Michael MortimerUnited States
Had a great four hour tour peeking into hidden gems and secret spots off the beaten track. Exactly what we wanted. Ended up in a fabulous cemetery that told a tale of Barcelona in gorgeous but decaying memorials. Tate is a marvelous interpreter of what we experienced. And I don't even generally like guides. We look forward to meeting her again on our next trip to the city!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dr Mortimer for encouraging me to launch a tour with a more formalized visit to the cemetery of Poble Nou. Maybe I could craft a story of Barcelona and use the props in that place to make it real. You put the example of the cemetery in Kolkata, India, that Tells the story of colonialism through memorials. now I have to go to India and see!!!!
Michael MortimerUnited States
We learned more about Barcelona in 4 hours than we did in 4 days on our last visit. We asked for a more nuanced tour of the essence of the city and Tate delivered! Highly recommended for new and returning visitors to Barcelona.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the comment, Michael and Amy. Seeing the city through your well travelled eyes is refreshing and a great experience for myself :-)
Mona WatkinsAtlanta, GA, United States
We had a magical time with Tate. The depth of her knowledge exceeded our expectations and she made the entire experience so special and so memorable. We hope to go back to Catalonia and use her services again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Mona!! Thanks for your magical review! We had such a great time! Now I regret not having taken the picture of you in the seats of Dalí and Gala in the restaurant with my own camera, as it was a funny and interesting shot, we can do it when you come back :-) greetings to the family!
Leslie MacFadyenCharlotte, NC, United States
I can't say enough about our time with Tate. She was incredibly flexible, knowledgable and truly listened to what we were interested in tailoring the tour to our interests. Her kindness shone through and we felt so welcomed and taken care of. You can't go wrote with her as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Certainly 6 eyes see more than 4, and thanks to you I designed this tour, The lifeblood of BCN, as you wanted to get the feeling of the barcelonians, streetlife, beating cafés... I hope to go sometime in the future to Charlotte to feel the lifeblood of your city! :-)
Leslie MacFadyenCharlotte, NC, United States
I can't say enough about our time with Tate. She was incredibly flexible, knowledgable and truly listened to what we were interested in tailoring the tour to our interests. She has written over 20 books about Barcelona and her depth of knowledge was a true joy. You can't go wrote with her as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words Leslie. Strolling the Raval with you two was really fun, my nicest b-day present, and a discovery for me too, specially that oooold chocolate shop that was a gem with its furniture, stained glass windows, and the delikatessen they served! I hope that you keep coming to BCN!
Dottie MillerUnited States
Tate is your dream guide! What amazing luck to find her! A professor who provides a personalized tour in a conceptual and detailed manner, she is warm, articulate, and passionate about her city. In fact, she is so knowledgeable that she has published books on Gaudi and on Barcelona. Our 4-hour Highlights tour was well-organized with no time wasted. Tate generously provided restaurant suggestions and suggestions of sites to see besides the contracted tour. Leaving her was hard! Gotta come back for more!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dotti and Bob for your kind review, Great that you can take your nice memories back home !
Nancy BrooksUnited States
We had a 6 hour tour with Tate that included a comprehensive tour of Sagarada Familia, the Old City, the Jewish corner of the Old City and La Rambla. Tate was very well studied on what she took us to see and pointed out many things which we would have missed had we not had her as a tour guide. Definitely more depth than breadth. Tate gave us good recommendations of good restaurants and other places to visit in Barcelona as well. I would highly recommend Tate as a tour guide for your visit. Thank you Tate!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nancy, Peter, Sarah & Molly for sharing so many experiences! I like very much the idiom: “more depth than breadth”, that should become the motto for the guide association!!
Christine TischerUnited States
Tate was a breath of Barcelona spirit! She gave us a tour of Barcelona that we will always remember! She whisked us into The Salada Familia with the sun just bathing us and everyone in gold! Her running explanations were so easily heard. My husband is hard of hearing and on a walker. His slow gait was no deterrence for her delight in getting us to experience the Catalan history and culture. We truly were wanting Tate and our great driver to have dinner with us but they had other plans.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Chris! It is my pleasure to share such marvellous memories with you! I wish that you come back go BCN sometime!
