Best Places to Visit in Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic
Written by Elisa Rodrigues
Picture credits to RENFE SNCF
The Gothic quarter, or Barri Gòtic in Catalan, is today the centre of the Old Town of Barcelona and is the city’s oldest quarter. It is bounded by the Fontanella street to the north, the Via Laietana to the east, the Passeig de Colom to the south and the famous boulevard La Rambla to the west.
Its history dates back to the Romans, when was built the Roman Colony Barcino, around the late 1st century BC. During the 13th and 14th century Bachinona (as the city was called at the time) became the main residence of the court of the Crown of Aragon. Then city experienced an impressive growth, transforming into one of the most important political capitals. Here, in the Gothic Quarter, we find the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan Government – the Palau de la Generalitat, the Cathedral of Barcelona and many other historical monuments.
The Barri Gòtic features today a fusion of buildings dating from Roman times to the 20th century. The denomination “Barri Gòtic” was invented in 1911, to unify the Gothic architectural style of the area. Walking through its narrow streets will lead you into a medieval atmosphere, defined by several small squares, churches, gothic constructions and streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and restaurants.
More than an historical area, the Barri Gòtic presents today a vibrant and creative modern culture, with several artisan shops, street markets and restaurants offering authentic culinary experiences.
In this post we present a selection of the most historical, unique landmarks and places to visit at the Barri Gòtic, without undervaluing other points of interest, that should be included also but, honestly, if we would speak about all of them, the list would be endless, regarding its priceless historical heritage. A place of singular beauty and authenticity.