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Hidden City Tours - Private Tours

Placa Nova 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
+34 655 58 51 56
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Secret Side of Barcelona

This tour was a very humbling experience for myself. Udo, our tour guide did an excellent job of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Anna G
Street life Tour in Barcelona - The Other Side of Barcelona

A superb experience! I am an aspiring social entrepreneur who hopes to work with the homeless... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jasmine W
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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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LOCATION
Placa Nova 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This tour was a very humbling experience for myself. Udo, our tour guide did an excellent job of making a very sensitive subject something easily understandable. He was kind enough to share his own story with us and that made the tour even more enduring....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A superb experience! I am an aspiring social entrepreneur who hopes to work with the homeless population in the future. When my mentor told me about this opportunity, I jump on it immediately. Our tour guide was AMAZING and so informative and honest about his...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Super interesting tour, shared a side of barcelona not usually shown. Our tourguide was amazing and shared his life story with us and how that led to him being our guide.

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Reviewed June 12, 2018

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to gain a new perspective of Barcelona. It was very interesting to get to see/hear about the things that go in the streets and notice the vast differences amongst various areas of the city. Our...More

1  Thank Janethhh
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Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our tour with Jose. Amazing story, deeply moving. One of our favorite things we did in Barcelona. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed April 19, 2018

Unique oportunity to get to know the real barcelona. Juan is a great guide, really funny, creative and lovely person. 100 % recomendable !!!

1  Thank Nathalie B
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

For anyone wanting to understand a different side of life in Spain, this is the tour for you. Udo, our guide, was not only informative about the sights and past history, but brought us into the current world by helping us understand the homeless problem...More

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Reviewed March 11, 2018

Enjoyed an insightful tour led by Jaume that gave a better understanding of the city from a different perspective. Recommended as an alternative tour that will indeed add a human story to the city. Would recommend.

1  Thank Ashley W
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

Both the Barcelona Street Life Walking Tour's content and our engaging guide (Udo) made this a fascinating hour and a half. Many of the homeless and the services that support them exist in plain sight in Barcelona: libraries, parks, banks, addiction centres, and at least...More

Thank Neil M
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Reviewed October 19, 2017

If you’re interested in a human story and seeing less seen areas of Barcelona then I highly recommend this tour. Udo was more than happy to share his story and is an inspiration in keeping a positive outlook in the face of much adversity. Apart...More

Thank Andrew M
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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this
picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of
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under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War
with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and
authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be
thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas
brought to life by the many small bars and local
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