Andrew SheaUnited States
This was part /day 2 of our Barcelona tour. Francisco was just as excellent. took up to a quaint local restaurant at Monteserrat to give us a taste of local food. Very safe driver up the mountain. took some great family pictures for us. It was nice to get out of the city and explore more of the country side. Freixenet was a great local winery where we learned how sparkling wine was made (and we acutally found a bottle back in Dallas today!) Highly reocommend Francisco!
Louis NicholsonUnited States
This has been one of our favorite tours in all of Spain. Cavas, the beach, and the mountains. Francisco was excellent and made the day an absolute blast. He had my teenage daughters entertained all day.
Gerald WeiderUnited States
Our second day out with Francisco was as good as the first. Again he was terrific and his taking of photos of us at these sights was an added value to our day. Again, we say, don't hesitate to engage Francisco as your guide, you will be happy you did so! Jerry & Rosalie Weider Brooklyn NY
Francisco was a great guide. He provided a wealth of knowledge throughout the tour, and as a bonus, he is a talented photographer. He took a number of excellent pictures of us and promptly emailed them to us after the tour.
Michael GleasonUnited States
We recommend Francisco very highly. We had a great day with him. ttentive, knowledgeable, pleasant. Took his own camera and took, by far, the best pictures we have from that whole cruise.
Jerry HolsworthUnited States
This was an excellent tour. It was nice to get out of Barcelona and to see the countryside. We really enjoyed the wine tour. Francisco was a very good guide with fluent English and his photographer skills were a plus to the trip. We really enjoyed spending the day with him. Montserrat is a very special holy place and in a bueatiful setting. ����
Phil WhiteRockyview, QLD, Australia
A wonderful day to remember. Francisco collected us right on time from our hotel and from then onwards we were treated to something special all day. The tour of the Freixenet winery was brilliant especially the couple of glasses at the end of the tour. The walk through the beach side village of Sitges was wonderful as was a very local lunch at a very local restaurant. Onwards then to Montserrat to see the monastery and Basilica. Francisco's knowledge, friendliness and confidence was second to none.
Lorraine SandiferUnited States
Our family of 3, my husband, our 18yr old daughter, and myself, recently took a tour with Francisco. We had a marvelous day which started with a tour at Freixenet and cava tasting, went on to the beautiful seaside town of Sitgues where we had a delicious lunch of pinchos at a local restaurant, and finished with a tour of Montserrat. It was an excellent way to see different terrain outside of Barcelona and Francisco was a wonderful guide. He was very informative, thoughtful and kind!
Jill CohenUnited States
Fantastic Tour!! Francisco was very knowledgeable and provided a wonderful day for us. We got to see three separate areas outside of the city and enjoyed them all! Francisco showed us some breathtaking locations and took photos of our family at each stop. I would recommend Francisco to everyone! Thank you for a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jill. Thank you for your words and rates !! It was my joy too. All the Best. Francisco M.
Excellent tour! Francisco was very friendly, helpful and flexible. My family and I enjoyed this trip tremendously, he also blended himself well with my little boy, Calvin. The pictures he took for us were gorgeous as well. Would definitely recommend Francisco and this tour to everyone.
Jody TatayUnited States
Great day touring with Fransico! He was knowledgeable,friendly and easy to spend the day with! He tried to plan the day to avoid crowds and traffic. He gave us a great insight on life in Spain.
Brenda KidderUnited States
We had a wonderful day with our guide. The pace was perfect. We enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Very personable and knowledgeable with insight into history and culture. We would use Tours by Locals again. Thanks Francisco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barbara. Me too enjoyed the time spend with you and friends and an honor to know that you going to use TBL again. All the Best !!. Francisco M.
Andrew ReidNew Orleans, LOUISIANA, United States
What a nice tour!! I recommend this tour for everyone. Francisco is very knowledgeable. Thanks for a Great Day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michaela and Andrew. Thank you it was a joy for me too !!. All the Best. Francisco M.
James BentleyUnited States
Francisco was excellent--knowledgeable, entertaining,prompt, and helpful. I wish that we had done our general tour of Barcelona with Francisco. He sent pictures from our trip and was genuinely interested in our ideas. My husband and I consider Francisco to be a friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi James and Genie. The pleasure was mine, everyday more in love with my job that give me the opportunity to meet wonderful people. All the Best to you. Francisco M.
