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Ciutat Vella (Old Town)
Ciutat Vella (Old Town)

Ciutat Vella (Old Town)

Free admission
Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona

The Basics

Las Ramblas, Ciutat Vella’s main thoroughfare, separates El Raval from the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), a popular starting point for a walking tour of the city. Often covered in walking, biking, and Segway tours, attractions in this part of town include historic Plaça del Rei, the 14th-century Royal Palace (Palau Reial Major), Barcelona Cathedral, the glitzy shopping street of Portal de l’Àngel, lively La Boqueria food market, and several Gaudí masterpieces, including Güell Palace (Palau Güell).

East of the Barri Gòtic are the fashionable district of La Ribera and the small neighborhood of El Born, also home to a number of popular attractions. Key sights include the Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana), a UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner; the Gothic Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral; the Picasso Museum; and the vast Ciutadella Park (Parc de la Ciutadella), the city’s largest green space.

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Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
$104.27 per adult
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The tour guy was funny...
The tour guy was funny and very friendly The City the Sagrada Familia was beautiful the group we where with where nice people
Wael_D, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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Day trip
Caitlin_M, Dec 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Marco was very kind. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the city. Make sure you have cash to pay for the tickets to get you in to the church and Park.
star-5
Marius was a great guide....
Armando_P, Dec 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Marius was a great guide. Extremely knowledgeable, not only on the sites visited, but also on the general culture of Barcelona.
star-5
Great tour with lots of insight into Barcelona
Bhavisha_K, Nov 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Had a very informative and lovely guide by the name of Nuria! She was so knowledgeable and lovely to be around for our walk! Thank you so much for such a great experience!
star-5
A wonderful and informative tour
Edward_H, Nov 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
We had a lovely and informative tour round the old town. Victor was was a great guide. Wonderful anecdotes
star-5
The best tour in Barcelona
KarynStricklan, Dec 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
One of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen❤️ Our tour guide Miguel spoke English well, and seemed to know the history of everywhere we went.
star-5
Barcelona in a day with a funny and nice guide!
Trang_T, Nov 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
We had a great time with our guide Vicente! He was very informative and funny. The weather was terrible but the experience was definitely worth it. We took another tour in Madrid that promised a small group experience but ended up on a bus with 60 people so we appreciated that this tour is exactly as described.
star-5
Great Fun!
Nikki_L, Nov 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Oliver was really great! We learned a lot on the trip. Lots of fun! This is a must do if you’re in Barcelona.
star-5
Our guide was perfect. ...
Leslie_L, Nov 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Our guide was perfect. He told very interesting stories and gave so much history of beautiful Barcelona. He was the best!!!
star-5
Lauren of Barcelona
Anonymous, Oct 2021
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Daniel, our guide, was very knowledgeable, passionate about explaining everything, a careful driver and very pleasant The itinerary hit all the highlights. Great trip
star-5
Great tour with Oliver!...
Elaine_M, Oct 2021
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Great tour with Oliver! So enthusiastic! We learned so much about the city's history. Take this tour!
star-4
Barcelona tour
alandavidh, Jun 2019
Best of Barcelona Private Tour: Sagrada Familia and Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
The highlight was La Segrada Família was the highlight and exceeded all our expectations. The tour of the city was informative and interesting but is not everyone’s cup of tea. Our guide was excellent, and very helpful. In fact all our guides were very good.
star-5
Private tour well worth the price
Saundra_L, Jun 2019
Best of Barcelona Private Tour: Sagrada Familia and Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Private tour with Rocio was excellent. Compacted history, culture, and fun in one full day. Per her recommendations, ate like a local.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Old Town, home to many of Barcelona’s top attractions, is a must for all visitors.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; the neighborhood is large, and many streets are cobbled or uneven.

  • Pickpockets can be a problem in the Old Town, so leave your valuables in your hotel and stay aware of your surroundings.

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How to Get There

Many visitors to Barcelona base themselves in the Old Town, and just about everything is within walking distance. If you’re taking public transportation, the metro stops at several major stations in the neighborhood, including Paral·lel (line 2), Liceu (line 3), Drassanes (line 3), and Jaume I (line 4).

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When to Get There

You haven’t really experienced the Old Town until you’ve seen it by day and at night. Come during daylight hours to see the street performers along Las Ramblas. In the evenings, head to the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter or El Born for tapas and wine bars.

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L’Eixample, the Other Half of Barcelona’s City Center

If there’s another neighborhood that can rival the Old Town in terms of importance to the Barcelona psyche, it’s L’Eixample. Added in the late 19th century, this modernista enlargement of the city was and is home to several prominent attractions, including the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera (Casa Milà), and Passeig de Gràcia.

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