When you visit Barcelona, you understand why it is one of the most visited and famous cities of the European continent. The truth is that there are plenty of things to do, places to visit, new and refreshing flavours to enjoy. One of the recipes for the tourist success of the city are its historical places, like Gothic buildings, streets full of charm, picturesque neighborhoods that make up the structure of a city to be visited calmly, with a quiet pace that allow you to enjoy Barcelona’s characteristic charm.
Within the wide variety of places you can visit, there are some museums which have become important in tourist routes, whether for being relevant or peculiar. Today we talk about some of them, hoping to encourage travellers to enjoy all the good things Barcelona has to offer.
Picasso Museum in Barcelona:
The route starts by famous Picasso Museum which has become a benchmark of the artistic work of the painter Pablo Picasso. It is undoubtedly one of the most tourist, with over 3,500 works, which makes it a huge gallery of the author.
The museum was opened in 1963, and the first works exhibited belonged to the private collection of Sabartés, founder and close friend of Pablo Picasso. Barcelona’s Town Hall contributed to the paintings of the museum with some pictures they had from the artist of Málaga.
Picasso himself gave many of his works, like the series of 58 paintings on Las Meninas and the portrait of Jaume Sabartés in 1901. This donation was followed by others, such as the one in 1970 with more than 920 works of different styles and techniques. Donations continued and the museum grew in importance. In 1982 his widow gave the museum over 40 pieces of pottery. The following year, the heirs donated 117 prints, what has enriched the great collection of the museum.
In recent years this delightful museum has become very important, and it is one of the funniest activities for children in Barcelona. Being an original model and away from stereotypes it has captivated thousands of visitors. The museum is divided into seven rooms through which we learn all about the origins of cocoa and the role it has played throughout history. Cocoa has become so important, sometimes like money, as some cultures have used it as currency.
As we walk along the museum, we know about the functioning of the machinery and the process that transforms cocoa beans into works of art. The museum also examines and explains the importance chocolate has had in Catalan culture. One section of the exhibition that draws the attention of more public is the area in which you can see figures made of chocolate, where all the characters seem "tasty".
Not only chocolate and Picasso make up the artistic legacy of Barcelona, hence we have to continue this journey through the artistic part of the town another time, meanwhile, we hope to have whetted your appetite to enjoy the most cosmopolitan and multicultural city of Spain.