Barcelona Tours with Irina

Enjoy a cultural, dynamic, and fun adventure that will make
your trip to Barcelona unforgettable.

Enjoy a cultural, dynamic and fun experience that will make your trip to Barcelona unforgettable.

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Are you ready for a unique cultural adventure in Barcelona?

If you are planning a trip to Barcelona and want to:

Immerse yourself in an enriching cultural experience

Marvel at Gaudí's masterpieces and discover hidden treasures.

Feel safe and accompanied with a professional guide by your side.

But you are worried about:

The language barrier, you don't have great knowledge of Spanish

That the pace of the tour is not appropriate: you are very active or, on the contrary, you do not know if you can endure the long walks

You're going to spend hours in tourist traps and miss out on authentic experiences

You are in the right place

Having traveled to numerous cities abroad, I understand the frustration of feeling like you're just starting to grasp a culture on your last day. It may seem like you have to return and repeat the same experiences with a fresh perspective, in a more relaxed manner.

It does not have to be this way. You can enjoy the trip from day one!

I can help you discover the authentic Barcelona

I share my passion for art and history in an entertaining and fun way.

We explore unique places off the traditional routes

We design a personalized trip according to your preferences

Including local recommendations for exquisite restaurants and shops

I work with:

Individual travelers planning a trip to Barcelona

International travel agencies and tour operators

Event companies, hotels and monuments in Barcelona


Is Irina the right guide for you?

Of Soviet origin, my name is Irina Sytcheva. At the age of 25, my life changed and I settled in Barcelona, becoming a Barcelonan by adoption and by heart.

I remember the awe I felt about the city those first days and I want you to feel the same way. The secret lies in the joy and enthusiasm that I bring to each day, along with my passion for art, theater, architecture and history. The result is guides that become an almost theatrical show.

I have created a selection of my best guided tours

You can choose between:

What you can't miss if it's your first time in Barcelona

The best excursions near the city

For those looking for something unique, unusual Barcelona


Do you want to know more?

To better understand how I work, you can see some reviews from my clients here:

He took us to hidden and surprising corners of the city
Irina took us to the hidden and surprising sides of BarcelonaIrina co-led a trip for Atlas Obscura guest travelers to Barcelona in 2018, when I was the VP of Partnerships for the company. She was not only a remarkable guide, taking us to the hidden and surprising sides of a well-traveled city, to places most tourists never get to experience, she was also fabulous company for the week. She worked diligently and empathetically with all our guests, was a fount of knowledge about the arts, architecture, food, history, and so much more, and helped put together a truly remarkable experience, letting our guests see a side of the city most never get to see.

Matt Frampton Atlas Obscura, USA

A journey with her is an unforgettable experience. Irina is a fantastic guide. She has shown me both the typical Barcelona and many lesser-known but equally wonderful places. Her knowledge of history, art, and more makes a journey with her an unforgettable experience. Thank you very much for your fantastic work.


Javier Toribio Civil Engineer, Spain

Irina is a guarantee of quality. After experiencing a tour of Barcelona organized and guided by Irina, I can confidently say that she is a magnificent professional. She demonstrates a deep knowledge of the subjects she explains (related to History, Architecture, and the Arts in general), supported by extensive documentation that she shares with participants, such as photographs, drawings, and anecdotes. In addition to conventional routes, she offers other highly specialized and unique ones, like the one I had the honor of witnessing, which included visits to places not accessible to tourists and ended with an extraordinary live performance of dance, music, and singing by highly esteemed professionals.In short, Irina is a guarantee of quality for those who want to enjoy a pleasant stroll while learning in an engaging way

Ruperto Leon Architect, Spain

Our trip to Barcelona was truly a magical and memorable experience. Experience Barcelona with one of the truly standout guides in the country. It was truly a pleasure working with Irina in this experience curated by Atlas Obscura. She is a highly knowledgeable and accommodating guide. Our trip to Barcelona was truly a magical and memorable experience. The sites we visited, the restaurants we dined in, and the overall trip were superb. My favorite experience was attending a masquerade party with a private opera performance. I'm looking forward to my next trip to Barcelona!

Marc Ramirez

Irina made our stay at Barcelona that much more enjoyable. We had a short stay in Barcelona this summer, so glad we had Irina arranged a thoughtful cultural walk through the city. She’s very knowledgeable and sensible to our needs. We took her recommendations of spots to visit beyond our tour with her which made our stay at Barcelona that much more enjoyable. Thank you Irina!

Daisy Tseng-Holmes


Gaudí and Essential Barcelona

Embark on a fascinating journey to discover the best of Barcelona.

Immerse yourself in the unique world of this visionary architect Antoni Gaudí, whose creations have left an indelible mark on the history of art and architecture. From the majesty of the Sagrada Familia to the creativity of Park Güell.

However, Barcelona offers more than just Gaudí! You will be able to follow in the footsteps of the young Picasso through the Born neighborhood Born, wander through the ancient Gothic Quarter, which boasts over 2000 years of history Gothic Quarter and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Montjuic.

