The city of Barcelona has an incredible history of over 2000 years, immensely influenced by the Mediterranean Sea which dominated a large part of the medieval times. Today the city stands as a testimony to several significant historical events, including the Spanish Civil War. Take a private tour with us through the old town of Barcelona to see and experience the city away from its bustling streets into its quaint little alleyways.
The old town of Barcelona came to be known as the Gothic Quarter only from the late 19th century when the area was restored after most of the surrounding walls were destructed. In 1888, in preparation to host the Universal Exhibition (an international fair), the old town was reconstructed in Gothic style. Attractive buildings like the noble Palace and the one that now holds the Museum of History Barcelona, were actually brought stone by stone from other locations into the Gothic Quarter’s Placa del Rei.
All through the Gothic Quarter you’ll see Roman influences interspersed through the Gothic facades. The ancient wall itself has Roman heritage and so does the Cathedral of Barcelona. We pass through the narrow alleyways to the Placa del Rei and the Jewish Quarter, lined with stone structures. As we walk through these streets, you’ll realise the old city of Barcelona has a personality of its own dabbled in medieval history and architecture. From stories of the atrocities on the Jews during the Inquisition, holes in the wall from the bombing during the Spanish Civil War and gargoyles keeping guard from the Cathedral Tower, there’s just so much that the Gothic Quarter can offer. When you finally arrive at the central square, the Placa del Jaume, you’ll even learn of the Catalan culture and why the region was recently in the news again.
As a group, the Gothic Quarter gives you the chance to learn the history of Barcelona and see how this affected its culture.