GuruWalk Original
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Free Tour Old City of Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter and La Ribera

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: German, English, French, Italian
Guru: Luca
Quality Verified Registered on August 25, 2021

Hello everyone and welcome to Barcelona. I am a passionate historian and an expert world traveler. Born in Naples (Italy), after completing a BA in History, I have traveled extensively around the world and have lived in London, Dubai, Berlin and São Paulo. Barcelona has had a special place in my heart since spending 6 months on an Erasmus project. So what are you waiting for, don't hesitate and let me show you the great Enchantress. Barcelona! and with all our sins, ours! ours! 
Barcelona ours! the great enchantress! - Joan Maragall Menjar ben I cagar fort /I no tingues por de la mort – Eat well shit strongly and you will have not fear of death -Catalan Proverb

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Tour description


We will take a leisurely paced walking tour through Barcelona Ciutat Vella which includes the oldest Neighbourhoods of the city:  the Gothic Quarter and the Ribera.

We will be looking at the history of the city as well as the cultural traditions of Catalonia, what they are passionate about.

Our two hours and a half route will take you through the old city's quintessential sightseeing:

  • The Roman walls
  • Saint Jaume square: Palau de la Ciutat and de la Generalitat  
  • Temple of Augustus 
  • Plaça del Rei
  • Palau Reial Major and Palatine Chapel de Sant Agata
  • Palau Lloctinent: Subirachs San Jordi's door
  • The Cathedral of Santa Eulalia
  • Patio Museum Mares 
  • Plaça Nova
  • Archdeacon House 
  • La Puerta Praetoria, Portal del Bisbe
  • The Bishop's bridge 
  • Sant Felipe Neri Square 
  • The Jewish medieval quarter and the Synagogue Major
  • The Human Pyramids Monument 
  • Basílica de los Santos Mártires Justo y Pastor: La Morenita 
  • La Mercè
  • El Born
  • Fossar de Les Moreres
  • Santa Maria del Mar
  • El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria

As we progress through the city sights, we will be able to answer all the following questions and many others:

  • Did really Hercules founded Barcelona? 
  • Did you know that the first known Barcelonian was called Caius Coelius?
  • What is the Diada?
  • What’s the origin of the Catalan Flag?
  • Why is the Catalan language so different from Spanish?
  • Why are there marijuana leaves on Colon’s column?
  • Are the scantily dressed ladies in Picasso Ladies d’ Avignon really french?
  • Was the Eiffel tower going to be installed in Barcelona?
  • Why the Eixample urban plan looks so peculiar?
  • Why was the statue of Antonio Lopez, one of the De Medici of the xix century Barcelona, removed?

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  • Meeting point:
    Pl. de Sant Jaume, 3, 08002 Barcelona...
    Pl. de Sant Jaume, 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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    We are meeting In front of the STARBUCKS store in Placa Sant Jaume 3, 08002 Barcelona. This is the most important square in town since Roman Times. One finds here the Town Hall (ajutamiento) and the palace of the government of Catalonia ( Generalitat)

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Judy 30 Sep 2022
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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022

Luca was very knowledgeable, helpful and fun. He recommended places to eat and visit which was really helpful !

Emma 30 Sep 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

Luca was fabulous! So enthusiastic about the history of the area and the buildings. His knowledge is amazing and I learned so much about Catalan history and culture fr...

Juan 30 Sep 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

Luca was the most informative tour guide of my entire trip to Europe. He’s really knowledgeable and gave me an understanding of Barcelona I didn’t have and this is my ...

Danilo 30 Sep 2022
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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022

Luca is a very knowledgeable and interactive guide. We went to places other mainstream tours do not go.

Myriam 29 Sep 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

It was an amazing walk through the streets of Barcelona, and luca was filled with enthusiasm, stories and anecdotes which gives you a great understanding of the histor...

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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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