La Ciudad Condal abounds of well-preserved medieval monuments. So, after a day walking around the city and searching for ancient treasures, why not stay in this ambiance? Here, we’ll give you some top area and monument to visit before enjoying a medieval dinner while you are staying in our central hotel in Barcelona.
Medieval sightseeing in the city
To deserve dinner and get into the mood, you can enjoy your day touring into the city to discover its medieval monuments. Barcelona was during the Middle Age, the economical and political center of Western Mediterranean. This period is well represented in the Gothic Quarter, where monuments witness the splendor enjoyed at that time.
You should definitely start by the Museu Marítim de Barcelona, located near el Monument a Colom. This Museum retrace the maritime and sailing history of the city, with model ships, maps, nautical instruments, etc. You will also find here a piece of the Medieval wall, as the city used to be fortified and the Reials Drassanes, which was the old Royal Shipyards.
You can then continue to the Plaça del Rei, beautiful place located near the station Jaume I.. This place was originally where the Palace of the Counts was built. Major change have been done since, but you can still see remains in the MUHBA (Museum of History of Barcelona), especially the Tinell Hall and Chapel of St Agatha.
If you walk around this place, you will see the Museu Picasso, housed in a Gothic building. You can of course, visit the museum and enjoy the architecture of Palau Aguilar and Palau Meca, both part of the museum.
To discover the artistic history and evolution of the region, you can also go to the Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña, located near Plaça Espanya. You can enjoy here the architecture of the building and eventually the fountain show (during summer only). The museum is composed of a permanent gallery and some temporary exhibition, from Medieval Romanesque Art to Modern Art.
To finish the day, you can enjoy dinner at Sopars al Palau, close to Plaça del Rei. The evening will first start by a welcoming drink, followed by the visit of Requesens Palace (never opened before this season) accompanied by a guide. You will hear the history of Elisabeth of Requesens and of the palace and have a beautiful view of the Gothic Quarter. Then, you will have dinner (according to the option you choose when you booked) paired with a medieval show, including Arab dancers, juggling, knights fighting and others. This activity starts at 7.30 until 11.
Little more: Medieval Festivals
Depending of your travel season, you can also enjoy a medieval festival. They are usually happening in cities around Barcelona (more or less an hour form the city). It is a way to discover Cataluña region.
The first one of the year is La Fira de l’Aixada, in Manresa, in February. The city transformed itself to create a travel in time. Go back to the Medieval period by enjoying a craftsman market, traditional music and dance, historical visit and so on.
To enjoy a Medieval city, you can go to Besalu and especially in August, when the city held its festival. It is one of the most relevant festival of the region. This city was declared National Historic-Artistic Ensemble because of the well-preserved medieval heritage. It is the perfect trip for medieval lovers.
You can also visit the city of Súria, during La Fira Medieval d’Oficis, in November. You will find here craftsman market, parades, shows, street performances. The organisers make sure that the city as the representations match the historical timeline.
Enjoy travelling back in time and we hope you enjoy your stay in our hotel in Barcelona.