Originally from the North of Spain, Gorka arrived back to Barcelona with the new century after travelling half way around the globe. Nature photographer, mountain trekker and city walker, he fell in love with this place more than two decades ago. To him, unveiling its secrets to visitors is more a pleasure than a job. Together with Ann-Marie, he is the co-founder of Runner Bean Tours.
"Gorka shared with us the history of Barcelona with such enthusiasm that he felt like an ambassador of Catalonian culture & history"Read on Trip Advisor
When Jessi was a child, her architect father dragged her all around the planet to see the world’s greatest buildings. Years later, when she moved to Barcelona, she was so enchanted by its charms that she decided to make it her home. She is currently gone back to college to get her degree in history. Showing people the marvels of the city is something she never gets tired of.
"Jessi was probably hands down the best walking tour guide we have encountered in our travels. She was quite knowledgable, fun and attentive"Read on Trip Advisor
Born and bred in Barcelona, Tati’s curiosity for all that is new and different makes her the perfect tour guide. After studying Fine Arts in the city, she spent a few years in Asia and the middle East before coming back to her hometown. Her enthusiasm for her city is contagious and she is always looking forward to sharing it with others.
"Tatiana was our guide for the Gaudi tour. She had an obvious love for her subject matter and was a very friendly, energetic leader"Read on Trip Advisor
Having been born in the island of Mallorca, very near Barcelona, it is no surprise that Miguel is in love with the Mediterranean culture. He specialised in tourism and, after travelling around Europe, he decided to come back to his roots. When you don’t find him snorkelling or spearfishing you will have the pleasure of him showing you Barcelona’s treasures.
"Miguel was terrific, very knowledgable with such a pleasant demeanor. Tour was informative and interesting"Read on Trip Advisor
Marc was born in Barcelona and this is where he has lived most of his life. A graphic designer by trade, musician by night and tour guide by day, his quest for knowledge is endless and his passion for Barcelona will keep you engaged for hours. Deep into the contemporary cultural scene, he’ll readily tell you about the next event that can not be missed.
"Marc was absolutely excellent. There is no way we would have found the gems they pointed out to us by ourselves"Read on Trip Advisor
After graduating in History of Art and Architecture, Catherine moved to Spain to advance her knowledge in Islamic Art and Catalan Art Noveau. She is now specialised in modern 20th century history of the city, a turbulent time that comprises themes such as anarchism and the Spanish Civil War. Her fascination with the rich troubled history of the city is addictive. She will be your guide on the City of Contrast Tour.
"Catherine didn't bury us in facts and dates, simply told a story that put it all in context. A most rewarding and enjoyable tour"Read on Trip Advisor
During a 3 year trip around the world, Jarrod arrived to Barcelona and made a last minute decision not to get on the next plane. 10 years later, he is proud to call it home. He loves meeting travellers from all over the world and always looks forward to telling visitors about the best that Barcelona has to offer. You won’t be disappointed in his company.
"Jarrod was very articulate, well organized, likeable, funny, we could really feel his passion for the city"Read on Trip Advisor
Eric is cool and slick with a thirst for learning. Irish in origin, destiny made him land in Barcelona a few years back and he has adapted to its customs very easily. With a background in teaching and a strong interest in Catalan history, you are sure to have a great time with him. His great sense of humour is sure to put a smile on most people’s faces.
"Went on the old city tour with Eric today. Was fantastic! He was personable, informative and fun. One of the best tours I've done"Read on Trip Advisor
Lisa has been living in Barcelona and loving every minute of it for over a decade. Although trained in sociology, her career has moved since towards theatre, story telling and tour guiding, which she has been doing for years in Catalonia. Any questions about Gaudí, Modernisme, Montserrat and wine, Lisa is the person to ask. You will fall in love with her personality and charm as much as we did.
"The tour gave us a great insight into Gaudí's life and progression of his work. Lisa, our lovely guide, was well informed and enthusiastic about her subject, but also helpful with regard to other aspects of visiting Barcelona"Read on Trip Advisor
From the green green grasses of Wales, Lowri succumbed to the charms of Barcelona ten years ago. With a degree in literature and a MA in theatre studies, her love of telling a story is part of everything she does. It is the legends and amazing history of Barcelona and its beautiful architecture that really inspired her to become a tour guide.
