The Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter, in Barcelona is located in the district of Ciutat Vella, in the heart of the city, between Les Rambles, Vía Laietana, Passeig de Colom and Plaça de Catalunya. It is the oldest part of the city and one of the most beautiful for sightseeing and discovering the city as it was after the Roman Barcino period, as it was first called.
In medieval times many gothic churches and palaces were built in Barcelona, thereby destroying most of the Roman ruins. The mediaeval streets of gothic Barcelona are the perfect setting to discover the city centre at your leisure, and trace the remains of the city’s glorious past. Among the places to see, we recommend the following:
Santa Eulàlia Cathedral: Also know as La Seu, Barcelona Cathedral is a fine example of Catalan gothic architecture from the 14th century.
Plaça Sant Jaume: The political centre of Barcelona, home to the City Hall and the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, (Government of Catalonia).
Carrer del Bisbe: atmospheric pedestrian street that leads from Plaça Sant Jaume to the Cathedral.
Plaça Reial: Located just off Les Rambles, this stunning neoclassic square is one of the most beautiful and liveliest in the area.
Plaça del Rei: Home of the Royal Palace since the Middle Ages, it hosts an ensemble of mediaeval buildings where you can find part of the Barcelona City History museum. The museum includes interesting archaeological excavations which offer an insight into how the city was from when it was first founded by the Romans in 1 BC up until the Middle Ages.
Carrer Portal de l’Àngel: One of the main shopping streets with a wide variety of establishments.
Plaça Nova: located right next to the Cathedral, this charming square still preserves the remains of two Roman defence towers.
Museu Frederic Marès: Located in a part of the Palau Reial Major where the Counts of Barcelona used to live, this original museum is home to the works of sculptor and collector Frederic Marès.
Barri Jueu: The Jewish quarter, also known as El Call was destroyed over 600 years ago, although it is still possible to find traces of what was an important neighbourhood.