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Gothic Quarter

Barcelona’s oldest and most atmospheric district.

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Sanctuary in the centre

Occupying the area between La Rambla, Via Laietana, the Seafront and the Ronda de Sant Pere, the Barri Gòtic is the heart of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings in this area date from the Middle Ages, and some even go back as far as the rule of the Roman Empire: the ruins of the Temple of Augustus are on view, and the remains of a Roman wall can still be seen dotted around the district.

What makes the district particularly special is that it is almost entirely pedestrianised. Only service vehicles like ambulances and taxis are allowed in this historic area, so you can leave the noisy traffic of the modern city behind.

Gothic geese

Within the quarter you will find many of Barcelona’s oldest and most intriguing churches. A highlight is the 14th century Catalan-Gothic Santa Maria del Pi, which boasts beautiful high pointed Gothic arches as well as the flying buttresses so notable in this style of architecture. Also worth a visit is the stunning Cathedral of St. Eulalia, which features an incredible range of gargoyles and a rather special cloister, the Font de les Oques, in which thirteen white geese are kept.

In addition to churches, the Gothic Quarter holds some beautiful city squares: the Plaça Sant Jaume is the administrative centre of the whole of the Catalan area, and is home to the Palace of the Generalitat de Catalunya and City Hall. And the lack of cars doesn’t mean the district is completely quiet: the nearby Plaça Reial is a favourite spot for tourists, with superb restaurants and buzzing nightclubs.

Nearby Attractions

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La Rambla
A bustling tree-line promenade through the heart of Barcelona.
Placa del Rei
Meaning 'Kings Square' this 14th century medieval public square is in the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona.
Plaça de Sant Jaume
Plaça de Sant Jaume is the administrative heart of both the city and surrounding Catalonia.
Plaza Reial
This elegant square is a must-see in the Gothic quarter.
El Born
A trendy neighbourhood with interesting bars, restaurants and stylish boutiques.
Spanish pinchos
A small snack, typically eaten in bars, made of a slice of bread and various toppings above.

Related Tours

Private Tapas Tour: A Taste of Barcelona
Spain is known the world over for its food culture and heritage. Tapas restaurants have cropped up in every major city, but there’s nothing like having the authentic experience in the Catalán capital. On your private tapas tour, you will: 

  • Enjoy several tapas tastings at various restaurants – all included and carefully curated by your expert foodie guide. 
  • Savour an assortment of Spain's finest dishes, delicacies and flavours. 
  • Visit a traditional Spanish food market.
  • See highlights of the Gothic Quarter, including the wide passenger walkway ‘La Rambla.’
  • Eat where the locals eat and drink while experiencing authentic Spanish cuisine
  • Learn about Catalonian tradition and the history of the diverse food from each region. 

If you are passionate about food and if sampling the best of local cuisine is your top priority when you are on holiday, then this tour is how you should spend your time. Let yourself loose in Barcelona’s best tapas restaurants as you authentically experience Spain’s varied and traditional cuisine. 

Tapas refer to a variety of appetisers or snacks. Served cold (for example olives and cheese) or warm (for example battered, baby squid), tapas have evolved into an elaborate gastronomic event, with most regions in Spain showcasing the best of local ingredients with their own unique flavours and styles of cuisine – anything from exotically flavoured, spicy Moorish stews of the south, to fresh grilled seafood from the coastal areas of Spain. No trip to Spain would be authentic without days filled with tapas samplings. We recommend you arrive to this tour hungry! 
All-Inclusive Full Day Highlights Tour of Barcelona
Get the VIP treatment in Barcelona and explore the Catalan city with your own private guide and driver. On your private tour, you will:

  • Be met by a private guide, who will escort you throughout the day.
  • Enjoy tickets included to three of Barcelona’s main attractions: La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and Barcelona’s Cathedral. 
  • Enjoy a driving tour in the middle of the day to see several of the highlights, which are spread throughout the city. 
  • See other architectural marvels of Gaudi’s work – Casa Vicens, Casa Battló, and Casa Milá.
  • Stop for a traditional lunch at La Barceloneta, where your guide will recommend a local restaurant (price not included). 
  • Spend your afternoon exploring Barcelona's Gothic Quarter including Las Ramblas and El Mercado de Boqueria, and the Jewish Quarter.
  • Finish your tour with entrance tickets to the Barcelona Cathedral and its panoramic rooftop, where your guide will part with you. 
Explore the best of Barcelona on an all-inclusive, full-day tour where your guide and driver will make sure you not only see the highlights of the city but also see the places which are hidden in plain sight. 

Of course, you will explore Gaudí's imprint on the city. Not only was he one of the most influential architects of Barcelona’s modern and art nouveau period in the late 19th and early 20th century, but in history. His architectural masterpieces helped transform the city of Barcelona to the thriving, bustling, historical, and cultural metropolitan city it is today. You will get a sense of Gaudí’s innovative and eccentric mind as you walk into the various edifices designed by Gaudí, from the cathedral spires at La Sagrada Familia to the gingerbread gatehouses, grottos and ceramic animals in Park Güell. You will also see the world-renowned Casa Batlló, Casa Milá, and Casa Vicens Gaudi.

