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Barri Gotic or the Gothic Quarter (...the old city!)

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Barcelona is a city swelling with surprises and treats! The labyrinthine Barri Gotic is made up of a series of clusters of medieval narrow streets, many of which when followed reveal hidden squares and places of beauty. The majestic Barcelona Cathedral is one such surprise as is the atmospheric Placa Reial.

While out for an evening stroll along Las Ramblas, I spotted a sign which pointed to the ‘Barri Gotic’. I turned off the main walkway into the bazaar-like tight passageway packed with clothes shops, hostels and souvenir windows and found myself in the Barri Gothic’s answer to London’s Leicester Square, the Placa Reial! I had entered a large square bordered by stylish restaurants and bars which were in turn flanked by happy smiling couples and groups of friends enjoying each others’ company of an evening! Jazz musicians were jingle-jangling their instruments, more professional buskers I would struggle to find! The atmosphere was electric as was my mood at making this discovery, this secret world of Barcelona night time!

This is just one of the experiences you can expect from the enigmatic old city district of the Barri Gothic. Just pick an alleyway like the Carrer de Paradis and the Pla de la Seu and see what surprises lie in store for you at the end. Many such treats in store for you here, include the magical squares and the popular meeting places of the Sant Just, the Placa del Pi and Sant Josep Oriol.

With plenty going on to satisfy the history enthusiasts amongst us, there is more on offer for art lovers. As well as the Picasso Museum to enjoy, it is encouraged that you pop along to the Placa de Sant Josep Oriol on the weekend for a very worthwhile painter’s market.

 

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