Discover the 14th century locations described in this novel in a guided visit

A unique chance to relive the stories of the characters and one of the most emblematic monuments in Barcelona, Santa Maria del Mar.

The important:

  • 2,30h tour approximately.
  • Guided tour based on the book The Cathedral of the Sea.
  • Official local guide. Expert and passionate about Barcelona and its legacy.
  • Includes guided visit.

Description of the route

This literary tour will let you relive the stories of this exciting novel through its different locations; places that after almost 700 years we will revisit from a different perspective whilst admiring the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the characters and about one of the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona, Santa Maria del Mar, the apogee of Catalan Gothic art.

“From the top of Collserola Mountain, on the old Roman road that connected the northern city Ampurias with the southern Tarragona, Bernat discovered for the first time the freedom and the immensity of the sea! He has never imagined something that has no end.”

14th Century: the city of Barcelona was a prosperous city and had grown towards the shore. The humble new district of fishermen decided to build, with their own money and efforts, the greatest temple that had ever existed: Santa Maria del Mar.

Disfrutamos de la ruta de la Catedral del Mar en BCN. Completa, original y bien estructurada. Se valora positivamente el uso de auriculares para poder seguir perfectamente todas las explicaciones de la guía.

Alan and Mary Welsh06/11/2019
Alan and Mary Welsh06/11/2019

My wife and I have done two of your walking tours with Alex as the guide (Modernism on Friday at 5.30 pm and Gotic today at 9.30 am). I want to write to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed both tours. Alex was an excellent guide. We learnt a huge amount about architecture and about the history of Barcelona on the tour. Alex generously shared his general and local knowledge to give unusual perspectives on things, and we enjoyed his comments and his sense of humour. Thank you very much for wonderful and great value experiences.

Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics, The Australian National University.

I booked this for me an my partner for the day we arrived to get to know the area a little as it was held close to our hotel. Christina was lovely she told the stories really well. I wouldnt say it was scary but we enjoyed it and would recommend.


I liked it very much! Cristina…and the Cathedral of the SeaI liked it very much! Cristina, the guide, knew a lot about the history of the city and of the book of course. By following the steps of the characters of the book you get to learn about history and social life
of ancient Barcelona. Great!


Every Sunday.

Starting time: 10am.

 Regular tour language: English and Spanish.

Meeting point: Santa Maria del Mar square, in front of the main façade.

The tour, point by point

Santa Maria del Mar.

Canvis Vells / Canvis Nous.

Consolat de Mar.

Calle Montcada.

Plaza de la Llana.

Plaza del Blat.

Plaza del Rey: Capilla de Santa Ágata y Saló del Tinell

Plaza de Sant Jaume.

Jewish Quarter.

Plaza Nova.

Why book this tour from here?

Small groups

We want you to have a good experience. That’s why we limit the number of people on our regular tours. If many people sign up, we put two guides. We care that you have the best possible experience.

Free cancellation

If eventually, you can not come with us we will refund the full amount of the activity, as long as you notify us 48 hours in advance.

Expert local guides

You’ll meet a guide who knows what he is talking about. We do not repeat scripts. Our guides are professionals who have studied and know their trade. They are not passing through the city.

How to book this tour?

Making the reservation is very easy. You just have to book through this page. Click on the “Book Now” button and follow the steps. The purchase is made through the internet with a safe and easy process.

When you finish the purchase you will receive an email confirming your reservation, with all the details and the meeting point.

If eventually, you have a problem and you can not go to the tour do not worry. We will refund your money if you notify us 48 hours in advance.

Contact us if you have any questions or special requests.


Wheelchair-accessible route with some difficulty.

Access with projection or step from 2 to 5 cm high, ramps of a moderate slope, doors of sufficient width, elevator for five people, and adapted toilets. The help of another person is needed at some point.

Points to mark:

  • Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in Santa Maria del Mar: access with a step.
  • Roman Temple of C/ Paradís: the interior cannot be accessed, but it looks good from the outside.
  • Medieval Synagogue: not accessible.

Important Information

The organization guarantees the performance of the activity even with rain or adverse weather conditions. Children under eight years old have free admission. It is essential to reach the meeting point in advance of 10 minutes. The activity will start punctually at the designated time.

Do you prefer to experience this tour exclusively?

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FAQ about regular tours

What is a regularly scheduled tour?

A regularly scheduled tour is a tour that we do with scheduled departures. You buy your ticket for a specific day and time and you will share the tour with other people. We care about the quality of our tours, so you will never find mass groups. If many people sign up, we divide the group into two. In the case of the Slow Gothic Tour, you will never find more than 12 people. In the rest of our regular tours, the maximum is 22 people.

What do you need to do a regularly scheduled tour?

Once the reservation is made, you only have to show up at the meeting point at the indicated time.

We recommend wearing comfortable shoes because the tour is on foot. If it’s summer, maybe a bottle of water or something to refresh you may also come in handy.

How can I customize the experience?

This tour can not be customized because it is a regular tour. If you want to do it exclusively you can contact us and customize it to your liking: choose the day, the time and the number of people or change part of the route and include another stop or monument. We will answer you and we can follow the process.

Give us your opinion.

Excelente viaje por el tiempo conducido por una guía inmejorable.a guía nos condujo por los espacios de la catedral del Mar de una forma profesional, con conocimiento histórico. Explicó el recorrido y su historia de una forma amena, profesional y, lo más importante, desde el corazón. Eso explica que lo recuerde todo claramente cuando normalmente en estos casos al cabo de un rato ya no me acuerdo de nada…! Gracias por la experiencia.


Buena manera de disfrutar de una mañana de domingoHace tiempo que me leí el libro La Catedral del Mar y tenía ganas de realizar el tour. Este tour es recomendable tanto para personas que han leído o han visto la Catedral del Mar como para personas que no lo han hecho. Alba la guía muy profesional y puntual. Nos encantó el plus de ir explicando y combinando con fragmentos del libro. Un diez.


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