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Barcelona: Jewish Quarter 2-Hour Walking Tour

1. Barcelona: Jewish Quarter 2-Hour Walking Tour

Learn the story of the Jewish community in Barcelona on a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. Listen as a personal guide brings the history to life, and explains how important the Jewish people were to the development of Barcelona through the centuries. Go to Spain's oldest synagogue, and stroll down narrow alleys that date back to the Middle Ages. It is estimated that the Jewish community began to arrive in Spain in the 3rd century, following the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. Your guide will describe how the Jewish population grew steadily in Barcelona, becoming more and more important politically and spiritually. Learn how the Jewish community lived in relative peace until 1391, when a brutal attack brought a dramatic end to their presence in Spain. Soak up the art and architecture of the ruins of a house owned by a Jewish alchemist, and see the unique Mikve from medieval times. Go to the ruins of the Old Synagogue (Shlomo Ben Adret), and explore the small Jewish Quarter around the Roman walls.

From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

2. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

Discover the medieval villages of Catalonia on a guided small group tour around the area. Visit Besalú, Rupit, and Travertet, with a mix of free time to explore and storytelling from your guide. Meet your guide in central Barcelona in the morning before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. Continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. Pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, which has been declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café at your own expense or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

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What people are saying about Ancient Synagogue, Barcelona

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This was an excellent tour. Our guide, Dina, was very knowledgeable and well prepared . She had many maps and illustrations which helped us understand the forced movement of the Jews through the centuries. This tour is highly recommended and is an easy walk tour - flat surface throughout. Thank you Dina and shalom till we meet again.

Fantastic tour, super recommended! The guide Enrique was very knowledgeable and with a great sense of humor - made the visit very pleasant. The three villages were wonderful, very picturesque with incredible views! Would have liked some more time in the last one to soak in the views, but nonetheless a perfect day!

Our guide was great. She really knew her stuff and walked us through the old Jewish area. She went through a lot of history to get to the Jewish history. All relevant. The 2 hours went by very fast and we really enjoyed the tour.

Our tour of the Jewish Quarter with Theresa was fascinating ! She really brought history of the area to life with all of her knowledge and perspective . We are so glad we took out the time for this enriching tour !

Jordi was very informative with a positive attitude and sense of humor.