Tired of the same old tours of the popular touristic landmarks? Do you want to become more familiar with your city and its street life? Taking a street art tour might be just the thing for you.
These innovative tours allow you to explore the vibrant hidden parts of Barcelona, taking you deep into a neighbourhood bursting with artistic talent painted all over its walls, lamp posts, and side alleys. Though they cover less ground, they are more thorough, so you can often discover an abundance of points of interest such as restaurants, shops, or parks. These tours are a more authentic way to tour a city, as they allow you visit more than just the commercial part of town and catch a glimpse of the city’s local, day-to-day life.
You may already know about some of the popular street art spots in Barcelona such as The Kiss Of Freedom, but you can also find extremely creative and vibrant examples of street art around virtually every corner. Several street art tours offered in Barcelona can take you through some of the most colourful areas of town.
Barcelona Street Style offers both walking and biking English tours of the El Borne and Barri Gotic areas. The walking tours occur every day starting at the Arco de Triomfo and cover some of the earlier Classical examples of street art in El Borne and the Gothic quarter, some of them decades old. The bike tours are available in the morning by reservation and take you through the urban neighbourhood of Poblenou, which boast many large scale murals and modern street art.
If you are more of an independent wanderer, Barcelona Low Down offers a smaller, self-guided tour of the Poblenou area.
Skateboarding in Barcelona
Along with street art, Barcelona also has a very active skateboarding scene. In addition to a thick concentration of skateparks throughout the city, you can also find unique skateboarding spots such as the Nevermind bar.
Once you walk through this unique bar’s entrance hall where beautifully painted skateboards and pictures are hung on the wall, and past the bar where an assortment of drinks is displayed on skateboard shelves stuck to art-filled walls, you will find yourself in a small indoor skatepark.
If you are a live music fanatic, Barcelona will surely not disappoint. Sit down at one of the many outdoor cafes throughout La Barceloneta, Plaça Real, or the Raval area, and within a few minutes you will hear the melodic music of one of Barcelona’s many gifted street musicians.