Barcelona

Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya

The historic palace of Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya sits in the heart of Barcelona and houses the offices of the presidency of Catalan. 130 presidents in total have governed from this house and its considered rare that a building of such medieval standings is still the functioning seat for the local government. Offering both a historical and culture filled morning, it's no wonder tourists flock to the plaza to admire the building.

Palace History

Located in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona the building dates back to the 15th century and boasts a beautiful Gothic façade along with both renaissance and baroque elements of architecture. These multiple architectural styles really make the building quite spectacular, and the beauty continues inside with the gothic cloister, first-floor chapel and impressive giant staircase.

Guided Tours

The palace isn’t always open to the public but tends to be on certain national holidays and other days of the year. The best way to find out if you can head inside on tour is to ask the palace guards when the building will next be open to the public. If you can’ get inside, it’s still worth visiting to admire the architecture from the plaza.