It is a truth recognized by every traveler, sometimes distant countries are better known than their own. For example, I thought I knew Barcelona quite well, at least the Gothic quarter, which is my favorite area of my city, but no. The city still has fantastic places to discover. Walking through the Gothic quarter, I often wonder what life would be like in the Middle Ages, but not the life of the populace, which was not easy at all, but that of those who inhabited the numerous palaces of Catalan Gothic style that are all over the world. old town What would the palaces look like inside? What would they eat? What would your day to day look like?
Luckily, there is currently an activity in Barcelona that answers all these questions: the nights of history and legend in the Palau Requesens, since it combines a guided tour of the city with a dinner inspired by recipes of Catalan medieval cuisine and a final talk about some aspect of that period of history.
Shortly before eight we went to Requesens Palace, current headquarters of the Royal Academy of Good Letters of Barcelona. This palace was built between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries taking advantage of a piece of the ancient Roman wall of the city and was owned by the Requesens family. In the courtyard of the palace they served us a glass of cava while we waited for the rest of the dinner members to arrive.
Later, Jordina, our guide, took us through the most emblematic corners of the Gothic quarter while explaining what the 14th-century Barcelona was like. We visit the church of Sant Just i Pastor, in the square of the same name, the original facade of the city hall of Barcelona, the old synagogue of the Jewish quarter and the surroundings of the cathedral, among other places. The guided tour was very enjoyable and they explained legends such as that of Santa Eulàlia and historical events such as the killing of Jews that took place in Barcelona in 1391. An hour later, we returned to the palace to visit inside. The noble part has undergone numerous reforms, but the part of the stables and kitchens still maintains the same structure as when it was built. In fact, dinner is served in the restored room where animals and servants once lived.