The company HIDDEN CITY TOURS proposes an alternative way to get to know Barcelona: through the eyes of people who have lived in its streets.
This is not a new project, as it has been operating for some time in other major cities, such as London or Prague.
HIDDEN CITY TOURS will give employment to homeless people in Barcelona, trained and prepared people who have lost everything and live on the streets of the city. At the same time, it offers tourists and other interested people the possibility to live a unique experience through the eyes of someone who knows every corner of the city because it has been his home.
At the moment, the company only offers this type of visit in the Gothic Quarter. But everything points to the fact that they will soon expand the offer to other places in Barcelona.
The head of this social project is a British woman who has lived in Barcelona for 10 years, Lisa Grace, who wanted to transfer the idea to Barcelona after learning of the success of the initiative in her country of origin.
The founder of this initiative who, after losing her job as a marketing consultant just a year ago, realized how vulnerable she could really be. Lisa confesses that she has always had the support of her family; but after her experience she is aware that for those who, for whatever reason, do not have that support, ending up on the street becomes a harsh reality.
HIDDEN CITY TOURS has enlisted the help of a Barcelona-based NGO to select its tour guides. They are also currently training two other homeless people so that, in the near future, they will be able to work as guides.
The tours will be conducted in English, Spanish and Catalan, and the company will start its activity on October 10, a day chosen to start its activity, as it is the World Day of the Homeless.