"Lowri was fun, informative and knew her stuff. A great way yo learn about a fantastic part of Barcelona with some quirky tales thrown in, loved every minute"Read on Trip Advisor
Raquel loves showing travelers her hometown. Her background in history of Art and architecture brought her to work for years touring the Modernisme jewels of Barcelona and then on to the British Museum, Tate Modern and Scotland’s National Gallery. The calling for home was too strong and she came back with a mission: to make everyone fall in love with her city’s artistic marvels.
"Raquel's charm, enthusiasm, & sense of humor was a ray of sunshine in the not so perfect weather that day"Read on Trip Advisor
Alexandra (or Ali) has a mixed background of Swiss and British but has found her home here in Barcelona where she settled many years ago. During the day she will be helping with your enquiries about Barcelona and our tours from the Runner Bean’s headquarters. At night, she changes her persona and transforms into an amazing guide on our Dark Past Night Walking Tour. Fear not, you will be hooked.
"Ali had wonderful examples and activities to add to the tour which kept us engaged and attentive. It was a terrific tour and one of the best things we did since arriving in this great city."Read on Trip Advisor
Armed with a degree in Ceramics, Ann-Marie spent the next few years running her own workshop, teaching Art and travelling extensively. She feels it was the luck of the Irish to have arrived in Barcelona a few years back. Passionate about guiding, she loves giving tourists insight to this wonderful city. Together with Gorka, she is the co-founder of Runner Bean Tours.
"Ann Marie was so knowledgeble about the city and so eager to share. Her love of the amazing architecture was infectious"Read on Trip Advisor
Gemma is a homegrown Barcelonan with an incessant hunger for learning and communication. Having taught teenagers for a few years, she turned her sights to tour guiding. She is very interactive and loves pointing out small hidden details of the streets and sharing the unique Catalan culture and habits with visitors. You will adore her bubbly personality and easy going nature.
"All of us on the tour were impressed with Gemma's knowledge, professionalism, and passion. She helped us to understand and appreciate what could have otherwise been an overwhelming experience"Read on Trip Advisor
Mari is a true local hailing from Barcelona. She has a deep interest in the Art and architecture of the city and is currently studying history of Art (something she has always longed to do). She absolutely loves her job of tour guiding and her very sweet personality immediately wins you over. You are in very capable and knowledgeable hands when on her tour.
"Mari was fantastic. Her English was perfect. Loved the history and stories she was able to tell us about every building"Read on Trip Advisor
Elisabet (or Eli as most of her friends call her) has been enjoying showing her city to visitors for a few years now and she never gets tired of it. She has worked and lived in all corners of the world, from Belgium to Tanzania, Turkey, Brasil or the US but she always ends up coming back. A never ending smile is just waiting for you in Barcelona.
"Eli was a true joy to spend the day with. She was so knowledgeable about your beautiful city and in particular, shared a wealth of information and stories about Gaudí. You have a real jewel in Eli"Read on Trip Advisor
Dani has been working as a tour guide in Barcelona for a few years and he just can’t have enough. Big soccer fan and supporter of the local football team, he now lives with his wife and daughter at the heart of the old town. His passion for the city he grew up in is contagious so, be warned, you are in for a treat with him.
"Dani made our visit to Barcelona a very wonderful adventure. He is very affable and was a pure joy to be around. He loved showing us his city"Read on Trip Advisor
Anna has been working as a tour guide in Barcelona for many years and she still can’t have enough of it. With a passion for art and history, her friendly and charming personality will captivate you since the minute you meet her. You can ask all about the city, its history, parks and restaurants and at the end of the tour you will feel you have a new friend in Barcelona.
"Anna was just an absolutely wonderful guide for our family. We truly enjoyed spending time with her. She made a lot of effort at ensuring my wife and teenage children all could learn and ask questions"Read on Trip Advisor