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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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Gothic Quarter Guided Tour

Gothic Quarter Guided Tour

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New Tour! Our Gothic Quarter walking tour explores the historical centre of Barcelona. In a small group with a licensed guide, discover narrow streets and charming squares while you learn about the history of Barcelona, architecture and current affairs. • New tour, introductory price • Small groups of maximum 10 people. The reduced size of the group allows for a better quality visit. Please note that our groups are significantly smaller than those of the main tour organizers in Barcelona • In English. With no mixed languages on the same tour • Licensed guides only. We make an effort at selecting the best possible guides • Interaction welcome. You will be welcome to ask questions and interact with our guide and other members of the tour. The size of the group makes this possible • Duration: 1h 30min. Walking distance: 500 meters approximately
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Private tour Gestas and chronicles of Barcelona

Private tour Gestas and chronicles of Barcelona

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Our guide will introduce you to the history of the city, entertaining the story with interesting anecdotes and legends, which will allow you to better understand the city. In addition, the tour ends with a tasting at an emblematic place in the city. The amount of € 2 will be donated for each ticket sold to the Bantandicori Development Cooperation Association, a non-profit association, which is constituted with the basic mission of improving the living conditions of the most disadvantaged people in Africa.
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  • 3 hours
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Barcelona Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide

Barcelona Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide

Visit the top sights from the Gothic quarter in the centre of the old city. A professional local tour guide would take your around for your walking tour to some of the best sights in this part of the city. Learn about the history of these sights during the walking tour. The tour timings are flexible and can be amended depending on availability. The tour can be modified depending on the personal choices and preferences.
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  • 2 hours
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4h city walk to the most beautiful places

4h city walk to the most beautiful places

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Well trained tour guides. Maximum 10 people per tour. Sagrada Familia facade guide included. Learn interesting details about customs, culture, people and sights. Short stops for tasting culinary delights are planned.
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  • 4 hours
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$35.49
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BCN: Christmas walking Tour

BCN: Christmas walking Tour

It is a special tour because: The nougat tasting is from a non-tourist workshop. Tested with families with children. It is performed by local guides with extensive experience. The amount of € 2 will be donated for each ticket sold to the Bantandicori Development Cooperation Association, a non-profit association, which is constituted with the basic mission of improving the living conditions of the most disadvantaged people in Africa.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Barcelona in a Day: Sagrada Família, Casa Milà & Cathedral Rooftop

Barcelona in a Day: Sagrada Família, Casa Milà & Cathedral Rooftop

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Experience the best of Barcelona in a single day. Tour Gaudí’s fantastical cathedral, La Sagrada Família; admire art nouveau architecture on the Passeig de Gracia; and skip the line with access to Casa Milá and take in stunning rooftop views. Explore Barrio Gotíc, La Rambla, the old Jewish Quarter, and more. End your tour with a 1-hour coastal cruise and a welcome drink on board the sailboat. 
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  • 7 hours
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Cathedral of Barcelona and Gothic Quarter Virtual Reality Walking Tour

Cathedral of Barcelona and Gothic Quarter Virtual Reality Walking Tour

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Come to the core of the city, to where it all started 2,000 years ago, enjoy its charming corners and squares hidden away down ancient narrow streets with the help of our expert guide. Walk around emblematic places such as the Cathedral of Barcelona and other important squares along this walking tour. You will visit: Cathedral of Barcelona, Pont Del Bisbe, Plaça Del Rei: (King’s Square), Santa Àgata’s chapel and the Saló del Tinell (1359-1362). It is said that the Catholic monarchs, Fernando and Isabel, received Columbus here on his return from America. Also, you will finish in plaça Sant Jaume. During the walking tour you will make 3 stops to travel back in time to Roman age with a virtual reality glasses and have a better understanding of the origins of the city.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Barcelona Gothic Quarter: guided walking tour

Barcelona Gothic Quarter: guided walking tour

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Discover the stories and legends behind some of the Gothic Quarter’s most popular destinations—which you probably wouldn’t learn about alone—during this guided walking tour. Pass by Las Ramblas and the Plaza de Sant Jaume, among others, departing and ending at a conveniently central point from which you can continue your exploration.
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Private Barcelona Old Town Walking Tour with Expert Local Guide

Private Barcelona Old Town Walking Tour with Expert Local Guide

Take a look at the Barcelona’s ancient Romans on this private walking tour of Old Town. Explore the beautiful landmarks of Barcelona like the Arco de Triunfo and the sprawling Ciutdella Park before diving into the Gothic Quarter. Explore Born Market, ancient Roman walls and some of the lesser-known places. This private tour was designed to be an eye-opening learning experience. • Explore the streets of Barcelona during a private walking tour • Enjoy the beauty of landmarks like the Arco de Triunfo and the sprawling Ciutdella Park • Get inspired by the beauty of winding alleys and charming streets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter Admire Gothic Quarter • Explore the landmarks like Roman walls and the Barcelona Cathedral • Get familiar with Barcelona's fascinating history
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  • 3 hours
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$129.00
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Barcelona Night Tour Including Bar Hopping and Drinks with Private Local Guide

