Free Walking Tour
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A Free Walking Tour through the ancient narrow streets of one of the most charming medieval districts in Europe. Discover the secrets behind the stones of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.
- What is the legend surrounding the Catalan flag?
- Why are 13 geese living in Barcelona's Gothic cathedral?
- How do you build a tower made out of humans?
Find out the answers and more on our Free Walking Tour around the old city. We will lead you through the winding corridors of the medieval town to give you a unique view of the enchanting Gothic Quarter.
Lose yourself in an historical journey, learn about our ancient traditions and marvel at the stunning Gothic architecture of Barcelona's most magical neighbourhood.
- Summer (from April 1st to September 30th):
- 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Every day (rain or shine)
- Winter (from October 1st to March 31st):
- 11:00 AM (also at 3pm in March). Every day (rain or shine)
(*) Tours not running 24th, 25th, 26th of December and 1st of January.
- Plaça Reial (next to the water fountain).
- Liceu (L3)
- See map
Other Free Tours start at the same meeting point. If you want the quality of a Runner Bean tour be sure it is a Runner Bean guide. Please read the box How do I know I am on the right tour?
2.5 hours approx. (not rushed, but leisurely paced).
Ends at: Santa María del Mar
Reservations are not strictly necessary but, in order to maintain the quality, numbers are limited in all our tours. If you have not booked, we recommend arriving at least 20 minutes before the scheduled time to ensure you get a space on the tour of your choice.
If you are a group of more than 8 people you need to book a private tour. Contact us for more information and prices.
You will need to cover your shoulders and wear clothing that goes beneath your knee if you would like to visit the Cathedral cloister.
This tour is only available in English.
Places We visit
These are some of the places we visit during the tour (click on the images to enlarge):
Only a step away from the busy "Las Ramblas", this square is certainly one of the most picturesque in Barcelona. Some of its bars and restaurants hide secrets that will be revealed by the guide. It's also the meeting point for the Free Gaudí Tour.
A beautiful square in the middle of the Gothic Quarter with the XIV century Santa María del Pi church and some of the most beautiful sgrafittos in the city. If tasting some local delicacies is what you are after, you will find them in its outdoor food market.
Not only the oldest part of the Gothic Quarter but also one of the most intriguing places in Barcelona. Walk through narrow passages and past ancient houses following the hidden clues to find out what happened to a thriving Jewish community.
This has been the centre of political life in the City for over 2,000 years. Today, the main government buildings dominate the square. Many festivities in Barcelona start or end at this place so maybe you will be lucky enough to see some of the Catalan traditions performed here.
Situated in the traditional spiritual centre of Barcelona, "La Seu" is one of the most impressive cathedrals in Spain. Its XV century cloister has been called "the loveliest oasis in Barcelona". Thirteen geese dwell in the courtyard reminding us of a barbarous crime.
The only drawback of Plaça Sant Felip Neri is to actually find it. Hidden at the edge of the Jewish Quarter, you will feel as if you are in a small village, miles away from busy Barcelona. A favourite with filmmakers, this peaceful place also has a few tales to tell the visitor.
Roman heritage is all over Barcelona, its impressive city wall appearing in the strangest of places. But there is much more than just the wall: a Roman treasure from the first century B.C. is waiting for you inside the patio of an apartment block!
Stepping into this square is like travelling back through time to when the count-kings of Catalonia lived in its medieval Royal Palace. King Ferdinand, Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Inquisition all have something to say in this Plaza.
It has been called "the Cathedral of the Sea" and from the outside you would never guess the magnificence that is waiting for you inside. A masterpiece of the Catalan Gothic and a delight for the eyes. Just beside it, our tour ends in a very special place for the Barcelonians.
Tour available only on dates marked in green