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El Barri Gòtic, Barcelona

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Neighborhood Historic Walking Area
Known for its winding streets and hidden squares steeped in history, El Barri Gòtic is ideal for an historic walk followed by a rest at one of the many trendy bars or cafes. A trip through this colorful neighborhood is a trip through time, as this old city center is still largely intact, retaining much of its labyrinthine medieval street plan, with a multitude of small streets opening into bustling squares. Most of the quarter is closed to regular traffic, though service vehicles and taxis are allowed to pass through. Many of the landmark buildings located here date from the Middle Ages, with several sites harking back to the Roman times. El Cali, the medieval Jewish quarter, is also located within this area. Use our Barcelona itinerary maker to arrange your visit to El Barri Gòtic and other attractions in Barcelona.
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  • This was an awesome place to sit outside in the evenings. Always some great performance going on, was a throughly enjoyable place. Ideal place to take your partner in the evening as it has a lovely am...  more »
  • I love, love, love this area of Barcelona. The narrow winding streets that are lined with little stores, tapas bars, and restaurants will suddenly open up into squares with churches or other buildings...  more »
  • The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is an area off La Rambla that has been preserved and/or rebuilt to capture the Gothic period. There are churches, narrow streets, lots of shops and restaurants and the ...  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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