Little touristic route proposed by Hostal Mare Nostrum

Hostal Mare Nostrum would like to give some advise about what to do in your visit in Barcelona downtown. So we want to propose a little touristic route beginning from our building. A nice walk with no cost. (Help yourself finding out the locations with the map we give you at your arrival in the reception.)

>Going out our hostal to the left you will find Las Ramblas, turn to the left to the mountain way and, after a few steps, you will find Hospital street:

- Hospital st. 10 building – Hospital st. 10 – A tight residential building made in 1849 in romantic style. Highlights it's frontal decoration.

>Go back to Las Ramblas and take up again the mountain way, after few steps:

- Sant Josep – La Boqueria Market - Built in 1840 in modernist style.

>Going through the market will find a parking, going round by the right side will find Doctor Fleming Square:

- Doctor Fleming Fountain – Doctor Fleming Sq. annexed to Surgery College - built in 1956 and made of Montjuïc Mountain stone and white marble. - Surgery College – Hospital alleyway 2 – Built in 1764 in rococo style, with a big shield of the king Charles III.

>Going out the alleyway you are in del Carme street. Turn to your left to el Raval neighborhood way, after few steps:

- Convalescence House - Del Carme st. 47 – Built in 1629 in late renaissance style. Nowadays the headquarters of the Catalan Studies Institute (IEC).

>Following del Carme st. to your left will find Egipcíaques street. Take it straight to the end and will lead you to Hospital street. Turn to your right and, after a few steps:

- Santa Creu Hospital - Hospital st. 56 – Built between the 13th and 15th century in gothic style, is one of the most representative buildings of the city history. - Hospital Cross - Inside the Hospital – Built in 17th century in baroque style. Restored in 1939 after the civil war. - Romea Theater - Hospital st. 51 – Built in the 19th century in neoclassic style. Reformed in 1913. - San Agustín Curch- Sant Agustí sq. - Built in 18th century in neoclassic style

>Achieved this point, turn around and take up the opposed way in the same street until get the Rambla del Raval Avenue. Take a walk to the sea way:

- The Botero's Cat - Rambla del Raval – Sculpture made in bronze by Fernando Botero in 1990.

>At the end of the avenue, turn to your left and will find Sant Pau st. (the same as our hostal). Follow it until the 101th door:

- Sant Pau del Camp Monastery - Built between the 10th and 12th century in romantic style. It was and old benedictine monastery. Highlights its cloister made in 13th century.

>In the next crossroad you will find Abat Safont street, that leads you to Tàpies street. If you decide to go round the monastery throught it's garden, Tàpies st. is behind the building. Take up it to the left to Las Ramblas way and will find the beginning of Drassanes avenue.

- Drassanes (shipyards)- Drassanes Av. - Shipyard built between the 12th and 15th centuries in gothic style. Nowadays hosts the Maritime Museum. - Edificio Colom - Drassanes Av. 6-8 – 110m high skycraper that simulates a lighthouse, built by Josep Anglada, Daniel Gelabert and Josep Ribas in 70's.

>At the end of Drassanes avenue will find Portal de la Pau, where also come out Las Ramblas:

-Monument to Christobal Columbus - Portal de la Pau sq, sculptural complex of 60 meters, designed in 1888 by many authors. - Edificio de la Duana (maritime customs building) – Josep Carner ave. next to Columbus monument – Monumentalist building made in 1888 by Enric Sagnier with clasicists motifs.

>To your back, take up Las Ramblas to the mountain way until find Nou de la Rambla to your left.

- Güell Palace - Nou de la Rambla 3-5 – Stately house built in modernism style by Gaudí in 1885.

>Follow Nou de la Rambla st. and take up the first street to the right, wich is called Les Penedides. When you achieve the end you will be at Sant Pau st and to your left to Las Ramblas way you find the hostal, and also:

- Fonda Espanya (Spain inn) - Sant Pau 9-11 – Inn built in 1888 in modernism style, decorated by the architect Domènech i Montaner. Highlights it's hall, the bar and the dinning room.

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