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St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral Tours

St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral
St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral (Santa Maria del Mar) stands at the end of Passeig del Born as one of Barcelona’s most magnificent Catalan Gothic churches. Built in the 14th century, the cathedral is characterized by its architectural elegance and harmony. A highlight is the 15th-century stained-glass rose window.
 
The Basics
St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral is a prominent landmark in La Ribera and a regular stop on walking tours of this historic neighborhood. To appreciate some of the city’s finest art and architecture, combine a cathedral tour with a guided visit to the Picasso Museum, which is a short walk from the cathedral. Fans of Ildefonso Falcones’ novel The Cathedral of the Sea can tour locations featured in the book with a local guide.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The cathedral is a must-visit for architecture buffs and spiritual travelers.
  • Remember to dress respectfully, with clothing covering shoulders and knees.
  • The ground floor areas of the cathedral are wheelchair-accessible.
 
How to Get There
The cathedral is located in El Born, Barcelona’s medieval district, within easy walking distance of just about anywhere in the Old City. To get there by public transportation, take the Barcelona Metro Line 4 to either the Jaume I or Barceloneta station.
 
When to Get There
The cathedral is open for cultural visits every afternoon. It’s also possible to duck in quietly during mass to soak up the atmosphere. Mass is held each evening, Sunday morning, and holidays. Try to time your visit to coincide with a choral performance to get a true feel for the acoustics.
 
FC Barcelona Logo
Football (soccer) fans visiting the cathedral should keep an eye out for a hidden tribute to the city’s beloved team. One of the stained-glass windows in the cathedral depicts the FC Barcelona crest. During the 1960s, the team helped finance the renovation of the window, and their crest was added as a sign of gratitude.
Address: Placa Santa Maria 1, La Ribera, Barcelona, Ciutat Vella 08003, Spain
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The best Tapas & Flamenco Show - City Tour, Tapas & Wine, and Flamenco Show

The best Tapas & Flamenco Show - City Tour, Tapas & Wine, and Flamenco Show

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Skip the crowds and immerse yourself in Spanish culture on this private tour. Stroll through secret passageways and past Roman ruins. Taste delicious tapas, pintxos, and red wine in traditional taverns, then conclude your experience with a flamenco show in one of the most beautiful palaces in the city.
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  • 3 hours
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$99.47
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Picasso Museum and El Born of Barcelona - Walking Tour

Picasso Museum and El Born of Barcelona - Walking Tour

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Learn about the close ties Pablo Picasso had with the city of Barcelona during this 2-hour and 45 minutes tour. Including skip-the-line admission to the Picasso Museum and a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter with virtual reality experience. You will use 3-D technology glasses to show you how was Barcelona in the Roman Age. The contrast between the origins and the present to completely understand the evolution of the city. Get an in-depth understanding of the famous artist and the Catalan capital city as you explore the important relationships between history, art, and the environment it's created in.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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$40.75
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Tapas and Wine Experience Small-Group Walking Tour

Tapas and Wine Experience Small-Group Walking Tour

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Tuck into tasty tapas and traditional wines on this gastronomic tour of Barcelona. Get the inside scoop on Barcelona’s renowned foodie scene from a local guide and stop along the way to dine at the city’s best tapas bars. At each restaurant, sample an array of delicious Catalan cuisine, taste local specialties like Iberian ham, ‘’ or ‘pan con tomate’ (spicy potatoes, bread, and tomato), and choose from a selection of fine regional wines. You can choose between an afternoon or evening tour and upgrade to include a flamenco show.
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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

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Experience the architectural and artistic majesty of Barcelona on a half-day bike tour of the city. Energize and enjoy yourself on this exciting excursion with a knowledgeable and experienced guide; see all of the city’s significant sights such as the La Catedral and Placa del Rei as you gently cycle between magnificent monuments. Capture fabulous photographs at each stop and gain insight into the city’s fascinating history with informative commentary. A moderate level of fitness is not required on this tour due to the gentle nature of the route.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Barcelona Ghost Night Walking Tour

