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Ciutat Vella

| Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona, Spain
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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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| Bounded by Rambla, Universitat, Laietana and Ferran, Barcelona, Spain
Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous place Barcelona but don't expect to get any sleep if u stay at the front of the hotel ... ciutat Vella ... bottle bank outside that's been empty most of the night.... so loud you jump out of your sleep ... u could...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

a very nice place to stay in the city center. nice rooms, everything is clean and a real friendly service ! we stayed with 2 kids of 5 yo. and 7 months and felt comfortable and secure. big thank you goes to the service administrator...More

Thank Pavel M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You could spend all day wandering the narrow, winding streets of the old city and never get bored. In addition to the architecture being beautiful, there are tons of beautiful little shops, bars, eateries, and open markets tucked away. I recommend stopping often for drinks...More

1  Thank Catherine F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Ciutat Vella is a great place to wander round some of the narrow lanes and stumble across some amazing architecture or cute little restaurants and bars. Don't go with an agenda, just see where're it takes you.

Thank EJLH
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ciutat Vella is a less touristy version of the Gothic Quarter Barri Gotic. There are a lot of nice restaurants, bars, and cafes in the area. The Boquería market is also located here along the Ramblas.

Thank Apple853
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best place to ditch the map and get lost in the beautiful narrow streets with small shops, cafes and restaurants. I think it's represents Barcelona very accurately. Nice area to walk even during the hottest hours of the day as the buildings create comfortable shadow...More

Thank Eleni K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of narrow streets to discover and quirky little boutiques. Restaurants and cafés at every corner. Interesting area that is rich in history.

1  Thank Lella E
Reviewed June 11, 2017

Smaller and having more charme than the over-rated Ramblas Many small shops / restaurants / Tapas places. Try it!

Thank Geneva2009
Reviewed May 31, 2017

Always lovely walking around Barcelona and the old town is charming..Beautiful buildings everywhere. Loads of Tourists, I mean you cant walk packed with tourists...It makes London look like a village. Its Crazy... But what a City its amazing and well worth seening.

2  Thank Sarahmeetsworld
Reviewed May 29, 2017

the old city is full of charm..wide , treed streets, beautiful buildings, lots of tourists. buses and metro easy to use. The RAMLA 102 was smack in the middle of it all... a modern apartment with washer, dryer, kitchen etc.

1  Thank newzealand66
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
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