GEMMA COLL SABATER Private tour guide in Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona - Spain


Guide profile:

I was born in Barcelona but I grew up further up north, in Figueres area. I studied Translation and Interpreter Studies and History at the University of Barcelona.

I have travelled much, specially backpacking when I was a student. I also lived abroad for a few years, in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), London (UK) and Bergen (Norway) where I began working as a guide.

I came back to my hometown seven years ago and after taking an intensive course and pass an official exam, I became a licensed tour guide in Catalonia.

I love my job because it is wonderful to be able to show the best spots in Barcelona and other parts of Catalonia to travelers and tourists. I am very social, talkative and love meeting people from all around the world. This job keeps me always busy, reading and learning and then sharing this knowledge in my tours.

I enjoy very much discussing about history and architecture. I am passionate about arts, painting and sculpture as well as music, and it is great that in Barcelona there are gigs all the time and a good choice of dance and theatre shows.

I am a food lover and I appreciate any chance of trying our outstanding local wines.

If you are interested in visiting the main highlights, I will be glad to take you there and tell you about the sites. If you would like to learn specifically about a subject such as the Medieval past of the city, its Jewish Heritage or Modern Style architecture in Barcelona you can have your taylor-made tour which I will be delighted to plan for you. If you would rather get off the beaten-track, there are plenty of interesting places in the city where tourists do not usually go, so you can mix with the locals and have a more authentic experience.

It is absolutely recommendable to take at least a day out of the city to discover a more traditonal Catalonia, with amazing landscapes and ancient villages. Barcelona is international, cosmopolitan, busy, the rest of Catalonia is a bit different, is more local.

If you are a week in Barcelona, I would advise you to take a couple of day trips out of the city. A day up north visiting Girona and the Costa Brava or the Dalí museum -if you are interested in art. Another day devote it to Montserrat mountain and Manresa -to visit the cave of St Ignatius de Loyola- or the wineries in Penedés. If you are interested in Roman heritage, do not miss Tarragona, our little Rome!

In the city all the time there is something happening. Theatre, cinema or music festivals, festivities in any of the neighborhoods, activities for families and kids, great exhibitions, traditional fairs... I will also let you know what you cannot miss meanwhile in Barcelona!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Terry B.

Gemma was absolutely wonderful. Always on time and helpful and friendly. She also was very knowledgeable. We all loved her and recommend her very highly.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

In Barcelona:

- Walking tour in the ancient part of the city (min. 2 hours, max. 4 hours)

- Barcelona's Highlights (4 hours)

- The Spanish Civil War in Barcelona (3 hours)

- Jewish Heritage in Barcelona (2 hours)

- Medieval Barcelona (3 hours)

- Modernisme in Barcelona (4 hours)

- Tapas and wine tour

Outside Barcelona:

- Girona (half day) & balloon flight

- Girona (ancient Jewish quarters and medieval city) and Figueres (Dalí's Museum), full day

- Dalí tour (Figueres and Portlligat or Figueres and Púbol), full day

- Montserrat (half day)

- Montserrat & cavas (full day)

- Tarragona & Sitges (full day)

- Olot & Volcanic area of La Garrotxa (full day)

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

BARCELONA HIGHLIGHTS Price Per Group 220.00 Euro
DALÍ TOUR (Figueres and Cadaqués or Púbol) Price Per Group 350.00 Euro
GAUDÍ TOUR Price Per Group 190.00 Euro
GIRONA Price Per Group 175.00 Euro
Girona & ballon flight Price Per Person 220.00 Euro
GIRONA and COSTA BRAVA Price Per Group 690.00 Euro
MONTSERRAT Price Per Group 250.00 Euro
PICASSO ROUTE Price Per Group 190.00 Euro
PYRENEES FULL DAY TOUR Price Per Group 890.00 Euro
TAPAS TOUR BARCELONA Price Per Group 190.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:




Arts & History



Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Terry B. 25 Mar 2019

Gemma was absolutely wonderful. Always on time and helpful and friendly. She also was very knowledgeable. We all loved her and recommend her very highly.

