The Gothic Quarter, also known as Barri Gòtic, is a picturesque and historic neighbourhood in the heart of Barcelona—and is somewhere I was incredibly excited about visiting.
You see, this charming area is one of the most well-preserved mediaeval neighbourhoods in Europe, and when you take a wander through it, you can see why it draws such a crowd.
The narrow, winding streets are lined with charming boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, so whether you’re looking to admire the stunning Gothic-style architecture (which dates back to the 14th century in places!) or stop for a bite to eat, the Gothic Quarter is a feast for the senses—making it a must-see if you visit Barcelona. So if you’re looking for things to do in the Gothic Quarter—here’s what I recommend.
Get Gelato From Manna Gelats
Honestly, this stuff is perfection. Creamy consistency, intense flavours and a little chocolate cone on top to really drill the sugar into you. Manna Gelats is by far the best gelato I ate whilst in Barcelona.
Visit the Cathedral of Barcelona
Dating back to the 13th century, the Cathedral of Barcelona (also known as Saint Eulalia and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross) is a beautiful gothic cathedral housing the remains of Saint Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona. Here you’ll find ornate chapels, a beautiful cloister and incredible stained-glass windows.
Shop The Market
Every Thursday in the summer, the Gothic Quarter has a market, something that’s been a long-running tradition and dates back to the 14th century. Here you’ll find numerous stalls, selling handmade crafts, products, produce and so much more!
Explore Plaça del Rei
Roaming around you wouldn’t expect much, but this square is home to many important buildings in the area, including the General Archive of the Crown of Aragon and Palau Reial Major—which during the 14th and 15th centuries was the residence of the Kings of Catalonia!
Visit The Picasso Museum
A key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Picasso, The Picasso Museum in Barcelona houses one of the most important collections of works by the famous artist.
Stroll Along Las Ramblas
If you’re looking to explore the lively atmosphere of the Gothic Quarter neighbourhood, Las Ramblas is where you want to be. Lined with cafes, shops and numerous performers, it’s a great place to take a stroll and take it all in!
And last but certainly not least—enjoy a meal.
There are SO many options for dining in the Gothic Quarter, with restaurants, bars, and cafes all serving a feast of flavours from traditional Spanish fare to modern cuisine.