Practical information on the Gothic Quarter
Address: The Barrio Gótico in Spanish or Barri Gòtic in Catalan is located in the heart of Barcelona. It is one of the four districts of the "Ciutat Vella", the old town. "El Gòtic" as the Catalans simply say is bounded by the Ramblas, the Via Laietana, the Passeig de Colom on the seafront and the Plaça de Catalunya, its south-western limit.
Metro: 8 metro stations serve the Gothic Quarter
L1: Cataluña and Urquinaona stations
L2: Paseo de Gracia station
L3: Liceu, Cataluña and Drassanes stations
L4: Jaume I and Urquinaona stations
Where is the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona?
El Gòtic from past to present
The Gothic Quarter was built on the remains of the Roman colony of Barcino and contains numerous Gothic buildings dating from the medieval and neo-Gothic periods, proof of its long restoration. The historic centre of the city is a real labyrinth... Around the Cathedral, wander through the narrow streets - it's very easy - to discover the oldest monuments, churches and remains as well as old and new shops and businesses. It is here, just a stone's throw away, that the most decisive events in Barcelona's history were played out.
A district that is still as important administratively for the city as ever, since it houses not only the "Palau de la Generalitat", the seat of the Catalan government but also the "Casa de la Ciutat of Ajuntament", Barcelona's city hall. Two buildings face each other on the Sant Jaume square. Another historical place, the "Palau Reial Major", the residence of the Counts of Barcelona, then of the Kings of the Crown of Aragon. A popular legend repeats unceasingly that it was in this palace that Christopher Columbus was received by the Catholic kings, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, on his return from the Americas in 1493. Columbus is said to have presented his discoveries and treasures to the Spanish monarchs here. Popular legends add to the charm of this area, which we invite you to visit.
Tour of the Gothic Quarter
Here is a small selection of places to discover in the Barrio Gótico.
>>> We recommend the best hotels in the Gothic Quarter, a great place to stay in the Catalan capital.