Favorite thing: While it is hard to have a favorite place/neighborhood in Barcelona I was constantly drawn to the Bari Gotic area. It seemed like around every corner was another interesting photo op, especially at night where the lighting highlights the medieval era buildings.
This is the oldest area of the city and it is situated on the east side of Las Ramblas (see tip).
The main attraction of Barrio Gotico is the Cathedral. The first one was completely destroyed by the Moors in 985. The present version was begun in 1298 and completed in 1892.
One of the nicest squares in this area is Plaza Del Rey. The Royal Palace with the Salò de Tinell (a long room used for temporary exibitions) is located here. It is said that Ferdinand and Isabel received Columbus on his return from the New World in this room.
Another place in this area I like very much is the courtyard of the Museum Frederic Mares. It is a nice place to rest a bit.
Favorite thing: Just walk on the Barro gotico.It's full of small streets(totally different from the big ramblas),and think how it'd be during medieval.All the architecture remember it,and you can notice,great masterpieces,or very interesting shops just walking.It ever seems different.After a while you can stop in a bar(it's full of them) and just relax watching people walking.You can find also original things made of silk or other funny things in shops
We stumbled upon this area by accident. It is certainly a maze of twising and winding streets, punctuated by little squares filled with pigeons, quaint book shops and most importantly, bakeries! Mmmm, yum yum!
Fondest memory: This certainly was a pretty relaxing area, with not too many tourists, but still the pick pockets and gypsies!
Favorite thing: This is the most famous street in the gothic area. Probably the most photographed street too. It is called Carrer del Bisbe, and is located between the cathedral and the town hall at Plaça Sant Jaume.
Favorite thing: For a great, get lost without worrying type of ramble, try the myriad of streets between Via Laietana and La Rambla (aka Las Ramblas). You can start with a quick tour of the old Cathedral on the Laietana side and then just head west toward La Rambla from there. Don't go in a straight line, follow the twists and turns of the awkwardly linked streets and alleys. All will be filled with locals, tourists, shops, vespas, cafes and any number of other temptations.
This is the name of the oldest quarter here, the historical core of BCN, around the Cathedral and the Palau de la Generalitat.
Most of the streets here are pedestrian, narrow alleys full of charm and ancient atmosphere.
It goes from the Catalunya Sq. to the harbour, from Las Ramblas to Via Laietana...
Favorite thing: The district evolves. Lately, some artists come to get settled here, a whole small world of writers, painters, and intellectuals. gradually, this old district, poor and dirty becomes a fashionable district, for those that are to the forefront of the cultural current in the city...
Favorite thing: The alleys of the Bario Gothic offer the visitor who wishes to discover the other face of Barcelona, a vision on the striking contrasts of this city. In this district, always lived the most miserable laborious populations of the city. Here, the streets look like cut stuffs, and the tourist will be able to seem to be going to degrade in a quarter hulls gray and room. The truth is also to read in these dirty, smelling and sad alleys : the reality of an inhuman world that constantly runs after the productivity and that lets more and more living being on the side of the road, in misery, after having exploited them to the maximum.
Favorite thing: The Plaça del Rei, formerly the medieval marketplace, is said to be where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella welcomed Christopher Columbus home from America in 1493. Nearby is the Plaça Reial, a fine arcaded square built in 1848. Gothic mansions line the atmospheric streets, and you'll find museums, historic churches, and bars and restaurants.
Favorite thing: At the heart of the old town lies the Barrio Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), centered around the Catedral and Plaça Sant Jaume. This plaza, once the power center of Catalonia's kings, is still the site of city hall and the administrative buildings of the government of Catalonia.
Favorite thing: A maze of narrow streets and squares comprises the Ciutat Vella (Old City). It was built within the old Roman walls when Barcelona was one of the richest and most important Mediterranean trading cities.
Favorite thing: Visit the old town. The GOTHIC QUARTER contains the famous Barcelona Cathedral & La Ribera (14th century mansions, one of which is the famous Museu Picasso). The BARRI GOTIC is the oldest part of this city & Romans lived here during Augustus (27 BC - AD 14) reign.
This is where the old city once stood, and in part still stands. The city walls have been demolished but not the old charm. Its lanes are quaint and narrow, and at everycorner you can expect to find a pleasant surprise
Fondest memory: it's the area where you can find most of the old buildings: the cathedral and the palau reial maior, plaça del rei, and many interesting museums like the museu frederic marés, the museu de la historia de la ciudad and the museupicasso
My favourite place in Barcelona are the Ramblas and the Gothic quartier... it's full of life!... and you can make some shopping there, and also watch some artistics performances in the street..
Fondest memory: ooohh...when I was in the Gothic quartier with my friend, and in a pub we met some guys from England... very nice and talkative.... well, we didin't notice tha theese guys are a roeck group very poplar in the UK named GOMEZ... they invite us to their concert (in front of the stage) and also to the backstage to talk with them after the concert....ahhh... The gothic quartier... everything could happen there!