Gus LeonardUnited States
It was awesome! We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. He was very knowledgeable. We would definitely use this company again!
Laura MizrachiUnited States
Norris AndersonUnited States
Great guide. He even emailed photos taken during our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Norris and friends. Photos are great to remember, brings up to live again the good experiences. This tour is great to get i view of the Catalans culture. All the Best !!. Francisco M.
Diane KaplanUnited States
Francisco put together a last minute trip for us to Montserrat. He was very knowledgable. Totally enjoyable experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Diane. The joy was mine. All the Best. Francisco M.
Robert QuistUnited States
Francisco was excellent, with perfect English he directed us through the best of the sites outside of Barcelona. We have visited Barcelona, twice a year, for the last 5 years, so we can be a bit hard to please. Yet, our day spent with Francisco exceeded all our expectations. He was prompt, informative, attentive to our needs, and very professional.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert and Family. It was my great pleasure to spend the full day to show you the beautiful area of Penedes and Montserrat. All the Best. Francisco M.
Blake BurkhartUnited States
Francisco was great. He was very personable and knowledgeable. Also as a bonus, he sent us pictures from the trip that he took the next day! Thanks Francisco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Blake and Elizabeth. It was my joy too to show you the beautiful vineyards in the south part of Barcelona region. All the Best !! Francisco M.
Marjorie StanfordUnited States
Francisco adjusted our itinerary and we were able to visit Colonia Guell-a place where Gaudi designed a beautiful church. We were able to see many of the design concepts he used at his larger buildings in Barcelona. We also visited Sitges-a lovely seaside resort, and ended our day at the beautiful monastery in Montserrat. One thing that Francisco does to differentiate himself from other guides is his professional photo taking. He sent us the photos that will provide wonderful memories of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Majorie, husband and friends. It was a charm for me to spend the whole day with you to show the beautiful region of Penedes. All the Best !!. Francisco M.
Jan LordUnited States
Thank you to Francisco for an outstanding day! Our private tour began with a scenic drive along the coastline to Sitges where we walked the village and learned of the history of this charming seaside town. Next an in-depth tour of Freixenet Cellars lunch at an excellent restaurant on the way to Montserrat and topping it off with a knowledgeable tour of Montserrat. Francisco is an extremely cautious driver, very courteous and has excellent English. We highly recommend Francisco
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jan,John,Kelly and Greg. It was my joy to have meet you and spend the full day in the gorgeous area of south Barcelona. All the Best. Francisco M.
Idania DeLeoUnited States
Francisco was one of the most knowledgeable and interesting tour guides we have had. He has a great personality and made our tour a memorable experience. He is easy going and very accommodating. We would use Francisco again and will gladly recommend him to our family and friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Idania and friends. Thank you !! it was my pleasure also to have meet you. All the Best !!. Francisco M.
Karen ThomasUnited States
Francisco is a wonderful tour guide! Like having our friend show us around --And he made our trip to the El Penedés Region a spectacular day!! You feel very secure with his driving, able to take many pictures along the way. This tour would be my suggestion "not-to-be-missed" for anyone visiting Barcelona!!! Montserrat was a very special destination for us and I appreciated the extra time that we had there- then a perfect stop in Sitges to view the water!! and some quick food and the Cava! Wonderful!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Karen and Rob. Yes !!! the south region of Barcelona, the Penedes region is a treat to not miss, it shows very much our culture, sea, mountain, drinking cava and to see Catalans religious retreat. It was my great pleasure to have meet you all and spend the full day with you. All the Best !!. Francisco M.
There is no doubt that our tour with Francisco in September was a 10 out of 10. He is professional but friendly and totally knowledgeable of his tour. He made us feel that we were out with a friend rather than a guide. He took photos of us at various places which he has sent to me. What a great tour and what a fabulous man. Would do it all again. Thanks Francisco
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Thomas and friends. It is a joy for me to show also the beautiful places outside town too. And you guys also made to be an enjoyable day. All the best to you all !!. Francisco M.
Meredith HirshUnited States
Obviously Montserrat is beautiful and the caves turned out to be a an incredibly fun and interesting adventure but best of all,Francisco was wonderful.We had a six year old with us and he was beyond flexible and attentive to our needs.We felt comfortable and well taken care of through the journey!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Meredith, Daphne and litle Phibi. It is a pleasure when travelers propose new tour or add sights to existing ones, to customize your interest. The Salnitre Cave was a treat to see Montserrat Mountain from inside and out. All the Best !! Francisco M.
