Barcelona was founded by the Romans over two thousand years ago; it consisted of a small colony with its temple, a few houses and its city walls, the colony was named Faventia Iulia Augusta Paterna Barcino. Between the 13th and 15th century our enchanting Gothic Quarter would be built above that Roman city. That quarter would become then, what it is still nowadays, the political and religious centre of Barcelona.
This walking tour will take us to visit the Cathedral, known as 'Catedral de la Santa Creu i de Santa Eulàlia', with its romantic cloister and 13 guarding geese (entrance cost not included), we will pass the former Canon’s house, the old Archdeacon’s house, the Bishop’s Palace, the Plaça de Sant Jaume –sit of the City Hall and the Palace of the Generalitat (autonomous Government of Catalonia)-... We will stop at Plaça del Rei , elegant square where the Palace, that was once the residence of the Counts of Barcelona, later Kings of Aragon, is still standing.
Within the Gothic Quarter it is also located ”El Call”, what had been once the Barcelona Jewish Quarter, having been well recovered in the last years with its old Synagogue.
This itinerary will continue then in the Ribera Quarter, also known as El Born, the area where the artisans, merchants and seafaring people once lived, little narrow streets gather around the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar, the most pure Catalan Gothic Temple in our region, that we will have the chance to visit as well ( if we coincide with its opening hours).
If you choose this tour, I will recommend you to make a stop in one enchanting local café or wine bar (depending on what you feel like) to add some authentic flavor to our relaxed wandering in the Roman-medieval Barcelona.
* The Cathedral has an entrance cost ** This is a walking tour, no car would be needed