New Beginnings: Old Town Walk with a Homeless Guide

Enjoy a different kind of walking tour, offered by a ground-breaking Barcelona-based organization that exclusively employs and trains guides who are homeless, and who surely will make you feel right at home in the city they know so well.

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    All ages
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    Approximately 4 hours

After an approximately 30-minute transfer from the pier, arrive at Barcelona’s Plaza Catalunya. Here, you will be introduced to your guide, a local who has seen his or her share of struggles and today greets you with warmth and graciousness.

As part of a community effort to engage and employ the homeless, your guide has been trained and educated in the history and interesting facts concerning the city, and is eager to share with you not only a great deal of knowledge, but a fair amount of good humor.

Walk through the Gothic and El Raval quarters, the very heart of the city, and a place where poverty lingers. Your walking experience seeks to link the history of Barcelona with the present day, and bring to light the social and economic realities of Barcelona’s Old Town as revealed by someone who knows them best. Your guide, while “non-official” in the strictest sense, is perhaps best suited to offer a glimpse into a side of Barcelona few see, and even fewer take the time to get to know.

Your guide will explain the sights along the way, without making inside visits. There will be free time for you to enter sites on your own, if you wish.

Feeling a special affinity for your guide and the city he or she calls home, return to your Crystal ship.

As this excursion involves approximately 2½ hours of walking, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. As this excursion is not guided through the Official Barcelona Guides Bureau, no inside visits are included. The guide will explain sites from the outside, and guests will have free time to enter sites if they wish. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions.

Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.