This morning, after breakfast, our excellent Officially Licensed guide, additionally qualified in the Jewish Heritage of Spain, will await you at your hotel. Your complete tour of the city will start with a panoramic tour as you head up the Montjuic Mountain, (Jewish mountain) which has been, throughout its history, the protagonist of many events. The historical symbol and oldest monument is the Castell de Montjuic (Castle), a 17th-century fortification, now a military museum, from where there are beautiful views of the city. The Jewish cemetery had been on the Montjuic Mountain for at least a millennium and more than 500 gravestones have been found, some of the early tombstones have been relocated to the Castle. In 1995, a Holocaust Memorial was erected in the cemetery and is composed of simple stone monuments and pedestals with the names of concentration camps that were liberated.
Then, together you will beat the queues as you head to the incredible La Sagrada Familia, a work on a grand scale which began in 1882. At the end of 1883 Gaudi, the city’s most internationally renowned and emblematic architect was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea, but it remains unfinished.
Finally, to the Gothic Quarter, considered the heart of Barcelona. A Jewish community settled in the Gothic Quarter from the 2nd century onwards in the area now called El Call close to Placa St. Jaume. A medieval synagogue, discovered beneath a 17th century building has been restored and opened to the public. Our guide, who is a real specialist in Jewish Heritage of the area, will show you round all tbe ready to answer all your question. You will also see other historic sites, the cathedral etc, and pass by an abundance of tucked away gourmet cafes and shops, on the way stopping by La Boqueria, Spain’s most important, and world-famous, marketplace. It offers the absolute freshest and most diverse selection of produce. At the market you will be able to try the best aperitifs, perhaps a reserve cava (Spanish champagne) and sample some of the finest products of the marketplace!
Your luxury private tour will be rounded off with a light lunch of exquisite delicatessen produce (adapted to your dietary requirements) at one of the best delicatessens in the city. In addition there are English speaking sommeliers on hand to guide you through more than 6000 wines. Your guide will leave you at the finale of your tour when you are settled safely into lunch. The rest of your afternoon will be free to enjoy as you wish. Prior to leaving you, your guide will be happy to provide a lot of suggestions for really good places to eat, shops, etc. .
Tour in a nutshell: Private guided tour of Jewish Heritage places and Sagrada Familia. Gourmet food tastings including delicatessen lunch. Overnight Barcelona.