About this tour:
- 3h private tour with tickets to the Sinagogue and MHUBA El Call.
- Official guide in your language, a specialist in Jewish culture.
- 100% exclusive: You choose the time. We come to look for you by taxi.
- Customization: do you have any request? We make it happen.
Barcelona and the Jewish Quarter
During the Middle Ages Barcelona hosted one of the most important Jewish Neighborhoods in Europe.
The community had more than 4,000 people, which represented 10% of the inhabitants of Medieval Barcelona.
The community was formed around two synagogues and for years it was a center of wealth through the crafts and commerce of the city. Some of its most illustrious inhabitants came to occupy important administrative positions in the management of medieval Barcelona.
The neighborhood was known as “Call” which means “alley” or Aljama and was made up of small narrow streets that today still retain the charm and original structure. The Call Major (formed by Banys Nous, Sant Sever, Bisbe and Call streets) and the Minor Call located around Ferran Street. Life within the Call was governed by the Hebrew calendar, with Saturday being the sacred day, and following Jewish customs and laws.
In 1391, during the period of economic decline, anti-Jewish revolts began that caused assaults and fires in the Call. More than 300 people died and many were forced to convert. The riots and discrimination continued until 1492 when the Catholic Monarchs expelled all the Jews from the peninsula.
Don’t let anyone tell you.
If you are interested in Jewish culture, it cannot be told by anyone. We have expert guides in Hebrew culture that will guide you through the streets of downtown Barcelona and explain how you lived 700 years ago. They are not conventional guides, with a script learned and if you wish you can make the visit even in Hebrew.
We know how important it is for you to explain the story to you with foundation and for the guide to know the reasons for things and the details of a religion that began more than 4,000 years ago and that continues to live all over the world.
Our guide will pick you up where you ask. We will have a taxi waiting and while you go to the center of the city will take the time to make an introduction in the matter. Once arrived, the tour will continue on foot. The winding streets that make up the Jewish Call are hidden in the middle of the Gothic Quarter and are all pedestrian. So we recommend that you wear comfortable shoes.
The first stop will be at the Greater Synagogue. You will go down some stairs to enter another era: the only medieval synagogue that can be visited and the oldest in all of Europe. It was in operation until 1492, when Jews were forced to convert or leave Spain. After several uses, it has been recovered and restored. They opened it in 2002.
Then we will return to the narrow streets of the Gothic, so cool in summer to go to the house of Jucef Bonhiac, a former weaver of veils of S.XIII. The building is now dedicated to Jewish culture and belongs to the Museum of History of Barcelona. A place that will connect you directly with the Jewish past of the city and show you the splendor of its cultural legacy and its connection with the rest of the city.
What does the private tour Barcelona and the Jewish Quarter include?
- Pick up at the point you tell us.
- Official expert guide in Jewish culture.
- One-way taxi to the center of Barcelona.
- Skip-the-line entrance to the Synagogue and the Call Museum of History.
- Customization of all the above.
- Available languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian.
- Additional languages (available with a € 50 supplement): German, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Japanese.
Barcelona and the Jewish Quarter point by point
We pick you up where you tell us to.
Synagogue (skip-the-line ticket).
Muhba El Call (skip-the-line ticket).
Call Major i Call Menor (Bisbe Street, Banys Nous Street, Ferran Street… )
The guide will say goodbye at the end of the route. If you wish it will accompany you to take a taxi back or give you directions to continue enjoying your day of tourism.
Thank you for everything. The tour is simply perfect and Susana, the guide, knows a lot about Jewish culture. We really enjoyed the tour and will recommend it to all our friends who would travel to Spain.
The trip was great! We enjoyed our visit to Barcelona.
Visit the oldest synagogue in Spain.
And from Europe. The Greater Synagogue was reopened to the public in 2002 after being destined for other uses for several years. Now, completely rehabilitated, it is the only medieval synagogue that you can visit throughout Spain. Are you going to miss it? The base of the building is from the Roman era and you can see part of the Roman wall and the original walls of the synagogue.
When you arrive at the door you will have to go down some steps to enter a small space of very low height. The reason? No synagogue could exceed the height of the smallest church in Barcelona.
After the visit, you will return through the narrow streets of the Call to the place where Yusef Bonhiac’s house was located, a veil weaver who lived hundreds of years ago. Today it hosts the part destined to the Jewish culture of the Museum of the History of the City (Muhba) and addresses the trajectory and splendor of its cultural legacy, which has lasted until today and has a universal value.
What are you going to see in the private tour Barcelona and the Jewish Quarter
Why should you book directly on this website?
How to book this private tour
The tour is 100% customizable, so if you want to change any of the stops to add another or delete one to reduce the duration (4 hours), contact us with your request and we will answer you with the steps to follow to complete the reserve. If you like the tour as it is (the pick-up point and the end point are not a problem: we go for you to your hotel, to the airport, the port, somewhere in the city … wherever you tell us), continue the purchase process and we will confirm you instantly.
El mejor tour que he hecho sobre judaísmo en mucho tiempo.
The guide was very sweet and she knows a lot about the Jewish culture.