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barcelona old town walking tour

Discover the roman origins of the city more than 2000 years ago, and its medieval greatness in its wonderful architecture.

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Embark on an exciting adventure through the Old Town of Barcelona, discovering the city’s rich history along the way. Our expert local guide will take you around Roman Barcelona, a part of the city dating back 2,000 years. Then, off the beaten tourist path, you will explore Barcelona’s hidden secrets, not mentioned in your guidebooks. Enjoy the wide variety of architectural styles and monumental buildings encountered along the way, many of them located in the Gothic Quarter, where you will feel as though transported back to the Middle Ages. Discover Barcelona with our expert guide and learn why it’s so beloved by its visitors.

  • Discover Barcelona's Gothic Quarter on a private walking tour.
  • Explore thousands of years of Barcelona’s history, from time of the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages, all the way through to the present day.
  • Explore the winding alleys and peaceful plazas of this charming neighborhood.
  • Walk alongside one of the world's best-preserved sections of Roman wall.
  • Witness medieval architecture in Plaça del Rei and at the Barcelona Cathedral.
  • Visit Plaça de Sant Jaume, the political center of Catalonia.
  • Check out iconic Barcelona landmarks
  • A small group ensures a better experience and more personal attention

Discover ancient Roman Barcelona with our expert local guide. This part of the city is one of the oldest, dating back over 2,000 years.
Let your imagination run wild, as we recreate the Roman Forum in modern-day Plaça de Sant Jaume, which even now remains the seat of political power in Catalonia. This is also the main venue for the annual celebration of Patron Saint’s Day with a popular local spectacle called Castellers (Human Towers).
Walk along one of the world's best preserved Roman walls and imagine the therapeutic spas once present at the Roman Baths of Pati Llimona.
Enjoy the unique architecture and impressive monumental buildings of the Gothic Quarter, a neighborhood that will transport you back in time to the Middle Ages Throughout the tour your knowledgeable guide will be by your side to provide explanations and answer any questions you may have. Take in the emblematic Plaça del Rei, home to the Palace of the Viceroy and the beautiful Palau Reial Major. It was on the stairs of this palace that the explorer Christopher Columbus was greeted when returning from his first voyage to the Americas.
Christian spirituality is most evoked by two of the city’s most famous churches, the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, which are the ultimate expression of pure Catalan Gothic style. Santa Maria del Mar is well known for having been built very quickly, considering its monumental size. This is due to the participation of thousands of inhabitants from the Born district. The Born neighborhood is full of wonderful surprises just waiting to be discovered. You are sure to enjoy its cheerful energy, trendy bars, exceptional restaurants and small boutiques.

 

points of interest

  • Gothic Quarter: This is the oldest part of the city, where the history of Barcelona is best preserved. *A charming neighborhood where the history of Barcelona first began.
  • La Rambla: The most famous avenue in the city, lined with flower stalls, restaurants, cafes and many street performers.
  • La Boquería: A huge market that houses more than 300 stands offering a variety of local and exotic products. This is a vibrant place full of color and buzzing with life.
  • Roman forum: Once the city’s central square, dedicated to public life and business during the Roman Empire. This place now corresponds to Plaza de San Jaime.
  • Roman wall: This was once the main fortification of the city. Today we can find only a few ruins that prove its former presence.
  • Plaça del Rei: A monumental plaza, surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance buildings.
  • Palau Reial Major: Once the seat of government and residence of the counts of Barcelona and the Kings of Aragon.
  • La Catedral: One of the most emblematic landmarks of Barcelona, important in terms of both religion and art.
  • Santa Maria del Mar: An architectural gem from medieval times and the ultimate expression of pure Catalan Gothic style. Many locals attend Santa Maria del Mar as their cathedral.
  • El Born: This small village within the city is characterized by narrow shopping streets, full of history and charm.
includes
  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour

Not included
  • Private expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • where: Barcelona.
  • Group: Max. 8 persons
  • availability: Daily
    (except December 24th, 25th, and 26th and 1st of January)
  • Tour duration: 3h - Half day
  • Starting time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Language Available: English and Spanish

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