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Guide to Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is one of Barcelona’s most iconic neighbourhoods. Characterised by its winding romantic streets, and old roman feel, this district should certainly be on your list of places to visit on your travels to the Catalan capital. In this blog, let us introduce you to some of the iconic sights you are not to miss, as well as the interesting shops and restaurants that make this area so truly special. So, without further ado, here is our Guide to the Gothic Quarter.

Take a stroll through the neighbourhood

The Gothic Quarter has over 2000 years of history, dating all the way back to the Roman times. If its old city walls could talk they would certainly have a lot of secrets to tell! The best way to truly soak in the flavour of this magical neighbourhood is to allow yourself to meander through its winding roads and discover the many stores and boutiques it has nestled away.

gothic quarter

As you will discover, the old history of the Gothic Quarter is starkly juxtaposed with the contemporary businesses and attractions thriving in this district. There is a perfect mix of fun and new, with traditional and authentic: making it an absolute must-see neighbourhood on your trip.

Visit the Plaça de Sant Jaume

Slap bang in the middle of the Old CIty, you will find the Plaça de Sant Jaume. Dating back to 1823, this old plaça is widely renowned as the beating heart of the Gothic Quarter. This beautiful square is the central focal point of the neighbourhood, surrounded by famous shops and buildings of importance. It is the administrative hub of Barcelona, home to both the City Hall and the Palau de la Generalitat.

placa sant Jaume

Something to eat?

With all that walking, where better to stop and rest than at one of the Gothic Quarter’s numerous bars and restaurants?

Bosc de les Fades

Why not try the Bosc de les Fades restaurant, located on Passatge de la Banca. This magical restaurant transports you to a fairytale world, with its interior mirroring that of a woodland forest, complete with lights, waterfalls and twinkling lights. Bosc de les Fades is tucked away in the Gothic Quarter, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. It is the perfect place to try out some delicious Spanish food and indulge in a completely unique setting.

Barcelona Cathedral

Next up on your tour of the Gothic Quarter, is the Barcelona Cathedral. This old landmark is another important sight to see on your tour of the Catalan Capital. This sight is beautifully atmospheric, and reminiscent of the Barcelona that once was, with history that dates back to 1339. The cathedral’s walls are ornate and intricate, alongside towering steeples and old wooden doors. You won’t need long at this spot, but it is certainly one to add to your list nonetheless.

bcn cathedral

In fact, why not take in Barcelona Cathedral’s beauty from up high? At the Hotel Colón, located just opposite the cathedral, there is an amazing rooftop bar with fabulous views. This is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail in a super classy setting, all the while appreciating the Barcelona Cathedral in all its glory.

Visit Plaça Reial

Next up, in the Gothic Quarter is Plaça Reial. This iconic square is another great location to enjoy a cocktail in a scenic location. Located just off the Ramblas, this square is a super busy and popular location, especially for tourists. There is so much on offer here (especially food wise), with restaurants all around offering yummy Spanish tapas, and Catalan cuisine.


Plaça Reial is also a top spot to keep in mind as night time falls. There are often amazing street performers doing acrobatics and interactive shows around the plaça, and musicians singing their tunes. It is no wonder then that the square is home to many nightclubs and late night bars. Our personal favourite club on the square is Jamboree. This spot serves as a jazz and blues bar throughout the week, and transforms into a funky nightclub on the weekends. If you want to party in the Catalan Capital, Plaça Reial is a great (and central) location to keep in mind!


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So, there you have it! Our Guide to the Gothic Quarter. We hope you enjoyed this blog, and feel inspired to journey into the heart of the city, exploring the Gothic Quarter’s magical labyrinth of streets and attractions. One thing’s for sure, you won’t be short of things to see!

Sandra Roig

Sandra Roig is Marketing Director at AB Apartment Barcelona. AB Apartment Barcelona is an apartment rental agency offering over one thousand short and long term apartments across Barcelona. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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    1. Hi Cindy. Couldn’t agree more! There’s so much to see and explore in the Gothic Quarter.

  1. Having a drink and tapas as the sun’s beginning to set in the Placa Reial has always been one of my favourite times of day in Barcelona.

    1. There are lots of good restaurants round there, for sure! Placa Reial is always guaranteed to be busy but really sets the holiday off to a good start.

  2. Barcelona has to be both my favourite Spanish and European city (just edging out Florence) and the gothic quarter has a lot to do with my liking.

    1. Hi Brian. Isn’t it wonderful?! The city is just packed with culture and history- particularly this district.

    1. Spring is a fabulous time to visit! I’m pretty tempted myself, especially with the weather warming up…

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