David PettusUnited States
On a scale from 1 to 5 stars, Tate deserves 10! With her encyclopedic knowledge and passionate interest in Barcelona and Gaudi, she opened our eyes to the wonders of the Sagrada Familia, and gave us a sense of connection to the people and the stories that make up this fascinating city. Her English is excellent, and it is no wonder that her books and articles on many aspects of Barcelona's culture have become so popular. It was a truly special day…
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aloha David, Sherry and Jack! It was my pleasure and a wonderful experience to share your time in BCN! I feel that we spent the day half in here and half in Hawaï :-) I wrote down some of your comments that no doubt will be very useful to me. Good continuation in your travelling the world! Tate
Susan WeeseUnited States
5 star rating for her knowledge, personality, and for changing everything to the next day. Everything about the tour was great. She is great! But I think the tour company should look into a restaurant you can get a reservation at. We waited a long tine for a table ( not any fault on Tate!). We could have spent more time with Dalí or in Girona. Plus the food was not worth the wait half the items on the menu were sold out! Thanks toursbylocals and Tate for a great experience. We will use your company again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Susan, your company was a priviledge: I learned lots of things from wiki-Robert, the fight to live of Laurence is awesome an I saw in the internet your pictures around the world with Samantha the skeleton!! Impressive!! Transgressive, Dalinian!! You are an artist worth to meet and chat with. Thanks for the review. You are right we waited too long in the restaurant and most of the dishes were gone. The reason was that we arrived too late and Can Roca is a too successful place, an icon in local gastronomy.
Michael NeamUnited States
Tate was knowledgeable friendly and a great tour guide. Not only does she have knowledge but she has a personality to deliver or knowledge. Thank you Tate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dr Neam! It was my pleasure to tour such an outstanding personality in the world of the Alzheimer research. I am glad that there was a conference of your field in BCN and even more glad that you chose spending your free time with us!! I hope that you keep coming back :-)
Elliott ReeseSanta Barbara, CA, United States
Our group of 3 had an exceptional tour with local guide Tate. We booked a 'Gaudi specific' tour, which covered La Sagrada Familia & Park Guell. Tate provided truly unique & interesting information regarding Gaudi (not to mention Catalonia), and was exceptionally knowledgeable regarding both the church & park. Great communication from beginning to end, and she really enhanced our Barcelona experience. I would book a tour with Tate again (regardless of what tour it is)!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I had such a good time with you, 3 exceptional gentlemen, Elliot, Desi and Nathi, that I did not know if I was working or going around for fun! I am so glad that you could attend the historical 5-1 Clàsico!! That is a memory for life!!
Michelle CeravolaUnited States
We are 4 ladies from New Orleans that wanted to tour Barcelona before our cruise. We arranged a custom tour. Picking us up at the hotel and dropping us off at a restaurant. We originally booked with another guide that had to cancel last minute due to conflict in plans. We were skeptical about a last minute change -- but we thank our lucky stars. Tate was amazing. By far one of the best city tours we have ever done. Tate was extremely knowledgeable!!! We LOVED her!!! G.R.I.T.S
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michelle and Co!! It was a really, really good time!! We had such good laughs! I wish you come back!
Tom SwafferUnited States
We did not know what to expect from this first visit to Barcelona with Tate. She made our day memorable and taught us so much about Barcelona. It is on our list to return to. If you think the Sagrada Familia is just another wonderful European church, you are mistaken. It is the most amazing architectural site I've ever seen. Tate is an expert and you should take advantage of her unique and extensive knowledge of this phenomenal site. My next tour in Barcelona will be dedicated to just that site with Tate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tom and family for recovering the nice memories of the October 24! I wish that you come back to have the in depth visit of the of Sagrada Família!!
Nancy BurgerUnited States
This was truly a day to remember thanks to our fantastic guide, Tate and driver, Pedro. The monastery at Montserrat was incredible. Schedule your time so you can see the boys choir perform. We watched others go up to the black Madonna and worship her at her throne (the line is very long). We enjoyed a special lunch arranged by our guide that will be unforgettable. Drove down the "Rodeo Drive" of Barcelona and did a drive by of many famous buildings (Segrada Familia) in city center. Unbelievable day
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a memory dor life for myself as well, you were a wonderful party!
