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Top 5 Barcelona Tours on a Mediterranean Cruise

CruiseExperts.com has found the top 5 unique tours all cruise travelers must take while visiting Barcelona! Whether it’s being awed by the beauty of this seaside city, or being enchanted by its truly amazing and daring architecture, everyone loves a cruise to Barcelona, Spain.

Being the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, it’s easy to see why Barcelona is one of the world’s leading economic, cultural and tourist hot spots. Hopping off a cruise ship here to take in as much as possible may easily result in being the highlight of the entire cruise!

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Barcelona, Spain skyline at night. Harbor view

Barcelona, Spain skyline at night. Harbor view. Top 5 Barcelona Tours on a Mediterranean Cruise

EXTENDED CITY TOUR OF BARCELONA BY PRIVATE VEHICLE

First of the Top 5 tours in Barcelona on a Med cruise starts with a city tour featuring works from the famous Spanish Catalan architect, Antonin Gaudi. Guests are naturally captivated by the Cathedral, known as Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Família, Barcelona’s funkiest church. Also visit Park Güell, a garden complex with fascinating architectural elements, as depicted in the photo below. Park Guell is situated on a hill in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. From the large cross at the Park’s high-point you can get the grandest view of the city as well as the bay. You will also receive a fabulous view of La Sagrada Família Cathedral.

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Photo Courtesy of Park Guell. Top 5 Barcelona Tours on a Mediterranean Cruise

Get ready for more of Gaudi’s works. The La Pedrera-Casa Mila will take your breath away. This modernistic building is beyond stunning and will leave you in awe. La Pedrera-Casa Mila is a place for artistic expression and thought provoking ideas. La Pedrera-Casa Mila is one of Gaudi’s last works and was considered a controversial piece of work for its time. The Fundacio Catalunya-La Pedrera organization operates Casa Mila and they are highly devoted in improving social and environmental needs, and preserving the heritage of La Pedrera-Casa Mila. The video below is courtesy of Fundacio Catalunya-La Pedrera.

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Next check out the Casa Batlló, your third Gaudi stop, known locally as “Casa dels ossos,” or house of bones, due to its exterior skeletal quality. Next, stop at Montjuic, a quaint village rising 700 feet above the city’s commercial port. Take a rest at one of the many cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and museums. The final stop is Las Ramblas, the most famous Barcelona Street. Enjoy the relaxing walking portion of the tour as you make your way through the narrow winding streets in the old city and the Gothic Quarter.

GIRONA AND FIGUERES’S DALI MUSEUM

Our second pick of  top tours in Barcelona on a Med cruise would include a visit to the mideival town of Girona and Figueres’s Dali Museum. Starting at Girona’s historical city centre, walk down its beautiful streets, which are covered with tall, pastel-colored buildings. Next, visit the old Jewish Quarter, Saint Felix Church, the Girona Cathedral with its Tapestry of Creation. Also take time to explore the Arab Baths, Archaeological Museum, and the Museum of Jewish History.

Cathedral in Girona

Girona Cathedral. Top 5 Barcelona Tours on a Mediterranean Cruise

Next, visit the town of Figueres, where Salvador Dalí was born. The Dalí Theatre-Museum is the second-most visited museum in Spain, and contains the largest collection of Dalí’s amazing works, as well as a number of works by other artists selected by Dalí.

Tramuntana statue and Dali Museum. Figueres

Dali-Theatre-Museum. Top 5 Barcelona Tours on a Mediterranean Cruise

BIKING AND WINE TASTING COMBO TOUR

When picking the top 5 tours in Barcelona on a Med cruise, we have to include a biking and wine tasting combo tour. The El Penedès wine region is ideal for a day of relaxing, cycling and wine tasting near Barcelona.

Barcelona-Wine-Grapes

Barcelona-Wine-Grapes. Top 5 Barcelona Tours on a Mediterranean Cruise

Imagine the scene of rolling hills and winding lanes as they cross the dense grapevines of Penedès and a morning of challenging mountain biking through the Garraf coastal mountains. It may be difficult not to stop every other minute  for photos here as your ride between the winery and restaurant stops. This tour is a favorite for a seasoned wine connoisseurs or  enthusiasts to spend the afternoon with a knowledgeable local expert.

Garraf coastal town

Garraf coastal Mountains. Top 5 Barcelona Tours on a Mediterranean Cruise

MAJESTIC SPAIN FROM A HOT AIR BALLOON

There is just no better way to see majestic Spain than from a hot air balloon. Carefully planned out, guests are picked up at the cruise ship pier, and go to Montseny Natural Park. Relax first at Cardedeu, a village of  medieval origin,  for a pre-flight coffee. Then, witness the inflation of the hot air balloon as the pilot gives introduction to your day ahead. This 1-1.5 hour flight will leave you speechless! Soar as high as 3,000 feet and enjoy the Montseny massifs and the towering Pyrenees, two of Spain’s majestic mountain ranges. Celebrate your adventure with a champagne toast and a surprise snack that provides a perfect cap off to your day!

A Statue of Columbus

Hot-Air-Balloon. Top 5 Barcelona Tours on a Mediterranean Cruise

PALACIO – FLAMENCO SHOW WITH FULL COURSE DINNER

Last but not least on our top 5 tours in Barcelona on a Med cruise must include a Flamenco show. In the Flamenco style of Seville and Andalucía, the singers, musicians and internationally-acclaimed professional Flamenco dancers in this show present a powerful musical event.

Flamenco-Dancer-Spain

Flamenco-Dancer-Spain.Top 5 Barcelona Tours on a Mediterranean Cruise

Begin the evening with a delicious three-course Spanish dinner, including foie gras salad or shrimp salad, baked monkfish with potatoes or filet with mushrooms, tiramisu or black and white chocolate mousse. Yum!  Then, it’s time to sit back and enjoy this wonderful spectacle.

To book your Med cruise to Barcelona and set up an excursion to see the best spots this beautiful city has to offer call our expert agents today at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784) , visit us at www.CruiseExperts.com or email us at info@cruiseexperts.com to find out the best cruise deals for Spain. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and join our Inner Circle for more exclusive offers!

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