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St. James Square (Plaça de Sant Jaume) Tours

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St. James Square (Plaça de Sant Jaume)
St. James Square (Plaça de Sant Jaume) has been the civic and political center of Barcelona since antiquity, when it was the forum in the Roman city of Barcino. This large square in the Gothic Quarter is a popular local gathering spot and home to the Palau de la Generalitat (Parliament of Catalonia) and Barcelona City Hall (Casa de la Ciutat).
 
The Basics
Find the Palau de la Generalitat on the north side of St. James Square and the Barcelona City Hall on the south side. Both buildings can be visited at designated times on a guided tour. The square is also a popular staging area for festivals, protests, demonstrations, and celebrations.
 
St. James Square features on many sightseeing tours of Barcelona, including tours of the Gothic Quarter, walking tours, and tours by bike, e-bike, Segway, car, and hop-on hop-off bus. Combine a stop here with other popular city attractions, such as La Sagrada Familia or Park Güell. And consider popular add-ons such as a cable car ride up Montjuic, a cog-wheel train ride on Montserrat, or a wine, jamon, or tapas tasting.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The square is ideal for history buffs and architecture fans.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to navigate the cobblestone plaza.
  • A tourism office is located on the ground floor of Barcelona City Hall.
  • St. James Square and some of the surrounding buildings are wheelchair-accessible.
 
How to Get There
St. James Square is located at the center of the Gothic Quarter. By metro, take line 4 to Jaume I or line 3 to Liceu. A number of buses also stop nearby, including the 45, 59, 91, 120, and the hop-on hop-off bus.
 
When to Get There
St. James Square can be visited at any time. Stop by on Sundays to see the Sardana, a traditional Catalan dance. Visit during the Christmas period to view the Nativity Scene, a Barcelona tradition. Barcelona City Hall is open for tours on Sundays, February 12, April 23, and June 4. The Palau de la Generalitat is open for tours on the second and fourth weekend of every month (except August), April 23, September 11, and September 24.
 
Historical Events at Plaça Sant Jaume
The square has been the site of some of the most important events in recent Catalan history. It was here that the Catalan State declared its independence in 1931, and that former President Josep Tarradellas announced his return from exile in 1977.
Address: Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona, Catalonia 08002, Spain
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Barcelona Tour: Skip the Line Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter & Montjuic

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Barcelona Tour: Skip the Line Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter & Montjuic

Combine a Barcelona walking tour with skip-the-line access at the UNESCO World Heritage Site La Sagrada Familia, and get closer to the city’s top landmarks on foot. You’ll hear all about the impact Antoni Guadi left on the city from your guide as you pass by iconic buildings and sites, including the Montjuic and Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Then, end your tour with an included croissant and coffee.
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#1dayBarcelona. 6-Hour Action Packed Private City Discovery Tour

#1dayBarcelona. 6-Hour Action Packed Private City Discovery Tour

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Spend a day with us, and we’ll give you Barcelona Exploring this incredible city is a challenge. There’s just so much to see, so many places to visit, so many experiences to have... And you don’t want to miss a single one! Discover the Sagrada Familia. See the highlights, including the Gothic Quarter, la Boqueria Market and Modernism area of Paseo de Gracia. Come with us and travel the way true Barcelonians do: by subway and on your own two feet. - Travel like a local while you explore the best features of the city, and discover hidden gems - Immerse yourself in the history of Barcelona and go off the beaten path with your expert guide. - Two talks with the guide: at the beginning of the tour, and during the lunch. - Access the attractions without waiting and avoiding the queues. - Ascend to the Cathedral rooftop terrace to enjoy the city panoramic views - Skip-the-line entrance to Sagrada Familia. It’s an exclusive tour: it’s going to be you, your group and your private guide.
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  • 6 hours
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Barcelona Day & Night: Helicopter, Sailing & Montjuic Fountain Show

Barcelona Day & Night: Helicopter, Sailing & Montjuic Fountain Show

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Save 10% by booking this combination of tours in an exclusive offer! Discover the best of Barcelona from all its perspectives. In the morning, stroll through the Gothic Quarter in a travel back to the Middle Ages with the morning light, enjoy bird’s eye views on a helicopter flight and sail the coastline by Turkish Goleta. After lunch (not included) take the afternoon free and explore the many possibilities this city has to offer before delighting in the best of Barcelona during the lively nighttime hours on our luxury minibus. Enjoy the city like never before!
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Private Tour: Gothic & Gaudí Walking Tour

