My favourite place in Barcelona is the Santa Maria del Mar Basilica, known as the “Cathedral of the Ribera” because it is located in the neighbourhood of La Ribera, a seaside district built in the 14th Century. The stone of the Cathedral comes from the Montjüic mountain, brought by the stevedores of the port, “bastaixos”.

It was built in the Middle Ages in just 55 years, something unusual, in pure Catalan Gothic style. It consists of three naves, practically of equal height, with very high columns that support its  great amplitude and lightness. Some of its stained glass windows have survived to the present day.

It is possible to go up to the roof, from where you can  enjoy magnificent views of the city of Barcelona, and at the same time learn more about the medieval city.

I like its majesty, its austerity and the slenderness of its columns.

Did you know it has gained popularity in the novel “La Catedral del Mar”, by Ildefonso Falcones.

Nearby is the Picasso Museum, the European Museum of Modern Art, the Gothic Quarter and the Chocolate Museum.

Address Plaça Santa Maria, 1

How to get there

  • Bus: 45, 51, 120, H14, V15, V17
  • Underground: Jaume I, Barceloneta
  • Train: França


  • Mondays to Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
  • Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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