Barcelona Night Tour Including Bar Hopping and Drinks with Private Local Guide

Enjoy the best of Barcelona by night with an expert local guide. The splendor of Barcelona lies not only in its architectural monuments, narrow streets and old quarters. It attracts tourists from all over the world with an abundance of entertainment, and especially its chic nightlife. This night tour will immerse you to Barcelona nightlife, you will visit pubs and taste traditional drinks and tapas. ● Private local guide will show you Barcelona nightlife ● Enjoy city landscapes and lights at night ● Taste local traditional drinks and tapas ● Drink at Picasso’s favorite place ● Have ultimate drinking experience in Barcelona and enjoy a cocktail in the Gothic Quarter, vermouth in a taverna, absinthe in Picasso’s favorite haunts, and finish the tour with a festive glass of Catalan sangria.
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  • 2 hours
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$179.00
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Private Barcelona Bike Tour, Gaudi's Art and Medieval Districts with Local Guide

Private Barcelona Bike Tour, Gaudi's Art and Medieval Districts with Local Guide

See the highlights of Barcelona on a 2-hour electric bike tour. Explore the history of the city and take in the legendary landmarks like Arc de Triomf and Placa Reial. Admire the unfinished Basilica of Gaudí and La Sagrada Familia. Your personal guide will tell you about the history of must-see places. The bike tour will allow you to appreciate the diversity of Barcelona. Immerse yourself in the history of the city and ride through medieval districts, Barceloneta beach, Passeig Gracia, famous Gaudi buildings and the Sagrada Familia. ● Check out must-see sights of Barcelona on an electric bike ● Admire the unfinished Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ● Get a history lesson in the historic district of Barceloneta ● Cover much more than you'd be able to see on a walking tour ● Explore the former fishing village of Barceloneta ● Enjoy your private tour with a local expert
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  • 3 hours
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Barcelona: Secrets of the Gothic Quarter

Barcelona: Secrets of the Gothic Quarter

In this self-guided quest, we will try to reveal the secrets of the Gothic Quarter! The Gothic Quarter is a labyrinth of narrow streets and weaving of old walls. Every stone here may have witnessed bloody wars, deadly diseases, triumphant victories, and fateful decisions. The smallest street has seen hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands of people of different ages, eras, religions, and nationalities. Barcelona, the cosmopolitan and historic city, was born right here. Today you will discover secrets, legends, and little pieces of the life of one of the oldest cities in Europe. You'll learn who gave Barcelona its name, who gave it life, and why in living such a long life, Barcelona has remained young! Our funny questions and curious riddles will help you reveal all the secrets and make your trip a real fun! And all this at any time of the day and year! You can travel at your own pace and discover the tips and hacks prepared by the locals!
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Private Online Tour of Barcelona

Private Online Tour of Barcelona

This tour is online so if you cannot travel due to the actual situation with Covid-19, you can still meet a local guide in Barcelona, get to ask any questions that you like and visit the city of Barcelona with a professional guide. You can actually decide whether you prefer to visit the old town (Barrio Gótico) or another part of the city, with an exterior view of some of the Gaudí buildings for instance.
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Walking tour of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona with pintxos tasting

Walking tour of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona with pintxos tasting

If you are in Barcelona, and you want to learn more about the history of the city, you cannot miss this walking tour of the old part of the city. You will learn, from the hand of a local and professional guide, how it was founded, its evolution over the years and the history of its most illustrious characters. If you choose the option with pintxo, you can finish the tour enjoying the local cuisine in a local bar and continue discovering the city's secrets with our guide in a more relaxed atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours
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Barcelona: Christmas walking tour

Barcelona: Christmas walking tour

It is a special tour because: The nougat tasting is from a non-tourist workshop. Tested with families with children. It is performed by local guides with extensive experience. The amount of € 2 will be donated for each ticket sold to the Bantandicori Development Cooperation Association, a non-profit association, which is constituted with the basic mission of improving the living conditions of the most disadvantaged people in Africa.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Barcelona: Tapas Tour

Barcelona: Tapas Tour

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We have contact with the owners of the premises. Our guide knows our customs and gastronomy perfectly. No more than 12 people are accepted. The amount of € 2 will be donated for each ticket sold to the Bantandicori Development Cooperation Association, a non-profit association, which is constituted with the basic mission of improving the living conditions of the most disadvantaged people in Africa.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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The Origins of Gaudí in Barcelona

