¿What to see in Gothic Quartier? - Barcelona Walking Tour
¿Fancy a guided tour or a self-governing tour?
BusPlana offers you a wide range of excursions, entirely- or partially-guided. Our proposals are aimed at satisfying all kinds of visitors: from families with children, football lovers, to all enthusiast for architecture and culture. Our tour catalogue can be found in this website.
Nevertheless, BusPlana has also a plan around the Gothic quartier for those who opt for a tour with a great deal of free time, or for those who wish to travel by themselves: a walking-tour around the Gothic Quartier.
Gótico Barcelona: Walking Tour
How long does it take? ➜ 2h-5h
Who is this aimed at? ➜ culture lovers, foodies, shopping enthusiasts.
Cost ➜ 0€ (paid sights are labeled by an *)
The Gothic: A Golden Age
Barcelona was one of the most important capitals in Europe during the Late Medieval Ages (X-XVIth centuries) as the heritage richness of the Gothic Quartier attest. Despite the years, the Gothic quartier is still a neural centre in the city and the country: bear in mind that in Saint James square there are both the City Hall and the Palace of the Generalitat, Catalonia’s government.
¿What to see in the Gothic Quartier?
BusPlana proposes you to start the route from Plaça Catalunya and then diving into the neighborhood. Although the fastest route to the heart of the Gothic is through Portal de l’Àngel (a famous shopping street), we recommend going to Via Laietana and visiting the Palau de la Música*, an undisputed jewel of Catalan Modernism. If you visit it, you could also pass by Els 4 Gats, the famous café of modernist intellectuals and artists.
You can then walk towards Placeta de la Seu where you will find Barcelona’s Cathedral, an outstanding example of Gothic architecture. The few Roman ruins of Barcino can be also found there. At a 5-minutes walk one can find Saint Philip Neri Church, the walls of which are still deformed by the fusilades of the Civil War.
In the middle of the Gothic Quartier, there’s Saint James Square with the most important governmental buildings. Close to it, you can find the Opera House, el Liceu*. Also, the Basilica of Santa María del Pi* is at reach, and has a ecologic and handicraft market. We suggest you to get to Plaça Reial, and have a relaxing cup of coffee or a cold beer.
Finally, if you arrive at the Isabel II avenue, you will find the Columbus Statue and the Maremagnum, a relevant commercial complex. The Aquarium* of Barcelona is close to it, as well. The last stop of our tour has to be in front of the quartier jewel, the “Cathedral” of Santa María del Mar, that has inspired various novels and films.
Beyond this Church, you can visit “El Born” Quartier or the Ciutadella Park, a picturesque and relaxing fin-de-siècle garden with different spaces and the most important building in the country, the Parliament of Catalonia.