You’ll start in the Raval neighborhood, first stopping at La Boqueria Market. This famous market is one of the oldest of Barcelona’s 39 fresh food markets, as well as one of the largest. You’ll get the chance to pore over the nearly 1,000 stalls, seeing everything from cheese and wine to mushrooms and candies. Your guide will set aside time for stopping at one of the many tapas bars for a coffee, allowing you the chance to observe this bustling hub.
After this short break, the tour continues through the Raval. After a walk through the courtyard of Barcelona’s oldest hospital – now home to the city’s Fine Arts School – your guide will lead you across the famous Ramblas. This long, pedestrian street runs through the center of Old Town, serving as a dividing line between the Raval neighborhoods and the Gothic Quarter. This is truly a street that never sleeps, so keep your eyes peeled for performers and vendors!
As your guide takes you through the Gothic Quarter, you’ll see some of the highlights of Barcelona history, including the ancient church that’s home to the Gigants – 12-foot tall statues that are paraded around the city throughout the year. You’ll even get to try some of Spain’s incredible olive oil before getting a stunning view of the city from atop an ancient building.
From there, you’ll cover more of the Gothic Quarter, including the Jewish Quarter, Civil War battle sights, Roman ruins, a mural painted by Picasso, the Cathedral of Barcelona and even Christopher Columbus’ signature! The tour concludes in the artsy Born neighborhood, where you’ll see the Passeig del Born and ruins of houses destroyed during the War of Succession.
• Entry fees to Cathedral de Barcelona & Antique Synagogue (VALUE: €15 per person)
• Private professional tour guide with excellent English
• Coffee/wine break
• Spanish local taxes (21%)