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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
$17.27 per adult
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Laura was an awesome guide. Very knowledgeable with a great sense of humor and lots of energy. A real credit to the company.
Robert_E, Jun 2022

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dylan_j, Jun 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Old town and Sagrada Familia. Amazing history. The guides Manu and Pablo were excellent and looked after us.
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Dean_W, Jun 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
It was an amazing tour. Adriano did an excellent job of explaining different aspect of Barcelona history and making it fun for my daughter and I.
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Excellent tour!
Miguel_M, Jun 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Very fun and informative tour. Jana was an amazing tour guide!! She told some very interesting stories of the history of Barcelona and took us to fascinating places.
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Great Start to Our Trip
Deborah_D, Jun 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Wonderful tour of the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Great lunch at a local restaurant. Vacation off to a great start.
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Great value tour
jenice4go, Jun 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
We scheduled this tour prior to our cruise that was leaving later in the day. Our tour guide Jana was lively and enthusiastic about Barcelona. The tour provided a nice balance of history and culture and was the perfect length of time and walking distance. It was also a good value.
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Art and architecture with a passion!
Martie_H, Jun 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
The Gaudi homes/architecture! The Roman columns in the middle of a building! Ariadna brought the history to life with her passion.
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Ariadna is the best in Barcelona
james_m, Jun 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Ariadna was amazing Local knowledge and very engaging She knows her stuff and she knows how to make you feel like you are the only ones on the tour. If you are considering this tour you must request her
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Awesome tour
Upjot_B, Jun 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
We had a great tour today with Angie!! She was amazing and was very knowledgeable about everything on the tour and we got to see all the main attractions!
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Best Barcelona Tour
Barbara_B, Jun 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Daniela was an amazing tour guide. Took us to all the best Barcelona sites and catered our tour to our requests. She was extremely knowledgeable about Barcelona! Would highly recommend this tour! Thanks
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Joan is a guy!
Debra_B, Jun 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Joan was an amazing tour guide-thoughtful and full of great stories! Exactly what we were looking for.
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Roberto was an excellent...
DEBRA_J, May 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Roberto was an excellent tour guide. His knowledge of history was remarkable and he interwove that with stories that kept us interested. He went out of his way to answer all our questions, give directions and recommendations. He was super friendly and went above and beyond all expectations.
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Michael_D, Jun 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Daniela was great. Showed up early and knew a massive amount of history. We had a wish list and hit every point. The city is wonderful and she made sure we enjoyed every part. The crowds were big, but we entered the destinations smoothly with hardly any waiting. Beautiful architecture, and landscapes. I would definitely choose the personal tour over the group.
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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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