If you like the idea of getting under the skin of Barcelona and learning some of the amazing stories behind its history and culture, but hate the idea of being herded around the main attractions with a big sign saying 'tourist' on your forehead, then you'll like the concept behind Walking Planets. Their atypical walking tours take you around some of the less touristic districts, like Raval and El Born and reveal treasures that most visitors simply won't see - be that a monastery of Japanese tea-drinking nuns, the burial place of Guifre the Hairy, or the beautiful Gothic hospital where Gaudi died and Dr. Fleming experimented on the corpses of beggars. The local, officially-accredited guides behind Walking Planets are keen to impart much more than Barcelona's history however: current affairs, urban trends and modern life in the Catalan capital are all part of the experience. Continually expanding and improving their services, their team now also offer tapas walks, personal shoppers and bike tours. In 2012 they also launched The Game BCN, an exciting interactive group activity where you'll use all five senses to discover Barcelona. Visit their website for a full list of tours and experiences on offer, along with start times and prices.
We had a terrible time with an inexperienced guide who has no time management and customer service. We spent 800 euro for 5-hour tour due to our cruise schedule. The guide went to the wrong terminal while we waited 20minutes (remember this was a 5-hour tour). Without knowing how far the distance is from site to site, she had us lingered at one site too long, therefore we missed the window of making to the next appointment by 45 minutes. We were denied entrance. She blamed us for taking too long but none of us had never been to Barcelona, so how can she expect us to know when to leave. Sandra, the director promised to refund us the site tickets (not even the wasted tour hours we booked) but after 10 emails and many weeks, I never got money back. I would caution anyone hiring them, especially when you are pressed for time.
reviewed by Christina Wong from United States on Nov.05.2016
If you are planning a Barcelona trip do not go without taking this tour! Sandra is a native who knows more about her city's culture and history than anything you could put together yourself. The streets, walls and buildings come alive while walking with her through the real Barcelona. Her ability to connect with people is amazing and the information that she shares is accurate, historical, personal and entertaining. You feel that she is your long lost cousin and she is showing you around. Do not even think of going on a tour with a crowd when you can have your own private guide who shares all the jewels this city has to offer.
reviewed by Blue Eyed Girl from United States on May.04.2012
If you want to explore Barcelona's through the eyes of a local, then Walking Planets is the way to do it. I had been to Barcelona several times and done loads of tours of Barcelona before my first walking planet experience and I haven't looked back since. While you might hear some of the same stories, Walking Planet guides bring them to life and recounts them in a way that no other tour guide does. You will learn interesting little facts, take different routes and learn about the real culture. The visits are down to earth, great fun and much better than any other tour I've done in Barcelona
reviewed by BCN addict from United Kingdom on Mar.26.2012
This was by far the best way to see Barcelona. My two teenager daughters and I were taken around the city by our guide Sandra for two days. The tour was fun, interesting, and very informative! Amazing city and so much to see and learn. I would tour with Sandra for several more days if we had the time. Her English is exceptional and she is very knowledgeable and fun.
reviewed by Kate from United Kingdom on Dec.19.2011
I have had two Walking Planet tours in 1 week - one walking through the Gotic district and a 3hr bike tour of which both were awesome! Sandra was humorous, very informative and took the time to ask me what I was interested in to personalise the tour. I really appreciated that! If everyone could make history as interesting and alive, I think I would have taken more history classes!
reviewed by Happy History Student from United Kingdom on Oct.04.2011
We travel all around the world, and always try to go on a walking tour to get a feel for the place and the people.
reviewed by Anita from Germany on Sep.15.2011
A novel idea and a great way to see the city.
reviewed by terry from United Kingdom on Jul.05.2010