Barcelona has so many things to do and see, the ideal to see most of them is to go on foot. Taking a long walk means that once you taste the exquisite meals in any of the restaurants throughout the city. It’s a good way to burn off some calories and to explore the city in its full glory.
The Gothic Quarter is the original center of Barcelona. It dates back to Roman times. It starts from the waterfront, north of the city’s most famous street, Las Ramblas. The Gothic Quarter is a maze of narrow streets with cobbled stones, it is a step back into the past and a great place to stroll once in Barcelona. Don’t worry if you get tired there are plenty of bars and cafes to explore along the way.
The Olympic district was modernized and expanded in 1992, to host the Olympic games. It’s based on the top of the Montjuic hill, south of the Gothic Quarter’s and has some amazing views of the city and port.
Walking to the two areas is approximately four to five miles.
If you feel the need to take at least half a day walking, then this is a great route. Start from the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia which dates back to 1298 and you can also visit the ever famous Sagrada Familia which is a few minutes walking distance from this ancient cathedral.
Afterward, head in the direction of Las Ramblas and stop on the way to visit one of the most historic squares in Barcelona. It is one of the most peaceful spots with an eighteenth-century Baroque church. During the Spanish Civil war, it was used as a place of execution. The bullet holes can be seen n in the walls. When you visit Las Ramblas you will see a vast number of shops, tourist, and restaurants. It is the most famous street in Barcelona and a number of buskers and artists can draw your picture or paint it on the spot. It is a precious memorabilia of your visit to Barcelona.
Las Ramblas is so long that by taking a right you could end up at a number of places such as Palau Guell which was designed by Antoni Gaudi. It was built between 1886 to 1890. It hallmarks the famous Catalan architect with an intricate spire and decorated chimneys. The other option is to walk through El Raval which has a number of bars, shops, apartments and restaurants. The list is endless, there are a number of tour guides that could take you through the city or you can form your own map on the places that you would like to visit. Just remember to bring comfortable shoes, you are going to need them.