5 stars Marcello S. 17 Dec 2018

Amazing guide! You can book with your eyes closes and she will do incredible! Thumbs up!!!

5 stars verna C. 21 Aug 2018

We had a fun time with Gemma as our guide in Girona and Tossa De Mar. She was very knowledgeable and engaging. As well as helping us navigate the terrain due to having handicapped individuals in our group. I would highly recommend her for future tours.

5 stars Scott C. 11 Jun 2018

Gemma is very knowledgeable and very friendly. Her English is very good. She made the tour interesting. I highly recommend her.

5 stars Erica S. 10 Jun 2018

Gemma was terrific! Very knowldgeable and passionate about Barcelona and the sights. Enjoyed this tour very much!

5 stars April P. 21 Apr 2018

Gemma was just that - a gem of a tour guide! Our family of four, including two children ages 9 & 10, made unforgettable memories touring the city with Gemma. Her knowledge, guidance, and her friendly nature, especially with our children, were the best of the best! We will always remember her genuine care for providing an exceptional experience for our family. Muchas gracias, Gemma!

5 stars Enoira B. 09 Apr 2018

Muy buena guia, amable, paciente y con un conocimiento muy satisfactorio.

La recomendados.

5 stars Helene L. 23 Mar 2018

This was the best excursion ever. Gemma made this day very special to all of us. My husband and I had been to Barcelona before but saw it in a whole amazing different way. Gemma was very knowledgeable, answered all our questions and went above what we expected from the tour. Every step of it was well organized, we had a wonderful driver who was very attentive to my husband's physical challenges. All in all I would recommend this tour to anyone thinking of visiting Barcelona. would do it again !!

5 stars Marc L. 13 Mar 2018

Great personality and very informative. She went beyond to help our group. It was a great investment working with Gemma.

5 stars Anu W. 14 Nov 2017

Excellent! Gemma was the best. I recommend her to everyone.

5 stars Karen E. 27 Jul 2017

We were a group of a 10 family members and booked Gemma for a tour of Barcelona before our cruise out of Barcelona. We liked her so much we booked another tour with Gemma of Montserrat and Montjuic on our return from the cruise. She gave us insight into Barcelona culture and life. She also arranged for our pick up and return to the airport in very nice air-conditioned minibuses with accommodating drivers. Gracies, Gemma!

5 stars Richard R. 22 Jun 2017

We were with Gemma for two days.She is a great guide. She was very flexible to tailor the day and type of of things to see and do. She is very knowledgeable about the Spanish history and Barcelona history. She offered wonderful suggestions during the day as well. We were taken to several sights that we would not have seen if we were on our own. She taught us about the food and we tried several new things.

We treasured the time we had with her.

5 stars Daxes B. 07 Jun 2017

Very knowledgable. Made very good suggestions as we fine tuned our visit. Helpful and made arrangements for a last minute change in itinerary. Would recommend without reservation

5 stars Candice Y. 01 May 2017

I cannot say enough good things about Gemma. All her 5-star ratings are well-deserved, and I am not one to exaggerate. She was extremely knowledgeable, but not at all boring, and it was clear that she loved her city of Barcelona. She allowed us to go at our own pace, and was very flexible with regard to changes in our schedule. She even went out of her way to buy an extra entrance ticket for a last-minute addition to our group. We were so happy with Gemma, and would highly recommend her!

5 stars alice L. 25 Apr 2017

Gemma gave us a wonderful personalized tour. She keep a group of us on track and we managed to squeeze in quite a bit due to her skills. She has a very good command of the English language. Would highly recommend her to family/friends.

5 stars Gail E. 21 Apr 2017

Gemma is a gem! We had such an amazing afternoon on the Tapas tour, we are still talking about it. She is knowledgeable and very passionate about Barcelona. We highly recommend her services to anyone who wants to enjoy a great time discovering Barcelona through it food.

