El Gòtic, or the Gothic Quarter, is one of the loveliest neighbourhoods in Barcelona, with its meandering streets full of small medieval gems. It is the most central and primitive neighbourhood of Barcelona, where you can admire its medieval past in all its splendor. Ruins from the Romans, Carolingians and Visigoths have also given shape to the city, and these remains can still be seen in various parts of Barcelona, but especially in the neighbourhood of El Gòtic. The multitude of monuments that you will appreciate here, are directly related to numerous and all kinds of establishments that occupy this area of the city. Known as the cultural district par excellence, El Gòtic is a neighbourhood full of museums and municipal facilities of great architectural interest. Its streets are narrow and dark, and they harbor the charm of the old towns of any municipality, full of charming, mostly ancient, shops.
El Gòtic is characterized by narrow and dark, winding and mostly pedestrian streets, by obvious limitations of space. The apartments are usually small and have little daylight, although they do have the charm of wooden beams, the small interior courtyards or the typical Catalan vaulted ceilings. Most of the apartments are renovated, and many of them are beautifully designed. The neighbourhood has many services, food stores, catering establishments, entertainment venues, design objects, and fashion, accessories and craft stores. Connections in this area are excellent, with public transport to virtually any area of Barcelona, and even to other municipalities and Catalan provinces. Renting in this area of the historic district of Ciutat Vella guarantees a wonderful cultural offer, and a splendid quantity and quality of services. And although it is true that this is a very crowded neighbourhood due to the flow of tourists, if you prefer a lively, cultural, charming area full of history, then without a doubt, El Gòtic is your neighbourhood.
The neighbourhood of El Gòtic holds great treasures in terms of monuments. It has several historical areas, each with its special charm. In one part there is the Jewish quarter or "el call", the Jewish zone of the Ciudad Condal. The other part consists of Sant Just i Pastor with its fourteenth-century Gothic basilica, Santa María del Pi with the cathedral area and the impressive cathedral of Barcelona as its flagship, the area of Santa Ana, La Mercè and the Palace of the Generalitat. Other monuments and key locations are the Portal del Ángel, which is one of the most important commercial areas in the Ciudad Condal, the Plaza Real which is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues, the History Museum of Barcelona, the Church of Sant Felip Neri, the remnants of the Civil War which are visible on its walls, the Episcopal Palace, the Equestrian Statue of Ramón Berenguer III, which was originally designed in 1880 by Josep Llimona, or the marvelous Roman remains belonging to the Temple of Augustus.