Gothic Quater Tour

Discover the historical Gothic Quarter

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“Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend”
Albert Camus


2012 – 2015


Barcelona is the most fascinating city on the Mediterranean. From seafaring settlers, and barbaric invaders, to the greatest artists, and architects of the 20th century, Barcelona has seen it all.

Come with us through the Gothic Quarter as we uncover 2000 years of Barcelona’s fascinating history, local culture, and cuisine of the Mediterranean’s coolest city. From Roman origins and a Mediterranean empire, to Gaudi and the Olympics.

We’ll not only reveal the true story of this amazing city and region but in addition, we’ll also tell you how best to enjoy the city today. The best restaurants and bars, ways to skip lines, the best discounts and the contemporary music, art and dance scenes.

The Excursions Barcelona free walking tour is a must for any urban explorer or curious holidaymaker.

The free walking tour idea is simple; join our tour without paying a cent, let us show you the best of Barcelona with our unique entertaining style, and you decide at the end how much the tour was worth.

We like to keep our groups small to ensure the quality of your experience, please book using the book button (it’s free) so we know how many guides we will need on the day. Bookings can be done at any time.
Groups of over 10 should contact us about a private tour.

Complement this tour by joining the City Bike Tour for the sights too far to walk.


S tarting at our meeting point in Plaça d’Antonio López which is on the edge of the Gothic quarter (Barri Gòtic)near Barcelona’s main city center harbor.
From here we will take a leisurely stroll to:

The Roman Walls
Gothic churches and Cathedral
Plaça Sant Felip Neri and traces of the Spanish Civil War
Plaça del Rei
Plaça Reial
Plaça Sant Jaume

The tour will finish at the colorful La Boqueria Market on the famous Las Ramblas, where you can stop for lunch or be in the easiest place to orientate yourself to your next destination.
Of course don’t forget to ask our guide for any advise on where to pick up a tasty snack or a cheeky glass of cava.

Duration >
Approximately 2 hours
Difficulty Level >
Easy stroll
Average Group Size >
2 – 10
Availability > View calendar
Includes >
Experienced Guide
Languages >
English. For other languages please request a Private Tour
Ages >
All ages welcome
Prices >
Free. Gratuities welcome

What you need to bring:
Drinking water and possibly some snacks
Appropriate clothing for out of summer months
Any kind of sun protection you might need

Check out the FAQs below for a mountain of info.

Frequently asked questions

Where does the Free Walking Tour start and when should I arrive?

The Free Walking Tour meets by the statue in Plaça d’Antonio Lopez, by the Port Vell and next to Correos, the post office (Map and directions provided with your booking confirmation). Please arrive 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin, and give yourself extra time if you’re unsure of the location.

Do I have to make a reservation or can I just show up?

Yes, although sometimes we will accept walk-ups, we strive to keep our group sizes reasonable for the benefit of our guests and to avoid blocking streets and annoying our fellow Barcelonins!

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Q: Do the tours ever get cancelled for bad weather? The show must go on! Our tours go out rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the conditions. If the weather is bad your guide will try to keep you out of the wind/rain. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Q: Does the tour end where it starts? No, the tours end by the Boquería food market, perfect for lunch but also next to the Liceu metro stop on Las Ramblas if you need to get somewhere else. Your guide will be happy to help you get back to your hotel or help you find what you’re looking for next.

Q: What is an appropriate amount for a tip? Well, we feel that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a tour at a price they can afford.Loved your tour and tour guide? Let him or her know! We appreciate whatever you feel is fair. You name the price.

Q: Where do we keep our stuff during the activity? Please only bring with you what you will be carrying on the tour, we have nowhere to store guest’s belongings.

Q: What should I wear? In the summer months (June – September) you can wear typical day wear (shorts, t-shirt etc). In the other months, we would suggest bringing a top with you in case you get cold, with possibly a small rucksack to keep it in. We would also recommend wearing decent footwear. Flip-flops are OK, but only if you’re used to them

Q: What should I bring? •Drinking water and possibly some snacks for energy, just in case. Also any sun protection you might need (Hat, glasses and cream) •Camera •Anything else you would take on a normal day/night out, in case you want to go to a restaurant directly after.

Q: What route will we be doing? From the Harbour, to Santa Maria del Mar in Born, into the Gothic Quarter and Roman city and ending at the Boquería food market on Las Ramblas. Visiting; Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Plaça Nova, Plaça del Reí, Plaça Sant Jaume, and Plaça Reial.

Q: How fast do you walk? Will I be able to keep up? Will I get bored moving too slowly? Our pace depends on the group, but we generally take our time. We almost always have plenty of time to get where we’re going, so there’s no need to rush. We’ll keep things moving, but we won’t leave anyone behind.

Q: How many people go on your tours? We limit our group sizes to 24 for the benefit or our guests and the people of Barcelona. At 24 we split so usually into summer groups are between 10 and 24 people. In very rare circumstances we may have a group larger than 24 but our guides will ensure all guests receive a great service.

Q: Will I see any Gaudí Architecture? On the Old City Tour, we will see the Gaudí street lamps in the Plaça Reial. Most of Gaudí’s work is in the Eixample. We can arrange a private tour of Gaudí’s architecture on request.

Q: What can I bring on the tour? We recommend bringing as little as possible. Whatever you bring with you, you will have to carry for the whole the tour.

Q: Who will be taking me on the tour? One of our experienced guides will be showing you around. All of our guides have been living and guiding in Barcelona for many years.

Q: Where is your office in Barcelona? We are an office-less company, that way we keep our overheads low and can pass these savings onto you.

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