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Barcelona Cathedral: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Barcelona: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the best of Barcelona on a double-decker hop-on hop-off bus tour. Get access to two routes with one ticket for a complete sightseeing experience. Each route has an approximate duration of 2 hours. Take a complimentary map to help you decide where you want to go and enjoy audio commentary. In addition to the open top, the buses also have an electric roof on top for use in the event of rain. The buses are adapted for people with limited mobility and are fitted with anatomical seats and heating on both decks. They also have an attendant aboard to help you with anything you may need. East Route • Plaça de Catalunya • Port Vell • Museu d'Història de Catalunya • La Barceloneta • Port Olímpic • Poble Nou - Zoo • Teatre Nacional - Auditori. • Glories- Torre Agbar • Sagrada Familia Cathedral • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau • Park Güell • Tibidabo • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló West Route • Plaça Catalunya • Arc de Triomf • El Born- Ciutadella-zoo • Passeig Colom • World Trade Center • Jardins de Miramar • Fundació Joan Miró • Anella Olímpica • Mnac (Museo Nacional de Catalunya) • Poble Espanyol • Caixa Fòrum-Pavelló Mies Van Der Rohe • Plaça d'Espanya • Estació de Sants • Camp Nou (F.C. Barcelona) • Plaça Pius XII-Palau Reial- Pavellons Guell-Monestir de Pedralbes • L'illa diagonal • Avinguda Diagonal • La Pedrera • Casa Batlló • Plaça Catalunya

Barcelona: Cathedral of Barcelona Entry Ticket

2. Barcelona: Cathedral of Barcelona Entry Ticket

Discover the jewel of Barcelona's famed Gothic Quarter by visiting the Cathedral of Barcelona. Learn about the historical background of this church which was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries. Begin by going through the external doors of Pieta and Saint Eulalia to enter the cathedral's cloister. Next pass the Romanesque interior door, made of white marble and archivolts decorated with geometric patterns and a Gothic pediment. Wander through the cloister and its four galleries with ogive arches separated by pillars. Gaze at the reliefs sculpted into the pillars of the cloister arches, showing scenes from the Old Testament. Learn about the Holy Cross, and the keystones of the vault depicting scenes from the New Testament. Next take some time to check out the chapels arranged along the three galleries, each initially dedicated to the patron saint of an institution or guild, and placed under the protection of a specific family. Then observe the cloister garden with palm trees, magnolias, an orange tree, and a fountain. Here, the traditional “ou com balla” (dancing egg) takes place each year for the celebration of Corpus Christi. There is a large pond in the cloister that is home to the 13 white geese of the Cathedral. Continue by taking the elevator to the rooftops, through the chapel of the Innocent Saints, next to the door of San Ivo. From the rooftops, gaze upon the two bell towers, the two lateral pinnacles, the cimborio crowned by the Holy Cross, the cloister, and a spectacular panoramic view of Barcelona. After enjoying the rooftop views, visit the historic Chapter Hall, converted into a museum space. This is located under the gallery of the cloister, next to the chapel dedicated to Saint Lucia. Originally, it was the site of a soup kitchen for the poor. Once inside the Chapter Hall, wrap up by checking out the 11th-century lobed baptism font from the former Romanesque temple and the terracotta sculpture of Saint Eulalia by Giuliano di Nofri, from the pediment over the door of Saint Eulalia.

From Salou: Barcelona City Day Trip and Magic Fountains

3. From Salou: Barcelona City Day Trip and Magic Fountains

For those who visited Barcelona before, join us and we’ll drop you in the city centre of Barcelona where you can enjoy some free time (± 6 hours). You can choose to stroll along the Ramblas with its famous living statues and various stalls of flowers and birds or to walk around the Plaza Catalunya or the Gothic Quarter with its Cathedral of Santa Eulalia and the many side streets plenty of shops and markets. We end the evening together with Montjuic's Magic Fountain performance of water, music and lights (± 50 min). The Magic Fountain's display of moving jets of water are illuminated in many different colors. The dance of the water is synchronized with music and lights. This was probably the first synchronized water, music and light show in the world and it continues to be one of Barcelona's most popular attractions.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

4. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

The past comes to life on this walking tour in the footsteps of one-time residents through winding alleyways and picturesque squares of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. Every stone has a story to tell. This exploration starts in the days of the Romans, continues to the Middle Ages, and then follows into the early 18th century. Get a glimpse of more than just the history of Barcelona on this German-language tour of Barcelona. Barcelona is anything but some musty museum; it is a dynamic port city constantly reinventing itself and always changing. Every street pulses with life, and old and new blend together to form incredible scenery in a style truly unique to this Mediterranean metropolis. The following topics await you on this walking tour: • Roman luxury: flowing water for a convalescent colony • A holy city gets concurrence • Birth of a nation: a nasty affair and a bloody situation • How the dragon came to Barcelona • The young girl in the pines and the French soldier's bayonet • A slightly spooky brotherhood • The crown of Aragon: from the little city to maritime force • We're talking to you! The advice of the hundreds and the general • King Martin's death: the beginning of the end of codetermination • The Jewish Quarter: the remnants of a lost world • The Inquisition and the hound kings: praise is nothing to play with • My Immortal: a romantic place and the scars of the Spanish Civil War • A Gothic theme park: even houses move, stone by stone • Watch that egg dance • Royal palace: King Fernando fights his fears and doesn't receive Columbus at home • Santa Maria del Mar: the first collaborative project; legends and heroes • The mulberry grave: the vengeance of the Bourbon kings and the head of the general • A half house and the song of the knife-grinder ...and much more.

Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

5. Barcelona: Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the sites of Roman settlement in Barcelona that date back 2,000. Let your imagination recreate the Roman Forum in the current Plaça de Sant Jaume, that even today after 20 centuries remains the political power of Catalonia. On this 2-hour guided tour you’ll continue with a walk along one of the world's best preserved Roman walls, and hear about the Roman baths of Pati Llimona. Admire the architecture and monumental buildings of the Gothic Quarter and feel as if you’ve traveled back to medieval times. You’re sure to be impressed by the monumental Plaça del Rei with its Palace of the Viceroy and the beautiful Palau Reial. It was here that Catholic monarchs greeted the navigator Christopher Columbus on his return from the first voyage to the Americas. See the Barcelona Cathedral and Santa Maria del Mar, the ultimate examples of pure Catalan Gothic. Santa Maria del Mar was built in an incredibly short time for its size. This neighborhood is also filled with trendy bars, restaurants, and small boutiques, and provides the opportunity to experience the essence of Barcelona. Walking along the famous Ramblas, you’ll discover why Barcelona is so beloved by visitors. This is a buzzing pedestrianized area where you can enjoy the street performers, small cafes, and traditional Catalan cuisine. You’ll see the famous Boqueria market, as well, where you can experience the gastronomic traditions of the Catalan people in its colorful stalls.

Barcelona: Merry Markets Private Christmas Tour

6. Barcelona: Merry Markets Private Christmas Tour

Bon Nadal!, as the locals say in Catalonia. Throughout this tour you will celebrate the festive season in Barcelona. Discover Barcelona during Christmas with a local guide exclusively for you and your group. The Christmas spirit may be universal, but the same can't be said for its traditions. In Catalonia and Barcelona, you will be amazed by the different and unique rituals and customs. Throughout your tour you will visit the Gothic Quarter, discovering the famous fair of Santa Llucia and the nativities that decorate the most beautiful medieval courtyards. You will climb to the roof of the Cathedral of Barcelona where you will finish at the Port Vell Fair. You will also visit the Food Artisans Market and experience some hot chocolate with traditional churros.

Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell with Hotel Pickup

7. Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell with Hotel Pickup

Enjoy pickup from your hotel, and a comfortable ride, where your expert guide will share fascinating stories about the city’s one-of-a-kind architecture, culture, and history.  The tour will begin next to the Mediterranean Sea, home to the golden sand beach of Bogatell, before following the coastline towards Port Vell (the Old Port). There your guide will show you the Gothic Drassanes and the iconic Columbus Monument located at Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla.  From there, the guide will take you up Montjuïc Mountain to Mirador de l'Alcalde, a beautiful terrace with wonderful views of Barcelona’s iconic skyline. The Mountain of Montjuïc was once the main venue of the 1992 Olympics. Nowadays, you can still admire the Olympic Stadium. You can also find plenty of examples of urbanism and architecture designed for the International Exhibition of 1929. These include Plaça Espanya, The Magic Fountain, the Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion, and The National Palace. The tour will continue down the mountain to the Old Town. There you will leave the vehicle for a while as the narrow streets of the charming Gothic Quarter must be explored on foot. Your guide will take you to the hidden corners of this neighborhood while unveiling the Roman and Medieval history of its streets. After discovering the Old Town your guide will take you to the neighborhood that was made to expand the city beyond its walls, l’Eixample. This district was designed in the 19th-century by the urban planner Ildefons Cerdà. Its grid pattern and wide avenues offer a stark contrast to the more chaotic Old Town.  The visit of l'Eixample will start at Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona’s central plaza. The square connects to the boulevard Passeig de Grácia, which features some of the best examples of Modernist architecture. Take a moment to admire the striking façades of private Modernist buildings including Gaudí's famous La Pedrera and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and the Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Ametller. Your guide will take you to the crown jewel of Barcelona, Gaudí's masterpiece of La Sagrada Familia. After an extensive explanation of the hidden religious symbolism in the façades of La Sagrada Familia, enter the building. You are sure to be captivated by Gaudi’s incredible architectural style, the peculiar shape of the columns, ceilings, and walls, and the organic architecture of the basilica.  Finally, your guide will take you all the way to Park Güell. This magical park is located on the top of a hill that provides spectacular views of Barcelona. In the park’s famous gardens, Gaudí combined his unique architectural style with elements of nature. The result is a place of pure fantasy guaranteed to amaze you.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

8. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover at your own pace the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the historic heart of the city with its narrow streets, illustrious buildings and beautiful squares. The only thing you need to explore is your smartphone! The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends, far from tourist groups... Meet in front of the splendid Cathedral of Barcelona for this 1.5 hours audio-guided tour. Its history dates back to the end of the 13th century, when Barcelona was the economic and administrative capital of the kingdom of Aragon, which was constantly increasing its influence in the Mediterranean. Admire its architecture and learn its amazing secrets! Then enter the Roman city walls to enter the oldest part of Barcelona, where Barcino was established, a Roman colony founded by the emperor Augustus in 15 BC. Let yourself be carried away by its special atmosphere which has inspired many film directors such as Woody Allen in his film Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Cedric Klapish in L'Auberge Espagnole. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the tour whenever you want, right where you paused it. It's impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions, and a map indicates the directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated in-house location feature will get you back on track in no time! Customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of the Castle district, at your own pace. Continue your stroll and discover the Sant Felip Neri square, one of the most charming in the neighborhood despite its terrible history dating back to the Spanish Civil War... A little further on, meet Santa Eulàlia, one of the city's co-patrons. In Spain, the patron saints of cities (or even neighborhoods) are very famous! Then discover the old Jewish quarter of the city and its synagogue, of which there is now almost no trace. After a few meters, you will come across the Plaça Sant Jaume, which houses the two most important buildings of the Catalan administration: the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan government, the Palau de Generalitat. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the organization of Spain's 17 autonomous communities and to meet the inevitable Sant Jordi, the patron saint of all Catalonia. Continue your way through the winding streets of the neighborhood to arrive at the magnificent Plaça Reial, notably featured in the film L'Auberge Espagnole. With its many bars and terraces, you will learn more about the nightlife in Barcelona. You will end your visit at the famous Boqueira market located on the Rambla. Discover the culinary art of the city. Then, why not let yourself be tempted by an esqueixada, a salad made of thinly sliced desalted cod with onions, tomatoes, peppers and black olives?

Barcelona: Photoshoot Tour Old Town

9. Barcelona: Photoshoot Tour Old Town

Take home a unique and personalized souvenir of your time in Barcelona on a private 1.5-hour photo shoot. Stroll the city streets with a professional photographer, and pose in front of some of the city’s most scenic spots! The photo session is ideal for families, groups of friends, or couples. Your photographer will know exactly where to take you to get the best views, and provide you with an insider’s look at the city. Discover some of the most incredible attractions from a different perspective, including the Arc de Triomf and Barcelona Cathedral. Once the tour is over, get 25 high quality, retouched images (selected by you) delivered digitally by email the following week.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

10. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

Travel back to medieval Barcelona, and hear stories of the characters that inhabited the atmospheric Barrio Gotico, and their relationship to the city’s history. Meet your guide at Carrer Montsio n.10. Continue to Plaça Nova near the imposing Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. As you wander down the winding streets leading off the square, your guide will tell an enthralling history of the city, revealing some of the hidden sights in secret corners. Learn about the ancient gates of the Roman city of Barcino, and continue through the Jewish Quarter of El Call. You’ll come across picturesque squares, such as Plaça Sant Jaume, site of the City Hall and Presidential Palace. Marvel at the Palau Reial Major in Plaça del Rei, and window shop along pedestrianized Plaça de l’Àngel, now one of Barcelona’s most expensive areas. See the mariner’s church of Santa María del Mar, and end in front of lively Santa Caterina Market. Then, it’s time to taste some authentic pintxos (snacks) in a traditional tapas bar of the El Born neighborhood.

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What people are saying about Barcelona Cathedral

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4.6 / 5

based on 5,378 reviews

Our guide Carla was amazing. Dhe studied art history in university so she had a lot of interesting information to give us about the architecture and seemed just as excited as we were about the Roman origins of Gothic Barcelona. She answered all of our questions and was extremely personable. We highly recommend her to anyone who wants a great tour with a nice and knowledgeable person. Great experience.

Our tour was with limited to eight people. Giovanni picked us up at our hotel and gave us and excellent tour with a marvelous dialog and plenty of time to view all the sights! We had a fantastic day and were dropped off back at our hotel. I highly recommend this tour, and if you get Giovanni, you most certainly will enjoy your day!

Great trip! Maria was awesome. She was friendly, knowledgeable and her English and Spanish are fantastic. She made the tour fun and interesting. You get to see some of the great things that Barcelona has to offer. Hotel pick up and drop off are a plus.

Giovanni was an awesome tour guide and the tour was an amazing way to see the city

As informative and comprehensive as one wants to experience.