Tour Jewish Barcelona with an Expert
Learn about the complex past and present.
Before the Spanish Inquisition and the Edict of Expulsion of the Jews
in the 15th Century, Spain had one of the largest and most prosperous
Jewish populations the world had ever known. Medieval Barcelona was approximately
15% Jewish, with most living in the ‘Call’, or historic Jewish
This once thriving community, unfortunately, left behind little tangible
evidence of their existence after their annihilation with the decisive
“pogrom” of 1391. Those few remnants that survive –
some having been uncovered only recently – and the historical anecdotes
that surround them, provide clues and insights into a fascinating past.
However, without the help of an expert, most of these stories will likely
elude you as you stroll through the medieval alleyways of one of the city’s
oldest neighborhoods. In Barcelona today, with four active synagogues,
the opening of the odd kosher store, and the gradual influx of foreign
Jews, Judaism is more present now than it has been in over 500 years.
Some modern-day Spaniards have investigated their families’ pasts
only to discover their own Sephardic roots!
In order to help you live and breathe Barcelona’s compelling Jewish
history, we have teamed up with a dear friend: a Jewish architect and
self-made expert on Jewish Spain & Heritage issues, who has become
one of the most influential voices on Jewish Barcelona. Active in the
Community today and with over 15 years of experience in her field, she
will not only teach you little-known historical facts, but also share
useful information and entertaining tales for anyone hoping to be exposed
to, or participate in, Judaism in Barcelona today. You will also visit
the remains of the historic Major Synagogue, claimed by some to be the
oldest in Europe. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
As you can imagine, such an expert guide is a hot commodity, and therefore,
tours are subject to availability.
This tour concentrates on a small area and is highly specialized in
Jewish history and points of interest. For a broader experience of Barcelona’s
historic neighborhoods – which can include information on and a
stroll through the Call – we recommend you check out “Undiscovered
Corners of the ‘Barrio Gótico’”.
We highly recommend
you read our General
before booking. We want you know exactly
what to expect. Please feel free to propose your own personal twist on
any existing route or guideline!