Santa María del Mar

Santa María del Mar Tour with a guide

Visit the Cathedral of the sea with a professional guide

Walk in the footsteps of Arnau from the novel the Cathedral of the Sea (la Catedral del Mar) by local author Ildefonso Falcones and visit the fabolous basilica in Barcelona. The tour goes to the historic Born Quarter in Barcelona that surrounds the basilica Santa María del Mar, no doubt on of the finest medieval churches in Europe. The church was built in just 54 years, despite the fact that the plague killed a large proportion of the population during the building process.

On this guided tour you will get an understanding of medieval Barcelona, the major events of the 14th century and also recent history in Barcelona together with an expert guide. Learn about Barcelona's fascinating history and culture together with a highly skilled guide, and visit the narrow streets, small churches and all the spots described in the narration of Ildefonso Falcones.

On this tour you will dug into the intriguing past of Barcelona, a city with more than 2000 years of history. Hear about Barcelona's heyday and meet the places that the characters experience in the novel.

Photos of some of the highlights on the Santa María del Mar Tour

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Itinerary of the tour to the Cathedral of the Sea

Below you will find the list of monuments visited on the tour to the Cathedral of the Sea. If you have any special wishes for other monuments not included in the list, we are flexible about including these.
  • Plaça Catalunya (the biggest square in Barcelona)
  • Ramblas
    • Historic landmarks of the Ramblas, and the history of the city walls
  • Barri Gòtic
    1. The Sant Felip Neri Square
    2. Plaza Sant Jaume
    3. The La Seu Cathedral
    4. The Jewish Quarter
    5. Landmarks described in the novel.
  • The Born Quarter
    1. Santa María del Mar
    2. The Born Market

Tour details and prices

Facts: The tour has a flexible starting time and is fully customizable. It can be arranged for groups of between 8 and 100 people. If the group consists of more than 30 people, we recommend to divide the group into several groups, each with its own certified guide.

Duration: 2 hours (the tour can be customized and prolonged to a 3 or 4 hour tour).

What is included:

  • A professional, licensed guide on a private walking tour
  • Optional: include entrance fees to monuments

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

Prices for the private guided tour to Santa María del Mar
Prices from
35 €
per person for a Private tour to Santa María del Mar. The tour is only orgnized for private groups of minimum 8 people.

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