Empty roads, incredible views
Take advantage of clear, country roads which wind through the hills.
A jewel which is often overlooked by visitors to Barcelona is the Parc Natural de Collserola.
A guided tour through this wonderful area will reveal another side to the city which few people get to see.
It is a sightseeing tour experience which should not be missed. While there are no bus tours or hop-on-hop-off tours through the park, it seems that you must contract a private guided tour to experience the nature of the city, but Tourisimo provides the ideal excursion for those looking to get out of the city centre and some adventure on their visit. The park lies to the North-west of Barcelona and forms the inland border of the city.
Because it is so close it only takes a few minutes from Tourisimo’s base, close to the famous Park Güell, to the entrance to the park.
Unlike most Barcelona city tours Tourisimo operates in a part of the city which does not suffer from the dense traffic congestion like that of the centre, so after passing through a few traffic lights you find yourself on the winding, country road called La Arrabassada.
Its the best road for Barcelona sightseeing
La Arrabassada takes you up and out of the city on a spectacular ride with the views and vistas of Barcelona getting better with every curve.
You will notice the air getting cooler and the breeze freshening as you climb up through the park.
While you enjoy the individuality and freedom of a self-dive tour, you have the confidence and safety of following a professional tour guide who will lead you to the best places to stop for views of Barcelona and photo opportunities not to be missed.
From various lookouts and viewing points on La Arrabassada you will have the opportunity to see all of Barcelona’s famous landmarks, El Camp Nou, the home ground of the city’s beloved football team F.C. Barcelona, the iconic master-work of Sr Antoni Gaudi, the basilica of La Sagrada Familia, other sightseeing favourites like Mtjuic and Park Güell.
You will pass by the oldest continually operating amusement park in Europe, Tibidabo, perched on the highest hill in the Collserola Natural Park and visible from almost anywhere in Barcelona.
Then you’ll pass through the historic village of Vallvidrera, the first mention of which dates back to the year 987, before starting a decent through the up-market suburb of Sarriá-San Gervasi with its beautiful private homes.
Photo opportunities & local knowledge
See Barcelona from a different perspective as you wind through the hills.
You will be guided to various “miradores” or lookouts where the views over the city are truly wonderful.
If photography is your thing then a Barcelona sightseeing tour with Tourisimo is a must. Snaps and video taken from the back seat of the electric car which will be your transport will show fantastic views of the city while photo opportunities for the viewing points and lookouts provide the ideal panorama of Barcelona. Friends and family posing with the entire city as a back-drop always make great holiday photos and there’s no better place to take them than from high above in the hills.
If you join a Premium tour you can take advantage of the highest point, the observation deck of La Torre de Collserola. Bring a wide angle lens, you will truly have 360 degree views of the city. Much better than a normal Bus tour or the many free walking tours in the city, you have the chance to capture images that people who never leave the centre can never do.
Your guide will be very happy to answer any questions about the city, its people and its incredible history. From its early days, sometime over 2000 years ago as the Iberian village of Barkeno, to what is now a 21st century metropolis, Barcelona certainly has a history worth exploring.
Our premium tour takes you to the highest point in all of Barcelona.
The viewing deck of La Torre de Collserola.
On our Premium tour you will enjoy all of the experience of the Sightseers Tour plus a visit to the incredible Torre de Collserola.
You’ll drive the 100% electric two-seater Renault Twizy up and out of the city and have the same guided tour service as the Sightseers tour.
But just when you thought the views could not get any better, you’ll stop at the landmark tower.
The tower can be seen from almost everywhere in Barcelona and form the tower, almost all of Barcelona is visible as a carpet of architecture filling the low ground between the Collserola hills and the Mediterranean Sea.
You will have ample time to circulate the observation platform and take in the majestic, 360 degree views of not only Barcelona city, but most of the Barcelona region. If the weather is clear, you can see a great part of Catalunya, from the snow-capped, Sierra de Cadi in the Pyrenees Mountains to the Mediterranean coast of La Maresme and beyond you have everything in your viewfinder, and at your feet.
You’ll be the envy of your friends with the best photos and the most awesome selfies with all of the city behind as your backdrop.
Visit “La Torre de Collserola”
The iconic telecommunications tower was designed by the renowned, British Architect Sir Norman Foster and was inaugurated to mark the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.
La Torre de Collserola features an external, glass walled lift which takes passengers up to the observation deck at 560m above sea level. This is the highest point of the city where no other Barcelona city tour takes you.
No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to La Torre de Collserola. Easy to see, difficult to get to, but Tourisimo has the answer. Unfortunately no other bus tour or city tour includes a visit to the tower and while you can see the icon form almost any walking tour or sightseeing tour, to get to the tower is not easy.
