City Orientation Walk II, Barcelona (Self Guided)

Barcelona is world renowned for its modernist architectures. On this part two of the two-part city orientation walks, you will visit some of the world famous architectures by Antoni Gaudi and his peers. The modernist architectures visited on this walk include: Casa Amatller, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila (La Pedrera), La Sagrada Familia, among others.
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Guide Name: City Orientation Walk II
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: clare
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Arc de Triomf

1) Arc de Triomf (must see)

The Arc de Triomf is an arch-way structure, located near the Park of the Ciutadella. It was built by architect Josep Vilaseca I Casanovas in 1888 for the Exposicion Universal de Barcelona (Universal Exposition), and served as its archway gate. Built in the Moorish revival style, the arch is composed of reddish brickwork. A stone sculpture which states "Barcelona rep les nacions" or "Barcelona welcomes the nations", is located in the front frieze. This sculpture has been built by Josep Reynes and shows Barcelona openly welcoming visitors.

There is another structure on the opposite frieze, which contains a carving in stone called "Recompense". This carving is done by Josep Llimona, and is one of his earlier works and depicts a gift or prize-giving ceremony. There are many statues and reliefs that decorate the arch.

The Arc de Triomf is unique and stands out from other similar famous arches like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Done up in the mudejar style, which has its origins in the distinctive Moorish architecture, the arch is colourful and heavily decorated with stone carvings. It can easily be reached by metro and it is a short walk away from the Park of the Ciutadella.

Why You Should Visit:
Great photo opportunities and a good way to see the locals doing their thing: relaxing, jogging, having picnics, coffee breaks.

Tip:
Don't forget to try the Spanish cakes in a bakery shop near the Arc.
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Church of Sant Pere de les Puelles

2) Church of Sant Pere de les Puelles

The Church of Sant pere de les Puelles was associated with the historical feminine convent established by Riquilda along with Earls Sunyer. The church is not very well known outside Barcelona, but it is still an important structure in the city. Despite the passage of time, the sacred consecration document is still safe at the church today. Adelaide was the first Abbess of this Convent.

The church has replaced another place of worship that was built in the 9th century, paying respect to Sant Sadurni who was the bishop of Toulouse. Certain parts of the original architecture have been preserved and retained into the new structure; these are visible in the atrium vestibule.

Originally, the building was designed and built in the form of a Greek cross, having 4 rectangular components converging towards the centre of the square. The building included four large, slightly inclined arches which were supported with the help of monolithic pillars. The roof has an octagon shaped base, whereas a semicircular roof is present over the 4 limbs of the cross.

Although it still remains unknown to many, the church of Sant Pere de les Puelles boasts a rather rich history. The structure itself is a sight to behold due to its magnificent architecture.
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Palace of Catalan Music

3) Palace of Catalan Music (must see)

The Music Palace or the Palau Musica Catalan in Barcelona was designed by the accomplished architect, Muntaner. It was opened in 1908 and is a one-of-a-kind concert hall. This structure is basically the headquarters of the Orfeo Catala, one of the most renowned institutions supporting Catalan culture and music.

One can notice that the building is adorned with the Catalan coat of arms, also known as the ‘Quatre Barres’. The Palace includes the statue of Beethoven, which was created by Didac Massana and Pau Gargallo. The rest of the interior is adorned with a sculpture of the Ride of Walkiries. The interior also includes a magnificent glass light in the centre of the roof which was designed and created by Granell and Rigalt. The whole structure is a splendid galore of mosaic and red brick and hence is a great attraction for tourists.

The Palace offers guided tours for visitors, among which are the tours of the Lluís Millet Hall as well as the Chamber Music Hall, subject to availability. It is open every day of the year from 9 am to 9 pm. The price of an entry ticket is 10 Euros and the tickets are not available for advance sales on Sundays and other holidays but have to be bought at the location.

Why You Should Visit:
An absolutely gorgeous, intimate setting for Opera and Flamenco, with top of the line sound and lighting systems.
Seeing a performance here will be one of the highlights of your Barcelona experience.

Tip:
Be sure to take opera glasses or binoculars and to check out the nice café on the ground floor!

Daily tours: 10am-3:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Placa de Catalunya

4) Placa de Catalunya (must see)

Placa de Catalunya – centerpiece of Barcelona's commercial crossroads – is packed with shopping opportunities. Department stores, fashion boutiques and cosmetics shops are all here, so if you're in for some retail therapy, this is the place to go. Some of the city's major avenues (e.g. Passeig de Gracia, Rambla de Catalunya, La Rambla, etc.) meet here as well. The spacious 50,000 square meter plaza is also known for its fountains and statues, attracting flocks of tourists and pigeons in their thousands. Knocking down the medieval city walls in the 19th century gave way to the ambitious designs of public spaces conceived under the guidance of notable urban planners. Placa Catalunya, in particular, was conceived as part of pla Rovira in 1859, but it wasn't until 1888 (year of the Universal Exposition) that the municipal government gave official permission for the construction. The square underwent its first round of “urbanized” development in 1902 and then was further modified in 1929, on the occasion of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, seeing the construction of a metro station by architect Francisco Nebot.

