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Ciutat Vella, Barcelona

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Neighborhood Historic Site
See the biggest collection of Gothic houses in Barcelona on Carrer Montcada in Ciutat Vella. Walk through the neighborhood’s narrow streets and squares, appreciating the intricate architecture of the old buildings. Take one of the many guided tours available or amble through at your own pace. Kick things up a notch on Las Ramblas, which passes through this neighborhood, and is possibly Barcelona’s liveliest and most colorful street. This area is packed with restaurants, cafes, and bars; stop in for a drink and some tapas. With our online itinerary creator, Barcelona attractions like Ciutat Vella can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Smaller and having more charme than the over-rated Ramblas Many small shops / restaurants / Tapas places. Try it!  more »
  • Always lovely walking around Barcelona and the old town is charming..Beautiful buildings everywhere. Loads of Tourists, I mean you cant walk packed with tourists...It makes London look like a village....  more »
  • the old city is full of charm..wide , treed streets, beautiful buildings, lots of tourists. buses and metro easy to use. The RAMLA 102 was smack in the middle of it all... a modern apartment with wash...  more »

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Because the city's metro system makes traveling from area to area relatively painless, you have more flexibility in choosing a place to stay. Barceloneta, the neighborhood surrounding the city beach is somewhat removed from the city center, making its hotels popular with families. Only a 15-minute walk from the center, Barceloneta has a more laid-back beach atmosphere but still offers several restaurants and entertainment options. Farther away from the beach and closer to the city center, El Born is a charming neighborhood well-known for its restaurants and lively bar scene. Eixample is also popular as it is more central and home to some of the city's best shopping and tourist sites, including La Sagrada Familia. For a more traditional experience, consider staying in the Gothic Quarter, the heart of Old Barcelona. This picturesque neighborhood boasts a tight network of historical architecture with boutique hotels and traditional restaurants.
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