Here are five amazing things to do around the Barri Gotic
1.) Visit Plaza Del Pi
While visiting the Barri Gotic, Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, you cannot avoid Plaza del Pi. Indeed, this plaza is one of the most beautiful you will find in the city. On this plaza, you will see Santa Maria del Pi, a church with a wonderful rosette, which happens to be one of the biggest in the world. This plaza is not just a pleasant place to have a walk in Barcelona, it is also a must to see, if you want to enjoy artists performing (singing, acting, playing music). The night life is particularly lively around this area thanks to the bars open all yearlong and which make the plaza a dynamic place in Barcelona, day or night.
2.) Walk around the Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter is full of secrets in all the corners and the best way to discover them is with a Catalan native. Have a walk around the Gothic quarter with a local guide: If you want to know what to do in Barcelona, what to see, and where to go, this is the walking tour for you: Ramblas & Barri Gotic. From Santa Eulalia, the “fake Gothic cathedral”, to all the must see landmarks, this is the perfect tour to be sure you do not miss anything interesting. Indeed, La Seu’s neighborhood, Santa Eulalia’s neighborhood, is often described as a cool hangout place in Barcelona, thanks to the tiny shops all around, the live music being played and the global atmosphere.
3.) Visit Portal De l’Angel Avenue
Even if this Avenue is part of the Gothic Quarter, it remains completely different from the rest of the neighborhoods. Large and modern, this Avenue is the place to be for fashionistas in Barcelona. You will find all the main stream shops but also enjoy a sunny day on this pleasant street, also perfect for having a break on a terrace. On certain days, you will also have the opportunity to appreciate artists performing on the streets, or a craft market.
Extremely busy, it is the place where you can meet both natives and tourists without even knowing who the person in front of you is. Feel as an inhabitant of Barcelona and join the crowd! If you don’t like crowds, avoid Saturday afternoons.
4.) Visit Palau Reial Major
In the heart of the Gothic Quarter, this Palace used to be the home of the aristocracy and it is still a reminder of how powerful, beautiful and unique Barcelona and the Spanish culture is. Thanks to this palace, you will enjoy the style, the architecture, but also the neighborhood, as it is located in the center of this lively neighborhood of Barcelona. Shop, drink, eat and enjoy!
5.) Visit Sant Juame Plaza
On this Plaza, you will feel like a local. You will first admire the City Hall of Barcelona, which used to be a forum during the Antiquity. This must see spot in Barcelona welcomes artists, dancers, singers, and is particularly pleasant on Sant Jordi, the catalan Sant Valentine’s day based on the legend of Saint George. It’s the most important day in Barcelona. We celebrate it on the 23th of April and every girl gets a rose form the important men in her life as a symbol of love. The girls give back a book.
- Picasso’s most famous painting, Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, was born here, in Barcelona. Indeed, even if Picasso painted it in Montmartre, in Paris, he was still deeply influenced by its hometown. French people may think that “Avignon” refers to French southern city, even if it is linked to Barcelona’s red-light district.
- Catalonia is currently trying to get its independence. Let’s see if Barcelona will become the capital city of a new country.
- Picasso Museum is free on Sunday afternoons.
Facts about Barri Gotic
The Barri Gotic is Barcelona’s most ancient neighborhood. Impregnated by history and well-kept, the buildings were mainly been constructed during the Middle Ages, or even under the Roman domination. It is today not only the place for administrative buildings but also a lively neighborhood in Barcelona, full of shops, tourists and artists. It is definitely one of the busiest and most pleasant neighborhoods in Barcelona!
Today, as you visit Barcelona, you may realize that the neighborhood is like an island, isolated from the rest of the city, because of its historical roots which have been preserved so well. It is the very symbol of Barcelona’s magnificence, the power of Spain, Barcelona’s splendor between the 13th and 16th centuries.
I’ve always lived in Barcelona. But I moved to the Barri Gotic just one year ago. I can not even begin to describe how marvelous this area is. It is beautiful and quite unique, full of history, art, shops and places to have fun. I don’t know any other place which looks like the Barri Gotic: you should come and check it yourself! But be careful, you may not want to leave it afterwards.
Living, staying, or just walking in the Barri Gotic will be the way to enjoy Barcelona both differently and perfectly. This BarocBarcelone neighborhood will make you travel back in time thanks to its streets – unique, quiet and well-preserved, its shops and places to have some fun.
Come and check it by yourself!Juan
How to get there
Liceu: Line 3 (Green)
Drassanes: Line 3 (Green)
Sant Antoni: Line 2 (purple)
- 13 million visitors a year 99%
- Incredibly detailed 80%
- Contains hidden mysteries 70%
Palau Reial Major:
From June the 1st to September the 30th, between Tuesday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
On Sundays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
From October the 1st to May the 31st, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.
On Sundays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
From Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm;
On Sunday and on holidays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
1.) Barceloneta Beach:
For eating, enjoying a pleasant afternoon in the beach or just having a walk in Barcelona, this area is one of the best spots by the sea side in Barcelona. Modern, it is both vast and close to the Vila Olimpica, a must see for all sports fans. Moreover, in La Barcelona is where you’re going to find the most incredible sea food and paella.
2.) Generalitat Palace:
Barcelona is the second biggest Spanish city and the biggest of Catalonia, which is why they had to build the Palau de la Generalitat, in order to have a Palace in Barcelona with the capacity to welcome the Catalan government. This Palace has hosted the government since 1403 and today remains an interesting and beautiful palace to have a look at.
3.) Museu Picasso:
A fabulous artist deserves a fabulous museum! This museum is a great reminder of this citizen of Barcelona (he was not from Barcelona!!!!!!) , heavily influenced by the Catalan atmosphere. If you want to know more about the influence of Barcelona in Picasso, you should definitely take a walking tour that is totally focused on that.
Why it’s worth visiting
- Because you’ll see Barcelona’s most ancient and well-preserved neighborhood.
- Because this neighborhood is also very lively, thanks to all the shops, cafes and restaurants!
- Because of the architectural style which will make you travel back in time.