Why You Should Visit:
Central meeting point in Barcelona and definitely a landmark to get to other places within the city.

Tip:
Go to the nearby El Corte Ingles store rooftop cafe and get a seat by the window. The view over the square is amazing.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Parroquia de Santa Anna

5) Parroquia de Santa Anna

The square of the Church of Santa Anna in Barcelona is a popular tourist spot. Here, one can find people walking around, gazing at the scenery or simply enjoying the moment. Tastefully built nineteenth century structures surround this church, giving it a splendid look and making it a perfect centrally-located attraction of the city. According to the history of this beautiful place of worship, it was once part of the convent that stood beyond the city walls, dating back to the 11th century. The architecture of the edifice is a perfect blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. One of the entrances to the city was located in the Santa Anna Street during the middle ages.

A visit to Santa Anna ideally takes from half hour to one and a half hours, and there is no waiting time. The admission to the church is also free. There is no climate control indoors. All age groups are welcome, however adults- both individual travellers and couples – are particularly recommended to visit Santa Anna to appreciate its artistic splendour. The church is an excellent destination for locals and tourists alike. The Church of Santa Anna does not offer parking space therefore the most ideal modes of transportation are walking, taking a bus or the subway.
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Tivoli Theater

6) Tivoli Theater

Located in Barcelona, the Tivoli theatre attracts a great number of locals and visitors all year round. Inaugurated in 1915, the theatre is situated near the Placa Catalunya and the most impressive fact about this structure is that it still remains in its original form despite the many renovations that it had to undergo over the years.

The theatre has the capacity to seat 1643 people and the decor is spectacularly done, primarily in red and gold colours. It is actually the choice of colors that gives this particular theatre a rather regal effect and a grand ambiance. The theatre features different shows including Bollywood production as well as box office releases. This truly makes the Tivoli Theatre entertainment for all age groups and types of people.

Other shows include Belgian mime, circus as well as documentaries and therefore this means that the Tivoli plays host to a great variety of shows that makes it truly unique. The structure has been constructed over 42,000 square meters of land. The building was designed by Rafael Moneo and is well equipped for all kinds of arrangements. All shows scheduled before 9 pm daily are suitable for all ages and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
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Casa Lleo Morera

7) Casa Lleo Morera

The Casa Lleo-Morera is a building designed by noted modernisme architect Lluís Domenech i Montaner, located at Passeig de Gracia 35 in the Eixample district of Barcelona. The building is located on the corner with Carrer del Consell de Cent, and is one of the three important buildings of the Illa de la Discordia. The building was originally constructed in 1864, and was renovated beginning in 1902. Unlike many buildings constructed at the time, it was not named after its owner; rather it is named from the lions (lleo) and mulberry trees (morera) motifs in the decorations. Domenech i Montaner worked with sculptor Eusebi Arnau, Antoni Serra i Fiter for the ceramics, Lluis Bru and Mario Maragliano for the mosaics and Gaspar Homar for decoration and furniture to make the complete work. It was the residence of Cuban-Catalan photographer Pau Audouard.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Casa Amatller

8) Casa Amatller (must see)

The Casa Amatller was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The design clearly belongs to the Modernist style, which has been followed for a few chosen buildings in the city, and it is for this very reason that the Casa Amatller is one of the three most distinguished structures in Barcelona’s acclaimed Block of Discord, locally known as the Illa de la Discordia. The building was initially created to serve as a home for the famous chocolatier, Antoni Amatller, and is hence named after him. The construction spanned from 1898 to 1900.

The structure is one of the most important cornerstones of the Block of Discordance, locally known as the ‘la manzana de la discordia’. The Block of Discordance consists of various structures that have been built unconventionally, with designs quite opposite and out of the ordinary from what one gets to observe around Barcelona. Puig I Cadafalch is one of the most famous architects of these unconventional, modernist designs, along with Domenech I Montaner and Gaudi.

As a reference to the original owner, the chocolatier Antonio Amatller, some of the creatures and animals that have been depicted on the structure have been created with chocolate oozing from them, which is once again an example of the truly unique design of the building.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most unforgettable beautiful buildings of Barcelona – a building belonging to a fairytale.
You will discover something more extravagant or curious with every step you make.