Barcelona Ghost Night Walking Tour

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After the Spanish sun sinks into the horizon, the restless souls of Barcelona begin to roam the serpentine streets, allowing you to discover the sinister secrets of Barcelona on a 2-hour ghost walking tour of the city. Listen to terrifying tales of witchcraft, exorcisms and paranormal activity as you learn about the gruesome past of legendary landmarks like the Arc de Triomf and the Church of Santa Maria. Wander through darkened neighborhoods and feel the eerie atmosphere that the cover of darkness bestows upon the Catalonian capital.
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Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting

Barcelona Electric Bike Small Group Tour with Tapas and Wine Tasting

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Experience the culture and cuisine of Barcelona on this electric bike, tapas, and wine tour. Follow your knowledgeable guide through the atmospheric streets of the Catalonia's capital in search of landmarks such as the El Born Cultural Centre and Frank Gehry’s Golden Fish sculpture. Absorb the botanical beauty of Parc de la Ciutadella, and admire the picturesque charm of La Barceloneta port. Appease an appetite for authenticity by visiting a local bar to feast on up to four tapas dishes and three drinks in a convivial atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Barcelona e-Bike Gaudí Highlights or Bohemian Neighborhoods Small Group Tour

Barcelona e-Bike Gaudí Highlights or Bohemian Neighborhoods Small Group Tour

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Glide around Barcelona’s most alluring attractions on an electric bike tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Enjoy the ease of riding a smooth and speedy electric bike as your guide takes you to legendary landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia. Select from two different itineraries according to your interests, and gain fascinating insights into the culture of Catalonia’s vibrant capital. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention on this small-group tour, where the number of participants is limited.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia

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Discover some of the best-kept secrets of Barcelona during this half-day or full-day private tour of the city’s top sights. Get personalized attention from your guide as you skip the lines at the iconic La Sagrada Familia cathedral. Then stroll the atmospheric streets of the city’s Gothic Quarter on a walking tour, stopping to admire a 2,000-year-old Roman temple. You’ll also get to sip cava, Catalonia’s signature sparkling wine, at a local food market, check out modernist architecture in the city’s Eixample district and take in gorgeous views from the hilltop Montjuïc area, among other stops. This private tour also includes round-trip transport from your hotel and optional upgrade to a full-day tour featuring afternoon visits to architect Antoni Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Park Güell.
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  • 8 hours
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Barcelona Skip the Line Tour: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell & La Pedrera

Barcelona Skip the Line Tour: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell & La Pedrera

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Cover the best of Barcelona on this full-day tour. Visit the city’s most famous attractions and landmarks such as the Gothic Quarter, Plaza Catalunya, Montjuic and more as you learn about Barcelona’s history from your informative guide. This comprehensive tour also includes skip-the-line access to three popular attractions: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and La Pedrera. Enjoy a light breakfast and an Iberian ham tasting as an additional treat.
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  • 8 hours
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Photo shoot tour in Barcelona secret corners

Photo shoot tour in Barcelona secret corners

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Add some ‘focus’ to your time in Barcelona during this fun 2-hour photography session. Explore some of the most visually interesting sites in the Catalan capital accompanied by a professional photographer, posing for a series of high-end images. In addition to learning about this fascinating city you’ll leave with the perfect snapshots for sharing on social media and with friends and family back home.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Barcelona Guided Tour by Segway

Barcelona Guided Tour by Segway

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Explore Barcelona by Segway, the fastest way to get around the city’s top attractions. Choose your tour duration, then depart from Las Ramblas, with multiple departure times to fit your travel schedule. Your guide shares stories and curiosities of the Mediterranean city on this small-group experience, limited to six people.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Barcelona Tour: Skip the Line Sagrada Familia, Park Güell & La Pedrera

