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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
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Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
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$97.22 per adult
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Valentina was the best tour guide we’ve ever had. She gave us lots of info without being boring. Segrada Familia was amazing. Park Gruell beautiful. Was very happy we did old town. Did not expect it to be part of Roman culture. For an all day tour, it was not tiring and it was extremely enjoyable. Viator has wonderful tours. Glad we picked this one since we were only in Barcelona for a day.
Joan_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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Good explanation of...
Dawn_W, May 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Good explanation of Gothic area.... would have liked more of that for second half of trip. Good for fast day of most things.
star-5
Best tour guide
Joan_M, May 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Valentina was the best tour guide we’ve ever had. She gave us lots of info without being boring. Segrada Familia was amazing. Park Gruell beautiful. Was very happy we did old town. Did not expect it to be part of Roman culture. For an all day tour, it was not tiring and it was extremely enjoyable. Viator has wonderful tours. Glad we picked this one since we were only in Barcelona for a day.
star-5
Barcelona in a day
Douglas_J, May 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Maria, our guide was exceptional, she made the day. A very courteous, knowledgeable & delightful hound lady. We would never have found half the things in the old quarter without her. We had a truly wonderful time, all thanks to her.
star-5
Spectacular!
Christina_G, May 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Our guide, Laura, was spectacular! She was so informative and her presentation was always lively and done with humor. We truly enjoyed all the areas we visited!
star-5
Informative and enjoyable
Kinshasa_M, May 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Our tour guide was lovely. The tour is perfect for people traveling alone, we had one of those. Among us there was a variety of ages and ethnicities thus it has a retry universal appeal — we had couples in our group as well as women traveling alone or as families. I dare speak for the group — it was fun for all.
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Valentina in Barcelona
Cecivon_G, May 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Our tour with VALENTINA was excellent, she was prepared with anecdotes, printed information and a command of English and Spanish that was enviable. She made our visit to Barcelona memorable. Thank you Valentina
star-4
Busy
Kenneth_S, May 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Guide was very knowledgeable but there was not enough time to take everything in day was too full and more time needed to view
star-5
A lovely way to start your trip!
Ann_C, May 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Learning more about Barcelona and meeting new friends. Our guide was excellent! I am returning later in the year. 😊Thank you
star-5
Highly recommended tour; Jordi was a fantastic guide.
Craig_C, May 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
Jordi was a fantastic guide with a lot of local color to add to the tour. He also did a great job with our small group as there were no more than two people that knew each other at the beginning. The tiny bar we ate at for lunch was truly a local spot and was also fantastic.
star-5
An outstanding visit thanks to Laura!
Howard_S, May 2022
Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour
Laura was our guide and she was fantastic! Friendly and extraordinarily well informed, she was outstanding. Perfect English. Highly recommended. May 2022.
star-5
Don’t Miss This Tour!
Cheryl_N, Dec 2021
Best of Barcelona Private Tour: Sagrada Familia and Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
This is a fabulous tour. Our guide Gaspar was the best! He was so knowledgeable and considerate. Gaspar really showed us the beautiful city of Barcelona. His knowledge of Sagrada Familia was astounding! So beautiful and a don’t miss while you’re there. We loved everything about our tour and our tour guide! We can’t wait to go again!
star-5
Best Experience Ever
Carolyn_S, May 2022
Barcelona in One Day: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell & Old Town with Hotel Pick-up
An outstanding way to do the “must see” sites of Barcelona. Our tour guide Iris was fantastic. She was knowledgeable, engaging, sensitive to each individual’s needs, and well versed in English. Her passion for Barcelona and Gaude was infectious.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
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