On the waterfront, around the bend from the Moll de la Fusta, stretch the old warehouses or Magatzems Generals. Now renamed the Palau de Mar, they are home to a row of restaurants and the Museu d’Història de Catalunya.
Designed to give an overview of Catalan history from the Palaeolithic era to the present, the emphasis is on interactive devices: millstones to grind up grain, a suit of armour with a mirror for visitors to admire their new look, a host of buttons to push, dozens of touch-screen computer terminals with more snippets, plus photos and videos and models of ships and buildings and domestic interiors. On the upper floor, a glass-topped relief lets you tramp like Gulliver across a Lilliputian Catalunya.
The rooftop café is a treat with views out over the port, and the museum shop has a particularly good collection of unusual gifts. The museum also manages a good number of historical sites around Catalonia, and they offer a free app with up-to-date hours, ticket prices, information and photos for them.
Image by Alexander Johmann