Barrio Gotico

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A labyrinth of small streets, the Barrio Gotico is the most famous of all the neighbourhoods of the Old City of Barcelona.

It stretches from La Rambla to Vila Laietana and its heart is composed by the streets around the Gothic cathedral Santa Creu, built from the 13th to the 15th century.

Though some buildings are dated as far as the Roman empire and the medieval ages, most buildings are actually from the 19th and 20th century.

One of the most photographed landmarks is the Pont del Bisbe, built in 1928, a beautifully ornated neo-gothic bridge connecting two buildings, the Case dels Canonges with the Palau de la Generalitat.

The square Plaça del Rei is outlined by gothic buildings, including a former royal palace and its watchtower. Since most of the streets end up into squares, there are many to visit and in most, there are street performances.

The Plaza Nova is the place where the old city was born and houses now an antique market every Thursday, while the Plaça del Pi is the meeting point for artists and bohemians.

Also in the Barrio Gotico, there are many museums: the Frederic Mares Museum, Museo Picasso and the Barcelona City Museum.

Contacts & Details

Barcelona 08003