On the two-hour Alternative Free Tour of the Raval, we’ll discover the origins of this strange part of the city. Barcelona’s El Raval neighborhood has been on the map since the middle ages. However, it has always been an outsider in the city of Barcelona. Quite literally, it developed outside the city limits. In spite of being incorporated into the city later on, it remained a separate, more rejected place. In other words, it was a neighborhood to host Barcelona’s undesirables. From andalusian immigrants and gypsies, to junkies and anarchists, we will go through the riveting history of this downtrodden neighborhood.
In addition to that, we’ll take a closer look at the world’s oldest profession throughout the centuries and how it coexists with the visitors of the upperclass Liceu Opera House. For good measure, we’ll delve deep into the current social movements of El Raval. And see the how the local government is actively trying to change this neighborhood. Whether they’re welcome changes or not, we’ll tell you all about them!
After enjoying the Free Gothic Quarter Tour, come with us to find out how El Raval got its start? Who were the first inhabitants of this alternative and poor part of town? Why do we call part of El Raval the Chinatown of Barcelona? And how it becomes a working man’s neighborhood and later on a home for anarchist revolution?
Take part in the Alternative Free Tour of the Raval to discover what makes the most impressive neighborhood in the city work. There are some things that you may not want to know about the Barcelona Raval, but we are going to tell you anyway. Don’t miss this tour!