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Barcelona: “The Cathedral of the Sea” Literary Walking Tour

4.3 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: ICONO Barcelona

Barcelona: “The Cathedral of the Sea” Literary Walking Tour

Activity provider: ICONO Barcelona

From US$ 329.44 per group up to 15

Turn fiction into fact during a walking tour of Barcelona that follows in the footsteps of Ildefonso Falconés’s bestselling novel “The Cathedral of the Sea.”

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Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Spanish, English, French
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Walk in the footsteps of characters from the bestselling historical novel "The Cathedral of the Sea"
  • Discover a Barcelona untouched since the 14th-Century
  • Explore the mysteries of the historic Ribera and Gothic Quarter
  • Learn about the construction of Santa Maria del Mar, the apogee of Catalan Gothic art
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Full description
Visit locations described in Ildefonso Falconés’s blockbuster novel "The Cathedral of the Sea," and learn about the mysteries and intrigue of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter on a 3-hour walking tour that turns fiction into reality. Set in the 14th-Century, at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, “The Cathedral of the Sea” describes in masterful detail how Barcelona’s humblest residents embarked on building a cathedral that was set to be the greatest temple ever known. This is the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, still standing in the Ribera district and where your tour begins. As you walk through the Ribera and the Gothic Quarter, you will relive the stories of the novel through its various locations; places that date back more than 700 years, and have their histories etched in their walls. You will learn more about the book’s characters, and uncover the story of Santa Maria del Mar, one of the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona, and the apogee of Catalan Gothic art.
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  • Transportation - not needed
  • Entrance tickets

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Meet your guide at Placa Santa Maria del Mar. They will be holding a red umbrella.

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  • Comfortable shoes
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4.3 /5

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It's advertised as a bilingual tour but the guide didn't comply

Most of the group were Spanish natives and since we were the only two English people the guide decided to dispense with the explanations in English so we weren't able to understand anything,

January 23, 2017

Preciosa experiencia Cristina nos tomó de la mano y explicó todo lo del libro Pasamos un día precioso

January 4, 2023


Cristina es una gran guía: amable, preparado y entusiasta. Muchas gracias!

September 12, 2022


Product ID: 2539