Home to attractions like La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and Casa Batllo, Barcelona is the cosmopolitan capital of Spain's Catalonia region and the hub of arts and culture. Whether it's your first visit or you've seen the city many times, a walking tour shows you a new and exciting side of the city. Take a look at the 6 best free walking tours in Barcelona to see what's in store.

1. Sandeman's New Europe tours

Sandeman's New Europe tours boast the 'original free walking tour' of Barcelona. The tours are among the most comprehensive available and suitable for all travellers. The tours show you all the major landmarks in Barcelona, including the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, as well as overviews of the Gothic Quarter, El Born District and the Port Vell historic harbour. Tours start daily by the Jaume I metro exit and finish by El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria or by Parc de la Ciutadella. Tours last 2.5 hours and offer both English and Spanish guides. Tours are free, but tips are appreciated.

2. Travel Bar tours

Travel Bar offers the ideal walking tour experience for partiers, singles and first-time visitors to the city. The tours begin and end at the Travel Bar, which is located in Las Ramblas, and last 2 hours. Your tour will take you on a route that passes Barcelona's most impressive and famous sights while a tour guide illuminates some of the history and intrigue of the notable landmarks. Tours run daily at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, but you can arrive early to have a beer or cocktail while you get to know your fellow tour group members. Tours are free, but your drinks are paid, and tips are appreciated for both your tour guide and your bartender.

3. Free Walking Tours BCN

Barcelona's stunning architecture is a huge part of its appeal. Free Walking Tours BCN offers fun and interesting walking tours that take you through some of the best areas of Barcelona, including the Gaudí route, the tourist route through censored Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter and more. During your tour, you'll see some of the top landmarks in the city and explore the hidden corridors, all with an expert tour guide telling you stories about the history and culture. These tours are interesting for history buffs, but families, couples and first-time visitors can enjoy the experience as well. Tours are free, but tips are appreciated. Tours leave from Plaça Catalunya at 10am, 11am and 3pm daily and last approximately 2.5 hours.

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Interior of passageway in Palau Gaudi

4. Runner Bean Tours

Runner Bean Tours is a great option for a different type of walking tour. The tour company offers 2 different walking tours for different tastes, so you can experience different parts of the city. The Gothic Quarter tour is great for first-time visitors and history buffs, while the Gaudí free tour of Gaudí landmarks is perfect for couples and arts and culture enthusiasts. Both tours last 2.5 hours and begin at Plaça Reial. Tours begin at 11am and 4.30pm from March to October and 11am from November to December. The tours are free, but you can tip to tour guides, and you may wish to upgrade to other themed tours for a fixed price.

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Closeup of art in Ciutat Vella

5. Barcelona Street Style Tour

Arts and culture enthusiasts and fans of alternative, authentic local experiences will love the Barcelona Street Style Tour. Focusing on urban art and street culture, the Barcelona Street Style Tour offers options to see the street art in the El Born neighbourhood and the Gothic Quarter or the murals in the district of El Raval. Tour guides are knowledgeable about artists, trends and techniques in the street-art scene, so you can learn some little-known information about the culture. El Born and Gothic Quarter tours depart at 2pm daily, while the El Raval tour departs at 10am and 4.45pm. Both tours are free, but tips are appreciated.

6. Feel Free Tours

Feel Free Tours offers 2 different free walking tours for unique experiences in the city. The OldTown Tour travels through the ancient parts of the city to see monuments, markets and narrow passageways that illuminate millennia of history, and it's perfect for families, history buffs and first-time visitors. The Gaudí Tour is an option for arts and culture enthusiasts, and it takes you past the gems of modernism like La Pedrera and Sagrada Familia. The OldTown Tour begins at 10.30am and 3pm daily, while the Gaudí Tour begins at 10.30am daily. Both tours depart from Plaça Catalunya and last about 2.5 hours. The tours are completely free, but tips are appreciated.

Plan your next holiday

From the wonders of the Gothic Quarter to the hidden street artists decorating the city, free walking tours in Barcelona give you a taste of the local experience. When you're ready to plan your trip, take a look at Barcelona holidays from Expedia.