DISCOVER THE JEWISH QUARTER AND MORE
Are you interested in the Jewish Heritage of Barcelona? Are you fascinated by history and love using your imagination to visualized the old times even when there’s little left to be seen from that past? Are you looking forward to going off the beaten path rather than seeing the big sites?
In the Middle Ages, the Jewish community of Barcelona was the most important in the Crown of Aragon and we have evidences that there were already Jewish families in our land during the Roman times. They were an important part of our society until the pogroms in 1391, after which the community was dissolved. The Jewish only started coming back to Spain in the mid-20th century, and nowadays they are only a very small part of our local population.
Unfortunately, there’s little left to be seen from the medieval splendor of our Jewish society, and even if you are willing to make a lot of research and navigate the maze of alleys of the Gothic Quarter on your own, you are likely to miss out many of those signs of the local Jewish past that only a trained guide can point out. Come with us on a trip back in time!
IN THIS PRIVATE JEWISH TOUR YOU WILL SEE:
CALL & SYNAGOGUE
MUSEUM OF HISTORY
(4-hr walking tour)
(4-hr chauffeured tour)
(4-hr chauffeured tour)
ADAPT YOUR TOUR TO YOUR UNIQUE NEEDS
This tour is designed for people with a strong interest in the local Jewish History, who don’t mind if most sites are gone or are pretty small: learning is their main goal.
If you’d rather get an overview of the medieval Jewish Section but also see some top city sights, most of our Sightseeing Tours include the Jewish Section, and the tour of the Gothic Quarter allows for a more detailed visit while still seeing other non-Jewish sites.
If you are traveling with children, this tour is probably too academic for them and they are likely to get bored. We strongly suggest booking the tour of the Gothic Quarter instead and ask for a stronger focus on the Jewish heritage.
If you have walking issues or use a wheelchair, please note that the Old Town is fully pedestrian and there aren’t too many opportunities to seat. The area is relatively wheelchair-friendly, though, and the museums are adapted except the medieval synagogue which as half a dozen steps at the entrance.
If you are on a budget or only want a basic tour of the Call (Jewish Section), book a 1.5 Express tour of the Jewish Quarter.
If you want the whole enchilada, book a 4-hour chauffeured tour and add two extra hours to visit the Museum of History of the City as well.
If you have an extra day and would like to go on a Jewish day trip out of town, don’t miss our Girona and Besalú excursion.
CAN WE VISIT AN ACTIVE SYNAGOGUE?
There are 4 active synagogues in Barcelona: 2 orthodox and 2 reform. For safety reasons it is not possible to visit them unannounced: it is necessary to contact them in advance and present documents that back you up.
If you have a strong preference for one of them, it’s best if you ask your rabbi at home to contact them with a recommendation letter. Otherwise, we can organize a visit with one of the local reform synagogues (that also needs to be arranged ahead of time and identification might be requested).
CALL INTERPRETATION CENTER
LES CORTS CEMETERY
MUHBA (Museum of History)
TOUR AND BOOKING INFORMATION
* Site ticket costs are given as an orientation only, as they can change without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.