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Runner Bean Tours Barcelona
Ranked #3 of 697 Tours in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We are a Spanish-Irish couple who started this project in 2010, offering FREE TOURS in Barcelona as well as other WALKING TOURS, inspired by our passion and love for everything with Barcelona’s name on it. As we became more popular over the years, we expanded our team to other like-minded locals. We are all professional guides ready to welcome you, share our knowledge and help you discover Barcelona in a fun and friendly manner. You will only find Runner Bean Tours in Barcelona. Recommended by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommers… Hope to see you here soon! The Runner Bean Team.
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Can't think of a better way to discover Barcelona which is so rich in history that one could never explore all its facets by oneself. Our family of 5 took the Old City tour with Gorka. It is best to reserve so that they can plan in advance as the tours are kept fairly small. Be prepared for a lot of walking & a lot of history. However, despite 90+ degrees, no one complained at any point in the tour. Even my 10 year was kept captivated. I wish there were Runner Bean tours and Gorka in every city! But sadly, there is not. So be sure to join a Runner Bean tour in Barcelona as you won't regret it!

While the tours are "free" be sure to reward the guides for their time & knowledge. This almost seems secondary as Gorka shared with us the history of Barcelona with such enthusiasm that he felt like an ambassador of Catalonian culture & history. When we bumped into Gorka a couple of days later by chance on his own, he greeted us like old friends and wanted to be sure we were making the most of our time in Barcelona.

Date of experience: August 2012
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Sputrip, Owner at Runner Bean Tours Barcelona, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2012

I remember you guys! Thanks so much for such a lovely review. It brought a smile to my face and calling me "an ambassador of Catalonian culture & history" is the highest compliment I could wish for.
Hope you had a nice time in the city :-)
Gorka

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Two of us did the old city walking tour of the gothic area in Barcelona. It was phenomenal! Catherine was charming and knowledgeable, she was able to answer every question confidently and was clearly very passionate about her subject. After having done other walking tours in Europe and finding them less than amazing this was a pleasant surprise. The pay what you think it's worth system is brilliant as well. I would recommend this tour to anyone, it is taken at a leisurely pace and there is plenty of time to take photos and ask questions. As a result of this experience we are going back tomorrow to do the Gaudi tour :-)

Date of experience: October 2012
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We decided to do the Runner Bean tours whilst staying in Barcelona a few weeks ago. We travelled as two families with teenagers. In the morning, we joined the Gothic Tour led by Gorka. He opened up a world to us full of history and beautiful sites. We would never have seen or known any of it had we not done this tour. Doing the tour on foot was the only way and despite the craziness in the streets, as we were there during the La Merce festival, he was able to keep us all together and carry on informing us and pointing out everything we needed to know. At the end of the tour we asked Gorka his opinion for a place to lunch and he suggested a great little tapas bar in the Barcelonetta area. The tours and the lunch were one of the hightlights of our trip through Europe. In the Afternoon, we joined Jessica on the Gaudi Tour. We had planned to do this tour on a separate day but the Runner Bean team had contacted me via email to say that there was a metro strike planned and the tour wouldn't be running so we decided to do both tours on the same day. It was exhausting but well worth it as the tour was fabulous. We travelled with Jessica through the streets and on the Metro to see Gaudi's most famous sites. We covered about four of them but the info and little anecdotes that Jessica provided opened up the world of Gaudi to all of us. The tour was much less hectic that the morning session as the group was smaller and we even had a chance to chat to some of the others in our group. We just loved Jessica and if you get the chance to join here tours, you will not be sorry. Just a tip, although you don't have to book in for these tours, I contacted them anyway as we were travelling as a group of seven. As a result, they were able to let me know of the metro strike and we didn't miss out on this tour so perhaps that is something to keep in mind.

Date of experience: September 2012
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Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

When deciding to do a walking tour in Barcelona I did a fair bit of research with the decision coming down to Runnerbean as they were the only 'free' walking tour that had positive reviews from multiple sources, both online and off. I am happy to say that I was extremely happy with the Gaudi walking tour I went on. The guide, Debbie, was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant and professional. I'll be back tomorrow to do the old city tour! 

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

This is a must do in Barcelona and i was Catherine was amazing with the depth of knowledge. Dont miss the ladies wearing green vests! Thanks Catherine.

Date of experience: October 2012
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