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Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona

Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona: Our most recommended tours and activities

Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

1. Barcelona Main Sights 2.5-Hour Tour by E-Bike

Depart the Arc de Triomf and ride through the historic neighborhood of El Born. Stop at the maritime church of the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, and then continue to the lively district of El Raval. Journey through more than 2,000 years of history as you see monuments such as the cathedral and city hall on Plaça de Sant Jaume. Cycle to La Rambla del Raval to take a souvenir photo of the El Gat del Raval statue by Fernando Botero. Then, make your way towards the beach and Port Olympic. Pedal along the seafront promenade to Rambla del Poblenou, where attractions include the National Theater by Ricardo Bofill.

Barcelona: “The Cathedral of the Sea” Literary Walking Tour

2. Barcelona: “The Cathedral of the Sea” Literary Walking Tour

Visit locations described in Ildefonso Falconés’s blockbuster novel "The Cathedral of the Sea," and learn about the mysteries and intrigue of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter on a 3-hour walking tour that turns fiction into reality. Set in the 14th-Century, at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, “The Cathedral of the Sea” describes in masterful detail how Barcelona’s humblest residents embarked on building a cathedral that was set to be the greatest temple ever known. This is the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, still standing in the Ribera district and where your tour begins. As you walk through the Ribera and the Gothic Quarter, you will relive the stories of the novel through its various locations; places that date back more than 700 years, and have their histories etched in their walls. You will learn more about the book’s characters, and uncover the story of Santa Maria del Mar, one of the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona, and the apogee of Catalan Gothic art.

Barcelona: Gothic Walking Tour with Tapas & Flamenco Show

3. Barcelona: Gothic Walking Tour with Tapas & Flamenco Show

Start the tour in the heart of the city and join your guide for a walking tour through the oldest part of the city, the charming Gothic Quarter and its maze of quaint, narrow streets full of Roman and medieval architecture. Visit the Cathedral, Jewish Quarter, Royal Palace, and St James Square. See part of the Roman wall and the medieval area of Barcelona. Enjoy the chance to visit Santa Maria Mar Church in the Born district. Next, visit a remarkable restaurant owned by a renowned chef to sip wine and sample a variety of tapas. Prepare yourself for an incredible experience full of delicious Catalan cuisine, accompanied by explanations and suggestions from your foodie guide. Finally, head to a flamenco show in an incredible 1th-century palace to experience the dancing, singing, and guitar of flamenco. This is where your tour ends, in the heart of Barcelona.

Barcelona: 3-Hour Bike Tour with a Local Guide

4. Barcelona: 3-Hour Bike Tour with a Local Guide

The tour begins beside the fountain in Plaça Reial where your guide will be waiting for you. Then, get on your bike and make your way through the back streets of the Gothic Quarter towards Placa del Rei. From there, the tour heads past the Barcelona Cathedral toward one of the city's greatest pieces of Modernista architecture, the Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall.  Continue on from there as you head to Ciutadella Park with a stop along the way at the Arc De Triomf. After enjoying a walk around the gardens and a refreshing drink, you will be on the move again towards Europe's second most visited landmark, La Sagrada Familia. There will be time to take photos and just generally be in awe of Gaudi's final masterpiece.  Then it's down to the beach to soak up the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, the tour heads back up to the vibrant neighborhood of El Born where you’ll have the last stop at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar before returning to the starting point of your tour.

Barcelona: Guided City Pub Crawl with 4 Drinks

5. Barcelona: Guided City Pub Crawl with 4 Drinks

After a warm welcome and white Sangria, we'll get to know each other over some of Barcelona's most twisted but fascinating tales. Discover the scandalous lives of it's most famous names, and hear the naughty tidbits that make the crowds go wow! Venturing on we will discover some of Barcelona's most vibrant bars and neighborhoods. Experience a true Vermout hand hear the incredible history behind the cities favourite drink. Sample authentic Catalan liqueurs and discover the stories behind them. Throughout the experience, your guide will show you hidden gems and tell you interesting facts. The concept of the tipsy tour is to combine our favorite elements of travel: discovering new cities with a local, having fun with other travelers and experiencing the best nightlife.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Walking Tour for Families

6. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter Walking Tour for Families

