Walking Tour: The Gothic quarter (old town)

During this private walking tour you will discover the

Gothic quarter

, also called "ciutat vella", the old town in Catalan, the historic center of Barcelona. Its history starts in 15 A.C. when the Romans decided to build a fortified city, named Barcino. Since this time its fortified walls have protected the seats of political and religious power as well as the homes of wealthy traders who could afford this luxury.
The

Gothic quarter

is the location of many Barcelona's historic and emblematic monuments, which we will show you. This walking tour, through a maze of medieval squares and alleys, will take you back in time while retracing the history of the city.

  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Mosaic Miro Ramblas
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Casa Ardiaca Mailbox
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Barcelona History Museum - MUHBA
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter King Marti Mirador
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Auguste Temple
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Generalidad Facade
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Townhall Facade
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Frederic Mares Museum
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Basilique Santa Maria del Pi
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Cathedral Inside
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Casa Paraguas
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Place San Felip Neri
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Roman Aqueduc
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Casa Ardiaca
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Cathedral Facade
  • Barcelona Walking Tour Gothic Quarter Generalidad Gothic Bridge
We will start this walking tour near the

ramblas

, so you can discover the story of this world-famous avenue and the

mercat de la Boquería

the fantastic marketplace dating from the Middle Ages.

During the tour you will discover the remains of the

Roman period

: the first surrounding wall with its gates and guard towers, one of the aqueducts, Augustus temple columns that were hidden in a private residence until a few years ago.

In the alleys flanked by gargoyles, you will then discover the large medieval buildings such as the

Cathedral of Saint Eulalie and the Holy Cross

, in neo-Gothic style, with its magnificent cloister.

The Church of

Santa Maria del Pi

, built in the 14th Century, representative of Catalan Gothic style, very simple and uncluttered, the Church of Sant Just i Pastor, the Palace of the Generalitat, location of the Catalan central government…

During the tour your guide will explain the

history of Barcelona

,from its foundation to the Middle Age, and its

legends

, such as the history of the pine which has decorated for centuries the very pretty place del Pi, the pine tree plaza, at the top of which according to a popular legend appeared the virgin.

You will learn about the remains and history of the

Jewish quarter

, the Call, and its tragic fate, linked to the terrible epidemic of the Black Death that decimated the population of Barcelona.

Wander through La

Plaza del Rei

(The Royal plaza) and the complex which was the residence of the Counts of Barcelona and the Kings of Aragon.

Discover the recent traces of the

civil war

in San Felip Neri square, where children from an orphanage were massacred during a bombing of Barcelona by Mussolini's air force.