Private Tour: Gothic & Gaudí Walking Tour

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Barcelona is famous for its modernist architecture and this small-group walking tour checks off many of the city’s most impressive buildings. Marvel at Gaudì masterpieces such as Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, see the famous La Sagrada Familia, and tuck into tasty Catalan foods along the way.
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The Best Panoramic Views of Barcelona

The Best Panoramic Views of Barcelona

Let yourself be enchanted by the most charming corners of exciting Barcelona. We will explore hidden secrets that even locals are unaware of. We will discover architecture, history and legends, avoiding the crowds of tourists and the well-beaten paths. We will enjoy impressive 360 ° views of the entire city. The visit will be totally intimate and personalized, with a group of maximum four people. Our trip begins in the "Palau de la Música" in the "Born" neighborhood, architectural pearl of modernism. We will continue towards the "Gothic" quarter, one of Europe's finest medieval treasures. We will stroll through a labyrinth of alleys and elegant palaces, you will feel like you are living in an episode of Game of Thrones. We will climb an old bell tower where you will experience incredible panoramic views of the city, the mountains and the beach.
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Riding Barcelona. Private Bike Tour Highlights & Gaudi's Art

Riding Barcelona. Private Bike Tour Highlights & Gaudi's Art

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Barcelona is a city with a lot of ground to cover; from striking buildings to white-sand beaches to city parks. Get the most out of your time in Barcelona and take this private bike tour to navigate the narrow streets with ease and efficiency. Pedal past the city’s medieval districts, Barceloneta beach, Passeig Gracia, famous Gaudi buildings including the Sagrada Familia.
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Gothic Quarter + Rambla : Walking private bespoken tour

Gothic Quarter + Rambla : Walking private bespoken tour

You just enjoy, take pictures, learn and inmers in my beautiful city, Barcelona. The tour is mostly on pedestrian streets, the ones of the Gothic Quarter and other neighborhoods of the historical district, enjoying its charm as well as discovering its long history, old traditions and modern trendy business. We'll visit the main sites in Gothic Quarter, later La Rambla and Boqueria market. As an extension to this tour, you may book for Sagrada Familia skip-the-line private tour, or just tell me and I'll book your entrance tickets if you wish.
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Barcelona Highlights Tour & Skip the Line: Sagrada Familia

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Barcelona Highlights Tour & Skip the Line: Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly one of Barcelona’s top attractions and the crowds that it attracts reflects the monument’s popularity. Enjoy both skip-the-line admission to La Sagrada Familia and a walking tour of Barcelona. Explore the Gothic Quarter, ascend to Parc de Montjuic and admire the Church of Santa Maria del Mar. Priority access to La Sagrada Familia means you’ll avoid waiting up to two hours to enter the modern masterpiece. An intimate atmosphere is guaranteed on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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Explore hidden streets with a friend

Explore hidden streets with a friend

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Experience neighbourhoods off the beaten path. See Barcelona through the eyes of a local. This guided walk in the historic center of Barcelona will let you discover more than the usual: buildings & squares you will not encounter easily. Immerse with us into the captivating history of the city while strolling through the maze of little streets in El Born & Gothic Quarter. Enjoy a drink in a magical square where mostly locals go. Learn about important Catalan legends. What’s the significance of the dragon? Why was a bat decisive in a battle? What’s the legend behind the Catalan flag? During this 3 hours walk we will make the connection from medieval history & legends to what inspired architects and motivates the independence movement. If you love history brought to life by passionate storytellers and want to enjoy the intimacy of a small group then this is your experience. After the walk you will discover details you have not noticed before. See the city with different eyes!
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Barcelona Gothic Walking tour

Barcelona Gothic Walking tour

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Discover the fantastic shapes and symbolism of Catalan Modernism with a half-day bus-and-walking tour of Barcelona’s architectural highlights. Learn about the life and work of Antoni Gaudí as you trace a route from the unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral to Park Güell, a sprawling landscape of Modernist buildings, sculpture and art. Enjoy a leisurely walk down the Passeig de Gràcia to see Gaudí buildings and other Modernist highlights in a glamorous shopping district at the heart of the city.
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Private Barcelona Highlights Tour with Hotel pick-up

