This is a sample itinerary for our Private Tour of the Old Town Barcelona.
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (your location and pace, your main interests…)
RAMBLA & BOQUERIA MARKET - 1 hour
A lovely stroll
Your Old Town and Barri Gotic walking tour will start in La Rambla, strolling down this lively boulevard of the Old Town and passing, amongst other interesting sites, a pretty flower market.
In the heart of La Rambla we’ll find the Boqueria Food Market, where you’ll discover the secrets of one of the best food markets in the whole world. You’ll love their gorgeous stands, and enjoy looking at the exotic produce as well as the local food.
GOTHIC QUARTER - 1h 30min
Your Barri Gotic walking tour will take you next to the oldest part of the city, the Gothic Quarter, walking along medieval alleys and plazas, crossing Roman ruins on the way, entering Gothic patios… The Royal Palace, the City Council and the Generalitat Government building will also be included in this part of the itinerary.
Its most impressive building is the Cathedral, where if you choose to enter you’ll visit the choir, see fine side chapels, descend to the crypt where St. Eulàlia is buried, and go to the cloister famous for its gees. Alternatively, we can take you the medieval Jewish Section: the Call. After the attacks in 1391 it was mostly destroyed, but the oldest synagogue in Europe has been recovered and it’s open to the public.
CATHEDRAL OF ST. EULALIA
The highlight of the Gothic Quarter is the Cathedral, an outstanding Gothic basilica where you can visit its choir, remarkable side chapels, the crypt of St. Eulàlia and an old cloister with geese living in it. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to just see it from inside, just do a quick in&out to check it out, or go inside with your guide and receive full explanations.
Medieval Jewish Section
Alternatively, your guide can take you to the Call, the medieval Jewish Section, where the medieval atmosphere is still in the air despite the attacks suffered in 1391. If you are interested, you can also visit there the oldest synagogue in Europe.
BORN DISTRICT & PICASSO MUSEUM - 1.5 hours
History and Art
Your Barri Gotic walking tour continues in the Born District. This is the trendy area of the Old Town, considered the local “SOHO”. The most important sites here are the gorgeous church of Sta. Maria del Mar and the Picasso Museum, that you’ll enter skipping lines with your tour guide.
Inside you’ll discover how a young Picasso arrived to Barcelona at a young age, hear about his training period and how he joined the local bohemian artists to finally move to Paris. You’ll see as well his first works in the city of lights, with a special mention to the Blue Period and the beginning of the cubism. The last rooms of the museum are dedicated to a series about Las Meninas, that were a personal donation of Picasso to the museum.
When the tour is over, your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel, or help you find somewhere for lunch in the area that is packed with great tapas bars.