Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
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Stroll through the historic center of medieval Barcelona and visit some of the city's most important political buildings and gothic architecture.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
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.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 3 min walk
  • Liceu • 5 min walk
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  • nam p
    53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wandering back in time
    Love the walk here. Wandered around to admire the building, the architecture. There are atractions you should get to like the Catalan Cathedral and Pont Bisbe but the narrow streets themselves are already an atraction. There are also alot of shops around.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Healyum86
    90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool streets with so much energy
    We loved walking through the Gothic quarter. So much history that can seen as you walk around, beautiful shops and even a Christmas shop. Not as busy in April and a nice break from La rambla
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Eaton_Out
    Greenville, South Carolina651 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gothic Quarter was a convenient place to stay
    We stayed in the Gothic Quarter in a 5 star hotel about two blocks from La Ramblas. Although the neighborhood seemed ok by day we did note that the hotel had several doormen out front at all times and we assumed this was for security. We did not go out at night but by day we felt very safe. Pick pockets are said to be rampant in Barcelona and many apparently ride scooters so beware and keep valuables close. There is much great architecture to see here. We walked by ourselves on our first day and came back with a local guide who showed us around our last day.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Kim D
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing stay!
    We rented an Air BnB in the Gothic Quarter and it was the right choice. The location has everything and is a beautiful part of the city. There are cafes, bars, churches and the market! The beach is also close by. Highly recommend staying in this area!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 24, 2023
  • redhead_roaming
    Seattle, Washington2,919 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Narrow Streets Among Historic Buildings
    I love walking around areas like this in any city. It feels authentic (even though I'm sure it isn't anymore). The pedestrian streets are narrow and not straight, with random smaller alleys breaking off here and there, amongst the historic buildings. You find lovely hidden restaurants and shops when you're just wandering and not necessarily looking for something.
    Visited May 2022
    Written April 27, 2023
  • Jess
    Bracknell, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favourite place in Barcelona
    The gothic quarter was by far one of my favourite places to walk around in Barcelona. As someone who hates big crowds but enjoys the city sites, I thought this was the perfect middle ground. Incredible architecture, some nice restaurants and not too many people. Really worth going for a few hours to explore.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2023
  • SHA12311
    Cairo, Egypt844 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it
    My wife & i went through so many of these must see alleys some of which with historical structures & churches/cathedrals to visit and/or take photo’s of besides all kinds of shops you can stop buy and surely end up shopping as well. So the walk is mixed and worth it. Recommended.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 30, 2023
  • Jenn Cara
    Birkenhead, United Kingdom80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely stroll.
    Wow, what a beautiful part of the city. Everywhere you look the buildings are just stunning, it feels so different from the main part of town and so much to see. Really lovely stroll around this area.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Yvonne C
    Rancho Mirage, California677 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the Gothic Quarter!
    So much fun- Great food and sights. The history is everywhere. See the Cathedral and the churches. Felt very safe. Alot of tourists, but the crowds were not overwhelming. We stayed in the Gothic quarter and would certainly stay in that area again .
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Michael T
    Columbus, Ohio88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get Lost & Enjoy
    My wife and I happened to come down here twice during our stay. It's close to the La Rambla area. Looking at the buildings & architectural detail was an incredible experience. The narrow streets that took you here and there. The Barcelona Basilica is located in this area as well as the Del Mar church. Just take time to enjoy checking out various shops / bars / restaurants int he area. Allow yourself to just get lost and pick a direction
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 25, 2023
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Jools W
Yorkshire, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We LOVED this part of the city. Steeped in history, winding little streets with gorgeous balconies, little squares with cafes, shops and bars.
The church is also stunning. A must see when in Barcelona away from the hustle and bustle of city life
Written March 20, 2024
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Michael R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing the amount of history in this area is unbelievable. The tight narrow streets and the tall buildings all out of sandstone. There’s something to stop and look at on every street.
Written March 20, 2024
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sand4man
Houston, TX19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Incredible trip. Really a romantic city and lots to do. Highly recommend. Happy we came. Will visit again. My wife and I felt it was a great trip!
Written March 15, 2024
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Sophia S
Georgioupolis, Greece750 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
The Gothic neighbourhood in Barcelona is very charming. It has narrow streets that smell of paella at night, interesting stories painted on different stones, people trying to sell all sorts of things and many nice secrets. I bought there a silk skirt on sale and ate alone s big paella that I can never forget. I also got blocked in the back of a shop trying on some clothes...with a Pakistani seller that spoke a bad English. But it was fun. The Santa Maria del Mar gothical church is a must for the top views of the Mediterranean Sea from its towers. I love the sea, I love this town. Barcelona has many stories to tell..... next time you come here! 🍋⚓🏖
Written February 29, 2024
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William
191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Amazing stone work!!! Easy to get lost!!! The Roman ruins are well worth seeing. As are the museums. Beware of pickpockets
Written February 21, 2024
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wireless_in_CA
United States5,014 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We enjoyed staying close to the Old Quarter and walking through different parts every day.

The small and rambling streets were filled with many old or historical buildings. Some buildings seemed like a jigsaw puzzle having been built by reusing pieces from different eras of Barcelonas history.

There were lots of restaurants, bars to eat or drink along with churches, museums to visit and plazas to hang out and people watch or be entertained by street performers.

We felt safe walking around here both in the day and night. Nighttime was much less crowded and quieter.

It was also nice not seeing and hearing many cars due to the driving restrictions and narrows streets.
Written February 11, 2024
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Krishnan R
Hayward, CA234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Came here on a beautiful Christmas Day afternoon in Barcelona. It's a nice area to walk around and you can even see the Cathedral.

This place will also have holiday lights at night. Highly recommended to visit.
Written December 31, 2023
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023
Just amazing to walk around without an agenda or a time limit. There is just so much to see and relaxing at a cafe and people watch is just a joy. The architecture is something to be beholden to. I would just set up some dedicated time to enjoy the area and enjoy the culture of the quarter. Enjoy.
Written November 26, 2023
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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt875 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is a very nice area of Barcelona, full of narrow streets and interesting buildings. There are also plenty of people and street performers around. It's great to just wander around and stumble across a nice restaurant or tapas bar. Highlights are the cathedral which is very impressive and the Pont del bisbe which connects two buildings.
Written November 19, 2023
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Robert S
Brisbane, Australia110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Possibly the best part of Barcelona so far. It has a wonderful vibe just wandering through the tiny narrow streets. In peak season it might be crowed but when we went in November it was ok.
Even better it will cost you nothing.
Written November 11, 2023
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