On The QT

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

A magical stone bricked neighbourhood with a labyrinthine street plan, and small windy streets which open onto squares (placas) is how I would best describe the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) of Barcelona. Closed to regular traffic, spotted with gorgeous architecture, and full to the brim with stories from its interesting past, it is a truly wonderful part of the city to explore!


As we walked along admiring the big black lamp posts, and the mysterious narrow streets with ivy growing down the walls, we were pleasantly surprised each time we turned the corner and a big open placa welcomed us! One of the main attractions, right in the heart of the district is the huge Cathedral which has a stunning courtyard full of plants! It is spectacular!

 In terms of food, you will be spoilt for choice of restaurants, cafes, cute ice cream parlours and bars, especially near Plaça Reial which is always bustling! Shopping is equally amazing in the Gothic Quarter, from the more commercial area of Calle Portal de L’Angel to all the little boutiques on Calle Avinyo, shoe shops, candle shops, sweet shops, vintage shops… you’ll find them all!

If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the Gothic quarter there are segways available to rent in several areas of the district, which I highly recommend! The perfect way to rest your tired feet, and laugh as you zoom by trying to keep your balance! The segway companies are all fairly reasonably priced, they also provide tours and maps of the area!

The Gothic Quarter is very easily accessible with metro stops on both sides, there are 3 on Las Ramblas which runs up one side of the area, and on the other is Jaume 1!

Enjoy your explorations! x


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