Barcelona City Hall (Casa de la Ciutat)
Barcelona City Hall is one of the countless impressive architectural gems in the Gothic Quarter, and its central position means just about every visitor to the city will stroll past it at least once. While the façade is impressive, it’s also worthwhile stepping inside if you’re nearby when it’s open to visitors. The interior walls feature murals by Josep Maria Sert, as well as paintings and sculptures by numerous other notable artists, Gargallo, Llimona, Navarro, Subirachs, Marès, Miró, and Clarà among them. Most city sightseeing tours will pass through the plaza, allowing you to admire the building’s exterior; to see the inside, you’ll likely need to come back on your own.
Things to know before you go
- Wear comfortable walking shoes; the surrounding neighborhood has several cobbled areas and is best explored on foot.
- The ground floor of the building houses a tourism office where you can pick up city maps and other information.
- Plan to spend an hour or so exploring the building if you come while it’s open to visitors.
How to get there
City Hall is easily reachable on foot from many areas of the old city, thanks to its central location in the Gothic Quarter. To get there by public transportation, take Line 4 of the Barcelona metro to Jaume 1 station and follow Carrer de la Princesa toward Plaça de Sant Jaume.
When to get there
While the ground floor tourism office is open regularly, City Hall itself is only open to the public on Sundays, and for just a few hours (as well as a few select holidays a year). To fully appreciate the striking interior, be sure to plan according.
Best Things to Do in the Gothic Quarter
This historic neighborhood of Barcelona ranks among the city’s most popular, and for good reason. One of the best ways to experience this atmospheric district is to simply wander, letting yourself get lost in its narrow streets and alleys. Be sure to visit the impressive gothic Barcelona Cathedral, grab a coffee in Plaça Reial, and see if you can find Plaça del Pi, one of the city’s most magical hidden gems. To make sure you don’t miss anything, consider taking a walking tour of El Gotic.
- Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
- Catalan Regional Government Building (Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya)
- St. James Square (Plaça de Sant Jaume)
- Temple of Augustus (Temple d'August)
- Barcelona City History Museum (MUHBA)
- Placa de Sant Felip Neri
- Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares)
- Ciutat Vella (Old Town)
- Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Barcelona)
- Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi
- George Orwell Square (Plaça de George Orwell)
- Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum
- Placa del Rei
- Erotic Museum of Barcelona (Museu de l'Erotica)
- European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM)