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Hidden City Tours

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Barcelona, Spain
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About Hidden City Tours
Visiting Barcelona but looking for something different? Want to scratch the surface of this beautiful mediterranean gem and connect with the locals and Barcelona's social reality? How about joining a tour of the old town led by formerly homeless tour guides..... Barcelona receives 7.5 million visitors each year and is now the 4th visited European City, and 10th globally... and yet there are over 3,000 people who sleep on the streets of the city every night. At Hidden City Tours we have set about putting one of the city's strengths (tourism) to work to solve one of the city's social problems (homelessness). We also hope to challenge myths and change attitudes towards homelessness along the way. English, German and French speaking guides recruited from local homeless charities and social services. Guides also speak Spanish All tour guides are previously homeless having lived on the streets of Barcelona, and have undergone a 3 month training program to become tour guides Small and personal groups allowing you to connect with your guide and creating an intimate experience. The idea of the project being to create employment so it's not in our interest to run large groups with 1 guide! Tour starts in Plaza Nova by the Gothic Cathedral and ends at the world famous Boqueria market on the Ramblas Our walking tour lasts around 2 hours Our guides are not just employees, they are partners in the company as they receive 50% of the net income from the tours Local charities and social services can help with food and accomodation but they can only go so far. The return to work rate for the homeless is around 1% according to official stats but we think that it's about zero, given the current state of the economy. Yet many of Barcelona's homeless are extremely capable and willing individuals who just need a little help and direction - and to be given that crucial second chance in life to shine. Hidden City Tours aims to be that second chance, and in doing so offer a truely inspiring and eye opening visitor experience.
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Reviewed March 10, 2019

Our guide, Udo showed us a different side of this big city! The personal experiences and the amazing facts about his life he shared with us were very touching and the tour as a whole was a unique experience.Thank you for this!!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2019

It was a pleasure to do atour of Barcelona with Udo. We got a view of the city that many people are unaware of and it is very pleasing to see how Udo has managed to turn his life round from being homeless to being...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mmcardona
Reviewed March 3, 2019

Our lovely guide Udo showed us the 'BTS' Barcelona- beautiful city sights that were also places where the homeless make ends meet. What was unique was that Udo had personal experience with homelessness so he really spoke from the heart. I really recommend this tour...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed February 6, 2019

Our fab guide, Udo, took us in El Raval to rediscover this barrio in a different light. I have been living in this city for 7 years and I have been in El Raval quite a bit to volunteer for a couple of charities for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank karinaloka
Reviewed January 5, 2019

A great walking tour with our guide, Udo, who gave us an insight into the lives of the homeless in Barcelona. The tour was relaxed and unhurried and Udo gave us plenty of time to look around and ask questions. We learned a lot. An...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Elizabeth F
Reviewed January 5, 2019

Our guide was Udo and he walked us around the city explaining how the homeless population survived and thrived in Barcelona. It was an authentic and ethical way to support the homeless and provided an eyeopener to their experiences.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

We have taken the tour with Udo this morning and our team liked it very much. I personally have been living here in Barcelona now for almost three years, but have never seen the city from this site, so it was definitely worth the experience....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

We had a wonderful time with Udo who spoke from his heart, and having spent time on the streets himself, needed no script to make the 3 hours feel too short. A truly resilient and generous man who - despite having little more than the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 642yumes
Reviewed October 26, 2018

What a wonderful tour! Udo led us through wonderful Barcelona at night and told us both about this great city and the realities that homeless people have to face. He combined sights with social facts and made this evening a wonderful opportunity to bring people...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

An excellent and interesting insight into life on the streets of Barcelona, Udo was an honest, gentle, and thoughtful guide. The ‘tours’ are private so there was just him and the two of us, it didn’t feel like a tour at all, we just strolled...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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