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Gothic Quarter and -"The Cathedral of the Sea Literary”Tour, Barcelona

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    • Visit the locations from the bestselling historical novel The Cathedral of the Sea
    • Admire iconic Barcelona landmarks celebrated in Ildefonso Falcones' bestselling novel
    • Explore the mysteries of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and the Ribera
    • Experience the city in its medieval times while enjoying commentary from your expert guide
    • Find the story behind the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, the apogee of Catalan Gothic art
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    2 hours and 30 minutes

    Start Time


    Meeting Point

    Santa Maria del Mar. Metro L4, Jaume I station. Bus 17, 39, 45, 51, 120 and V17. Barcelona Bus Turístic, Pla de Palau station

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Place Nova

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Bring to life, the pages of the bestselling historical novel The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falconés in this walking tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Retrace the footsteps of the characters of the novel and experience the Barcelona of the 14th Century.

    The plot of the novel revolves around Barcelona’s humble residents who embarked upon the build of a lifetime; a cathedral that would be the greatest temple ever known. Still standing in the Ribera district, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar forms the focal point of Falconés’ novel.

    Revisit the locations in The Cathedral of the Sea and experience 700 years of history etched into the walls of the church. Learn more about the characters of the book, the history and the sites of 14th-century Barcelona on this epic walking tour.


    Make your own way to the Plaza de Santa Maria del Mar for The Cathedral of the Sea walking tour which starts at 10am. The tour begins with an interactive session from your well-informed guide delivering insight into the structure and history of Barcelona’s mysterious old city. On this walking tour, you will be visiting Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter on a two and a half hour tour. You will be taken to locations immortalized by Ildefonso Falconés’s blockbuster novel The Cathedral of the Sea.

    You will be visiting the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, built by local fishermen and noticeable for its octagonal towers and large, rose-shaped stained-glass window. The church is an extremely significant part of the tour and forms the backstory for Falcones’ thriller. Walk through the Ribera and the Gothic Quarter and relive the moments and nuances of the book. Compare in your mind the Barcelona of today to the city in the 14th century as described in the novel.

    On The Cathedral of the Sea Walking Tour, you will be visiting :
    • Santa Maria del Mar
    • calle Montcada, Vidriería
    • Pla de Palau
    • calle Consolat de Mar
    • Canvis Vells, calle Argentería
    • Plaza de la Llana
    • Plaza del Blat
    • Plaza del Rei
    • Plaza Sant Jaume
    • Plaza Nova

    The tour ends at Place Nova. After the tour, you can continue sightseeing your way through Barcelona at your own pace.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • English, Catalan and Spanish speaking guide
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    Voucher Information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.


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