Tours & activities in Barcelona

Forbidden Tour of Barcelona

Discover Barcelona's darkest history on this 2-hour walking tour

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Due to the unusual tourism situation currently developing, we have temporarily suspended this tour.

ABOUT THE Forbidden Tour of Barcelona

This 2-hour Forbidden Tour of Barcelona covers much of Barcelona’s darkest history. Your guide will tell you terrifying tales of torture, murder and scandal. Discover brothels, kidnappings and even vampires while exploring some of the most emblematic neighbourhoods of Barcelona. This walking tour will show you another side of Barcelona. 

 

Your Forbidden Tour of Barcelona starts at the Jaume I metro exit and usually ends the Rambla del Raval.

 

A dark side to a sunny city

Barcelona today is known for sunshine, architecture and great food. However, on this walking tour, your local tour guide will show you that is hasn’t always been beach days and tapas in the Catalan capital.

Vampires and kidnappings

Stories of vampires sound like something of legends, but in fact, Barcelona’s 20th Century vampire was no myth. Enriqueta Martí, known as the Vampire of the Raval, roamed the streets of Barcelona looking for children, who she would kidnap and later devour.

Brothels and erotic shows

Barcelona is not usually known for its Red Light District, but in fact, the largest brothel in Europe was once right here. Your local tour guide will show you were Madame “Le Petit” once stood, and where controversial erotic shows are still held today.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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The Forbidden Tour of Barcelona starts just outside the Jaume I Metro Exit in front of Hotel Suizo

  • Discover the Basilica of Saints Justus and Pastor, whose schoolboys who were killed for their faith
  • Hear about Madame 'Le Petit’ – once the biggest brothel in Europe
  • Meet Enriqueta Marti – the Vampire of Raval
  • Learn about Sala Bagdad and its infamous erotic shows

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What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This tour contains mature themes, and is not recommended for guests under the age of 16
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The Forbidden Tour of Barcelona starts just outside the Jaume I Metro Station (Plaça de l'Àngel) Open in Google Maps
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La Rambla del Raval
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Select Tours focus on a particular area or district of a city, a certain aspect of its history or culture, or take you outside the city on a day trip. Select Tours are perfect for those who have enjoyed an introduction to the city and wish to delve deeper into the stories the city has to offer.

These tours often venture further afield and make use of local public transport. As with the Free Tour, Select Tours are provided by local freelance guides in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, who bring their personal flair and expert knowledge to these specifically themed tours. Select tours have a fixed ticket price - we recommend purchasing your ticket in advance, either during a Free Tour or online.

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