Townhall and Plaça Sant Jaume
This square is home to two of the city’s most important institutions: Barcelona City Hall and the headquarters of the Generalitat autonomous goverment of Catalunya.
The city hall is a gothic palace and a guided tour will take you to the Hall of the Consell de Cent, one of the most beautiful examples of European Gothic architecture. Other highlights include the art gallery and Hall of Chronicles decorated with murals that appear differently depending on the angle and perspective they are viewed from.
The Palau de la Generalitat is a historic palace which offers guided tours fon individuals and groups. However, take note that on the 23rd of April ( Sant Jordi's day ) ,the 11th of September ( National Catalan Day ) and the 24th of Setember ( Mercés festivity, patron of Barcelona ), the entrance is for free.
In one of the corners of the square you’ll find the famous Conesa sandwich shop popular with locals, known for its home-made hot rolls. For pastries head to Llibreters Street and sample its coques de pinyons, croissants, magdalenes and other sweet treats.
From Plaça Sant Jaume head towards Barcelona Cathedral by crossing one of the loveliest streets in the Gothic area: Carrer del Bisbe. During the Roman period this was the heartbeat of the city. Notice the rooftop gargoyles watching over the street action below. Arching over the lane is a bridge of carved stone, which also looks authentically Gothic but was in fact added in 1928.