The best way to get to know a city is by walking around its streets.
In this section, we suggest a number of routes taking in the main
tourist sites, as well as many of the cultural, leisure and gastronomic
attractions of Barcelona.
On foot. Approximate duration: 3 hours.
The Gothic Quarter is what used to be known ago as the "Cathedral Quarter". The great gothic buildings which marked the high point of the city and its culture during the Middle Ages are to be found here. Here Likewise, are the remains of the ancient fortified walls and palaces built by the Romans on the "Mons Taber" such as, the temple dedicatet to Augustus.
Our itinerary begins in the Plaça Nova.
1. Portal del Bisbe.
Flanked by two round towers from the ancient Roman wall and on one side of the present Bishop"s Palace.
2. Palace Episcopal (Bishop's Palace).
Carrer del Bisbe Irurita. Built at the end of the 12th Century and the beginning of the 13th Century.
3. Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.
(Past the Bishop's Palace and to the right). One of the most lyrical places of the city.
4. Casa del Arcediano o casa de l'Ardiaca.
Carrer de Santa Llùcia. Built on the Roman walls during the 15th Century as a residence for the Archdeacon of the Cathedral. The cloister- type patio with is gothic fountain is noteworthy.
5. Interior of the Cathedral.
Three cruciform aisles and twenty- nine lateral chapels in one of which Cristo de Lepanto is venerated. Noteworthy: The choirstall which features both medieval and rennaissance elements.
6. Cathedral cloisters.
Beautiful central garden with palm-trees and magnolias. Interesting wrought-iron work.
7. La Pietat door.
Entry to the Cathedral cloister. Pieta carved in wood,
8. Casa de los Canónigos o Casa dels Canonges.
Gothic Building from the 14 Century now restored.
9. Centre Excursionista de Catalunya.
Carrer Parad's, 10. The Roman columns from the temple dedicated to Augustus are kept inside.
10. Palau de la Generalitat.
Gothic building from the 15th Century. Joined to the Casa dels Canonges by the aforementioned passageway. Orange grove. St. George Chapel.
11. Casa de la Ciutat or City Hall.
Next to the Neo-Classical facade (19th Century) there is a lateral gothic facade (14th Century) and some levely steps. "Saló de Cròniques" with paintings by Josep Ma. Sert and the historical "Saló de Cent".
12. Plaça del Rei.
This is the most handsome section of ancient Barcelona. It a square outlined by gothic buildings toped by the facade of the former main Royal Palace and its watchtower- a true skycraper for the 16th Century.
13. Casa Clariana-Padellas.
Houses the "Museu d"Història de la Ciutat" (See Museums).
14. Palau de Lloctinent.
Ghotic building embellished with rennaissance elements. The craftmanship of the stairways in worth noting.
15. Casa de la Pia Almoina or de la Canonja.
Plaça de la Seu, beside the Cathedral. Forner seat of charitable foundation set up at the beginning of the 11th Century.
16. Plaça de Ramon Berenguer el Gran.
Equestrian statue in bronze representing Ramon Berenguer III.