El Museu Marítim de Barcelona

replica of a 16th Century galley at the Maritime Museum, Barcelona.

El Museu Marítim de Barcelona isn’t exactly one of main tourist attractions in town – the fact that the official website is only in Catalan or Spanish attests to that. We’re not terrifically excited by scale model boats, but the place has its charms.

The building itself is magnificent, having served as a shipyard from the 13thto 18thcenturies, and the full-size reproduction of a galley from the 16th Century is also impressive.

The courtyard – there’s a café too – is a lovely cool spot on a hot day, and occasionally serves as a location for a weekend market.

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