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Barcelona - Barcelona: From the Industrial Past to the Olympic Present

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Barcelona: From the Industrial Past to the Olympic Present

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(42 reviews)
Barcelona Olympic Port area, Barcelona, Spain
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Barcelona in the XIX century was called the Manchester of Spain because of the number of factories of all kinds. Most of these factories were located near the sea side and were later demolished, totally, partially or transformed into something else when the city was chosen to host the 1992 Olympic Games. Barcelona was put in the map and a huge area was heavily changed. Our walk takes us to the Olympic Port to see some remaining chimneys, towers and structures from that industrial past as we see the huge transformation of the sea side. We’ll see the marina and we’ll walk along the Somorrostro beach, now a lovely and lively area, while before was the district where thousands of poor people lived in barracks. One of them was the internationally known Carmen Amaya, one of the greatest flamenco dancers of all times. Get your bathing suit on and “vamos a la playa!”


Meet Jesús Ruiz

Jesús Ruiz

Jesús has worked as a guide for 29 years.His passion for languages, traveling and people has taken him to live in many countries and to work in different fields such translating, teaching, book writing and even acting. Join him to explore this beautiful town and he will make you feel right at home.


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Barcelona with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Barcelona. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Robert E.

31 August 2021

Repetitive ... told there were over 200 factories about 6 times in 15 minutes ..so turned off

Faiyaz ( New Zealand) S.

31 August 2021

Superb. Excellent knowledge of area and history. I enjoyed the tour from beginning till end … 5*****

Linda R.

30 August 2021

Wonderful tour, thank you Jesus, we will be their in person all being well next June

eleanor l.

29 August 2021

Really informative and friendly guide answered questions brilliantly

Tina L. M.

29 August 2021

Another lovely walk with Jesús - I was disappointed to see so few joiners. I thought this one would overlap a lot with yesterday's bilingual tour, but although it was geographically close, the content was actually quite different. Jesús took us to the Olympic Port and the beach. All of this area is on reclaimed industrial and low-quality residential (shanty-town) land that was extensively cleaned up for Barcelona's 1992 Olympics. With the use of old photos on his other phone, Jesús was able to show us the before and after. It's interesting, and a little bit nostalgic. Some unexpectedly elegant features of the old industrial complex have been purposely retained as testament to a bygone era. Jesús is very knowledgeable and demonstrates a natural feeling for both historic and modern styles of architecture. Give it a try - you might like it!


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