What makes this tour special
Northwest of the Gothic quarter lies a part of the city which retains the rambling, medieval nature of the city but avoids much of the modern bustle of tourists. Go with your guide on a walk through El Born to learn about this eclectic neighbourhood.
· Venture into one of medieval Barcelona’s well-to-do neighbourhoods
· Visit the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and see where Barcelona’s defenders are remembered
· Enjoy the bucolic features of the Parc de la Ciutadella
A Walk into Barcelona’s Past
As you wander with your private guide down the Carrer de Montcada, you will learn why Barcelona's artistic scene remains renown today. This medieval street has roots going back to the 12th century and was once where, the elite soldiers and merchants of Barcelona chose to build their houses. Many of these homes, including those belonging to Palau Aguilar and Palau Meca, remain standing today with distinctive architectural characteristics of their time.
Gothic Church and National Memorial
At the end of the Carrer de Montcada is one of Barcelona’s finest Gothic buildings: Santa Maria del Mar. Built in only 55 years, it holds the tombs of many of the city's former luminaries. The church is also the burial grounds to El Fossar de les Moreres, who died in the 1714 siege of the Catalonian city. Here you will learn the revolutionary history that has shaped the politically-charged atmosphere of modern Barcelona.
To the Park
Your tour continues with a walk through the Passeig de Born, which local legend holds was once the site of knightly jousts. Your guide will take you through the Carrer de la Ribera to the Parc de la Ciutadella, which was built over the site of a leveled Bourbon fortress. You will go through its gardens, past the Catalan Parliament, to Gaudi's Cascada Monumental. The large fountain, finally completed in 1888, has become one of Barcelona's most photographed locales.