The noble heart of Barcelona’s Old Town, tucked beneath the Roman walls that once ringed the ancient city, the Plaça del Rei is the city’s best preserved medieval square, home to a cluster of grand buildings. Largely celebrated as the most significant remainder of Barcelona’s medieval past, the square now exists as an unofficial open-air museum of fine gothic architecture, with many of the buildings open to the public for viewing.

Once home to the counts of Barcelona and the Kings of Aragon, the 14th century Palau Reial Major, or the Royal Mayor Palace, dominates the square, including the Watchtower of King Martí and the exquisite Salo del Tinell, a Gothic banqueting hall which backs onto the picturesque Palau Reial Gardens. The Plaça del Rei is also home to the Palau del Lloctinent, or Lieutenant’s Palace, where the Archive of the Crown of Aragon is housed and the 14th-century royal chapel of Santa Àgata, most famous for housing Jaume Huguet’s Contestable altarpiece. Don’t forget a visit to the Casa Clariana-Padellàs, which now houses the Museu de’Historia de la Ciutat de Barcelona, a museum devoted to retelling the city’s history and displaying key archeological remains from Roman Barcelona.

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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 549 Reviews

There's no better way to see the sights and learn the history of Barcelona than by joining a bike tour! You get to have fun and socialize, have some exercise ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.60

Barcelona Shore Excursion: Barcelona Card with Guidebook

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Use the Barcelona Card to see the best of Barcelona while you’re in port. On this do-it-yourself shore excursion, your card will give you free entry, great ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $38.80

Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour: North to South Route

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1530 Reviews

Utilize the Barcelona hop-on hop-off city bus tour which has three different tour routes to explore the city! See the major sights aboard an open-top ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $29.93

Barcelona Gothic Quarter Morning Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 193 Reviews

Spend a morning taking a guided walk through Barcelona's fascinating Gothic Quarter. It's a great way to find your way around Barcelona and become familiar ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $17.74

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