Karen AltadonnaUnited States
Tate was so amazing and educational. We had a tremendous tour from start to finish and didn't want the tour to end.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Victor and Karen!! That’s true we had such a good time, great laughs and a charming glass of cava in the balcony of Montjuïc, above the city :-)
Denise WiseUnited States
Tate was great! Her knowledge & depth of explanation gave the tour a special dimension. I would highly recommend this tour and her as a guide. Our 83 year old mom was with us & her pace was perfect for all to enjoy. Muchas Gracias Tate
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Muchas gracias Denise, Hilda, Kathleen and all the team!!! It was a great afternoon and the best birthday gift to your mum :-)
Maxi PalmerSouth Africa
What a gem we discovered in Tate. Tate goes way beyond the call of duty to accommodate. She is warm, energetic and shares her knowledge in such a way that all can follow and enjoy. Her patience to cope with older ladies and a wheelchair speaks volumes of her character and warm personality - thank you Tate!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Maxi!! It was a great pleaure to meet you two! Truly we shared great moments :-)
Lynda B.United Kingdom
Tate is extremely knowledgeable about her subject. She was a guide for Sagrada Familia before joining tours by locals so has a real feel for the place. She obviously enjoys what she does. We appreciated all the background knowledge and understanding of the development of the church including the concepts and detailing of the windows. A great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lynda and Duncan for your great company. When I saw you travelling light, like Leonard Cohen sang and the poet Antonio Machado wrote, I knew that we would have a very special visit :-)
Christina PietzUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words! I am so glad the tour went out so well!
Sharon YoergUnited States
one of the most articulate and knowledgeable guides ever on Tours by Locals... a whole other level of expertise
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: People like you makes the world go round, what you do foresting the Jazzbands in Sant Andreu for instance is awesome! Go Sharon
Joni RenardYoungsville, LA, United States
Tate was great ! My sister and I had a wonderful experience in Barcelona. She was so accommodating to our likes and interest. We made a life long friend in Tate . We enjoyed her city so much more by Tate sharing her knowledge. We enjoyed the cathedral so much more with her wealth of knowledge. I purchased a beautiful book for my home, after finding out she had a part in the book. 10 stars if that was an option. Thank you TBL for another wonderful guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Joni! That was a great girls afternoon! And you are right, we became long life friends :-) i hope you come back sometime to have LOL!!
Ann NewmanUnited States
Tate is a wonderful guide. She is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. We felt like we were visiting Barcelona with an old friend. Tate is truly an amazing guide and a lovely woman. My family and I look forward to exploring Spain with Tate on our next trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Then I am waiting for you to come back! I take tour word, I am your old friend in BCN :-) Ann, Scott, Nick, Jake and Mandy, it was a lovely morning!! Ann, you are a great woman!!
We had an amazing experience with Tate, the tour guide, and Pedro, who drove us around Barcelona. Tate is incredibly knowledgeable about Barcelona and her intimate understanding of the town made our tour that more interesting. We want to thank Tate for exposing us to the amazing beauty of Barcelona. One day is not near enough to spend in this beautiful city and we are resolved to come back for a repeat visit. We will be sure to look up Tate when we come back.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Rahil, Farrah and Nadia! It was our pleasure to tour such a well educated, cosmopolitan and creative family. It was great work & fun! I wish that you have a nice continuation of your cruiseship to Italy and that you enjoy Naples as much as BCN :-) Hope to see you back here!!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Tate's credentials is impressive. If you are a Dali fan, Tate is the guide for you. Her hilarious comments made the tour of the Museum less somber. But what made this tour remarkable was Tate making things happen during spur of the moment request. She made our day by getting us lunch reservations at the Restaurant Can Roca. The best cannelloni ever. Everything in this tour was fantastic, fun and memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: This was a memorable tour for me as well. You enjoyed the content of the tour and I enjoyed you. The filipinos are affectionate and sharing by nature but your party had the plus of being so well travelled and educated that I felt we could have gone on for hours and hours... A big hug for you all :-)
Sally SellsUnited States
As the tour Director of a group of 25 adults in Barcelona July 23-26, 2018, I want to highly commend and recommend Tate. She was unbelievable for all our tours, but especially, our tour to Monserrat and the Torres family Winery on July 25th. It was an incredible experience, thanks to Tate and her expertise!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to Sally and all her party from Philadelphia for a marvellous week together! Unforgettable experiences one after the other including the nice visit to Montserrat and lunch at El Cigró d'Or!
Neil KaplanUnited States
Anyone staying in Barcelona that does not make it up to Figures, Dalí and Girona are missing what might be the best of the region. Tatè was extremely knowledgeable not only about Dalí but the area and the history behind it all. She made the tour feel like we had been friends forever.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Neil and Jane! It was a very enlightened experience for me to share the day with you in Figueres and Girona. Neil, you are a very well read person, I was very impressed by your conversational abilities. I wish you have a pleasant continuation of your journey and also enjoy the Napa Valley along with the rest of your family, sons and fiancees :-)
Pride ScanlanUnited States
Our 8 attendees were very impressed with Tate's knowledge and even more so with her sparkling personality and humor. What a fun and rewarding afternoon! She's an exceptional guide who listened to and read our group, adjusting her delivery and history details to fit us. Are there 6 STARS that we can give Tate?
