In Spanish: El Barrio Gótico de Barcelona
There are so many breathtaking attractions in Barcelona that it can be hard to know where to start. Don’t over think it, just consider the city’s rich cultural sites and ancient relics. Honestly, the city offers tons of unique attractions and there are plenty of tours in Barcelona that explore them all. However, there’s one in particular that stands apart: the Gothic Quarter Barcelona, a beautiful and mysterious neighborhood in the center of the city. Ready to unravel that mystery? You came to the right place.
History of the Gothic Quarter Barcelona
Barcelona is a huge city with many sites, attractions, and cultural spots that tell the story of its long history. The Gothic Quarter is one such relic. It is an exciting part of the city waiting to inspire the hearts and souls of all who visit.
The Barri Gòtic (in Catalonian, as it’s often referred to by locals), is considered the historic center of the old city of Barcelona. Like many other places, the Gothic Quarter is a place with a story to tell in every corner you visit.
Fun fact about the district: while it’s called the “Gothic Quarter”, most of its buildings are not from the Gothic era. They were mostly built between the 19th and 20th centuries. It was thanks to these buildings that the old neighborhood, which (honestly) was once pretty boring, became a popular attraction for tourists in Barcelona.
But that’s not the whole story. Natives believe that in 1929, the project of the Gothic Quarter was almost completed. And to the laymen, it didn’t seem to be more than an ordinary settlement area. Back then, no one really considered the Gothic Quarter to be an attraction in Barcelona.
Fast forward to today and, thanks to this Barcelona district’s growing appeal, the region of Catalonia gained international fame. Tourism has exploded in the area, and for good reason. The region’s unique beauty is complimented well by a remarkable milestone. The Gothic Quarter underwent several renovations and added a few new buildings, so the project actually ended in 1960.
What to see in the Gothic Quarter?
The historic center of Barcelona is a pretty big deal and yes, everyone talks about it. Every second you spend in the Gothic Quarter is an opportunity to explore and uncover its mysteries. Enjoy a memorable and magical experience while meeting and socializing with other Barcelona tourists along the way.
The Gothic Quarter begins in La Rambla and continues to Via Laietana, a prominent street in Barcelona. You can also visit the district via the Mediterranean Seafront of Barcelona and the Ronda de Sant Pere. This, of course, is another area to explore.
It’s worth mentioning that The Gothic Quarter is more than just a few houses, as some people believe. There are many important buildings and landmarks that are definitely worth a stop during your tour in Barcelona.
Important landmarks in the Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is so much more important than most visitors realize! Here are some places that you can see while visiting Barcelona:
- Rests of Roman and Medieval walls.
- Rests of an old Roman Temple.
- The Santa Eulalia Cathedral.
- Church of Santa Maria del Pi.
- Plaça del Rei.
- Palau Reial Major.
- Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.
- Plaça Sant Jaume.
- Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
- Basilica of La Mercé.
- Plaça Reial.
- Els Quatre Gats
- Palau Güell
There is a busy Barcelona train station in Plaça Catalunya, which is also part of the Gothic Quarter. Be sure to stop by while you’re in the area.
Are you planning a visit to the Gothic Quarter?
Once you’ve realized how important this district is and all of the wonders that await, it’s easy to see why the Gothic Quarter is one of the top places that most Barcelona tourists will love visiting. Are you ready to experience it too? Join us and we´ll guide you through this historical and magical place.
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