El Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), located in the very center of Ciutat Vella, (Old City), is one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona. This District is made up by a fusion of buildings dating from many different times, from Roman settlements to 20th century structures, and the overall atmosphere is, you guessed it, gothic-like. This is one the most interesting places to visit in Barcelona.

The Gothic Quarter is easily recognized by the antique aspect of the buildings, its narrow streets and the near absence of traffic. Many of the streets are for pedestrians only and are built like a well organized labyrinth, many of them leading to small squares and so on.

As a curiosity, many of the so-called Gothic buildings were actually built in Gothic style from scratch from the early decades of the 20th century up until the mid 1960’s.

Barcelona City Hall

Barcelona City Hall

Places to see in the Gothic Quarter

  • Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia. Barcelona’s main Gothic Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia), is located in the heart of Barcelona, between two of the most important avenues of Ciutat Vella, Vía Laietana and La Rambla.
  • Bisbe Irurita Street. This gorgeous pathway leads from the Cathedral to the Sant Jaume Square, and has one of the most photographed bridges in Barcelona.
  • Sant Jaume Square. The administrative heart of Barcelona. Here are located both the Palace of the Generalitat (Government) and the City Hall.
  • Church of Santa Maria del Pi. The 14th Century Gothic Church, along with its 54 meter high tower, which can be viewed from La Rambla, is one of the most incredible structures on the District.
  • Plaça Reial (Royal Square). One of the biggest tourist attractions in the Gothic Quarter, is famous for having highly demanded clubs and restaurants. It draws a lot of crowds in special celebrations like New Year’s Eve, La Mercé Festival and when any major football team wins a championship cup.
  • Plaça del Rei (King’s Square). One of the most beautiful corners of old Barcelona, the 14th Century square houses the Museum of History of Barcelona.

How to get to the Gothic Quarter

You can take the Metro at Line 3 and go until Liceu or Drassanes Station, although the closest choice is getting off at
Jaume I Station at the Metro Line 4.
Address: The Gothic Quarter is located in the area between La Rambla and Via Laietana, and from the seafront up until Ronda Sant Pere.

Map of the Area

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