New tours of Barcelona have been launched, showing visitors the city through the eyes of a homeless guide.

The Hidden City Tours walk is described as a “mainly historic tour” that aims to give “insights into the social reality of the areas visited.”

The company’s founder Lisa Grace has lived in Barcelona for more than a decade.

She said the project was inspired by similar projects in Britain ( a new tour Bath began earlier this year, following a similar project in London ).

“Barcelona has more than 3,000 homeless (the last street count in 2011 noted 870 people sleeping in the street and a further 2,000 in temporary accommodation),” Lisa Grace said.

“However the city continues to flourish as a tourist destination, now being the fourth most visited city in Europe.

“So we decided to tap into Barcelona’s booming tourist trade and put it to work to help solve the city’s homeless problems by offering employment to people who want to work their way to a better life.”

The tours will run in both English and Spanish and start on October 11 – the day after World Homeless day – priced €10/8 adult/concession.

For more information go to www.hiddencitytours.com.

Photo Credit: Hidden City Tours now offers guides led exclusively by homeless city residents.