Dennis SponerUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Francisco. He was very knowledgeable of the Catalunya history. He picked us up promptly at our location and completed all aspects of our tour. He was very courteous and pleasant to spend the day with. We were never rushed during our day. We look forward to seeing the pictures he took of us at all our stops - Stiges, Frexinet and Monserrat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kathy and friends. It was my pleasure too and share this beautifull area of south Barcelona. All the best Girls !!!.
Debbie PaulUnited States
Francisco was awesome. He was very knowledgeable of the places he took us to. Easy to get along with, and fun to be around. Especially nice that he drove. Met us at our hotel, waited for us as our plane came in late and didn't shave off the time we had with us because we were late getting to our hotel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Debbie and friend. Me to enjoyed your company and share with you all i know and make you arrival to the city the most enjoyable i could after the airport´s luggage stress. All the Best to you two.
Francisco was great and gave us a very informative tour of all the locations. As my parents-in-law are slow walkers, he made sure the pace of the tour wasn't too fast for them. He was also very considerateto point out to them to mind the steps on uneven surfaces. We had a great time and tremendously enjoyed the trip and his company. Thank you Francisco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Suchansa, Patrick and parents. Thank you for you kind words, it was my plesure to spend the day with you all and enjoyed as much as you did. All the Best !!. Just hoping to go back to the country of smile.
Marion McCoyUnited States
My friends and I had a fantastic day with Francisco M. He was charming, knowledgeable, and a great guide. We would have booked another tour with him if time had allowed. I wish him the best and encourage English speaking travelers to request him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Marion, Katherine and Sandra. It was my great pleasure to spend the full day to show you the beautiful area of Penedes and Montserrat. All the Best.
Francisco is a great guide, very knowledgeable and personable. It is very much like having an old friend that you haven't seen in a while show you the sights in his neighbourhood. Freixenet offers a wonderful behind the scenes view of a proud and historic winery. Sitges is ideal as a refresher with some excellent sea-side fare. Montserrat holds such natural peaceful beauty that will inspire and touch the soul. We ended our vacation with this tour and it was absolutely the perfect closer.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ryan and Christine. Thank you for you words, awsome description of the tour and sharing your canadian indian background/culture with me. All the best to you both.
Thomas HilbertUnited States
He is very knowledgeable, personable and flexible. We were able to see the Bassilica and the Picasso museum without delays. The touring was comprehensive and enjoyable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thomas and Anne. Thanks for your words and rates. This tour is a joy for those wanting to see the south of Barcelona province. All the Best.
Tak (danny) ChengUnited States
Francisco customized a tour for us that consisted of going to Monserrate, Gaudi Crypt and the Winery. He arrived on the dot. Ride was roomy and had plenty of air conditioning. I love the fact that he was able to bring us to a local Catalunya restaurant for lunch. It was cheap and delicious. He is also a professional photographer and was able to take some group photos for us. A big plus. Our kids 15/16 enjoy the history and the rides in the Winery. I would highly recommend Franciso for future tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tak Cheng and Family. I love to customize tours or mix exhisting ones, your daughters were lovely and very educated. I like to go where the locals go with my guests. All the best for all. Francisco.
Charles R.United States
This is a terrific day tour away from Barcelona. You get the benefit of a private tour with an experienced tour guide and personal transportation. The day is really three "mini tours"... the historic coastal village of Sitges, the cava wine country with a tour of the Freixenet Winery and Montserrat. Francisco adds to the enjoyment and memory of the day by providing you with pictures from your day together.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chuck and Linda, truly is a nice full day outside Barcelona to see beyond the city, lots to do, lots to see. Best to you.
Carole N.United States
Our tour with Francisco was everything we expected. He was most helpful and patient with our senior citizen group. His driving was excellent and the information we received along the way was good as well. Thanks for a great day
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carole, Montserrat is a lovely tour, the mountain, the scenery, the religious retreat, our beautiful virgin, it is a magical place. Best to you all.
Jeff GaleUnited States
Thank you Francisco for two great days with you. The tour of Barcelona was filled with beautiful sites, expert knowledge and the perfect pace. We saw a lot but never felt rushed. Francisco recommended a wonderful restaurant for lunch and we enjoyed a new dish, "black rice". We were with our two teenagers and Francisco was very good at relating to them. Also, he is a safe and careful driver which we appreciated. Finally, he took a lot of pictures of us and we are looking forward to seeing them.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeff, wife, son and daughter. Glad to hear that you all enjoyed it. This tour takes the most out of the City. Time for every thing and you all know how to enjoy traveling. Black rice is a delight like the Fideua we tried. All the best to you all.
