As one of the most charming districts in the capital, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is a mixture of new and old with breathtaking ancient architecture nestled amongst some of the city’s best restaurants and nightlife. Discover the best things to see and do below.
Tucked away below Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is Sidecar Factory Club, an atmospheric bar known for its live indie music. Filled with the coolest cats and music buffs, the crowd is always interesting and has been a stalwart of the scene for over thirty years. With over 5000 concerts played out on its modest stage, there’s always somebody great lined up for the next performance.
This Mediterranean restaurant is one of the best tapas bars in the area, with a surprisingly affordable price tag for the quality of food. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this sophisticated joint is the perfect place to indulge in a jug of sangria and a few tapas plates as you take in the bustle of the plaza nearby.
El Quatre Gats
As home to one of Picasso’s first exhibitions, this bar and restaurant overflows with artistic energy and remains a popular spot for residents to visit. Some of their more famous guests include Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona’s famous architect, and has been serving up hearty Spanish dishes for decades.
Catedral De Santa Eulalia
This gorgeous old building is named for Saint Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona, and is renowned for its impressive Gothic architecture. Visitors can visit her crypt to pay their respects as well as peruse a small museum, filled with beautiful old masterpieces. Once you’re finished below-ground, take the lift to the top for a stunning view of the city. Keep an eye out for the geese stumbling around the courtyard, whose loud quacks can be heard from inside the serene cathedral.
Church of Santa Maria del Pi
Aside from the Catedral de Santa Eulalia, this stark Gothic church dates back to the 14th century and is renowned for its intricate stained glass windows. Its name means Saint Mary of the Pine, which was another title for the Virgin Mary, and its 54 metre tall bell can be scaled for a 360 view over Barcelona.
Plaça Reial (or Royal Square in English) is one of the most atmospheric places in the Gothic Quarter, ringed by old medieval buildings and bustling restaurants and bars. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat while exploring the area. Keep an eye out for the bold lamp posts, designed by Gaudí early on in his career.
Known as the Museu d’Historia de Barcelona in Spanish, this museum located in Plaça del Rei traces Barcelona’s colourful history from medieval times all the way through to the Olympic games. Set in ancient Roman ruins, it’s worth exploring and has a number of exhibitions that are sure to capture your cultural intrigue.
Discover hidden gems and learn about the history of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter with expert guides on a Barcelona Walking Tour. If you’re planning to fully immerse yourself in the architecture, heritage and culture of this historic neighbourhood, there’s no better way than walking the streets!