Free tour

The Spanish Civil War and Franco's dictatorship

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on May 18, 2021

See Barcelona through a completely different lens! We have 4 top-rated tours on Guruwalk (see profile). A team of young, professional guides with a passion for beautiful places, meaningful history and storytelling. We've all been giving tours in the city for many years and will help you see and understand what makes it such a unique place!

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Tour description

Free Walking Tour Spanish Civil War Barcelona

Walk through the streets, squares and neighborhoods where the Spanish Civil War took place in Barcelona.

On this 2-hour tour you will come to understand this incredibly important conflict that led to a 36-year fascist dictatorship and would change Spain forever.

 What will we cover

  •  Why and how did the war start?
  •  Who were the many different groups fighting each other?
  •  The anarchist communist movement in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War
  •  What was it like to live under Franco's dictatorship?
  •  How did the war and the dictatorship end?
  •  The roles of women before, during and after the war

 What you will see

  •  The little damage remaining from battles and bombardments in Barcelona
  •  Neighborhoods in the old town where much of the fighting took place
  •  Sites from George Orwell's book "Homage to Catalonia"

 By the end of this tour you will know why beautiful Barcelona was known as the most explosive and revolutionary city in Europe.

 Perfect Civil War Tour of Barcelona for history buffs, students, schools and school trips.

 The complicated story is made accessible through clear storytelling and with the help of historical images of the period.

*In compliance with the local guidelines for guided tours, we use wireless audio guide systems in our tours. This has a cost of 1€ per person.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Pl. de Catalunya, 4, 08002 Barcelona,...
    Pl. de Catalunya, 4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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    In Plaça de Catalunya, at the exact pin shown on the map. Guide will have a White Umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Plaça de Catalunya

    Major site of fighting during the Spanish Civil war, some minor damage still visible.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    La Rambla

    Hotel Intercontinental where George Orwell stayed when he came to fight in the International Brigades volunteers during the Spanish Civil War.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    El Raval

    Neighborhood that was the center of the working class anarcho-syndicalist CNT workers movement that fought for free communism

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Hospital of the Santa Creu of Barcelona

    A 15th century gothic style hospital

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Placeta del Pi

    The only remaining "revolutionary street sign" from the working class revolution in 1936, which was only discovered in 2004.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Sant Felip Neri Square

    A small hidden square with the most visible damage from the Spanish Civil War

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Plaça de Sant Jaume

    Square with Barcelona's City Hall and the Catalan State Government

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).

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Bruno 15 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
David es un muy buen historiador. Aprendimos mucho de la historia de la guerra civil. Único punto negativo: no llevaron los audífonos y fue efectivamente difícil escuchar en ciertos momentos.
Norbert 15 Jun 2024
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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Interesting tour with a lot of history.
Marcela 15 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Muy interesante
Cecilia 15 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Super informative tour and very knowledgeable guide! Don't expect to go for the main tourist attractions, but for the history
Kiril 14 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
I would recommend this walk as it was quite interesting to learn the not so popular facts around the city. Even surprised us with catchy story and interesting facts about the past of the city and Spain.
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Who is this tour for?

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 4 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.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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