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Markets Walking Tour: La Boquería, Tastings and More

1. Markets Walking Tour: La Boquería, Tastings and More

Begin your tour at the Boqueria Market, rated one of the top food markets in the world. You’ll be amazed at the sheer variety and quantity of fresh and prepared food available here. As your guide leads you through the patterned walkways, you’ll learn about Catalan food traditions and taste some of the most popular flavors of turrón, a sweet nougat confection. Exiting the Boqueria Market, you will find yourself at the scenic Ramblas promenade. Itself a former market, famous for its flower sellers, Ramblas today is a wonderful place to soak up the ambiance and snap a few photos as you stroll past its open-air cafes, fragrant flower stands and the colorful Miró mosaic. Next, we’ll travel back in time to ancient Barcelona with a walk in the streets of the Gothic Quarter, full of antique stores and even an occasional antique market. Continue to the bustling Santa Caterina Market, the first covered market in Barcelona, with its undulating, brightly colored roof. On your way to the last stop, we’ll also visit a local caganer shop to discover the story of one of Catalonia’s strangest traditions. Marvel at the monumental church of Santa Maria del Mar, where you’ll hear the intriguing stories of La Ribera neighborhood sailors. Your Barcelona markets tour ends at the sprawling Market of Born. Built as a market, this striking steel and glass structure now houses the remains of the Born neighborhood dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Barcelona: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

2. Barcelona: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

Discover two of Barcelona’s most charming neighborhoods, the medieval Born district and the fishermen’s quarter Barceloneta, while popping in and out of family-run shops. Get off the tourist track and right into Barcelona’s winding medieval lanes and fascinating history. Not only will you delve into the traditions of two Barcelona neighborhoods, but you’ll also get to taste the best the city has to offer while meeting the locals behind it all. Start your morning off at the local Santa Caterina Market, a far cry from the busy Boquería. Weave in and out of locals doing their shopping as you learn about their daily customs and traditions. Along the way, make stops to try 3 types of delicious Spanish cheese, followed by cured meats, including jamón ibérico. Then, head to one of Barcelona’s oldest specialty shops. Taste three of the shop’s specialties and discover a hidden secret out the back. After a morning of exploring the Born district, head towards the fishermen’s district of Barceloneta. Along the way, your expert guide will highlight some of Barcelona’s most interesting corners. Head to a local bodega and enjoy a glass of vermouth and a pre-lunch nibble as you learn why places like these were the original Catalan tapas bars. Before heading to your last stop, try the famous Barcelona "bomba" with a glass of vermouth. To finish off, it’s time for a traditional Spanish lunch. Visit a tucked-away restaurant in the fishermen’s district to enjoy some of the best homemade seafood paella in town, alongside fantastic local wine.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

3. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Legends Walking Tour with Tapas

Travel back to medieval Barcelona, and hear stories of the characters that inhabited the atmospheric Barrio Gotico, and their relationship to the city’s history. Meet your guide at Carrer Montsio n.10. Continue to Plaça Nova near the imposing Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. As you wander down the winding streets leading off the square, your guide will tell an enthralling history of the city, revealing some of the hidden sights in secret corners. Learn about the ancient gates of the Roman city of Barcino, and continue through the Jewish Quarter of El Call. You’ll come across picturesque squares, such as Plaça Sant Jaume, site of the City Hall and Presidential Palace. Marvel at the Palau Reial Major in Plaça del Rei, and window shop along pedestrianized Plaça de l’Àngel, now one of Barcelona’s most expensive areas. See the mariner’s church of Santa María del Mar, and end in front of lively Santa Caterina Market. Then, it’s time to taste some authentic pintxos (snacks) in a traditional tapas bar of the El Born neighborhood.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Walking Tour for Families

4. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Walking Tour for Families

Discover Barcelona as a family on a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, catered specifically to children and their families. Using pictures and drawings, your kid-friendly guide explains historical sites and history in an engaging way. Walk along the narrow streets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, witnessing the richness of the city from Roman times to when it was considered a superpower in the Mediterranean. Visit the Roman-built Augustus Temple, and see gothic cathedrals as you explore the city. Make a short stop at Santa Caterina, the local food market filled with food stalls and restaurants under a colorful wavy roof. Continue to the neighborhood of La Ribera, where local designers, hipster shops, and artisans live together in its labyrinth of alleyways. While in La Ribera, pass by Santa Maria Del Mar whose history dates as far back as 998. During your walking tour, hear about the bombings of Barcelona during the Civil War, and other major events the city has endured. The final stop is the Centro Cultural del Born to see the ruins of the neighborhood demolished at the order of Spain’s King Felipe V. Stroll through the remains of the market and houses destroyed back in the 1700s.

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What people are saying about Santa Caterina Market

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Our guide Carla was amazing. Dhe studied art history in university so she had a lot of interesting information to give us about the architecture and seemed just as excited as we were about the Roman origins of Gothic Barcelona. She answered all of our questions and was extremely personable. We highly recommend her to anyone who wants a great tour with a nice and knowledgeable person. Great experience.

Our guide Laura was terrific. She lives in the neighborhood and gave us just the right combination of walking, and history. Our family of 6 adults ages 29-62 all thought she was delightful. She suggested a great place for drinks and tapas. It felt like time spent with a friend in Barcelona, rather than a guide.

Owen was a lovely guide, with lots of history, and insight. The markets are quite the maze, and it was nice having someone to highlight various areas.

Best tour ever… Carlos our guide was the best, very knowledgable, personable… I highly recommend this tour…. Thanks for a great time Carlos

This was a private tour as I was the only one and she was very knowledgeable and took great pictures