Barcelona's Gothic Quarter (Barri Gótic) dates from medieval times, featuring narrow winding roads and impressively haunting architecture. On the streets, passersby find gems tucked away in the little nooks and crannies - trendy restaurants, chic bars and thumping clubs. The area's proximity to La Rambla also contributes to its popularity amongst the young, nightlife-loving crowd. Meeting with friends in one of the several placas (plazas) before heading to dinner or a club is customary amongst the locals, and you would be wise to follow suit as it is here that the most interesting people-watching takes place.

Besides the thriving night scene, there is plenty to see during the daylight hours. Highlights of the Barri Gótic include Barcelona's cathedral, the political hub of Placa Sant Jaume, and some of Barcelona's best surviving stretches of the Roman walls. Full of history, mystery and culture, this district of Barcelona is worth at least a full day on every vacationer's itinerary.

Practical Info

Because the roads here are narrow and cobbled, most are closed to regular traffic and are more or less pedestrian walkways. Metro stops Jaume I, Drassanes and Liceu are all near or within this district and there is access from La Rambla as well. It's easy to get lost in the maze of alleys, but there's no need to worry - the maps are detailed and people are always willing to give directions. Not to mention that getting lost is part of the adventure!

Tours & Tickets

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'The Cathedral of the Sea' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Barcelona Gothic Quarter Morning Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 227 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $18.15

Gay Friendly Old Town Walking Tour in Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3 hours

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Barcelona Segway Tour: Barri Gòtic and La Barceloneta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2-3 hours

From USD $66.93

Tapas Evening Walking Tour of Barcelona

4.5 star rating: Recommended 678 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies (3 to 4 hours depending on chosen option)

From USD $68.07
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Barcelona in One Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 420 Reviews

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 9 hours

From USD $102.10

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