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Address: Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona, Spain
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Description: This fascinating area is steeped in history, with city hall located in the...
This fascinating area is steeped in history, with city hall located in the same spot where kings once reigned. You'll find narrow streets and squares here, with Gothic mansions, museums, historic churches, bars and restaurants. The Placa del Rei is reputedly the place where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella welcomed Columbus after his voyage to America.
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Parc de la Cuitadella is well worth a visit, no charge unless you go into the zoo. Boating lake, fountains, bubble performers for the kids. Some georges architecture and close to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Parc de la Cuitadella is well worth a visit, no charge unless you go into the zoo. Boating lake, fountains, bubble performers for the kids. Some georges architecture and close to the arc de Triomphe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Beyond wonderful on a full moon in July. The Ciutat Vella has a great selection of restaurants and more romantic atmosphere than seems possible. The only downside is that everyone else thinks its wonderful too, so you will be competing for sidewalk space in heavy tourist season. The people of Barcelona seem really unique in being able to graciously handle... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We went to Barcelona at the end on June, it was quite hot but lovely to walk about the narrow streets and admire the architecture, sit at every other terrace and listen to street music over sangria or cervezas or cocktails or ice coffee or whatever you choose. It sure is one of those place you have to visit at... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Pretty interesting, with a lot of art, wine, little stores and people. Wait until there is an event going on...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Wander in the shade of the narrow streets and refresh in the squares. Street artists perform whilst you drink and eat.

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Ciutat Vella Parc is for everybody. You can relax, do sports, have fun, take a walk with your dog, make music, etc. Both relaxing and enjoyable!

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Thriving old town with beautiful buildings, old churches, hundreds of cafe and restaurants. Very easy to walk about but with so much to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Every city has an old town, but Barcelona's is more spectacular than most. With narrow streets, high old buildings where you can clearly see each extension through the ages, and the charming smell of wee in the morning, this is one of my favourites. Perfect to get lost in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

fantastic example of older european architecture. very well preserved for a major city. Be sure to visit the El Quatre Gats, especially if you have read The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Be sure not to miss this area, many fantastic lunchrooms and vintage clothing shops around, beware of beggars who frequent this area.. Our hostel was just of the ramblas and ciutat vella was easily accessible, just half a mile walk..

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Address: Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona, Spain
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
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