THE OLD CITY 1/2 DAY

SUMMARY

  • Tour length: 4 Hours

  • Max. number of Participants: 9

  • Tour Type: Walking Only

  • Tour Price: Please ask for an updated fee

  • Tour Exclusions: Entrance fees are not included.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

This walking tour will let you discover 2000 years of Catalan history in an area called Ciutat Vella or Old City. The stroll will mainly be focusing on Barcino -the Roman city- the Call or medieval Jewish quarter and the Barri Gòtic or Gothic quarter.

The tour also includes the Gothic cathedral, the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Rambla boulevard, the Boqueria market -not on Sundays- and a visit to Gaudí’s Palau Güell.

The well kept Roman city of Barcino can be easily recalled and recognised in its abundant Roman-times walls and towers, the Corinthian temple of Augustus, the Via Augusta road and a segment of an aqueduct.

The Call or medieval Jewish quarter is divided into two areas: Call Major & Call Menor. Its narrow lanes take you back to medieval times Barcelona, when the Jewish community reached almost 15% of its population. We can also visit a small Jewish heritage museum and part of what claims to be one of the oldest Synagogues in Europe.

The romantic Gothic Quarter is a well preserved medieval set of Gothic buildings, significantly the Major Royal Palace of the Crown of Aragon and the 13th c. Cathedral: an impressive work of art with a large, refined collection of Gothic altar tables.

The Rambla, the liveliest boulevard in town, offers flowers stalls since a couple of centuries. Next we find the Boqueria food market -unique in its kind- and further down the opera house, El Liceu, from 1847.

Not far, in the imposing gaudinian Palau Güell we’ll enjoy the visit to Gaudí’s sponsor residential palace from 1888: a world of luxury crowned by a colourful set of chimney stacks on the rooftop.

The tour will also include the incredible Palau de la Música Catalana -where we see the Bar lounge- and the Quatre Gats café: the charming spot where Picasso held his first individual exhibit at the age of 18.

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REFERRALS / REVIEWS

We really enjoyed the tour of Barcelona. We saw so many wonderful sites in such a short time, thanks to your ability to reschedule events due to our flight delay. Thought you would enjoy having this picture with the Levy boys – Jack, Jude and James. Should we return to the area, or have friends that visit, you’ll be the first person we recommend to show them around the city!

Diana, JULY 2016

Ton-David Jover was the perfect guide for our first time visit to Barcelona. His extensive knowledge and experience are impressive, but it was his passion for sharing his love of his home and his heritage that made our tours with him unforgettable and our joint time together both informative and fun. Ton-David brought Gaudi to life as he walked us through Casa Batlló and Park Güell. It provided the perfect background for us to fully appreciate the incredible Sagrada Familia. Throughout our walking tour of the Old City, Ton-David gave us unique insights into both Catalan and Jewish history, bringing its people and buildings to life. We enjoyed the Picasso Museum immensely, as we learned about the artist’s early years and works. Our train trip to Girona was beautiful, and learning about the city through Ton-David’s words enabled us to understand what once was and is no longer. And of course, the food and cava! Ton-David shared our culinary interests and his recommendations were outstanding!

Shari L. (NY, USA) JULY 2016

We had numerous guides during our Spain and Portugal vacation, but Ton-David was definitely the best. He was knowledgeable, personable, interesting and took great care of us. We have already recommended him to friends and will use him again when we return to Barcelona

Cindy P, 02 MAY 2015

A five-star service

Renato M, 27 DEC 2014

Excellent guide – abundant information – gave us plenty of insights and loads to think about after. Would highly recommend.

Christine B, 05 JUL 2013

Ton-David was a very knowledgeable, interesting and accommodating tour guide. He had a great wry sense of humour. He took us to four Gaudí sites in 5 hours

Theresa C, 30 JUN 2013

Our tour with Ton -David was a lifelong dream come true. In a few short hours , he made sure I saw and learned everything I ever wanted to know to satisfy my passion for the life & work of Antoni Gaudi. Even after my pre trip exhaustive research, this charming & energetic man had much to teach and show us. I HIGHLY recommend Ton- David for your special adventure; you will be totally satisfied

Dorothy W, 17 SEP 2012

Amazing!!! We learned so much from Ton David. He went above and beyond by teaching us so much about Gaudi and his designs. He made the day so interesting and fun. We also now understand and appreciate the Catalan part of Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city. Ton David is a wonderful guide who we would highly recommend

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Wonderful experience visiting the Old City! Loved not waiting in lines for museum access.Ton David was enthusiastic and so very knowledgable. He is an excellent guide. We loved visiting the market. What interesting foods are sold! The tour pace was quick and we were thrilled as we got to see so much on this 4 hour tour

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Very good tour. So glad that we decided to visit the Jewish area of past. Ton David is so knowledgeable and made the Jewish history of Barcelona come to life. He is an excellent guide!

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Ton-David was extremely knowledgeable and interesting to be with. Enjoyed he guidance through the Picasso Museum, the Jewish Quarter, and everything Gaudí

Jacob K, 18 MAY 2012

Ton-David combined the Old City Walking Tour and the Jewish Barcelona Tour for us based on his understanding of our group’s interests. He took the time to answer in detail my questions prior to booking the trip and met us promptly at our hotel on the specified date. He was a true pleasure to be with and was eager to show us around a city he feels passionate about. He is extremely articulate. We learned many interesting details. Great guide

Gail W, 12 JUL 2011

Ton-David was a fabulous tour guide. He showed us all the sights of Barcelona in a fun and interesting way. He was extremely knowledgeable about Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain, as well as European history in general. We truly enjoyed our day with Ton-David and would highly recommend him to anyone going to Barcelona

Jennifer C, 01 MAY 2011

Excellent job –fluent in English– very knowledgeable and made the tour very, very interesting. Would highly recommend to anyone

James A, 04 MAY 2010

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