This was our second day with Francisco, again, I would like to give him six stars. Good job Francisco. And we like the photos you took for us very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Han Chang, wife and kids. This day tour gives a good flavor of the Barcelona close surounding land mark, the sea and the mountain with a taste of Cava. Best to you all.
James MarlowUnited States
Franciso is a great guide, he is very pleasant, and a truly nice guy. He is above and beyond the normal guide in many ways, and if you wish, he will help you take great photographs of your trip. He is very knowledgeable about his locations, but gives you information in a very relaxed and personalized manner. I can give him my highest recommendation.
Elizabeth S EdwardsUnited States
Francisco is marvelous. Knowlegeable and caring and knows his subjects. He made the Colonia Guell and Montserrat come alive. He also listened to my comments and questions and was able to answer and expand upon them. An excellent photographer, his photo momento book represents a wonderful reminder of my tour. Many thanks.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for your great review even more coming from an agent from the tourist industry. It was my pleasure to customize the tour for you needs. All the best to you.
John ColemanUnited States
Francisco enabled us to experienced the wonders of Barcelona and surrounding area without feeling rushed, and at a comfortable pace without sacrificing the elegance or the fascinating history. We enjoyed tasty food within our budget in lovely surroundings. He is most knowledgable and interesting with a warm manner. We are eagerly awaiting the many photos he took.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John and wife. Glad to hear that you both enjoyed my maners and my special way of guiding people as if the were friend or family.
Reese MershonPrattville, AL, United States
We had a great day with Francisco. The Cava tour and lunch at Sitges were a great treat - in spite of the rain. We discovered that it is not true that the "rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain." . Unfortunately, we were unable to experience Montserrat due to the road being closed due to the weather. Francisco was eager to provide us a great tour experience, and we can't wait to see the photos he took!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kimberly, husband and friends. The Penedes region it really is a jewel, the feel of the mediterranean sea, the inland with all the vinyards and cellars to end up to 900 meter high from the sea level, the mayestic mountain of Montserrat. Once a year rain not only on the plain but everywhere and hard. Pity the police cut the road to reach the monastery of Montserrat but always is for our own security.
Douglas AltenbernNashville, TN, United States
We had a wonderful time visiting Sitges, Freixinet winery and Montserrat with Francisco, definitely a highlight of our trip. He has a great sense of humour and his knowledge of the places we visited and connections with locals was invaluable. Very good driver, very comfortable vehicle. Would absolutely recommend this experience to anyone visiting Barcelona.
Clare S.United States
Great tour with Francisco. He planned a wonderful day with us. He was very enjoyable and very knowledgeable. The highlight was visiting Montserrat and the Basilica. Francisco was very attentive, making sure we were all accounted for when there were crowds around. And he was a very good driver, especially on the windy, hair-pin curves to Montserrat. I was totally at ease. He told us he is quiet when he drives to concentrate on the road. He was quiet at other times too. Loved the pictures he took of us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Clare Segall. Glad to hear that you and you family enjoyed the tour. This tour involves a bit of driving and is not only that i had to watch the road but also other drivers to anticipate their movement. With some people conversation and info flows naturally with others one feels that is on an oral exam.
Amy B. SeltzerUnited States
He was great!!!!!!! The best!!!!! A 5 for sure!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Amy and friend. Enjoyed very much to take you to Montserrat. Best to you all.
Cynthia StrausUnited States
Francisco was an excellent tour guide. Very personable, and professional. He went beyond the call of duty making sure I got to see all of the things that were important to me, and helping me learn about the area. From the moment he met me until he delivered me to my final destination I felt utterly taken care of. Tours by locals made setting up exactly what I wanted to do during my short stay in Barcelona easy and stress free. I would wholeheartedly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cynthia. I spend I lovely morning seeing Colonia Guell and Montserrat with you. Wish you have a great time traveling through France. Best to you.
