Carrer Montcada is a narrow street typical of Barcelona's Ciutat Vella (old district). During the heady days of Catalonia's empire, Carrer Montcada was the top spot for Barcelona's rich aristocrats and merchants to own a luxury pad.
Most of these palaces are still extraordinarily well-preserved, making Carrer Montcada one of Barcelona's most historically atmospheric streets, mixing delightful Middle Age and Renaissance architecture. These days the palaces now house cafes, museums and souvenir shops, making Carrer Montcada one of El Born's most pleasant streets to spend a morning.
One of the highlights of Carrer Montcada is this huge collection of Picasso's work so ample it's housed in five of the street's palaces. The Museu Picasso is one of Barcelona's most visited museums, with constant queues around the block.
Other Museums on Carrer Montcada
Opposite the Picasso Museum, in the Marquesos de Liió Palace, is the Textile Museum, which also is also home to the wonderful Textil Cafe. The textile industry played an important role in Barcelona's 18th Century economic and cultural rebirth. Also along Carrer Montcada is the Barbier-Mueller Precolombian Art Museum, with interesting artifacts from pre-colonial Latin America.
Where to Eat on Carrer Montcada
Carrer Montcada has some interesting arty souvenir shops and a couple of excellent tapas eateries. There's the Basque pintxos emporium Euskal Etxea. And traditional tapas, free-flowing cava and agreeably little elbow space in El Xampanyet, directly opposite.
The Museu Picasso end of the street can get very crowded in peak hours, so try and get their early in the morning. Late at night can also be a delightful way to take in its centuries of history at your leisure.
How to Get There: El Born is served by Jaume I metro station (yellow line), Urquinaona (yellow and red lines) and Arc de Triomf (red line).
Getting to Barcelona: Barcelona is served by Barcelona El Prat Airport, and Renfe trains connect from all other major Spanish cities to Sants Estacio.