Our tours are private and usually last between 3 and 4 hours. They are priced from €290 per group, not including tickets or possible private transportation.

Iconic Gaudí with the masterpieces of the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell

Would you like to ascend almost to heaven on the starry roof of the Sagrada Familia, discover why poisonous mushrooms grow on the roofs of Park Güell or be swallowed by the dragon of Casa Batlló? All of this is part of the mysterious world of Antoni Gaudí!

Unusual Gaudí and his lesser-known gems

Discover surprises like Casa Vicens, preserving simple and straight architectural lines, and the unconventional Torre Bellesguard, guarded by a mysterious dragon statue, both creations of Antoni Gaudí.

Picasso and his legacy in Barcelona

Embark on an exciting journey following the footsteps of the young artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso through the streets of Barcelona. With the essential visit to the Picasso Museum, where we curate the best of its 4,000 works in the museum, including the Meninas and the Harlequín.

La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter

Where the history of Barcelona comes to life. From Roman times to the majesty of the Cathedral and the bustling La Boqueria market, let yourself be carried away by the charm of the labyrinthine alleys and cobbled squares.

The best of Barcelona

Ideal for those with limited time. Enjoy a panoramic route to Montjuïc with its stunning views, the Olympic stadium and the iconic Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Let us craft a fully personalized tour tailored to your preferences. Tell us what you have in mind.

Dalí and Excursions in Catalonia

Let yourself swept carried away by the surrealism and rich culture of Catalonia in a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable experience.

Delve into the fantastic and often perplexing world of Salvador Dalí, the prodigy of Catalonia. From the dreamlike landscapes of his art to the enigmatic secrets of his hometown, Figueres. Yet, Catalonia offers so much more: from the medieval splendor of Girona to the pristine beaches of the Costa Brava and the spiritual allure of Montserrat.

Our tours are private and generally last between 5 and 8 hours. Prices start from €490 per group, including guide and transportation, excluding entrance fees.

Dalí: At the Heart of Surrealism

Explore Figueres, where Dalí was born and spent his youth. Visit the Dalí Theatre-Museum, a surrealist palace that houses some of the artist's most iconic works. Feel how time and reality twist and bend in this surreal universe.

Girona: The Medieval Jewel

Follow in the footsteps of knights and kings through the ancient city of Girona. Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? You'll recognize many of the settings from the series in this hidden gem.

Costa Brava, Tossa and Besalú: Between Sea and Mountain

Tour the pristine beaches and dramatic cliffs of the Costa Brava. In Tossa, enjoy the views of the medieval castle and in Besalú, stroll through a town that seems straight out of a storybook.

Montserrat and Wines: Spirituality and Sensations

Visit the mountain of Montserrat and immerse yourself in its spirituality. Discover the revered Black Madonna in the basilica and savor a tasting of local wines, carefully selected to enhance the richness of your experience.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Let us craft a fully personalized tour tailored to your preferences. Tell us what you have in mind.

The Unusual Barcelona

Uncover the lesser-known, yet equally captivating, side of Barcelona. Each tour is a unique window into the history and art of this fascinating Mediterranean city.

We have treated these tours as works of theatrical art They may include visits to monuments closed to the public, as well as live music and dance performances. They go far beyond a conventional guided tour.

Request more information about the tours on our contact page.

Barcelona Flamenco - Theatrical and Musical Route

Immerse yourself in the indomitable bohemianism of the GOLDEN triangle of flamenco. Explore streets that once witnessed theeffervescence of the purest and wildest flamenco, in the most creative era of Barcelona, marked by the largest number of theaters in Spain. A unique experience to feel the essence of flamenco within the city.

Surreal Week

Join us for a week of unusual experiences delving into the world of Salvador Dalí across Barcelona, Girona and Montpellier. Explore the life and work of one of the 20th century's most intriguing artists. This cultural adventure will reveal the surreal essence of Dalí in the most emblematic locations.

Wagnerian Barcelona and Els 4 Gats

Discover the influence of Wagner and the Germanic community during the splendor of “Modernisme” in Barcelona. Stroll through the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas to uncover the connections between German Romanticism and the Catalan Renaixença. Immerse yourself in the passion for Wagner that once thrived in the early 20th century.

The Golden Age of Spectacle, Diaguilev's Russian Ballets 1917

Discover the profound influence of the Russian Ballets in the magnificent Barcelona of the “Modernisme” era. The tour through the Rambla and the Gothic Quarter culminates with a piano, opera and dance concert in a historic and exceptional venue.

Giacomo Casanova's Barcelona

Step into the 18th-century Barcelona and retrace the path of Giacomo Casanova and the dancer Nina Bergonzi. Delve into Casanova's stay in Barcelona and his connections with historicalfigures of the time. You will trace the places where scenes from the movie “The Perfume” were filmed, offering a glimpse into the world of 18th-century Paris.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Let us craft a fully personalized tour tailored to your preferences. Tell us what you have in mind.