Picasso Walking Tour, Barcelona (Self Guided)

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
Els Quatre Gats

1) Els Quatre Gats

The Els Quatre Gats, or ‘The Four Cats’ was initially a small cafe 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 cafe 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 cafe were, Julio Gonzalez, the eminent sculptor, Miquel Utrillo and Santigo Rusinol I Prats.

Various exhibitions used to take place at this cafe, 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
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.
Sala Pares

3) Sala Pares

Situated at Carrer Petritxol in the Gothic Quarter, Sala Pares 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 Pares 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 Pares who turned his father's (J. Pares) 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 Pares 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. It is famed for being the first gallery to publicly exhibit Picasso’s work.

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

4) Carrer Avinyo

Carrer Avinyo 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 Senoritas de Avinon, inspired by a brothel that was once there. You can still find the former brothel's site on Carrer Avinyo. 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.
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.
La Ribera

6) La Ribera (must see)

La Ribera is an old seaside neighborhood in Barcelona with the vast majority of buildings originating in the medieval period, somewhere between the 13th and 15th centuries.

The name La Ribera translates as ‘The Shore’ and sometimes is replaced with a common label “Barceloneta”. The most prominent sights here include Picasso Museum, Basilica of Santa Maria by the Sea, Barbier-Mueller Pre-Columbian Art Museum, as well as Barcelona’s Textile Museum. There is also a mass graveyard in the area, called the Fossar de les Moreres, the final resting place of the Catalan soldiers died during the siege of 1714. Originally La Ribera was larger, but then part of it was demolished for the military citadel to be constructed in retaliation, they say, upon the capture of the city during the War of Spanish Succession in the early 18th century.

The lower part of La Ribera is called El Born and is one of the top tourist destinations in Barcelona. The area is packed with cafes, bars, shops and art boutiques. In contrast to it, the northern edge of La Ribera is not so touristy and still undergoes development.

Either way, one shouldn't hesitate to walk off the trodden paths into the labyrinth of charming streets of La Ribera. At times, walking these streets makes you feel like you're in a totally different era with horse-drawn carriages and other wonders of the past still in use. Truly fascinating experience!

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.

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.
Museu Picasso

7) Museu Picasso (must see)

The ultimate place to observe early Picasso is the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Opened in 1961, this museum showcases over 4,300 works of the great master at his early stage, reflecting intimacy of his relationship with Barcelona, the city that shaped his personality and largely influenced his art.

Picasso always wanted to “imprint himself” through artwork in the tapestry of Barcelona. That wish fortunately materialized, courtesy of his colleagues and friends, particularly Jaime Sabartés, adorning the city with the works of one of the greatest artists ever lived.

Although most of the pieces presented here are Picasso's first attempts at art, the overall collection looks quite impressive. It spans the period from 1917 and includes one of Picasso's best-known series, Las Meninas. In 2008, the museum put on display a large collection of Picasso’s prints.

If you take interest in Picasso's work and want to see his progression from a very young age to adulthood, manifested in paintings, sculpture, ceramics and other forms, do visit this museum. And if you do, make sure to explore the museum shop. Some of the items offered here are quite interesting and not available anywhere else.

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.

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.
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,...  view more

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

La Rambla Walking Tour

La Rambla is the street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. Seemingly endless, it is filled with cultural and historic landmarks, as well as shops and cafes. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said about La Rambla, "The only street in the world which I wish never ended." Take this tour to explore the most famous sites on La Rambla, Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Shopping Walk

Shopping Walk

Set among the world's prime cultural destinations, Barcelona is en route to becoming one of Europe's top shopping spots as well. Fashionable designer stores are filling the streets of Barcelona with each new day, from well known international brands to local start ups. Barcelona is also an excellent gourmet destination, offering plenty of goodies to try on the spot or take home with you....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Barcelona is world renowned for its modernist architectures. On this part two of the two-part city orientation walks, you will visit some of the world famous architectures by Antoni Gaudi and his peers. The modernist architectures visited on this walk include: Casa Amatller, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila (La Pedrera), La Sagrada Familia, among others.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Ciutat Vella Nightlife

Ciutat Vella Nightlife

It is safe to say that Barcelona is one of those cities that never sleeps. Whatever kind of nightlife entertainment you may think of – a classy music joint or a swanky club to have a drink in and more – you will find it all in Barcelona. This walking tour takes you to some of the best discos and bars in the Ciutat Vella district.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 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: 2.1 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Barcelona for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Barcelona has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money getting around Barcelona and visiting the city's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as iVenture Card, Hola Barcelona: Transport Pass, Barcelona Pass, and Barcelona Museum Pass.

These city passes combine all or multiple Barcelona's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Barcelona hotels that are conveniently located: Iberostar Paseo de Gracia 4* Sup, Catalonia Plaza Cataluña Hotel, Olivia Plaza Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Barcelona, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Barcelona typically costs between around US$15 and over US$80 per person:

- Hop on a “hop-on hop-off” double-decker and enjoy sightseeing of Barcelona from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Barcelona on a 3-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each (for 5-20 minutes) to get rest, watch the surroundings, and learn much about the city from an informative group leader.

- If you're an arts and architecture buff, with a keen interest in Catalan modernism of the late 19th century, then you may definitely enjoy a 2-hour guided stroll around the Quadrat d'Or (Golden Square) in Barcelona's Eixample borough to explore in-depth the works (buildings) of the celebrated pioneers of modernism: Domenech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch and, of course, Barcelona's most acclaimed architect Antoni Gaudí. As an extra bonus on this tour, you will get a 20% discount on a guided tour of the Palau de la Música Catalana (Music Palace), discounted entrance at Casa Batlló, free admission to the Museu del Modernisme Català (Catalan Modernism Museum), plus savings on admission to Casa Batlló. Great value and tons of information for the money spent!

- If you don't find tales of the supernatural terrifying, and if the gruesome details of witchcraft, exorcisms and paranormal activity, told after sunset, make your hair stand but only with curiosity, then why not treat yourself to a 2-hour “ghost” walk to discover sinister secrets of Barcelona, visiting some of the city's haunted places, entertained along the way by an informative commentary from an expert guide.

- Have the taste of Catalonia’s gourmet culture on this 3- to 4-hour tour of Barcelona's tapas crawling some of the city’s most prominent bars and cafes in La Rambla, La Boqueria food market, and the Gothic Quarter led by an expert food guide. Apart from savoring a variety of traditional Catalonian cured meats, cheeses and breads, as well as drinks, you will also learn how to order these iconic bar snacks in style, like a true local!

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Barcelona, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Costa Brava, Pyrenees mountain range, or Tarragona and Sitges. For as little as US$90+ to US$190+ you will get a chance to observe the picturesque villages and dramatic cliffs of the nearby Mediterranean coast, get high up in the Pyrenees Mountains visiting the historic town of Vic in the north of the country with optional hiking, horseback riding or boating excursions, or discover historical highlights of the Roman city of Tarragona complete with a seaside leisure at Sitges. All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.