Discover Barcelona as a family on a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, catered specifically to children and their families. Using pictures and drawings, your kid-friendly guide explains historical sites and history in an engaging way. Walk along the narrow streets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, witnessing the richness of the city from Roman times to when it was considered a superpower in the Mediterranean. Visit the Roman-built Augustus Temple, and see gothic cathedrals as you explore the city. Make a short stop at Santa Caterina, the local food market filled with food stalls and restaurants under a colorful wavy roof. Continue to the neighborhood of La Ribera, where local designers, hipster shops, and artisans live together in its labyrinth of alleyways. While in La Ribera, pass by Santa Maria Del Mar whose history dates as far back as 998. During your walking tour, hear about the bombings of Barcelona during the Civil War, and other major events the city has endured. The final stop is the Centro Cultural del Born to see the ruins of the neighborhood demolished at the order of Spain’s King Felipe V. Stroll through the remains of the market and houses destroyed back in the 1700s.

Barcelona: Gothic Quarter and Sagrada Familia Private Tour

7. Barcelona: Gothic Quarter and Sagrada Familia Private Tour

From the convenient meeting point at the tourist information center in the Gothic heart of the city, start the tour with a coffee and a short briefing on Barcelona and the surrounding area before setting off. Then, visit the Cathedral and the Royal Palace, the Roman wall, and the medieval area of Barcelona, including the Jewish Quarter. End this portion of the tour with a visit to Santa Maria del Mar church and, after crossing the Plaça de Sant Jaume, reach one of the best-known streets of the city: La Rambla. Next, the Boqueria Market is a mandatory visit on your journey where the festival of flavors, colors, and smells come alive. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and use this time to re-energize and discuss anything from Spanish gastronomy to taxation or Catalan identity. The lunch includes a sample of cherished local delicacies including Iberian sausage, cheese, ham, and local wine. After lunch, hop on the subway like a true Barcelonian and head downtown to Passeig de Gràcia where you can admire the most valuable modernist houses. The boulevard is the most elegant in the city where the most important families of the early 20th century commissioned the construction of their homes to the best architects of the time including, among others, Antonio Gaudí. From Passeig de Gràcia, just two metro stops away is La Sagrada Familia, the last stop of the tour. Here you will see the different parts of the building and the many examples of religious symbolism hidden in its unique facades. You are sure to be captivated by Gaudi’s incredible architectural style: the peculiar shape of the columns, ceilings, walls, and the organic architecture of the basilica.

Barcelona: Private Evening Walking Tour with Tapas Dinner

8. Barcelona: Private Evening Walking Tour with Tapas Dinner

Taste some of the tapas dishes that must try when visiting Barcelona on this private tour in the Gothic Quarter. Please your inner foodie with this gastronomy and history tour. Dine on some prime tapas with the help of a local expert. Meet your guide from the comfort of your accommodation, and stroll to the medieval Born area and listen to your guide tell you about the beautiful streets and palaces. Visit the interior of Santa Maria del Mar, the universal gothic church in Barcelona. Stop in El Born, one of Barcelona’s trendiest neighborhoods, and also one of the most historical. Walk down small streets lined with design shops, and charming squares. Bask in this lively area with some of the best tapas restaurants and bars in town. Make your way to the Gothic Quarter, go by Cathedral Square, the Jewish Quarter, Sant Jaume Square, and more. Finally, make one last stop to delight in more tapas and local wines.

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What people are saying about Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 320 reviews

This activity is highly recommended! I only wish we would have done it earlier in our trip so we knew the area better. Our guide, Guillermo “Will” was excellent! He taught us some history along the way and showed us around Barceloneta beach and the Gothic Quarter, among other areas. He showed us places we never would have found in our own, and it was a great perspective from a bicycle. It was just me and my two kids (17 and 20 years old) and they really enjoyed it too! The bikes are great - if you put it on full assist you barely have to pedal if you don’t want to. I’m not a frequent bicyclist, and I found it very easy to use. You won’t regret booking this one!

Excellent way to see the city in 2.5 hours. Great pace and extremely easy with the e-bike. A must do activity whether it’s your first time in Barcelona or a repeat visit.

La actividad fue buenisima,2,5 horas conociendo barcelona en bici,gracias a la guia por tener tanta deferencia con nosotros

Even tough the city was busy because of the three wise men celebration, the guide managed to make us have a great time

Awesome tour. Lorenzo was a very knowledgeable guide, very personable and made sure everyone had a good time.