Tip:
At the ground level, you can find a café with some of the world's best hot chocolate (into which you dip soft toasted bread).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
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Casa Batllo

9) Casa Batllo (must see)

Casa Batllo is a building restored by Antoni Gaudi and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodeled in the years 1904–1906. The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), and indeed it does have a visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona. The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudi designed, only identifiable as Modernism or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the facade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadis) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.

Why You Should Visit:
A clever combination of physical and virtual reality.
The house is truly unique with amazing features and architecture you will not see any place else, while the VR device shows how the interior looked like 100 years ago (when you point it to various spots in the building), and also serves as audioguide.

Tip:
On the roof, you get scenic views of the area and some up-close views of the amazing details built into the roof.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Passeig de Gracia

10) Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gracia is both one of the major avenues in Barcelona and also one of its most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city's most celebrated pieces of architecture. It is located in the central part of Eixample, stretching from Placa Catalunya to Carrer Gran de Gracia. Formerly known as Cami de Jesus ("Jesus Road"), it used to be little more than a quasi-rural lane surrounded by gardens joining Barcelona and Gracia (then still a separate town), until the first urbanisation project in 1821 devised by the liberal city council, and led by Ramon Plana.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

11) Casa Mila (La Pedrera) (must see)

La Pedrera, also known as the Casa Mila, was constructed between 1905 and 1910 and was completed in 1912. The mastermind behind the designing of the structure was the prominent architect Antoni Gaudi, who was perhaps the most famous architect of his time, and his work is scattered in all of Barcelona today. Located in the Eixample district of the city, the Casa Mila was actually built for Roser Segimon and Pere Mila. In 1980, the building lost most of its glory as the paint wore off and the interior looked faded and worn out. After that, the Casa Mila was restored and renovated in order to revive its true glory, which can be seen today.

UNESCO has declared the building a World Heritage Site because it is counted among the best works of Antoni Gaudi. The current owner of this property is Caixa Catalunya. The building has been constructed in such a way that all the residents of the flats can easily interact and communicate with each other, which was Gaudi’s idea again. He wanted everyone in the building to get to know each other and hence designed the building in this way.

The building features various exhibitions on its first floor where visitors can get a chance to appreciate the interior of the Casa Mila. The entrance for the second floor is charged and the rest of the floors are not accessible to visitors and the general public.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the two great Gaudi houses of Barcelona; not exactly cheap but well worth seeing.
The highlight is certainly the roof terrace, with many beautiful sculptures representing water, fire, sun, earth, and guardians of the roof.

Tip:
Do try to book your ticket online to skip the line and, if you can, get the tour in a time slot when the sun sets.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-8:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palau de Baro de Cuadras

12) Palau de Baro de Cuadras

The Palau de Baro de Cuadras is one of the unique structures present in Barcelona. Its originality and uniqueness intrigues all those that visit. The wonder lies in the fact that it has not one, but two facades. This architectural trick makes the building look different from different angles. Not only this, but there is yet another surprising factor.

Each facade does not only make the building appear different, it makes a world of a difference in the entire architecture of the structure. From one side, the building resembles a new Gothic Nordic structure, and from the other side it appears to be perhaps the most eclectic example of Modernisme architecture in Barcelona. The mastermind behind the designing of this particular building was the famous Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

The structure was constructed in 1904 and was built as a mansion. The rear end of the building however shows that the main purpose of the building was to be used as a block of apartments. The interior is also surprising with a completely Arabic decor comprising of mosaics and woodwork. It is here that the famous Casa Asia exhibition is held, the main purpose of which is to boost the cultural as well as economical relationship between Europe and Asia.
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Casa Comalat

13) Casa Comalat

There is a great misconception even among the locals in Barcelona, that the Casa Comalat was designed by none other than the great Antonio Gaudi. The fact that the architecture of this building is inspired by his work leads many people to believe this theory, but the designer actually was Salvador Valeri i Pupurull, and this building stands as a tribute to Gaudi’s work and contribution to architecture of Barcelona. Salvador began working on this project somewhere in the early 1900s. The main theme of the building, as one can see today, is Modernism and much like Gaudi’s work, this structure shows prominent curves as well as two facades.

The Casa Comalat reached its completion in 1911 and is a must visit for all. This particular building is counted amongst the best projects that Salvador Valeri i Pupurull has worked on. One side of this house features ceramic balconies with what appears like melted wax underpinnings. There are also a number of wooden galleries in the house that add an interesting touch. The edifice now also features a designer bar.

