Hotel Jazz accommodation in the centre of Barcelona is the ideal base for guests to explore the rest of the city.
1 Hotel Jazz
This tour takes you through Barcelona’s Gothic neighborhood. Approximately 1 hour and 30-45 minutes.
2 Plaza Catalunya
Plaza Catalunya is one of Barcelona’s biggest and most central plazas. Its surface spans almost 5 hectares, and it constitutes the default meeting spot in the old city (Ciutat Vella) and the Eixample. All major roads lead to Plaza Catalunya, including the Rambla, the Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, Ronda Universitat, Ronda Sant Pere, and Pelai street.
The Plaza also stands out for its numerous sculptures, designed by prominent artists, and spread around the perimeter of the space. Among those on display are pieces by Diosa de Josep Clarà, Pablo Gargallo, Josep Llimona, and Enrique Casanova. Josep Maria Subirachs’ monument to Francesc Macià, of 1991, is the most recent addition to the Plaza’s artistic showcase.
3 Portal de l'Àngel
This grand avenue was built in Medieval times, and designed specially for the carriages that connected the Gothic neighborhood with other areas of the city. Today, it is one of the city’s busiest shopping areas for apparel, shoes, and accessories, and is home to large shops and department stores including Zara, Mango, El Corte Inglés, Massimo Dutti, and Bershka.
4 Cathedral of Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia
This is Barcelona’s Gothic Cathedral, and home to the city’s Archbishop. It was built between the 13th and 15th centuries over the remains of the Roman cathedral, which itself was built atop the visigothic cathedral and preceded by a paleochristian basilica, whose remains may now be viewed underground at the Museum of Barcelona History.
5 Plaza del Rei
Located in the heart of the Gothic neighborhood, this plaza marks the site of the old residence of the Count of Barcelona, and later, the leaders of the Kingdom of Aragon. It is composed of basically three structures: the Salón del Tinell, the Saint Agatha Chapel and the Lloctinent Palace.
6 Santa Maria 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.
7 Picasso Museum
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.