Women and Revolution Barcelona Walking Tour in Gràcia
Journey through revolutions in Barcelona’s most charming neighborhood
- Discover Catalonia’s revolutionary history at Plaça de la Revolució, symbolizing the city’s enduring spirit.
- Visit Plaça de la Virreina, named for a legendary Catalan woman whose legacy lives on in this shady, pedestrianized square.
- Explore Plaça del Diamant with its startling sculpture inspired by a world-famous novel.
- Listen to the stories of the Gràcia gitano community, who enriched Catalan music culture.
- Pay tribute to the courage of the women of the Spanish Civil War at Plaça de les Dones del 36.
What you'll do
On this immersive walking tour, you’ll set off on a captivating journey through the streets of one of Barcelona’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Gràcia. Each of its squares has a story to tell, often about the strength of women and the spirit of revolution that are woven ...
On this immersive walking tour, you’ll set off on a captivating journey through the streets of one of Barcelona’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Gràcia. Each of its squares has a story to tell, often about the strength of women and the spirit of revolution that are woven into the very essence of this district.
Our trip begins at Plaça de la Virreina where you’ll get a glimpse into the typical daily life of a local. Amid bustling outdoor cafes and the iconic Church of Sant Joan, you’ll hear the troubled history of the woman for whom the plaza is named.
As we move to Plaça del Diamant, you’ll learn about a classic of Catalan literature, “The Times of the Doves,” and how it connects to this scenic square. Mercè Rodoreda’s masterpiece shows the world of the Spanish Civil War through the lens of a female protagonist.
At Plaça de les Dones del 36, the Spanish Civil War is at the forefront again, but in a different way as you learn about the role women played in holding the frontier and the city itself as gunfire rained. Snap a photo at the bosc vertical, a climbing forest that honors their bravery.
From there, walk with your guide to Plaça de la Revolució and back in time to an era of resistance and change. You’ll learn about the Glorious Revolution and why the word “revolution” remains so important to the Catalan people today.
Next is an unassuming neighborhood plaza with hidden depths. The Plaça del Raspall, hidden away from the district’s winding streets, is known for its lively music performances as the home of Gràcia’s gitano community. This multicultural community shaped the face of Spanish music, and here we’ll find a memorial dedicated to one of Catalan Rumba’s legendary singers.
Finally, we come to Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia with its 108-foot clock tower named after a woman who stood against an army for the sake of her people. It’s the perfect end to our tour of the vibrant Gràcia neighborhood and its rich legacy of community and spirit.
Plaça de la Virreina
The bustling hub of daily life in Gràcia
Plaça del Diamant
The setting of the renowned Spanish Civil War novel, “The Time of the Doves”
Plaça de les Dones del 36
Featuring a sculpture of climbing plants shaped to resemble a woman’s face
Plaça de la Revolució
Named for the Glorious Revolution 1868, a time of great change in Spain
Plaça del Raspall
Home to Gràcia’s gitano community and to their popular Catalan Rumba
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
With a 19th-century, octagonal clock tower standing over 100 feet tall and a lively atmosphere
Plan your trip
This tour is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
Tour ending point
This tour ends at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia.
We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours before the start time.
Each stop along the way included stories about the powerful women who transformed Gràcia neighborhood & Barcelona as a whole. My guide, Eoghan was passionate and well informed about the history of Catalan/Spain & answered all of my questions along the way. He also shared personal recommendations for the rest of my trip & lit up my day with his positive vibe.— Hayley
Meet your guide at Carrer d’Asturies 93, outside the chocolate shop Chök. Your guide will be holding a sign that says ExperienceFirst.
You can also paste the coordinates below into Google Maps for directions: 41.40526832342555, 2.1572965761105567
How much walking is there?
This tour covers 2 miles at a leisurely pace. If mobility is an issue, please arrange for a private tour.
What is the rescheduling policy?
We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund or the option to reschedule up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.
When should I get there?
Plan to show up 15 minutes early. The tour starts promptly, and you may not be able to catch up if you arrive late.
What if it rains?
Our tours run rain or shine. If there’s extreme weather and we have to cancel, you’ll get a full refund.
Are gratuities included?
Tips aren’t included but are always appreciated by our guides. If you think your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show that.