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Picasso Tour

#Route: In the footsteps of Picasso in Barcelona

#Route: In the footsteps of Picasso in Barcelona

Paintings, outdoors works, and restaurants... Here is where you find Picasso!

In this article, we suggest a route to follow in the footsteps of the artist Picasso in Barcelona. The five place we suggest are: (1) the building dels Porxos d’en Xifre where he moved to when he arrived in Barcelona (2) the Fine Arts School where he trained in classical painting (3) the “Els 4 Gats” restaurant where he started to explore Modernism (4) the Plaza de la Catedral with a large Picasso work outside and (5) the Picasso Museum which the artist opened himself. If like Picasso, you want to spend some time in the city, you will need a monthly rental in Barcelona. We have lots of monthly rental apartments available close to where Picasso lived in the Gothic Quarter and Born.

Relationship between Picasso and Barcelona

Barcelona had great importance on the personal and artistic life of Picasso. The artist came to the city in 1895, carried out his classical training at the Fine Arts School of Barcelona and discovered Modernism in the modernist circle of Els 4 Gats. Picasso lived in the city as a young man and whilst living in France, did not stop visiting the city to see family and friends, before the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship which separated him from the Catalan capital forever.

Picasso Route in Barcelona

Els Quatre Gats Café-Restaurant

You can start the tour in the Gothic Quarter, at the café-restaurant Els Quatre Gats, which Picasso frequented when he was a young man.

This modernist restaurant - founded in 1897 - was a meeting place for intellectuals and artists alike during the late nineteenth century. It is located on Carrer Montsió 3 on the ground floor of Casa Marti. The facade of the house is in the European Gothic style, as are the decorations such as the stained glass doors and wrought iron, which also hint at a Catalan modernist style.

Els 4 Gats, Barcelona
Els 4 Gats Restaurant

In the late nineteenth century this place was one of the main points of reference for the Bohemians and modernist artists - much like Picasso - who gathered to chat, share experiences and see shows and concerts. It remained active until 1903. It was here that Picasso exhibited his first drawings. This restaurant was considered to be the gateway of all new artistic styles in Europe.

Today, this restaurant is well known and appreciated by tourists. The menu is a little more expensive than other places because of the history, but you can still taste delicious Catalan specialties. I advise you strongly to go there one day ;)

4 Gats Menu
4 Gats Menu

Plaza Nova

From here keep walking, but staying within the Gothic Quarter, and arrive at Plaça Nova, i.e. Plaza de la Catedral, an area rich in elements that speak of the history and art of Barcelona. Here you can see Picasso's only open air work - a fresco. In the square, attached to Association of Architects on a building wall you can see the decorations designed by the artist.

Picasso Fresco on Plaça Nova in Barcelona
Fresco on Plaça Nova

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Picasso Museum

From the Gothic Quarter, cross Via Laietana and you'll get to the Born neighbourhood, another charming historic area. Here on Carrer Moncada is the Picasso Museum, opened in 1963 by request of the artist himself. Here you can enjoy a number of works, paintings, and collections from a young Picasso, more specifically the iconic paintings from his blue period and the famous parody of the Las Meninas painting.

It's very pleasant to visit this museum and you should know that entry is free all day on the first Sunday of each month and from 3pm onwards on other Sundays. In February on Thursday nights it opens for free from 19:00 to 21:30. For more information on the Picasso museum, visit the official website or read our page about it here.

Picasso Museum, Barcelona
Picasso Museum

His academy

If you head down toward the sea, you'll run into Casa Llotja del Mar. This building, with its neoclassical facade is found on Pla de Palau and was built in the fourteenth century. Over the years it has experienced different historical phases and has been home to lots of maritime-based trade. It was built within the old medieval walls and inside retains a true Gothic structure. In 1775 the Llotja housed the Real Academia, i.e the Academy of Fine Arts where Picasso studied. Today it is home to the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce.

Casa Llotja Barcelona
Casa Llotja

His home

We finalize the tour at the house where Pablo Picasso lived with his family open arriving to Barcelona in 1895. During this period, his paintings were of Barcelona's urban landscapes, so the young painter would often climb up to the roof to draw. The Neoclassical Porxos d'en Xifré building can be found right by Port Vell.

Porxos d'en Xifré, casa Picasso en Barcelona
Porxos d'en Xifré

What else is there to see along this tour?

Not just Picasso. This route might be dedicated to the amazing artist, but that doesn't mean during your walk you can take a break to see other fantastic points of interest such as:

  • In the historic centre around the aforementioned areas, you can visit Barcelona's Cathedral or go to the somber Plaça de Sant Felipe Neri.
  • From the Born neighbourhood, you'll want to take a walk to see the Santa María del Mar Basilica, a beautiful and authentic Catalan Gothic church.
  • Around Picasso's home, you cannot miss the chance to take a pleasant walk by the port and Barceloneta beach where you can enjoy a delicious seafood paella at one of the seaside restaurants.
  • If you're hungry around the Picasso Museum, have some tapas and champagne at the famous (and chaotically fun) locale - El Xampanyet.

To see all of the photos from the Picasso route, finish off looking at the Pinterest board.

If you're not done with walking tours of the city, don't worry, because our next article in the #Route series is this Roman route guide.

Map of Route

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Excursions in Barcelona

To make the most of Barcelona and fill your trip with unforgettable experiences and emotions, we offer you the excursions through the Catalan capital organized by our friends - the GetYourGuide team. Choose your excursion and fall in love with Barcelona:

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