Picasso Walking Tour, Barcelona

Pablo Picasso - the great Spanish painter, draftsman, and sculptor - developed his style in Barcelona where he spent many years of his life. This tour will take you to the bohemian sites of the city associated with the famous artist. Here you can visit Picasso Museum, the art gallery where his works were displayed for the first time to the public, and other similarly important places.
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Picasso Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Picasso Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: clare
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Els Quatre Gats

1) Els Quatre Gats

The Els Quatre Gats, or ‘The Four Cats’ was initially a small café in Barcelona, which was opened in 1897. It also featured a restaurant, a pub, and a cabaret as well as accommodation in the form of a hostel. It was Barcelona’s most famous Modernisme centre and was financed by the famous artist Ramon Casas I Carbo. His partner in the operation of this business was Pere Romeu who was often found at the bar, as well as Miquel Utrillo and Rusinol.

The café attracted a great number of prominent names from history including the great Pablo Picasso, who preferred dining at this restaurant-pub quite often during the initial stages of his career as an artist. Among other famous personalities who visited this café were, Julio Gonzalez, the eminent sculptor, Miquel Utrillo and Santigo Rusinol I Prats.

Various exhibitions used to take place at this café, the most prominent of which were Pablo Picasso’s solo shows, who as previously mentioned, was also a regular diner here.

In 1903, the bar shut down because Romeu failed to manage the debts. A few restaurateurs took up the challenge of reviving the glory of the original bar and reopened it at the same site in 1989.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Frisos del Col-legi d'Arquitectes

2) Frisos del Col-legi d'Arquitectes

Opposite the Cathedral of Barcelona is the College of Catalan Architects featuring on its facade the scaled versions of three friezes by Pablo Picasso. Originally on paper, the friezes - Children, Giants, and Flag - were set in stone by Norwegian sculptor Carl Nesjar and thus are the only Picasso's artworks displayed outdoors.
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Sala Parés

3) Sala Parés

Situated at Carrer Petritxol in the Gothic Quarter, Sala Parés is a commercial art gallery in Barcelona with three public display areas and a separate salon for private owners. The gallery, which represents a strong stable of international artists, features an impressive collection of Catalan and Spanish works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Since 1877, Sala Parés has maintained its policy of a rigorous selection of the artists and their works of art. The continuity of the work of these artists and the constant incorporation of new values in accordance to the artistic evolution and trends of each historical period has been a constant for the gallery for more than 130 years. The gallery was founded by Joan Baptista Parés who turned his father's (J. Parés) shop that was dedicated to selling materials to artists, into an art gallery, which was also the first to be established in Spain. Over the years, Sala Parés has held important exhibitions of European art, which included works by Goya, El Greco, Murillo, Valdes Leas, Velazquez, and Zurbaran, as well as various pieces by Flemish and Italian artists.

Operation Hours: Monday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Tuesday - Friday: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Saturday: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm & 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm; Sunday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Carrer Avinyó

4) Carrer Avinyó

Carrer Avinyó is an old street in the centre of Barcelona that links two other streets, Carrer Ferran and Carrer Ample. This street is famous as the one on which Picasso painted his well-known piece called Las Señoritas de Aviñón, inspired by a brothel that was once there. You can still find the former brothel's site on Carrer Avinyó. Nowadays, the area is best known for its numerous restaurants and cafes. This typically narrow medieval street has largely retained the magnificent atmosphere of Picasso period.
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Carrer de la Plata

5) Carrer de la Plata

Carrer de la Plata became a very important place for Picasso at the outset of his career. This is the place where young Picasso, then only fourteen years of age, had his first studio. It was rented by his father, whose friend, Manuel Pallares, worked there in 1896. Picasso painted many of his works in this studio, including the famous Science and Charity.
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La Ribera

6) La Ribera (must see)

‘The Shore’, locally known as La Ribera is an incredible part of the old city (Ciutat Vella) in the Catalan city, Barcelona. Most of the structures in this area are from medieval times and hence reflect that style of art and architecture. This part of the city flourished from the 13th to the 15th century when it was once by the seashore.

