Anthony Jacobson Private tour guide in Barcelona - Spain

Anthony Jacobson

Guide profile:

Top 10 Private Guides: 2011 Viator Travel Awards

Top Selling Guide: Anthony Jacobson (Barcelona)

Generating the most revenue of any guide in 2011, Anthony Jacobson, like many globetrotters, fell in love with the allure of Barcelona and quickly became one of Viator’s best guides. From the Gothic Quarter to the Port to Las Ramblas, Anthony knows his way around the city and will entrance you with not only the sites, but with a heritage that is his own.


I am originally from Oklahoma City. My father was from Albany New York and my Mother was from Toledo Spain. While I have been coming to Spain to visit relatives all my life, I decided to move here in 1992.

Showing people my city and country is a joy for me. The history and art of Barcelona are very interesting. That is why I explain what is going on and what went on so you can appreciate what you are seeing. Also I try to give you a feel of what society is like now in Spain. Barcelona has so many different itineraries to chose from; Roman, Medieval, The Jewish Quarter (El Call), Art Nouveau, Olympic, Shopping, culinary or night life, just to name a few. As your own local guide I am flexible to your wishes and needs. Making it interesting and enjoyable for you is my wish.

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Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Sandra K.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Barcelona sightseeing tours

Barcelona city tours personalized

Barcelona travel tours for your needs

Barcelona tour guide general services

The same thoughout Catalonia

Transportation by tour guide:

At an additional fee a vehicle and driver could be hired for the occasion or the use and cost of public transport or taxi, if you would like. Nevertheless, in Barcelona we could walk almost anywhere.

Tour guide interests:

Barcelona sightseeing tours

Barcelona city tours personalized

Barcelona travel tours for your needs

Barcelona tour guide general services

Also the same throughout Catalonia

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Sandra K. 04 Oct 2018

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Sandra!

5 stars Robert D. 12 Jun 2018

Anthony was very accommodating of our interests and made some excellent recommendations for the remainder of our stay in Barcelona.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Robert and Susan, it was fun walking through the El Quadrat d’Or and getting lucky to peak into some private places.

5 stars Ilene S. 22 Apr 2017

Anthony and his driver met us at our cruise ship as planned. We only had one day to see Barcelona and asked Anthony to choose what he thought would be best to see. We had a great day, learned a lot about Barcelona and enjoyed learning about the city.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Ilene!

5 stars Staci B. 15 Dec 2016

Anthony was outstanding!

Very knowledgeable and fun. We enjoyed our day and loved Barcelona.

We highly recommend him!!!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Staci!

5 stars Sharyn T. 13 Nov 2016

Our half-day tour of Barcelona with Anthony was great. We wanted an overview of the city by car so that we could then make decisions on what we'd like to investigate further in this amazing city. Anthony gave us an excellent tour and blew us away with his incredible knowledge of the various styles of architecture found throughout the city. We highly recommend Anthony and will definitely use him again.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Sharyn et al. It was a very enjoyable day.

5 stars Andrew M. 15 May 2016

Anthony is keenly knowledgeable and effective guide

Tour Guide Comment: :-) Thank you!

5 stars Jesse R. 27 Jun 2015

Anthony did a fantastic tour for us. We highly recommend him. Very efficient in helping us plan in making the most of every minute. Conveyed information very understandably. Good English.

Buddy & Norma


Tour Guide Comment: My pleasure Buddy & Norma. P.S. I'm glad you got your note pad back.

5 stars Karen K. 26 Oct 2014

Anthony was great! He mapped out the entire day to include places we asked to see. He was on time and very thorough with his planning so we were able to see everything on our list. He is a wealth of information and you could tell from his enthusiasm that he loves Barcelona. We made a good choice in selecting Anthony & would not hesitate to recommend him to future travelers! Thank you Anthony for making our first visit to Barcelona a memorable one! All the best, Karen & Al

Tour Guide Comment: Moltes gràcies Karen & Al. I am looking forward seeing you again on your second trip to Barcelona

5 stars Theresa J. 08 Jun 2014

Anthony truly made our entire trip! His knowledge of Barcelona, great sense of humor and finding those gems of restaurants were splendid. We were amazed how vibrant and spiritual Barcelona was and we can easily say it was our favorite city to date. Thanks to Anthony he has endeared us to his great city. Our daughter will be back to study abroad. Anthony was superb!!! Many blessings and hugs. The Jones family

Tour Guide Comment: Theresa, Rich and Hannah! Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. If Hannah should study here, she can always contact me for anything.

5 stars Pam S. 29 Apr 2014

We enjoyed our both of our tours with Anthony. He was very helpful and reliable. We would definitely recommend him.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much Pam. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was a pleasure for me too.

5 stars Paul G. 26 Sep 2013

Anthony provided us with a great tour

He was knowledgeable and had

has a great personality

I highly recommend him

6 stars

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Paul and Judy, The photos came out nicely.

5 stars Gail B. 02 Jul 2013

Anthony was terrific. Very professional and arranged the tour in perfect order. We ended with lots of Gaudi, which for me, was the highlight. Loved Barcelona and our tour.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Gail. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

5 stars Betsy C. 31 May 2013

There were 10 people in our party, 6 adults and 4 children. Anthony was great with everyone. He is very knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for the subject matter is infectious.

Tour Guide Comment: Moltes gràcies!

5 stars Lewis L. 20 Apr 2013

knowledgeable reliable fun to be with

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Lew! My regards to the whole group.

