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Dark History Night Walking Tour in Barcelona

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Dark History Night Walking Tour in Barcelona

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Uncover Barcelona’s dark past on this night walking tour of the city in a small group. When twilight falls upon the city, stroll from the Arc de Triomf to El Born Cultural Center listening to tales of medieval torture, religious punishments, and public executions. Dive into the darker days when the Spanish Inquisition ruled the area and suffering was a part of daily life for many city dwellers. 
  • Follow your guide from the Arc de Triomf to El Born Cultural Center exploring Barcelona's tainted past
  • Learn about the Spanish Inquisition and the seriousness of their actions
  • Hear stories of 15th-century executions and other gruesome punishments
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
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Professional local guide
Small-group walking tour
Use of projector for images
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Arc de Triomf, 08018 Barcelona, Spain

The guide will be under the monumental arch wearing a bright green vest with the company's logo.

Return Details

Plaça Comercial, 12, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Meet your guide and small group of no more than 15 in central Barcelona. As twilight hits the city, stroll around the Catalan capital listening to stories of what the city was like during its darkest days.

Understand what the Spanish Inquisition was, what they believed in, what methods they practiced, and how they affected the city and its people. Go further, and discover what types of executions took place in Barcelona and what public executions consisted of.

Other historical concepts you learn are what other medieval punishments happened at that time, how the development of cemeteries came about, and what the Acts of Faith of the Inquisition were. Get a chance to hear some of the city's really gnarly legends, along with the history.

Please note that because of the darker content of this tour, it isn’t recommended for children younger than 14 years of age.
Stop At:  
Arc de Triomf
Meeting point
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Born
The tour starts around twilight so the starting time varies during the year, earlier in the winter (7pm) and later in the summer (9pm). Although some of Barcelona's legends might be included, please note that this is not a Ghost Tour but an historical walk focused on the more gruesome part of the city's past. These are the themes you will explore during the walking tour: • Methods of the Spanish Inquisition • Medieval punishments in Barcelona • Types of execution in the city • Development of cemeteries • Public executions in Barcelona • Acts of Faith of the Inquisition • Barcelona's dark legends The walk starts from Arc de Triomf and it ends at El Born CC, next to a safe area with plenty of restaurants, metro stations and taxi stops. Please ask your guide for directions and recommendations, if needed. For quality purposes and extra interaction with the guide, the number of participants is limited to 15 per group so it is strongly recommended to book early. Because of the content, this tour is not recommended for children younger than 14.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 15 people per group
  • The tour is not cancelled due to weather conditions so please bring an umbrella if it rains
  • Not recommended for children younger than 14
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Runner Bean Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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, Oct 2019
We had a wonderful time on the tour. So much history and our tour guides was awesome, i can’t remember him name but i believe he Irish. Highly recommended!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you, Ashley. Your tour guide was Ross. I am delighted to read that you had such a fabulous time on his tour. All the best :-) Gorka
Can I rate 6 STARS ????
, Oct 2019
I forgot the name - and I should be ashamed - of our Irish guide. This is my best visit ever anywhere in the world and I have been traveling x 50 years.An actor, a comedian, all in a beautiful human being . It was GRRREEEAAAAATTTT !!!
Great experience
, Oct 2019
Ross was a fantastic guide and made this a really great experience. He was very engaging, the group was encouraged to participate in the story telling and he had a wealth of knowledge. I would highly recommend this tour, as you would never know the rich history of the part of Barcelona without taking this tour.
, Sep 2019
It was by far the best tour we took while my brother and I were in Barcelona! Our guide Ally really loved her role and she was great at it. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who "isn't afraid of the rack." Cheers!
Marina L
, Jun 2019
This tour was well-presented and lively. We enjoyed our guide who was entertaining, friendly, industrious and well-informed. Would definitely recommend it to all.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for the great feedback, Marina. I am delighted that you had such a nice time on our dark past Night Walking Tour. I hope we will see you in Barcelona again soon :-)
Great tour !
, Oct 2018
Awesome! Highly recommended . Our tour guide was fabulous Is there a lot of interesting sites. She was very nice and entertaining
Took the tour last Thursday with Andy...
Marilyn C
, Sep 2018
Took the tour last Thursday with Andy as our tour guide. He was absolutely amazing and knowledgeable and also very funny with his jokes. The towns we visited were lovely although a lady took over as our guide in Montepulciano and there was a lot of uphill walking and I found her italian accent hard to follow. However, after finally reaching the top puff puff! and finishing there, our favourite Andy was back as our guide. Lunch was amazing at the farm house along with the wine tasting. Highly recommend doing this tour.
It is exactly as it is represented...
richard s
, Aug 2018
It is exactly as it is represented. It is mostly about the Inquisition and the justice system, that is, the very, very long nightmare of Church dominance and injustice in Spain until recently just like almost everywhere else in the world where one religion or dogma has the State's endorsement and life has little value. Everyone should know this stuff. Do this tour but don't expect to laugh. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
This tour was wonderful! My guide...
Brielle H
, Dec 2017
This tour was wonderful! My guide, Alexandra, was so knowledgeable and a lot of fun!
Did this with friends and have to...
, Dec 2017
Did this with friends and have to say it was a great night. We had a lot of fun with the other people on the tour too. The guide was very engaging and he really made a point to include everyone in the stories.

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