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Raval Walking Tour: Barcelona's Gritty Past

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Activity provider: ExperienceFirst

Raval Walking Tour: Barcelona's Gritty Past

Activity provider: ExperienceFirst

From US$ 30.52 per person

Get to know this vibrant neighborhood and its edgy roots away from the tourist crowds.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Hear the legend of the Raval Vampire outside the house where she once lived.
  • Visit a former house of mercy that hides chilling secrets within its walls.
  • Discover the dark history and cool graffiti of the south side of Raval
Full description
Begin your Raval Walking Tour outside the church of Sant Pere Nolasc Mercedaris, located right by the buzzing Plaça de Castella. Here, you'll enter the hip yet gritty neighborhood of the Raval. First up, we’ll visit the Casa de la Misericordia, where children were abandoned and some (they say) still walk the halls. From that spooky start, we’ll take a turn to stroll down Raval’s vibrant narrow streets, crowded with eclectic shops and striking architecture. It’s a bustling corner of the medieval city. And when you least expect it, we’ll stop for a vampire — well, for the place the Vampire of Raval used to live. But do vampires ever die? You’ll decide if you want to listen to the legend or the real story of these crimes from long ago. At the former Hospital of la Santa Creu, wander the grounds and a garden where shows and spells of the most macabre once took place. Passing next by La Rambla de Raval, we’ll continue to the Church of Sant Pau del Camp, Barcelona’s oldest church with a troubled past. As the tour comes to a close, you’ll discover Raval’s southern side. Hear shocking tales of the clubs, cabarets and casinos that used to be the main attractions here a century ago. A few have even survived to the modern day. Raval’s southern side is a great place to see street art, too. Close to a former power factory, you’ll admire colorful graffiti art that is constantly changing. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see street artists in action!
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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide outside the Church of Sant Pere Nolasc, in Plaça de Castella, 08001, Barcelona

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    • This tour covers around 2 miles at a leisurely pace.
    • We offer a 100% refund or the option to reschedule up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.
    • Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.
    • Tips aren’t included but are always appreciated by our guides. If you think your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show that.
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    4.7 /5

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    Eoghan (Owen) was an awesome tour guide for all around the Raval area! I learned loads of interesting information about the neighborhood, the history, and about some unique characters from the past plus current day issues and happenings. This was a great way to learn about one of the grittier but most up-and-coming areas of Barcelona. It was a two hour tour that seemed to go quickly and we ended near the base of the Mountjuic mountain and Eoghan gave me great tips on places to eat and how to get up to the top of the castle area and what to see after my tour. The only change I might suggest is pick a less crowded meeting area for the start. The Lefties store area is crowded and the street corner is loud and I felt a little awkward standing there for 10 minutes waiting for the tour to start. Otherwise, fantastic tour!! Thank you!!!

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    November 14, 2022

    Alberto and Christina were very good guides :-)

    September 12, 2022

    Very valuable tour to get to know Barcelona better, away from the typical tourist attractions.

    October 30, 2022

    Product ID: 425744