Come to the core of the city, to where it all started 2000 years ago. Discover the elegant and inspiring Catalan Gothic architecture, and enjoy its charming corners and squares hidden away down ancient narrow streets. Visit the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, skip the line tickets are included.
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Plaça Catalunya and the Rambla that are right in the city centre. Walk the Rambla, a boulevard known around the world. Purely Mediterranean in nature, it leads visitors down to the sea through a variety of contrasts: old-style shops, ultramodern cafes, landmark buildings like the Liceu Opera House, and, in the center of the boulevard, there are street artists, newspaper, flower, and bird stalls, etc.
Visit the Boqueria Market, Barcelona's most popular and exotic market. It dates back to the 12th century, when farmers started to sell fruit and vegetables in the Pla de L'Os. Later, in the 16th Century, the first flower stalls appeared. Open from 8:00 to 20:00, the market sells quality fresh produce from around the world.
Your next stop will be at Plaça Real (Royal Square), that was inspired by neoclassic French urban architecture. In the center of the colonnaded square marvel at the Fountain of the Three Graces and the two lamp posts designed by Gaudí.
Continue with Carrer Ferran, one of the main commercial centers in the 19th Century. There are no street trees and the lamp posts hang from the buildings so there is nothing to block the view of the shop windows.
Then, you will discover Plaça Del Pi , a charming square with a beautiful gothic church, Santa Maria del Pi, with a 10m diameter rose window. Your guide will point out and explain about the sgraffito (patterns) on the façades of the houses.
Check out Carrer Petritxol, one of the narrowest streets in the city full of art galleries and cafes where you can have a"suïs (hot chocolate topped with cream). The ceramic tiles depict historical events that have happened in this street.
Historically, the city's two major Roman roads, the cardo and the decumanus, crossed the Plaça Sant Jaume. This square is the centre of the city's political activity with the City Hall facing the Palau de la Generalitat, the seat of the Autonomous Catalan Government.
At Plaça del Rei (King's Square); located right in the center of Barcelona you will find the Gothic Quarter, a medieval marvel, which includes the Look Out of King Martí (a rectangular tower five floors high, which was built for king Martí the Humane in 1555); the 15th century Santa Àgata's chapel (built for Bertran de Riquer); and the Saló del Tinell (a medieval hall built between 1359-1362 for King Pere the Ceremonious). The hall is large (35 meters long by 17 wide and 12 high) and was used to receive ambassadors and hold banquets. It is said that the Catholic Kings, Isabel and Ferran, received Columbus here on his return from America.
Admire Plaça Sant Felip Neri, one of the city's most beautiful squares. Located a distance from the tourist circuit, it is framed by the baroque church Sant Felip Neri, and the façades of the houses of the shoe makers' guild (now the shoe museum) and the boiler makers' guild (now a public school).
Finally, explore the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, a Gothic cathedral with 3 naves, built on top of a 4th century early Christian basilica. Started in the 13th Century and finished 6 centuries later, the Sant Iu door marks the oldest part and the façade, the newest. Visit the chapels and the 15th century cloister guarded by geese. We recommend visiting the Cathedral between 8 am and 12 am and 5 pm and 7 pm on a working day, when there are no ongoing masses.
3-hour private guided tour
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Pick-up at Your Barcelona Address or Hotel
Placa de Catalunya (Plaza de Cataluña) and La Rambla
Start your exploration at the core of the city with a stroll along the famous La Rambla pedestrian street where you can see a variation of vintage shops with trendy cafes. Pass by flower stands, bird stalls, street artists and buildings such as the Liceu Opera House.
Boqueria Market and Placa Real (Plaza Real)
Since the 12th century, the Boqueria Market has been selling fresh produce later followed by vibrant flower stands. After browsing through the market, head to the Placa Real. inspired by French neoclassical architecture. See the Fountain of the Three Graces with two lampposts designed by Gaudi.
Placa del Pi (Plaza del Pino) and Carrer Petritxol
Continue to Placa del Pi which is home to Santa Maria del Pi, a 14th-century Gothic church. Then, go through one of the narrowest streets in the city, the Carrer Petritxol, which is renowned for its art galleries and hot chocolate shops.
Placa Sant Jaume and Plaça del Rei (Plaza del Rey) in the Gothic Quarter
Placa Sant Jaume is home to important political structures in Barcelona such as the City Hall and the Palau de la Generalitat. Then you'll find yourself in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), the oldest part of Barcelona with a unique architectural ensemble of medieval buildings.
Finally, visit the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. The structure itself was constructed over several centuries. See if you can find the 13 geese kept at the Gothic cathedral's 15th-century cloister.
Drop-off at Your Barcelona Address or Hotel
Price & Options
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
The Barcelona Cathedral collects a donation entry fee between 13:00 to 17:30 on weekdays, 13:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and 14:00 to 17:00 on Sundays and holidays. The church may be unavailable in times of celebration. Tickets may be purchased on the spot.
The Boqueria Market and many shops in the Gothic Quarter are closed on Sundays.
Visiting the Cathedral between 8:00 and 12:00 and 17:00 and 19:00 on a working day is recommended (if no celebration prevents it).
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