Gothic Quarter

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Discovering the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona by foot Nov 05, 2010
Many tourists just focus in Las Ramblas when visiting the city, but as a Barcelona citizen I have to tell you that the locals hate walking down the Ramblas: always crowded, people crossing from everywhere, pickpockets, “cerveza-beer” hawcking, weird night life… You deserve to know that there are plenty of beautiful things in the Gothic Quarter which should not be missed if you are visiting Barcelona. I have just designed a quick route for you to make sure you will get to the best spots of Barcelona and will get back home knowing that the Barcelona is just much more than Mexican hats, paellas and flamenco dancers!

our route starts at Plaça Catalunya, in front of Café Zurich, where the locals meet. So, in case you want to meet somebody, this is the right place! ;) Then, head the Ramblas – wait, I know I just said that they are not that worth it, but it’s a “must”, at least for a 5 minutes walk; don’t worry, it won’t be painful. When walking down the Ramblas stop to drink some water at Canaletes Fountain (it is on your right hand side). It’s here where FC Barcelona fans celebrate victories and Championships. And it is also said that if you drink from Canaletes Fountain you’ll surely come back to the city - maybe it’s a bit early to know if you’ll like to come back, but if I were you I’d drink just in case.

When arriving to Carrer Portaferrissa (on your left), turn left and then right to Carrer Petritxol, a narrow and cosy street where you will find a couple of “Granges” where you can taste delicious “xocolata amb xurros“. Petritxol street ends up at Plaça del Pi, where often a traditional Catalan food market takes place on the Weekends. And next to it, Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, the painters square. Keep on going through the narrow streets til you get to Carrer Ferran. If you turn right you’ll go back to Las Ramblas. If you turn left you’ll discover some other great spots in Barcelona.

Chose to go to the left? Cool! Then, keep on reading! ;) Next stop is Plaça Sant Jaume. On your right: Barcelona’s Townhall. On your left: La Generalitat, the Catalan Governement. You should know that in Plaça Sant Jaume it is common to see Castellers (human towers) and Sardanes (Catalonia’s tradicional dance) on Sunday mornings (but not always).

Carrer del Bisbe will lead you to the Cathedral (usual mistake among tourist: this is not La Sagrada Familia). Also on this square, there are usually some Sardanes and live concerts. But before getting to the Cathedral main entrance door, there is a hidden spot which is one of Barcelona’s treasures: Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. In this small square there is a wonderful atmosphere and light. A school, a hotel, a church and the walls that remained a cruel witness of the Civil War bombs (1936-1939). To get to the square just turn left to a narrow street in front of the Cloister entrance door (which is itself something that shouldn’t be missed! Free entrance to see the gooses at the Cloister). Close to the Cathedral (just behind it) you can find Plaça del Rei, also a nice spot.

Afterwards, you need to go your way back (feel free to discover new streets) and find Plaça Reial (not the same as Plaça del Rei). You will recognise this square surrounded by palm trees if you saw the film “L’Auberge Espagnol”. Cross the square and you’ll see that you’re back to The Ramblas. You are quite close to Gran Teatre del Liceu that you shouldn’t miss if you are an Opera fan. Check out for tickets at Liceu’s ticket office or continue walking towards La Boqueria market: a huge market full of colors, delicious food, exotic fruits and some yummy Spanish ham. (a short tip: juices are cheaper when you enter the market)
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Gothic part of Barcelona Dec 01, 2008
The Gothic Quarter is what used to be known ago as the "Cathedral Quarter". The great gothic buildings which marked the high point of the city and its culture during the Middle Ages are to be found here. Here Likewise, are the remains of the ancient fortified walls and palaces built by the Romans on the "Mons Taber" such as, the temple dedicatet to Augustus.

The beautiful neighbourhood known as the Gothic Quarter is so called because it used to be the Roman village and thus has some remnants of its glorious past. These days because of the constant modernization it is very possible to spot an ancient building right next to one built in the 90s. It is this mix of old and new that brings people from all over the world to stay in the Gothic Quarter.

The narrow, winding streets create quite a labyrinth and means that it may take a while to get your bearings. I recommend that you should always look up and around you or you may miss some of the best bits.

The Gothic quarter has many peaceful squares (placas) where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. However one of the main attractions, right in the heart of the district is the huge Cathedral which has a stunning courtyard full of plants and oddly, geese.

You will be spoilt for choice of restaurants and bars, especially around Placa Reial which is always full day and night. The night-life in the Gothic Quarter is lively to say the least and you will always find somewhere to have a drink or a dance. Calle Ferran, which is just to one side of Placa Reial and leads up to Placa Sant Jaume with its imposing government buildings is also good for bars and cafes.

Shopping is also amazing in the Gothic Quarter, from the more commercial area of Calle Portal de L´Angel to all the little boutiques on Calle Avinyo. Make sure you walk around to experience all you can, the Gothic Quarter is perfect for that afternoon stroll.

There are metro stops on both sides of the Gothic Quarter, there are 3 on Las Ramblas which runs up one side of the area, and on the other is

Jaume 1. However you are in the centre of the city and many of the city’s attractions are a walk away.

The Barri Gotic area is the first choice for many visitors to Barcelona. It is the cultural hub of the city and great for any type of traveller.
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Ancient ambiance Mar 29, 2008
The Gothic Quarter (in Spanish: Barri Gòtic) is the centre of the old city of Barcelona, stretching roughly from La Rambla to Via Laietena and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere.

Many of the buildings in this quarter date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. There’s a labyrinth street plan with countless narrow streets and alleys that open out into atmospheric squares. Most of the quarter is closed for regular traffic, making it an ideal place to tuck away your map and get lost while admiring the beautiful buildings and tasting the ancient ambiance.

The highlight of the area is the Catedral de Santa Eulàlia, a huge church that was named after the sacred Eulàlia, who died as a martyr in the year 304. The construction of the church started in 1298, but the biggest part of the church was finished in the 15th century. At the start of the 20th century the last building assignments finally took place: the finishing of the three towers at the Westside of the church.
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travelman727 says:
Great info, Liselore! Like you, I enjoyed roaming the Gothic Quarter :-D
Posted on: Aug 24, 2010

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