After lunch, you will explore the Gothic Quarter, including Las Ramblas. Occupying the area between La Rambla, Via Laietana, the Seafront and the Ronda de Sant Pere, the Barri Gòtic is the heart of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings in this area date from the Middle Ages, and some even go back as far as the rule of the Roman Empire:  the remains of a Roman wall can still be seen dotted around the district. Within the quarter you will find many of Barcelona’s oldest and most intriguing churches. A highlight is the 14th-century Catalan-Gothic Santa Maria del Pi, which boasts beautiful high pointed Gothic arches as well as the flying buttresses so notable in this style of architecture. Enjoy an easy day seeing all the city has to offer on this all-inclusive tour, where every detail has been thoughtfully arranged in advance for you.

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the two cathedrals visited on this tour (Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral). Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
Best of Barcelona's Private Walking Highlights with Tickets
Uncover the rich history of the Gothic centre of Barcelona, which has developed since the Roman period to become the thriving capital of Catalonia that it is today. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Explore the highlights of the city, including the iconic Las Ramblas promenade, with a private guide. 
  • Try your luck at haggling in La Boquería marketplace, and see where locals shop for their produce and meats.
  • Discover sleepy churchyards, medieval alleyways and crumbling Gothic Palaces
  • Learn about the Roman beginnings of the Old Town, and see remnants of this lost past. 
  • Finish your tour with a self-guided visit to the majestic Barcelona Cathedral with tickets included to the cathedral and its rooftop. Audioguides will also be made available. 
  • Please note: the Barcelona Cathedral is a place of worship. Out of respect to the Cathedral, please be sure your knees and shoulders are covered.

The Gothic Quarter – also known as Barri Gòtic, is the area that stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere and is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. It is known as the Gothic Quarter, as it used to be the location of a Roman village and some of the remnants still remain. Currently, the Gothic Quarter is one of the most exciting parts of the city as it’s home to some of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks, excellent restaurants, amazing restaurants and many squares (plaças) to relax and unwind. 

Your tour will end with entrance tickets to the Barcelona Cathedral.  The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is a gorgeous Gothic cathedral in the old centre of the bustling Catalan city; it is also the seat of the Archbishop of Spain. Construction of the Cathedral began at the end of the 13th century during the reign of King James II of Aragon and took around 150 years to complete. While the structure and internal decoration of the Cathedral were completed by the 15th century, its neo-Gothic façade was added at the end of the 19th century, covering the rather plain original exterior; the roof (which your tickets give you access to) was also adorned with an impressive range of gargoyles. Enjoy this masterpiece as the capstone to your highlights tour. 

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, we will take you to Barcelona's historic Gothic Quarter, an area that stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere the old city of Barcelona. It is known as the Gothic Quarter as it used to be the location of a Roman village and some of the remnants can still be admired.

On the Live Virtual Tour of the Gothic Quarter you will discover:

  • Barcelona Cathedral  (also known as Cathedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia) was constructed from the 13th-15th centuries
  • Plaça del Rei (King's Square), a medieval public square in the Gothic Quarter
  • Barcino, the Roman Aqueduct which has its caput aquae in the hills of Moncada and was the original water supply of the city
  • Parliament Square located in Parc de la Ciutadella

The Gothic Quarter is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the city to explore, as it’s home to some of Barcelona’s most famous and iconic landmarks. Buzzing with charming cafés and amazing restaurants it also has many squares (plaças) to relax and unwind in. 

Full of life, with a great atmosphere, Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is one of the most vibrant parts of the city to explore. Visit iconic landmarks and some of the city's most famous buildings during this Live Virtual Tour with Travel Curious.
Barcelona's Gothic Quarter Night Virtual Tour
On this Night Virtual Tour, we will take you to Barcelona's historic Gothic Quarter, an area that stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere and is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. 

It is known as the Gothic Quarter as it used to be the location of a Roman village and some of the remnants still can be admired. 

The Gothic Quarter is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of Barcelona as it’s home to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, excellent restaurants, charming cafés and many squares (plaças) to relax and unwind in. 

You will discover:
  • Barcelona Cathedral (also known as Cathedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia) was constructed from the 13th-15th centuries
  • Plaça del Rei (King's Square), a medieval public square in the Gothic Quarter
  • Barcino, the Roman Aquaduct which has its caput aquae in the hills of Moncada and was the original water supply of the city
  • Parliament Square located in Parc de la Ciutadella
Full of life, with a great atmosphere, Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is one of the most vibrant parts of the city to explore which really comes alive at night. 

Visit iconic landmarks and some of the city's most famous buildings during this Live Virtual Tour with Travel Curious.
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