Private Barcelona Highlights Tour with Hotel pick-up

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See Barcelona’s highlights with a private guide on a half-day tour of the city that can be customized to your interests. Get views across the city from Montjuïc, see the landmarks of the waterfront, and take a walking tour through the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic old town, then visit Modernist neighborhoods and La Sagrada Familia cathedral. This private Barcelona tour includes all transport in a private vehicle, with pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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Barcelona Self- Guided Audio Tour

Barcelona Self- Guided Audio Tour

Benefit from the advantages of a guided tour while still exploring at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour of Barcelona. A detailed map ensures you waste no time getting lost and in-depth audio commentary reveals lesser-known historical facts about landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia and La Boqueria Market. Plus, your tour can start at any point in the city, so you won’t have to find an inconvenient start point.
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SWEET BARCELONA Chocolate and History Tour

SWEET BARCELONA Chocolate and History Tour

we´ll meet in front of Plaza Catalunya, at the Movistar building at 3 pm. We´ll go down la Rambla, to see the Boqueria Market, walk to the Cathedral of Barcelona, ​​an excellent place to talk about the beginnings of the city. At Sant Felip Neri Sq. you can take incredible photos and talk about the Spanish civil war, then comes the first stop to eat sweets made by nuns from all over Spain! with coffee with milk. Then we´ll enter the Jewish quarter, the Church of Santa María del Pi, and make our second stop to try a delicious hot chocolate with churros in a traditional street for chocolate in Barcelona. We will start with the new part of the city, passing through Casa Martí, Casa Lleo i Morera, Amatller House where we will make a tasting of chocolates, and we will finish at the door of Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece, Casa Batlló.
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Group or Private Barcelona Welcome: Old Town, Beach & Optional Sagrada Família

Group or Private Barcelona Welcome: Old Town, Beach & Optional Sagrada Família

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Dive into the culture of Barcelona with the help of an expert local guide. Explore the winding medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter as you learn about everything from the Spanish Civil War to current debates on regional independence. Experience the lively atmosphere of La Rambla and check out the Barceloneta neighborhood and beach. Opt for a skip-the-line tour of the Sagrada Familia.
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Barcelona E-bike Tour City Highlights

Barcelona E-bike Tour City Highlights

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Start your day in Barcelona with an electric bike tour! With the help of the electric bike, you will be able to cover a lot of ground, introducing you to Barcelona and some of its main attraction in just two hours. Weave your way through the charming streets of the Old City before exploring Barcelona’s more modern areas. This morning tour will help you beat the crowds and the heat.
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Discover Barcelona in 60 Minutes with a Local

Discover Barcelona in 60 Minutes with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. You only have an hour to fall in love with Barcelona? Challenge accepted! Discover Barcelona during a short but sweet excursion, in which you will learn the most interesting facts about the city, the local lifestyle, and the modern transformation of the city. We will meet at Arco de Triunfo (the Arch of Triumph) and go on our stroll from there :-) Discover what the everyday life of a local looks like and learn where the city gets its characteristic ambience from, by seeing it through the eyes of a local. Walking through the city, you will discover exactly what makes Barcelona special! This is also your chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants and bars to visit during your time here, and learn how to make the most out of your visit. This is the perfect experience for someone visiting the city for the first time, or someone that wants to rediscover it!
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Private Photography Walking Tour with a Local

Private Photography Walking Tour with a Local

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Beginner and experienced photographers can improve their skills while exploring the sights of Barcelona during this half-day, guided photo-skills and sightseeing tour. Learn to see places like the Gothic Quarter with a photographer’s eye as you learn about composition, manual camera settings, and shutter speed. Hear the story behind Barcelona’s landmarks, churches, and neighborhoods and capture it all on camera.
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Barcelona Private Experience: Christmas by the Sea

