1. Barcelona in war. The Spanish Civil War. This 3-hour historical walking tour uses visual aids to comprehensively explain the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in Barcelona, visiting relevant sites such as Sant Felip Neri square, where the 1938 bombing killed dozens of children. The tour discusses historical information, press reports, and some texts by George Orwell such as Homage to Catalonia, and may include a visit to a war shelter used during the 1930s bombings.
2. Health & Death in Barcelona. This 4-tour offers a unique journey through Barcelona’s History of Medicine, Fharmacology, and Health spanning from dark medieval times and epidemics—visiting the old hospital of Santa Creu in the Oldtown—to the explosion of new medicine in the 20th century as practiced in the Art Nouveau UNESCO site Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, designed by the incredible architect Domènech i Montaner. Health & Death in Barcelona also visits old pharmacies and centenary herbalists’ shops. The tour may include a visit to the Royal Academy of Medicine and its anatomical amphitheater.
3. Spirituality. Off-the-beaten-track monasteries and convents in Barcelona. This 4-hour tour explores the importance and power of religion through history and visits, among many others, the outstanding medieval monasteries of Santa Anna, Sant Pau del Camp and the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes with its collection of Art.
When it comes to specific places like the shelters or the old Academy of Medicine, please book in advance, as these institutions’ schedules may change. The tour to the monasteries is always scheduled according to their services and opening hours.
Not necessarily. We will visit sites in the most efficient and logical order, customized to take into account your hotel’s location, where you’d like the tour to finish, and the best timing to avoid crowds.
The tours take place rain or shine. The weather in Barcelona is very pleasant and sunny most of the time, never extremely hot or cold. However, we do get occasional rain, mostly March to May and October to November. Check the weather forecast before the tour and be prepared to enjoy your time in Barcelona, rain or shine.
These tours have been specifically designed for history-loving adults. For outtings specifically designed for children and families, please take a look at the Best for Kids tour.
Although most sites are accessible please let us know to plan it according to your needs.
Some museums and monuments do have different schedules during the winter. When it comes to the monasteries please note that we will plan the visits according to their schedules of religious services and opening hours.
Yes. Please let us know if you would like to attend a ceremony when booking so we can properly schedule and adapt the tour to your needs.
The monasteries ask female visitors to cover their shoulders inside of the church and not wear shorts or miniskirts. If you are visiting Barcelona in the summer time, just make sure to bring a scarf to cover your shoulders in the church, and avoid wearing shorts that day.