The fact that the building looks so much like one of Gaudi’s designs misleads people into thinking that he was the author of this house.
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Casa Terrades

14) Casa Terrades

The Casa Terrades was designed by the prominent architect of modernistic style and one of the most famous architects in the world, Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The exact location of this particular structure is Avinguda Diagonal 416. Built in the early 1900s, it was constructed for the purpose of being used by the sisters Terrades.

They wished to accomplish the amalgamation of three different buildings and form a single complex. The curious thing about this building is that it contains both Medieval and Gothic elements. The most prominent feature however are the 6 towers having conical roofs. It is perhaps for this reason that this house is known locally as the Casa de les Punxes, which translates to House of the Points.

The façade of the building has been done using red bricks and stones. The anterior also includes various panels that adorn the house with images of Sant Jordi who is the patron saint of Spain.

The building was declared a National Historic Monument in 1980. Today, however, the house is privately owned and, therefore, not open to visitors. It is highly recommended, however, that one does take a moment to appreciate this remarkable piece of architecture from outside when visiting Barcelona.
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La Sagrada Família

15) La Sagrada Família (must see)

The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; "Expiatory Church of the Holy Family"), often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church. Considered the master-work of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project's vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona's top tourist attractions. The fact that the church is in the process of being built is as much part of the attraction as the building itself. Many tourists come especially to admire the sight of artists and construction workers as they contribute to completing Gaudí's masterpiece. The design of La Sagrada Família is replete with Christian symbolism. Its most striking aspect is its spindle-shaped towers. A total of eighteen tall towers are called for, representing in ascending order of height the Twelve Apostles, the four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and, tallest of all, Jesus Christ.

Why You Should Visit:
Much more than a typical Roman Catholic church, and much more than a "place to see", this is a very unique and individual experience.

Tip:
Make sure you book early online as most days are fully booked if you try to buy at the venue.
Do spend some good time in the museum below – it gives a great amount of information about the project as well as the architect Gaudi who has influenced so much of Barcelona and Spain.
Also drop into the very informative audiovisual presentation (10min) about the history of this project as well as its future.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Ciutat Vella Nightlife

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La Ribera Walking Tour

La Ribera Walking Tour

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Barri Gotic Specialty Shops

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Barcelona for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Barcelona has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money getting around Barcelona and visiting the city's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as iVenture Card, Hola Barcelona: Transport Pass, Barcelona Pass, and Barcelona Museum Pass.

These city passes combine all or multiple Barcelona's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Barcelona hotels that are conveniently located: Iberostar Paseo de Gracia 4* Sup, Catalonia Plaza Cataluña Hotel, Olivia Plaza Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Barcelona, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Barcelona typically costs between around US$15 and over US$80 per person:

- Hop on a “hop-on hop-off” double-decker and enjoy sightseeing of Barcelona from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Barcelona on a 3-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each (for 5-20 minutes) to get rest, watch the surroundings, and learn much about the city from an informative group leader.

- If you're an arts and architecture buff, with a keen interest in Catalan modernism of the late 19th century, then you may definitely enjoy a 2-hour guided stroll around the Quadrat d'Or (Golden Square) in Barcelona's Eixample borough to explore in-depth the works (buildings) of the celebrated pioneers of modernism: Domenech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and, of course, Barcelona's most acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí. As an extra bonus on this tour, you will get a 20% discount on a guided tour of the Palau de la Música Catalana (Music Palace), discounted entrance at Casa Batlló, free admission to the Museu del Modernisme Català (Catalan Modernism Museum), plus savings on admission to Casa Batlló. Great value and tons of information for the money spent!

- If you don't find tales of the supernatural terrifying, and if the gruesome details of witchcraft, exorcisms and paranormal activity, told after sunset, make your hair stand but only with curiosity, then why not treat yourself to a 2-hour “ghost” walk to discover sinister secrets of Barcelona, visiting some of the city's haunted places, entertained along the way by an informative commentary from an expert guide.

- Have the taste of Catalonia’s gourmet culture on this 3- to 4-hour tour of Barcelona's tapas crawling some of the city’s most prominent bars and cafes in La Rambla, La Boqueria food market, and the Gothic Quarter led by an expert food guide. Apart from savoring a variety of traditional Catalonian cured meats, cheeses and breads, as well as drinks, you will also learn how to order these iconic bar snacks in style, like a true local!

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Barcelona, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Costa Brava, Pyrenees mountain range, or Tarragona and Sitges. For as little as US$90+ to US$190+ you will get a chance to observe the picturesque villages and dramatic cliffs of the nearby Mediterranean coast, get high up in the Pyrenees Mountains visiting the historic town of Vic in the north of the country with optional hiking, horseback riding or boating excursions, or discover historical highlights of the Roman city of Tarragona complete with a seaside leisure at Sitges. All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.