Gothic District Barcelona
Gothic Quarter Barcelona
Barri Gòtic - Barrio Gótico
Things You Should Know About The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona Before Visiting Barcelona
Gothic Quarter Guide
Where is the Gothic quarter in Barcelona?
This area is one of the oldest parts of the city. Some streets are quite narrow and buildings keep some old roman walls. Walking around this area will take you back to the medieval times since most of the buildings were built in the Gothic period.
It’s a trendy area for young people to hang out. Bars and restaurants are quite cool and there are few alternative and unique shops.
5 Things To Do in The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona
1> Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia)
The Barcelona Cathedral is not as famous as Sagrada Familia, however it is a wonderful church that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Barcelona.
The temple was built between 13th-15th centuries and it follows a clear gothic style, which it’s very different from the modernist style we found in most of the buildings in Barcelona.
Taking a picture in front of the main facade is a must-do when walking around the Gothic quarter.
Barcelona Cathedral opening hours
The cathedral is open for tourist visits:
Is Barcelona Cathedral the same as Sagrada Familia?
No. Many visitors believe that the Sagrada Familia is the Cathedral of Barcelona, but the truth is that they have nothing in common.
The official name of the Barcelona Cathedral is “Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia” since it was dedicated to the martyr Santa Eulàlia, the patron saint of Barcelona. This temple was designed by the architects Josep Oriol Mestres and Augusto Font Carreras and the style is completely different than the Sagrada Familia, since it’s considered Gothic architecture.
La Sagrada Familia was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi, who is well know for being the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism. The confusion between both temples is due to the popularity of the Sagrada Familia, which takes all the protagonism.
Interested about La Sagrada Familia? Keep reading here.
How to get to the Barcelona Cathedral?
The closest tube stop to the Barcelona Cathedral is Jaume I (L4, Yellow Line). However there are few other alternatives around:
2> Portaferrissa Street (Carrer de la Portaferrissa - Calle de la Portaferrissa)
When walking in the centre of Barcelona, you will most likely go through this street many times. This commercial street connects Las Ramblas with the Cathedral of Barcelona.
There is nothing special apart from the charm of the street itself and a very old fountain that centuries ago used to be the main source of water for the people living around. This fontain keeps the same structure as when it was built and it’s located at the end of the street, next to las ramblas.
The Portaferrissa street is a perfect spot to do some shopping. If you want to save some money, try to go when the sales are still up:
3> Plaça del Pi Barcelona - Plaza del Pino (Square of the Pine)
Plaça del Pi is a must-do in the Gothic area. This little square is located in the centre of the city, very close to Las Ramblas and the Barcelona Cathedral.
The architecture around will take you back to the medieval period. Next to the square there is a 14th-century church, Santa Maria del Pi, a well preserved example of the catalan gothic architecture. Street and church were named “del Pi” after a large pine tree that used to be in the middle of the square.
>Every first and third Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month there are some stalls selling typical products in front of the church.
>The square is connected to many little streets, one of them called “Petrítxol”, famous for having few coffee shops selling “xocolata desfeta” (very thick chocolate) with “melindros and xurros”.
4> Plaça del Rei Barcelona - Plaza del Rey (King's Square)
This public square is hidden behind the Barcelona Cathedral. It’s surrounded by gothic buildings and it’s part of the Palacio Real Mayor, which centuries ago used to be a royal residence and nowadays is the headquarter of the MUHBA museum. The architecture around will take you back to the medieval period.
The square used to be a marketplace to buy fresh food. Nowadays it’s used as space to perform some events and concerts, and it’s one of the most beautiful venues to visit in the Gothic district of Barcelona.
If you are interested about ancient ceramics and archaeology, you may want to stop by the MUHBA museum (Museum of Urban History). This museum, located in the square itself (Plaça del Rei), will take you throughout 4,000 square metres of archaeology to discover the history of Barcelona since Roman times.
The standard ticket costs 7 €. It’s free the first Sunday of every month and every Sunday afternoon from 3 pm (last visit at 7:30 pm). Closed on Mondays.
How to get to the Plaça del Rei?
Jaume I tube station(L4, Yellow Line) is just 2 minutes walking.
5> Plaça de Sant Jaume & Palau de la Generalitat (San James Square & The Governmental Palace)
The Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya is a historic palace located in the center of the city. The building is used nowadays as the headquarters of the Catalonian Government (the City Hall of Barcelona). The building was built on 1403 and combines Gothic, Renaissance and neogothic elements.
It’s located at the square ‘Plaça Sant Jaume’, very close to the Barcelona Cathedral, and connects with two main venues of the center of Barcelona, Las Ramblas and Via Laietana. Worth a look when passing by!