If there’s one district that never fails to delight visitors to Barcelona, it has to be the Barrio Gótico or Gothic Quarter. It’s not surprising. These streets are the very heart of the city. Built on the remains of the ancient Roman city is one of the most romantic medieval neighbourhoods in Europe. Its maze of narrow streets and squares are full of hidden delights. Discover them for yourself in your accommodation in the Barrio Gótico in Barcelona.
Off the right-hand side of La Rambla looking up towards Plaça de Catalunya, this is one of the most popular districts with tourists, not only because of its rich history, but also because it’s a great area for shopping, which is why many people opt for a holiday apartment in this area. Pedestrian streets like Portal de l’Àngel, Santa Anna, Ferran, Canuda and Portaferrissa have every possible store you could ever want. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes, some of which are famous for serving hot chocolate and tasty pastries, especially on Carrer Petritxol.
The Gothic Quarter is where Barcelona began. The Roman colony of Barcino was founded here in 1 BC on the site of present-day Plaça de Sant Jaume, home to City Hall and the seat of the Catalan Government. You can still see the remains of the roman temple dedicated to Augustus, hidden away inside a building.
Another hidden gem is the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, with its baroque church. It was bombed during the Civil War and the shrapnel damage can still be seen on the church walls. This lovely shady square is the perfect place for a break.
Just around the corner is Barcelona cathedral, dedicated to Santa Eulàlia, the city’s patron saint. It was built in Gothic style between the 13th and 15th centuries, although its facade is from the 19th century. Check out the 13 white geese in the cloister, one for each year of the saint’s life before she was crucified. As you leave the cloister, you’ll pass the famous bridge over Carrer Bisbe, very popular with photographers!
The lively streets around the cathedral are always full of music: guitarists, opera singers, violinists… And the square in front of the cathedral holds lots of craft markets all year round, the most famous being the Santa Llúcia Christmas market.
Another great Gothic building worth a visit is the Basílica de Santa María del Pi, with an impressive collection of precious metals and a bell tower with stunning views over Barcelona. There are also concerts inside and you’ll find artists selling their paintings in the square outside.
Don’t leave without visiting Plaça del Rei, site of the medieval Royal Palace, home to the Counts of Barcelona, built on Roman walls. Beneath the square you can visit the archaeological remains at the Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA). There are lots of other museums in this area, including the Museu de Cera, Gaudí Exhibition Center and Museu Frederic Marès. Culture lovers shouldn’t think twice about booking one of our apartments in the Barrio Gótico in Barcelona.
You’ll be spoilt for choice at night if you fancy a dance or a drink, from pubs with live music to cocktail bars and nightclubs playing all kinds of music styles. Plaça Reial, for example, with its lovely colonnades, is always a favourite.
Renting an apartment in the Barrio Gótico in Barcelona means sleeping in the very heart of the city and being able to lose yourself amidst its streets whenever you feel like it. It has excellent connections to the rest of the city. You can walk to Plaça de Catalunya, La Rambla, Raval, Barceloneta, Born and Passeig de Gràcia. It’s no surprise it’s so popular with tourists!