Tour of the Gothic and El Born
Built in honor of Christopher Columbus, this statue was erected in the Portal de la Pau Plaza, just where the Ramblas hit Passeig de Colom. It therefore stands very fittingly before of the city’s seaside. An elevator inside the tower can take visitors up to the semi-circle at the foot of the sculpture, granting an excellent and unique view over the city.
- Direction: Plaça Portal de la pau, s/n
The Old Port is the favorite stopping place for sailors on the Mediterranean, for the fine facilities and services it offers; there are 410 places to dock all year round, for ships and yachts up to 180 meters. A port, a city, and a rich ancient history right on the coast of Barcelona.
- Direction: Port Vell
Santa María del Mar
This Catalonian gothic church, located in the Ribera neighborhood, was built between 1329 and 1383. The masterminds behind the structure were Berenguer de Montagut (the principal architect) and Ramón Despuig. The church is currently one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. This is due in part to the best-selling novel by Ildefonso Falcones, The Cathedral of the Sea, which has been translated into over twenty languages.
- Direction: Plaça de Santa Maria, 1
This museum was founded by Jaime Sabartés, Picasso’s personal friend and secretary since 1935. It houses a collection of over 3,500 works by the Malagan painter, making it one of the richest repositories of Picasso’s earlier renderings.
- Direction: Carrer Montcada, 15-23