El Gotic (the gothic quarther)

The Gothic Quarter is the nucleus of the Ciutat Vella (old town) and is the oldest neighbourhood in Barcelona. Located between the Raval and the Born, just below Plaça Catalunya in the area between the Ramblas and Via Laietana, it enjoys a very central location.

Walking through it’s narrow medieval streets you will see most of the cities Roman remains, including a part of the Roman wall. You can see this wall in Plaça Ramon Berenguer, and the Museum of the History of Barcelona on Plaça del Rei offers more insight into the original Roman city of Barcino.

The Gothic Quarter, or Barri Gòtic, offers some of the best shopping in Barcelona, particularly for clothing and fashions. Portaferissa Street offers well known labels as well as small designer shops.

The Gothic is perhaps the area of Barcelona with the most options for eating and drinking, offering a wide variety of restaurants, bars and cocktail bars. These tend to be focused towards the sea and around Calle Ample. At the far (top) end of the neighbourhood, the elegant Plaça Reial is interesting and worth a visit, not just for the elegant architecture and the lamp posts which were a young Antoni Gaudi’s first commission, but also for its relaxed ambiance.

If you think that the Gothic Quarter is the place for you, see our old town apartments section to see apartments and make a booking.