Hear the alternative stories of Barcelona on a free 2.5-hour walking tour, and learn about city squats, community gardens, street art, and more. Discover how the Spanish Civil War impacted Barcelona, and how residents are now resisting globalization.
What to Expect
Go behind the scenes of Barcelona to discover what the city is really about on a half-day walking tour that uncovers stories about anarchism, fascism, the Workers Movement, and Spanish Civil War. Visit community gardens, urban eco projects, and squats, along with skate parks, and street art.
Exploring the often over-looked Raval neighborhood, your guide will show you a side of Barcelona you won’t find in guide books. Home to the hospital where Gaudí died and the city’s first steam factories, Raval is also the site of the MACBA gallery, famously used in Tony Hawk’s video game series, and the site of Sonar, the world’s most prestigious electronic music festival.
Your guide will talk about Barcelona’s street art scenes, taking you to a legal grafitti wall to show you an ever-changing canvas that draws established artists from across the globe.
Learn how Barcelona is often held as a model for urban development, without losing sight of the problems common to all cities struggling with the global economic crisis. Discover some of the creative solutions that local community groups are developing in the face of adversity.
- Local guide
- Travel advice for your stay in Barcelona
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Toilet breaks
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
Meet your guide at the Travel Bar, Calle de la Boqueria 27, Barri Gòtic, 08002, Barcelona. The Travel Bar is just off Las Ramblas on the street leading away from the Miró mosaic and Chinese Dragon
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Know Before You Go
• Please note that this tour is free. If you want to show your guide your appreciation, they are very happy to accept tips
• Guides are encouraged to make each tour their own. This is not a scripted tour. This means that no tour will be the same, within some set boundaries, depending on the weather, day of the week, time of the year, and your guide. All guides are long time residents of Barcelona. Their backgrounds and nationalities are different, but they all share the same love and passion for the city, region, and its people