Legend has it that if you drink from the Font de Canaletes Drinking Fountain you'll always come back to Barcelona.

Legend has it that if you drink from the Font de Canaletes Drinking Fountain you'll always come back to Barcelona.

Joan Miró's striking Pavement Mosaic on The Rambla del Centre in Barcelona.

Joan Miró's striking Pavement Mosaic on The Rambla del Centre in Barcelona.

Ciutat Vella - Barcelona's Historic Old City  Ciutat Vella comprises the four ancient neighbourhoods Barri Gòtic and Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera, both to your left as you walk down the Ramblas, El Raval on your right and La Barceloneta at the other end of the port.

CIUTAT VELLA Situación del distrito Es el centro histórico de la ciudad, que limita al oeste con L'Eixample, al este con el mar Mediterr...

From El Born, you can make your way across Marquès d'Argentera to the old fishing neighbourhood of La Barceloneta, which originally sprang up in the mid-eighteenth century to house the people who'd been displaced by the building of the citadel 50 years earlier.

From El Born, you can make your way across Marquès d'Argentera to the old fishing neighbourhood of La Barceloneta, which originally sprang up in the mid-eighteenth century to house the people who'd been displaced by the building of the citadel 50 years earlier.

The Palau Güell is a tall narrow building crammed into a Raval street but once inside Gaudí creates the sensation of being inside a broad three-storey palace - it's a miracle of design!

The Palau Güell is a tall narrow building crammed into a Raval street but once inside Gaudí creates the sensation of being inside a broad three-storey palace - it's a miracle of design!

Further down Carrer Hospital, you come to the marvellous open air Bar Mendizábal, which commemorates the 19th century politician Juan Alvarez Mendizábal, who during a process called the 'desamortización' managed to strip the Catholic Church of much of its wealth and property.

Further down Carrer Hospital, you come to the marvellous open air Bar Mendizábal, which commemorates the 19th century politician Juan Alvarez Mendizábal, who during a process called the 'desamortización' managed to strip the Catholic Church of much of its wealth and property.

On Carrer Hospital, you come to L'Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu - the Old Hospital of the Holy Cross from which the street takes its name. The Hospital dates from 1401 and was Barcelona's main hospital in medieval times.

On Carrer Hospital, you come to L'Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu - the Old Hospital of the Holy Cross from which the street takes its name. The Hospital dates from 1401 and was Barcelona's main hospital in medieval times.

Carrer Tallers is the first street on your right as you walk down The Ramblas from Plaça Catalunya and is one of my favourite streets in Barcelona.

Carrer Tallers is the first street on your right as you walk down The Ramblas from Plaça Catalunya and is one of my favourite streets in Barcelona.

The imposing wall of the Església de Betlem certainly dominates the Ramblas dels Estudis for me.

The imposing wall of the Església de Betlem certainly dominates the Ramblas dels Estudis for me.


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