Saturday, August 19, 2017

It's business as usual for beleaguered Barcelona

PR form sends out press release highlighting special tour passes around the Catalan Capital
Patti Pietschmann

It was surprising to receive a press release today about special tours available in Barcelona so close to the horrific terrorist attack that happened there on Aug. 17. The email told of  nine new experiences introduced this month [August 2017] and said that  the newly-expanded Barcelona Pass is the perfect way to discover Spain's second city. Are their heads buried in the sand or are they optimistic that tourists will continue to go to Barcelona?  

While the chances of more terrorist attacks there are slim, it would seem that many people might consider skipping it for now. Of course that would be a shame, not to mention playing into the hands of the terrorists.  Barcelona is such a wonder.  I have been there any times, several by cruise ships and a couple of times on a land trip.

If you're still planning to visit this Spanish city, read about these special tours with the all-in-one city card which helps save money and time on  sightseeing in the Catalan capital. The Barcelona Pass ( includes more than 20 attractions and tours across the city. Barcelona Pass holders make significant savings compared with the cost of individual tickets to attractions, while enjoying fast track entry at selected popular sites.

The pass is priced from €109 per adult or €69 per child for two days; three-day passes are also available, while an optional travelcard can also be purchased for the duration of each pass.  And the newly-introduced attractions ensure there is plenty for every visitor to enjoy:
Heritage sites for history buffs 
  • Liceu Opera Guided Tour - a 50-minute tour of one of the city's most beautiful and historic buildings, which is among the most important opera houses inEurope.  Normally priced at €16, the guided tour is included with the Barcelona Pass.

  • Casa de les Punxes - opened to the public in 2016 after being closed off for more than a century, the Casa is one of Barcelona's most iconic Art Nouveaubuildings.  Normally priced at €12.50, entry is included with the Barcelona Pass.
Family-friendly experiences 
  • Barcelona Zoo - see live feedings and discover more than 300 species of wildlife, from giraffes and lions to alligators and Komodo dragons.  Normally priced at €19.90, entry to Barcelona Zoo is included with the Barcelona Pass.

  • CosmoCaixa Barcelona - fun, hands-on interactive experiences bring natural science and technology to life at this popular cultural centre.  Normally priced at €4, entry is included with the Barcelona Pass.

  • Museu de Cera de Barcelona - famous historical figures and pop culture celebrities stand side-by-side at Barcelona's wax museum.  Normally priced at €15, entry is included with the Barcelona Pass.

  • CaixaForum Barcelona - contemporary art museum located in a former textile factory, hosting regular exhibitions, guided tours, film screenings and concerts.  Normally priced at €4, entry is included with the Barcelona Pass.

  • Museum of Ancient Egyptian Culture - considered one of Europe's best museums devoted to ancient Egypt, more than 1,000 items including jewellery, statues and sarcophagi are on display.  Normally priced at €11, entry is included with the Barcelona Pass.

  • Museum of Modernism - the only museum devoted to Catalan modernism, this houses an impressive collection of works including some by master architect Antoni Gaudí, and is a true hidden gem of the city. Normally priced at €10, entry is included with the Barcelona Pass.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art - an outstanding collection of more than 5,800 items, focusing on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art.  Normally priced at €10, entry is included with the Barcelona Pass.

The new attractions join a Barcelona Pass portfolio which already includes must-do city experiences such as a tour of FC Barcelona's legendary Camp Nou football stadium and entry to Gaudí's masterpiece, UNESCO World Heritage site Casa Batlló, as well as a hop-on/hop-off city bus tour, walking tour and many other experiences. Barcelona Pass holders also benefit from special offers and discounts on various tours, retailers and restaurants across the city, as well as a free guidebook.
The Barcelona Pass is available for purchase at and can be shipped globally or collected on arrival in the city.