5 stars Peter B. 04 Mar 2017

A fantastic tour by a fantastic guide.

We were a Group of 10 guys picked up at Hotel by Gemma, driver Carlos and air conditioned Minibus.

On our way through Barcelona to our destination of the Vineyard Pares Balte, Gemma educated us on some history of the region and kept us interested with her knowledge and also her mastery of the English language. Gemma's attention to detail was amazing arriving bang on time and having us back in time for our evening trip to Camp Nou.

Lovely lady! Thanks Gem

5 stars Peter W. 24 Nov 2016

Great Guide ever meet! Huge knowledgeable with history, with architecture and etc. Patience, passion and very thoughtful. Don't miss her.

Thanks Gemma.

5 stars Julia C. 24 Sep 2016

An excellent guide in every way. Gemma gave us a fantastic tour of the city and was incredibly interesting and knowledgable. Would strongly recommend her and if I visit the area again, I will definitely want to do more tours with her! I booked a private tour for 8 people and it was perfect. She even booked our restaurant for us! Brilliant!

5 stars Grace F. 19 Sep 2016

Gemma is a fabulous tour guide. You cannot go wrong booking this interesting and knowledgeable woman. We were very impressed. We had a group of four and we loved every minute of our tour.

5 stars Mindy D. 14 Jul 2016

A few things my husband and I have to say about Gemma, outstanding tour guide, great personality, extremely professional, very knowledgeable, a pleasure. Our trip to Girona was made so much more interesting, engaging and memorable thanks to having Gemma as our guide. I highly recommend Gemma for any tours in and around Barcelona.

5 stars Sheila W. 21 Jun 2016

Gemma Cole was a fantastic guide. She not only knew so much, but her delivery was charming, fun and understandable. We truly enjoyed spending our time with her.

5 stars Jeanne S. 26 May 2016

We had a fabulous tour!

5 stars Ken S. 11 Sep 2015

The tours we had with Gemma Cole for two days exceeded our expectations. Not only is she a wonderful guide and a fount of knowledge, she is a very and engaging person who seems to be able to anticipate one'every need. I would recommend Gemma to anyone.

5 stars Victor S. 08 Aug 2015

Gemma was fantastic. She met us on time, and showed us all the highlights of Barcelona, ensuring that we got to our ship on time. She was flexible and ensured that all of us (including our two children, ages 16 and 12) were engaged and happy.

5 stars Bill S. 22 May 2015

Gemma Coll Sabater was a 1st Class tour guide. On schedule, on time and a wealth of information. She answered all our questions and made the trip for us. We strongly recommend using Gemma. I can't imagine making a trip to Barcelona, Spain without her. Thanks - Thanks for making our vacation a success.

5 stars Ken C. 20 May 2015

Gemma was a pleasure to guide us around. She is very professional and makes everyone feel comfortable. We enjoyed our tour very much and would book her again. I have already recommended her to my friends and family for future tours. Thank you Gemma! :)

5 stars Glenda R. 01 May 2015

Gemma was outstanding - very knowledgeable and professional. Thank you Gemma!

5 stars Boedi P. 28 Apr 2015

My wife and I spent three memorable days in Barcelona, thanks to Gemma for her excellent services and companions. She is very punctual and knowledgeables with a great personalities. Everything was perfectly arranged. I strongly recommend for her services for any tours in and out Barcelona (Catalunya). Gracias Gemma.

5 stars judi R. 07 Apr 2015

It is so easy to write a review when things go well. I would like Gemma to show me around our own home city! Everything went as planned. She was a complete professional with the nicest personality. Honestly don't think that you could have a better guide. If you are hesitating, don't! Gemma is the real deal!!!!

5 stars Burt B. 06 Oct 2014

Gemma was outstanding. Great personality, very good English, and as informative as you could want. Took us to both known and non-tourist must see/experience places. Highly recommended.

