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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 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
star-4.5
$104.08 per adult
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Barcelona in a day with a funny and nice guide!
We had a great time with our guide Vicente! He was very informative and funny. The weather was terrible but the experience was definitely worth it. We took another tour in Madrid that promised a small group experience but ended up on a bus with 60 people so we appreciated that this tour is exactly as described.
Trang_T, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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A wonderful and informative tour
Edward_H, Nov 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
We had a lovely and informative tour round the old town. Victor was was a great guide. Wonderful anecdotes
star-5
Great Fun!
Nikki_L, Nov 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Oliver was really great! We learned a lot on the trip. Lots of fun! This is a must do if you’re in Barcelona.
star-5
Lauren of Barcelona
Anonymous, Oct 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Daniel, our guide, was very knowledgeable, passionate about explaining everything, a careful driver and very pleasant The itinerary hit all the highlights. Great trip
star-5
Great day in Barcelona
Matthew_F, Oct 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
We loved the Cathedral of Barcelona and the cool skull and dagger tale. Vincent was an excellent guide, who showed us all the best sites. We left feeling like we really got to know this beautiful city. The Sagrada Familia was stunning.
star-5
Our guide was perfect. ...
Leslie_L, Nov 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Our guide was perfect. He told very interesting stories and gave so much history of beautiful Barcelona. He was the best!!!
star-5
Great tour with Oliver!...
Elaine_M, Oct 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Great tour with Oliver! So enthusiastic! We learned so much about the city's history. Take this tour!
star-5
Barcelona in a Day
Elaine_M, Oct 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
My sister and I recently went on this tour with Mariusz and it did not disappoint. He is incredibly knowledgeable and an absolute gentleman. He made this tour so memorable for us, if I could give him more than 5 stars I would. Highly recommend!
star-5
A Fantastic Walk Through History.
Julien_A, Oct 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Our guide was well versed in the history of Barcelona, and brought this to life as we wandered around the old City, from its origins as a Roman town to the magnificent city we know today.
star-5
Very Accommodating...
Edward_W, Sep 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
It's very fast paced so you can see a lot in one day. Most importantly, I had missed my pickup because of technical difficulty with my phone. When I got it fixed, I was able to meet up with the tour guide and finish 80% of the tour. I only missed the beach which I go to regularly on my month long holiday. And the tour guide was funny and engaging.
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Barcelona tour
alandavidh, Jun 2019
Best of Barcelona Private Tour: Sagrada Familia and Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
The highlight was La Segrada Família was the highlight and exceeded all our expectations. The tour of the city was informative and interesting but is not everyone’s cup of tea. Our guide was excellent, and very helpful. In fact all our guides were very good.
star-5
Great tour-do it!
Tamsen_W, Oct 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Jordi was an excellent guide, friendly and knowledgeable, we are so glad we took this tour and would highly recommend it. A great way to start your visit to this amazing city, really helps to orientate yourself and get an understanding of this city’s history and all that it has to offer. Jordi knows his history and was also able to show us inside a number of basilicas and churches as part of the tour. Highly recommended.
star-5
Barcelona Private Tour
Michelle F, Jun 2019
Best of Barcelona Private Tour: Sagrada Familia and Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Wonderful day, seen some fantastic sights, tour guide was super informative, funny and made this tour.

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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Trip ideas


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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