Gothic Quarter

The Barcelona Gothic Quarter Tour

Travel back in time to Europe's best preserved gothic quarter

The Gothic Quarter (in Spanish: Barrio Gótico) of Barcelona is one of the best preserved medieval areas in the World: it combines intact plazas, palaces, churches and monuments dating back to the 13th and 14th century. Among the highlights are Plaça del Rei, the square of the kings where Columbus was welcomed by after his first trip to America by the Catholic Kings (Ferdinand and Isabella), the Roman Walls that surrounded the Roman city of Barcino as well as the local's favourite spots.

The density of imposing buildings scattered around the narrow streets of the medieval city core bear witnesses to a rich history from a time when Barcelona was a super power in the Mediterranean together with cities like Venice and Genova. It was here where the famous Inquisition spread fear At Plaça Sant Felip Neri you will come across a testimony from a key event in Spain from the 20th century's: the bombings of Barcelona during the Civil War (1936-39).

The Barcelona Gothic Quarter Tour takes you through the most important sights of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, from the Cathedral of Barcelona (La Seu), the cobbled streets of the Born area, the narrow streets of the old Jewish Quarter (the Call) to the Roman ruins.

Photos from Barcelona's The Gothic Quarter

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Itinerary of the Gothic Quarter Tour

The itinerary below is our suggestion for the Gothic Quarter Tour:
  • The Ramblas (probably the most famous street in Spain)
  • Boquería (also called Marcat Sant Josep, one of the best markets in Europe)
  • The Liceu Opera (made famous by José Carreras and Montserrat Caballé)
  • Antoni Gaudí's Palau Güell (an early masterpiece)
  • Santa María del Pí (The third great gothic church in Barcelona)
  • Plaça Reial (one of the most beautiful plazas in Barcelona)
  • The Jewish quarter (important area in the Middle ages)
  • Plaça Sant Jaume (with the town hall and Generalitat)
  • The Cathedral of Barcelona (where the local saint Santa Eulalia is buried)
  • The Temple of Augustus (Roman temple from 15 BC)
  • The Aragonese Archive (the second biggest medieval archive in Europe)
  • Pati Llimona (ruins from the Roman city Barcino)
  • Santa María del Mar (The Cathedral of the Sea decribed in ildefonso Falcones' novel with the same name)
  • Wine and food specialty shops in Borne (the quarter has some of Barcelona's best specialty shops)
  • Montcada and the Picasso Museum (part of Barcelona's medieval heritage)

Tour details and prices

Facts: The tour can start when you want and is fully customizable. The tour can be arranged for groups of between 8 and 100 people. If you are more than 40 people we recommend to divide the group in two and book two simultaneous tours.

Duration: 2-3 hours (the tour can be customized and shortened to a 1 - 1½ hour tour).

What is included:

  • A professional, licensed guide

Languages: English (please contact us for Spanish, French, German, Italian or other languages).

Recommendations for the tour: The Barcelona Gothic Quarter Tour is perfect for private groups, groups of friends and companies who want to get to know the culture, history and gastronomy of Barcelona. The tour can be combined with with the Comprehensive Barcelona City Tour to make it a full day tour.

Prices from:
35 €
per person for a private guided Walking Tour in Barcelona with a certified English speaking guide. The tour is only organized for private groups, and the prices depend on the number of participants in your group.

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