Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia and the second most populous municipality in Spain, has many claims to fame – a world-renowned football team, impressive tourism figures and weather to make most jealous – but there’s something special about this incredible city that most people aren’t aware of.
It plays host to one of the best tour guides around!
Kris, the owner-operator of Bounce Around Barcelona is one of the most energetic, vivacious guides you could ever hope to meet. He’s hard-case and finds the perfect balance between professionally and approachability.
With the option of private and group tours around the city, guests can get around either by foot or on Kris’ funky old-school bikes. We figured the bikes would allow us to cover more ground so it was an easy choice for us. Fortunately the city is incredibly well laid out for cyclists, being largely flat and home to countless cycle lanes.
Before departing, Kris sat with us to determine the key spots we wanted to visit, orientated us on the map and promised to take us to some of the local hideaways. Our tour was custom designed for us, based on what we hadn’t managed to see yet. In the end, it covered off all of Barcelona’s must-see spots and, as promised, delivered lots of gems that we’d never had discovered by ourselves.
Our tour really did have it all…
Architecture? Double check!
Natural beauty? You bet.
Throughout our tour, Kris shared a wealth of information about Barcelona, the Catalan region as a whole and Spain itself. I have no idea how he manages to retain the depth of knowledge that he has but there’s no doubt in my mind that Kris was absolutely born to do this job.
As much as we’d love to share our map and all of the top-spots Bounce Around Barcelona showed us, there’s no better way to see Barcelona than on one of their tours. We were given the opportunity to skip over a couple of the locations that we’d already passed through but once we realised how much better it was seeing everything through Kris’ eyes we quickly asked for those spots to be added back in. We didn’t have the back-story when we visited independently nor an understanding of the history but Kris of course changed that.
They have one motto and it’s something Bounce Around clearly live to their core – “Come as a guest, leave as a friend”.
Don’t take our word for it though – I dare you to visit Kris and his team and walk away with anything but the more positive things to say.
We’d bounce around practically anywhere with Kris!
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I know this post sounds unbelievably gushy but we really were blown away by Kris’ zest for life and obvious passion for what he does. To date we’ve only met one other guide that left us feeling like we walked away more as friends than guests (Bessi, we’re talking to you!) and we figure, you’ve really got to celebrate the good guys.
We were invited to put Bounce Around Barcelona through their paces and as always, all thoughts are our own.