Barcelona Private Experience: Christmas by the Sea

Embrace the Christmas spirit in Barcelona by discovering the local Catalonian festivities with the help of a private guide. Meet-up in the ancient Gothic District to start your tour, where you can encounter holiday traditions that most travelers miss. Visit an 18th-century Christmas market, browse stalls of artisanal food vendors, and head to the rooftop of the Barcelona Cathedral to enjoy views across the city.
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Guided tour of the Gothic Quarter

Guided tour of the Gothic Quarter

Would you like to know the history of deep Barcelona? This tour is perfect for those who want to discover the Gothic corners and Roman monuments of the city of Barcelona. We will visit the most important streets, cathedrals and squares with a guided and upcoming tour.
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Barcelona, Welcome to Orientation Tour

Barcelona, Welcome to Orientation Tour

Ever notice how the locals make it seem so effortless? From stopping a taxi, ordering a “cortado or tallat” at any bar, moving around the metro or the “ferrocarrils”,... it’s obvious they’ve got this Barcelona thing figured out. Why not join them? Over the course of 2 hours, one of our passionate and friendly Catalans will meet you in your hotel or apartment to help you demystify the secrets of Catalan culture, find the tastiest restaurants, navigate public transportation, order tapas and “pintxos” with confidence, and so much more. You’ll then get a guided tour of Ciutat Vella neighborhood so you can live the ultimate dream of doing Barcelona like a true Barcelones. Your guide will demystify a map of Barcelona, pointing out interesting neighborhoods and sights worth seeing. According to your interests, we can provide you with a list of favorite cafés, restaurants, shopping locations, local markets, museums…anything you’re on the lookout for.
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History of Barcelona, private family tour.

History of Barcelona, private family tour.

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Let our dedicated family specialist and inventive pedagogues lead your family on an exciting and fun-filled expedition through the heart of the historic Barcelona. Your kids will be delighted to discover a version of history made just for them, full of valiant kings, princesses and dragons, quirky stories, hidden street art and more. In the course of 3 hours, your guide will inspire the whole family with infectious enthusiasm and an expressive style of storytelling, sparking the imagination of all the little brains in your group (and the adult ones too!). Younger members will receive an interactive workbook especially designed by our educational experts, which is sure to keep their attention. Your guide will help point out all the great details and curiosities that you might have missed along the way, revealing all the quirky and playful secrets of the City. Time to play!!
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Family Dragon Hunt Experience in Barcelona

Family Dragon Hunt Experience in Barcelona

Join our Dragon Hunt Kids experience and explore Barcelona's secret side. We'll take you on a lovely stroll through Barcelona's most beautiful neighborhoods, while your kids hunt for mysterious dragons. Our kid approved local guide will entertain your children with stories and legends of Medieval Barcelona. You'll meet your guide in front of Gaudì's Casa Batllò and take a lovely stroll along the Paseig de Gracia, stopping in front of Casa Amatller. While your guide will delight you with the legends that run deep in Barcelona, you'll stop at Carre Petrixtol were you'll taste delicious churros with hot chocolate. Having recovered your strength, we'll continue by visiting the Malda Galleries and the Boqueria Market where you'll have the opportunity to shop like a local. At this point, your guide will lead you towards the Placa de Sant Jaume, where you'll find a statue of Columbus. From here, you'll take a cab and reach the Park of the Ciutadella with its unique waterfalls.
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Hidden Bars of Barcelona

Hidden Bars of Barcelona

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The tour is in the Gothic quarter of the city, its a maze of cobbled streets that we can expertly navigate you though to find the best cocktail bars in the city. These bars are often missed by locals and tourists alike! Included in the price are three premium cocktails that you can enjoy in each of the hand picked bars or this tour. After the tour we can take you to one of the best Tapas bars in the area where you can enjoy some tasty traditional dishes. The tour may be over but your night is just getting started!
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  • 3 hours
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Barcelona Semi Private Tour of Gothic Quarter with Churros | with Private option

Barcelona Semi Private Tour of Gothic Quarter with Churros | with Private option

Immerse yourself in Barcelona’s history and architecture on this guided walking tour. After meeting up with a professional local guide, learn about the city’s top destinations and explore sites like the Barcelona Cathedral, the Church of San Felipe Neri, Placa de Sant Jaume, and Placa del Rei. Enjoy a small group experience of no more than six and finish with a complimentary churro dipped in chocolate.
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