Tue, 9 Feb
Virtually visit key locations of the Spanish Civil War in Barcelona. We will visit the Gran Teatre del Liceu, where you will learn about the attempted assassination of the Spanish King in 1896 before making your way to the Plaça Sant Josep Oriol to see the only surviving public recognition of those who lost their lives in the war. Your guide will also show you Plaça St. Felip Neri, where in 1938 the war took a volatile twist that cost the lives of 42 civilians. On the way to Plaça George Orwell, named after the British satirist who was a seriously wounded in the war, we pass Los Caracoles, the second oldest surviving restaurant in Barcelona and a historically, unique left-wing eatery, as well as the former Barcelona headquarters of Hitler's Gestapo. Finally, we discuss how this war impacted the bigger picture of WWII and how Franco's victory in Spain was a major boost for fascist Germany and Italy as the turn of the decade saw the deadliest war in modern history begin to materialize.
This is a private live virtual tour. Our professional, local guide will be showing you Barcelona’s most fascinating sights in real time, directly from the streets of Barcelona. You will be connected via video call and you can then explore the city together. With your experienced guide you will see more than just the Barcelona of today, you’ll also get a glimpse back in time because each tour is complemented with an excellent selection of multimedia. You will be shown historic photographs and videos to help with explanations, stories and the historical context of Barcelona's incredible and turbulent past. You can’t get any closer to history without a time machine!
The entire tour is designed to be as interactive as you desire. You can ask questions, you can request to go back and look at something again, you have all the freedom and participation of a private walking tour, all from the comfort of your own home.
The video calling software used for the tour is called Zoom. You will need to have it downloaded on your laptop, tablet or cellphone – with a connection to speakers or headphones – in order to participate in the tour. Also, remember to keep an eye on the time difference when choosing a time for your private virtual experience, as all times stated are in Barcelona time!
We begin the tour on Barcelona's most well known street, Las Ramblas, where your local guide will show you the Gran Teatre del Liceu, once the sight of a royal assassination attempt by a rogue Anarchist.
Next, we make our way to The Square of the Unknown Soldier, a homage to the Catalan military victims of the Spanish draft.
Visit the square of Sant Felip Neri, the sight of the fatal Italian bombing of the city, which led to international involvement in the Spanish Civil War.
Visit the Palau de la Generalitat, the cornerstone of Catalan democracy, famous for being the location at which a broad anti-Fascist coalition was signed in 1936.
Visit the square named after George Orwell, the legendary British satirist who fought in the Catalan Marxist Military.
We finish the tour with a final view of the beautiful port promenade and Montjuic hill, which was the sight of the Olympic pavilion, named after the martyred Catalan wartime President, Lluis Companys.
- For groups of 1-6 people: free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance.
- For groups of 7+ people: free cancellation up to up to 7 days ahead. From 6 days in advance to 48 hours in advance, a 50% fee will apply.
- Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead or no-shows result in no refund.
Our tours run between 6:00AM and 9:00PM CET (Central European) time. Please note the time difference, weather forecast, and sunrise/sunset times when making a reservation. After booking your experience, please send us an email to let us know what time you would like for it to start.
The video calling software used for the tour is called Zoom. You will need to have it downloaded on your laptop, tablet, or cellphone – with a connection to speakers or headphones – in order to participate in the tour.
If booking less than 48 hours in advance, please check availability with us first, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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