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Mario S.

Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

The Urban Journey-man Mario is a visual artist and photographer with a cinematographer's sensibility, who has been touring people in and around Barcelona and its region since the beginning of the millenium.

As a result, he has an intimate knowledge of most of its parts which derive from his life here and invariably has intertwined with its rich cultural and historical background. The itinerary of each of Mario's tours is mostly based on the individual or group's personal and/or professional interests, custom designed with their particular level of adventurousness. The best part, however, is that every day he continues to learn more about his beloved adopted metropolis, allowing the excitement and spontaneity of the moment to influence any given journey. He therefore, helps visitors, new and old, to discover its vast tapestry from the view of the lesser-known path.

¨…As an intrepid city dweller with no limits when it comes to discovering new things about this city, my tours explore a combination of routes. While we search myriads of cultural treasures with an abandoned curiosity, our map is one that tends to etch itself as we go: the route of magical moments and hidden gems of a mystical wen. This is my modus operandi…. ¨

¨…What I try to encapsulate on my jaunts is something unique that you can bring home, as if it were a collection your very own sensory souvenirs…¨

¨…If you would prefer to ride a bike, trek, walk ever-so-slowly or merely jump into a taxi to get to those places you really must see in a hurry, then that's exactly what we would do. Remember, there are no rules. It's all about getting to know this city from a new perspective, exactly as a local might…. ¨

¨…My only desire for these tours is that you might actually become privy to some nirvana-like moments during your travels here and that you might fall as much in love with Barcelona as I have over the years. ¨


I have been guiding independent tours here in Barcelona and Catalunya since 2001.
I have worked on commercial film shoots in Barcelona and Spain since 2001.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986 from York University, Toronto, Canada.
I have over 30 years of experience as a photographer and visual artist.


Not a licensed guide. No vocally aided tours within historical monuments or museums. We can certainly quietly discuss within the confines of most museums and monuments. Not a driver, I can arrange for alternative modes of transport.

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Photo Foodie Private Tours


Great loves - food, photography, people and their stories of Barcelona

706 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

4 hours

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