Hidden Barcelona - Small Group Walking Tour

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Get to know some of Barcelona’s iconic sites and hidden places. Walk the back streets, admire gothic churches, explore markets and visit gourmet shops to sample local delicacies. Plus we might stop by a tapas joint for some sweet cava and snacks.

Highlights:

Explore Barcelona’s Roman history

Sample local food specialties

Explore the stunning Santa Caterina Market

Learn the secrets of Spanish olive oil

Visit stores that date back to the early 19th century

Walk medieval backstreets

See beautiful gothic churches

This leisurely walk introduces both some of Barcelona’s iconic sites and surprising, hidden places. Walk the back streets, admire gothic churches, explore produce markets and visit gourmet shops to sample some local delicacies. Plus we might stop by a tapas joint to join locals for some sweet cava and snacks.

Itinerary
Start in the heart of Barcelona’s Old City; the Gothic Quarter which dates back to the Roman times. Walk along the ancient city wall and see the remains of Barcelona’s early settlement, as well as medieval buildings and sights in the lesser-known Jewish Quarter.

Stroll through the narrow streets of the Born district and admire the gothic Santa Maria del Mar (Santa Maria of the Sea), considered by many to be Barcelona’s most beautiful church. Fishermen, nobility and merchants once lived together in this district and joined forces in the construction of this impressive building.

Continue to Montcada Street where large gothic palaces sitting right next to top museums like the Picasso and Textile Museum. Just next door there are some great bars like La Xampanyeria, a tapas joint. You’re likely to find yourself squeezed in with a bustling crowd of tipsy Barcelonans on their lunch break.

The area is renowned for its great mix of contemporary and traditional shops. One of the oldest is Casa Gispert, master roasters since 1851. You’ll still find the original oven toasting superbly tasting nuts, coffee and cocoa. Take in the special atmosphere and enjoy some of their traditional products.
Above Born we enter La Ribera, a quieter district with few tourists and some very interesting places. See the art nouveau-style Palau de la Musica Catalana with its exuberant façade now housing all kinds of musical performances. Nearby is the wavy-roofed Santa Caterina food market. Over time the 68 fresh-produce stallholders have retained their original signage despite the contemporary design around them.

Last but not least we wander to Les Ramblas, a stunning tree-lined pedestrian mall. The mall connects Plaça Catalunya and the Columbus Column at the Old Port. We end our walk next to Barcelona’s stunning Opera house, the Gran Teatre de Liceu.