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Ciutat Vella (Old City)

Address: Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona, Spain (El Barri Gòtic)
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Ranked #11 of 286 Attractions in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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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.
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London, United Kingdom
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178 reviews 178 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

- It is really beautiful! - Just like every old city, this one here is really nice with small alleys and everything - You have to get "lost" in there as you you will be surprised by how many small bars and restaurants you will find there - Especially during the night, it is even more beautiful

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW

Spend an afternoon strolling the old city, absolutely lovely, take time for a coffee, one of the best days we had.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Go and walk along the streets. Leave the maps and only walk. Feel the soul of the city. Explore the new restaurant, buildings and people.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A wonderful medieval experience. Lots of narrow streets, shops and restaurants. A great place to roam around for an afternoon.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

FAntastic to explore the streets and take a long day there taking photos, eating. Be free and adventurous, you'll loved it.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Very clean, well maintained, not too many tags (I heard ll the beautiful old buildings were full of tags in the past). Nearly no beggars. Wonderfull architecture, small typical streets with high old building with balcony full of green plants. Nice terrasses everywhere, I heard it's very enjoyable during summer, as the shadow brings freshness. But I was there in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

It is obvious that it should be seen. Old city is marvelous and it was your reason to go to Barcelona

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Wow...This is an experience in itself. Both Barri Gotic and Ciutat Vella are experiences of a life time. All one has to do is wear ones walking shoes, hold a bottle of water in your hand and get your camera ready. And there you go.. The lanes and byelanes are almost like a labyrinth that can consume you if you... More

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We have been to the Old City many times. It is always fun to discover different places within the Ciutat Vella. This time our hotel was directly on the border of the old city, directly on the waterfront, which made our discovery excursions even easier. Walking through the old city one always discovers "new" things that weren't noticed before. And... More

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Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Old cities are wonderful and this is no exception. Interesting laneways and gothic architecture, squares with shops and cafes. A must if you are here.

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