Walking Tour of the Ribera Quarter and Picasso Museum
Experience the "Old City" through the Shore District and Picasso
DURATION: UP TO 4-HOURS
A walking tour through the Ribera district of the old city with a visit the Picasso museum.
In the time of Rome, La Ribera "Shore" district was a place for country homes. In the 6th century, the area was dominated by a Christian necropolis. The first monastery was raised here in the 11th century. In the 13th century it became a busy tradesmen’s district and Passeig del Born was Barcelona’s main square from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Jousting tournaments, executions and other public entertainments took place in the Middle Ages.
The Santa María del Mar church is one of the best examples of 14th century Catalonian Gothic architecture. It is the work of the architect Berenguer de Montagut and was the temple of the shipowners and merchants in Gothic Barcelona. Seen from the outside, its appearance is solid and robust, dominated by straight lines. The inside consists of three naves, an ambulatory and is without a transept. The amazing height of the central nave with its majestic octagonal columns stands out in particular.
The Palau de la Música Catalana was built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and it is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which today represents an essential landmark in the cultural and social life of Catalonia.
The Santa Caterina market building was constructed on the former site of the Convent of Santa Caterina, from which it takes its name. The food market reveals a gleaming, undulating and brightly coloured roof designed to be seen from the air. The roof is attached to the building by a wooden structure, and a vast mosaic of coloured ceramic pieces, representing fruit and vegetables, boldly breaks with the traditional look of a market.
The Picasso Museum is a clear example of the ties Pablo Picasso had with the city of Barcelona. Here, he not only received sound academic training but also the artistic effervescence that lit the fire and opened the doors towards modernism. Inaugurated in 1963, the Picasso Museum not only owns the most important and exhaustive collection of the works of art from Pablo Picasso's youth and period of training but also holds temporary exhibitions of other artists related to this artistic figurehead.
This 4-hour tour includes:
- Santa Caterina Market
- Palau de la Musica
- Santa Maria del Mar church
- Picasso Museum
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your guide will pick you up from your Barcelona city-centre hotel. Your tour will conclude at a point within the city-centre, where you guide may assist with instructions to return to your hotel.
Includes: An expert English-speaking guide for up to 4-hours, Entrance Fees to Santa Maria del Mar Church and Picasso Museum
Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours
Closures: Please note that the Picasso Museum is closed on Mondays.