking tour, but all offer a tour of the Gothic Quarter and Old Town.
However, despite the positive reviews received by most companies, we limit the number of companies here to our top 6.
We like Donkey Tours because they are founded and run by local Barcelonians and are very well-reviewed, 5 of 5-stars on TripAdvisor.
They offer 2 free daily tours, one covering the Gothic District and Old Town and another covering modernism architecture (Gaudiism).
Both are offered in English as well as Spanish.
You can learn more or book their tours here.
Free Old Town tours
- Daily @ 11:00 am (English)
- Daily @ 11:00 am and 15:30 (Spanish)
Free Modernism Tour
- Daily @ 15:30 (English and Spanish)
Be Local Tours
This company was founded by 3 friends with its focus on socially and ecologically responsible tours.
What we like most about them is that they limit group sizes to 16, and in addition to the daily city centre and Gaudi free tours, they also offer the following free tours (non-daily).
- Barcelona Nightlife
- Civil War
- Secrets and History of El Born
- Ravel Underground
You can book their tours here.
Sandemans New Barcelona Tour
Sandemans is one of the larger free walking tour companies in Europe and are considered the pioneers of the free tour model.
They only offer 1 free tour, a city centre tour, however, it does cover a lot of ground at 3 hours in duration, including street art and Gaudi topics.
They offer the tour multiple times each day.
- 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 16:00
You can book their tour here.
Runner Bean Tours
Just like Donkey Tours, this company offers 2 daily, free tours, one of the city centre and one of Gaudi and Modernism.
We really like their reviews and that they are a small family business.
We also like that they also offer paid tours, such as:
- Excursions Barcelona
- Free Walking Tours Barcelona
If you would like to skip an organized walk or maybe the schedules don’t work for you, then take a look at some of these self-guided and audio tour options below.
These are all totally free to download and use.
This self-guided tour will show you all the main sights of the Mediterranean’s most vivacious city from the Barcelona Cathedral to the Jewish Quarter.
You’ll discover some of the most beautiful views and awe-inspiring architecture spanning centuries.
Antonin Gaudi was a well-known architect, whose very distinctive style can be seen throughout Barcelona.
This self-guided tour will take you to all of the main Gaudí sites. As they are spread out, we will need to twice jump on the metro system.
If you are planning on paying to enter the Gaudí houses, the monumental zone of the Park Güell, or la Sagrada Família, you should plan ahead and book tickets to avoid the lines.
Rick Steves Audio Walk
We love this free audio tour from Rick Steves. His audio tours are well-produced, easy to follow and a pleasure to listen to.
The only caveat is that his target audience is Americans, so you might occasionally hear measurements described in Imperial rather than Metric.
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