Urban hiking: Barcelona on foot in five very complete routes

Each of these routes from the Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona offers a unique experience to discover the city on foot. Urban walking is not just walking; it is living the city with all your senses and letting yourself be surprised by the beauty of the everyday. Barcelona awaits, ready to explore it on foot?

With the growing trend of urban hiking, exploring cities on foot has become a new adventure for travelers and locals alike. This activity is not only a great way to counterbalance the typical gastronomic indulgences of travel but also to discover the most special and lesser-known corners of the city.

From the heart of Barcelona, Hotel Pulitzer becomes the perfect starting point for these explorations. Here, we present five complete routes to rediscover Barcelona, each with its own charm and secrets waiting to be unveiled.

1. Gothic Route: Journey to the Past

Starting from Bergara street, dive into the labyrinth of narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter. This route will take you through hidden squares, such as Plaça Sant Felip Neri, and allow you to admire architectural gems such as the Barcelona Cathedral. Don't miss the Picasso Museum for a cultural touch. This walk is a journey through time.


Starting point: Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona, Bergara Street.

1st point: Plaza Catalunya, a short walk from the hotel.

2nd point: Down the Ramblas to Ferran street, entering the heart of the Gothic Quarter.

3rd point: Visit Plaza Sant Jaume, the city's political center.

4th point: Discover the Plaza del Rei, a monumental site of Barcelona's history.

5th point: Find peace in Plaça Sant Felip Neri, hidden and full of history.

6th point: Admire the Cathedral of Barcelona and its surroundings.

7th point: Picasso Museum, a must-see for art lovers.

End: Return to Hotel Pulitzer via alternate routes to explore more Gothic streets.

2. La Rambla and the sea: urban contrasts

From the hotel, head towards the famous Rambla of Barcelona. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, street artists and markets, such as the Boqueria Market, where flavors and colors will captivate you. After this brief stop, continue until you reach the Columbus Monument, and from there, to Port Vell. This route offers the perfect contrast between urban hustle and the serenity of the Mediterranean Sea.


Starting point: Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona.

1st point: Walk down La Rambla, enjoying its vibrant atmosphere.

2nd point: Mandatory stop at the Boqueria Market.

3rd point: Continue to the Columbus Monument at the end of La Rambla.

4th point: Walk along the Moll de la Fusta in Port Vell.

5th point: Exploration of the Maremagnum and the possibility to visit the Barcelona Aquarium.

End: Return to the hotel through the Raval neighborhood to experience its unique atmosphere.

3. Modernism and Gaudí: A Walk through Art

For art and architecture lovers, this route is a must-see. Walk up Passeig de Gràcia from Hotel Pulitzer to admire Gaudí's famous houses: Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. Continue to the Sagrada Familia, gawking at the masterpieces of Catalan modernism.


Starting point: Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona.

1st point: Passeig de Gràcia to see Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.

2nd point: Continue along Passeig de Gràcia to Avenida Diagonal.

3rd point: Detour to Sagrada Familia to admire Barcelona's icon.

4th point: Optional: Visit to Hospital de Sant Pau, another nearby modernist gem.

End: Return to the hotel or continue to other modernist points of interest in the area.

4. Montjuïc: Nature and Culture

For a day of nature, culture, and panoramic views, head to the mountain of Montjuïc. This route will take you from the hotel to the Montjuïc cable car, passing by the Magic Fountain and reaching the Montjuïc Castle. Here, the city unfolds at your feet, offering one of the best views of Barcelona. The gardens and museums of the mountain provide a cultural and natural respite amidst the city.


Starting point: Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona.

1st point: Plaza España and walk up Avenida Maria Cristina.

2nd point: Visit to the Magic Fountain and the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia).

3rd point: Ascent to Montjuïc Park and Montjuïc Castle via funicular or on foot.

4th point: Montjuïc Gardens, including the Botanical Garden.

5th point: Joan Miró Foundation for art lovers.

End: Descent to the city, with the option to end at Poble Espanyol or return directly to the hotel.

5. El Born and Parc de la Ciutadella: History and Leisure

Finally, a route that combines history, culture and green spaces. From the Pulitzer, walk to the neighborhood of El Born, where you can visit the Born Market and the church of Santa Maria del Mar. Then, head to Ciutadella Park to enjoy an oasis of peace in the middle of the city, with its beautiful lake, the Parliament of Catalonia, and the impressive Arco de Triunfo as a backdrop.


Starting point: Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona.

1st point: Walk along Via Laietana to the Born Market.

2nd point: Visit to the church of Santa Maria del Mar.

3rd point: Exploration of the Born Cultural Center and the surrounding streets.

4th point: Entrance to the Ciutadella Park, passing by the zoo or directly into the park.

5th point: Visit to the Parliament of Catalonia and a walk around the park's lake.

6th point: Admire the Arco de Triunfo on Passeig de Lluís Companys.

End: Return to the hotel or continue exploring the Eixample.