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Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Mediterranean Seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Catalonia

The Basics

Few come to Barcelona without spending time in the Gothic Quarter. Situated between El Born and El Raval, the neighborhood is home to the Barcelona Cathedral, Plaça Sant Jaume, Plaça Reial, and the city's most intact stretch of Roman wall. Its winding streets make it an easy and pleasant place to get lost for an afternoon, but seeing it with a guide will unlock the area's historic and cultural significance. Most walking, cycling, and Segway tours spend time in the Gothic Quarter.

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Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
$19.30 per adult
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Great tour with Oliver!...
Great tour with Oliver! So enthusiastic! We learned so much about the city's history. Take this tour!
Elaine_M, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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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.
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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.
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Get to know Barcelona at the beginning of your visit
YuKyung_R, Oct 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
It was a nice tour that I would recommend to do at the start of your visit of Barcelona. It gives a very good overview of the old city center and the beginnings of Barcelona. Wear comfortable shoes ;)
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Gothic Quarter Tour
danap0st, Jan 2020
Gothic Quarter's deepest secrets & Sangria
Juliana was very knowledgeable and the tour was very interesting. It was just the right length and the sangria was a nice finish to the tour.
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Informative
susan6768, Oct 2019
Early Picasso Museum & Gothic Quarter Tour
Our guide knew her stuff and made us feel comfortable during a bit of a crazy time in Barcelona (protests)! She was great.
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A Highlight of our Trip
chico3206, Sep 2019
Kids and Family Gothic Quarter Barcelona Walking Tour
Our tour guide was Ali and she was incredible. This tour was engaging for the kids and interesting for the adults. Ali did a beautiful job of not only interacting with the kids, but also helping them become fast buddies in the process. As our vacation around Barcelona continued, our son found many opportunities to recall something Ali had said or done during the guided tour. I couldn't recommend this experience more!
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Good up close tour
travelman, Aug 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
This was a very interesting tour. My first trip to Barcelona and I learned a lot about the city and it’s history. Our guide spoke excellent English, and had us stop at a nice local restaurant for a refreshment break.
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Fantastic tour!
Eva Spead S, Sep 2019
Gothic Quarter's deepest secrets & Sangria
This tour was a perfect way to begin our visit to Barcelona! Juliana was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic! She not only provided us with the history of the area, she was also full of recommendations for the remainder of our visit. This tour is a must!
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Fantastic guide
OnAir43743694352, Sep 2019
Early Picasso Museum & Gothic Quarter Tour
Guide made this side trip excellent. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. Gave him $10 euro tip. That says it all. Embarrassed his name escapes me. Jet lag and all. Could have skipped the breakfast but guide joined us with coffee and provided good info and directions around Barcelona.
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Very interesting visit!
Chantal C, Aug 2019
Private Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
That visit helped bring life to the numerous gothic and historic cathedral and buildings. Our guide was Donnatella replaced a sick guide at the last minute and was very knowledgeable. The private tour makes the visit very personal, allowing you to go at your own rhythm and ask all the questions you want. We strongly recomment this visit!
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Highlight of our Barcelona visit
lamarcilla2019, Jul 2019
Barcelona Walking Tour: Flamenco Show, Tapas Dinner & Gothic Quarter
Joseph from "We Are Guides Barcelona" made us feel welcome and his enthusiasm made our tour the best day of our entire European vacation. The local restaurant we visited was delicious and the authentic flamenco show was excellent. I wish I could experience the evening all over again! Thank you Joseph.
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Excellent Private Tour
Susan P, Jun 2019
Private Barcelona Tour: Flamenco Show, Tapas Dinner & Gothic Quarter
Javier was our wonderful guide. He was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He met us at our hotel and gave us a detailed tour of the city. He took us through quiet city back streets and showed us places only the locals know about. We then ate a delicious tapas dinner at a local restaurant followed by a flamenco dance. We felt like we got to experience an authentic taste of Barcelona! We could not have asked for a better experience.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Many travelers opt to get oriented with a guided tour before wandering the Gothic Quarter on your own.

  • This neighborhood is a must-see for first-time visitors.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. The Gothic Quarter is expansive and the pavement not always even.

  • Some of the shops and restaurants in the neighborhood close on Sundays.

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How to Get to the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter sits in the middle of Barcelona's Old Town, with La Rambla to one side and Via Laietana to the other. The quarter itself is easy to navigate on foot, as most streets are closed to traffic, and it's accessible from other areas of the city via the metro (Liceu, Jaume I, or Plaça Catalunya stations).

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The narrow streets can get packed with people in July and August, peak tourist season in Barcelona. Late summer is also the hottest time of year, with temperatures rising into the high 80s and low 90s F. In spring and fall, cool temperatures and sparser crowds make for pleasant exploration, while visitors who come during the holiday season can see the neighborhood lit up in colorful lights or shop at the Christmas market in front of the Barcelona Cathedral.

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The Gothic Quarter and the Spanish Civil War

This neighborhood witnessed some of the most significant moments of the Spanish Civil War in Barcelona. In the now serene Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, shrapnel-scarred walls testify to the bombs dropped in January 1938. The Hotel Continental, situated along La Rambla, was where George Orwell and his wife stayed during the war; he mentions it in his book "Homage to Catalonia."

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