The Gothic Quarter and Picasso Museum tour is a private walking tour of two historic neighborhoods in the city center of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter and the Ribera or Born.
The Gothic Quarter has the oldest remains in the city, and you’ll find both the ancient and the modern side by side in the Ribera or Born district.
In the Gothic Quarter, we’ll stroll through the narrow streets and medieval squares, stop to look at the Cathedral, the Roman ruins, and the Old Jewish quarter named El Call. We can even stop for a nice coffee at one of our favorite gardens or at one of the many excellent bakeries.
We’ll then cross Via Laietana to reach the stunning Palau de la Música Catalana, a magnificent concert hall, built-in 1904 by Domenec i Muntaner and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the Ribera or Born district, you can see the 13th-century church of Santa Maria del Mar and Montcada Street with its medieval houses. This street is where the Picasso Museum is located. It is fascinating to be able to enjoy the work of Picasso displayed within some ancient buildings and the museum will give you the chance to discover some of this Spanish artist’s greatest works. The museum features lesser-known masterpieces from his early years, as well as classics from his Blue and Cubist Period. It is a very charming museum, and one of our favorites.
All our tours are flexible, just let us know what you would most like to see and feel free to make any suggestions. In the Raval, another historical area, you can also see some impressive buildings such as the Medieval Hospital of la Santa Creu, where we can read the plaque dedicated to Antoni Gaudí, who died there in 1926.
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Everything was so easy. We met our guide, Begonia, across the street, which was a perfect spot for a group photo before we bypassed the long lines and entered the temple. Begonia spoke English perfectly, was extremely knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. She not only knew all the history and facts about Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia, but she grew up in Barcelona so she was able to give us anecdotes and stories of the temple as well as the Spanish culture. We had several teenagers in our group and she kept them fully engaged throughout the tour. Although I had already visited the Sagrada Familia, I learned so much more being on a private tour, especially with Begonia as our guide.
Maxx W., L.A.-California
I can’t say enough positive things about our experience with Carolina and Skip the Line. We were unsure about using a tour guide because we had never used one before, so we waited until we arrived in Barcelona to set something up. They responded immediately and were flexible concerning meeting times. We made an easy payment through PayPal and we were all set up. We met up with Carolina two blocks from where we were staying and she immediately engaged our 6 and 9-year-old kids. We went on to a tour that was incredibly informative from a historical perspective, but also in current events. And, it was great to get the perspective on current events from a local. Carolina was honest AND even-handed. The tour ended with “Certificates of Achievement” in understanding Barcelona for my kids. Skip the Line and Carolina were a highlight of our trip and I highly recommend them.
Best way to start our Trip !!!!
We signed up for the Highlights tour on our first full day in Barcelona and it was the perfect way to start our trip. Carolina was a great and patient guide and she really helped us get our bearings. We saw a few different areas of the city, learned a lot about each neighborhood, and ended up with a great tour of La Sagrada Familia. I highly recommend scheduling a tour with Skip the Line – they were professional, on time, organized and really fun to hang out with!
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