The Origins of Gaudí in Barcelona

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It is the only route that explains the origins of Gaudí as an architect of the city of Barcelona, outside the usual tourist circuits.
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Private Walking Tour of Barcelona

Private Walking Tour of Barcelona

Do you only have morning or an afternoon in Barcelona? On this private guided walking tour with an expert, passionate and friendly guide you will visit all the essential places of the city in half a day. In the first part we will start with a trip to old Barcelona. From Roman origins through medieval times in the famous Gothic Quarter, a labyrinth of small medieval streets rich in fantastic stories and details, where you can admire the best of Catalan medieval Gothic art: the churches, the palaces, the marks of the past. After a 15-minute break, the second part of the visit will focus on 19th century and early 20th century Barcelona, ​​with the wonderful modernist palaces and the architectural grandeur of Antoni Gaudí, with Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and the emblematic Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. The best way to have the authentic Barcelona experience.
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  • 5 hours
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$88.73
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Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Interactive Virtual Tour with Expert Local Guide

Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Interactive Virtual Tour with Expert Local Guide

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Join expert and passionate guides in conversation from their home to yours. A product that gives a different approach than your traditional tours. Take the time you want without crowds If you want to find out about the historic events in the oldest part of Barcelona don't miss this live virtual tour which will reveal the most splendid period of the Catalan capital and its culture which can still be seen today. Every step of the tour is full of history, charm, and magic. This is a private virtual tour, but not limited to one device – so you can share the link and have your family and friends, wherever they are, join the experience too. You will receive the link, the day before the tour. Led by specialists in art history. A native official tour guide at your disposal for 1 hour, which will adapt to your interests and you can ask everything you want
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  • 1 hour
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$26.03
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Past View Barcelona Tour

Past View Barcelona Tour

If you want to know Barcelona in a different way, with VR and AR, with smartglasses and traveling to the past, Past View Barcelona is your opportunity
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  • 2 hours
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$33.12
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Barcelona Flamenco Show & Tapas | Semi Private Experience

Barcelona Flamenco Show & Tapas | Semi Private Experience

Barcelona Flamenco Show & Tapas Small Group Experience is a must for visitors who want to experience a real side of Spanish culture by tasting local food and watching an authentic flamenco show. Your expert tour guide will accompany you on an unforgettable small-group adventure. You will discover first-hand the highlights of the ancient Barrio Gótico, sample and share scrumptious tapas and be entertained as you experience the pulsating rhythm and magic of a live theater show featuring flamenco musicians and dancers.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$117.12
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Barcelona Historic Walking Tour & Food Experience

Barcelona Historic Walking Tour & Food Experience

Discover Spanish food & Barcelona history. As we venture through narrow back alleys & historic squares, we’ll learn about Barcelona from Roman times to the medieval golden era. With 3 stops in distinct restaurants we’ll also show you the broad variety of tapas! After meeting in the Roman heart of the city it is time to build up your appetite! We will start our history walk through the oldest part of Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter. Our first stop is a traditional pinchos bar: snacks connected by cocktail stick to a slice of bread. Afterwards we´ll pass through the medieval center: El Born. Learn about craftsmen & rich merchants of that time who left an impressive legacy with their palaces & the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Our next tapas bar is known for its regionality - all the food comes from local fields & farms. We will try a variety of elaborated & high quality tapas. After a desert stop you´ll have seen the old town of the city while having tried out a range of local food.
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  • 3 hours
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$88.73
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Private Tour - Explore hidden streets with a friend

Private Tour - Explore hidden streets with a friend

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 2.5 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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$46.14
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$46.14
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour - Historic Walking Tour & Food Experience

Private Tour - Historic Walking Tour & Food Experience

Discover Spanish food & Barcelona history. As we venture through narrow back alleys & historic squares, we’ll learn about Barcelona from Roman times to the medieval golden era. With 3 stops in distinct restaurants we’ll also show you the broad variety of tapas! After meeting in the Roman heart of the city it is time to build up your appetite! We will start our history walk through the oldest part of Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter. Our first stop is a traditional pinchos bar: snacks connected by cocktail stick to a slice of bread. Afterwards we´ll pass through the medieval center: El Born. Learn about craftsmen & rich merchants of that time who left an impressive legacy with their palaces & the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Our next tapas bar is known for its regionality - all the food comes from local fields & farms. We will try a variety of elaborated & high quality tapas. After a desert stop you´ll have seen the old town of the city while having tried out a range of local food.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.56
Price varies by group size
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$100.56
Price varies by group size
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