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Ciutat Vella

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Address: | 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...

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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Great Section of Barcelona

We booked our first hotel in this area (out of two visits to Barcelona in a 3+ week euro vacation). Area is a great walk, no issues. Lots of shops and cafes etc, so you won't be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Burlington, Canada
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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked our first hotel in this area (out of two visits to Barcelona in a 3+ week euro vacation). Area is a great walk, no issues. Lots of shops and cafes etc, so you won't be disappointed. Lots of older buildings as is most of Barcelona so eye candy is everywhere. Safe and sound area. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go to the Gothic section, besureto go on a Runner Bean walking tour as well. Full of interesting information as well as walking around looking for shops to go in a churches and squares. There are a lot of junk shops that seem to be owned by the same family as they all sell EXACTLY the same junk!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We absolutely loved staying here for a week. Everything was safe and fun. Restaurants were spectacular. Bakeries and grocery stores every 100 m. I loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The small alley ways are filled with interesting architecture, some of those buildings go back hundreds of years. You have not seen Barcelona unless you walked the old town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my favorite thing to do in Barcelona - wander the streets of the old city. You really feel the massive weight of history in this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed walking through the streets of Ciutat Vella which is the center city near the water. Many shops, restaurants and tents of vendors so that you stoll through this area and enjoy a taste of Barcelona culture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you like getting lost but in a safe way, then ambling through these streets are a great way to spend a couple of days in Barcelona, every corner you come across something totally amazing, old gothic cathedral, old palace, las ramblas, roman ruins and Gaudi museums, local markets off las ramblas and squares

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever I get to Barcelona again I like walking by this place, full of charm, with its people, with a lot of tourism, always awake ... it seems to be a city like NY that never sleeps ....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walk on foot there to explore the true old Barcelona. it is old and gorgeous. It has street art all over the walls, gorgeous looking. I took lots of pictures there. Also, many locals artists selling leather made bags, belts vests, yarn... they are very talented.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

.. or that's what the name means. A special part of the Barri Gotic, the oldest (or oldest-looking) one, with the narrowest streets and alleys, myriads of shops and bars and restaurants. Near the port, too.

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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 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.
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