Plaça del Rei Tours

The heart of Barcelona’s Old Town, Plaça del Rei is the city’s best preserved medieval square. The 14th-century Palau Reial Major (Royal Mayor Palace), which dominates the square was home to the counts of Barcelona and the Kings of Aragon. The Plaça is now an unofficial open-air museum of fine gothic architecture.
  
The Basics
Any exploration of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Plaça del Rei. Historic walking tours through this atmospheric neighborhood of narrow streets almost always stop here, along with other points of interest like the Roman walls, Temple d’August, and the Palatine Chapel of Santa Agata. The plaza itself is free to enter, but some of the buildings surrounding it charge separate admissions.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plaça del Rei is a must-see for history buffs, architecture aficionados, and first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes when exploring the neighborhood on foot; the streets surrounding the plaza are often cobbled or uneven.
  • Plaça del Rei and many of its buildings, including the Palau Reial Major, are wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
Plaça del Rei is centrally located and easy to reach on foot from just about anywhere in the Old City. To get there by public transportation, take the Barcelona metro to Jaume I station (Line 4).
 
When to Get There
It’s best to visit the plaza during the day when its surrounding historic structures are open to visitors. The neighborhood tends to get busy during the high season in July and August, so plan to visit during the spring or autumn shoulder seasons to enjoy the plaza and surrounding neighborhood without the crowds.
 
Plaça del Rei and Christopher Columbus
According to local lore, it was in this plaza in Barcelona that Christopher Columbus was received by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella when he returned from his first voyage to the New World. If the story is to be believed, Columbus greeted the Spanish royals on the steps at the corner of the square.
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Barcelona Gothic Quarter Morning Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the atmospheric streets of Barcelona's beautiful Gothic Quarter during this 2-hour morning walking tour. Explore the incredible architecture, bustling bars, trend-setting boutiques and mouth-watering tapas bars that give this famous neighborhood its unique charm, as you explore the area on foot. During your trip you'll have the chance to see the medieval Placa del Rei (Royal Palace), the Temple d'August and the city's Roman remnants and the Palatine chapel of Santa Agata. This morning walking tour also includes multiple language options.
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Highlights and Hidden Gems Private Tour Barcelona

If you want to see Barcelona’s most impressive landmarks, but also discover some of the city’s less-visited sights, this is the tour for you. Enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide, as you stroll down Las Ramblas, explore the medieval quarter of El Born, and visit the seafront neighborhood of Barceloneta. Along the way, admire landmarks like Santa Maria del Mar and Palau de Musica, see early Gaudi works such as Palau Güell and the lamp posts of Placa Reia; and sample traditional churros (own expense).
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Picasso Museum and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour in Barcelona

Learn about the close ties Pablo Picasso had with the city of Barcelona during this 2-hour tour. Including skip-the-line admission to the Picasso Museum and a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, this tour gives you the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the famed artist and the vibrant city.
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Barcelona's Must-Do Private Family Tour

Barcelona is the attraction-packed capital of Catalonia, but it can be intimidating for families traveling with kids. On this family-friendly tour, take advantage of an in-the-know guide who’ll cover all the must-see attractions and experiences for you and your kids. As you learn more about the city, your kids stay engaged through a Barcelona-themed quiz, playground visit, interactive game, and a treasure hunt with a prize at the end.
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Barcelona Kick-start Private Tour

Kickstart your trip to Barcelona on a 1.5-hour private walking tour of the city led by a guide. Venture beyond your guidebook to get the inside scoop on Barcelona’s must-see spots, and head to a hip neighborhood often skipped over by travelers. This private tour can accommodate one to eight people, and offers flexible departure times.
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Barcelona Old City Tour for Kids and Families with Churros Stop

Discover the Old City of Barcelona on a 3-hour family-friendly tour. Visit key landmarks such as the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, and Barcelona Cathedral. Learn about the history of this rich and vibrant city and stop for a delicious churro at a local shop before continuing with the rest of the tour. Participate in treasure hunts, games, and other activities to get the children involved on this fun tour.
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Barcelona Vintage Photo Tour With a Polaroid Camera

