Barcelona is the most populous city of the
Autonomous Community of Catalonia and
the second largest city in Spain.
Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona
became the capital of the Counts of
As the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona
houses the seat of the Catalan
government, known as the Generalitat de
Passeig de Gràcia is both one of the major
avenues in Barcelona and also one of its
most important shopping and business
areas, containing several of the city's most
celebrated pieces of architecture.
Plaça Catalunya is a large square in central
Barcelona that is generally considered to
be both its city centre and the place where
the old city and the 19th century-built
Eixample meeting point.
La Rambla is a street in central
Barcelona, popular with both tourists and
locals alike. A 1.2 kilometer-long tree-
lined pedestrian mall in the Barri Gòtic, it
connects Plaça Catalunya in the center
with the Christopher Columbus
monument at Port Vell. Usually full of
street theatre, cafés and market stalls, it
serves as the emotional hub of
The beautiful neighbourhood known as the
Gothic Quarter is so called because it used
to be the Roman village and thus has some
remnants of its glorious past.
The Gothic quarter has many peaceful
squares (plaça) where you can relax and
enjoy your surroundings. However one of
the main attractions, right in the heart of
the district is the huge Cathedral which has
a stunning courtyard full of plants and oddly
Portal de l’ Angel
The former entrance gate to the city in the
Roman Wall, it takes its name from the
angel which was put there in the 17th
century as a memorial to the miracle of the
Archangel Saint Michael, who appeared at
the moment of the moving of the body of
Saint Eulàlia. The original angel can be
found in the History of the City Museum.
Plaça del Rei
Giving access to the Royal Palace and the Royal
Chapel no other name was possible or this space
which has been defined as "the most noble urban
element of the old Barcelona".
PLAÇA SANT JAUME
The point at which the two main streets of the Roman
City crossed, nowadays host the two most important
political institutions of the city, the Town Council and
the Autonomous Government.
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a key
reference to understandi the formative
years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The young artist
is revealed through more than 3,800 works
that make up the permanent collection.
The Museum is very rich in regard to work
from the training periods in the life of the
artist; we could say that it is practically
exhaustive up to the Blue Period, of which
the Museum has a priceless group of works.