5 stars Russell F. 08 Dec 2012

We were a group of 10 who were in Barcelona for a day tour off a cruise ship in December 2012 and utilised the services of Anthony. He was on time picking us up from the arranged location and the bus he provided was spacious with huge windows, allowing plenty of unobscured vision. Our tour was a trip to the Montserrat Monastery and a tour of tourist sites in Barcelona. Anthony was an excellent guide, knowing so much about local art and being an ex pat from USA, he speaks perfect English

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Russell et al!

5 stars Judy K. 29 Sep 2012

Excellent. Anthony was great!

Tour Guide Comment: Nice memories Judy. Thank you!

5 stars Marilyn L. 22 Sep 2012

This was our first stop in Spain. We were extremely happy to have this guide. Anthony was very friendly and fun to be with. He was patient and he paced our tours very well. Most of all we were extremely pleased with his depth of knowledge of the city of Barcelona, its history, its character, its neighborhoods. He has an amazing depth of knowledge of art, architecture, and history. I wish we could have had even more time together, and I highly recommend him to other visitors.

The Laugens

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Marilyn, Bob, et al. I had a really nice time showing you around.

5 stars Patti H. 28 Apr 2012

Excellent guide, knowledgeable, personable and enthusiastic. Anthony clearly knows Barcelona historically, artistically and culturally. I highly recommend him!

patti and carol

Tour Guide Comment: Muito obrigado Patti e Carol.

5 stars Alson K. 18 Apr 2012

A must for architecture.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Alson and Martha, It was a pleasure showing my city to you.

5 stars Robert M. 03 Oct 2011

Anthony did an outstanding and professional job. He was most knowledgeable and flexible, accommodating our schedule of sights to visit. Very personable and was able gain access avoiding the lengthy lines.

Very pleased and would not hesitate to recommend.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Robert. I enjoyed showing you all around.

5 stars Juliane B. 05 Jul 2011

Anthony was an excellent guide and knew many stories to tell. We were a group of four adults and three children aged 8 and 11 and he also clicked with the children. Entering with a guide, we were able to bypass long lines at the Sagrada Familia. For lunch, we went to an authentic restaurant and he made us try local specialities. All in all, we can absolutely recommend this guide! Thanks Anthony!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks so much Juliene. It was interesting talking about the similarites and differences between Catalonia and Mallorca. Your friends from Oklahoma were very nice too.

5 stars Carrie D. 01 Jul 2011

From the moment we met Anthony, my daughter & I 'clicked' with him. He was welcoming and fun and

so informative! He proudly showed us the history and beauty of Barcelona which of course, included

the many treasures left by Senor Gaudi.

He made us feel welcome and comfortable and was clearly proud of his hometown. The information he imparted to us flowed naturally from him.

We will certainly recommend Anthony to anyone we know who visits Barcelona.

Submitted by: Carrie Dotson

Tour Guide Comment: Moltes gràcies Carrie!

5 stars MARK S. 26 Jun 2011

Anthony was fantastic. He was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Equally important, he was able to impart it to us. We will use Anthony on our next trip to Barcelona and recommend him highly to anyone visiting there.

Mark & Marlene Senders

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Mark and Marlene. I'll plan a different tour for you when you come back.

5 stars Robin R. 03 Jun 2011

We had a fantastic tour of Barcelona with Anthony. He obviously loves and is proud of his city, and has an impressive knowledge of the history, art and architecture. Prior to the tour I advised him of our interests and he customized a full day tour for us. We enjoyed every minute of it. I should also add that he is an exceptionally nice person as well. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in a tour of Barcelona!

Tour Guide Comment: I enjoyed it too. Robin and Adam are a very nice couple. So friendly, and easygoing.

5 stars William L. 08 Jan 2011

Excellent guide! We booked Anthony at short notice for a full-day tour of Barcelona. He knew where to take us, and when to go to avoid the crowds. In eight hours we saw more of Barcelona than we could have ever discovered on our own. Anthony has a love of architecture and if anything defines Barcelona, it's the amazing, historic and bizarre architecture. He whisked us into buildings that we would have walked right past to see beautiful things inside. He obviously loves this city, a great guide

Tour Guide Comment: Bill and Rakesh and I had a great time. The sunny day in January with 17ºC helped to make it even more enjoyable

5 stars Jeffrey P. 30 Jul 2010

Highly recommended. We met at our Cruise Ship & he took us to Columbus Circle by bus. We then walked up La Rumbla & zig-zagged through the old Gothic Section, stopping many times to view the sites which he explained in depth. Then to the Cathedral & Roman Ruins, continuing on to the newer areas and seeing several examples of Gaudí Architecture. Anthony was very knowledgeable and great with our kids. We saw more Barcelona, & had a greater understanding of Catalonia than others on our Cruise.

Tour Guide Comment: It was a pleasure meeting the Pollocks. Such a nice family and beautiful kids. We had fun together.

4 stars David K. 05 Apr 2014

2 stars Jodi Z. 17 Jul 2013

Anthony was very knowledgeable; however, we were shocked to find out that we had to pay for his lunch as he shared he does not pay for anything. If I were to book him I would make it clear that lunch is on his own. Also, he does not have a car and he made it seem as though transportation was taken care of which it was not!! We had to pay for his taxi everywhere. Nonetheless, he was a good guide but if you book him make sure you ask about lunch and transportation so you are not surprised.

Tour Guide Comment: Jodi, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. It was my pleasure giving it. I apologize for any confusion on the expenses. Thanks for letting me know.

2 stars Cathy K. 07 Sep 2012

Fair. He did not seem very enthused and it felt like he was more interested in covering his agenda than accommodating to our pace and interests as they evolved

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