If you combine, metro, rail and tram and then walk for over a kilometre up hill, you can arrive to the tower, you could also take a taxi but that’s very expensive.
Alternatively you can join a Tourisimo Premium tour and not only experience the tower but also the thrill of driving an electric, two-seater micro-car following a guide through the beautiful Collserola Natural Park.
You’ll stop in the exclusive tower parking lot and after a short walk though the trees you’ll take the glass walled, external lift 152 meters up the outside of the tower to the observation deck. At 560 meters a.s.l. (above sea level) you are truly on top of the world.
From there you have the best views of the city, a great part of the region, the spectacular mountains of Montserrat and Montseny and on a clear day, you can see everything from the Pyrenees Mountains to the Mediterranean coast.
For the best views and photo opportunities in all of Barcelona a visit to La Torre de Collserola is an experience not to be missed.
Visit “Other Barcelona sights”
While a tour with Tourisimo is a must for those who want the best views, incredible sights and the most memorable photo opportunities which Barcelona has to offer, no visit to the city would be complete without a visit to one or possibly all the other tourist attractions for which the city is so justly famous.
Even just considering the works of the architect Sr Antoni Gaudi the choices are plentiful.
La casa Batlló – www.casabatllo.es/en
This modernist building, redesigned by Gaudi in 1904 deserves a stop on any Barcelona bus tour.
Also called “casa de los huesos” (house of bones) for its original and beautiful architecture, in which many things remind us the human skeleton, the Casa Batlló is among masterpieces of Barcelona’s most famous son. From the mosaic tiles of the roof which take a dragon-like form to the façade which when lit at night reveals a kaleidoscope of colours, to the balconies which depict the masks worn to the finest society balls, there is a myriad of things to see at this one building.
La Pedrera / La Casa Mila – http://www.lapedrera.com/en
La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), is another one of Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces in Barcelona. Built between 1906 and 1912, the building is loved for its unique shape and façade, winning it the ultimate plaudit as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural centre, as well as its symbol of Catalan Modernisme, or Catalan Art Nouveau period.
La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia – www.sagradafamilia.org
There’s nothing I can say here that will adequately describe this building. To experience the architecture, the beauty, the passion, the light, you just have to go and see it for yourself. But get there early to avoid the year-round queues.
Park Güell– www.parkguell.barcelona
Gaudi’s open air masterpiece, originally designed as a high-end housing development, now it’s a jewel in Barcelona’s crown. The park is only 50 meters from the offices of Tourisimo as accessed from Metro Lesseps or Metro Vallcarca via the mechanical escalators of La Baixada de la Gloria. In Park Güell you will find Gaudi’s obsession with natural forms competing directly with nature herself. The 45 acres of this urban park is filled with a mixture of natural spaces and stunning modernist architecture in the inimitable style of Sr Gaudi. The famous mosaic drac or dragon guards the main entrance and the forest of columns provide shade and excellent acoustics for many a busker to entertain you as you pass. From the high point of Las Tres Cruces you will have panoramic views of the city and the hills of Collserola behind, where only a Tourisimo tour can take you.
La Mercat de La Boqueria – www.boqueria.barcelona
As well as being a feast for the gastronomic senses, La Boqueria is a true feast for the eyes, nose, ears and everything else. As soon as you enter this working city market you are assaulted by the sights, smells and sounds of a busy traditional market place with produce displays of every kind. The colours and smells will leave you starving and the action of the traders never stops. If you want to try something traditionally Catalan, something from the south of Spain or the most exotic item form the other side of the world you can find it here. Whether you are stopping on a bus tour from outside the city or circulating on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour you should try to experience La Boqueria.
Just walking in the city of Barcelona is an experience not to be missed. Stroll through the barrios of Bari Gotic, (the gothic quarter), El Born or Raval, the port areas of Port Vell and Barceloneta, shop in Las Ramblas or Portal de l’Angel and cross the causeway to the man-made island of Maremagnum in the harbour.
There are many tours which guide you around the older barrios, the parks and the marina areas. You can find walking tours, bike tours, Segway tours or even free tours in many of the tourist areas. The square in front of the Cathederal, or Plaça Catalunya are both good places to pick up a tour. There are also lots of museums and galleries to choose from, try The Picasso Museum – www.picassomuseum.bcn.cat, The Museu Nacional de Art de Catalunya – www.museunacional.cat, The Museum of http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museuhistoria or the Museu Marítim de Barcelona – www.mmb.cat
So if you can ever get enough of the nature, natural light and panoramic views of the Collserola Natural Park there is an almost limitless amount of other things to see and things to do in Barcelona.But don’t forget, after the queues, the ticket purchases, the heat and the crowds of the centre, you can always come on a Tourisimo tour and see the city from a very different perspective, from the cool and open hills of Collseola. We look forward to welcoming you.