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Barcelona Historic Centre
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Total time
2 hours
Meeting point
Outside the FNAC store at the corner of Bergara street with Plaza Cataluña, with a PINK umbrella of Barkeno Tours.
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They say Barcelona was founded by either mythological Hercules or Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal, one of the greatest military commanders of all times. So much the legends, the truth is that the city was a political center of the Catalan region for at least 2000 years since the Romans built their city there. Walking around the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter you still see old walls and the grid of streets typical for Roman cities. An excellent harbour and a beautiful setting made Barcelona develop fast. The Old Town bears traces of all the powers that ruled it through the ages: the Romans, the Visigoths, the Moors and the Aragones. The concept of the city changed at the turn of the 19th and 20th century when Barcelona went through rapid urban development, architectural remodeling and became a center of a fascinating architectural style called Catalan modernism known around the world because of the works of the ingenious Antoni Gaudi. Standing against Francisco Franco Barcelona was devastated and severely punished. It was here, living opposite Franco, that George Orwell wrote his memoirs “Homage to Catalonia.” The development of the city was accelerated by the organization of the 1992 Summer Olympics (the Barcelona effect!). Today it is one of the most popular cities in the world combining rich history, culture, amazing works of artists like Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró and all the joys of the Mediterranean coast. 

Walk with us through the labyrinth of small, winding streets and tranquil plazas of the Barcelona Old Town to discover its fascinating history, culture, dining and drinking scene. Take a chance to see the residence of Aragonese kings, seat of the Catalan government, ancient churches and palaces as well as one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. The Old Town went through some substantial restoration works in the late 19th and early 20th century and from a humble district changed into a major tourist destination. Hence, next to original Roman and medieval structures you will see some modern and neo-Gothic ones, like the beautiful Bishop’s Bridge or the facade of Barcelona Cathedral. All forming a unique and charming mix waiting there to be admired!

During this 2 hour free walking tour we will see and discover:

  • Gothic Quarter

  • Born Quarter

  • King’s square

  • Plaza Cataluña

  • Jewish Quarter

  • Bishop’s Bridge

  • Sant Jaume Square

  • Fossar de les Moreres memorial square

  • Barcelona’s Cathedral

  • Palau de la Generalitat – the seat of Catalan government

  • Sant Felip Neri square

  • Barcelona’s Roman Wall

  • Barcelona’s Medieval City Hall

  • Santa Maria del Mar (Cathedral of the Sea)    

  • and much, much more!

Additional Important Information
  • professional local guide 
Ticket Message

This tour is organized in cooperation with our local partner, Barkeno Tours!

  • Meeting Point: Outside the FNAC store at the corner of Bergara street with Plaza Cataluña, with a PINK umbrella of Barkeno Tours.
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 10 min before the start time.
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative & Barkeno Tours! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Meeting Point
Outside the FNAC store at the corner of Bergara street with Plaza Cataluña, with a PINK umbrella of Barkeno Tours.

Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 6 people on them. If you travel in a party of 7 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

One of the best free Walking tours I have done

Rated 5 out of 5
4 days ago

Had a great tour in a small group with Alessandro as the guide. It was very interesting and fun. I would recommend the tour to everyone who is visiting Barcelona.


Very engaging, time has just flown!

Rated 5 out of 5
5 days ago

Had a tour done by Alex (I’m sure I’m spelling his name wrong ;P). Fantastic guidance: a lot of history, facts, illustrations for his words (maps, portraits etc) – probably, by far the most professionally done free walking tour I’ve attended! Time has just flown while walking. Easy-going and fun. Highly recommended!


Great tour @ Barcelona

Rated 4 out of 5
1 week ago

Wij hadden de gids , Claire in Barcelona. Het was geweldig! Ze vertelde alles heel gepassioneerd, grappig en interessant. Ze gaf ook veel tips: bv: waar je de lekkerste churros kon eten! Ik zou zeker nog zo’n tour doen!


Best way to learn about the city!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

We did the tour with Filipa and got the best first glimpse about Barcelona’s history and culture. Totally recommend!


A must

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

Did the tour with Filipa and it was great. She was able to give history, politics and current culture infos as well as tips.


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