Hidden in dark corners of the Gothic Quarter, or sleeping in the upscale apartments of the Eixample, Barcelona’s most illustrious inhabitants watch silently as tourists and natives walk the city’s streets. But of whom do we speak, exactly? Dragons of course! Barcelona is home to the largest population of dragons in Europe. Carved out of stone, pieced together with bright tiles, or forged in a hot fire and beaten into shape on an anvil, these creatures guard ancient and modern façades all over the city. Our 2-hr Barcelona for Kids Tour provides an orientation to the Gothic Quarter through an interactive "hunt" for the city's most iconic symbol, along the way revealing the history—both legendary and real—of the Catalan capital.
"[Our docent] was amazing! Before retiring, I was the principal of a private school in Washington, DC, and I thought to myself that he is exactly the kind of teacher I would have jumped at the chance to hire...really an incredible experience . . ."
Let the Hunt Begin!
Strap on your cuirass and grab your spear, as we head out into the streets of the Gothic Quarter in search of Barcelona's dragons. As we take to the streets, our docent will be our guide, as we seek out these creatures, often hidden in plain sight. Along the way, we will stop by some of the area's most important monuments, tracing the Gothic Quarter's history while discovering the city’s special relationship with dragons. Strolling La Rambla, Barcelona's main pedestrian thoroughfare, we will admire the rich diversity of architecture on display, learning about the myths, legends, and yes, dragons that are associated with each of them.
The walk serves as an introduction to the bustling Gothic Quarter and provides an overview of some of Barcelona's distinctive architecture. Material from the Gothic period to the early 20th century will be covered. Depending on the age of the children, topics and difficulty will vary. The goal of this walk
is to encourage active learning and engaged looking while introducing children to the city’s history and architecture.
In addition to our family program tours, we may be able to adapt certain other tours to the needs of families, though please note such adaptations would not incorporate special activities. Please contact us for more details.
My children are in their early to mid teens. Is this walk appropriate for them?
Our family walks are primarily designed for children under the age of 13, and this walk in particular is ideal for young children. For older teens we would recommend our private adult Gothic Quarter
walk, the content for which can be adapted to an age-appropriate level.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible? The general route may include narrow sidewalks and cobblestoned streets; please contact us to discuss in more detail your mobility concerns so that we can best advise. We are always happy to design a private, customized tour for visitors with mobility concerns.