A stop to discover medieval Barcelona, from its main maritime trading square, Pla de Palau, to its narrow streets full of Gothic architecture palaces, which are now home to museums like the Picasso Museum, art galleries and designer boutiques.
Gateway to medieval Barcelona
The Pla de Palau stop on the Red Route is located on the former expansion of the beach, where trading took place from the 13th to the 19th centuries and where now you can see some of Barcelona’s most important Neoclassical buildings like the Llotja and the Porxos d’en Xifré, home to the almost 200-year-old restaurant 7 Portes.
From Pla de Palau you can explore the interesting Born district where you will be greeted by an extensive complex of Catalan Gothic art, whose principal manifestation is the impressively wide Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar, alongside Renaissance and baroque styles evident in streets like Carrer de Montcada. If you want the full history of this district, the best option is to visit the Old Born Market, a cultural centre with information about the War of the Spanish Succession, whose subsoil is home to an archaeological site with remains of the medieval and modern city.
Another option is to walk along Passeig d’Isabel II and Avinguda del Marquès de l’Argentera to one of the side entrances of Ciutadella Park, where you can visit the shade house and glasshouse built for the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition.