Discover the forgotten Jewish history and heritage of Barcelona with an Expert Guide. Explore the old Jewish Quarter “El Call” in the Old Town, see the old Major Synagogue and learn about the Spanish Inquisition. Optional: private car transfers.

  • Explore Barcelona’s old Jewish Quarter with a Jewish History Guide
  • Discover the Jewish history, culture, and heritage of Catalonia and Spain
  • Learn about the the Spanish Inquisition and the expulsion of Jewish people
  • See the ancient Sinagoga Major and old Jewish houses
  • Book private car transfers with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation (3-hour option only)

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  • 2 - 3 Hours
  • Private TourExclusive only for you
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  • Live GuideEnglish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • Walking & Transport
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On this exclusive Jewish tour you will trace the history of Jewish people in Barcelona. Discover Jewish heritage sites and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues in the “El Call’ part of the historic Gothic Quarter. This is your chance to find out who were the first Jews in Barcelona, where they lived and worked, and what happened to them during the Spanish Inquisition. Immerse yourself in Jewish history!

Book a 2-hour tour to discover Barcelona’s old Jewish Quarter. Most people miss out on this part of Barcelona’s history, as it’s well hidden in the maze of the narrow alleys of the historic Gothic Quarter. With your Expert Guide you will discover “El Call” – the Jewish Quarter that was once a center of Jewish life and culture in Barcelona. Walking along Carrer de la Fruita and Carrer de Marlet, you will find remnants of old Jewish houses, shops and public baths. You will also see the site of the ancient Sinagoga Major, built in the 3rd or 4th century.

The guide will tell you the stories of Jewish people who thrived here during the Middle Ages, working as doctors, lawyers, financiers, translators, traders and ambassadors for the Catalan count-kings. You will also learn about the increasing threat that they faced from the order of the Spanish Inquisition, and how they were blamed for the spread of the Black Death in the 14th century and forced to convert en masse to Christianity or move out of the city. The tour will pass Plaça de Sant Jaume and the landmark Cathedral of Barcelona, and end in the courtyard of Plaça del Rei, where 12 people were burnt because of the repression of the Spanish Inquisition. It will be a thought-provoking experience that will shine a new light on the history of Jewish people in Europe.

Choose a 3-hour option to book a 1-hour round-trip transfer with a 2-hour walking tour of Barcelona’s Jewish Quarter El Call. This option includes pickup and drop-off at your accommodation so you can fully enjoy the comfort of a round-trip transfer in a private car, van or bus. This way you can have a hassle-free experience without worrying about getting lost or being late for your tour.

  • Private Tour of Barcelona’s Jewish Quarter El Call (the itinerary depends on the option selected)
  • 5-Star Jewish History Guide who is fluent in the language of your choice
  • A special route with sights related to Jewish history and heritage
  • Expert commentary on the Spanish Inquisition
  • Private car transfers with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation (3-hour option only)
  • Private car transfers with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation (in 2-hour option)

Important information

Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Hard Rock Cafe, Pl. de Catalunya, 21, 08002 Barcelona, Spain. Please do not enter the building, it is only a meeting point.

Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Barcelona (3-hour option only)

Important information

What you should know

  • Please check your email the day before the tour to receive important information.
  • For the comfort of all guests, it is best to have 1 licensed guide per maximum of 25 guests. If there are 26-50 people in your group, we will provide the service of 2 licensed guides so that all guests can get the best experience, ask questions and hear the guide well.
  • The 3-hour option includes an estimated 1-hour round-trip transfer time between the meeting point and the accommodation address provided when booking. Please note that the transfer time quoted is for information purposes only and can take longer or shorter depending on the distance and traffic.
  • We will arrange private transfers in a standard car (sedan) for groups of 1-4 people, and in a larger van or minibus for groups of 5 people and more. If you’re traveling in a smaller group but want to travel in a more spacious car, we recommend booking a 5-people tour to take advantage of a larger vehicle.