Visit the Old Gothic Quarter, which dates back more than 2000 years, to see its rich history and cultural heritages of Barcelona.
This was part of a private tour booked through RCCL prior to sailing.
Did not get off of van but drove through area.
Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We managed to do better at our fourth and last port of call at Barcelona. We signed up for a coach and walking Gothic City tour of this magnificent ancient city. Our main complaint was that we did not have enough time to see and appreciate everything the guide pointed out, including what would have been a highlight of any tour -- a visit to the Picasso Museum (the other highlight would have been the La Sagrada Familia Church designed by Gaudi and never completed to this day).
One highlight was visiting the Bouqueria, a marketplace along Las Ramblas. Our guide recommended lunch at La Gardunya, and we had the paella that was delicious. Afterwards, we found an even better place for dining -- the Universal Kioska, to be found at the left-most aisle at the entrance to the Boqueria. This place was packed with long lines, and no wonder. The mixed seafood grill was prepared in olive oil and was absolutely stunning and worth coming back to, again and again. We also had the mixed mushrooms that were also grilled in olive oil with generous sprinkling of sea salt crystals. We would highly recommend this venue for anyone looking for fresh seafood. If Cunard were ever to consider an overnight venue, Barcelona should be at the top of the list. My wife and I decided we would definitely consider a land vacation in Barcelona in the future.
Provider: Cunard Line
Great tour of the oldest section of the town. A most informative guide was the key factor.
Provider: Independent Operator
An easy walk around the cathedral with an interesting guide who was proud of her city.
Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line