5 stars Nico D. D. 16 Sep 2014

This was by far the best tour guide I’ve ever had the privilege to meet. She is extremely knowledgeable, and she very quickly tuned in to my specific interests, so it really became a tailor-made experience. I got to learn a lot of facts not easily found in your run-of-the-mill guide books or websites. A very pleasant person to interact, Gemma was always eagerly elaborating on every detail I laid my eyes on. In my opinion, she is THE guide to turn to for any of your tours in Catalunya!

5 stars Denelle R. 03 Jul 2014

I am writing from a concierge service on behalf of my client. My client returned to the United States with nothing, but rave reviews. His travel companion as well as he loved Gemma. She provided a detailed and very personalized tour, making the tour very memorable.

5 stars Jessica C. 26 Jun 2014

Gemma is wonderful! I had booked her to help take my boss and 3 others (one cameraman) around Barcelona's top tour spots including La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Montjuic Hill to film for a movie. She went above and beyond to help us confirm filming at each location, and took great care of everyone with booking a private car and accommodations with a wheel chair. Highly recommended!

5 stars Joerg G. 25 Jun 2014

Very informative - great Comnunicator - on Time -

high knowledge about the City -History -

Always ready to answer Question's in deep information .

As i stated in the Star's -

highly recommended .



5 stars Janet W. 24 May 2014

We had a wonderful and afternoon touring Barcelona with Gemma. She was very accommodating to our group - she was very flexible with the hours of the tour and made them fit us! I would highly recommend Gemma to make your visit to Barcelona a great one.

5 stars Ana M. 19 May 2014

Our experience with Gema was excellent! Highly recommend!

5 stars James L. 14 May 2014

excellent knowledgeable guide; a pleasure for the four of us to share time with her

5 stars Michael G. 10 May 2014

Gemma was a superb guide, I told her what my interests were and she fullfilled my interests totally her local knowledge was great and was able to answer all my questions. I will certainly visit Barcelona again and use her services.

5 stars Laurie S. 29 Apr 2014

Gemma is an outstanding guide! She took us on the perfect 4 hour city tour which included Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, and the Barrio Gotico, pointing out many things along the way that the average visitor wouldn't know or experience on their own. She provided us with a great overview of the history of Barcelona and all of the important sights of the city. Thank you Gemma for making our visit to Barcelona very memorable! I would highly recommend her to anyone visiting the city.

5 stars Darius D. 24 Mar 2014

Our group of 50 people spent three days with Gemma as our guide visiting Barcelona, Girona and Monserrat. She was very knowledgeable, helpful, kind and we truly enjoyed our time with her. We highly recommend her to all visiting this part of Spain.

5 stars Jon L. 01 Oct 2013

Gemma made our trip to Barcelona. She was our guide on two tours, Gaudi and Picasso. Her knowledge on every topic was outstanding and her enthusiasm made feel quite a part of this beautiful city. We would strongly recommend using Gemma as a guide.

5 stars Suzanne S. 23 Aug 2013

Excellent private tour. We were 14 adults looking for a tour of the Gothic Quarters of Barcelona with a little tapas tasting en route. Gemma was a perfect guide, friendly, informative, relaxed and happy. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour, we would highly recommend, and when back in Barcelona I'd seek Gemma out for another tour. Thanks Gemma, Suzanne and friends :)

5 stars bridget M. 24 Oct 2012

Gemma was excellent

My sister and I were in Barcelona for 3 days accompanying our 87 year old mother who is in a wheelchair.

Nothing was too much trouble for Gemma.

Her English is perfect, her knowledge very sound, she is adaptable and flexible and kind

We did a city tour and a trip to montserrat. All the practicalities for the wheelchair were considered.I would recommend Gemma very highly as a guide in and around Barcelona

5 stars Keith G. 17 Oct 2012

Gemma provided a fantastic tour. She has an excellent command of English and complete knowledge of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain. The day was customized as we travelled through the city based on my interests.

I highly recommend Gemma for any tourist to Barcelona.

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