Guided tour

Barcelona: The Dark History Tour

Activity provider: Runner Bean Tours
Guided tour

Barcelona: The Dark History Tour

Activity provider: Runner Bean Tours

From US$ 19.38 per person

Learn the dark secrets of Barcelona on a 2 hour tour by twilight. Stroll the maze of streets of the historic El Born and La Ribera districts, following the shadows of medieval punishments, restless spirits and the victims of the Spanish Inquisition.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Relive the dark legends of Barcelona
  • Follow in the shadowy footsteps of restless spirits and victims of medieval torture
  • Learn about the Spanish Inquisition
  • Discover forgotten cemeteries and the site of executions
  • Hear what life was like for an executioner in the El Born and La Ribera districts of Barcelona
Full description
Explore the medieval neighborhoods of El Born and La Ribera in central Barcelona to see the city's sordid past come to life. The 2-hour dark history tour takes you into a world of dungeons and public executions. There will be no gimmicky paranormal activity or scary pranks. Instead, you will stroll the maze of streets of Barcelona's picturesque neighborhoods to learn about real life tortures, executions, and victims of the Spanish Inquisition, all based on true historical facts. The tour takes place in English only, with exact times varying throughout the year, depending on the time of nightfall. Numbers are limited so it is highly recommended to book early.
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    Not suitable for
    • Children under 14 years

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide under the arch of the Arc de Triomf Nearest Metro stop Arc de Triomf (Line 1)

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Camera

    Know before you go

    • This tour is not recommended for children younger than 14.
    • Please note that, although a couple of the city's legends might be included, this is not a ghost tour but a historical night tour based on the darker side of Barcelona's history.
    • This tour runs in all kinds of weather. Rain or other weather conditions are not enough reason to cancel a tour. In the case of heavy rain, please bring suitable rain gear.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 185 reviews

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    The guide Albert was knowledgable and kind. He sincerely seemed interested in hosting his guests. He was a historian and shared in-depth information about the area because he was also a local. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Barcelona. It was one of the best that I went on, and I went on a lot of tours!

    March 22, 2023

    We had Anne Marie for the night tour, and I have to say she was absolutely brilliant. We think she must have been a primary school teacher because of how thoughtful and caring she was to the group. Her enthusiasm and use of props and a projector to engage us was amazing. We had a fantastic time.

    March 22, 2023

    Fascinating and fun tour through Barcelona's gothic quarter and Born neighborhood with discussion of the Spanish Inquisition and some specific events in Barcelona's history. Our guide, Ross, was amazing...very knowledgeable, a great story teller and with lots of visual aids. Highly recommend him and the tour!!

    March 22, 2023

    Product ID: 36752