District of the month: Gothic quarter

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The Gothic quarter is a cultural hub suitable for any type of traveler! No matter how much time you spend exploring, you will always stumble upon a mysterious alleyway with beautiful remains from Roman times. Located in the heart of the Old City, Gothic quarter dates back over 2,000 years and you will feel the charm of its history in every square. You will enjoy spending time in this district, listening to live music coming from the charming Catalan restaurants.

Take a step into the time machine and look at the list of sites that you can see in this old town.

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Restaurant in Gothic Quarter | Photo courtesy of GetYourGuide

Plaça de Catalunya
Plaça de Catalunya is a beautiful square in the heart of Barcelona. This favorite meeting point in Catalunya represents the border of Ciutat Vella district (The old town) and the most iconic district in Barcelona – Eixample.

Barcelona’s Cathedral
The beautiful Cathedral de la Santa Creu is a Gothic Cathedral located in Plaça de la Seu. People from all over the world come to Barcelona to see this impressive piece of architecture with 25 side chapels and magnificent 14th-century interior where the Knights of the Golden Fleece gathered during the visit of Emperor Charles V. The Cathedral is dedicated to the Santa Eulália, one of the most iconic Barcelona's saints whose remains are still placed in the Cathedral. 

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Barcelona Cathedral | Photo courtesy of viator.com

Most visited bridges in Barcelona
Passing by the Gothic Cathedral you will see the most famous bridge in Barcelona. Located in Bisbe Irureta Street, this beautiful bridge connects Plaça de la Seu and Plaça Sant Jaume and it is something that you just must see.

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Barrio Gotico | Photo courtesy of BarcelonaHacks
    

Barcelona City Hall and Roman temples
Plaça Sant Jaume is the oldest administrative heart of Barcelona and the political center of the city. It is a seat of the Catalan Government and Barcelona City Hall, institutions that have the same function today. It was once a Roman forum, the center of the Roman city so there are still remains of the buildings from that time.

If you are a history fan you will love the Museum of History of Barcelona (MUHBA) that is placed nearby. This small museum has some of the oldest treasures from Barcelona. Right next to it is the Temple of Augustus, known as one of the city's best-kept secrets in Barcelona. The four columns from the Temple survived more than 2,000 years and still stands on Carrer Paradís street.

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Placa Sant Jaume | Photo courtesy of MyWoWo

Picasso Museum

If you want to see one of the most extensive collections of artworks made by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso this is the place for you. Picasso Museum is the first museum dedicated to Picasso's work and is the only one opened during his life. You will definitely spend some time there because you will have 4,251 exhibited works to see including some of the greatest paintings like The first Communion and Science and Charity. 

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Picasso Museum | Photo courtesy of Museums.EU

Plaça Reial
Plaça Reial, also known as the King’s Square, is most visited square in this area. Antonio Gaudi obviously spent some time in the Gothic Quarter because one of his first projects was the street lights at Plaça del Reial. Palm trees, lights, music, and the beautiful fountain are making this square a perfect location for some of the oldest and most unique bars, clubs and restaurants in the Old Town of Barcelona.

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Plaza Real in Barcelona | Photo courtesy of Carrentalia

La Boqueria
La Boqueria is actually on the border of the Gothic Quarter but if you are in that area this is definitely worth seeing. It is the largest market in Europe and one of the oldest too.  La Boqueria is a colorful place that offers various food, from fresh vegetables and fruits to meat, fish, and sweets. Walk around, take a fresh snack or pick your favorite restaurant that will make Catalan food right in front of you!

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Barcelona Market | photo by Joaquin Aranoa

Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas is a 1.2 kilometers long tree-lined pedestrian street placed near the northern end of the Plaça de Catalunya. It is a hot spot for tourists and a border in between Gotic quarter and El Raval district. It can be very crowded, especially during the summer so be careful because most of the pickpocketing happens right there.

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Shopping on Las Ramblas | Photo courtesy of ShBarcelona
 

The Gothic Quarter is also home to Portal d’Angel that is one of the busiest streets in Europe. This street is full of big brand shops where you can spend some time if you are interested in shopping.

If you like Barcelona and it's Gothic quarter check the Habitat Apartments website and find the apartment that is close to your favorite popular sites.

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