Much of Barcelona’s history can be found in the old city, within the Gothic Quarter. 10 things to see and do follow below, however this is only the beginning.
Cathedral of Barcelona
The Cathedral is one of the major landmarks of Barcelona. Built between the 13th and 15th century, the gothic building attracts visitors from all over the world. Open all year round it is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
Historic Museum of Barcelona
The ancient remains of Barcelona lay in its historic museum, hidden beneath the medieval square of Plaça del Rei lays Museu d’Historia de Barcelona. Find out about the history of Barcelona, while visiting this archaeological goldmine.
Catalan National Art Museum
The National Art Museum celebrates 1000 years of Catalan artwork. Pieces form Barcelona’s Roman past, including an extensive Renaissance and Baroque collection are available to view.
Plaça Sant Felip Neri
This little square may not have the happiest of Barcelona’s memories but still played an important part in its history. Bombed in the war during 1938, 42 civilians died in the attack.
Another square but one which is more about the fun side of the city. Although popular bars such as Jamboree can be found here, it’s also the site of one of Barcelona’s many fountains. Take a look when venturing along La Rambla.
Plaça de la Generalitat
The Catalan government is based in the Placa de la Generalitat, with the old medieval buildings fully operational to this day. The president can be found hard at work in the Palau de la Generalitat, which was first home to Berenguer de Cruïlles in 1359.
Els Quatre Gats
The four cats first opened its doors in 1897, soon becoming a famous meeting place for many of the local artists. The man responsible for much of Barcelona’s great architecture (Antoni Gaudi) along with artist Pablo Picasso are just 2 of the famous names who have frequented here. Stop off at Els Quatre Gats for a coffee, breakfast or lunch and you could be sat at their favourite same table.
With Barcelona producing many of the world’s leading artists, you can discover some up and coming talent at Carrer Petritxol.
Runner Bean Tours
What better away to discover the gothic quarter than on foot. Delve into Barcelona’s mysterious secrets with the Dark Past Night Tour or take the educational tour showing off the great works of Antoni Gaudi. Runner Bean Tours also have guided tours designed for children.
As you turn into the Gothic Quarter, taking a walk along La Rambla is a must. It’s one of the main social destinations of the city, with a vast array of shops, restaurants and street entertainment.
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