Venture deep into Barcelona’s Raval, a fascinating yet little-known urban district. On a 3-hour guided walking tour you’ll explore its history, uncover its secrets, and learn about the lifestyles of the people who call the Raval home today.
What to Expect
Take a 3-hour guided walk through the Raval as you learn how this former garden district of nuns, monks, and lepers turned into the raucous proletarian and anarchistic beehive of the Industrial Revolution.
The Raval has always been a cultural melting pot, where multiculturalism and tolerance are a reality. The Andalusian gypsies and their flamenco shops of the 70s have long gone. Nowadays it home to the Islamic halal butchers, Pakistani fruit vendors, Chinese-owned internet cafés, and South American beauty salons that make the Raval one of the most vibrant and authentic areas of the city.
Visit a former convent, now one of the city’s most avant-garde cultural centers, discover authentic 19th-century bars, and walk along crooked streets, where prostitutes and anarchists once roamed. Have a look at the Cathedral of the Senses, pass by a haunted theater, and visit the enchanting gardens of a medieval hospital, which still harbor many secrets.
Encounter novelists and prominent figures who have helped shape this neighborhood over the years. Hear more about the bitter fate of the charismatic Sugar Boy and Gaudi’s tragic end.
You’ll also learn a bit about modern city planning and how Barcelona managed to breathe life into this once dark and derelict district.
- 3-hour guided walking tour
Know Before You Go
Please dress appropriately for the weather. The tour operates rain or shine.
The tour is a leisurely walk, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city without feeling rushed. There will always be time to stop for photos and for bathroom breaks.