Attractions

Top Choice Museum in La Ribera

Museu Picasso

The setting alone, in five contiguous medieval stone mansions, makes the Museu Picasso unique (and worth the probable queues). The pretty courtyards, galleries and staircases preserved in the first three of these bu…
Top Choice Architecture in La Ribera

Palau de la Música Catalana

This concert hall is a high point of Barcelona’s Modernista architecture, a symphony in tile, brick, sculpted stone and stained glass. Built by Domènech i Montaner between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeo Català musical …
Top Choice Church in La Ribera

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

At the southwest end of Passeig del Born stands the apse of Barcelona’s finest Catalan Gothic church, Santa Maria del Mar (Our Lady of the Sea). Built in the 14th century with record-breaking alacrity for the time (…
Street in La Ribera

Carrer de Montcada

An early example of town planning, this medieval high street was driven towards the sea from the road that in the 12th century led northeast from the city walls. It was the city's most coveted address for the mercha…
Park in La Ribera

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella is perfect for winding down. Come for a stroll, a picnic, a boat ride on the lake or to inspect Catalonia’s parliament in what is the most central green lung in the city.
Market in La Ribera

Mercat de Santa Caterina

Come shopping for your tomatoes at this extraordinary-looking produce market, designed by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue to replace its 19th-century predecessor. Finished in 2005, it is distinguished by its …
Historic Building in La Ribera

Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria

Launched in 2013 as part of the events held for the tercentenary of the Catalan defeat in the War of the Spanish Succession, this cultural space is housed in the former Mercat del Born, a handsome 19th-century struc…
Museum in La Ribera

Museu de la Xocolata

Chocoholics have a hard time containing themselves in this museum dedicated to the fundamental foodstuff – particularly when faced with tempting displays of cocoa-based treats in the cafe at the exit. The displays t…
Historic Building in La Ribera

Parlament de Catalunya

Southeast of the park, in the fort's former arsenal, is the regional Parlament de Catalunya. You can join free guided tours, in Catalan and Spanish only, on Saturdays and Sundays; sign up online in advance. The buil…
Museum in La Ribera

Museu de Cultures del Món

The Palau Nadal and the Palau Marquès de Llió, which once housed the Museu Barbier-Mueller and the Museu Tèxtil respectively, reopened in 2015 to the public as the site of the new Museum of World Cultures. Exhibits …