Palau Reial Major
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Neighbourhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighbourhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 1 min walk
  • Liceu • 7 min walk

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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Palau Reial Major is a Royal Palace located in the Placa de Rei which is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter.

This is where Christopher Columbus met the Catholic Kings on his return from the Americas in 1492.
Written 23 January 2024
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James C
Camden, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
A complete history of Barcelona in one place! From pre-roman, Roman, visigoths to the present day, an amazing place. Make sure you see the ruins downstairs - they span the city underground and you can see how this amazing place came into being..
Written 16 November 2019
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Leo H
Barcelona, Spain44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Not what I expected but a fascinating tour of the history of the city. The highlight is the subterranean ruins if the Roman town. Quite exceptional.
Written 11 June 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Palau Reial Major is part of the long history of Barcelona. This is a complex of a number of buildings which served as residence of successive Counts and Kings of the area. The buildings date as far back as as the early 14th century. In this area you will see the famous steps on which Columbus met Queen Isabella! This is the man who "discovered" the Americas, at least for Spain! Worth a visit, as there is a lot of history all around.
Written 21 May 2019
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Andrew
Budapest, Hungary171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
These historic steps are only a part of the attraction, as this old palace houses an OK museum, the most interesting part of which are the Roman ruins excavated in the lower levels, (If you are not into ruins do not go to the museum). There is then the great hall and a former royal chapel to see. I enjoyed it, but be warned there are no great exhibits or any oooo and ahhh moments.
Written 5 April 2019
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Martiniy
London, UK437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
A fab square where Columbus met Queen Isabella attached he foot of the then Catalonian Royal Palace.

These steps are now the exit of the Museum of the History of Barcelona. A fab museum that is a must to see if you have time.
Written 9 March 2019
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nathan d
Ghent, Belgium94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
The whole square was filled with Catalans dancing on folklore music, and we really enjoyed watching it. The historic setting (where Colombus is said to have met Isabella) and the modern touch in the historical centre of Barcelona make it a spot that is not easy to miss.
Written 4 March 2019
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JudyAnn_12
Lowell, MA83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
Amazing to stand where Columbus was greeted by Queen Isabella upon his return from his discovery of "the Americas"! While this may no longer be considered cause for celebration in the US, in Spain the explorers are revered for their bravery and immeasurable contributions to the expansion of our global society. We were in Spain during the Columbus celebration weekend....quite amazing!
Written 13 December 2018
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LUCKY J
Orlando, FL725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The Palau Reial Major is a Royal Palace located in the Placa de Rei which is in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Home to various Spanish Royalty these three medieval buildings is where Christopher Columbus met the Catholic Kings on his return from the Americas in 1492. To enter the palace you must purchase a ticket to MUHBA's History Museum of Barcelona. Jolly Chriss.
Written 23 November 2018
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK6,19,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
The Gothic Quarter is an area rich in history and packed with historic sites and Palau Reial Major is one of my favourite areas to visit in this vibrant district of Barcelona.
Located just off Placa Ramon Berenguer El Gran and in Placa Del Rei, these ancient ruins have some serious history attached to them.
Its a collection of buildings that were the dwellings of the Counts Of Barcelona and the many kings of Aragon.
The most visable buildings are the royal reception hall ( Salo Del Tinell ) and the Chapel Of Santa Agata built on the foundations of the the old Roman walls.
If like me you enjoy the architecture of the cities you visit you can take in three distinct architectural styles here namely Gothic,Medieval and Roman, it's a really stunning area to visit and an area I highly recommend you visit if your in your exploring the Gothic Quarter ( Barri Gótic )
Easy to locate on Placa Del Rei and Placa Ramon Berenguer El Gran.
Written 13 October 2018
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