Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

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Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)
4.5
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The Central historical part of Barcelona, located between the streets of Rambla and Laetana.
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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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9,578 within 3 miles
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1,326 within 6 miles
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Jeff W
Des Moines, IA43 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a great area to go and 'step back in time' even with the modern shops. Knowing that this was the actual city for hundreds of years with people packed within the walls is very eye-opening. I would recommend first walking the area in daylight to get familiar with certain areas and the basic layout. Recognize a few key structures or shops for reference, then go back in the evening when it really comes alive.
Written October 25, 2021
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Amjschmitz
Chicago, IL114 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
I’m not sure what the actual boundaries are of the gothic quarter, and maybe they aren’t rigidly defined. But you’ll know it if you’re in it because much of the architecture will have that medieval feel to it. There are statues and basilicas and so many cool, narrow alleys.

Be aware that it is a popular area for tourists, so it will always be crowded. And because the streets are narrow that could lead to some frustration. We went in January so it wasn’t too bad but I can imagine a more popular month being a little harder to get around.

Expect a lot of graffiti. Like Rome, it seems to be everywhere. But most of it seems to be more of the artistic variety as opposed to gang markings. Every single roll down metal store front is a canvas (not just in this quarter, but throughout Barcelona) to the point that I wonder if many of these are commissioned.
Written February 7, 2020
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Nesligül D
Istanbul, Turkey6,114 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is the area to the east of La Rambla and is the oldest part of the city where you can still see the towers which were the gates to the city.
The cathedral is magnificent, the only problem is that you have to queue and pay 7 euros to enter. The Jaume Square houses the Town Hall and the Government of Catalonia. Of course, you come across many churches and other interesting buildings as well as nice cafes, restaurants and shops as you stroll in the old streets of this quarter.
Written January 6, 2020
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robgarrettcurator
Gdynia, Poland328 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a famous and fabulous district of Barcelona and it well worth taking your time to explore the many narrow lanes, great tapas places and historic sites... If you are comfortable just getting lost in the maze of streets, the Gothic Quarter will offer up surprises... Remember to look up at the decorated facades and the distinctive street art, decorated balconies and slivers of sky...
Written July 27, 2021
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Anthony K
London, UK13,135 contributions
Oct 2020
Close to the Majestic La Seu, |Gothic Cathedral, a place of worship but so much more ... is a small shop called INCAS ... do locate it and do visit. It has fine ornaments, clothing, accessories, candles, aromatic purifiers etc all made in South America and all clothing, accessories and ornaments are handmade. Prices are very affordable.

BXDA DE LA LLIBRETARIA 9 or see incasbcn.com ...
Written October 17, 2020
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JessM
28 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
I enjoyed walking the tiny streets and alleys. Lots to see and every street feels special and unique. The lights that were up for Christmas added a special touch and each of the streets had their own light displays. Recommend just walking around, maybe with a place or 2 in mind you want to see and enjoy the rest that comes with it.
Written January 1, 2020
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Callmemadam X
Windsor, UK176 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a must-see area - even my husband said so and he complains about me taking his all over the city to see such and such museum, church, statue, library etc. The history is right there in front of you, a quarter that shows how people lived almost on top of each other, washing lines a plenty, food and wine choices to tempt you and ice-cream to cool you down. I recommend Las Fritas !
Written February 17, 2020
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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
Nov 2019
We rented an apartment on Argenteria which was close to almost everything. Staying here felt like we were part of the local community. I loved wandering the narrow streets, finding little cafes tucked away, beautiful churches, museums and little parks. I walked around alone with my camera and found it was very safe at night. If I were to go back, this is where I would stay again!
Written October 16, 2020
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Elizabeth Kinnell
8 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Take a free walking tour of the Gothic quarter for two hours from 11am any day in Barcelona and be transported into another world. Your guide will show you all sorts of hidden gems and you will enjoy uncovering some of the lesser known places in this fascinating city. And yes, it is free!
Written January 12, 2020
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Chris Mayfield
Odense, Denmark238 contributions
Apr 2022
We recommend visiting this area of Barcelona, as it was our favorite part of our recent trip. This area is highly interesting and old, I would say much more interesting than other areas in Barcelona. There are several cool restaurants to visit in this area and it is fairly affordable. I would recommend this area over the touristy Las Ramblas or Sagrada Familia area.
Written May 15, 2022
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