La Ribera Walking Tour, Barcelona

La Ribera is a culturally rich, historic area of old town Barcelona. Centuries ago, it was a very well to do neighborhood and was inhabited by aristocrats, merchants, wealthy sailors, and Jewish money-lenders. Today, it is regarded as the Soho of Barcelona and offers trendy shops and cafes, a popular hangout place for tourists and locals alike. Follow this guide and explore the unique sights of La Ribera.
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La Ribera Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: La Ribera Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: clare
Plaça de l'Angel

1) Plaça de l'Angel

Plaça de l'Angel is better known among tourists as Plaça del Blat or the Square of Wheat. Many years ago it was a busy place where merchants would come from all parts of Spain to sell grain. The Plaça lies at the intersection of Via Laietana and Carrer Jaume...   view more
Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

2) Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar (must see)

Barcelona‘s Ribera district is dominated by Santa Maria del Mar, an imposing church built between 1329 and 1383, at the height of Catalonia's maritime and mercantile preeminence. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that are very unusual in large medieval buildings. From the outside, Santa Maria gives an impression of massive severity that belies the interior. Images of Saint Peter and Saint Paul occupy niches on either side of the west door,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Attic Galería de Arte y Antigüedades

3) The Attic Galería de Arte y Antigüedades

Located in the Born district of Barcelona, next to the church of Santa Maria del Mar, The Attic Galería de Arte y Antigüedades offers a wide range of contemporary art and antique furniture and other curiosities such us vintage clothes or women magazines from the early 20's. The artist Silvia Serra exhibits her work as well as other artists works. The furniture is carefully picked piece by piece so clients can find unique items at affordable prices.

Operation Hours Monday to Friday: 12...   view more
El Xampanyet

4) El Xampanyet

El Xampanyet is a popular local tapas restaurant and bar located close to the Picasso Museum. Blue-tiled walls and antique artifacts make a perfect combination with marble tables and zinc bar. El Xampanyet offers a wide range of drinks and snacks, one of which is Cava with sardines. Hours: Monday-Sunday...   view more
Museu Picasso

5) Museu Picasso (must see)

The perfect example of Pablo Ruiz Picasso’s formative years is the Picasso Museum located in Barcelona. The museum contains over 4,300 magnificent pieces by the great artist. It opened in 1961 and reflects the intimacy of the relationship that Picasso had with Barcelona, the place that had shaped his personality and influenced his art.

It was Picasso’s wish to leave the imprint of himself in the form of his artwork in Barcelona, a wish that came true with the help of his colleagues and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Capilla de Marcús

6) Capilla de Marcús

Barcelona is considered to be one of the greatest destinations to behold some of the most magnificently built places of worship in the world. Among the many religious structures in the city the chapel of Marcus or the Capilla de Marcús is a marvel in its own right.

It was built during the Romanesque period in the 12th century and was located near the ancient Roman road that used to lead visitors out of the city. The chapel was erected in order to honour the Mare de Déu de la Guía. The...   view more
Mercat de Santa Caterina

7) Mercat de Santa Caterina

The rambling Mercat de Santa Caterina is a newly renovated market located between two Gothic churches, in a network of narrow streets in La Ribera. The market was originally constructed during the 19th century and it had a decrepit and dying structure. The famous architects Benedetta Tagliabue and Enric Miralles extensively refurbished the market and completely changed its overall appearance. The market now has a colourful roof with an inviting façade and has also been relocated to reach the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Parc de la Ciutadella

8) Parc de la Ciutadella (must see)

Located in Ciutat Vella, the Parc de la Ciutadella is a beautiful park established during the middle of the nineteenth century. There was a time when this park was the only green area in the city of Barcelona and therefore it was its most popular visiting spot. The park is spread over an area of seventy acres, and even contains a substantial zoo, a lake, a humongous fountain and many museums.

The parliament of Catalonia is also located in the Parc de la Ciutadella. Snowflake, The famous...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museu de la Xocolata

9) Museu de la Xocolata

The Museu de la Xocolata or the chocolate museum, as the name indicates is home to every bit of history associated with chocolate in Europe. The history and the contents of the museum allow one to explore the origin of chocolate, its mythological and factual factors, its use in medicine, its use as an aphrodisiac and also as everyone’s favourite food. One can witness the complete process of chocolate making from a cocoa bean to the final packaging here.

The Museu de la Xocolata is a rather...   view more
Arc de Triomf

10) Arc de Triomf (must see)

The Arc de Triomf is an arch-way structure, located near the Park of the Ciutadella. It was built by architect Josep Vilaseca I Casanovas in 1888 for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (Universal Exposition), and served as its archway gate. Built in the Moorish revival style, the arch is composed of reddish brickwork. A stone sculpture which states "Barcelona rep les nacions" or "Barcelona welcomes the nations", is located in the front frieze. This sculpture has been...   view more
Palau de Justícia

11) Palau de Justícia

The Palau de Justícia de Barcelona was designed by the Catalan Spanish architect Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia. He was not as famous as Antoni Gaudi, Josep Puig I Cadafalch and Lluis Domenech, who were very renowned architects of their time, but he did author many buildings that have become famous landmarks today. His style was very versatile and comprised elements of the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Modernista styles. Villavecchia was able to modify his style and design to accommodate the type...   view more

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Travel Distance: 2.6 km
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Travel Distance: 3.4 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km

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