This 3 hour tour of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is designed to provide a perfect introduction to the city for first time visitors, or to reorient returning travelers to the city center of the Catalonian capital. Focusing on Barcelona’s Barri Gótic, or Gothic Quarter, we'll pull back the many layers of Barcelona’s deep history to explore the city in all its complexity. Led by a local expert, we’ll stroll through a historic neighborhood that retains its distinct atmosphere even today.
Introduction to the Gothic Quarter
We’ll begin our Introduction to Barcelona tour in the Plaza Nova, where we’ll observe the remnants of the old Roman city and discuss the basics of Roman city planning and architecture. From here, we’ll dive into the heart of the Gothic Quarter, passing by the main Cathedral. We’ll use this late Gothic masterpiece as a backdrop for discussing the medieval evolution of Barcelona when suburbs, or ravals
, grew up around the city’s compact Roman footprint. Our adventure will also take us into El Call, the Jewish neighborhood established in the Middle Ages. Here, we will discuss the periods of relative religious freedom, as well as periods of intolerance and expulsion that have marked Catalan and Spanish history. (For a deeper exploration try our Jewish Barcelona Tour
Barcelona Gothic Quarter Tour with an Expert
Our Introduction tour of the Gothic Quarter will also take us to El Born, past La Boqueria, Barcelona’s main market (also where our Barcelona Food Tour
takes place), and onto the Ramblas, the main thoroughfare of the city. Here, below the shady trees that line the street, we will look at how modern development re-cast the city in the 18th and 19th centuries. Examining the city's transformation, we will come to understand Barcelona's shift from a Roman outpost to bustling medieval walled city and, now, a modern metropolis. We’ll next stroll up the lively Ramblas, taking in the convivial atmosphere of daily life in the city with fresh eyes. As our tour comes to a close, we will emerge with a sense of the remains of ancient Barcelona, the city’s medieval splendor, and the modern archaeology and urbanism that uncovered these sites to make them visible to locals and tourists alike.
Traveling to Barcelona with kids? You may enjoy our Barcelona for Kids Tour of the Gothic Quarter.
This is one of our guaranteed departure tours. It has no minimum participant numbers and places you in a group of 10 or less. We have chosen certain tours to be guaranteed departure based on popular routes and times; Like our private and small group tours, our guaranteed departures are designed to be conversational learning experiences.
FAQ About the Introduction to Barcelona Tour
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What is a small group tour?
Our small group tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our small group tours require at least 3 participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative tour, we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.
Will this tour enter the Barcelona Cathedral?
The tour will spend concerted time outside of the cathedral. Entering is up to the discretion of your guide and the interests of the group. It is a good idea to plan to cover your shoulders and upper legs in the event that we do enter the cathedral.Will this tour view Gaudí's Sagrada Familia Cathedral?
This walk will not view the Sagrada Familia, which is located in a different part of town. This tour will view the Barcelona Cathedral, the city's Gothic cathedral. If you would like to visit the Sagrada Familia with us, please see our Sagrada Familia
tour.Can you customize the tour to focus on the city's Jewish history?
Our standard tour will spend some time in the city's Jewish neighborhood, El Call, which is located within the Gothic Quarter. For a more in-depth look at the city's Jewish history and culture, you may enjoy our Jewish Barcelona
tour, which is led by one of Spain's most renown scholars of Jewish history.Is this tour walking-intensive and/or 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.Is this tour appropriate for children?
For children we recommend our shorter Gothic Quarter for Kids
tour, which is led by experts specially trained in educating children.What is a guaranteed departure tour?
Our guaranteed departure tours are just that: guaranteed. They have no minimum participant numbers and will definitely operate as scheduled. They are typically orientation-style itineraries that place you in a group of 10 or less. Guaranteed departure tours are designated by the guaranteed departure seal in the tour listing.