Explore Barcelona with a vintage Polaroid camera on this 2 1/2 hour photo and city walking tour. Capture Barcelona's most famous sights and popular tourist attractions on instant film. Get creative and frame your stay in a truly unique way.
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Hola Barcelona! Your Private Fun Family Introduction

Explore the best spots around the city with your private local guide! Get tips to make the trip more fun for your kids, what to visit and where to eat! Along the way there will be a fun-filled game, and a prize to be won!
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Full Day Guided Tour & Skip the Line: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and La Pedrera

Cover the best of Barcelona on this full-day tour. Visit the city’s most famous attractions and landmarks such as the Gothic Quarter, Plaza Catalunya, Montjuic and more as you learn about Barcelona’s history from your informative guide. This comprehensive tour also includes skip-the-line access to three popular attractions: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and La Pedrera allowing guests to spend more time enjoying the iconic places rather than standing in line.
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Barcelona Gourmet Tapas Walking Tour and Flamenco Show

Take a bite out of Barcelona’s legendary nightlife during this 3-hour combined tapas crawl and flamenco show with a small group. Eat like a local as you walk to local tapas bars to sample tasty snacks like ‘pa amb tomàquet,’ Manchego cheese and cured 'serrano' ham. Then continue your stroll through the city’s atmospheric Gothic Quarter, passing the Barcelona Cathedral en route, to arrive at a happening flamenco bar in the Plaça Reial. Quaff some sangria and enjoy some more tapas as you savor a 45-minute flamenco show featuring some of the genre’s hottest young performers set to fiery flamenco music. This small-group trip, limited to just 20 guests, also includes a guide, tapas, drinks and show admission.
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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

Experience the architectural and artistic majesty of Barcelona on a half-day bike tour of the city. Energize and enjoy yourself on this exciting excursion with a knowledgeable and experienced guide; see all of the city’s significant sights such as the La Catedral and Placa del Rei as you gently cycle between magnificent monuments. Capture fabulous photographs at each stop and gain insight into the city’s fascinating history with informative commentary. A moderate level of fitness is not required on this tour due to the gentle nature of the route.
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Barcelona Card with Guidebook

Make the most of Barcelona for less with the great-value Barcelona Card. Choose a 72, 96 or 120- hour Barcelona city pass, and enjoy money-saving deals on a host of sights and activities. Gain free or discounted entry to more than 20 top visitor attractions, including the National Art Museum of Catalonia and Chocolate Museum; enjoy savings at other attractions; and get free travel on Barcelona transport services, including the metro and buses. Plus, get a free guidebook, city map and over 90 special offers at select shops, restaurants and outlets.
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Flamenco Show at Los Tarantos Barcelona

Experience the passion and drama of Spain’s most famous art form with a live flamenco show at the renowned Los Tarantos in Barcelona. Serving up some of the best, most authentic dancing and music in Catalonia since 1963, this classic venue makes for a memorable night out in the heart of the city’s old Gothic Quarter.
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Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Explore several thousand years of Barcelona history in a single day during this 2-hour guided Gothic Quarter walking tour. Travel back in time through the Roman and medieval eras to the present day as you discover this atmospheric neighborhood’s winding streets and many layers of history. Stop by the Plaça de Sant Jaume, now the seat of the Catalan government, and walk along side one of the world’s best-preserved Roman walls. Stops at the medieval Plaça del Rei, Barcelona Cathedral, La Boquería market, and Las Ramblas are also included.
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Stories and Legends of the Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Lose yourself in the winding alleyways, beguiling back streets and centuries-old squares of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter on this 2.5-hour walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide to lead the way, you’ll veer off the beaten path and delve deep into the medieval district’s past. See some of the area’s most popular and hidden sights, marvel at the architectural delights seemingly waiting around every corner, and finish up with some traditional ‘pintxos’ (small snacks) at a restaurant in the trendy neighborhood of El Born.
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1.5-Hour Sights of Barcelona E-Bike Tour Led by a Local Guide

