All you need to know about the arts, culture, local fare and activities in Catalonia’s capital city. This is your guide to Barcelona.
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The beloved Gothic Quarter is a must-see for anyone traveling through Barcelona. There’s something for everyone in its winding streets of gothic architecture, museums, restaurants, shops and cafés. During your stay at The Gates Hotel Barcelona, visit these 6 places you can’t miss while in the Gothic Quarter.
Inspired by Le Chat Noir in Paris, Els Quatre Gats (Four Cats) opened in 1897 and became a bohemian hangout for the likes of Pablo Picasso, Antoni Gaudí and sculptor Julio González. Start your day in the Gothic Quarter with a coffee or breakfast at this historic spot.
This gargoyle-laden cathedral is a must for visitors. Consecrated in the 1300s, the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia took 150 years to complete. Thirteen live geese are housed in the cloister of the cathedral in honor of Saint Eulalia, who died at age 13. The cathedral is free entry, but access to the roof, cloister and other areas require a small fee.
From its northern starting point of Placa de Catalunya, Portal de l’Angel is a popular shopping destination. The pedestrian street has big-name stores such as H&M, Mango, and Massimo Dutti. Small streets yield way to smaller shops – headed south, check out the charming Carrer Avinyó street for a more local feel.
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Pablo Picasso’s connection to Barcelona is apparent in his works and a visit to the Picasso Museum seems only customary. Over 4,200 works of the late artist are housed in a series of medieval palaces on Carrer de Montcada. The museum features the formative years of Picasso up to his Blue Period. Museum hours are 10-5 pm Monday, 9-8:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday with extended hours on Thursdays.
This laid-back but lively square near Las Ramblas is a nice spot to catch your breath, eat a meal, have a drink and people watch. If you’re tired from a walk along Las Ramblas or a day of shopping the Portal de l’Angel, this large square is the perfect place to wind down. Heading north on Las Ramblas, take a right on Carrer de Colom to find the plaza. See map.
Established in 1786, Can Culleretes is the oldest restaurant in Barcelona. The dining room features tile work from another era, exquisite lighting, and photos of celebrities who have dined in the restaurant through the years. Try traditional Catalan fare and seafood during your visit. Can Culleretes is located right near Las Ramblas on Carrer d’en Quintana. See map.
The Gates Hotel Diagonal Barcelona is a chic boutique hotel located right near Torre de Glòries. Our rooftop pool, beer garden and central location makes for a desirable stay in Barcelona. Check out prices and promotions at The Gates Hotel Diagonal.