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Ciutat Vella (Old Town)
Ciutat Vella (Old Town)

Ciutat Vella (Old Town)

Free admission
Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona

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.

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Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
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Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
$16.99 per adult
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Jana was a great guide
A fantastic introduction to Bacelona. Jana was perspnable and knowledgeable. My wife and I thought it was one of the Viator tours we have taken and we have taken many.
Donald_M, Jul 2022

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star-4
A bit expensive and...
Yvonne_Y, Aug 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
A bit expensive and thought the guide would bring us inside the church and do the explanation. For the price of just bringing us to the places was not worth it. The guide Maria s very good
star-5
Great tour, guide and driver for the money.
Gabriella_B, Aug 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Our tour guide, Adriano, was excellent. He's very knowledgable about the history of Barcelona, the architecture and so on. He's an excellent tour guide. Besides him, our driver Eduardo, was also very nice and helpful in every way. This was our best experience with Viator.
star-5
Sagrada Familia is a must !
Anna_S, Aug 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Daniela was such a fun and knowledgeable tour guide . We had a beautiful day visiting las ramblas , par guell , casa batallo and sagrada familia . Great private tour with hotel pickup .
star-5
Jana was amazing!
Merriah_H, Jul 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Jana was amazing. She was very knowledgeable, kind, and fun, and I loved the tour. Barcelona is such a beautiful city and it was well worth it to see the historic sites and to learn more about the history.
star-5
Jana was a great,...
Bonnie_K, Jul 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Jana was a great, knowledgeable, and engaging tour guide. Highly recommended. Know Barcelona a lot better now.
star-5
Great experience
Mary_X, Aug 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Ursula was very pleasant. We had our mother who was 86 and she made sure she was able for her to experience the excursion. She was very knowledgeable on the places she took us to.
star-5
Must do Tour 👌
Mohamed_S, Aug 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Such an amazing experience,Adriano the tour guide was so knowledgeable ,, definitely best tour to explore Barcelona. I highly recommend it :)
star-5
Great day out
David_G, Aug 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Fantastic day with our guide Miquel. He gave us a great understanding of the cities history & showed us all the highlights. Of course Sagrada Familia was our favourite.
star-5
Excellent
pspindle, Aug 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Angie was our guide. Sweet, knowledgeable, helpful . Our driver was the best, comfortable van. Excellent
star-5
Great tour Highly Recommend!
Sandra_E, Jul 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Jana was sooo informative and friendly!! She gave us the history of the city in “story” form which was great for all of us including the kids in our group who are 10 and 12 years old!! They were very engaged… The entire group was and it is obvious that Jana loves her job!! It was a fantastic tour! I wish we would have done this when we first arrived in Barcelona as she gave us quite a few pointers! The explanation of the old city versus the new city was key and understanding Barcelona!
star-5
Great Tour!
MaryMolly_G, Jul 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Our guide, Manuel was exceptional! He knew so much history, architectural as well as city, extremely informative, could answer all of Our questions, and was fun to be around!
star-5
Barcelona highlights in a day
nadine, Jul 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Adriano, our guide was very knowledgeable. Fun group. Nice pace. Plenty of time for each section of the tour
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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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