Semi-Private Barcelona Walking Tour | City Highlights
LivTours Semi-Private Barcelona Walking Tour will take you through the winding labyrinth of streets and hidden squares steeped in history from Roman ruins to Medieval buildings, all with a thousand stories to tell. Started by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, this neighborhood is also home to Barcelona’s former Jewish quarter – one of the largest in Europe! This neighborhood has always been the religious and governmental epicenter of daily life for the inhabitants of Barcelona.
Get your cameras ready to explore the picturesque streets as your expert guide brings this must-see district alive with LivTours’ lively, knowledgeable walking tour of this district. Come and experience old Barcelona with its rich history on this exclusive small group tour!
- Enjoy a stroll through history-filled Medieval streets in a small 6 person group
- Marvel at the architectural wonders left by the Romans that we still enjoy today
- Immerse yourself in the history of ancient façades with your expert guide
- Learn of the origins of Barcelona on this expertly led city center tour
Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.
Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)
Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English
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Eco-sustainable tourism, designed to respect and support local culture, art and traditions
Your LivTours Barcelona Walking Tour starts in the heart of the city center with the 12th Century Cathedral of Barcelona as the backdrop. This district, known as the Gothic Quarter, is one of three neighborhoods in the city’s Old Town, referred to locally as the Ciutat Vella. A stroll through this neighborhood is like walking through a pop-up history book!
Along with your small group of six, you will start off your tour by admiring a mural designed by the city’s adopted artist, Pablo Picasso. Created in the 1960s, these three enormous murals are unique depictions of the typical traditions of this region. From there you and your small group will set off to explore the charming, narrow streets and hidden squares. Meanwhile, your expert guide will share colorful stories of the district’s history, as you are transported back in time along its cobblestone streets.
One of your next stops is the heart of Barcelona’s former Jewish Quarter and home to one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, nowadays a museum where you will learn about the history of this thriving, tight-knit community for 700 years before the Papal Inquisition of 1391. Navigating the tangled web of history-rich streets in the company of your local guide allows you to see all the highlights easily; allowing you to make the most of your time in Barcelona.
Just a stone’s throw away is the charming Plaza Sant Felip Neri, a hidden gem of calm in the bustling quarter, where you will hear the story of how a medieval Baroque-style church survived the bombings of the Spanish Civil War. The war has helped shape Spain’s current style of government and constitution, which was only written in the 1970s.
Next, your local guide will lead you through the streets to Plaza Sant Jaume, the heart of the city and state government whose majestic buildings flank this open square. Once the heart of the Roman settlement, Barcino, later became known as Barcelona. Just around the corner is the Temple of Augustus, built during the time of the Ancient Roman Emperor of the same name. Stretching 30 feet into the air, these columns are as old as the city itself and were part of the Roman Forum.
You will then explore the city’s amazing Gothic architecture of Barcelona’s Cathedral with its soaring arched ceiling and colorful stained glass windows, and make your way to the very top for beautiful views of the city. Before leaving, you will have a chance to experience an oasis of green calm in the cloister courtyard, host to 13 white geese in honor of Barcelona’s former patron saint, Saint Eulalia. Next, you will stop at Plaza del Rei, the square dedicated to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel and where they met Christopher Columbus after the first of his three voyages to the New World under the Spanish flag.
- Guided tour of historic gothic quater
- Tickets for Cathedral of Barcelona
- Plaza del Rei
- The Gothic Quarter
- Plaza Sant Felip Neri
- Plaza Sant Jaume
- Temple of Augustus
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
- Places of worship have strict dress code requirements for entry. All participants are required to have shoulders and knees covered (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.
LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry. LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism and how LivTours is contributing, click here.
All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
Great introduction to the greatest city
"My girlfriends and I have decided that Barcelona is our most favorite city in Europe. Thanks to this great walking tour, we got a very good introduction to the city and we are already planning a return trip to be able to spend more time there. We do certainly recommend this tour."
Lucy - UK
Great Barcelona tour
"This tour was recommended to us and we will definitely recommend it to others. We had a great time, we learned so much, made friends with the other couple in our group (so, yes, truly a small group tour as advertised!), enjoyed every minute with our super friendly and smart guide. We couldn't have asked for more!! So go ahead and book it! You'll be happy you did!!"
Angie - USA
A high quality tour!
"This is a great walking tour! We have done walking tours in other cities we have visited but this was by far the best! The guide, Maria, was really knowledgeable, as you would expect from a guide, but she had that extra warmth and sincerity that made the tour so much better. Another great (and we now know, indispensable!) quality of this tour is that the company guarantees small groups. Our group was, in fact, only 5 people (2 other couples) and we realized that this small size really made a huge difference in the quality of the tour. So we can heartily recommend that you book this walking tour with LivSpain."
Alan - USA
By selecting Choose Dates Later / Buy as Gift at booking, any tour can be purchased without fixed dates. This is the perfect option if you want to purchase your tour as a gift for a loved one, or if you are in the pre-planning phase of your vacation. After booking, you will receive a Travel Voucher Code and full instructions on how to schedule your tours when ready. Once your travel plans are confirmed, you can easily use the Travel Voucher Code on the LivTours website to formally schedule your tours. You can find out more here.