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Ciutat Vella (Old Town) Tours

Ciutat Vella (Old Town)
The historic heart of Barcelona is the Ciutat Vella, or Old Town, home to most of the city’s tourist attractions and encompassing the districts of El Raval, Barri Gòtic, La Ribera, and Barceloneta. With its iconic architecture, world-class museums, and historic sights, the Ciutat Vella is where most visitors spend the majority of their time.

The Basics
Las Ramblas, Ciutat Vella’s main thoroughfare, separates El Raval from the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), a popular starting point for a walking tour of the city. Often covered in walking, biking, and Segway tours, attractions in this part of town include historic Plaça del Rei, the 14th-century Royal Palace (Palau Reial Major), Barcelona Cathedral, the glitzy shopping street of Portal de l’Àngel, lively La Boqueria food market, and several Gaudí masterpieces, including Güell Palace (Palau Güell).

East of the Barri Gòtic are the fashionable district of La Ribera and the small neighborhood of El Born, also home to a number of popular attractions. Key sights include the Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana), a UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner; the Gothic Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral; the Picasso Museum; and the vast Ciutadella Park (Parc de la Ciutadella), the city’s largest green space.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Old Town, home to many of Barcelona’s top attractions, is a must for all visitors.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; the neighborhood is large, and many streets are cobbled or uneven.
  • Pickpockets can be a problem in the Old Town, so leave your valuables in your hotel and stay aware of your surroundings.

How to Get There
Many visitors to Barcelona base themselves in the Old Town, and just about everything is within walking distance. If you’re taking public transportation, the metro stops at several major stations in the neighborhood, including Paral·lel (line 2), Liceu (line 3), Drassanes (line 3), and Jaume I (line 4).

When to Get There
You haven’t really experienced the Old Town until you’ve seen it by day and at night. Come during daylight hours to see the street performers along Las Ramblas. In the evenings, head to the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter or El Born for tapas and wine bars.

L’Eixample, the Other Half of Barcelona’s City Center
If there’s another neighborhood that can rival the Old Town in terms of importance to the Barcelona psyche, it’s L’Eixample. Added in the late 19th century, this modernista enlargement of the city was and is home to several prominent attractions, including the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera (Casa Milà), and Passeig de Gràcia.
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Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up

Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up

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Get a taste for the top attractions in Barcelona during this small-group excursion covering the many highlights of the Catalan capital. Tour Passeig de Gracia, an elegant boulevard that hosts a wealth of modernist architecture like La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, before discovering Antoni Gaudí's Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia. Upi also explore the incredible history of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter before finishing with sublime city views from on top of Montjüic.
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  • 8 hours
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$108.94
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$108.94
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Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

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Explore several thousand years of Barcelona history in a single day during this guided Gothic Quarter walking tour. Travel back in time to the Roman and medieval eras as you discover this atmospheric neighborhood’s winding streets and many layers of history. Walk alongside one of the world’s best-preserved Roman walls and enjoy stops at the medieval Plaça del Reial, Barcelona Cathedral, La Boquería Market, and Las Ramblas.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$19.59
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Barcelona's Old Town: Food & Wine Private Tour with a Sommelier

Barcelona's Old Town: Food & Wine Private Tour with a Sommelier

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Perfect for the discerning palates of food lovers, this Barcelona tapas tour combines Catalan culture with Spanish gastronomy. Alongside your guide, you’ll explore two Barcelona neighborhoods and tick off top attractions such as the Gothic Quarter and Born districts. Feast on authentic tapas at five different local places and learn about the diverse Spanish cuisine throughout its food, wines, and unique places.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$134.66
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$134.66
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Best of Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Old Town Tour with Hotel Pick-up

Best of Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Old Town Tour with Hotel Pick-up