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ohhh Pride, thankssss!!!! So, when did you say you are coming back????
Terri J.United States
We loved out tour with Tate. She was warm and welcoming and obviously passionate about the city. Her extensive knowledge greatly enhanced our visit and appreciation of Barcelona. We could have happily spent 4 more hour with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I felt the same way, Terri!! You were a warm and charming group
Linda ZickermanUnited States
Tate was wonderful. Very informative, patient and aware of everyones needs especially my husband's who was using a scooter. We are giving her high marks. Whoever gets to meet her in the future is lucky.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Linda and to all the Zickermans! You are a great family!
Jason MitchellBurlington, ONTARIO, Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jason and your very kind family for your rating. The morning we spent together starting from the hotel Calderón, exploring the city and getting into the Sagrada Familia in July was a lovely one. I hope to see you back in Barcelona sometime :-)
Lauren GolledgeUnited States
We adore Tate! She is friendly and knowledgable, along with the food tour she also had great insight to various historical spots. Our cooking experience was a highlight of our trip to Barcelona, it was fun for the whole family! Would highly recommend to anyone and any type of group! :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lauren and to all your lovely laaaarge family!! And congratulations for your graduation in Saint Andrews University!!
Elizabeth BurnsUnited States
Tate C. gave us a fabulous introduction to Old Town Barcelona. She was very responsive to my messages prior to our tour and she was delightful during our tour. My only negative about this tour was that it was much shorter then originally booked due to our flight being a little late and then we had some transportation issues getting to Tate. I wish that TBL had not booked something else for her so close to our tour so we could have had more time with Tate. She is very knowledgeable about Spain.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you enjoyed our walking tour despite all the hassle you suffered due: to the crying baby on the plane from NY... the delay in the arrival... your lost luggage... and the taxi that did never showed up in the airport... You are 2 brave women! After all those inconvenients, going ahead with a long walk, encouraging your sweet but strong mother in law impressed me sooo much! That is the resilience factor: finding your inner strength and overcoming the travelling hurdles.
Margaret SilberUnited States
Tate is absolutely wonderful - we were so lucky to have her as our guide. First off as an academic and author of books about Gaudi, substantively it seems almost impossible to find someone with more in depth knowledge. It was like taking a field trip with a college class, the level of information, which was thrilling to us as adults. And, as to out three kids (ages 4-12) she scaled the info perfectly for them. On top of substance, Tate is just a really great person - friendly, well spoken, funny. A+
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The best thing of being a tour guide is having the opportunity of sharing time and experiences with wonderful families as yours! I loved the sense of unity you shared and at the same the freedom of movements of each different member, Jordan on its own taking pictures, the girls drawing, taking notes, maggie taking care of all the details, cookies, water, wipes... the granny struggling not to lose track of anything... You are wonderful!!
Todd ChristieUnited States
Tate did a great job customizing the tour based on our interests. As a native, she shared interesting facts and helped us see the highlights in 2 hours as well as an overview of the old town. This was a perfect way to start our week in Barcelona. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thaks Todd for your kind words! I am very happy that you had a nice experience!!
Our time was limited and Tate did an excellent job at showing us as much as she possibly could. She obviously knew her city. She was very knowledgeable. Thank you so much, Tate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Going to the Subterranian Barcelona with a geologist is quite an experience! Thanks Lorraine and Edward for your kind comment after your very long trip!
Margaret SilberUnited States
We had an absolutely incredible walking tour of Old Town Barcelona. Tate is a fantastic, super well informed guide who knew the history of the area in great detail. She talked to us, ascertained our interests and focused the tour on the parts we were most desiring to see. She was incredibly accommodating in terms of our group which had our elderly Mom and our three young girls. Just a wonderful guide! Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Margaret and Jordan! you looked sooo happy!!! And your happiness is sooo contagious!! Thanks to your 3 generation lovely party, I took a trip down memory lane. Went back to those sweet days when we travelled with my husband, small daughters amd my mum. Now that they are young ladies and my mother is gone I was looking at you as to an improved mirror, as your girls are sooo cute!!!
