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What to see and do in the Gothic neighborhood

Written by Thompson Crowley

The Gothic quarter is one of the most popular areas in Barcelona and one that you definitely should explore by foot. We recommend a long walk from Plaza Catalunya, alongside La Ramblas, which will take you in and out all of its ancient streets. If you like history and art you’ll be in heaven; the neighborhood is steeped in both remnants from Roman times, and also the Medieval period when life here flourished.

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Walking through El Goticó

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One of the most interesting streets you will find when walking down Las Ramblas is Carrer Portaferrisa, which was the gateway to the city in Medieval times. There is a fountain with ceramic artwork which will take you back, giving you nostalgia for an era long gone. If you prefer to turn right, you will find Carrer Petritxol, in which you will see a Gothic church dedicated to the Virgin, overlooking the famous Plaza del Pi. Beyond this, there are many other popular plazas, the most interesting one being Plaza Sant Josep Oriol, where artists and painters can be seen calmly daubing the canvas.

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The main attractions

After a short amount of time exploring, you will come across Barcelona’s cathedral; the biggest attraction of the area. It is located right next to Plaza Nova, standing majestically as it overlooks the rest of the quarter. We suggest you take a professional tour that can give you a detailed account of its history and influence.

Photo by Angela Llop via VisualHunt

Photo by Angela Llop via VisualHunt

Standing just next to the cathedral is La Casa de l’Ardiaca, a noble 16th-century building which is not all that well-known with tourists. It features many colorful designs in both the interior and forecourt. La Casa de l’Arcadia was the residence of the Archdeacon. It was built upon ruins of the old Roman wall, between two of the remaining towers.

If you then walk down Carrer del Bisbe, you’ll come across the Palace of the Generalitat. The narrow lane follows the side of this grand building, under the famous archway, and into Plaza de Sant Jaume, where many local gatherings take place. This is also the location of the city’s town hall, where there is always something happening.

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Where to finish

The other main square is Plaza del Rey. Here you will find many bars and restaurants. It is the perfect place to rest and have some lunch, with its multitude of outdoor terraces; where you can discuss with your group all the wonderful things you have seen!

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About the author

Thompson Crowley

Thompson is a musician from the U.K who fell in love with Barcelona. He is constantly discovering new things in the city, which he shares with the readers through his articles.

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