What to do in Barcelona
What to do in Barcelona, a guide to the best places to visit in this beautiful old city of Spain!
Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the most renowned cities in the Spanish country, capital of the community of Catalonia.
It is the second most populated city in Spain, after Madrid.
It has a history of 4000 years, with a relevance from being a small Roman colony to becoming a city internationally valued for aspects such as its economy, artistic heritage, culture, sports and social life.
It has one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean and is also a key point of communication between Spain and France, due to its motorway and high-speed rail connections.
But it was already good about its history and characteristics, we are going to delve into the wonderful places that you can visit in this beautiful city!
Plaça de Catalunya
It is the center of Barcelona and the border between the new and the old city.
Built in 1889, it has an area of 5 hectares. From here, important city streets such as La Rambla, Passeig de Gracia, Carrer de Pelayo, and the great commercial artery of the city (and the old gate of the walls), Avenida de Portal del Ángel.
Also notable for its numerous sculptures by important artists, which are exhibited along its length. The most renowned are “La Diosa” by Josep Clarà, “Barcelona” by Frederic Marès and “El Pastor” by Pablo Gargallo.
Without a doubt, it is a place to walk and enjoy.
It is an emblematic walk in Barcelona, between Plaça de Catalunya, and the Old Port.
A place full of people during the day and until late at night. Street performers, cafes, restaurants and a variety of shops abound. Closer to the port, small markets, painters and cartoonists tend to settle.
Strolling along La Rambla you can see several buildings of interest, such as the Palacio de la Virreina, the La Boquería market and the famous theater of El Liceo (El Liceu).
This extensive walk ends at the Old Port (Portal de la Paz square), where the famous statue of Christopher Columbus is located, and, from here, a large walkway called Rambla de Mar takes you to the pier of Spain, where you will find the Maremagnum shopping center.
In the immediate vicinity is the Maritime Museum (Museu Maritim), especially dedicated to naval history in the Mediterranean, and where you will find a real-scale reproduction of an old combat galley.
It is an excellent option that mixes culture, art and shopping!
Cathedral of Santa Cruz and Santa Eulalia of Barcelona
It is the city’s Gothic cathedral, seat of the Archdiocese of Barcelona, in Cataluña.
The cathedral that you are going to see today was built from the 13th to the 15th centuries, on top of the old Romanesque cathedral. You will be able to see the remains of this building in the basement, in the Museum of the History of the City.
From the year 599, it was dedicated to the Holy Cross and, from the year 877, it was added to Santa Eulalia, patron saint of the city of Barcelona. According to Catholic tradition, it is about a young maiden who suffered martyrdom during Roman times. Without a doubt, you will have to visit this imposing Cathedral to discover the history of Eulalia.
Old City Walls
This archaeological and monumental complex will amaze you!
Formed by the remains of the old wall that was built in times of the Roman Empire. It dates from the 1st century BC. and the 4th century.
Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the Old City district.
It was declared of National Interest of the Catalan Heritage in the register of Cultural Assets.
It really is impressive to see this wall.
Plaça del Rei
Also located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.
It is a monumental square, surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance buildings, which are part of the Real Major Palace, residence of the government of the Counts of Barcelona and Kings of Aragon.
Within this group of buildings, the most important are El Tinell, on which stands the Mirador del Rey Martín tower; the Lloctinent Palace and the Chapel of Santa Ágata. The last one, and the one that closes this rectangular square, is the Casa Padellás, built in the 16th century and moved stone by stone from its original location on Mercaders street.
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
It is a very particular square in Barcelona, built on the old medieval Montjuic of the Bishop cemetery, which was destroyed in the Spanish Civil War.
Located in the Gothic Quarter, it can be accessed, first, by taking San Felipe Neri Street and then the San Severo Street.
It has as an annex the house of the Congregation of the Oratory of San Felipe Neri.
It is surrounded by Renaissance-style houses and is home to old houses of the Caldederos and Zapateros guilds; being the headquarters of the Barcelona Footwear Museum.
In its center, you will find a beautiful water fountain, with an octagonal base.
Come to discover a little of its history and reconstruction.
The Real Square in the city of Barcelona is a public square whose shape is trapezoidal.
It borders La Rambla, and occupies the place where, formerly, the Capuchin Convent of Santa Madrona was located, which was demolished in 1835.
Work of the architect Daniel Molina, taken as a neoclassicist, with the particularity that it changes the spaces between pilasters, to give it a quadrangular appearance.
Also, it has the subtlety of having passages to connect the streets of the medieval fabric, which were cut by the square.
The renowned Antoni Gaudí, was the one who designed the lampposts that are where the Fountain of the Three Graces stands out, the work of Antoine Durenne.