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“Hidden tour with a new perspective on Barcelona”

Hidden City Tours - Private Tours
Ranked #32 of 574 Tours in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Type: City Tours, Tours
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our host recommended us the tour and we contacted them just two hours before the next started and got it without a problem. We were glad that we could do the tour, because it showed us parts of Barcelona we haven't seen before. And even if we did, we saw it in new eyes. Our guide Jose was funny and tried to answered all of our questions. We would have loved to talk to him more about a lots of stuff. Highly recommended!

Thank 961lutzm
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

The guides gave us, students social work, a real impression of the life in Barcelona. They showed us the life in Barcelona that you can't find in the tourist guides. They were very open to talk with the students during the 2 hour tour. I can very recommend the organisation.

Thank Wendy E
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

The tour was great. It was a good mix of touristy sides and to see how homeless people live. Although I am living in the city for about 2 years now, I have seen many new sites. Plus, the price is totally reasonable. To be recommended!

1  Thank Magdalena Z
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

I live in the city and chose to take the Hiddencity tour with two friends visiting from England this February. We had Ramon and José as guides and both gave an incredibly interesting, individual and thought provoking tour. The content and route was equally as interesting to me, somebody with some knowledge of the city, as it was to my visitors who were new to it. I can't recommend the tour enough, a true representation of Barcelona, old and new.

2  Thank Catherine R
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Traveling from California to Barcelona, we had a wonderfully informative and entertaining English speaking tour with Ramon last month. We saw parts of Barcelona that I doubt we would have ever discovered on our own and Ramon was an awesome guide. Thank you for offering this guide service. We want to come back for one of Ramon's cooking workshop! Highly recommend this tour.

1  Thank Whipp_9
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