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Ciutat Vella (Old City)

Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona, Spain (El Barri Gòtic)
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Ranked #13 of 341 Attractions in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

One of the things that I love about Barcelona is that it is the city itself that is the attraction. You don't have to buy a ticket or stand in line. You just open your door bad you're there. I particularly admire Barcelona's three loop Hop On Hop Off tourist bus system, which takes you virtually everywhere you would want... More

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Don't try to rush round, pick up a good map and take your time to explore. Enjoy a tapas and find somewhere good to eat.

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Old European feel. Many shops and tapas restaurants. Many touristy shops but also nice local shops as well. Good for pictures.

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Landes, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Visit all you want of Barcalona-the tourist areas, then come to the real area...Barcalonetta, or Ciutat Vella. You wont be disappointed! The tapas are better, the little restos with so much character, the locals doing their thing...great for people watching too!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It is well worth walking around all he small streets and seeing the little taps bars. The Cathedral is worth a visit with it's old masonry. You pass by the old city walls and encounter large and small plaza's to sit and relax in .Delveing into the past history of the town away from the hustle and bustle of the... More

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Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great walking tour. Amazing new vistas around each bend. Markets, historical buildings, monuments. The real deal- complete with shopping, history, tapas bars and museums.

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Wilmington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Trying to describe the Old city area would be futile. Just get there wander round, have lunch, shop, and get lost in the experience. Eventually, you will work yourself out of the warrens of alleys and fine a main street

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Talk about a walk on the dark side. It's scary, it's savvy, kids on skateboards come up behind you at great rate of knots, music blares, arguments develop, people just can't talk quietly here, voices seem to amplify through all its dark nooks and crannies. Fabulous during the day it's a much better beat than La Rambla but once the... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Ciutat Vella (Bari Gotic, El Raval and El Born) is the most charming area in Barcelona. It is wise to simply walk around the tiny streets and get completely lost in it's magic. Very romantic.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Good to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. Lots of things to do and see; even just sitting by the fountain and people watching on a warm, summer afternoon is enough for you to enjoy. Definitely worth visiting.

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