Alson KempUnited States
We put this tour at the end of almost 4 weeks, and it was a fitting conclusion. Sitges was beautiful. The winery tour at Freixnet was the best, of many, we have seen. An off-the-beaten-path lunch was fun. And Montserrat is not to be missed. (We'd go back for the day.) Francisco gave us 8.5 hours of sights and comfort and brought our vacation to a close. Thank you, Francisco.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Martha and Alson. It is a full on tour this one, lots to see and different one from the others but worth the time and viewing from sea level to 700 meter high with the taste of our cusine and Cava. I had fun with you best to you both.
Anne ForbesUnited States
Francisco met the 4 of us at our port. It was a cold & wet day but in spite of the weather, we had a wonderful day. The drive up to the monastery was beautiful. Francisco told us about the history of the area & the monastery. We visited the little chapel w/the Black Madonna & was treated to singing in the cathedral. Had lunch later at a local restaurant w/tasty food & wine. Francisco was a calm & patient guide & answered all our questions. He emailed some great photos of us. A great tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Forbes Family. It always help if the sun shine is not out to make it appear within us. Montserrat is a great location with the scenery of the Mountain and the main sight for Catalonian Christians. And sure the Catalonian restaurant that we visit made the perfect end for the tour. Best to you all and thank you for you excellent tip.
James RobertsonUnited States
Francisco picked up my clients up at the airport and they had a great 1/2 day tour of Barcelona before taking them to their hotel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a plesure to recive your customers at the airport and tour with them towards their Hotel. There are such a nice couple.
Mark S.United States
A great day trip outside of Barcelona. Francisco was an excellent guide and driver.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark and Thomas, is its an itinerary that show us de mediterrenean sea and vinyards right by the sea and all the way inside land to taste some Cava at Freixenet to en in the hights mountain close to Barcelona.
George S.United States
franc was a terrific guide! His knowledge was deep and broad. Also, as an appreciated extra to our tour, he took some lovely fotos of my husband and myself. We highly recommend booking a tour with Franc!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, it is always a pleasure to work as a tour guide and take around such a nice people like you, who knows how to enjoy life. Best to you two.
Lynnette HubertAlbany, OR, United States
Francisco was a great guide as well as a great photographer! We had beautiful weather and a wonderful trip out into the country to see Montserrat, which is amazing and well worth the trip. Along the way we had a very traditional lunch and went on a tour of Caves Freixenet. The views were exceptional too. Thank you Francisco! Sincerely, The Hubert's and the Harris's
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Hubert's and the Harris's, it was great to take you with my private car to see interesting sights outside Barcelona city like Sitges and Montserrat. And ofcourse to see how we make and produce the Catalonia Champagne "The Cava" and the taste of it. To end with traditional Catalan food. It is a great tour. Thank you again for your kind comments and rates, and i do not forget you tip.
John C.United States
Francisco was a wonderful tour guide and was able to customize the tour to what we wanted, which included more hiking around Montserrat He drove us through the beautiful countryside while giving us some general information about the places we were visiting. He was very patient and took wonderful pictures of us which he emailed to us a few days later.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John. It was great to take you to Montserrat Mountain and the monastery to do some hiking to the cave where our black virgin was found with your wife and the twins, have Catalonian food for lunch and end with a visit to the famous cellar of Freixenet where the do the one of best Cava in Spain.
N Shankara NellikunjaKarnataka, 575002, India
Francisco gave us a wonderful tour of Stiges and Montserrat,we had a very enjoyable day and would strongly recommend Mr Francisco who has all the qualities of a great guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dr. Shankar. It was lovely to take your wife, daughter and you to visit the area of Penedes, the seaside village of Sitges, the vineyards, Freixenet´s Cellar and to our highest mountain in Barcelona, Montserrat and to share our culture and religion. Without forgetting some time for shops clothing. Thanks a lot for your generous tip. Best for you all and happy that you liked the photos.
Janie TiptonUnited States
Francisco was an excellent all-day tour for 4 guide. HE drove many miles in his own car to Montserret, a stunning beautiful monastery; Sitges,a seaside town, and Freixenet Winery, giving info,facts. He showed Colonia Guell and La Sagrada Familia, finest sights I've seen. He lives in Barcelona and gave extra time. He was patient and helpful with my scooter and we were very comfortable with him. We couldn't have had a better guide to share his unique and beautiful city. Perfect Day, Feancisco!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Janie and Larry. It was a pleasure to take you out town and get to see all that can offers the Barcelona surrounding like Montserrat, Sitges an the taste of wine and sparkling wine in the famous cellar of Freixenet. Best to you.