Ciutat Vella (old town)

The Ciutat Vella is Barcelona’s oldest quarter where you can see parts of medieval and even Roman building still standing. As a wonderful contrast you will also find up to the minute shops, bars and restaurants rubbing shoulders with antiquity.

Characterised by narrow shady streets, the Ciutat Vella is the central area of Barcelona, between Plaça Catalunya and the sea. Look on any map of the city and you will instantly recognise its chaotic knot of ancient streets. It also is home to the world famous Las Ramblas.


The Ciutat Vella includes the neighbourhoods of the Raval, the Gothic Quarter, the Born and Barceloneta. Finding accommodation in the Ciutat Vella can be challenging, prices are sometimes overly high due to it’s centrality, and if you do not know where to look then you can end up staying in very noisy streets.

However, we are please to offer a variety of Barcelona old town apartments in quiet discrete locations. See our old town apartments page for more information.