In Spain, kings, queens and clergymen were originally the only people who delighted in the cacau beverage when it arrived from the Americas from 1492. Later it was prescribed to people to recover from illness.
Soon after its arrival, Barcelona became an important center for the production and consumption of chocolate. Have you seen the amazing Casa Amatller in Passeig de Gracia? Yes, that beautiful Modernista House next to Gaudi's Casa Batllò. It belonged to the owners of Xocolates Amatller, open since 1797! Their posters and advertisements became an icon for the Art Nouveau movement.
Nowadays, you can taste a warm cup of chocolate caliente con churros handmade in Carrer Petritxol, where new generations continue to carry on this chocolate loving tradition.