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Sample all that Barcelona has to offer during this 8-hour sightseeing excursion in the Catalan capital. Start along upscale Passeig de Gracia, exploring the street’s high-end boutiques and modernist buildings like La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. You’ll continue your day at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sagrada Familia, learning about the inspiration for this jaw-dropping building and its one-of-a-kind creator, Antoni Gaudí. You’ll also enjoy visits to other iconic attractions including Las Ramblas, Montjüic Mountain, the Gothic Quarter, and much more. Round-trip transport and a guide are also included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.94
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Barcelona Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up

Barcelona Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up

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Visit two Barcelona must-sees in one day without any rushing for trains or buses, and with a guide to provide background and stories on each site and wider Catalonia on this full-day, small-group tour. Beat the lines at the Sagrada Familia to admire Gaudi’s mastery, and after a stroll around Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, be transported to Montserrat to explore the mountainside monastery. If you wish, upgrade to a private tour.
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  • 10 hours
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$116.29
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Barcelona Highlights Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick Up

Barcelona Highlights Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick Up

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Get a taste for the top attractions in Barcelona during this 5-hour excursion covering the many highlights of the Catalan capital. Enjoy spectacular city views and a glimpse of the 1992 Olympics complex during a stop at Montjüic. Then explore the incredible history of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and tour Passeig de Gracia, an elegant boulevard with a wealth of modernist architecture like Gaudí's La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Finish your day in Eixample at the stunning Sagrada Familia. A guide and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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  • 5 hours
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$79.57
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$79.57
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Private Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Private Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

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Embark on an amazing walk through the historical places of Barcelona to discover the richness of its past! Discover the origins of Roman Barcelona over 2,000 years ago. Enjoy the architecture and monumental buildings of the Gothic Quarter and feel as if you're in the Middle Ages. Walk along the famous Ramblas and discover why Barcelona is so beloved by visitors.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$85.69
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BARCELONA GHOST TOUR: Gothic Quarter Game (La Rambla, Barcelona Cathedral, etc)

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BARCELONA GHOST TOUR: Gothic Quarter Game (La Rambla, Barcelona Cathedral, etc)

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Embark on a haunted quest around Barcelona by solving clues to see if a famous Catalan urban legend is true or not, all on your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, Barcelona Cathedral, Catalunya Square, and more. You are invited to discover the captive souls, the spirits and the mysterious skeletons of Barcelona with an interactive city exploration app. You will be guided step-by-step to the cursed buildings where they carry out their eternal punishments while you learn all of their stories. Brace yourself and come explore Haunted Barcelona, all with the help of your smartphone. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour?
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$9.01
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Best of Barcelona Private Tour: Sagrada Familia and Old Town with Hotel Pick-up

Best of Barcelona Private Tour: Sagrada Familia and Old Town with Hotel Pick-up

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Experience Barcelona like a VIP on this private sightseeing tour that includes skip-the-line access at the city’s most popular attraction, La Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the comfort of traveling by private vehicle to top attractions like Passeig de Gràcia, the waterfront, Montjuïc, and the Gothic Quarter. Take in Barcelona’s famous Modernisme architecture, and learn about the city from a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 8 hours
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$283.36
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Gaudi Private Tour & Sagrada Familia Skip The Line Entrance

Gaudi Private Tour & Sagrada Familia Skip The Line Entrance

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Architect Antoni Gaudí created many of Barcelona’s most cherished, recognizable buildings—and this private tour offers the perfect introduction to his masterpieces. Pick between multiple daily departure times, meet your guide in the city center, and set off on foot. You’ll visit two of Gaudí’s world-famous buildings—Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, also known as “La Pedrera”—before touring the Sagrada Familia Basilica, complete with skip-the-line tickets and audio guides.
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  • 3 hours
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$113.59
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$113.59
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FOTO TOUR (Español e Inglés)

FOTO TOUR (Español e Inglés)

We offer a different tour. Around 2 hs where you will visit some spots of Barcelona, learn secrets, history and taste some tipical products. And in addition you will take with you edited proffesional photographies. We will visit gothic, raval, born and barceloneta. But this is not a conventional tour. As you will learn also about social contrasts and culture with proffesional photographers and filmmakers. Join us?
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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