Pedal past many of Barcelona’s top attractions on this E-Bike tour. By traveling on an E-Bike, you’ll be able to cover more ground than a walking tour, and you won’t get as tired as fast as a normal bike. Your guide will lead the way, so you won’t have to worry about navigating. Sites you’ll pass include Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral, and La Boqueria market.
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Barcelona in a Day: Sagrada Família, Casa Milà, Historic Center and Boat Cruise

Experience the best of Barcelona in a single day. Tour Gaudí’s fantastical cathedral, La Sagrada Familia; admire Art Nouveau architecture on the Passeig de Gracia; and skip the line with access to Casa Milá. Explore Barrio Gotíc, La Rambla, La Boquería market, and take in stunning rooftop views with a special visit to the Barcelona Cathedral. End your tour with a glass of local wine and an Iberian ham tasting.
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Barcelona Private Walking Tour through the City of Gaudi

Enjoy an intimate, street-level exploration of Barcelona during this private 3-hour walking excursion. Wander the streets of one of the world’s best cities for strolling, discovering a cross-section of its whimsical public art, ancient Roman history and innovative modernist architecture. Admire beloved Barcelona buildings like Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and walk down the iconic La Rambla. Then explore the sprawling Boqueria Market and discover Barcelona’s early days at the Roman Tombs. A private guide, public transit tickets, city map and fruit juice at the market are included.
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Barcelona Private Gay Walking Tour through the City of Gaudi

Discover the inventive architecture and unique heritage of Barcelona during this 3-hour private walking tour from a gay-friendly tour company. Wander the Paseo de Gracia, one of Barcelona’s most architecturally significant avenues to see masterworks like Gaudí’s La Pedrera and the Casa Lleó i Morera. After taking the necessary stroll on the famous Las Ramblas, explore historic sites like Roman tombs, Canaletes Fountain and the Columbus Monument. A private guide, public transit tickets, refreshments and a welcome pack with a map of gay-friendly city sights are all included.
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Welcome to Barcelona City Stroll, Jamon Tasting & Panorama

Dive into the culture of Barcelona with the help of an expert local guide. Explore the winding medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter as you learn about everything from the Spanish Civil War to current debates on regional independence. Experience the lively atmosphere of La Rambla and check out the colorful stalls of the Boquería Market. End with a glass of local wine and a tasting of delicious jamón Iberico.
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Private Gaudi Bike Tour with a Local

See the works of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona on this 3-hour private bike tour. His masterpieces such as the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia are must-sees when you're in the city, and a bike tour with a private guide is the ideal way to visit them while enjoying the atmosphere of the city at the same time. Departure time is flexible to suit your schedule.
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Barcelona e-bike Tour: Gaudí and the Catalan Modernism

Discover the works of Barcelona’s most celebrated architect, Antoni Gaudi, along with other art that demonstrate Catalan modernism. This 3 - 4 hour electric bike tour follows an easy route, but covers the principal landmarks of Barcelona’s art. You’ll see world-famous architecture at Sagarada Familia and Park Guell and also discover lesser-known works by Gaudi that are scattered throughout the city.
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Barcelona Magic Lights Private Bike Tour

Sunset and twilight are indisputably the most magical times to discover Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia. See some of the city’s top attractions at sunset on a private 3-hour bike tour of the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, and the famous Magic Fountain. Pedal down the grand Paseo de Gracia boulevard, stop to watch a light and water show on Montjuic Mountain, and admire Palau Nacional (National Palace of Montjuic).
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Guided Bike Tour with Jamon Experience in Barcelona

Discover Barcelona by Bike visiting the most important place by the coast and finish your tour in Jamon Experience tasting different kind of ham
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