Barcelona Tour: Skip the Line Sagrada Familia, Park Güell & La Pedrera

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Skip the long ticket lines to Basilica of Sagrada Familia and other fantastical structures of Antoni Gaudí on this small-group guided tour in Barcelona. Benefit from fast-track entry and an intimate tour of the famed Spanish architect’s most iconic works, including Park Güell and the UNESCO-listed apartment building La Pedrera. Stroll around the Gothic Quarter and relax with a light breakfast plus lunch (Iberian ham paired with wine).
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  • 8 hours
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Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

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Explore several thousand years of Barcelona history in a single day during this guided Gothic Quarter walking tour. Travel back in time to the Roman and medieval eras as you discover this atmospheric neighborhood’s winding streets and many layers of history. Walk alongside one of the world’s best-preserved Roman walls and enjoy stops at the medieval Plaça del Reial, Barcelona Cathedral, La Boquería Market, and Las Ramblas.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Barcelona Old Town Private Walking Tour

Barcelona Old Town Private Walking Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of Barcelona's ancient Romans and its modern-day residents during this 3-hour private walking tour of Barcelona. Wander past picturesque Barcelona landmarks like the Arco de Triunfo and the sprawling Ciutdella Park before diving into the Gothic Quarter. ‘Get lost’ in the narrow winding streets of this atmospheric area with your guide, stopping to explore the ornate Cathedral of Barcelona, Born Market, ancient Roman walls and some of the neighborhood’s lesser-known gems. Your guide, light refreshments and a city welcome pack are included.
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  • 3 hours
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The Shadow of the Wind Novel Walking Tour in Barcelona

The Shadow of the Wind Novel Walking Tour in Barcelona

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Follow in the footsteps of characters from the bestselling novel The Shadow of the Wind on a literary walking tour. Discover some of Barcelona’s most sacred locations as you trace the narrative of the novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, which has sold more than 2 million copies since its publication in 2001. Stroll the winding streets of Santa Anna Street and Montcada Street, absorb the ambience of the renowned Els Quatre Gats Café, and gaze at the beautiful church of Santa Maria del Mar, as your guide enriches your literary and historical knowledge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Barcelona E-bike Tour Camp Nou Experience

Barcelona E-bike Tour Camp Nou Experience

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Cycle towards greatness during this 3-hour sports-themed electric bike tour traveling from Barcelona’s Olympic area in Montjuic towards the famous Camp Nou stadium. Discover the triumphant rebirth of this Catalan capital during the 1992 Olympic Games as you explore the Montjuic area and its Olympic village. Then pedal onwards through the streets of Barcelona's Sants area, heading for Camp Nou, the famous home of FC Barcelona, one of football’s (soccer’s) most iconic teams.
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  • 4 hours
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Barcelona's Old Town: Food & Wine Private Tour with a Sommelier

Barcelona's Old Town: Food & Wine Private Tour with a Sommelier

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Perfect for the discerning palates of food lovers, this Barcelona tapas tour combines Catalan culture with Spanish gastronomy. Alongside your guide, you’ll explore two Barcelona neighborhoods and tick off top attractions such as the Gothic Quarter and Born districts. Feast on authentic tapas at five different local places and learn about the diverse Spanish cuisine throughout its food, wines, and unique places.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Historical Montserrat Half-Day Hiking Tour from Barcelona

Historical Montserrat Half-Day Hiking Tour from Barcelona

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Undertake a physical and spiritual journey to the mystical mountaintop retreat of Monserrat on this 6-hour combination sightseeing and hiking trip with a small group. Travel with no more than 8 guests to this ancient religious site, exploring the Benedictine monastery and the world-famous ‘Black Madonna’ wood carving. Then spend the second half of your day hiking amidst the scenic landscape and hidden ‘hermitages’ (retreats) of the Monserrat range. A guide, Montserrat admission fees and one-way funicular ride are also included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Private Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Private Barcelona Old Town and Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

