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Bring ‘The Cathedral of the Sea’ — Ildefonso Falcones’ stirring debut novel — off of the pages and into real life with this guided walking tour of Barcelona. Explore the Gothic Quarter and the trendy El Born district with a knowledgeable guide, and visit the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, the construction of which provides the backstory for Falcones’ thriller, as well as other locations featured in the book.


  • 2.5-hour narrated walking tour of The Cathedral of the Sea book sites in Barcelona
  • See iconic Barcelona landmarks from by Ildefonso Falcones' novel, like the Church of Santa Maria del Mar
  • Explore the Gothic part of Barcelona, including the Born Quarter
  • Discover the history of the Jewish Quarter
  • Immerse yourself in Barcelona's medieval times while enjoying commentary from your expert guide

What You Can Expect

'The Cathedral of the Sea' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona

'The Cathedral of the Sea' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona

Travel back to Barcelona's medieval times as you follow the characters’ footsteps from Spain’s bestseller The Cathedral of the Sea, written by Ildefonso Falcones and winner of the 2006 Silver Euskadi Prize for best Spanish-language novel. This mesmerizing historical novel follows the trials and tribulations of a peasant father and son who escape the abuses of their feudal lord and flee to Barcelona, where they soon discover complications with their new-found freedom and wealth.

Meet your expert guide at Santa Maria del Mar Square and embark on your Barcelona walking tour. Your guide will tell you all about the main characters as you explore the novel's main spots, such as the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, built by local fishermen and instantly recognizable by its octagonal towers and large, rose-shaped stained-glass window.

Walk the top of Collserola Mountain, which connected the northern city of Ampurias with the southern city of Tarragona, and enjoy commentary from your guide about the scene from the book that happened here -- when Bernat discovered for the first time his freedom and the immensity of the sea.

As you discover the real settings of the novel, admire Gothic Barcelona. Explore the Born Quarter, with characteristic narrow streets and quaint café-lined squares. Visit the atmospheric Jewish Quarter, located between the Barcelona Cathedral (La Seu) and Plaça Jaume, and get a fascinating insight into both Barcelona's history and the story of Jews in Catalonia. Finally, reach Cathedral Square, where your tour will end. From here, you may continue your exploration of Barcelona at your own pace.

Customer Reviews

susan a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour. An entertaining guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Outstanding! Excellent info provided. Antonia (I think that was her name), made the tour an easy path to understand the history of Catalonia, Spain. Without any doubts, I will take it again.


3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

If you are interested in gothic architecture this tour is worth doing. The guide was knowledgeable but most of the information as given in Spanish with only snippets in English. As this as advertised as an English speaking tour we were the only English speakers we were disappointed to have missed most of the commentary.


3 star rating: Worth doing January 2014

The tour was interesting, but a bit too long, mainly due to the fact that there were actually two groups - English and Spanish - combined in one, so the guide repeated everything in two languages.

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