Gothic Quarter Barcelona

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Things to do in Barri Gòtic

Founded by the Romans circa 133BC, "El Barri Gòtic" has been the historic and cultural heart of Barcelona ever since. More than just a hub for tourism, the Gothic Quarter has a little something for everyone. Here are a few tips before booking your tour!

  • Eating

    1. Eating

    The quarter boasts some of Barcelona's best restaurants – and its oldest, Can Culleretes! Try Bar Pinotxo's top-class tapas or the traditional curios saved from extinction at Agut.

  • Shopping

    2. Shopping

    The Gothic Quarter's shops and boutiques make spending money just a little too easy! Check out L'Arca de l'Àvia's antique homeware and the Catholic candy (yes, really!) at Caelum.

  • Sightseeing

    3. Sightseeing

    El Barri Gòtic's narrow streets are rich with history, from Barcelona Cathedral and the old Jewish quarter to La Rambla and Passeig de Gràcia – home to several of Gaudí's works!

  • 4. Learning

    Culture vultures will find plenty to stir the imagination at the quarter's museums. Highlights include the Barcelona City History Museum and the eccentric Museu Frederic Marès.

  • Drinking and Dancing

    5. Drinking and Dancing

    Despite its age, the area is no stranger to Barcelona's favorite cocktail! Check out Jamboree's Latin and jazz jams or catch Indie rock acts at Sidecar Factory Club.

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    Barri Gòtic is one of Barcelona's busiest districts, so it might be best to avoid the tourist season if you can! Visiting in May or June will see shorter queues and better hotel availability without sacrificing the glorious weather.

  • Is it safe?

    Like La Rambla, Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is a haven for pickpockets targeting tourists. Always keep your valuables out of sight and never leave your belongings unattended. Violent crime is not much of a concern, but if out sampling the area's nightlife – as with anywhere – it can't hurt to stick to populated, well-lit streets!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Quarter is always open for a stroll and some people watching!
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to take in the views, but it'll be easy to spend money on food, souvenirs and entertainment!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Why not? Might be worth it to check out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    This area is within walking distance from the old town and city center!
  • Additional information

    • Remain aware of your surroundings, as you would in any large city.

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What people are saying about Gothic Quarter Barcelona

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I loved the history and stops on this bike tour. Stops by the beach and got to get a drink at the beach-side bar! Lovely stop by the Sagrada Familia but wished the bike tour stopped a bit closer to get a better picture of the grandeur of the church. Barcelona does have dedicated bike lanes, but so many stop lights that our group constantly got separated by red lights. Also it was trickle weaving through pedestrians, so just keep that in mind! Overall fantastic way to get to know the city.

The perfect way to see Barcelona! The bikes are properly maintained and easy to use. Julia was excellent and take care of everybody (wait to be sure that all participants follow ).

This a nice way to get introduced to some of the local food. My favorite- pinchos Fernando will take you to good, hidden places. Very nice tour.

Our guide Olga was amazing - she was very knowledgeable and fun. Would definitely recommend this tour to all my family and friends

Great tour from the other Joseph. Interesting stories about the darker side of Barcelona’s history