The Picasso Route, as the name suggests, is a journey that takes place on foot to discover the mark left by the very artist in Barcelona; his works, his life and the places he frequented.
The modernist restaurant Els Quatre Gats (the four cats), founded in 1897 was frequented by the artist and is a good starting point in order for us to fully savour this walking tour. The friezes of the Architects’ Association Building is a must for the curious aficionado, the only outdoor work realized by the artist; it was executed by the Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar, who carved about 57 metres of concrete figures embodied on paper by Picasso.
We continue our tour heading towards Avinyó street, which inspired the painter from Malaga to paint The Demoiselles Avignon. Still on the same street, at number 56, we find the Restaurante Pitarra. Here, in the backroom of what used to be an old clock shop, owned by poet and playwright Frederic Soler, also known as Serafín Pitarra, literary gatherings were held with contemporary artists.
Moreover, we can visit the Porxos d’en Xifré, the first residence of the Ruiz Picasso family no sooner had they moved to Barcelona in 1895. Another important site of Picasso’s life was La Llotja del Mar, the art school where he studied. By far, a walk that will take you to a Barcelona touched by the art of Picasso, the places he lived and frequented, the parts where he brought to life his art.