In short, Laura is outstanding. If you can hire her, do it. My husband and I had 2 amazing weeks in Barcelona. We were fortunate to have 6 tours with Laura along with her guidance regarding everything Catalonia has to offer. Laura is extremely knowledgeable about Barcelona and the surrounding areas including history, geography, art, architecture, food, music etc. Her knowledge and love of the area is abundant and shared in all she does if you are fortunate enough to have her as your guide. She helped us develop a tour plan that enabled us to see and learn so much of the area’s history and its culture, including many things we would not have known about had she not suggested them. She also made the experience great fun and hassle-free. The detailed version is below.
Our first tour was a walking tour of the Gothic quarter during which Laura taught us a tremendous amount of the history of the area dating back centuries. Our next tour was an Art Nouveau tour including Casa Mila and Park Guell. We then did another tour of the City and its incredible architecture including a panoramic tour, a walking tour by the sea, a tour of Sagrada Familia and a tour of Hospital Sant Pau. I, probably like most people who visit Barcelona, read some information about Gaudi and his architecture and was very eager to see it for myself. I was, however, totally unfamiliar with the work of Lluis Domenech i Montaner. When Laura suggested a tour of Hospital Sant Pau, I was a bit skeptical, but thankfully, I trusted her. It was amazing—one of the most incredible places to which I have ever been. I never would have known to even consider going there without Laura.
We also had several day tours outside of the City. We went to the Dali Museum. Laura knows a tremendous amount about him, his work and his life, which made it fascinating. From the museum we went to Girona, a lovely smaller city. The following day we headed to a couple of medieval towns at Laura’s suggestion—Peratallada and Pals. We also spent time exploring the Costa Brava. This was another excursion we would not have know to consider without Laura and it was a favorite part of the trip. Our final tour was to Montserrat, a beautiful place.
Laura also made the journey hassle free—she bought the tickets for everything we needed in advance. She took care of the transportation, whether it was public or private with her excellent drivers. We never had to wait on any long lines. Even when she was not touring with us, she had great suggestions on restaurants and things to do/see.
In addition to being extremely knowledgeable and well prepared, Laura is never boring. She is a completely charming and delightful campion bringing her part of the world to life with her enthusiasm, knowledge and stories of the history and culture of Catalonia. In short, to repeat, if you can hire her, do it.