Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter, or Barrio Gotico, is one of the city’s oldest and most magnificent regions. Bustling with life and vibrant with atmosphere, here we explore 8 things to do that should be a must on your list.
1. Cathedral of Barcelona
One of the most beautiful pieces of gothic architecture in the city, the Cathedral of Barcelona is not to be confused with Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in the Eixample region of the city. Also known as Cathedral La Seu, this 13th century creation covered in gargoyles is the hub of this bustling neighbourhood. Dedicated during construction to the Eulalia of Barcelona, the co-patron saint of the city, venture inside the cathedral and discover the 13 geese that roam the courtyard. Prime time viewing is said to be at the fall of dusk, when the quintessentially gothic facade is at its most breathtaking.
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2. Historic Museum of Barcelona
The Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat will take you through the ages of Barcelona, from the Roman period up until present day. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history that is spread across seven different museum locations, all of which can be accessed with the same ticket. Take walks through the underground Roman streets and visit unmissable medieval landmarks like the Chapel of Santa Agata.
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3. Placa del Pi
One of Barcelona’s many squares, Placa del Pi is one of the best. Watched over by the remarkable gothic church the Santa Maria del Pi, this quaint area prides itself on its popular markets with a wide range of produce on offer. From local artists selling their wares during the weekends to artisan food markets popping up on the first and third Friday and Saturday of each month, there is always something going on.
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4. Walking Tours
What better way to get to know these gothic surroundings than through walking? With the company of a knowledgeable guide, you will be taken through the winding streets of Barcelona and learn all there is to know about the city’s riveting history, with a few hidden gems thrown in along the way. There are numerous companies that run these sought after tours, with some asking for a small fee but others that don’t charge anything at all.
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5. Lunch at La Desayuneria
Looking for a pit stop on your busy day in the gothic quarter? Why not stop off for a bite at this American style eatery in the heart of the region. Good, hearty food that won’t damage your wallet, La Desayuneria offers everything from sweet pancakes and waffles to filling sandwiches and main meals.
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6. Placa Reial
Located right next to La Rambla, Placa Reial, or The Royal Square, is one of the city’s most popular. Full to bursting with trendy bars, restaurants and nightclubs, the atmosphere is electric. One of Barcelona’s most vibrant spots, Placa Reial is massively popular amongst tourists looking to party the night away.
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7. Placa George Orwell
George Orwell and Barcelona? I bet you’re wondering where the correlation is! This square is named after the renowned English novelist following his coming to Barcelona to fight for Communism during the rising notion of Facism in the Spanish capital during the time. Surrounded now by numerous bars and restaurants, it’s definitely worth a visit.
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8. Museu Picasso
Housing one of the most extensive collections of artwork by one of Spain’s most famed artists is Barcelona’s Museu Picasso. With over 4,000 works on show, lose yourself in the fascinating world of Picasso’s art and learn about his ever-changing style and innovation.
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