You’re off to Barcelona, so naturally, you’ll be taking in the renowned Las Ramblas Boulevard, the touristy Placa Catalunya, and maybe even making a visit to Barcelona Beach, where the 1992 Olympic Games were held.
But there is one place in Barcelona no self-respecting travel junkie should miss. Just to the side of Las Ramblas lies the Barri Gòtic, or the Gothic Quarter.
The Unwritten History Of Barcelona
The Gothic Quarter is the center of the old city of Barcelona, what used to be the Roman village. Parts of the city’s Roman wall, aqueduct, and pillars of what was once Emperor Augustus’ headquarters can still be found.
Be sure to also check out the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. The construction of the cathedral began in 1298, but thanks to things like wars and plagues, the facade and central spire were not finished until 1913.
Get Lost In The Beauty
The winding streets create a labyrinth that is mostly closed to vehicular traffic, making it a perfect environment for exploring.
Those who prefer a little structure can opt for a guided tour from one of many accredited tour operators. Adventurers who would rather take in the vibe can have a great time simply wandering the Gothic Quarter’s labyrinthine passages and uncovering their secrets.
You might find yourself in a tiny plaza, surrounded by palm trees, sipping your favorite beverage while listening to the gentle tinkling of a fountain.
Things To Do
There’s plenty to keep you busy in the Gothic Quarter. There are several museums, including the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat where pieces, including antique pottery, tell the story of Barcino (as Barcelona was known in Roman times).
There are scores of restaurants, bars, and cafes where you can always find good food, a drink, or a place to dance. If shopping is your thing, you’ll find everything from the little boutiques on Calle Avinyo to more designer goods on Calle Portal de L’Angel.
Safe to say that no trip to Barcelona is complete without stopping by the Gothic Quarter. If you’re headed there now or in the near future, don’t miss it!