Historic 19th-century Barcelona is available before your very eyes. The Centre de Cultura Contemporània and the Museu d’Història have designed 14 different routes to unearth Ildefons Cerdà’s Barcelona on foot, by bike, or via public transport. In 1855, Cerdà’s design to expand Barcelona beyond its city walls was a revolution in urban planning. Examine a map of the city now, and the street grid is largely unchanged (a Manhattanite would feel right at home). Itineraries guide you from Collserola Ridge to the belvederes overlooking the sea. Compare the old town of Barcelona and its historic center with the modern city. There won’t be a history test at the end, but take good notes — mental or written — on where you want to re-visit during your stay.
+34 or +36 933 064 100 (Centre de Cultura Contemporania)
+34 or +36 932 562 122 (Museu d’Historia)