Barcelona brings quite a welcome with the drumroll of footsteps and the clanging of church bells to rouse you from any travel fatigue in the old city. Here the streets are narrow and tightly packed, meaning it is sometimes better to smell or hear your onward journey. Wine bars can be found in buildings with Roman origins as musicians compete for your attention. Around another corner, you might find a lane lined with boutiques. Keep walking, and there are tapas bars, and a little further there might be a tiny plaza, plus a cafe terrace for coffee and lunch.
After an early morning arrival in Barcelona, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred privately to your hotel, which is located in the old city, close to Placa de Catalunya. This is a handy location during the day as you can easily travel to almost anywhere else in the city. It is also ideal after dark, with the old city on your doorstep and a superb array of places to drink and dine. Although the area is a little touristic, that is true of everywhere in central Barcelona. Plus, first impressions can be deceiving. With your local guide leading the way, you will find the old city to have many secrets.
Spend some time freshening up before taking a walking tour with your guide. First, it will be to Barri Gotic and the Barcelona Cathedral, where Roman tales are spoken of in whispers. Then down Las Ramblas, jumping out into narrow alleys and a tiny plaza for lunch and coffee. Dive next into the Picasso Museum, and then head down to the promenade, where the Mediterranean works its calming magic, and there are many coastal terraces for winding away the rest of the day. You will be tired by now, but the streets will be lively, so you can sit back, order some tapas, and watch the city roll by.