A city of contrast
Barcelona pre-Spanish Civil War (1835-1936)
A fascinating historical voyage through the local streets of El Raval into the life of Barcelona before the Spanish Civil War. An influential period that helps explain what happened to Spain in later years. Not to be missed by anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of this dynamic city.
- Utopic urban planning ("Eixample") & harsh reality
- Industrialisation & beginning of unease
- Conditions of working class Barcelona
- Bombing of Liceu Theatre & birth of ‘anarchism’
- The new bourgeois & rebirth of Catalan culture and identity
- Changes in El Raval (Barrio Xino / Chinatown)
- Beginning of organised worker’s movements
- Burning of convents and monasteries (1909 Tragic Week of Barcelona)
- General strikes and worker’s conditions (anarcho-syndicalism)
From the idealistic urban planning of the 19th century to the beginning of the organised worker's movement of early 20th century, this is a journey through a city in turmoil where the rich bourgeois and the unprivileged workers shared a Barcelona that was never the same before or after.
The tour wanders through the street of El Raval, the old Barrio Xino, to show the times of great wealth and great poverty. A period that merged together the stunning Catalan Art Nouveau mansions and the slums of the working class.
"This tour was essential in getting to know the city's past".
If you would like to continue exploring Barcelona's recent history we would recommend you joining our friend Nick Lloyd or Catherine on the Spanish Civil War Tour.
1909 Tragic Week Photograph: © Institut Amatller d'Art Hispànic. Arxiu Mas
- March 1st to November 30th:
- Every Friday at 10 AM
(*) Tours not running 24th, 25th, 26th of December and 1st of January.
- PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Plaça de la Universitat (under the clock tower of the university building)
- Universitat (L1 & L2)
- See map
3 hours approx. (not rushed, but leisurely paced).
Ends at: Plaça de les Drassanes (near the Columbus Monument)
Pre-booking is essential for this tour.
Numbers are limited to 15 people per tour so it is recommended to book early.
This tour is only available in English.
Scheduled tour (price per person)€20
Private tour (price per group)€170
Cancellation policy:If you cancel a tour 72 hours before the scheduled time you will be refunded your full payment. Payments are not refundable for tours cancelled less than 72 hours before the start of the tour.
In the case of heavy rain the tour will run as usual so please bring suitable rain gear.
Tour available only on dates marked in green