Ancient Synagogue, Barcelona

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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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4.8 / 5

based on 250 reviews

Absolutely the best Ancient tour we have ever had in Europe. Ancient homes from 10/11 century still lived in with some original walls. Scenery incredible. There is no way we can properly describe what we saw or experienced. My wife and I have had multiple tours throughout Europe, both on Cruises and land based. In our minds this is the best ever for ancient villages still being lived in. Our guide,Cam, was also the best guide we have ever had, period, without question. Both for knowledge and concern for the senior people on the tour of which we are two. Exceptional value for the money we paid. On this trip we did 4 tours with Get Your Guide and highly recommend them.

Very informative, insightful and moving analysis from our guide Dafna. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Spain. For anyone interested in digging deeper into the fascinating (and tragic) history of Spanish Jewry in Barcelona, they should definitely take this tour with Dafna.

Adi was an excellent guide who explained in detail important information. He had a great personality and kept our interest throughout the tour! Definitely recommend Adi.

Jordi is awesome! His explanation on the history and background about each town was purely phenomenal. Recommended!

The cities visited were beautiful. Well worth the every penny and minute.