Sandy BonahoomUnited States
BEST TOUR GUIDE EVER... Tate was exceptionally knowledgeable about history, geography, culture, current events and all things pertaining to Barcelona! She was fun to be with and was very accommodating. There were 7 of us and 2 languages to be considered and she was excellent! If we ever come back to Barcelona, we will absolutely be asking for Tate. We were also so pleased with our driver Pedro. They were both completely aware of our needs and were right there to help. An exceptional experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I have transmitted your gratefulness to Pedro and we are both so glad that you enjoyed! Specially because Barcelona was the last port of call of your european trip and you had to put a good colophon in it. Our tour has run nicely & smoothly because you are 2 lovely, openminded and easygoing families, it has been our pleasure to be with you :-)
Eryn Weber-ShifrinUnited States
Tate was the perfect guide for my family. Not only does she have much experience and endless knowledge about the places we saw and the current cultural and political climate in Barcelona, but there also wasn't a question we asked that she couldn't answer. She's a wonderful ambassador of this great city. In addition to being knowledgeable, she was flexible, responsive, and so easy to be with. She even took us around by foot for an extra hour to be sure we saw everything that interested us! She's terrific!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Eryn! I had a great time with you and your 4 boys :-) You are all so positive and active that you make it a pleasure to walk around with you. For me, as a mother of only daughters, to see the interaction among the 5 of you was great fun! I am sure you enjoy yourselves so much wherever you go!! Congrats for such a lovely family!
Arief Harris TandjungIndonesia
We chose this program because we were 'intrigued' by Tate's credentials and we made the RIGHT choice !! Tate is very knowledgable about Gaudi's work and she wrote several articles about them. We ended up spent 2.5 hours (vs original schedule of 2 hours) as Tate enthusiastically explained all the intricate details on every part of Sagrada Familia. It's an 'eye opening' experience and felt like having a 'short class' on Gaudi's work. Thanks a lot Tate for such a wonderful and memorable time ...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Arief and Cinta for your company today, I felt so comfortable with you that I certainly would have stayed longer if I could! We have to celebrate when smart connections occur :-)
Chris O.United States
Tate was just a fantastic all-around guide. She taught us the history and culture of the old town and Jewish quarter with interest and sympathy. She introduced us to churros and thick chocolate and pinchtroxs (just ask her!). My 10 and 12 year old enjoyed her tour as much as I did. We've had a number of guides in the last year and a half, and I don't think you could go wrong with Tate. Thank you Tate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: JJJJJ!!!! Pintxos Chris!! You have a second chance in Madrid to pratice and eat up the pintxos :-) Your family is wonderful, walking around with 2 kids with jetlag the day after the end of their school was a challenge! for you and myself! but after the thick chocolate they cheered up wonderfully, and did not stop asking very intelligent questions. I was highly impressed by their comments!! so I told my daughters back at home. Wish you keep good memories of BCN!!
Sonya YonashUnited States
It was so fun walking around Old Town with Tate! She had great insights into where to go, and what to do - and took us to a magnificent chocolate shop off the main drag for a churro/chocolate treat to die for! Very knowledgeable and a perfect local to show you around and give insider tips!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sonya! It was great fun to accompany you. I am so glad that tou enjoyed the tour :-)
Susan DeBrechtUnited States
Tate was the most knowledgeable guide! Her background is impressive. Our tour of Sagruda Familia was outstanding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Susan! It was a lovely tour!
Sally W.Greeley, CO, United States
Sadly, our time with Tate was short as an airline delay cut our scheduled 4 hour tour of Barcelona with her to only 1 1/2 hours. We did manage to pack a lot into that time and so enjoyed the time we spent together. Tate is so engaging, knowledgeable and energetic that we felt we missed so much of what Barcelona had to offer due to our shortened tour. It makes us want to return and finish her tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Sally! Yes, despite the hassel of the plane delay at least you made the most of your short stay!! the day of Saint Jordi is the most beautiful celebration in Barcelona and I am so glad all your party got the traditional red roses and you took them with you on board to accompany you throughout your journey by the Mediterranean sea...
Deborah AshinUnited States
Tate's tour was a highlight of our visit to Barcelona. She is extremely knowledgable, very personable and was flexible in creating a tour just for us, focusing on Gaudi. She is an accomplished writer and historian, with a terrific sense of humor. It was well worth hiring a private driver because we maximized our time with Tate and were able to do and see more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Deborah has worked as a guide for art museums in NY and we had so good laughs sharing our stories!! I would like to share with TBL a good one: Deborah was heading back to her office after a tour when she heard that lady telling her friend: -is it Guetty? -yes it’s him! -said the other. And then Deborah turned back and said: -I am sorry ladies! It is not Paul Guetty, it is Saint Bartholomew, and the portrait is by Rembrandt!!
Franco FelizartaUnited States
Our tour guide, Tate, was extremely knowledgeable, she was able to Answer all of our questions. We had a great time! Strongly recommend our tour guide. We had most in depth tour of Sagrada Familia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I thank you, Franco and family for a lovely morning shared together, I felt more like friends than customers! And I learned so much about California and the US!