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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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Church of Santa Maria del Mar
Built in Catalonian Gothic style, this Basilica has been through a lot.
Picasso Museum
A wonderful collection traces Picasso’s creative genius from his roots in Barcelona.
La Boqueria
This thriving market is bursting with Catalan culture and fantastic food.
Barcelona Cathedral
A magnificent Gothic cathedral in the old centre of Barcelona, and the seat of the Archbishop of Spain.
La Rambla
A bustling tree-line promenade through the heart of Barcelona.
El Fossar de les Moreres
Memorial to the defenders of Barcelona who died in the siege of 1714

Related Tours

A Full Day Private VIP Tour of Barcelona inc Transportation
Get the VIP treatment in Barcelona and explore the Catalan city in the luxury of your own private vehicle and guide, where comfort and convenience are guaranteed. 

  • Receive skip the line entrance tickets to all attractions visited during the tour.
  • Marvel at Gaudí’s creations – visit sites like Sagrada Família Cathedral – Barcelona’s most iconic and architectural gem, still undergoing construction. 
  • Get lost in the Heart of Barcelona – come across landmarks like the bustling Plaza Catalonia and Las Ramblas
  • Discover the inspiring artwork at the Picasso Museum
  • Soak in the sun at Barcelona’s breathtaking seafront and beaches
On this tour, you will see some of Gaudí’s awe-inspiring masterpieces, including Sagrada Família Cathedral and Parc Güell – which are unlike the work of any artist. Your journey will take you through the heart of Barcelona, where you will experience the liveliness of La Rambla and Plaza Catalonia  and the history of the Gothic Quarter. From there, you will immerse yourself in the brilliance of Pablo Picasso at the Picasso Museum and end the day at Barcelona’s stunning beachfront and Olympic Port

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the Sagrada Familia. Whilst they are less strict on knees not being covered - the length of your shorts or skirts must be appropriate. Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
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