The local guides

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The local guides2020-10-26T16:16:36+01:00

Licensed & local guides

Let us introduce ourselves; we are Begoña, Carolina and Albert, the guides at Skip The Line Barcelona.

We are licensed and professional tour guides, really local Barcelonians eager to share Barcelona and Catalonia with our visitors.

Of course, we love being tour guides.

We all started our careers in other areas of tourism, but our primary goal was always to show our beautiful city and its surroundings to our visitors from all around the world.

Proud members of AGUICAT and APIT the two leading Guides associations of Catalunya.

Begoña Blanco
Begoña BlancoLicensed Guide Id:
Begoña was born in a small town on the coast of Barcelona. She holds a degree in Tourism and speaks English, French, and Italian. As a former Au pair and a Disneyland cast member, she is great with kids and families. She loves history snd she is passionate about Gaudi’s architecture. She enjoys guideing the tapas and food tours. She is the former President of AGUICAT, a Catalan Guides Association.
Carolina S. Cobos
Carolina S. CobosLicensed Guide Id.: 2021
Carolina is a native of Barcelona. She always wanted to be a guide, so she studied Tourism and languages and she has a degree in Tourism. She speaks English, French, Italian, and she is now learning German. Really enthusiastic about art and architecture. She has been working as a local licensed guide since 2001. She enjoys strolling through squares, markets and alley of the Barri Gotic. In her free time, she loves hiking and be in contact with the nature.
Albert Prados
Albert PradosLicensed Guide Id: 2374
Albert was born and raised in Barcelona. He holds a degree in Law and is fluent in English and French, as well as Spanish and Catalan. He is passionate about history and sports and well versed in political and economic affairs. He worked as a marketing and purchasing manager in a multinational for 11 years but his dream of being a guide came true in 2003. He´s been working as a guide since then.

Why should I hire a local licensed guide?

Well, that’s a very easy question to answer:

  • Mostly because you are hiring a professional, someone who has passed an exam given by the regional government, proving his/her knowledge of our art, history, culture, and traditions.

  • Every year we attend many different courses organized by the University of Barcelona, by some of the most important museums and sights, and of course by the two leading tour guides associations in Catalunya, Aguicat, and Apit. So you are hiring someone who has focused his studies and life on becoming a guide.

  • With a licensed guide, you’ll have Priority Access to the most important monuments and sights.

  • There’s no intermediary, so when you contact us on our webpage, we are the ones answering your emails, writing what you’re reading now, and leading the tours.

All our tours are only for your party; no one else will join your private city tour.

Sustainable & Responsible tourism

We care about our city and region, plus Barcelona is our home. We are active members of the Tour Guide’s associations that are working together with both local and regional administrations to get the best city for ourselves and our visitors. Begoña was for 2 years the President of the biggest tour guides association Aguicat.

The restaurants that we recommend and the ones we take you during your tour with us are always places where we have been before; this means we take you to the same ones we go ourselves, making sure that local businesses get promoted and rewarded for their passion for our gastronomy.

The same for souvenirs and shopping, we have many local businesses that we’ll offer you a variety of hand/locally made products.

If your group is bigger than 15 persons we’ll use audio guides. You’ll be able to hear your guide in crowded streets, or if we are on a narrow alley early in the morning, the neighbors will not be disturbed by a guide shouting out loud to be heard by everyone. Plus the audio guides will give you the freedom to take pictures while you are listening to the guide’s explanations.