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Embark on an amazing walk through the historical places of Barcelona to discover the richness of its past! Discover the origins of Roman Barcelona over 2,000 years ago. Enjoy the architecture and monumental buildings of the Gothic Quarter and feel as if you're in the Middle Ages. Walk along the famous Ramblas and discover why Barcelona is so beloved by visitors.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Barcelona Highlights Tour & Skip the Line: Sagrada Familia

Barcelona Highlights Tour & Skip the Line: Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly one of Barcelona’s top attractions and the crowds that it attracts reflects the monument’s popularity. Enjoy both skip-the-line admission to La Sagrada Familia and a walking tour of Barcelona. Explore the Gothic Quarter, ascend to Parc de Montjuic and admire the Church of Santa Maria del Mar. Priority access to La Sagrada Familia means you’ll avoid waiting up to two hours to enter the modern masterpiece. An intimate atmosphere is guaranteed on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 4 hours
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$203.73
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Legends of the Gothic Quarter: Magic, rituals and Architecture

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Legends of the Gothic Quarter: Magic, rituals and Architecture

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Like in a movie, live all the suspense and terror the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona can offer you by doing this soundwalk. Different narrators reveal to you the legends and stories such as the executioner in plaza del Rey, the legends in the cathedral, among others. You will also be guided to do the rithual of the Pont Bisbe as you discover its mysterious story. Dare to take this walk, as the 3D sounds and narrators take you on to a thrilling experience of the Gothic Quarter. The tour will also take you to discover the Plaza Sant Jaume where you discover the legend of the Dragon and Saint Jorge of Capadoccia. You will finish your soundwalk in front of the ancient church of Santa Maria del Mar where you will discover the stories behind the black masses that used to be celebrated in the past, and the legends of the two thiefs.
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Barcelona Highligts old quarter private walking tour from the Romans till today!

Barcelona Highligts old quarter private walking tour from the Romans till today!

Come and enjoy a  private short trip into Barcelona old City with a local citizen!  We Will discover historical buildings, monuments, castles, palaces, kings, nobels, and bourgeoise tales and stories. This is a trip into the middle ages in town, the roman times, the jewish influence on our kings and battles; It is also a trip about the foundation of our city and institutions. Along the way we will also discover modernist shops, traditional bakeries and traditions that are still taking place nowadays! A 3h trip about Barcelonians' history and tales along last 22 centuries!
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  • 9 hours 18 minutes to 12 hours 18 minutes
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A Culinary Audio Tour of El Born by VoiceMap

A Culinary Audio Tour of El Born by VoiceMap

El Born is one of the most charming districts of Barcelona and one filled with delicious things to eat! This tour takes you through the picturesque often medieval streets stopping you at some of the best food shops, bars, and restaurants and sharing the stories behind local ingredients and dishes. When it is relevant, I share a bit of history with you to contextualize the food and drink. By the end, you will feel a little more like a local and have a good range of gourmet addresses and tidbits up your sleeve. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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  • 40 minutes
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Barcelona Highlights and Secrets. Private Tour with a tapa & drink included

Barcelona Highlights and Secrets. Private Tour with a tapa & drink included

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This private walking tour is a great choice for travelers with limited time in Barcelona. Enjoy the luxury of going on a tour with just your party and a private guide, so you don't get delayed by other travelers, and explore the city at your preferred pace. Learn about medieval Barcelona, see spectacular examples of Modernist architecture, find hidden sights, and enjoy tapas and a drink along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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$64.71
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Kickstart Barcelona Private Tour. City Highlights for newcomers

Kickstart Barcelona Private Tour. City Highlights for newcomers

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Jump start your Barcelona vacation with a private 2-hour sightseeing tour. In just a couple of hours, you’re able to cover a long list of locations, including Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, and Playa de La Barceloneta. Your guide also provides insider suggestions for things to see, do, and eat in the city during the rest of your visit. Afterwards, you’re ready to explore Barcelona on your own.
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  • 2 hours
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$34.75
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral costs USD 99.47. Guided St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral tours start around USD 99.47 per person. See all 91 St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral tickets and tours on Viator.
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