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Old Town + Gaudi: Gothic to Modernism

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on May 18, 2021

We are a team of tour guides with a passion for meaningful history and storytelling. We've all been giving tours in Barcelona for many years and will help you understand what makes the city and its sites unique!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

See everything on this All-in-One Highlights Tour!

See the both the Old Town with its beautiful historic streets and squares as well as the main Modernist Gaudi buildings in the upscale newer part of town!

Why spend an entire day doing two separate tours if you can do it all at once?

See all the highlights and hear the stories behind them!

The Gothic Quarter Highlights:

Oldest part of Barcelona, this is where the city was founded. 
You’ll see:

  • Roman walls, the earliest history of Barcelona
  • Gothic style buildings from the 14th century
  • The Barcelona Cathedral
  • City Hall and Catalan Government Building on Plaça Sant Jaume
  • Plaça del Rei, the medieval Palace's stunning main square.
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri, a hidden, fairytale-like square in the middle of the gothic.
  • Plaça Reial, an arcade lined square for the upper classes in the 19th century.
  • La Rambla, the most famous street in Barcelona 

Learn the secrets and stories of Barcelona’s old town:

  • Why is it called the Gothic quarter?
  • Beautiful squares and courtyards hidden in the heart of the labyrinthic little streets and alleys. 
  • History, Local Culture and Legends.

Then we’ll take the metro for two stops to discover the newer, upscale, art nouveau part of town.

Modernism and Gaudi houses: 

  • Casa Batlló: Gaudi's fantastical "House of Dragon Bones")
  • Casa Milà / La Pedrera: Gaudí's Monumental mountain of a house which may have inspired Star Wars design. 
  • Passeig de Gracia, the widest, most beautiful street in Barcelona.
  • Casa Amatller
  • "Manzana de Discordia": Block of discord

You’ll also understand Barcelona better!

  • Why does Barcelona have such straight streets?
  • What inspired Gaudi’s Fantastical Designs
  • The history of Barcelona’s “Eixample Neighborhood” revolutionary grid system urban planning
  • Why are the corners of buildings in Barcelona flat and “cut off”?
  • Gaudi’s iconic Barcelona sidewalk tiles
  • Modernist Lampposts


All in one single tour that covers the history, culture and hidden gems you might have never know or found by yourself.

Perfect activity if you only have a few days time in Barcelona.
Complete introduction tour for first time visit to Barcelona.
Great tour for couples, groups or company activities in Barcelona.

All the highlights and all the most interesting stories and insights, without it being a long winded history lesson.

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  • Meeting point:
    Pl. de Ramon Berenguer el Gran, 9999,...
    Pl. de Ramon Berenguer el Gran, 9999, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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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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Kara 27 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Yanni was very experienced and we learned so much about Barcelonas history! Excellent tour
Grig... 22 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
We had a really nice time and we learned some great facts about the city we couldn't have found in any book. Out tour guide Onno was amazing and we will definitely take another tour soon! Thank you ☺️
Alek... 18 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Great tour. We enjoyed each and every moment. Ross was a fantastic guide.
Anurodh 15 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Its a wonderful tour to have an introduction about old and modern architecture
Mano 13 Nov 2022
Ross did a great job of explaining the history of the buildings and city in interesting ways. He told nice historical stories but was also honest about Barcelona's history. We visited the main tourist areas as well as some other quieter, lesser known areas. He had great hints and tips about restaurants, cafes and places to visit. He was also very patient and helpful as we navigated the purchasing of metro tickets. Prior to the actual tour, he was easily available on whatsapp to help us find him. He happily answered our questions and was a great tour guide overall. Would definitely recommend Ross and Nostos tours.
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires 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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