Our Barcelona Walking Tour will take you into the heart of the city and its origins. The old city of Barcelona offers discerning visitors the chance to delve into 2000 years of history without even getting in a car. Legends, history, wars, plagues… the city has seen them all. And when you join us you will discover some of the most important and fascinating aspects. Walking through the winding streets, listen to the stories the centuries old stone walls have to tell. This is a great way to start your visit to the city. Furthermore, it enables you to better understand the people, culture and history that make Barcelona such a unique experience.
Our Barcelona Walking Tour: what would you see?
Of course, all of our tours are private. That means they are custom-designed to your specific needs and preferences, but here is a few of the sites you can visit with us. Let us know if you want to add anything in particular!
The origins of the city
The Roman city of Barcino still holds itself proudly in the center of Barcelona. For example, the Roman Temple, built in the 1st century BC and defense walls and towers of the 4th century AD, which hold a place of honor right next to the Cathedral. Additionally, find out what’s in the name. Discover how Barcelona evolved and who were the original inhabitants.
The Gothic Quarter
Roman rule put the city on the map, but it was the Middle Ages when Barcelona reached its peak. With this in mind, the Gothic Quarter‘s importance takes shape. The Counts of Barcelona expanded the city. They also built magnificent structures, including the Cathedral (construction began in 1298), the Royal Palace and the Plaça del Rei (King’s Square). Walk the steps that Ferdinand and Isabella walked. Then check out the more than 200 hand-carved gargoyles that protect the Cathedral. In addition, step into the old Jewish Quarter and see the oldest Synagogue in Europe. The rest of the Gothic Quarter, with its squares, churches and a plethora of boutique shops, awaits as well.
Perhaps the most famous street in Barcelona, Las Ramblas marked the edge of the city for centuries. The half mile from the Plaza Catalunya to the waterfront is a nonstop experience. In fact, each section of the street famous in its own right. Even after the expansion of the city, the street remained of utmost importance. That’s because it hosted the city’s market. And speaking of markets, don’t miss the Boqueria Market, the largest covered market in Spain. After visiting the Boqueria, head over to the Plaça Reial, a unique square in Barcelona with a beautiful arcade. Also walk down to the end of Las Ramblas and the statue of Christopher Columbus. Built for the 1888 Universal Fair, the statue marks the importance of both the city’s nautical traditions and the street where it stands.
The Renaissance and more
A walk through Barcelona’s old city is more than just a visit to the Gothic times, however. The 19th century renaissance, led by industrialists and the advent of the railroad, have also left an indelible mark of the city. The spectacular Liceu Opera House, or Modernista treasures like the Güell Palace, take their place next to Gothic palaces. Moreover, the facades and balconies of many of Gothic buildings got refurbished during this time. In conclusion, the key is to always keep your eye out for the details. Above all, enjoy your walking tour of Barcelona with your own private guide!