08. Barcelona off the beaten path (non-touristy) (4h)

I have designed this tour for these travellers who like to see something different but still full of anecdotes and history. You are not going to be surrounded by tourists and you will understand better the local life. For this, we will visit two districts:

– The Poblenou neighborhood, also called “The little Manchester”, to see the transformation of an old industrial area of the city, to a new technological area re-call 22@ – In this part of the city we will visit the flea market “Els Encants”; new smart buildings; and we will see how it coexist with the old architecture and traditions.

– Our next stop is in the district of Horta. At the beginnings of the 20th century, Horta was the “Laundry Sink” of the wealthy families of Barcelona. Nowadays, Horta is a working class district of Barcelona, off the tourist beaten track, and we will understand its history visiting this old “Sinks”, their food market. We will end the tour in a famous local place of tapas mostly visited by local people.


  • Tour Price 4h: € 230



Duration: 4 hours
Recommended Start time: 10.00a.m.

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    POBLENOU Neighborhood:
    – Flea market “Els Encants”
    – Agbar Tower
    – Old industries reconverted into new infrastructures of the city
    – Rambla de Poblenou
    – “Orxata” milk Shop
    – Poblenou food market
    – Sea Front Promenade.

    HORTA Neighborhood:
    – Old Laundry Sink Street
    – Horta food market
    – a tapas restaurant well known by locals.

    What's Included?

    • My services as your PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE: you are not part of a larger group.
    • LICENSED TOUR GUIDE: to have passed the official exams of the Catalane Government, it is a guarantee of my knowledge for you. Besides, the license authorizes me to guide you inside monuments and museums.

    What's Extra? & Estimated Euros Needed

    • TRANSPORTATION: 1 Underground: 2€ per person + 2 Taxis: in total 30€ (estimated)
    • REFRESHMENT: I suggest to taste Orxata in a famous milk shop: 2€ per person
    • TAPAS: 20€ per person

    Transportation Method

    2 taxis & 1 underground trip

    Meet up location / End location

    I will meet you at your hotel/apartment; at the cruise ship terminal or wherever we agree (as long as it is in Barcelona).
    I will drop you off wherever you want: hotel, cruise ship terminal, etc.

    Minimum & Maximum travellers

    1 to 9 persons – this tour is only for your party.

    Notes / restrictions

    AVAILABILITY: Mon, Fri and Sat are the perfect days to do this tour . On the other days some places that we want to visit are closed. And it is not possible on Sunday.
    DRESS CODE: none.
    DISABILITY: a wheelchair accessible taxi it’s preferable, but if you use a scooter it is necessary to rent a habilitated taxi for this tour. Please ask for prices. Maybe it will be necessary to extend the tour by an extra hour to reach the described places (you can decide during the tour).

Tour Extensions

In the district of Horta we can visit as well the romantic and neoclassic gardens of Laberint d’Horta and to understand the defense of the Spanish Civil War the anti-aircraft batteries.

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