This article was published on March 19th, 2017
Barcelona is often referred to as the jewel of the Mediterranean. A visually stunning metropolis that pays homage to its most famous resident, architect Anton Gaudi, Barcelona ranks as one of the greatest cities in Europe. There’s no better way to see the capital of Catalonia and to learn about the history of the city than exploring on food with the experienced guides of Rainbow Gay Tours. Professional guides will take you behind the scenes to discover and see amazing sights, and hidden secrets, off the beaten track.
Featuring local guides who know the history of the city, the hidden secrets, and advice on how to spend your stay in Barcelona, Rainbow Gay Tours help you see the very best of the city. If you’re a foodie, you’ll appreciate the knowledge of the guides that can help you find the best pastries, churros and chocolate, paella, and other local fare, especially along Carrer Petritxol (hot chocolate street).
Most tours either begin or end by walking down La Rambla, the tourist area of the city—but don’t be fooled—you’ll quickly learn that it was once the river outside the original Roman walls, and was the dividing point between the original city and the growth into the expanded city.
The original Roman walls of the original city of Barcelona still stand after 1000 years. Discover the outer wall and real Roman tombs from the second century —along the path to the entrance of the original city.
The tour has many behind the scenes moments including the opportunity to see the real columns and memorial markers from the original Augustus Temple—tucked away and preserved in the atrium of an apartment complex, open to the public—but only the locals know where this is hidden!
The tour continues with a visit to Santa Maria del Mar church, featuring spectacular workmanship, landmarks with legendary stories of Santa Maria, and Mercat del Born, a 15th century workers neighbourhood with a breathtaking church that was constructed in just 50 years.
You’ll visit a giant park, Parc de la Ciutadella, featuring a Venetian-style fountain with local greenery and golden sculptures, a band stand where a member of the transgendered community was brutally murdered (now a memorial site in her honour), and a pink triangle monument, from the city of Barcelona, as a memorial to the LGBT community.
Barcelona has a lot of hidden little secrets that the Rainbow Gay Tour guides know. For instance, Barcelona has its own Arc de Triomf—a must see! Though slightly smaller than the one in Paris and a symbol of peace, not war. The promenade that the Arc faces is full of tourists and locals enjoying the outdoors.
As you explore the ancient Roman area of the city you’ll pass the art gallery where Picasso held his first public art exhibition.
Each tour guest will receive a coupon booklet full of great deals on other activities, restaurant suggestions and offers from Rainbow Gay Tour partners. Guides are happy to help you plan your evening adventures, too, including suggestions on local lounges, bars, and nightclubs not to miss!
Whatever you are looking for, Barcelona has it, and these guides are here to show you their city. Rainbow Gay Tours Barcelona is an easy walking tour—just be in reasonable shape, wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready for a day of discovery! Tours run several times a day and really are the absolute best way to absorb as much of Barcelona as you can. Rainbow Tours Barcelona offers amazing behind the scenes tours of Barcelona 365 days of the year.