This part is now known as the Barceloneta and still has an island. The most prominent building in this area are Museu Picasso, Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, Museu Barbier-Mueller d’Art Precolombi as well as a part of Barcelona’s textile museum. There is also a mass graveyard at this site known as the Fossar de les Moreres which is the final resting place of Catalan soldiers who died in 1714’s siege. Originally La Ribera was larger, but one part was demolished for the construction of a military citadel for punishing the fallen city.

The El Born is the name given to the lower section of La Ribera which is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the city. Here one can find many different cafés, bars, shops and art boutiques. In contrast to the lower section, the northern part of La Ribera is not much of a tourist spot and is still somewhat in its developmental stages.

Why You Should Visit:
One of Barcelona's great neighborhoods where it suffices just to be there.
It truly feels like you're walking through a different time period where horse-drawn carriages used to be the public transportation.

Tip:
Don't hesitate to leave the most touristy routes to enter the labyrinth of charming streets that cross the district. You will certainly find some details or corners that will remain in your heart forever.
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Museu Picasso

7) 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 James Sabartes, his secretary. Today, Barcelona is adorned with the works of one of the greatest artists ever lived.

Despite the fact that most of the pieces presented here are from the training and formative years of Picasso's career, the collection still looks rich and grand. The museum's collection spans from the year 1917 and includes one of Picasso's best-known series, Las Meninas. In 2008, the museum initiated the display of a large sized collection of Picasso’s prints.

Over the years, there have been various renovations and expansion projects within the museum. Even today, new programs are being developed in order to spread the knowledge to lovers of art. These programs include various activities, as well as certain services, all related to making Picasso’s work global.

Why You Should Visit:
Incredibly interesting to see the progression of Picasso's work from a very young age into adulthood and the unusual work we are more familiar with.
In addition to paintings, there is sculpture, ceramics and other works.

Tip:
Don't miss the museum shop, as many of the products are not available anywhere else.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 10am-5pm; Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun: 9am-7pm; Thu: 9am-9:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Creating your own self-guided walk in Barcelona is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Acclaimed Architecture Walking Tour

Acclaimed Architecture Walking Tour

In Barcelona you will find buildings that span all eras of the city’s 2000-year history. Gaudi, Gothic and Modernist buildings can all be seen in Catalonia's largest city. This tour is the perfect opportunity to visit Barcelona's acclaimed architectural sights.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Barri Gotic Specialty Shops

Barri Gotic Specialty Shops

It would be a pity to leave Barcelona without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. The specialty shops are most popular with tourists. Take this two-hour tour to explore the Barri Gòtic (the Gothic quarter) best specialty shops!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

Barcelona abounds in museums with rich expositions that are both informative and entertaining. The city's 55 museums cover a plethora of subjects, from art to history to architecture to science to sports to war. Take this tour to get familiar with the most acclaimed museums, galleries and scientific centers of Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

One thing that is clear about Barcelona is that this city doesn't sleep. Here you will find every kind of night club you might be looking for, from classy jazz to modern euro-techno. This walking tour is the perfect opportunity to visit the best discos and bars in the Gracia and Eixample districts of Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Gaudí is admired around the world as one of the most distinctive architects of the 20th century. The unique technique and use of natural forms make his creations stand out from the pack. La Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Casa Batlló and other masterpieces will definitely take your breath away with their beauty, forms, colors, and overall design. Take this tour and enjoy the sight of Barcelona's architectural marvels created by Gaudí.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 km
Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc is a hill in Barcelona, located just southwest of the city center and overlooking the harbor. Besides the great view, it also offers visitors many interesting and significant museums such as the Poble Espanyol, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport, and others. Here, you will learn many interesting facts about the history and culture of Catalonia, Barcelona and Spain in general. Don't miss the opportunity to tour the great museums Montjuïc has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

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